D6. Neighborhood Improvement Districts as a Planning Tool: Using NIDs as Vehicle for Timely and Efficient Project Delivery

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Monday, October 15, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT

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Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NIDs) are an underutilized tool in a community planner’s arsenal that
expedite infrastructure improvements, provide for public engagement, and lower costs. Learn how Jackson
Township uses NIDs with its official map, impact fees, and land development processes to implement plans,
provide for public safety, and encourage better plan design while avoiding costly litigation. See how the township
successfully used NIDs to construct roadway improvements, influence construction of a parallel access road in a
new residential plan, and facilitate a waterline extension by building partnerships with its nonprofit community
development corporation, residents and developers.


Kyle Beidler

Dr. Beidler is a landscape designer and planner with Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. He helps municipalities create and administer land use planning policies and ordinances tailored to the unique goals of the communities he serves. He also provides site design services on a wide variety of recreational, residential, and commercial ... Read More

Ben Gilberti

Ben Gilberti is manager of civil engineering services for Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia at Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. He has 14 years of experience in the planning, design and construction of municipal infrastructure. This includes water and sewer systems, stormwater management facilities, parks, and recreational facilities. Gilberti earned ... Read More

Chris Rearick

Chris Rearick, AICP, has been township manager and planning director with Jackson Township, Butler County, for the past seven years. Chris has also served as planning director for the Municipality of Murrysville, Westmoreland County, and has worked with and for county and local government in the public and private sectors ... Read More

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Susan Shermer, sshermer@shermer-assoc.com