Dublin Borough Revitalization

and Vision Plan


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Location:  Dublin, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Client:  Dublin Borough
Traffic Engineer:  Jeffrey L'Amoreaux, PE
Dublin is located halfway between Doylestown and Quakertown on Route 313, a state highway that bisects the community.  Main Street (Route 313) had been zoned for a 120 right-of-way that would ultimately create a four-lane highway and destroy most of the historic structures that grace the community.  Additional research showed that most of the zoning and design standards were more suburban in character, requiring front yard parking and deep setbacks, and were not suited to capitalizing on the existing assets of an historic
CVDA developed a vision plan for the Dublin Borough that will guide the revitalization of a walkable and vibrant community.  Four character zones were established, each with specific roadway designs.  Working closely with PennDOT, provisions were made to allow for on-street parking, wider sidewalks, street trees, and a series of through streets to reduce block size and connect to a proposed master plan road to increase pedestrian safety and allow for infill housing and shops.  Working closely with key stakeholders, new more intensive mixed-use densities were proposed to recreate a walkable downtown model with greater economic sustainability.  The plan proposes historic preservation of Borough assets and developing an economic model to support local tourist destinations. 
Additional recommended studies included a marketing plan to determine the most appropriate densities and types of incubator uses, a parking plan to meet public parking and on-street parking needs and methods for financing, a historic preservation district plan with design guidelines, a new form-based zoning code, and closer planning ties with surrounding townships leading to a possible TDR program.

Carter van Dyke
A s s o c i a t e s
Pennsylvania Office
40 Garden Alley
Doylestown, PA 18901
New York Office

6850 S Gannett Hill Rd.
Naples, NY 14512

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Carter van Dyke, RLA, ASLA
Peter R. Fernandez, RLA, ASLA, CLARB