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Urban Planning Portfolio

Sarah Donovan


SARAH DONOVAN Urban Planner

donovasr@mail.uc.edu 513.263.0746

Education

University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning Master of Community Planning 2017 - Present GPA: 4.0 Bachelor of Urban Planning 2012 - 2017 Lindner College of Business Certificate in Real Estate

Skills

Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign ArcMap ArcCatalog AutoCAD Microsoft Office Suite Zone Pro

Experience

Anderson Township- Department of Planning and Zoning Planner I May 2015 - Present

- Responsible for daily tasks, such as zoning certificates, inspections, and customer interactions - Staff representative for Board of Zoning Appeals, Zoning Commission, Betterment and Beautification Committee and the 2018 Mitigation Plan - Project Manager for the 2017-2018 Beechmont Consolidation Plan - Produce monthly reports for the department analyzing yearly vs. monthly data - Implemented new strategies for zoning inspections and certificaties - Collaborated with private firms and other staff members to complete the Anderson Township 2016 Comprehensive Plan - Partnered with CAGIS to enhance the Township’s mapping capabilities

University of Cincinnati Peer Leader August 2016 - April 2017

- Responsible for teaching 20 students, twice a week, how to become active and involved individuals at the University of Cincinnati - Attended weekly and monthly meetings to report on student progress and achievements - Collaborated with faculty, advisors, organizations and others to give the students a high quality experience while prepping them for the next four or five years

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful Intern August 2014 - December 2014

- Installation artist working in various neighborhoods around Cincinnati to enhance vacant buildings and blighted lots - Coordinator for volunteer events with large local businesses - Initiated new mural designs and color schemes for buildings to blend with existing neighborhood architecture and style

City of Cincinnati- Department of Trade and Development Intern January 2014- May 2014

- Creation of public release statements, mapping analysis and information for presentations - Collaborated with other non profit organizations to improve areas in Cincinnati to help reduce vandalism and crime through abaitment of abandoned and foreclosed properties


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Professional Work

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Senior Capstone

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Undergraduate Work

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Photography


Professional Work Anderson Township Keep Cincinnati Beautiful


Anderson Township Daily Anderson Township activities include: - Commercial and Residential site plan/ development reviews - Processing of Zoning Certificates and violations - Property maintenance inspections - Final Development Inspections - Being staff to both Board of Zoning Appeals and Zoning Commission - Responding timely to public questions via phone and an in person counter

During my time at Anderson Township, both as a co-op and a full time employee, I have had the opportunity to work on multiple long term plans including the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update, the Trails Plan Update, and the 2018 Beechmont Plan Update. As the project manager for the 2018 Beechmont Plan Update, I was responsible for the organization of not only our staff and public open houses, but also coordinating the contractor for the plan and local agencies that work within Beechmont Ave. Being a project manager has been incredibly exciting and an amazing learning experience to grow my organizational and time management skills.


Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

Working for Keep Cincinnati Beautiful introduced me to the non-profit world through community outreach, public involvement, volunteer events and grant writing. I spent the summer semester outside, working in Over-the-Rhine, the West End and Walnut Hills, experiencing parts of Cincinnati that I had never thought I would. In the course of three months, I assisted in the painting of over 50 buildings and the submittal of 25 grants.


Senior Capstone Avondale’s Burnet Avenue Corridor Creating an Urban Village


Presented in a final 36” x 52” poster, Creating an Urban Village Focuses on the revitalization of Avondale’s urban core, utilizing two large existing vacant lots on Burnet Avenue. With retail, office and apartments facing onto Burnet Avenue, this section of the development will activate the street, bring it back to life. While a new mews breaking apart the “super block” of Forest Avenue and Rockdale Avenue will create the new Urban Village, a livable, walkable and inviting community for all of Avondale and Cincinnati to enjoy.

