News and Articles

Permaculture at the City Planning Level

Published on Saturday, April 13, 2013

Permaculture at the City Planning Level

Transforming Urban Environments for a Peak Oil Future - A Vision Plan for the City of San Buenaventura, CA

Wow! This is the best example of a city wide vision of transforming an entire city to a more sustainable Post-Peak Oil Future. The report and appendixes are nearly 300 pages with many pictures and diagrams that show the transformation of a city to a Permamaculture Community. This not only demonstrates that cities and local governments recognize the problems approaching us but are also putting the effort forward to solve (or mitigate) them.

Inspiring... I wish it was Spokane... maybe it will reach the planners in our town... soon.

The sad part is that this report was done in 2007.  I doubt that there has been as much progress as they envisioned then for 2015.  Regardless, you cannot finish what you do not start.

I suggest that you download the PDF report to make it easier (faster) to read.  You can right click (Sorry Mac users,  I don't know how you would do it) and "Save Target as...".  This will allow you to zip around and have the very large detail pictures show very speedily.

http://www.cityofventura.net/files/file/public-works/Green/Peak%20Oil%20Study.pdf  

PART ONE

INTRODUCTION

PROJECT PURPOSE

CHOOSING A PATH TO ADDRESS PEAK OIL

OIL AND AMERICAN LIFE

LOCALIZATION AND PEAK OIL

 

PROJECT CONTEXT

 

 

SAN BUENAVENTURA, CALIFORNIA

HISTORICAL AND PHYSICAL CONTEXT

CHARACTER AREAS OF

SAN BUENAVENTURA

THE SURROUNDING REGION

CITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING CONTEXT

PROJECT FRAMEWORK AND METHOD

PROJECT GOAL

 

PART TWO

 

ANALYSIS: CURRENT SYSTEMS

  

 

ENERGY

WATER

NATURAL COMMUNITIES

FOOD

MOBILITY

SHELTER

ECONOMY

COMMUNITY

CURRENT SYSTEMS: CONCLUSION

 

SCENARIO  

 

 

ASSUMPTIONS

“PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE” SCENARIO

 

PART THREE

 

PLANS AND DESIGN GUIDELINES

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

OVERARCHING STRATEGIES

REGIONAL VISION: COLLABORATION

 

contents

 

 

2050 VISION FOR SAN BUENAVENTURA

PHASES OF THE POST-PEAK OIL VISION PLAN

GUIDELINES BY SYSTEMS:

ENERGY: PASSIVE IS MASSIVE

WATER: RECAPTURE RESOURCES

NATURAL COMMUNITIES: PRESERVE AND ENHANCE

FOOD: GROW LOCAL

MOBILITY: REVERSE THE TRANSPORTATION HIERARCHY

SHELTER: MAKE DENSITY DESIRABLE

ECONOMY: BUILD LOCAL ECONOMY

COMMUNITY: CHANGE THE “ME” TO “WE”

 

EVALUATION

  

 

 

SYSTEMS

QUALITY OF LIFE

 

PART FOUR

 

TRANSFORMATIVE SITE DESIGN

 

 

 

SITE DESIGN OVERVIEW

UPTOWN NODE

SITE ONE: BUSINESS PARK

SITE TWO: SUBURBAN OUTSKIRTS

 

DAY IN THE LIFE

 

CONCLUSION: BEYOND 2050

 

APPENDICES

  

 

 

A. SCENARIO QUESTIONNAIRE

B. SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

1. Air Quality

2. Post-Peak Oil Plans: A Literature Review

3. Post-Peak Oil Reality: A Review of Cuba’s Response to Crisis

C. ADDITIONAL READINGS

1. The Love Affair: America’s Addiction to the Automobile: Yarnie Chen

2. Integrating Multi-generational and Inter-generational Concepts into

Community Design: Matt Deines

3. The Consequences of Suburbanization on Social Capital: Henry

Fleischmann

4. Improving Quality of Life through Urban Infill Development in

California: Sonya Reed

5. Building the Framework for Local Food Systems: Elizabeth Swick

D. REFERENCES

 

Rate this article:
No rating
Comments (0)Number of views (19130)
Print
Mike Hagar (website host)
>

Mike Hagar (website host)

Please login or register to post comments.


If you have any questions, comments or problems please contact us at
Support@SpokanePermaculture.org