FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017
Contact: Chris Brown
City Initiates Tactical Urbanism Application and Grants Permit for Church and Center
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville has developed a Tactical Urbanism permit application process to allow the installation of community-led alterations to public spaces. Tactical Urbanism is defined as low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment intended to improve local neighborhoods and gathering places. The City wants to encourage Tactical Urbanism projects in Fayetteville and created this process to ensure that public safety and welfare will not be compromised during installation periods.
The application is a fillable form and can be found at the City’s Tactical Urbanism webpage. City staff from Engineering, Transportation, Police, Fire, and Parking Management make up the review team to ensure applications are able to meet all necessary safety and procedural requirements.
In addition to the application itself, staff has developed an Application Guide to help residents design and install their projects. The guide includes timelines, material suggestions, state and city standards for street and right-of-way projects, installation instructions, and helpful hints for evaluating the success of a project.
The City’s first tactical urbanism project was a temporary mini-roundabout installed at the intersection of N. School Avenue and Spring Street. The short-term pilot project was an example of using Tactical Urbanism to advance goals related to street safety, active public space, and more. Read the report here.
The City’s Tactical Urbanism Review Team approved a permit application for a temporary installation at the intersection of N. Center Street and W. Church Avenue. Applicant Michael Ward, a Fayetteville resident, will work with volunteers on Sunday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., painting new crosswalks and a brick pattern in the intersection’s center. The installation will mimic the intersection of W. Spring Street and N. Block Avenue. The intent of Mr. Ward’s project is to demonstrate how proposed improvements will create a safer intersection for pedestrians. Mr. Ward hopes the installation will lead the City to make permanent infrastructure improvements to the intersection. The project will be installed July 23 through November 19, 2017.