The City of Sevierville contracted with DLZ to perform a complete ADA self evaluation of all City facilities, programs, policies, and procedures and prepare a Transition Plan to assist in prioritizing their compliance efforts. DLZ’s facility self-evaluation included 17 city buildings, nine parks, 50 miles of sidewalks, several blocks of on-street parking, pedestrian signals, and 365 intersections with curb ramps. DLZ also partnered with a local firm, LDA Engineering, who collected compliance data for pedestrian facilities within the public right-of-way and other limited exterior spaces utilizing DLZ-developed Excel and Geojot forms. This beneficial partnership allowed for owner cost-savings and support of the local business.
The Sevierville ADA Self Evaluation and Transition Plan project is somewhat unique given the types of facilities that they own and/or operate programs within. These include Smokies Stadium, Convention Center, Visitor Center, East Tennessee State University at Sevierville, Sevierville Golf Course, Fort Sanders Sevier Senior Center, and Sevierville Community Center. Public input was achieved via direct mailing and public notice to solicit feedback, an online survey, and issuance of the draft SETP for public comment. DLZ completed the self-evaluation of programs, policies, and procedures. The results were compiled into a Transition Plan that the City will utilize to make the necessary corrective actions and policy changes.