Comprehensive Plan - Shepherdstown, WV

IMG 4631The Corporation of Shepherdstown recently hired Benchmark to lead the process of preparing an update to its comprehensive plan, which was adopted in 2001.  The comprehensive plan is intended to serve as both a physical and policy plan to guide the Town over the next 10 to 20 years. The plan will help to inform decisions concerning land use and development, historic and cultural resources, environmental resources, economic development, municipal services, transportation, recreation, and regional cooperation. As part of the planning process, the Town will be engaging the public through stakeholder interviews, a survey and public meetings to receive guidance and feedback on the topics covered by the plan. The updated plan will establish meaningful and achievable goals, as well as strategies and policies for the implementation of the plan. The planning process will be completed by June 2014.

                    

Zoning Ordinance - Morganton, NC

The City of Morganton is the county seat and cultural, governmental, financial and commercial center of Burke County, NC. The City sits in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains on Interstate 40 (I-40) between Hickory and Asheville, and Table Rock mountain provides a beautiful backdrop for residents and visitors. Morganton covers 18.55 square miles and has a population of just over 16,800 residents, according to the 2010 US Census.

The City is moving forward with rewriting its zoning ordinance to implement the City's Mission 2030 plan.  The City has commissioned Benchmark as its consultant to lead the effort.  The process is scheduled to be completed in October of 2014.

Comprehensive Plan - Blowing Rock, NC

BlowingRockBenchmark was selected to lead the Town of Blowing Rock's Comprehensive Plan.  The plan is intended to serve as both a physical and policy plan to guide the Town in its future decision making concerning land use and development, preservation of the natural environment, recreation and cultural resources, economic development, municipal services, transportation, and regional cooperation. The Town intends to build upon the foundation of the 2004 Comprehensive Plan as a starting point to develop the update. The plan update process began with a community survey that was completed in the fall of 2012, with the results and subsequent analysis compiled by NC State University Center for Urban Affairs. The Town will utilize those survey results, a public visioning process, and the current comprehensive plan to develop an updated plan that provides policy direction for the next 10 to 20 years. The updated plan will establish meaningful and achievable goals, as well as strategies and policies for implementation.

    

SOSi Design Workshop - High Point, NC

IMG 3710Benchmark was a key team member in the mulit-day, multi-disciplinary design workshop for the redevelopment of the Southside district within downtown High Point.  Guildford Technical Community College's High Point Campus is a major anchor in the redevelopment area. Over 70 participated each day of the charrette based workshop and included students, neighborhood residents, city staff, GTCC staff and others.  The workshop was part of the larger Piedmont Together design charrettes that Benchmark was selected to participate in with Design Link of the Center for Creative Economies.

Urban Design Workshops - Mayodan, NC

TownBenchmark led a mulit-day design workshop in Mayodan that focused on downtown and riverfront redevelopment.  The workshops were part of the Piedmont Together initiative.  Benchmark led the team put together by Design Link with the Center for Creative Economies.   

Regional Land Use and Growth Management - Portales, NM

The City of Portales recently selected Benchmark's team to carry out recommendations found in the established and adopted Joint Land Use Study and Regional Growth Management Plan, focusing on action plans to address the changes occurring because of the Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) transition from the Air Force’s Air Combat Command (ACC) to Special Operations Command (AFSOC). Benchmark will be working under the direction of the Local Growth Management Committee (LGMC) that consists of Curry County, City of Portales, City of Clovis, and Roosevelt County, New Mexico.  Benchmark will be working with key representatives from each community, Cannon AFB, and the JLUS Partnership.

Pattern Books and UDO - Weaverville, NC

designworkshopAfter assisting the Town with developing its Comprehensive Land Use Plan in 2012, Benchmark was recently commissioned to help the Town of Weaverville prepare "pattern books" with urban design guidelines, directing future downtown infill and commercial development and design.  Benchmark will also be writing the Town's Unified Development Ordinance, which will incorporate the guidelines from the pattern books and objectives from the Comprehensive Land Use Plan. 

The Town of Weaverville is located in the mountains of Western North Carolina in the northern section of Buncombe County, just 10 miles north of Asheville.   Weaverville borders Reem’s Creek Valley and boasts grand views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

 

Town Design Workshops - Biscoe, NC

planmapBenchmark led a mulit-day design workshop in Biscoe that focused on revitalization strategies for the traditional core of town, bicycle and  pedestrian facilities, and housing.  The workshops were part of the Piedmont Together initiative.  Benchmark led the team put together by Design Link with the Center for Creative Economies.

 

Joint Land Use Study - Neosho, MO

crowderwebsiteBenchmark will be performing the compatibility assessment, digital cartography and mapping for the Camp Crowder, Missouri, Joint Land Use Study.  The study will identify locations in which land use conflicts between the civilian population and the military installation are currently occurring, or may potentially occur. Once identified, the JLUS will make recommendations for mitigating or preventing these conflicts. The outcome will ensure that Camp Crowder can meet its mission, while simultaneously protecting civilian interests.