Taking on the Juggernaut! Rewriting a Land Use Ordinances after Four Decades of Patchwork Planning

APA Idaho


Wednesday, October 11, 2017
3:45 p.m. - 5 p.m. MDT

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In 2014, the City of Ketchum adopted a new Comprehensive Plan.  In 2015, the City of Ketchum launched an ambitious goal of rewriting the land use ordinance in two years to align with the new Comprehensive Plan.  The effort involved three phases in which the land use ordinance, subdivision ordinance, and the municipal code would be revised.  In no small way, the objective of this rewrite process was to PLAN BIG! Two years later, Phase I is complete but Phase II has encountered considerable obstacles and the schedule has been delayed significantly.

1.      From the beginning, the rewrite goal was ambitious and could only have succeeded by Planning Big.  The existing zoning code had been in place since 1974 and had been amended over 200 times in 40 years.  The idea of rewriting the entire code in two years was one of the greatest planning objective the City of Ketchum has ever considered.

2.       Planners will learn how to evaluate a rewrite process and set realistic goals for themselves and their organization.  They will also learn from experience, both positive and negative lessons. 

3.       In addition to the above, the session will focus on the importance of setting realistic expectations for government officials and following through with objectives. 

The attendees should leave feeling empowered to take on a massive rewrite process, or any planning process, regardless of the obstacles and challenges that may lay ahead


Micah Austin, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Micah Austin, AICP, has a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University and is currently the Planning and Building Director for the City of Ketchum, Idaho. Prior to working for Ketchum, Micah worked for the City of Hailey and City of Jerome. Micah also worked for the Town of Ellettsville ... Read More

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