Silverton Small Area Plan

Landscape Architecture & Community Planning - Planning & Analysis Projects

Project Narrative

The Small Area Plan for the Village of Silverton promotes an active streetscape, provides for civic green space, and creates a more welcoming and walkable downtown. The design process included multiple stages of community engagement which began with a streetscape walk consisting of Village staff and focus group members to garner ideas for the future vision of the Plainfield Road streetscape. Public engagement continued with design charrettes and public open houses which were critical in creating the vision for the streetscape improvements for the diverse community.

To provide the Village of Silverton with a beautiful, pedestrian friendly streetscape promoting community building, the plan includes a Silverton gateway arch, a new pocket park, multiple streetscape parklets, a civic green with a pavilion for concerts, and community movie nights. Streetscape amenities include new streetscape pavement, pavers, planters, seating, art installations, lighting, parking, accessibility, bike racks, and Village branding.

The design was brought to life by creating extensive computer rendered 3D model videos. The rendered videos show the proposed improvements as if you were walking down the street. These videos helped to raise awareness of the plan and garner community support, promote economic development on the Village’s website, and helped successfully gain funding.

The Silverton Small Area Plan has created a meaningful impact on the community by creating a clear vision for the future streetscape and has already garnered additional funding to construct these proposed improvements.

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Community Impact

The community has been involved throughout the design process through public engagement by means of a streetscape walk with Village staff and focus group members, charrettes, and public open houses to ensure the plan represents the diverse people of Silverton.
One of the planned areas of improvement has already been constructed thanks to the Community Development Block Grant provided by the CARES Act. The grant was provided to create outdoor dining areas to promote social distancing during the Covid-19 pandemic and resulted in the addition of an outdoor patio to the MVP Sports Bar. The Silverton Town Commons Park also received grant funding and construction is planned to begin in 2022.

Project Details

Submission Category

Landscape Architecture & Community Planning - Planning & Analysis Projects

Date of Completion

September, 2020