The built environment refers to the buildings, public spaces, roadways and all the structures in Town. There are opportunities to make our built environment more healthful, less wasteful, and the type of spaces that endure and are loved. Actions in this section include ways to create a healthier, more resource efficient built environment, from the actual buildings to the constructed environment (roads, water plants, etc.)
Relationship to Existing Plans/Initiatives:
This is most closely linked to the comprehensive plan, with specific initiatives to change development patterns to include both preservation and new construction near existing services. It brings in the use of alternative building materials from Vision 2020 and includes many of the efforts of Town staff and the issues that come to Planning Board.
- New buildings will reach net-zero energy and water.
- Old buildings will be made as energy efficient as practically possible.
- The built environment will be assessed for functionality and performance to help determine when/if they reach their end of life cycle; if so they will be disassembled and salvaged.
- Healthy indoor environments would be prioritized
- Every component of the built environment that makes sense to save will be maintained and reinforced to last as long as possible.
- The public realm in the Town center will be provided with
B. Update Building Code - #NedZero #BuildingCode
- 7B-01: Dark Sky Initiative: Update and enforce the Municipal Code as it relates to downward indirect lighting in residential and commercial districts.
- 7B-02: Update Town Municipal Code to encourage development and redevelopment of mixed-use and multifamily housing per Comp Plan
- 7B-03: Explore creative housing concepts to meet the community's affordable housing needs, including small-scale housing (e.g. cabin zoning concepts), accessory dwelling units, multi-generational development, etc. Review the Town zoning code to prepare for changes to allow for such concepts.
- 7B-04: Update Zoning and development regulations to align with Comp Plan
- 7B-05: Revisit and update the Town's Design Guidelines so that they constantly evolve and reflect the design objective of the community.
- 7B-06: Review and revise the Municipal Code to ensure that it allows for impact analysis for proposed development.
- 7B-07: Move towards net-zero energy in all building codes
- 7B-08: Require that all existing Nederland buildings be eligible for the ENERGY STAR label by 2016 and to achieve a minimum score of 85
- 7B-09: Review Town Municipal Code for any barriers to high-efficiency building materials/measures
C. LEED Gold Community Center - #NedZero #CommunityCenter
- 7C-01: Seek funding for construction of energy efficient, renewable‐powered locker rooms and showers at the community center.
- 7C-02: Approve a Community Center Site Plan that identifies short-term and long-term goals and actions for improving the efficiency and functionality of the Community Center.
D. Community Dialog - #NedZero #CommunityDialog
- 7D-01: Meet with property owners to understand adaptive reuse and redevelopment challenges and opportunities
E. Energy Efficiency Incentives - #NedZero #EnergyEfficiency
G. GIS Database & Land Use Data - #NedZero #GIS
I. Master Infrastructure Plan - #NedZero #Infrastructure
- 7I-01: Review and document opportunities within the Town's upcoming Master Infrastructure Plan to address the community's goals for sustainability within the infrastructure systems. Continue to review these goals for sustainable infrastructure annually.
- 7I-02: Construct a new Public Works Shop that complies with Nederland's 2020 Vision and environmentally preferred practices while supporting the delivery of essential services.
J. Sustainable Logistics - #NedZero #Logistics
- 7J-01: Develop a set of measurable criteria for evaluating development projects in terms of sustainability, including environmental, social, and economic.
- 7J-02: Develop a clean indoor air checklist
R. Local Resources - #NedZero #LocalResources