A new kind of zoning to debut in Malta

Town will hold series of meetings on form-based code zoning

— Members of the town’s Planning Board, and many professionals will be on hand for the weeklong charrette, including representatives from theChazen Companies and The Code Studio, which based in Texas. In all, there will be eight consultants in attendance for the charrette. Planners, urban designers and landscape architects will be among the consulting team.

A charrette is a brainstorming and design session among parties involved for a specific project. This is an intense period where planning and design work is done and all parties can collaborate. The process of creating aplace or developing and refining an idea is heightened during a charrette.

“What we do is work with the public to get an understanding to see how they want an area built in terms of how high buildings are and where they sit on a lot, whether they’re pulled up to the sidewalk or set back with parking in front,” said Colin Scarff, a principal with The Code Studio.

“Because of the size of downtown, it allows us to do some detailed planning work with the public. Out of that work we’ll develop a form based code. When we go to Malta, we have no preconceived idea of what we’re going to do. We could have five different zoning districts or we could have three, it really depends on what comes out of this weeklong charrette. The hands on design session will be where we invite the public to help us refine the downtown plan and they will help us determine the future form and character ofdowntown which will enable us to write the form based code,” said Scarff.

Public events are scheduled throughout the charrette week. Unless otherwise stated, all public events will be held at the Malta Community Center at One Bayberry Drive.

For more information on the project, visit malta.code-studio.com

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