Week 6 of the Edmonds Global Plan Visioning Process: Habitability and Land Use

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Susan McLaughlin

Activities: September 12 to 18

Next week is the last week of the overall plan visioning process. Thank you to everyone who has shared their thoughts with us so far. If you haven’t done so yet, there’s still time!

What do you think of habitability and land use over the next twenty years? Here is the lineup for our final week where we can hear your thoughts, ideas and views:

Please complete our mini-survey on Edmonds Habitability and Land Use (available at https://bit.ly/livability2024or by scanning the QR code below) and visit us next week at the following events to share your views:

Coffee with Suzanne, Director of Development Services | 9am-10.30am Wednesday September 14 | Firdale Village Parking Lot | 9600 Firdale Ave | Join us for coffee and a casual conversation about what makes Edmonds livable. Places may be limited. Please bring a lawn chair if possible.

Walk and talk: Housing options | Thursday September 15 | 3pm-5pm | Sidewalk near 8401 Main St. (Barc Animal Hospital) | Meet us at the roundabout for a moderate (but flat) walk or roll as we discuss the various housing options found in the Five Corners area.

Table event: Edmonds Summer Market | Saturday September 17 | 5th Avenue North and Main Street | Stop by to discuss your thoughts on the future of Edmonds.

Array event: Youth Sports Field | Saturday September 17 | Frances Anderson Playground | 700 Main Street | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Come hit it with us and the little ones. It will be a ball!

Habitability and land use

Are ecology and urban planning opposed? Can they work together to conserve natural resources, nurture agricultural lands and build viable communities? Land use determinants may be the most influential factors in the design of livable cities. How a city chooses to allocate land should reflect its core values ​​and meet basic needs for infrastructure, public health, housing, transportation, economic development, and industry. The Rubik’s cube of land use options is influenced by many factors such as geography, topography, environmental assets, human needs, market forces, and politics. A traditional planning tool, called “Rural to Urban Transect”, was originally developed by Ian McHarg in 1969 to reconcile urbanism and environmentalism. A post-2008 version of the original transect diagram, with six successive zones from nature to urban core, with a special neighborhood. Illustration credit: Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company

A post-2008 version of the original transect diagram, with six successive zones from nature to urban core, with a special neighborhood. Illustration credit: Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company.

However, “the original rigid boundaries led to a dualism between man and nature (which) created a chasm between environmentalism and urbanism” as described by architect Andrés Duany in Transect urban planning: readings in human ecology. While Duany recognizes the value of the transect, he also recognizes the critical nature of transition zones that occur along the transect.

Duany uses the ecological metaphor of ecotones – transition zones between two biological communities, where two communities meet and integrate. These areas offer great ecological richness, where different species mix for mutual benefit. This ecological term could be applied to neighborhoods because it emphasizes that the integration of land uses in transition zones strengthens the character and resilience of neighborhoods.

Edmonds boasts six distinct neighborhoods of varying sizes. One of the neighborhoods in Edmonds that I find interesting is the Highway 99 Corridor, informally known as Uptown, which has sharp boundaries between widely divergent areas – general commercial zoning along the Uptown corridor. 99 directly adjacent to single family zoning. How can we improve the habitability along these edges? What areas of the city do you think could benefit from more land use diversity, especially in transitional areas?

What do you think of habitability and land use over the next 20 years?

Please offer your views via our poll and/or at one of our events next week (listed above).

As a reminder, the survey on this week’s theme, Cultural Arts, is still open and available until Saturday, September 10eat https://bit.ly/culture2024 or by scanning this QR code:

— By Susan McLaughlin, Director of Development Services at Edmonds

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