OK, so here are some development commandments, please give me suggestions to make this better.
Violate these and expect fire and brimstone from me…
- Thou shall not make unto thee any redesigned image – I don’t care about the economics or whatever loophole you found, never ever degrade a project after approval.
- Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor(hood) – I can forgive just about any action and have, but lying to the city council is lying to the entire community.
- Thou shall not steal from the community – development must create revenues that fund the full cost of services and capital needs created by said development – or offer a significant public benefit to justify the ongoing subsidy.
- Thou shall create attractive human scale facades whenever facing prominent streets or neighbors.
- Thou shall no other gods before me (especially parking spots) – take only what is needed in a typical circumstance and hide the ugliness.
- Honor thy Mother (Earth) & neighbors – address stormwater, sewer, energy consumption, climate change, and multi-modal transportation access on site. Engage and take difference to establish neighborhood preferences.
- With great density comes great expectations – Use density as a tool to create a better design.
- Thou shall not murder (the streetscape) – Architecture is your friend, seriously. Blank walls are a reflection of your blank soul.
- Remember the future, to keep it wholly viable – your development should be mixed use, mixed income, walkable and not automobile dependent.
- Thou shalt not take the intent of the planning process in vain – Rochester’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning are bad, I get that, but it is slowly getting better. Stop using it as an crutch to push through crap.