Introduction to the Monroe Avenue Corridor Community Design Charrette

February 25, 2010
Brighton residents will have an exciting opportunity, with the participation of business owners, design professionals, developers, landscapers, architects and town board members and staff, to identify the best uses and desired future improvements for the Monroe Avenue corridor in Brighton. The mission is to create a locally sustainable, vibrant main street along Monroe Avenue that supports and strengthens our commercial base and neighborhood character.

The town has begun the process of vision planning with a “charrette” steering committee who is assisted in planning and coordinating the event by the Rochester Regional Community Design Center “RRCDC” (

The charrette process begins with an invitation to all interested Brighton residents to participate in envisioning the future of their town and play a role in developing guiding principles for short and long term development.

The charrette event is an intensive one day working and discovery session where citizens and stakeholders work in small groups led by facilitators. Discussion in the groups is guided by design professionals, architects, planners, urban designers, landscape architects and others, who help to encourage participants to express ideas which are executed in drawings and in words recorded on easel pads. Citizens will be able to share their ideas for the Monroe Avenue corridor, major and minor nodes, and adjacent neighborhoods along Monroe Avenue from Highland Avenue to Clover Street. Teams will look at physical features, traffic and transportation considerations and needs while balancing the specific requirements for commercial and business areas and residential neighborhoods. The charrette process offers a unique and exciting opportunity for citizens, business owners and stakeholders to communicate their ideas and concerns.

The charrette will be held on Saturday, June 5, from 9:00am to 4:00pm (registration between 8:30am and 9:00am) at the Brighton High School cafeteria, 1150 Winton Road South. All Brighton residents, business owners, and property owners who are interested in helping to guide the future appearance of and activities on Monroe Avenue in Brighton are invited. A general description of the activities on the day of the charrette, provided by the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, is included below.

  • Participants arrive and register
  • Designated "MC" will introduce the day's events
  • Invited speakers present history of the area and background on the issues
  • Participants break down into small groups facilitated by two design professionals
  • Individual groups walk through their designated focus areas with facilitators
  • Groups brainstorm and create plans, designating a scribe to record ideas
  • Each group presents its ideas to the larger group
  • Speakers give concluding remarks.

Please regularly check the Town of Brighton website for updated charrette information.

If you have questions please feel free to contact:

Sheila A. Gaddis
Town Councilmember and Steering Committee Chairperson

Ramsey Boehner
Brighton Town Planner