Integrated Sustainability Plan
The city of Corpus Christi, Texas, selected HDR to develop an integrated community sustainability plan. This plan builds on HDR's integrated systems approach to community planning, wherein an interdisciplinary team of technical specialists, who understand how changes in one community system affect other systems, work together to plan the sustainable growth and redevelopment of a community.
The planning team, working closely with city staff from several departments, identified twelve broad elements or categories of a complete community; these elements provided the framework for a comprehensive, integrated community plan. The elements range from essential, quantifiable municipal services such as energy, water and waste to those that pertain to quality of life, such as knowledge and culture.
With input from city departments and the project steering committee, the team identified a set of high-priority metrics - indicators of city conditions with respect to each of the elements - and collected data for each metric. The team also identified key destination nodes—locations that have potential as community focal points or demonstrations of Smart Growth development—and developed concept-level plans for each.
To foster the type of compact, energy-efficient land use and development exemplified in the concept plans, HDR provided technical assistance with the creation of twelve new land use and development codes to address topics such as infill and mixed-use, parking and non-conforming lots.
Project deliverables included:
- GIS database
- Concept plans and interactive website for the destination nodes
- Phased concept plan for a downtown circulator
- Road diet implementation plan
- Hike/bike trails concept plan
- Roundabout implementation plan
- Master implementation matrix