Creating the Virginia To-Do List: Fast Action Plans for Autonomous Vehicles (Part 1)

APA Virginia Chapter


Tuesday, July 18, 2017
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. EDT

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Autonomous vehicles are not coming to Virginia – they are already here. Virginia is on the leading edge ofautonomous technology: from Governor McAuliffe’s strategy for AVs, to pioneering work at Virginia Tech, to Local Motor’s production of AV shuttles at National Harbor.

This poses a big challenge for planners: technology is moving faster than processes for incorporating innovation into comprehensive land use and transportation planning.

Educational Objectives:

This session is designed for “fast action” planning in which conference participants produce a useful product to expedite planning and preparation.

The education features:

 Background on autonomous vehicles and regulatory status.

 A short presentation of how AVs could operate in a real place for context (e.g. Crystal City Arlington VA)

 Facilitated table rounds with three questions: (1) how can AVs promote better community design, (2) what are potential negative impacts, and (3) what needs to be done to harness benefits while reducing risks in a near-term time frame? The questions follow four main prompts for ideas on research, questions, plans, and policy levers for: (1) land use, (2) transportation, (3) funding & revenue, and (4) other. This session will leverage collective and diverse knowledge of participants.

 Session leaders will conduct a report out of common themes among tables and next steps.

The session provides timely content, an efficient, engaging presentation and a useful product


Kelley Coyner

Invited Speaker

Kelley Coyner serves as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Regional Analysis and Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University where she’s focused what makes regions smart and sustainable. As a transportation innovator, she has served in leadership positions as Executive Director of the Northern ... Read More

Lisa Nisenson

Invited Speaker

Lisa Nisenson has 20 years of experience and leadership in smart growth, sustainable development and civic engagement. She leads Alta Planning + Design’s New Mobility group, created to help cities integrate technology into healthy, active and connected community design. She founded an award-winning tech startup, GreaterPlaces, as a new platform ... Read More

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