Let's Start Town Center Together!
An internationally renowned design firm selected the Town of Erie for a 7-day community visioning exercise in November 2019 to lay the foundation for a shared vision of Town Center.
Where is Town Center?
The 390 acres, around Town Center (the intersection of Erie Parkway and County Line Road) was recently studied by the Urban Land Institute. Their findings show this location is prime for becoming a unique and thriving place with the right mix of retail, office, residential, civic, park and open space uses. The community was invited to mutually author the making of Town Center during the 7-day Design Charrette.
The Board of Trustees will discuss the Town Center Master Plan at the December 10 regular board meeting (6:30 p.m. at Town Hall).
What is a Design Charrette?
A charrette is an intensive planning session where residents, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. A charrette provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate comments to designers. Charrettes encourage the participation of anyone who is interested in the making of Town Center; developers, business interests, government officials and residents.
Everyone who participates is a mutual author of the plan!
In a charrette the team of designers set up a full working office space. Formal and informal workshops are held throughout the charrette and updates to the master plan are presented periodically.
It is time to prime Town Center to reach its full potential
DPZ CoDesign hosted a once in a lifetime opportunity for the Town to participate in a weeklong Design Charrette in November of 2019 to guide the direction of Erie’s 'Town Center' – the geographic center of Town at the intersection of Erie Parkway & County Line Road.
Public Comments are being accepted until November 25, 2019 via email to TownCenter@erieco.gov. These comments will be shared with the Board of Trustees for their discussion on December 10, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at their regularly scheduled general meeting.
In August of 2019, the Board approved a contract with DPZ CoDesign, one of the world's leading planning and design firms to develop a master plan for Erie’s Town Center (the intersection of Erie Parkway and County Line Road). A charrette will be conducted and led led by DPZ’s founding partner, Andres Duany.
DPZ CoDesign applies their expertise through a time and cost efficient “Collaborative Community Design” process that engages all interested parties to produce designs that reflect the community’s vision, and the associated regulatory documents to facilitate that vision.
This work will address several of the Board’s 2019 Work Plan priorities, including the Unified Development Code update, economic development, place making and community engagement.
Town staff have been working with property owners, representatives from adjacent neighborhoods, developers, the Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel and others to determine how best to create a thriving area with a unique sense of place, including the right mix of retail, office, residential, civic, park and open space uses that will thrive in Erie’s market.
- Transportation and Infrastructure Opens in New Window
- Economics and Development (slides only)
- Open Space, Civic Amenities and Environmental Sustainability
- Land Use and Zoning Opens in New Window
- Implementation Strategy
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- Contract with DPZ CoDesign
- DPZ CoDesign, LLC Proposal Response 'Four Corners - Town Center' Opens a New Window.
- Master Plan Schedule for Town Center
- Presentation by Urban Land Institute
- Resolution Approving Agreement for Services with DPZ CoDesign, LLC
- Technical Advisory Panel
- Town of Erie Urban Renewal Authority
- Unified Development Code (PDF)
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