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HomeMy WebLinkAboutBrown Road Pocket Neighborhood – Sketch Plan, August 8, 2017Sketch Plan Proposal Brown Road Pocket Neighborhood August 8, 2017
 1 Notes © 2017 HERE© 2017 HERE 250 feet250 feet 50 m50 m * Introduction Our community has an urgent need for market-rate affordable homes and, in particular, for homes designed to meet the needs of our aging population. The Tompkins County Needs Assessment and recently The Tompkins County Housing Strategy, endorsed by unanimous vote of the County Legislature, highlight these important unmet housing needs. Numerous studies by AARP and others demonstrate the desire for most citizens to be able to live in their homes as long as possible, age-in-place, yet the majority of our housing stock has many barriers to this. Homes designed to support a wide-range of abilities, with zero-step entries, barrier-free bathrooms, wider doors, and other features make living easier for everyone, but are critical features to allow us to enjoy living at home longer. Another powerful desire is for homes in a “community.” While many assume this to be homes located in a downtown, not everyone wants that style of living, nor is land available. Creating a “pocket neighborhood” designed to enjoy common spaces, with porches to support interaction with your neighbors, is an ideal solution to achieve these goals. Brown Road Location Land at the intersection of Brown & Short Roads is located in a HD zoning area and has access to public water service. This location is a short drive to shopping and other services and in a beautiful, natural area with mature trees and quiet roads suitable for longer walks. Current zoning would allow subdivision into 4 parcels with 8 living units. A 5’ variance per lot in yard width would allow 5 parcels with 10 living units. We are seeking approval for cluster development to allow 10 homes with shared common spaces and, most likely, a shared septic system which will have the highest reliability due to planned maintenance and least impact on the space. 2 Key Features Key Features of the community and home design will provide short and long-term benefits for individuals and for the community: •Green Construction Durable materials, design and installation reduce the need for maintenance and avoidable repairs. Low VOC finishes provide healthier indoor air quality. Water-saving toilets and faucets reduce stress on the environment and septic system. •Energy Efficiency Careful design consideration to optimize energy-use and sizing of heating and cooling equipment lowers the financial housing cost burden, making the home affordable from day one. In addition, homes will be more comfortable to live in. We will target Net Zero or Net Zero Ready construction with the likely inclusion of solar heating with PV and air-source heat pump technology. •Universal Design (UD)  UD is design for the lifespan and ability span.  The design of a home should not create barriers to daily living, but should enable independence.  Features such as a zero-step entry into the home benefit parents pushing children in strollers as well as persons with mobility needs.  While there will be a second floor in some designs, the design of the first floor will allow for self-sufficiency and independence should a resident not be able to use stairs for any period of time.  A universally-designed home will increase the pool of potential residents because it respects a broader range of people. •Creative, Affordable Construction Methods such as modular construction or pre-cast concrete walls will be used to bring the cost of the home down while keeping top standards for quality and performance. All of the above features will allow for the two primary groups - seniors and workforce housing - to benefit from this new community. 3 The Team Mike McLaughlin is a long-term Newfield resident. Mike is an entrepreneur owning a local restaurant and is an experienced landlord and property manger. He has a long history of community service including the Tompkins County Board of Health, Boy Scouts, coaching many sports and a variety of other service organizations with a long-standing commitment to our community. Esther Greenhouse, a Danby resident, is a nationally recognized environmental gerontologist. Esther combines her expertise and abilities to help create environments which enable people to thrive.  She works with communities, organizations, and businesses to harness the power of the built environment to create enabling environments. Esther has served as an advisor to an array of clients such as major manufacturers, senior housing, and hospitals.  In 2008, she was selected as the Certified Aging in Place Specialist of the Year (CAPS)*.   Her work and message have been featured in Professional Builder, Remodeling, The New York Times and two PBS television series. Esther co-authored the American Planning Association’s first Aging in Community Policy Guide and contributed to the NYS Livable Resource Manual.  In 2017 she was appointed to AARP NY’s Executive Council and is an Industry Scholar at the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. Locally, she is a founding member of the Age-Friendly Ithaca & Tompkins steering committee. *CAPS is a program created at the request of AARP and developed by AARP, NAHB, and the American Occupational Therapy Association to enable successful aging in place. Brooke Greenhouse, CGB, CAPS, CGP, a Danby resident, is a local design-builder. Co- owner of Cayuga Country Homes, he has experience in custom modular and site-built homes, has designed and built “tiny homes,” is one of the original energy-efficient builders in the area (EnergyStar builder #4). Brooke has designed and built homes that use a variety of progressive building techniques to achieve client goals to balance construction costs, operating costs, function and appearance. He serves our community through the Tompkins County Board of Health and the Builders Association, serving as State President in 2006.
 4 Preliminary Concept Plans To Be Substantially Refined These plan examples are basic concepts to provide a sense of size. They do not necessarily incorporate all the key features that will be included since the dimensions will be determined in-part by what the Town allows. CAPE CONCEPT WITH 2ND FLOOR RANCH CONCEPT 5 Den / Office Den / OfficeBed 2 Subdivision Examples Simple subdivision to current standards - 8 units Subdivision to current standards with 5’ variance - 10 units Targeted Cluster Development Example - 10 units 6 Tompkins County Property Viewer Map is user generated and is to be used as a reference only. Data layers are not guranteed to be accurate or up-to-date. 1,587 © Tompkins County GIS 264.4 DO NOT USE FOR CONVEYANCE OR NAVIGATION Legend 1: WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere Feet0264.4132.22 This map was automatically generated using Geocortex Essentials. Your tax dollars at work! Notes Citations Tompkins County Property Viewer Map is user generated and is to be used as a reference only. Data layers are not guranteed to be accurate or up-to-date. 1,587 © Tompkins County GIS 264.4 DO NOT USE FOR CONVEYANCE OR NAVIGATION Legend 1: WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere Feet0264.4132.22 This map was automatically generated using Geocortex Essentials. Your tax dollars at work! Notes Citations Tompkins County Property Viewer Map is user generated and is to be used as a reference only. Data layers are not guranteed to be accurate or up-to-date. 1,587 © Tompkins County GIS 264.4 DO NOT USE FOR CONVEYANCE OR NAVIGATION Legend 1: WGS_1984_Web_Mercator_Auxiliary_Sphere Feet0264.4132.22 This map was automatically generated using Geocortex Essentials. Your tax dollars at work! Notes Citations Pav Examples of Pocket Neighborhoods Placing almost a dozen homes on a two-plus acre parcel at first seems atypical for our area. By using cluster zoning, these densities can be achieved to support a vibrant neighborhood and also allow economies of scale to help make these homes affordable. Below are examples of very successful pocket neighborhoods from around the US. These sold quickly and were used to model new neighborhoods due to incredible demand. 7 garages + parking areas community center common space cottages 
 8 8 Homes on <1 Acre 
 9 8 Homes on 3/4 Acre 11 Homes < 1 Acre 10 12 Homes 1.6 Acres 11