NATICK CENTER PLAN
Public Forum #1
December 8, 2015
Presentation
– Where
– What
– Why
– How (and when)
Open House
– Browse the stations
– Provide your feedback
Study area; ...
where
½ mile “walk-shed”
½ mile “walk-shed”
10 minute walk
TCAN Library
Major
employers:
2 miles
Modera
Residences
(40R)
Farmers
Market,
concerts, and
other
programming
MBTA Station...
what
A plan that connects the past to the future
A plan that is context sensitive
and involves the community
A plan that incorporates past planning (where relevant)
 1980-90s: Facilities Plan saw implementation of upgraded
Town Co...
RECOMMENDATIONS
How do you see
Natick Center in
5, 10, 20 years?
What regulatory
and other changes
are needed to
achieve t...
why
Demographic data and projections
MAPC runs 2 scenarios: status quo and stronger region
• Stronger region assumes more peop...
0
5,000
10,000
15,000
20,000
25,000
30,000
35,000
40,000
1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030
5% Growth
Natick – Total Population...
Natick – Changing demographics
69%
Projected growth
of 65+ in Natick
through 2030
15%
Projected growth
of Millennials (20-...
2.1
2.15
2.2
2.25
2.3
2.35
2.4
2.45
2.5
2.55
2.6
1990 2000 2010 2020 2030
Natick – Household size is projected to shrink
Preferences and demographics are aligning for
increasing demand of walkable neighborhoods
AGES 20-35
AGES 36-65
AGES 66+
76% of “millennials
want to live in a
“transit-oriented”
neighborhood*
Why Natick Center?
 Transit access
 Walkable envi...
What we’ve heard so far
Love the
farmers
market.
Let’s
streamline
the
permitting
process.
We have a
great
burgeoning
arts ...
how
Photo courtesy Jay Ball
Process
Craft Vision
Recommend Changes
Implementation
Process
Craft Vision
Recommend Changes
Implementation
Opportunities for change (land use + urban design)
Uses
Size, height, location
• Total buildable area
• Number of floors
•...
Opportunities for change (transportation)
Prioritizing the safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users
of the road
1....
Next steps
December January February March April
Open
House
Draft
Recommendations
Present
Recommen
-dations
Refine and fin...
Open House
Browse the stations for additional information and
provide input on the following:
–Overall vision
–Walking, bi...
Natick Center Plan Forum 1 Presentation 12.8.15
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Natick Center Plan Forum 1 Presentation 12.8.15

Presentation given on 12.8.15 at the Natick Center Plan forum given by MAPC in partnership with the town of Natick, MA,
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Transcripts - Natick Center Plan Forum 1 Presentation 12.8.15

  • 1. NATICK CENTER PLAN Public Forum #1 December 8, 2015
  • 2. Presentation – Where – What – Why – How (and when) Open House – Browse the stations – Provide your feedback Study area; existing and future assets Past planning; Natick Center Plan elements Demographic changes; location attributes Process, initial feedback; timeline
  • 3. where
  • 4. ½ mile “walk-shed”
  • 5. ½ mile “walk-shed” 10 minute walk
  • 6. TCAN Library Major employers: 2 miles Modera Residences (40R) Farmers Market, concerts, and other programming MBTA Station redesign process Town Hall Police / Fire Dept Natick Center Cultural District P P P P P Proposed developments Recent developments
  • 7. what
  • 8. A plan that connects the past to the future
  • 9. A plan that is context sensitive and involves the community
  • 10. A plan that incorporates past planning (where relevant)  1980-90s: Facilities Plan saw implementation of upgraded Town Common, Morse Library addition, new Town Hall, new Police/Fire HQ  1990s: Market study and parking study  1997: Design Master Plan  2000s: Parking studies  Today: Several new developments; parking recommendations implementation
  • 11. RECOMMENDATIONS How do you see Natick Center in 5, 10, 20 years? What regulatory and other changes are needed to achieve the vision? Given market realities, is the vision achievable? How do we prioritize needed changes? NATICK CENTER PLAN COMPONENTS VISION RECOMMENDATIONS Land use / zoning, Transportation MARKET ANALYSIS IMPLEMENTATION Short / medium / long term priorities
  • 12. why
  • 13. Demographic data and projections MAPC runs 2 scenarios: status quo and stronger region • Stronger region assumes more people will be attracted to area, younger householders will seek out more downtown style living, senior households will choose to downsize to “age in place” Fertility MassCHIP & Census 2000/2010 Migration ACS & PUMS Mortality MassCHIP & Census 2000/2010 Regional Population Projections Households by Age of Householder, Size, Structure Headship Rates By age, Census 2010 Housing Units by Type, Tenure, Units in Structure Housing Preferences By age & HH type: PUMS * From review of previous projections vs actuals, the Stronger Region scenario has been closer to accurate
  • 14. 0 5,000 10,000 15,000 20,000 25,000 30,000 35,000 40,000 1980 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 5% Growth Natick – Total Population is rising
  • 15. Natick – Changing demographics 69% Projected growth of 65+ in Natick through 2030 15% Projected growth of Millennials (20- 34 year olds) through 2030
  • 16. 2.1 2.15 2.2 2.25 2.3 2.35 2.4 2.45 2.5 2.55 2.6 1990 2000 2010 2020 2030 Natick – Household size is projected to shrink
  • 17. Preferences and demographics are aligning for increasing demand of walkable neighborhoods AGES 20-35 AGES 36-65 AGES 66+
  • 18. 76% of “millennials want to live in a “transit-oriented” neighborhood* Why Natick Center?  Transit access  Walkable environment  Restaurants and amenities  Multi-family residences  More affordable than some neighboring communities  Proximity to Route 128 + Route 9 employers *2015 Urban Land Institute Boston/New England and MassINC Polling
  • 19. What we’ve heard so far Love the farmers market. Let’s streamline the permitting process. We have a great burgeoning arts scene. We need every- day retail needs. …Like a grocery store. Parking is more of a perception problem. No, lack of problem is an actual problem. But the new parking changes seem to be helping. But we also need a garage. Main Street by the T is a challenge for walkers. Attractive. Relatively affordable. Near the T. More restaurants! Bars!
  • 20. how Photo courtesy Jay Ball
  • 21. Process Craft Vision Recommend Changes Implementation Process Craft Vision Recommend Changes Implementation
  • 22. Opportunities for change (land use + urban design) Uses Size, height, location • Total buildable area • Number of floors • Front, side, and rear setbacks • Maximum lot coverage Exteriors • Entrance locations • Materials • Architectural elements • Landscaping Parking • Amount required • Location • Landscaping
  • 23. Opportunities for change (transportation) Prioritizing the safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users of the road 1. Routine Projects and Maintenance (local funds) 2. Temporary (pilot) projects (cones, barrels, tape, etc.) 3. Corridor / intersection redesigns (MassWorks, TIP, Complete Streets, local funds)
  • 24. Next steps December January February March April Open House Draft Recommendations Present Recommen -dations Refine and finalize Town approval
  • 25. Open House Browse the stations for additional information and provide input on the following: –Overall vision –Walking, biking, and vehicular improvements –Parking concerns and options along Main Street –Land use and visual preference exercise –Future retail needs Stay up to date with future meetings, presentations, and other documents: http://www.mapc.org/natickcenterplan

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