Housing Market Analysis: Update

Ranson is undergoing a transition from a small industrial town to a community that blends commercial and residential growth this is attracting national attention.  The City has positioned itself through a balance of investment and support of multiple federal grants, and through private sector development investment throughout the City. This work through Public/Private Partnerships maximized grants that […]

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‘Ready for a New Era:’ New planning vision, zoning, Comprehensive Plan become law

At their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 17, Ranson City Council members unanimously approved proposals some two years in the making, enacting a new zoning code and Comprehensive Plan designed to guide growth and redevelopment for decades to come.

“There was never any doubt these measures would pass into law,” said Ranson Mayor A. David Hamill. “That’s because, from the beginning, we involved everybody – property owners, business people, developers and elected officials from both Ranson and Charles Town. We all had a hand in turning our ideas into plans and ordinances. By making them law, we’re signaling to our partners in the federal agencies that funded the planning and to those considering investment in our region that we’re ready for a new era…” [cont.]

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Final Meetings Announced

It’s the final stretch for Ranson’s new zoning options, the update of our Comprehensive Plan, and the brownfield redevelopment plans addressed during fall, 2011 public meetings.

The finish line draws closer by the day, as a newly-announced series of hearings allows for presentation of final drafts, comment, and consideration by city officials. The complete schedule can be found here. All interested residents are welcome to attend.

To get up to speed before the hearings, review the proposed Comprehensive Plan update, the new zoning code option, and the full report from the September workshops here. Or you can review them in person at City Hall during regular office hours.

To get us to this stage in the process, residents, property owners and business folks have collaborated with staff and elected officials of both Ranson and Charles Town. There have been workshops and seminars, show-and-tell design reviews and presentations by the consulting team. There was even an historic joint working session for the Ranson and Charles Town Councils. To follow the entire process, check out the posts preceding this one.

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Ranson and Charles Town’s Future? Sustainable, connected, in character

On Wednesday, September 14, Ranson and Charles Town citizens and leaders sloshed into Charles Town’s Old Opera House from a dusk downpour to celebrate the conclusion of an intensive week of planning with their consulting team.

“Unless you were on the third floor of city hall this week to watch these people work,” said Ranson Mayor A. David Hamill, “it would be hard to imagine how hard they went at it…” [cont.]

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A New “Green Corridor” Merges, Symbolizes Project Goals

If there’s a signature project among those the workshop teams are tackling this week, it’s the North-South Fairfax Boulevard/George Street thoroughfare.

The goal: To create a true boulevard that enables walkable, neighborhood-appropriate mixed uses. It’s intended to be a “green” corridor because it’s designed to make the most of state-of-the-art storm water management systems and other environmentally friendly techniques… [cont.]

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New Ways to Shape Growth:
For Old Ranson and beyond

It’s this simple, said PlaceMakers’ Susan Henderson, project leader for the regulatory component of the Ranson Renewed/Charles Town Connected project:

“The intent of this new regulatory approach is to make it easier for you to do what you’re telling us is important to you and your community.”

On Saturday, September 10, Henderson and others from the consulting team assigned to the Ranson Renewed/Charles Town Connected project discussed the role of zoning in helping to guide growth in character with the region’s character… [cont.]

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