With some stakeholder encouragement and as part of the envisioning process for the Charlotte Avenue Corridor Design Plan process, RCWA has prepared some recommendations. The main objective for these recommendations is to present environmental and community values into the planning process which incorporate community growth and preserve and enhance Richland Creek.
The western boundary of this corridor is Richland Creek, and ironically, the segment of the creek which prompted the formation of RCWA two years ago. The enhancement of this particular segment of Richland Creek provides a unique opportunity to merge environmental and historic values into the sustainable design planning. Take a look at the Draft Recommendations below and offer your opinion to RCWA efforts (firstname.lastname@example.org), or leave comments here on the blog! To learn more about our watershed, visit the RCWA website.
Richland Creek Preservation
Create James Park; an urban park featuring bird watching and attributing its historic value. Connect park to the planned greenway (Greenways Master Plan).
1) Restore buffer zone along Richland Creek to current development regulations (50 feet) when parcels adjacent to Richland Creek are re-developed
2) Create terraced stream bank utilizing the degrading rock wall and limestone
3) Plant native species
4) Install park benches, trash/ recycle cans, and LED lighting
5) Showcase historic significance of the area as related to Nashville Founder James Robertson
Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect and enhance a water resource; promote bio-diversity; create urban park which serves to tribute the founder’s words (rich-land).
Benefits: preserve a natural resource and historic treasure; improve community living; increase residential land value; encourage economic growth; protect community vitality.
Utilize sustainable development and environmental procedures which protect and improve the vitality of the water resource, Richland Creek.
1) Perform Environmental Site Assessments and supplementary Phase I & II procedures as part of the codes approval process for property redevelopment
2) Encourage Low Impact Development technologies: pervious parking pavement and environmental design which address non-point source pollution and stormwater control
3) Require erosion and sediment control for parcels adjacent to Richland Creek when re-development occurs, regardless of parcel size (currently, parcels <1 acre a exempt from erosion control requirements)
4) Encourage Green Building Developers with increased green space design plans for retail and residential projects
5) Install LED lighting, trash/recycle cans and covered benches at public transportation areas.
6) Incorporate and protect historic nature of community
Objectives: Restore regulatory mandates; protect a water resource; reduce non point source pollution; and encourage a community for sustainable living.
Benefits: protect a natural resource; reduce NPS pollution and trash entering stream; save tax payer money by investing in up-front risk assessment resolutions for a sustainable future; preserve the historic value for the community.
1) Increase parking on Charlotte and slow traffic speed to 30 mph through retail district.
2) Create an alternative-fuel public transit system to encourage commuter rider-ship and consequently reduce pollution and traffic for the corridor; (such as walk/bike lanes, installation of pedestrian cross-walk buttons and modern public trolley system #3)
3) Showcase the original route to Nashville; featuring two public areas and waterways, Richland Creek and Cumberland River
Objectives: encourage pedestrian, bike and public transportation; provide ample parking for retail outlets; community safety; enhance community living and reduce pollution.
Benefits: economic growth; a safe and pedestrian friendly community; reduction of air and water pollution; and reduction in traffic flow (jams) during peak commuting periods.
To offer your own comments go to Metro Planning