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Feature Article - March 2017

By the Shore

Waterfronts Provide Economic Strength, Charm

By Deborah L. Vence

The Do's and Don'ts

When planning for a waterfront development, experts suggest to keep in mind some important do's and don'ts, too.

For instance, "Depending on the specific location and intended use of any waterfront development, planning for natural events is imperative," Crawford said. "This could be storm surges and rising ocean levels in coastal areas, floods and large storm events along greenways, rivers, creeks and wetlands, or other natural events that can impact the design of a waterfront development."

He also said that "planning for the continued and, in some cases, increasingly frequent occurrence of these events is important to ensure a resilient waterfront development project."

Meanwhile, Romens suggested that for the do's, you:

  • Research what others have done by talking directly to them and asking about the results.
  • Enlist the help of proper resources and experts.
  • Clearly define goals and objectives.
  • Be realistic.
  • Create a space with multi-age, multi-ability appeal.

And, as for the don'ts, Romens said:

  • Don't overextend your budget. Instead, use a multi-phased approach to account for budgetary restrictions.
  • Don't try to overdevelop the space. Accept natural limitations and create a plan that works with the space rather than trying to make the space work with your plans.
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