Project for Public Spaces (PPS) seeks proposals from qualified vendors by Friday May, 24th for two separate Form Based Code technical assistance projects.
In the fall of 2011, Project for Public Spaces (PPS) was awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainability under their Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program, in conjunction with PPS’s Livability Solutions partners.
The Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program provides quick, targeted technical assistance to selected local and/or tribal governments using a variety of tools that have demonstrated results and widespread application. The purpose of delivering these tools is to stimulate a discussion about growth and development and to strengthen local capacity to implement sustainable development approaches.
Project for Public Spaces (PPS) seeks proposals from qualified planning, architecture, and urban design vendors with strong community planning skills to assist in two separate Building Blocks projects to catalyze and direct the future of Form Based Codes (FBCs) in Omaha, Nebraska and in Duncan, South Carolina. Each project will consist of a two day site visit (including at minimum a public workshop and stakeholder interviews) and a technical memo.
Respondents may choose to pursue both the Omaha and Duncan projects or just one of them; however, each RFP should be responded to individually.
The deadline for submissions is Friday May, 24th.
Omaha has a half decade of experience with finite applications of FBCs as overlay districts along major civic corridors and in discrete neighborhood districts. This technical assistance will provide the City and its partners guidance on how Omaha’s next iteration of FBCs can further achieve desired outcomes for the metro’s built environment in a manner that is efficient and beneficial to the development community, the city as a whole, and local neighborhoods. To that end, the workshop and technical memo will evaluate past applications and local opinions of FBCs; demonstrate the benefits of FBCs to the development community, the public, and government officials; and recommend future actions for the community.
About the Duncan RFP:
Duncan has adopted a Streetscape and Pocket Parks Plan and has drafted a Pedestrian Overlay District to enhance the pedestrian and bicycle friendliness of downtown Duncan and to revitalize the area through an emphasis on increased opportunities for active living. Upstate Forever, a nonprofit promoting sensible growth and protecting special places in the Upstate region of South Carolina, is seeking to continue that progress by considering a FBC for downtown Duncan. The workshop and technical memo will demonstrate the benefits of FBCs to the downtown stakeholders, the public, and government officials and recommend future actions for the community.
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