27 April 2018
A masterplan is a document. It demonstrates a current community. And suggests how it could develop in the future. Specifically, it comprises a number of elements. These usually include:
- Aerial photos
Normally, a masterplan covers a number of areas:
- Transport networks: A masterplan should include clear identification of roads & networks. E.g. ‘transportation corridors’. Significantly, these describe the movement of goods or people from one place to another
- Housing: There are a number of features which are typical of a successful neighbourhood. These include community spirit, aesthetics, transport, safety & convenience. Nevertheless, such neighbourhoods allow the effective flow of people throughout them. Meanwhile, they are fully interconnected
- Land use: It is possible for land use to be planned to an extent. However, there are some factors which make some things out of control. Specifically, these can include the environmental & physical conditions of the city. Parks, housing, offices, commercial, industry, mixed use all represent different types of land uses.
- Economic development: Planners can create plans that protect existing businesses. Whilst promoting new ones. Development that can help better serve a city is also important to consider. For example, by including a conference centre in the heart of a city. To suit the needs of businesses working in the city.
- Parks & open space: Parks are considered a necessity within cities. Moreover, they provide an attractive landscape. And they provide community facilities for a range of different people. Beside parks, cities generally have other pockets of un-used land. Such as preservation areas. Or areas that simply cannot be developed.
- Community facilities: Community facilities promote cultural & social enrichment. Conversely, such facilities can include schools, police & fire stations. And community centres.
Does the masterplanning process involve anything else?
The production of a masterplan can be a complex process. Planners have to go through a range of people. Including general public, interest groups & planning boards. In order to progress their work. In extreme circumstances, government can discontinue such planning. If it is believed to cause widespread disruption.
Plans can be driven forward in a number of ways. These include use of police power. Or using taxes to raise finds. Private property can be sold through eminent domain. In favour of the public domain to re-develop land.
Zoning is another consideration for a planner. Types of buildings in each part of a city are determined by zoning laws. e.g. One type of land may allow residential. Whereas commercial or industrial may not.
In this post, we have outlined what masterplanning is. Along with a description of some of the key components of it. We have also outlined some of the complex issues which exist in the process. These can include planning difficulties with various institutions. We have also mentioned how masterplans can be sped up. And what role zoning plays in masterplanning.
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