I am working on a plan review process for a small town (pop. 3800). My planning committee has asked me to find some well-planned communities which could be used as models.
A bit of information about the town:
There are a lot of older buildings in the downtown although many are in hard shape and some are vacant.
In the residential areas there are many great Victorian era homes some of which have been converted to apratments (some of them are nice others well...)
The Town has water frontage on a river/lake.
The Town is near a major highway and there is struggle between development 'downtown' and highway linked development.
The town is a service centre for the surrounding municipality, about 14,000 people.
In a recent survey, residents liked the small town atmosphere but felt that the town could tidied up.
The entrances to the town are uninviting and are tending towards ribbon development.