Investment, Gentrification, and the Balance in Between

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. EDT

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Planning professionals aim to support development in their communities, but sometimes neighborhoods get swept up in the game. With several landscape-changing development projects in the queue, Rocky Mount is exploring how to balance development of modern amenities while protecting the identity of its core neighborhoods. This presentation will discuss a compilation of anti-gentrification strategies to preserve neighborhoods experiencing development pressure.

Participants will leave with a metaphorical toolkit for counteracting potentially gentrifying development. Presenters will review research that explores techniques by other municipalities and their application within the context of NC law. This session will be interactive in that the attendees will have the opportunity to work through a real-life case study featuring a Rocky Mount neighborhood while applying anti-gentrification planning strategies. 


JoSeth Bocook

Invited Speaker

JoSeth Bocook is a Senior Planner for the City of Rocky Mount, where he has been employed nine years. While his job entails nearly all aspects of planning - from site plan review to amendments to the development code - he points to his work with citizens to establish architectural standards for ... Read More

Kellianne Davis

Invited Speaker

Kellianne E. Davis is the Community Development Administrator for the City of Rocky Mount. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from High Point University and received her Master of Public Administration Degree from East Carolina University in 2015. While relatively new to her career in local ... Read More

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