Framework Plan Churches Commercial Educational Institution Green/Open Space Medical Institutions

Walkable Community Streetscape Improvements New Sidewalks Locally owned retailers Rentable Office Space

Neighborhood Amenities

Townhomes

Urban Village

Outdoor Plaza Green Open Space Play Areas for Kids

New Development Residential Arterial Road

Neighborhood Spaces

Apartments

Private Space Three Floors Each On/Off Street Parking

Outdoor Private Space Gym Library Sitting Areas Study Rooms TV Room On/Off Street Parking

Connector Road Commercial Node Streetscape Improvements

Programs used: Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign


Program used: Google SketchUp


Sarah Donovan

Avondale’s Burnet Avenue Corridor

Spring Semester 2017

Building Healthy & Resilient Places

Creating An Urban Village Focusing on the revitalization of Avondale’s urban core, utilizing two large existing vacant lots on Burnet Avenue. With retail, office and apartments facing onto Burnet Avenue, this section of the development will activate the street, bring it back to life. While a new mews breaking apart the “super block” of Forest Avenue and Rockdale Avenue will create the new Urban Village, a livable, walkable and inviting community for all of Avondale and Cincinnati to enjoy.

Framework Plan Churches Commercial Educational Institution

Quantities

Green/Open Space

25 Townhomes

452 Parking Spots (Surface/Below)

405 Apartments

22,000 Sq ft. Commercial Space

~54,000 Sq ft. Green Space

~20,000 Sq ft. Communal Space

Medical Institutions

18,000 Sq ft. Office Space

Walkable Community Streetscape Improvements New Sidewalks Locally owned retailers Rentable Office Space

Neighborhood Amenities

1. Three Story Townhomes 7. First Floor Office, Two Story Apartment On Top 2. Mixed Use- Retail on Bottom 8. Two Story Townhomes 3. Proposed Road 9. Section i 4. Public Plaza 10. Section ii 5. Four Story Apartment Building facing the Plaza 11. Section iii 6. Two Four Story Apartment Buildings facing each other

New Development

Private Space Three Floors Each On/Off Street Parking

Residential Arterial Road Connector Road

Urban Village

Outdoor Plaza Green Open Space Play Areas for Kids

Site Plan

Townhomes

Apartments

Neighborhood Spaces

Outdoor Private Space Gym Library Sitting Areas Study Rooms TV Room On/Off Street Parking

Commercial Node Streetscape Improvements

Forest Avenue

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http://www.alexanderchandler.com/ fort-worth-townhomes.php

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The overall site plan of the Burnet Avenue Corridor, provides new opportunities of growth for Avondale. With multiple housing options including co-op, affordable, and market rate apartments and townhomes, this new inclusive community has options for everyone.

A 3D view of the urban village, looking south towards Children’s Hospital.

Completed Poster- Presented on April 18, 2017


Undergraduate & Graduate Work Various Work From the Bachelor Of Urban Planning Program and the Master of Community Planning Program


Political

Sensory

Cultural/Political

In class we were challenged to create unique and expressive maps based off of sensory, cultural and political “readings� of Over-the-Rhine. The maps are labeled underneath with which category they fall under or if they overlap readings. Created: November 2017 Programs Used: ArcMap, Illustrator


The three maps to the left were created as the initial steps to understand the Central Business District of Downtown Cincinnati. Analyzing the parking lots, gathering data and understanding the private vs public spaces gave our group the opportunity to see what areas could be utilized for redevelopment. Created: May 2016

Programs Used: ArcMap, Illustrator


For this project we worked with PDS and Kenton County Planning Services to attempt to connect neighbors along Kentucky Highway 536 to create programming and neighborhood involvement. We took advantage of using phases as an implementation technique.

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Programs Used: ArcMap, Illustrator, Photoshop


Photography Personal photography all taken with a dslr camera


Florence, Italy

Venice, Italy

Kensington, London

Newport, Kentucky

Milan, Italy

Rome, Italy

Cincinnati, Ohio

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