In conjunction with Imagine Central Arkansas, Jump Start Projects were selected to show that development patterns featuring higher densities, mixed uses (commercial, residential and retail) and containing a variety of housing choices in a range of price points can be both commercially successful and environmentally sustainable. As a result, such development patterns can generate more tax revenue and fewer public expenses per acre, making them more sustainable over time from the public sector standpoint.
Jump Start projects were selected by our Imagine Central Arkansas Partners (ICAP), a diverse, voluntary committee charged with helping the Metroplan Board and Regional Planning Advisory Council (RPAC) to consider ways to integrate housing, environmental, economic, and health issues in a more sustainable way into Imagine Central Arkansas.
Twenty subareas were considered and five were selected to receive Jump Start funding and one-on-one consulting guidance. The awarded subareas include:
- City of Bryant – Old Town Bryant
- City of Conway – Markham Street
- City of Little Rock – 12th Street/Pine and Cedar
- City of North Little Rock – Levy
- City of North Little Rock – Park Hill
Each award is up to $200,000 in federal funding (plus local and in-kind match and contributions) to provide individual consultant-led planning assistance to build specific redevelopment plans that include market analyses, form based development codes, and guidance on infrastructure investments. Full development plans and enabling development regulations will be completed by December 2014.