PTP Charrettes

Pinellas County Light Rail Station Charrettes

In 2013, the Urban Charrette was invited to lead an engagement process with citizens in various communities across Pinellas County. The goal was to elicit ideas from these stakeholders on how they imagined areas around the proposed transit stations might grow once rail transit arrived. The Urban Charrette held a series of mini-charrettes for each of the twelve stations along the planned rail line.  From the City of Clearwater to St. Petersburg, ideas were generated on the types of environments and land uses participants would like to see around the stations. Uses such as new residences, retail, theaters and medical offices were suggested. Public improvements including parks, trails and plazas were recommended. Strengthened pedestrian paths to key connections were also considered. Teams created a series of drawings and diagrams along with a narrative to accurately represent their concepts.

Project Manager for the Urban Charrette, Taryn Sabia, structured the events.  “These charrettes are fast paced and intense.  Teams are expected to develop a concept in a limited amount of time and what they often turn out is spectacular.  Sometimes it is hard for groups to reach a consensus on a particular idea but this process is designed to help teams compromise to yield the best solution.”

Ideas from these charrettes were incorporated into documents produced by Pinellas MPO and used in the marketing material for the Greenlight Pinellas campaign for referendum. These concepts were shared with residents of Pinellas County and will continue to evolve as specific station area plans emerge.