Sustainable design event set for Oxford

By Errol Castens/NEMS Daily Journal

OXFORD – The city of Oxford will host a conference on sustainable design in November.
The three-day “charrette” Nov. 1-3 will be a time of intensive design work involving architects, planning officials, homebuilders, green-certification officials, city leaders and residents.
The charrette will build on Vision 2020 and the city’s comprehensive plan with focus on transportation, growth management, resource use, preservation and city gateway design.
“We all want to preserve Oxford and the feeling that you get being here, but we also have to manage growth,” said Katrina Hourin, assistant city planner.
Design professionals will take ground and aerial tours of the city on Nov. 1 before hosting a “town hall” meeting that night.
“We really are encouraging the community to participate,” said Megan Prescott, executive assistant to the mayor. “They want to hear what issues we need to address.”
Nov. 2 will see breakout sessions to discuss issues previously raised, and on the final day, the architect team will present a draft community plan.
Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.