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Master Planning https://masterplanning.com Master Planning Website Thu, 16 Jan 2020 14:09:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.15 Northwest Heritage Masterplan https://masterplanning.com/northwest-heritage-masterplan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=northwest-heritage-masterplan https://masterplanning.com/northwest-heritage-masterplan/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:54:12 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=1095 [...]]]> The Northwest Heritage Masterplan was created through a collaboration of many major players for an area encompassing territories in two countries, native land, a border crossing, and other mixed use commercial and public areas.

The joint objective was to preserve the rich historical value of the region while meeting modern needs for both public and commercial use. The site plan was developed in conjunction with the City of Blaine, WA, the City of White Rock, BC, the Semiahmoo First Nations, Native Tribes from NW Washington and the Trillium Corporation.  The overall concept development plan integrated over 8 miles of waterfront, including downtown historic Blaine, a marine discovery center, Drayton Harbor Marina, a White Rock/Blaine Ferry connection, the Semi-ah-moo resort, a Native American Heritage Center, two golf courses, a Semiahmoo First Nations Park, Peace Arch Park at the US/Canada Blaine Border Crossing, important shellfish harvesting areas, the California Creek Estuary, an Agricultural Heritage Center and a Forestry Center.

The Master Plan as envisioned by many diverse participants.

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Army Street Project Masterplan https://masterplanning.com/army-street-project-masterplan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=army-street-project-masterplan https://masterplanning.com/army-street-project-masterplan/#respond Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:18:20 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=1081 [...]]]> As part of the Bellingham Waterfront redevelopment, the Army Street Project is 1.5 million sq. ft. of mixed use commercial and civic/public use areas, including a public library, a satellite campus for Western Washington University, a hotel, and a conference center. Plans included adaptive reuse of existing historic buildings, public plazas, and open spaces. The project also included shoreline restoration, railroad integration, and a strong connectivity to the existing downtown area.

The NW Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsored a three day master design charrette with expert volunteers in planning, transportation, economics and architecture. After meeting with numerous City of Stanwood stakeholders, the resulting plan was presented to the community to unanimous praise, from this source you’ll find tools and contacts.

Masterplanning and Christensen Design Management built the masterplans for the Phase One redevelopment, illustrated as follows:


Army Street Project Masterplan

Army Street Project Influence Area

Army Street Development Relationship Diagram

Army Street Project Site Sections

Army Street Overall General Development Plan

Northwest AIA Design Award

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Samish Way Urban Villiage Master Plan https://masterplanning.com/samish-way-urban-villiage-master-plan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=samish-way-urban-villiage-master-plan https://masterplanning.com/samish-way-urban-villiage-master-plan/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:23:50 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=1073 [...]]]>

Sehome Way Urban Village Master Plan

The City of Bellingham, as part of a long term plan for encouraging higher density development in targeted areas, rezoned a stretch of existing highway near Samish Way off of Interstate 5 through North Bellingham. The City’s Planning Department chose Masterplanning to create an Urban Village Master Plan for the redevelopment.

We began the process by hosting public design charrettes with stakeholders to implement design standards for the village. The redevelopment was to be mixed use commercial and residential, with a primary goal of making the Samish Way Urban Village pedestrian friendly.  As everyone’s goals and concerns were presented at the beginning of the process, the group was able to come together to brainstorm the best overall design to meet the joint needs and achieve the joint goals.  The planning documents can be found at the City of Bellingham’s Planning Department, here.

Masterplanning sketch for Sehome Urban Village design concepts.

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Blaine Wharf District Master Plan https://masterplanning.com/blaine-wharf-district-master-plan/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blaine-wharf-district-master-plan https://masterplanning.com/blaine-wharf-district-master-plan/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2012 22:56:09 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=1028 [...]]]>

Blaine Wharf District Master Plan

The Blaine Wharf District Master Plan is the City’s and Port’s coordinated strategy for the future of the waterfront. It establishes public policy and development standards for all new public and private development in the Wharf District that will create a lively mixed use district for living, working, and playing. This Plan, in conjunction with development regulations set forth in the City of Blaine’s Land Use Regulatory Code, will guide development in the Wharf District as it becomes a gateway to and from downtown. It envisions a mixed use district attuned to the intrinsic qualities of its water setting that compliments the Central Business (CB)-Market District.

