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Scott County: Looking Forward


May 2011

Primary Community Partner
Georgetown-Scott County Planning Commission

Undergraduate Students
Kevin Ashley, Drew Board, George Boone, Paul Burchett, Erik Bush, James Calitri, Mike Capitena, Taylor Clem, Will Cooper, Lauren Fraley, Nathan Frazee, Simone Heath, Matt Hisle, Katrina Kelly, Evan McDaniel, Banjamin Schenk, Kyle Smith, Derek Suhre

Project Statement
The Looking Forward Project was conducted in partnership with the local planning commission and stakeholders. The project purpose was to generate ideas, guidelines, and recommendations for both the development and conservation of this threatened cultural landscape. This project demonstrated landscape architectural principles through a range of scales from the site to regionally based integrated projects. Empowering stakeholders was essential throughout the process in order to make the desired changes and achieve the community's goals.

Project Narrative
Imagine a community that is projected to increase its human population three fold in the next few decades in a landscape that is on the World Monuments Fund's Watch List. How can landscape architects facilitate a stakeholder driven process to develop a range of physical and policy options addressing the anticipated landscape change? This project utilized classic and innovative landscape architectural approaches in working with stakeholders as a community-service. Over the course of four months, which included many days physically working in the community, and three public meetings, at which formal presentations were made and stakeholder participation activities were used to synergistically develop ideas, the project team sought to systematically explore the opportunities and constraints facing this community.

The fundamental project goal was to employ spatial and non-spatial analyses to formulate and evaluate plans/designs at a variety of scales while including artistic, social, economic, ethical, and ecological reference frames, and simultaneously functioning as an individual as well as a team member to draw conclusions and make reasoned recommendations in verbal, written, and graphic forms for future community action. Essential issues in each of the design proposals included health, safety and welfare; regional dynamics; common pool resources; cultural heritage; landscape scenic beauty; water management; wildlife management; economic growth; and the quality of life. Stakeholder input was crucial in idea conceptualization that influenced a range of scenarios for policy and physical approaches as well as regulatory and voluntary community actions.

Primary and secondary data were collected to perform a community contextual characterization that elucidated for both the project team and stakeholders the scope of the issues related to the community's physical, biological, and cultural resources. This initial characterization was presented at Public Meeting One. Following the formal presentation, a listen session was used to further uncover the salient issues facing the community as perceived by the stakeholders. This meeting set the specific direction concerning activities that would be undertaken with the community over the next several months. Between meeting one and two, the project team worked with stakeholders on location and in the studio to generate specific analyses and design programs or research projects concerning a range of ideas across geographic scales ranging from downtown redevelopment scenarios to regional greenway initiatives to documenting and understanding the urban to rural continuum. During Public Meeting Two, the project team presented a variety of preliminary proposals to the stakeholders. This meeting proved to be a pivotal point in the process. Stakeholder feedback was considered and integrated into the refined ideas. During Public Meeting Three, the project team presented the refined ideas and encouraged a second round of stakeholder feedback. Following the presentation, stakeholders participated in a project team facilitated resource diagramming exercise. This diagramming exercise was intended to identify essential resources within the community and beyond to aid in project implementation. The project team employed methods often used in community based resource management studies and led a resource diagramming exercise to enable effective transfer of ideas developed during the process into physical and/or policy interventions. The resources for each of the component projects that individuals/ organizations contributed fundamentally involved financial, technical, leadership, and/or permission resources. Critical to this diagramming exercise was the identification of actual participants who are likely to become the basis of an action committee to make the project a reality.

The project outcomes have already been substantial given the project concluded in April 2011. Many of the ideas developed during the process are influencing the community's formal comprehensive land use planning process that began at the conclusion of this project. There have been formal and informal agreements to extend an existing key multiuse recreational trail an additional eight miles in order to connect two communities. The master plan for a 1,400 acre park is changing the way the community is maintaining and laying out equestrian and mountain biking trails. What has been the most gratifying to the project team is that throughout the project, stakeholders displayed passionate interest, concern, and diversity of thought regarding the community's future. This has been an energizing experience for the project team as we enter the profession. The following views are a sampling of brochures that synthesized the individual component projects. The sampling of brochures is representative of work through scales of work across the landscape.


• Full Report • Chapter 1: Project Introduction • Chapter 2: Contextual Characterization
• Chapter 3: Case Studies • Chapter 4: Future Vision • Chapter 5: The Old and The New
• Chapter 6: Green Connections • Chapter 7: Conclusion
PowerPoint Presentations
• Presentation 1 • Presentation 2 • Presentation 3
• Urban Rural Continuum • Urban Infill Revitalization • Suburbanization Strategies
• Rural Housing Strategies • Extending the Legacy Trail • North Elkhorn Creek Greenway
• Great Crossing Park • All Brochures





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