PLANiTULSA Comprehensive Plan
PLANiTULSA was the first major update of the Tulsa’s comprehensive plan in over 30 years, and it was designed from the beginning to engage and energize the public about the future. In collaboration with City staff, a highly involved advisory committee, and stakeholders, the team designed and conducted three citywide visioning workshops (with one additional overflow event, due to popular demand), a transportation workshop, and a series of small area planning workshops. The public response was tremendous, with over 1,200 workshop participants. Input from these workshops helped the team develop four 30-year land use and transportation scenarios, which were unveiled in May 2009 to a standing-room-only crowd at the storied Cain’s Ballroom in downtown Tulsa.
The project team developed a series of prototypical building types for specific catalytic sites around the city. These prototypes were based on actual land prices, construction costs, and other real-world factors, and were used to build a strategic approach to implementing the plan.
PLANiTULSA set a new bar for public involvement and the communicating of complex planning information to the public. Over 6,000 people were directly involved in plan activities. Fregonese Associates’ exciting 3-D renderings showed how the city could look and feel under each land use scenario. The final package included a Vision, complete Comprehensive Plan and a Strategic Plan for short-term action which the City is implementing. PLANiTULSA was unanimously approved by the City Council in July 2010.
Brady / Greenwood Arts District Strategic Report
The rationale for this plan was to determine an action plan to capitalize on the momentum of the considerable progress that has been made in the Brady/Greenwood Arts District already, and to manage the various issues that are bound to arise in a successful urban district.
The district has seen a remarkable rejuvenation, spurred by the development of the ONEOK baseball stadium, the Guthrie Green, the adjacent Woody Guthrie Center and the Philbrook Downtown, private sector development such as the Tribune Lofts, Metro at Brady and GreenArch apartments, the Fairfield Inn, and the general vitality of the local businesses. The report included an assessment of City of Tulsa regulations, a redevelopment assessment, building prototypes, build-out scenarios, and strategies for improving the district.
11th and Lewis: Development Program + Strategies
Located less than a half mile from the University of Tulsa campus, 11th Street and Lewis Avenue is at the nexus of several key redevelopment opportunities. The team was hired on to develop adaptive reuse and infill development strategies in order to improve quality of life, expand on the sense of place, integrate future incubator spaces for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and meet financial goals of 18% - 20% internal rate on returns. Multiple streetscape recommendations were provided along with funding options to make it all happen.
Tulsa Sector Plans
Fregonese Associates is currently working on updating plans for three neighborhoods in central Tulsa: Crutchfield, Pearl District, and Crosbie Heights. Leveraging the success of the PLANiTULSA comprehensive plan update, the team is working on refreshing each neighborhood plan's vision in a timely manner. Policies in each neighborhood are being refined through a robust community engagement process, and new ideas and strategies are being kept consistent with the overall PLANiTULSA comprehensive plan. In addition to small area plans, our team is developing action-oriented sector plans (previously known as urban renewal plans) that guide strategic public investment in these neighborhoods.
These plans will give dcision makers an in-depth understanding of the opportuntiies and challenges in each neighborhood, in addition to detailed redevelopment strategies and urban design concepts. Tools such as Envision Tomorrow are being used to identify candidate sites and catalytic projects for likely redeveloment scenarios.