Join APA in Chicago and Washington for our free after-work lecture series, Tuesdays at APA.
Hear practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields discuss innovative ideas or present their latest projects. The events are free and open to APA members and nonmembers. If you can't join us in person, check out the podcast. Podcasts of most programs are posted on the event archive page approximately one week after the live event.
Municipal Design Review in Metropolitan Chicago
March 18, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. CT
Both theorists and practitioners see design standards as shaping the "look" of the community and built environment over the long run — with significant underlying ideology. Planning professionals may view design guidelines and review processes as useful tools to communicate local preferences and resolve issues. And, design standards and form-based codes have become powerful branding and placemaking tools for suburbs in the Chicago metropolitan area and nationwide.
This program and discussion will serve to highlight contrasting perspectives on the benefits of design review. Drawing on observations from public architectural review commission hearings in local suburbs, Professor Robert Rotenberg, from DePaul University, will consider case studies of how design standards work to shape the development decisions by stakeholders in Cook County, Illinois. And attorney and consultant John Hedrick will summarize the regulatory background and recent developments in the Chicago metropolitan area regarding best practices in utilizing design guidelines.
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The Missing Metric
March 4, 2014 • 5:30 p.m. ET
With the multiple crises of municipal insolvency, climate change and citizen pushback against government regulation at all levels, it makes sense to consider a new "balance-sheet" approach to granting development approvals. Such an approach would screen for more compact, high-value development that would pay back government's up-front infrastructure investments on a more rapid basis.
On first blush, the regulatory strategy would not seem compatible with Smart Growth and New Urbanism, both of which are strongly driven by urban design and physical form. Such models, which have gained wide acceptance among planners as preferred models for more sustainable community development, have proved difficult to implement within the regulatory structures that prevail in the United States and Canada.
By incorporating the "missing metric" into development review, municipalities may be able to reduce and even eliminate many cumbersome and highly subjective development regulations, and at the same time make it easier to achieve more amenable, resource-efficient and economically stable communities. For a recent article by speaker Peter Katz on the approach, visit www.gfoa.org/downloads/
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