Feasibility Study

  • An objective review of available options for development.

  • Includes findings, analysis, and conclusions from the visioning and scoping exercises.

  • Indicates whether the chosen site is suitable for the intended function, taking into account the financial, social, and environmental aspects of each proposal.

  • Indicates whether the chosen site is suitable for the intended function, taking into account the financial, social, and environmental aspects of each proposal.

Master Plan Development

Long term planning documents and designs for future growth and development of public parks, green spaces, agriculture projects and residential developments. A master plan is a dynamic document that can be altered based on changing project conditions over time.

  • Includes analysis, recommendations, and proposals for a site’s land use.

  • Based on public input, surveys, planning initiatives, existing development, physical characteristics, and social and economic conditions.

  • Includes integrated community and public outreach. Engages the local community and acts as builder of consensus.

  • Phasing and implementation schedule and priorities for action.

Strategic Framework

The strategic framework accompanies the master plan and sets the scene in establishing baseline information related to the physical, social, and economic context of the site and surroundings.

  • Physical aspects of the regeneration project

  • Vision and scope prepared during the scoping phase

  • Various elements or functions that could act as catalysts for change

  • The business case for development

  • Strategic delivery issues and options

  • Guidelines about how the strategic framework will inform and impact design

About the Designer

Sarah Ashley Baxendell is an ecological, permaculture, and urban designer/planner known for her involvement in groundbreaking local food supply projects and urban ecological intervention programs which help communities connect more deeply with their natural environment. 

Sarah is also a nonprofit consultant with expertise in program design, strategic planning, fundraising, project management, and master plan development, as well as in-depth knowledge of a range of nonprofit sectors, including organic agriculture, sustainable food systems, environment and ecology, and documentary films.
 

 

Past Projects

Hilltop Urban Farm

Hilltop Urban Farm is a nonprofit, community-centered farm in Pittsburgh’s Hilltop community. Located on over 100 acres of land this multi-use facility was designed to produce locally-grown crops, provide agriculture-based education, generate entrepreneurial opportunities, and strengthen communities. Through its continuing development and core programming, given its size, scope and reach, Hilltop Urban Farm will ultimately become the largest urban farm in the United States setting a precedent for urban farming initiatives across the globe.

McKinley Park + Haberman Cooridor

The Haberman Avenue Corridor Master Plan leverages a public greenway to revitalize neighborhood housing and connect public park assets with a transportation hub. The McKinley Park Master Plan integrates sustainable stormwater management into open space improvements in McKinley Park. This historic site is a 79-acre Community Park in Pittsburgh that borders Bon Air, Beltzhoover, and Knoxville neighborhoods in south Pittsburgh’s Hilltop.

South Side Park

South Side Park is a 65-acre Community Park known for its undeveloped forest acres, diverse topography and spectacular views of downtown Pittsburgh. From December 2015 to October 2015, Sarah Ashley Baxendell authored the Report on the Public Use of South Side Park. In 2018 South Side Park underwent a public Master Plan process through the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Planning with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

 

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Help communities connect more deeply with their natural environment through local food supply, urban ecology, and land conservation projects.