Speed Session 1 - Thursday

APA Minnesota Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:30 a.m. - noon CDT

CM | 1.50

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1) Rice Creek Commons: From Brownfield to Redevelopment: Ramsey County purchased a 427-acre parcel of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant with the goal of revitalizing a long-dormant industrial area into a vibrant residential, commercial and retail area. Demolition and remediation of the site to residential standards was certified in 2016 and infrastructure construction will begin in 2017.

2) Healthier Communities: Guide and Tools for Integration: Active Living Dakota County (ALDC) has developed a set of open source Healthy Comprehensive Plan Information Guides.  The guides are a tool for integrating vision, goals, and policies for healthier communities into the comprehensive plan.  Learn about the guides and how they can be adapted for any community.

3) How to Conduct a Market Study: Increasingly, stakeholders want to know how market forces will influence change in their communities. By following a real world market study, learn how planners can prepare their own market studies through a basic set of steps to better understand and convey market knowledge to stakeholders and elected officials.

4) I'm New to This: Mentoring Skill Shares: Mentoring comes in many shapes and sizes, and the benefits are often reciprocal. Since many mentorship relations form organically, it is helpful to share strategies to provide guidance and help a mentee overcome challenges. If you’ve ever had a mentor, think about paying it forward and joining this facilitated discussion.

5) Getting Ready for the 2020 Census: Local Government's Role: Preparing for Census 2020, the Local Update of Census Addresses is a federal-local partnership to review the Master Address File, used to mail Census questionnaires.  The goals of LUCA are: the best list possible, and complete counts in your area. We will present the opportunity for local governments to participate in 2018. The registration deadline is December 2017.

6) How the ABC Parking Ramps Stay Current with Changing Technology: Parking price and availability often influence travel behavior more than good transit service or congestion. Learn how the ABC Ramps in Minneapolis are researching innovative strategies to integrate mode choice and transportation options with traditional parking programs to align better with new technology, travel behavior, and the emerging shared-mobility economy.

7) Clearing the Path: Keeping People Walking and Biking Despite Snow and Ice: Multiple agencies are generally charged with maintaining bikeways and some pedestrain facilities, and there are major challenges that require innovative solutions. Various factors influence how and when to maintain bike and pedestrain facilities in winter, and it is important for practitioners to understand these factors and the relationships between them. Factors include timing of snow/ice events, equipment used for maintenance, priority maintenance networks, funding sources and winter maintenance budgets and policymaking. This session will highlight the findings, best practices, and recommendations of two recently completed studies pertaining to maintenance of bicycle and pedestrian facilities: the Hennepin County Bicycle Maintenance Study and Minneapolis Pedestrian and Bicycle Winter Maintenance Study.


Todd Graham

Confirmed Speaker

Todd Graham is a principal forecaster at Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities where he provides project leadership in land use economics, demography, and economic analysis. His work has included the renovation of the Council’s socioeconomic forecasting practice and preparation of forecasts adopted with the Thrive MSP 2040 regional ... Read More

Connor Cox

Confirmed Speaker

Connor Cox is a Transportation Planner in Toole Design Group's Minneapolis office with experience in bicycle, pedestrain, and transit planning projects. Connor has also worked for an international NGO in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he worked on sustainable transportation and urban development projects, including bicycle planning and bus ... Read More

Lil Leatham

Confirmed Speaker


Hally Turner

Confirmed Speaker

Hally Turner is a planner with Washington County. She graduated with a Master of Public Health (MPH) and each position Hally has held focused on incorporating public health into policy making. Hally’s current work focuses on planning transit projects and assessing the transportation needs for individuals with disabilities and ... Read More

Jay Demma, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Jay Demma is a senior planner based out of the Minneapolis office of Perkins+Will, a global planning, design, and architecture firm. Jay has a 20-year background in land use planning and economic analysis and has worked on a wide variety of project types including transit-oriented development (TOD), redevelopment, brownfields ... Read More

Mary Montagne

Confirmed Speaker

Mary Montagne has worked in public health and community health promotion at Dakota County Public Health Department for 25 years. She has worked with county and city planners for over ten years to increase active living, healthy communities, and more recently healthy food access, community engagement, and health equity. Mary ... Read More

Josh Olson

Confirmed Speaker

Josh Olson has been with Ramsey County since 2009. As a planning specialist in the Community and Economic Development Department, he manages to two high-profile redevelopment projects – Rice Creek Commons and Riverfront Property. Previously, Josh served as a project planner in the County’s Regional Railroad Authority on the development ... Read More

Sara Allen

Confirmed Speaker

Sara is a Planner with Washington County. She earned her Master of Urban Planning degree from CUNY Hunter College, with an emphasis in transit-oriented development. She is interested in the built and human environments surrounding high quality public transportation. Her background reflects a variety of experiences surrounding transit – public engagement ... Read More

Kevin White, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

I am a transportation planner and project manager with 7 years of experience in multimodal transportation and parking planning, community and municipal planning, campus master planning, and public engagement and outreach. I am a certified planner working on a range of multimodal transportation and campus master planning projects across Minnesota ... Read More

Matthew Bachler

Confirmed Speaker

Matthew Bachler has been with the City of Arden Hills since 2013. As a senior planner, he supported the development and approval process of the Master Plan for TCAAP as well as the TCAAP Redevelopment Code, which will serve as the zoning regulatory document for the development. Matthew has a ... Read More

Lisa Austin

Confirmed Speaker

Lisa is a Program Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Transportation in the Office of Transit. Lisa oversees the MnDOT-owned ABC Ramps. She also works on bicycle and pedestrian transportation. Read More

Contact Info

Jane Kansier, janeka@bolton-menk.com