It’s important to understand where we’ve come from to have a better grasp on where we’re going. The James Street Overlay District Guidelines have become very important because of the many challenges we face in maintaining their enforcement. Understanding the process that went into their creation and their adoption as an ordinance in the City of Syracuse may shed some light on why they are so important. Here I reproduce the words from this brief description of the ESF study that got things rolling (bolding mine).
If 100 people in Eastwood were to read this through – it takes less time than watching just the ads in “Dancing With the Stars” – and if each were to educate just one other person about the effect on Eastwood of the proposed Walgreens sign, then we’d have a great turn-out at the April 6 Planning Commission meeting. That’s when a decision will be made about what they want: a 10-foot LED stand-alone ground sign. It violates the overlay district guidelines in four ways: sign square footage, total number of signs, prohibition against ground signs, and prohibition against animated signs.
But here’s what you want to read first, an email reprinted here with permission from our neighbor and retired professor of architecture, Sig Snyder:
You saw it on the Walkable Eastwood website back in August of 2005. I was begging for professional urban planners to be added to the city administration’s staff.
Designing Syracuse City needs in-house urban planners to make the most of its many assets
Sunday, January 28, 2007 (courtesy Post-Standard)
By Emanuel Carter
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
“…(A) succession of administrations have managed the city without including, at a senior level, professional urban planners with the critical skill sets of planning, design and environmental management.
We are not alone in doing business this way. Cities we like, however, include (in senior positions and as crucial participants) professionals trained in planning, design and environmental management, and they conduct national searches to get the skilled practitioners they need.