South County Design Manual

Description: The South County Design Manual is built around eight design scenarios prepared for representative sites around South County. Each of these hypothetical case studies take an actual site and shows how it would most likely be developed in today’s market, following current zoning and other regulations. A more creative development alternative for each site was drawn up to demonstrate how the same or greater amount of development could be accommodated on each site while preserving important resources.

The eight scenario sites were selected. The sites include “town gateways,” such as the area of West Greenwich adjacent to Exit 5 and the agricultural district on the Border of Exeter and North Kingstown where Route 2 meets102. Some of the sites represent landscapes in transition, such as the so-called United Nuclear site in Charlestown, or the vacant lots and gravel pits along Rt. 138 in Richmond. Other areas, like the village of Shannock, are gradually evolving from self-sufficient mill villages to residential enclaves. Likewise, the entrance to Westerly on Route One represents an area struggling to keep up with changes in commercial markets.

The Design Manual is set up so that each of the eight scenarios serves as a free-standing example of development alternatives for a particular situation. Each full-page illustration of existing, conventional, and creative development is accompanied by a page with photographs of the site in question, or actual examples of the type of development illustrated in the drawings. Details of the creative development illustration are enlarged and surrounded by written design recommendations. A final page describes for each scenario the implementation techniques that might be employed to achieve the desired ends. These include planning ideas, like detailed master plans for Main Streets or neighborhoods, as well as zoning or other regulatory techniques. Examples from projects around the country complete the picture.

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Source: Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management
Date: 2001
Format: Website

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