FORM-BASED CODE CONSULTANT SERVICES for the TOWN OF WILLISTON

Agency: State Government of Vermont
State: Vermont
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Posted Date: Jul 27, 2020
Due Date: Sep 4, 2020
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FORM-BASED CODE CONSULTANT SERVICES for the TOWN OF WILLISTON Request Date: 7/27/2020 4:16:17 PM
Open Date: 7/27/2020
Closing Date: 9/4/2020 3:00 PM
Intent To Bid Deadline:
Est. Dollar Value: $125,000.00
RFQ Number:

CHITTENDEN COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION

110 West Canal Street
Suite 202
Winooski , VT 05404

Bid Type:
Request for Proposal

Locations:
Chittenden
Keywords:
Architect and Engineering (Non-Building), Consultant Services, Geographic Information Systems, Economic Development, Planning and Design Services, Transportation Planning, Environmental Consultant Services

Bid Description:
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), on behalf of the Town of Williston, is requesting proposals for consultant services to assist with the development of a form-based code within its state-designated Growth Center. CCRPC is providing administrative and project management functions to assist the Town of Williston. The selected consultant will enter into a contract with CCRPC.
Special Instructions:
Contact Information:
Taylor Newton
Phone: (802) 846-4490
Fax:
Email: tnewton@ccrpcvt.org
For additional information: www.ccrpcvt.org
Bid Attachments:
Williston FBC RFP 20200727.pdf
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CHITTENDEN COUNTY REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
for
FORM-BASED CODE CONSULTANT SERVICES for the TOWN OF WILLISTON
Deadline: 3:00 pm, Friday, September 4
I. Introduction
The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), on behalf of the Town of
Williston, is requesting proposals for consultant services to assist with the development of a
form-based code within its state-designated Growth Center. CCRPC is providing administrative
and project management functions to assist the Town of Williston. The selected consultant will
enter into a contract with CCRPC.
II. Project Schedule
July 27, 2020
RFP Released
August 19, 2020 at 3 pm
Deadline for submission of questions via email
August 21, 2020
Response to questions distributed to firms
September 4, 2020 at 3 pm
Deadline for submission of proposal via email
September 24, 2020 (10 am - 2 pm) Consultant Interviews (if needed)
October 6, 2020
Consultant Selected
October 15, 2020
Contract Execution
June 30, 2022
Project completion
Questions about this RFP or the project may be sent via email to Taylor Newton, Senior Planner
at (802) 524-5958 or tnewton@ccrpcvt.org.
III. Local Context
Since the 1960’s, Williston has grown from a small New England village surrounded by working
farms to a suburban hub containing a broad mix of residential, commercial, and industrial uses.
Williston is one of the most populous and fastest growing municipalities within Vermonts most
populous county (Chittenden County) and it has
a bustling and diverse economy. Throughout this
Williston, Vermont Quick Facts
period of community evolution, Williston has
used its planning process and development
Date Incorporated: June, 1763
regulations to address the impacts from
Total Area: 30.4 Square miles
population growth, economic transformation,
Population: 8,698 (2010 census)
and land use changes.
Population Change since 2000: +13.7%
Population estimates, July 2017: 9,637
Existing and planned development in Williston is Population change since 2010: +11%
concentrated within the state-designated
Form of Government:
Growth Center centered on Taft Corners. The
Selectboard/Manager
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area serves as a statewide commercial hub and is served by important transportation
infrastructure (Interstate 89, US Route 2, and VT Route 2A) and public transportation (Green
Mountain Transit).
Much of the Growth Center was
developed in the big-boxstore era
during the 1990s. While vacancies created
by the demise of national chain stores
(e.g. ToysRUs) have been quickly filled, a
new big-boxstore has not been built in
nearly 20 years and it does not appear
likely that this development pattern will
continue. Significant vacant and re-
developable lands within the Growth
Center exist and present an opportunity
for mixed-use infill development that can
add a diversity of uses and building types
to the area. As outlined in the Williston
Figure 1 Location Map and Regional Planning
Areas
Comprehensive Plan, it is believed that a
form-based code can provide the regulatory
basis to help achieve the high-quality infill
development and residential densities
necessary to offset the high costs of land and
construction that make the development of
affordable housing a challenge within the
state and region.
In 2009, the Town approved a set of
sweeping revisions to the Williston Unified
Development Bylaw. The development
standards for the zoning districts within the
Growth Center provide developers with a
number of options for how they can meet
Willistons goals for the Growth Center when
developing their properties. These standards
reflect a desire to see the Taft Corners area
develop into a vibrant, mixed use downtown
area with a strong pedestrian orientation.
The practical application of these standards
Figure 2 Potential Grid Street Pattern in
Williston Growth Center.
(Source: Williston Street Grid Evaluation
since 2009 has been a challenge and the
development during this time has failed to meet community expectations (particularly in
regards to building form). Final decisions and site plans for several of developments with the
Growth Center are available on the Town of Willistons website. A 10-year report on Willistons
Growth Center is also available.
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Williston has planned for grid streets in the Taft Corners area, and for new development to be
oriented along those streets, long before it received Growth Center designation in 2006.
Williston is currently working with CCRPC to develop an Official Map (see 24 V.S.A. 4421) to
codify this vision. Williston also hopes to soon partner with an existing landowner to construct
portions of Trader Lane, one of several grid streetsplanned in the Growth Center. This
significant investment demonstrates Willistons commitment to transforming the Taft Corners
area and implementing the vision outlined in the Williston Town Plan. A form-based code can
help ensure that Trader Lane and other grid streets constructed in the future result in diverse,
interesting, walkable streetscapes that transform development patterns in the Growth Center.
Street typologies are currently identified in the Williston Public Works Standards and
Specifications.
IV. Scope of Services:
The following scope of services will result in a draft form-based code that will be integrated into
the existing Williston Unified Development Bylaw and other regulatory documents that apply to
