The City of Bellevue
is looking to the
future concerning development and redevelopment. Now in its 140th
year as a city, Bellevue is kicking off a new initiative that will look at
form-based code models that have been used to create great places elsewhere to
apply in Northern Kentucky.
Coding Bellevue is about much more than
looking at what has been done elsewhere though. The motto for the
whole initiative harkens to the historic nature of the community -
"Preserving the past, preparing for our future." According to
city leaders, the initiative will take place over the next several months and
will require extensive public participation in order to be successful.
form-based codes you can do three things," said Bellevue Assistant City
Attorney Candace Klein who is also working on drafting the code.
"You can protect the assets you currently have, enhance the assets you
would like to improve, or you can use a form-based code to transform your
In Bellevue's case, Klein says that they will be focusing on protecting and
enhancing their current assets since the community already has a tremendous
base to work from.
Much like the form-based code initiative taking place in Cincinnati, Coding Bellevue
will eventually create a customized code for the Bellevue community to look to
for its future growth and redevelopment.
The first of several public meetings will take place on Wednesday, January 27
from 7pm to 9pm at the Callahan Community Center (located behind City Building
at 616 Poplar Street). The informational
event hosted by the City of Bellevue and Jeff Raser of glaserworks will introduce the concept of
form-based codes and function as a kick-off to the Coding Bellevue initiative.
The next event will also be at the Callahan Community Center and will take
place on Saturday, February 27 from 9am to 12pm. This interactive
workshop will provide the opportunity for the public to develop a vision for
how Bellevue should evolve. The crux of the workshop will be a Visual
Preference Survey that will provide a foundation for the future form-based
Then over the course of four days, the Coding Bellevue Charrette will run from
Monday, March 22 through Thursday, March 25 from 9am to 8pm each day.
This four day charrette will feature public presentations and opportunities for
members of the public to interact with the consulting team, PlaceMakers LLC, about their work.
Klein concluded that, "It's going to be an exciting time for Northern
Kentucky being the innovator on this, and I think we're going to see a lot of
communities do this in the coming years."
Reservations for the Coding Bellevue Charrette are not required, but are
requested and can be made by contacting Jody Robinson or John Yung at (859)
Writer: Randy A. Simes
Photography by Scott Beseler
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