The Wharf District Master Plan focuses on individual policies, projects and regulations to realize the Wharf District’s potential as an attractive setting for maritime industry, civic redevelopment, and water-oriented recreation. Taken together, the total impact of these efforts will be much more than the sum of the individual actions themselves. They will create a waterfront that:

  • Is an active, diversified destination attraction and focus for the City.
  • Features a variety of integrated recreational, commercial, marine, industrial, and residential activities, all of this planned with help from the industrial surplus in cincinnati oh
  • Is well connected with other districts in downtown Blaine.
  • Is easily accessible by pedestrians, boaters, vehicles, bicycles, and visitors.
  • Offers a wide variety of physical settings, landscaped parks, and pedestrian attractions that are connected by a continuous two mile
  • loop of trails, walkways and promenades along the waterfront’s edge.
  • Is based on environmentally sound shoreline management with improved water quality and more ecologically productive shoreline.
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Wharf District

The Blaine Wharf District contains approximately 2 miles of continuous shoreline off Semiahmoo Bay and Drayton Harbor and is adjacent to the City of Blaine’s downtown core and Central Business and Market District. The Burlington Northern Railroad right-of-way separates the upland downtown area from the harbor area. The Wharf District is bounded on the east by the BNSF main line railroad tracks, and wraps around the Blaine Harbor Marina’s breakwater on the south to Fisherman’s Pier on the northwest, and continues around to a northeast point of land near Marine Drive back at the railroad tracks.  Marine Drive is the main arterial to the Wharf District and separates Port property to the south, and the City-owned property to the north of Marine Drive.

Wharf District Plan Goals

Within these policies and guidelines, the Blaine Wharf District Master Plan promotes public access and the enjoyment of the shoreline.  The key for success, however, lies not only in public access to the waterfront, but also in providing a strong  connection from the waterfront to the City’s downtown core and beyond. The six major goals that direct this plan are:

  • Integrate the Wharf District with the upland downtown Commercial Business-Market District.
  • Create a pedestrian access system with a continuous waterfront trail along the shoreline.
  • Provide opportunities for mixed use development, public/private investment, recreational opportunities, and public access to the shoreline for the citizens and visitors of Blaine
  • Establish design and development guidelines for land use and development of this publicly-owned property.
  • Manage the shoreline to further optimize circulation, public access, development, and environmental restoration.
  • Retain and enhance all characteristics of the waterfront that support marine related activities.
  • The rich industrial past of Blaine’s Wharf District provides the atmosphere of the waterfront. This history should be highlighted in infrastructure and development alternatives. These include designs that integrate the working waterfront and maritime themes.

Planning Areas

In all, the Blaine Wharf District Masterplan is made up of seven planning areas, as follows:

  • Planning Area 1 – “Gateway to Waterfront” (Visual & Physical Access)
  • Planning Area 2 – “Plover Park” (Recreation & Boat Launch)
  • Planning Area 3: “Mariner Village” (Mixed Use)
  • Planning Area 4: “Harbor Gateway” (Marina Support)
  • Planning Area 5: “Waters Edge” (Public Access)
  • Planning Area 6: “Shipyard Industrial Park” (Industrial)
  • Planning Area 7: “Dakota Commons” (Commercial)

For details on each planning area and to read the entire plan, click here for the final draft that was adopted by the City of Blaine and the Port of Bellingham.

Planning Area 1 whose purpose will be increased access from Downtown Blaine to the Blaine Wharf

Planning Area 1 Concept

Planning Area 2 Plover Park with public park, boat launch and restroom facilities

Planning Area 2 Concept

Mixed Use Mariner Village for Mixed Use – Planning Area 3

Planning Area 3 Concept

Planning Area 4 for Marina Support

Planning Area 4 Conceptual Design

Water’s Edge Planning Area 5 with Public Access

Planning area 5 Conceptual Design

Shipyard Industrial Zone in Planning Area 6

Planning Area 6 Conceptual Plans

Dakota Commons, Commerical and Industrial Use in Planning Area 7

Planning Area 7 Conceptual Design

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Cornwall Beach (Area 10) https://masterplanning.com/cornwall-beach-area-10/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cornwall-beach-area-10 https://masterplanning.com/cornwall-beach-area-10/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:21:57 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=1017 [...]]]>

Visual Overview of the Masterplan Design

What do you get when you mix a Brownfield with waterfront property in Northwest Washington?  A lot of potential with a lot of work to realize that potential.  Brownfield sites are abandoned or underused industrial and commercial facilities available for re-use.  Waterfront property anywhere in Washington is expensive, and not easy for the public to acquire in the current economy.  Brownfield sites often require substantial cleanup of pollutants left over from former industrial use.  In the case of Bellingham Bay, Georgia Pacific sold 137 acres of waterfront property (valued at US$37 million) to the Port of Bellingham for $10 in exchange for assuming responsibility for the environmental cleanup of the property.

