Jamestown Visions 2008 represents an effort by the Town of Jamestown to address the long standing issues of affordability and controlled growth vs. preservation of island character.
Union Studio led a team of architects, planners, code specialists, developers, and affordable housing experts in a 6 day on-site charrette to bring together stakeholders and experts to address these issues. Public opinion was documented both on-site and on-line, design and policy scenarios were suggested, assessed by the public, and revised accordingly.
Novel solutions were proposed including the first New England “SmartCode” to guide development based on “form” rather than “use” and allowing subdivision of oversized lots for the provision of affordable cottages in keeping with the historic architecture of the island.
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