the Williston Growth Center. The draft form-based code shall be consistent with the definitions
and evaluation criteria established by the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI); see
www.formbasedcodes.org for more details.
1. Initial Review and Analysis
a. Interviews. The Consultant will interview identified stakeholders involved with the
project. These interviews will include groups and individuals including elected officials,
nonprofit organization leaders, property owners, neighborhood representatives, local
design professionals, developers, business organizations, and municipal staff.
b. Site Analysis. The Consultant will become familiar with the physical details of the
Growth Center, the historic patterns of development in the area, and previous
planning efforts and community preferences expressed for its continuing
redevelopment.
c. Media coverage. The Consultant will participate in a press conference with local
officials and draft a press release to inform the local citizenry about the planning
efforts to be undertaken.
d. Website. The Consultant will develop and maintain a project website with an
identifiable project name and brand. The website will have the opportunities to
observe and interact with project materials (e.g. photographs, maps, renderings, and
other images). The website should also describe the Consultant’s credentials and
explain the project’s timeline and process.
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2. Public Design Process
a. Data and Maps. The Consultant will inform the Town of Williston and/or CCRPC
regarding any data, maps, or other information that may be needed by the Consultant
while designing and implementing a public engagement process. The Town of
Williston and CCRPC will provide requested information and materials. CCRPC may
also assist the Consultant with map production.
b. Public Workshop(s), Design Charette and Engagement. It is essential that the
Consultant work with the Town and CCRPC to build a public engagement strategy that
provides a variety of mechanisms for engagement. The Town and CCRPC would like
Consultants to develop and implement a public engagement strategy in their proposal
that will reach a diverse set of residents and stakeholders including those typically
under-represented in the process. The public engagement strategy should include a
mix of both live and at-your-own-pacemethods. Due to COVID-19, Consultant will
likely need to include socially distanced methods of engagement.
The Consultant will organize and lead design workshops (or a full planning charrette or
other alternatives), to engage the community, gather ideas and goals, and formulate
implementation strategies. The Consultant will tailor the workshop or charrette to
maximum community input. While the focus of engagement may focus on building
form, the Consultant shall ensure that the public engagement process will also include
discussions of alternatives for street design and strategies to create vital town centers,
corridors, and livable neighborhoods. The workshop or charette format will take into
consideration the findings of the initial site analysis, input from staff, and information
obtained at previous meetings, workshops, interviews and previous planning efforts.
Public engagement will result in a draft form-based code with an emphasis on building
form and architectural standards.
At the conclusion of the workshop(s), the Consultant will present the work generated
to-date. Plans, renderings, and initial coding ideas that reflect ideas articulated in the
workshops will be publicly presented and further feedback solicited from the
community.
3. Drafting the Form-based Code
a. Design Parameters for the Form-Based Code. The draft form-based code will
incorporate a regulating plan, building form standards, street standards (plan and
section), use regulations (as needed), descriptive building or lot types (optional), and
other elements needed to implement the principles of functional and vital urbanism
and practical management of growth. Sections of this document would typically
include the following:
Overview, including definitions, principles, and intent; and explanation of the
regulations and process in clear user-friendly language.
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Regulating Plan (a schematic representation of the master plan) illustrating the
location of streets, blocks, public spaces (such as greens, squares, and parks), and
other special features. Regulating plans may also include aspects of Building Form
Standards such as build-to-lines” or “required building lines” and building type or
form designations.
Building Form Standards governing basic building form, placement, and
fundamental urban elements to ensure that all buildings complement neighboring
structures and the street. Architectural standards are also desired in this project.
These standards should be based upon study of building types appropriate for the
region, climate, and neighborhood vitality.
Public Space/Street Standards defining design attributes and geometries that
balance the needs of motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders while
promoting a vital public realm. These standards should include design
specifications for sidewalks, travel lane widths, parking, curb geometry, trees, and
lighting.
Please include any other section that you believe would be appropriate from your
experience.
b. Integration of the Form-Based Code. The form-based code must be integrated into
the Town of Williston’s existing regulatory framework (Unified Development Bylaw) in
a manner that insures procedural consistency, meshes with state and local legal
requirements, provides clarity as to applicability of existing regulations, and maximizes
the effectiveness of the code. Willistons existing Unified Development Bylaw is
written in a unique question and answer style format. It is not expected that the Form
Based Code will follow this format.
4. Refining the Form-based Code
a. Presentation of First Draft. The Consultant will present the first draft of the form-
based code for the purpose of gathering comments. Copies of the first draft will need
to be in hardcopy and digital form and posted on the website. The presentation may
be made to a special audience of neighborhood residents or stakeholders, or may be
presented before a joint gathering of municipal boards and committees, as
determined by the Town of Williston and CCRPC.
b. Meetings with Stakeholders. The Consultant will attend and participate in meetings
with key stakeholders to explain the details of the new code and obtain further input
and comments. The number of meetings will be determined based on the type of
public input process chosen.
c. Presentation of the Second Draft. After making revisions in response to comments on
the first draft, the Consultant will present the second draft of the form-based code at
another meeting convened by the Town of Williston and CCRPC.
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