sub-area & neighborhood plans

Policies from comprehensive or long-range planning often require site-specific calibration and the development of more detailed policies, designs and implementing strategies. It's a type of planning we love to lead, often engaging other design disiplines in the process. Outcomes often lead to rapid implementation, with residents, landowners and community leaders equally excited about seeing results - long-term vision leading to real-world transformation. 


Port angeles WA

Beginning in 2010, SCI managed a conceptual redesign of the Port Angeles waterfront, leading a multi-disciplinary team to address a key stretch of the shoreline, create a city-wide wayfinding scheme, and develop transportation recommendations improving walkability. 

Recognizing that plans have little chance without resident buy-in, SCI carried outreach techniques to new levels - conducting hundreds of one-on-one and group interviews and using a downtown storefront as a working studio for a week's worth of public interaction. Beginning with an innovative "Art Slam" event, multiple concepts were developed and tested, from which residents established a preferred, far-reaching scheme. Representatives from the Klallam Tribe were engaged as well, providing insight and enthusiastic support for the restoration of a beach along the western-most third of the plan area.

The waterfront plan was adopted by unanimous Council vote, and received a 2011 Washington APA/PAW Award for outstanding physical plans. 

Subsequent work by SCI involved leading the design, permitting and construction of Phases I and II of the waterfront plan, including an urban esplenade and the restored beach where mill operations once took place. Those efforts received an 2013 Honor Award from AIA Washington. 


Fayetteville's previous downtown plan was a success by almost any measure, guiding more than $30 million of reinvestment over the decade following its adoption. But the plan needed updating to reflect new conditions, including shifting community attitudes about downtown's identity. 

Following a national RFQ process, Fayetteville hired Studio Cascade to update the plan, and mindful of recent controversies, to involve the public every step of the way. SCI worked closely with City staff to lead a process featuring a downtown storefront studio, a web-based survey and several well-attended workshops, generating broad consensus for downtown's strategic future and support for new directions in development.

The final plan called for increased attention to those neighborhoods immediately adjacent to the commercial core - a departure from the earlier, center-focused plan. And aided by heavy public involvement, the new plan was adopted by unanimous and enthusiastic vote of the City Council. 


Normandy park WA

Transfer of development rights (TDR) is a
hot topic in fast-growing King County. In support of its TDR efforts, the County and the Washington State Department of Commerce awarded the City of Normandy Park funds to plan for an opportunity site known as Manhattan Village, including a planned action ordinance and a TDR interlocal agreement with the County.

SCI, with partners LMN Architects, Leland Consulting Group and Fehr & Peers, was hired to prepare the plan, and to engage and educate a skeptical community on how City and TDR objectives might harmonize. Most agreed the current state of the area fell short of community image and need – offering opportunity for improvement. 

A strong public process to create, refine and winnow options led to a plan providing an intense mixed-use center – supported by form-based policies, transportation improvements and economic analysis. Regulatory updates cured structural and line-item inconsistencies while leaving the door open for the City to incorporate TDR separately, if desired. The plan received two honors: a 2013 APA/PAW Award for  Small Cities Physical Plans, and a 2013 Governor's "Smart Communities" Award.