May 2009

Primary Community Partner
City of Russellville 
Logan County Fiscal Court

Undergraduate Students
Odus Baker, Kate Bowers, Brandon Card, Todd Cherry, Elizabeth Dempsey, Josh DeSpain, Jesse Emery, Drew Heering, Collin Linebach, Kevin McQuade, Amin Omidy, Chase Pratt, Tyler Rae, Jenna Sickman, Greg Smorstad, Jonathan Stoss, Aaron Stringer, Jake Thompson, Brad Vowels, Adam Walton, Emily Wright

Project Statement
This project was conducted cooperatively with Logan County stakeholders over four months. Inventory, analysis, design development, and a comprehensive approach to land use visioning contributed to the educational process for both the stakeholders and the students. This project and resulting products demonstrates to a community of over 25,000 people the multiple ways that the landscape architectural profession can contribute to a community's quality of life.

Project Narrative
The Logan County Project was completed over the course of four months and included three public meetings at which stakeholder participation and survey activities were used to synergistically develop ideas and receive feedback. Throughout the course of the project, the stakeholders displayed passionate interest, concern, and diversity of thought regarding the future of the community.

Essential issues in the development of design proposals included health, safety and welfare; regional dynamics; common pool resources; cultural heritage; landscape scenic beauty; water management; wildlife management; economic growth; and the quality of life. Stakeholder input was crucial in the conceptualization of ideas that will influence a range of policy and physical approaches as well as regulatory and voluntary actions in the community.

Information was gathered to inform and educate both the project team and stakeholders about the scope and depth of issues related to the county's physical, biological, and cultural resources. This inventory information was presented at Meeting One, followed by a stakeholder input session on the individual component projects. At Meeting Two, the project team presented a variety of preliminary design proposals to the stakeholders. This meeting proved to be a pivotal point in the design process. Feedback from the stakeholder input session would be considered and integrated into the refined design ideas. At Meeting Three the project team presented the refined ideas. Following the presentation, stakeholders participated in a project team facilitated resource diagramming exercise. This exercise was intended to identify essential resources within the community and beyond to aid in project implementation. In essence, resources that individuals/organizations could contribute were recorded in a diagram with different colors to represent resources such as financial, technical, leadership, and permission.

Of major note in this community service project was the utilization of some of the latest sustainable development measurement frameworks. These frameworks were used to do an evaluation of 15 residential design scenarios across a rural to urban continuum. Each plan was evaluated using the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development, the ASLA's Sustainable Sites Initiative Guidelines and Performance Benchmarks Draft 2008, and a sprawl to smart growth evaluation framework originally published by John Hasse (2004) in Landscape Journal. In addition, at Meeting Three stakeholders evaluated how they liked or disliked the site design ideas across the 15 scenarios.

Several other project components were completed such as Connecting the Landscape, which utilized stakeholder input and GIS analysis to determine potential locations of a greenway network that included ecological and recreational considerations. Smaller scale planning and land use considerations were applied to Logan County's four incorporated cities. These projects explored proposals for the urban fabric, pedestrian environments, and economic viability, all of which were considered within the historic and physical contexts.

The project team strived to build the awareness of the landscape architecture profession in the community by using analysis, planning, design in the stewardship of natural and built environments through this educational process. The Logan County landscape will change; however, the what, where, and how can be influenced by stakeholders. The Logan County Project provides the basis on which stakeholders can build on informed solutions and continue a community wide dialogue into the future.


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