Rockledge Walkability Plan, Post #2 – Complete, Compact, and Connected Villages

Barry Watkins, 5 June 2018

A walkable city is made up of walkable neighborhoods and villages that are complete, compact, and connected. Complete neighborhoods contain elements that help to meet residents’ daily needs like shopping, doctor’s offices, parks, schools, etc. within a 5-10 min walk of homes. Compact neighborhoods shorten walking distances. Walkable neighborhoods are also connected. They have streets that are safe and comfortable to cross and walk next to and that provide direct connections from housing to centers of activity. They will also have a transit stop. We can look at the city limits of Rockledge and divide the city into walkable villages each of about 1 square mile, about a 10 min walk from edge to center. A walkable village is made up of several walkable neighborhoods each sized about 1/2 mile square.

The SmartCode by the Center for Applied Transect Studies is a great tool for creating these kinds of walkable places. It is a freely downloadable model code designed to be adopted as a chapter of the local land development code and offers an easy to implement, step by step approach to making new and existing communities within its jurisdiction more walkable. Walkable Brevard highly recommends that the City of Rockledge adopt the SmartCode. #Rockledge #SmartCode

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Rockledge Walkability Plan, Post #1 – Why a Walkable Rockledge?

Barry Watkins, 3 June 2018

Why should we care about making Rockledge more walkable? Greater walkability will make Rockledge more desirable. Walkable places are welcoming, raise and maintain higher property vaues, and improve the lives of residents. They help us live healthier lifestyles, are safer, lower pollution, preserve surrounding wilderness and conserve our natural resources. A more walkable Rockledge will even create more local jobs and business opportunities, raise local wages, and local tax revenues. The list of benefits goes on and on. #Walkable #Rockledge

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Walkability Plan for Rockledge

We are working on a Walkability plan for Rockledge. It’s gonna be AWESOME! Stay tuned right here…

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Cocoa Village may get $15 million, 100+ room, 5-story hotel with a ‘sky bar’

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Sprawl Repair: What It Is and Why We Need It – Features | Planetizen

Sprawl repair should be pursued using a comprehensive method based on urban design, regulation, and strategies for funding and incentives – the same instruments that made sprawl the prevalent form of development, says Galina Tachieva, director of town planning at Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company…” Read the full article here:

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10min Walk from Riverfront Park

#Rockledge  Mall is a 10min walk from Cocoa Village’s Riverfront Park. A walkable Village Center there would contribute to this great nbhd.;

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Create walkable village centers using the #SmartCode;

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