Envisioning Proposal for Belmont, AZ - Project Overview
A developer of the Belmont Group consulted with ASU's School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (SGSUP) Land Use Planning class to gather different ideas and visions for what the future could look like of 24,800 acres of undeveloped land 45 miles west of Phoenix, just passed the White Tank Mountains. The developer had previous proposals approved of a master planned community, but thought that there was much more potential for the site and decided to start with a clean slate. Students were tasked with envisioning how the future city of Belmont could work regionally, with access to the I-10 freeway and planned I-11 freeway that would run through the center of the Belmont site, and locally in the context of the site. Students grouped into 5 different groups to research different scenario topics, including a Logistics Hub group, Downtown group, Urban Laboratory group, Environment group, and Master Plan group. Each group then dove into further research and branched out different topics that applied to their scenario topic. Throughout the semester, students researched and came up with principles, guidelines, best practices, and recommendations for the Belmont project to take into consideration and to hopefully follow when actually developing the site. At the end of the semester, students presented their findings to the Belmont Group and produced a final report to provide to them.