Donnermeyer Mixed Use District Vision
City of Bellevue, Kentucky: bellevueky.org
Bellevue Kentucky is a 1 square mile city on the Ohio River, across from Cincinnati Ohio. While its historic fabric of small, walkable blocks hosting a healthy mix of uses is still mostly intact, recent real estate development has been vehicle-centric.
glaserworks met with City staff and quickly realized that most residents viewed a 20-acre Shopping Center area as a utilitarian area – not a place of pride. We created a vision plan that illustrated the potential of the site if it was developed according to a walkable, mixed-use philosophy.
The vision plan contains multiple sub-areas, each with its own character and each available for development at a different time by a different developer. The City soon realized that such development would require substantial variances to their zoning code and subdivision regulations, so they decided to create a form-based code.
glaserworks recruited a nationally renowned expert in creating Form-Based Codes – Placemakers, Inc. glaserworks led a visualization workshop, met with stakeholders, led several synoptic surveys of pattern neighborhoods, and collaborated with Placemakers to run a 4-day charrette where the community calibrated the SmartCode to Bellevue’s specific needs.