Urban Design – Meeting Notes February 23rd 2022

Published On: February 23rd, 2022Categories: Focus Team Updates, Urban Design

Focus Team: Urban Design Meeting #3: Building Typologies, Mobility Systems, & Parking

Date and Location: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 – Community Center

Estimated Attendance: 14

Guiding Questions:  

Building Typologies, Mobility Systems, & Parking

Guiding Questions

  • What building typologies should be considered at Brown Ranch, such as mixed use, elevator  apartments, walk up apartments, townhouses, duplexes, single family, ADU’s, etc. • How should transportation be handled at Brown Ranch?
  • How should vehicles and parking be accommodated at Brown Ranch?

What role does Urban Design play in:

  • Health Equity?
  • Sustainability?
  • Project Economics?
  • Infrastructure?

Key Technical Information Shared:  

Bert Gregory presented examples of building types, mobility systems, and parking in other communities  to get a sense of what the meeting attendees like/don’t like and want to see at Brown Ranch. See  attached slides.

Did you know: In downtown Steamboat ~1/3 of land is used for parking!!

Public Input:  


Q: How does urban design address climate change and a warmer climate?

A: Ventilation, highly insulated homes, coloration of materials that disperse heat. Recognition that as  climate changes, cooling will be needed. Design areas of safety in case of power outage (resilience hub).  Landscaping should include plants for shading … maybe. Should there be street trees? How does that  contribute to the character of the development? How does that interact with the Sustainability Team’s  goals?