The city and port have entered into a partnership to jointly clean up and redevelop the property, which is to be branded “The Waterfront District.” A general plan for the city’s waterfront was developed several years ago by the Waterfront Futures Group, and the new Waterfront Advisory Group has been convening to develop a more detailed plan focused on this particular site.

The Cornwall Beach (Area 10) Masterplan designed by Christensen Design Management is the redevelopment of 18 of those acres, including integration of Public Parks, Department of Natural Resources Land, and pedestrian connectivity to existing trails.  The masterplan includes habitat and shoreline restoration and uses Native American Tribal design concepts.  It also includes 160,000 sf of mixed use commercial development.

Here is an aerial view of Cornwall Beach prior to commencement of the project.

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Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies https://masterplanning.com/au-sable-institute-of-environmental-studies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=au-sable-institute-of-environmental-studies https://masterplanning.com/au-sable-institute-of-environmental-studies/#respond Thu, 13 Sep 2012 13:30:43 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=787 [...]]]> The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, Pacific Rim Institute, on Whidbey Island offers environmental science programs for children, teens and adults of all ages. They needed more and better spaces for teaching and learning.  We led a charrette to form the Master Development Concept Plan to develop and upgrade 50 acres and 100K sf total building area.

First stakeholder meeting for Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

Design Charrette

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New Whatcom Draft Framework Plan 2026 https://masterplanning.com/new-whatcom-draft-framework-plan-2026/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-whatcom-draft-framework-plan-2026 https://masterplanning.com/new-whatcom-draft-framework-plan-2026/#respond Fri, 31 Aug 2012 23:26:37 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=946 [...]]]> We came back after the charrette for the Waterfront Futures Group to prepare the New Whatcom Draft Framework Plan 2026.  This was the overall concept masterplan for redevelopment of the 160 acres of Bellingham Waterfront, based on input from the Public, the Port of Bellingham, the City of Bellingham, and Advisory Groups.  Together we successfully integrated a working waterfront of public and mixed commercial use which included a railroad, light industrial and parks and open spaces.


Visual Overview of the New Whatcom Draft Framework Plan in Bellingham, WA


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Waterfront Futures Group https://masterplanning.com/waterfront-futures-group/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=waterfront-futures-group https://masterplanning.com/waterfront-futures-group/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2012 21:49:01 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=886 [...]]]> We held a design charrette in association with the Northwest American Institute of Architects DAT volunteers which morphed into a consulting session with Project Request Review Team Members. Together we came up with guiding principles for the redevelopment of 160 acres of Bellingham’s waterfront.

Overview of plans for redesigned Bellingham Waterfront

Drawing for a portion of the Bellingham Waterfront

Boardwalk design for pedestrian use.

Walkway along the marina portion of the new Bellingham Waterfront

Another sketch of the revised waterfront

Public beach area of the newly designed waterfront.

The new design takes advantage of the areas excellent views with carefully planned viewpoints.

David Christensen leading a charrette for Bellingham’s Waterfront

Day 2 of planning charrettes

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Downtown Redevelopment Plan for Stanwood, WA https://masterplanning.com/downtown-redevelopment-plan-for-stanwood-wa/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=downtown-redevelopment-plan-for-stanwood-wa https://masterplanning.com/downtown-redevelopment-plan-for-stanwood-wa/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:25:45 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=877 [...]]]> The NW Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsored a three day master design charrette with expert volunteers in planning, transportation, economics and architecture. After meeting with numerous City of Stanwood stakeholders, the resulting plan was presented to the community to unanimous praise.

Drawing for redesign of downtown area

Welcome to Stanwood design for gateway

View of new public space in redesign

Overview of area to include a downtown park.

Charrette hosted by AIA with expert volunteers from many fields

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Center for Local Self Reliance https://masterplanning.com/center-for-local-self-reliance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=center-for-local-self-reliance https://masterplanning.com/center-for-local-self-reliance/#respond Fri, 24 Aug 2012 18:10:38 +0000 http://masterplanning.com/?p=870 [...]]]> The Center for Local Self Reliance is a non-profit organization that was planning the redevelopment of a former park land area.  There is a historic caretaker home on the grounds which the Center wanted to convert to an education building to teach about local agriculture and other sustainable living strategies.  A public meeting was held and designs came together over a couple of days.

The original Caretakers House which will be preserved in the new usage.

Charrette with members of the community to plan the re-use of this land and building.

Plans for redevelopment for updated use.

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