Working Paper VI: Alternative Plan Exploration

The purpose of Working Paper VI, Alternative Plan Exploration, was to generate alternative development scenarios for the BioDistrict based upon the programming recommendations developed in Task 4, Programming, as well as the overall vision for the BioDistrict. These scenarios were developed during five physical planning workshops held the week of November 1st. Dates, times and locations of the various meetings are provided below.

  • November 2, 2010, 10am-1pm, City and State Government Physical Planning Workshop, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, First Floor Conference Room, 938 Lafayette Street # 300
  • November 3, 2010, 5:30-8:30pm, Community Physical Planning Workshop #1, Warren Easton High School, 3019 Canal Street, Second Floor Auditorium
  • November 4, 2010, 10am-1pm, Institution and University Physical Planning Workshop, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, First Floor Conference Room, 938 Lafayette Street # 300
  • November 4, 2010, 5:30-8:30 pm, Community Physical Planning Workshop #2, Warren Easton High School, 3019 Canal Street, Second Floor Auditorium
  • November 6, 2010, 9am-12pm, Community Physical Planning Workshop #3, International House Conference Center, 221 Camp Street, Fourth Floor Conference Room

Format of the Physical Planning Workshops

During each of the physical planning workshops the following topics were presented: (1) an overview of BioDistrict New Orleans; (2) the purpose of the BioDistrict Plan and how it differs from the City’s recently completed 2030 Master Plan; (3) where the planning process is to date; (4) a summary of fi ndings from the visioning session meetings; and (5) the fi nal vision statement for the BioDistrict.

The presentation was followed by the physical planning exercise during which stakeholders could draw on base maps of the BioDistrict and share their ideas for how the BioDistrict should develop in the future. To help stakeholders visualize their suggestions and to ensure that the plan ideas developed were realistic, the AECOM team provided each group with paper tiles that corresponded to the amount of square footage anticipated for each of the following land uses: retail, research and development, residential, light manufacturing, medical office, and open space. These land uses and square footage requirements were based on the programming recommendations made during Task 4, Programming.

Near the end of each workshop, time was given to a community representative to describe the intent and decisions made on their respective table’s concept map. Notes and reproductions of the maps from each of the physical planning workshops can be found in Section 2. These ideas will be refined into three to four distinct alternatives during Task 7 and will be presented to the community in the near future.

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