This may seem like a stupid question, but with the Wisconsin "Smart Growth" legislation there are certain things comp plans need to touch on (an actual checklist they go through when reviewing the plan for certification), and one of the things on the checklist is "Community Design" which they don't elaborate on at all. I'm doing some comp plans for rural townships, and I'm not sure what to say about Community Design as it pertains to them. In urban areas I would suggest Form Based Codes, and things like that. But, that wouldn't make much sense in areas where they are anti-development and want to remain rural. We've discussed it within the office, and most of my co-workers are leaning towards referring to how natural features should be considered first, and subdivisions should be designed around them. Basically, the are considering the word "design" as a verb while that is not really the way I want to go with it. I feel like in the term "Community Design" the word "design" is a noun.
Any thoughts? I'd love your input.