The Village of Empire has
been a Natural Resources town since the beginning: lumber, food
production, and the natural beauty of the region have supported
livelihoods and lively characters. It is our hope that the next
generation will see all three historic occupations - forestry,
farming, and tourism co-exist. We hope that the Village of Empire
will serve as the center for all of these activities.
The neighborhood that we
have designed has taken shape following the intent of the Village
as expressed in the Zoning Ordinance definition of planned Unit
Developments (PUDs) and PUD-B specifically, which allows "...flexibility
to build residences on lots similar to those in the older part
of the Village..."
This new neighborhood builds
on the past, using the pattern of existing streets and alleys
to the west while leaving open the possibility of future connections
to the east and north.
Walking is the principal
mode of transportation within this new neighborhood, with its
sidewalks, paths, parks, and proximity to downtown and waterfront.
This is an attempt to be practical, not quaint. Walkable communities
serve the very young and the very old while conserving resources
for future uses and generations.
Our goal is to create a flexible,
walkable neighborhood as an extension of the existing Village.
We hope that forestry, farming, and tourism will continue to
be the bedrock of empire.