Strategic Land Use Plan
The 2006 New Albany Strategic Plan Update focuses on land use, corridors and population projections. The plan serves as a guide for City policy, encourages change for the future, guides the allocation of resources, and informs development review by the staff, Planning Commission and New Albany Council. Expectations for aesthetics, site planning, architecture and the overall quality of development are also described.
Urban Center Code
The Village Center area is envisioned to be developed in a style that promotes a traditional town center form. The Village Center Strategic Plan recommends a future development pattern, arrangement of land uses, and desired density to occur within the Village Center area. To accomplish this vision, the community has taken deliberate planning and active involvement to create a form-based code to advance the proper development form. This form-based code, called the Urban Center Code, standardizes the community design elements (design of buildings, streets, and public spaces) to create a vibrant and mixed-use district. Careful planning of the standards will promote the district’s revitalization to create an attractive environment for new residents and businesses in the Village Center.
As of June 16, 2011, New Albany’s Urban Center Code updates the zoning code within the Village Center. Subsequently on July 21, 2011, the zoning designations for all properties except those zoned PUD were rezoned to the new Urban Center District. This new code benefits property owners, developers, and city government by providing increased certainty in allowable building forms, less time required for approvals, and increased assurance that the envisioned Village Center Master Plan will be achieved. Whereas a traditional code is predominately text, a form-based code is predominately visuals and graphics which results in improved clarity and understanding. The code’s improved guidelines allows for more applications to be approved by staff. The code addresses the development of streets, blocks, buildings, open space, and parking and how they relate to their surroundings.
Village Center Stormwater Mitigation Strategy
The Village Center Stormwater Mitigation Strategy evaluated and created solutions to address stormwater management in the Village Center. The purpose the stormwater mitigation strategy is to define the best possible solutions and practices that should be implemented as development continues in the Village Center. The strategy involves five strategic improvement areas that address both stormwater quality and quantity concerns in a manner that enables development and enhances the stream corridor. The ability to share stormwater calculations and management strategies with businesses is one of the economic development tools available in the Village Center. Allowing residents and businesses to utilize an off-site retention area will allow for denser development since a portion of each site will not be required to handle storm runoff.