Another day has come and gone at the MVP Summit. As usual, we were treated to some demos of future products, and had great discussion with Microsoft staff, in both a working/meeting environment and a more social environment during dinner. Due to various non-disclosure agreements, I cannot blog about those items now, but only to say that there is some interesting stuff coming down the pipe in the next few months. As more information becomes publicly available, I will blog about it.
Of course, being an urban planner, there were various signs within Microsoft's campus that caught my eye. Microsoft is rapidly expanding their Redmond campus to accommodate their expansion targets. As a result of these expansions, there are many 'Proposed Land Use Signs' all around campus. These signs had a unique item that I had not seen in any Greater Toronto Area municipality before.
While the signs listed all the pertinent information about proposed land use, the nature of the application, the applicant, the assigned planner and contact information, these signs also included a box where one could pick up a handy summary sheet of all the information. This handout sheet further elaborated on the nature of the proposed land use, current and proposed planning designations, required permits, environmental documentation requirements and a site plan.
While I think the whole sign itself could have been posted in a more secure fashion, I found the use of the handout sheet to be something that could really be useful to those that are interested (i.e. geek planners like me). Perhaps weather might play a role in why we currently can't incorporate something like this onto land use change notification boards in the Greater Toronto Area, or perhaps there are other considerations that I am not aware of (any comments?).
When I return home, I'll pdf the handout so that others can see what they do here in Redmond, Washington.
Here is a PDF version of the Notice of Application that is available for the public to take from the above sign.
MVP Summit, Microsoft, Redmond, planning