Asakura Robinson, along with our team members Kimley Horn and Ericka Aviles Consultants, is pleased to have been selected by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada and the City of North Las Vegas to conduct a Livable Centers study of the Deer Springs District.
The Deer Springs District is approximately 2.5 miles in length, running from North Fifth Street to Pecos Road and extending a ½ mile on either side of Deer Springs Way. The plan will build upon the North Fifth Street Corridor Transit Supportive Concept Plan (2006) which identified this area as one of five distinct planning districts and called for more specific and tangible master plan designs for each district.
The study area contains a broad mix of land uses, several future station areas, major trail and open space opportunities, and a Congressionally designated Job Creation Zone. The District has the potential to be a vibrant, walkable area with a mix of housing choices and diverse employment opportunities that could be linked to key destinations throughout the Las Vegas Valley via the North Fifth Street Transit Corridor.
The study is the RTC’s first Livable Centers study, and is based on similar programs in Houston and Atlanta. The overall goal of the Livable Centers Study is to foster multimodal access and connectivity, a mix of uses, a diversity of housing options, and a sense of place. The study’s conceptual framework and resulting catalyst projects will encourage walkability, connections within and between the nodes of community activity, and built environment strategies that support a strong and diverse economy.
Asakura Robinson has worked on seven Livable Centers studies for the Houston-Galveston Area Council, four as the lead consultant and three as a sub-consultant. This is our first project in the Las Vegas Valley. Our project team will be lead by principal Zakcq Lockrem with Brianna Frey as the deputy project manager. Alex Miller, Brendan Wittstruck and Meghan Skornia will be leading the economic development, urban design and regulatory tasks respectively.
The study will begin in August and will continue through the spring of 2019. There will be numerous opportunities for community members and other stakeholders to provide input and to collaborate with our project team on the development of recommendations.