2011 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT)
In late December, Shelburne was selected to participate in the 2011 Sustainable Design Assessment Team (SDAT) program sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This honor comes on the heels of being selected by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a Sustainable Communities Building Blocks Award.
According to the AIA’s web site,
The SDAT program is a community assistance program that focuses on the principles of sustainability. SDATs bring teams of volunteer professionals (such as architects, urban designers, landscape architects, planners, hydrologists, economists, attorneys, and others) to work with community decision-makers and stakeholders to help them develop a vision and framework for a sustainable future.
Shelburne was one of only seven communities nationally selected for this distinction. Work on the project is being guided by a Steering Committee chaired by Planning Commissioner Kate Lalley.
In late May, a team from AIA came to Shelburne for a preliminary visit. The head of the SDAT Team, Harris Steinberg, FAIA, toured Shelburne with members of the Steering Committee and met with representatives of the Route 7 business community as well as local officials. The Team returned to Shelburne in October 2011, conducting meetings with the public throughout the day on October 17th and offering recommendations on October 19th.
As noted in an article in the Burlington Free Press, recommendations made by the team include the following:
• Create a corridor-wide Business Improvement District.
• Capture tourist dollars through a meals and rooms tax (according to the team, Shelburne could raise as much as $2.1 million dollars a year for community and marketing use).
• Hire a corridor manager.
• Create an economic development plan.
• Create development standards and guidelines.
• Create strategic partnerships.
• Leverage assets and secure funding.
During the presentation made at Shelburne historic Town Hall, members of the team also encouraged the Town to improve marketing, preserve open space, and enhance the ease with which the corridor can be traveled by people on foot or bicycle.
A file containing the presentation made by the AIA Team can be found here.
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