Our Planning department assisted the County in the development of a Disaster Mitigation Recovery Plan. The firm worked with community stakeholders and the County to identify major obstacles and opportunities and to develop strategies and goals for flood recovery. All work products were considered in relation to the availability of state and federal funds. A recovery program was developed that included flood relief/mitigation, housing, recreation, and conservation. Since 2005, the plan has used both Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant funds and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the construction of new homes as well as the elevation of over 100 homes out of the floodway.
The Town of Irvington has retained a flavor of its earlier water-related history both in the structures and the uses that continue into the present. Because of its presence on the water and small-town ambiance, the Town has found itself encountering rapid growth advancing from the north and east. Summit prepared a Comprehensive Plan to address these issues in cooperation with community leaders. Working closely with members of the Planning Commission, Town Council, and Town staff, existing conditions were analyzed, goals and objectives identified, and recommendations developed for the future. The plan focused on intelligent utilization of the land in a manner that meets the needs of the population while at the same time protecting and preserving Irvington’s historic quality and character.
The Kersey Bottom / Case Knife Road Neighborhood Revitalization Project was designed to address unmet needs of low to moderate income families with housing rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements in the Town’s southwest corner following completion of the Tornado Recovery Projects. The proposed improvement plan focused on the rehabilitation of houses in conjunction with water, stormwater drainage, and street improvements. Abandoned properties were targeted for acquisition, demolition, construction of new infill housing, and home ownership creation to preserve the neighborhood.