Monday, November 21, 2016

Short, Medium, and Long Term Goals for Bluff

In our document we outline some of the potential strategies for these things, and I am excieted to see what path Bluff takes in a lot of these areas.

Short Term Goals:

  • “Build a Community Vision”
    • Hold community outreach meetings regarding incorporation (discuss possibilities and concerns)
    • Complete the incorporation checklist (included in this document)
    • Complete the official incorporation process if approved by community
    • Determine the type of Governance that best suits the community
    • Explore financing strategies for funding municipal government
    • Revise and update the General Plan and community vision
      • Create strategies for:
        • Affordable Housing
        • Waste Management
        • Alternative Transportation
        • Alternative Energy
        • Economic Development
        • Cultural Diversity and Inclusion
        • Adult and Childhood Education
        • Food Accessibility
        • Tourism Development
Medium Term Goals:
  • “Actualizing the Vision”
    • Create community ordinances and regulations to guide community development
      • Zoning Ordinances*
      • Growth boundaries
      • Development Standards (dark sky, architectural, etc.)
    • Enable plan for affordable housing development that can withstand the forces and pressures of gentrification and growth
    • Implement a waste management plan that includes maintaining the current septic waste system or replacing it with a waste management facility.
    • Implement alternative transportation strategies along major roads and transportation corridors (bi-cycle lanes, hiking paths, etc.)
    • Implement alternative energy strategies that best function for the community
    • Encourage local entrepreneurship by increasing mixed-use developments.
    • Diversify the economic base of the community to foster resilience
    • Promote diverse community relations that regularly include and interact with surrounding cultures
    • Strengthen support for local art and culture
    • Implement strategies that ensure high quality and stable education for both children and adults throughout in the community and the surrounding areas.
    • Begin implementation of transition strategies that increase local food accessibility
    • Expand affordable internet and cell phone coverage to meet the current and future needs of the community.
    • Develop strategic alliances to increase local access to high quality preventative healthcare
    • Implement tourism strategies that encourage development that is sustainable across the social, economic, and environmental structures of the community.
    • Continually plan for and embrace expanded tourist seasons
    • Use economic, social, and environmental marketing strategies to attract younger demographics to the community.
    • Maintain a healthy and welcoming environment that accommodates the growing senior population in the community.
Long Term Goals

  • “Managing Growth and Development”
    • Regularly evaluate and revise the community vision, general plan, and guiding ordinances in order to maintain unity within the community
  • Maintain a transparent and engaged system of government that constantly looks to the community for guidance
  • Develop community relationships that continually engage with voices from the surrounding regions and cultures
  • Manage and adapt economic development strategies that ensure economic success and reinforce the community vision
  • Guide sustainable tourism development by discouraging development that exceeds the social, economic, and environmental carrying capacities of the community
  • Continually search for ways to better provide meaningful childhood and adult educational experiences for community members

Monday, November 14, 2016

Design for the Bluff Document

In class we were divided up into three groups the editing, infill, and visual group. I wanted to be a part of the editing group because I have extensive experience in InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, GIS, and other graphic art programs.

I have also been working in graphic design for 10 + years and enjoy this part of the work. We were all tasked to find templates that would show the character of Bluff and report back. After sorting through the group's 10 or so templates we decided upon a magazine style InDesign template and I made a first pass at adjusting the template so that we could begin putting the edited text, images, and content together for the Bluff document.

I feel the document captures the clean side of a planning document as well as the culture, landscape and feel of the community. (See color scheme below). I personally spent upwards of 40 hours editing the document text, graphics, layout etc and hope Bluff will find it useful in their efforts to further guide and shape their future.

Color Scheme:
912D4B - D Burgundy 145 45 75
B56C7E - L. Burgundy 181 108 126
9DB52C - Bright Sage 157 181 28
C1D970 - Light Sage 193 217 112
025657 - Dark Turquoise 2 86 87
1E979C - Light Turquoise 30 151 156
D96C0D - Burnt Orange 217 108 13

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