Beginning with the End in Mind

APA Missouri Chapter


Friday, October 26, 2018
8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. CDT

CM | 1.25

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Every planner wants their planning projects to be implemented, but implementation strategies are often the last step of plan development. The result? Plans that "sit on the shelf" and collect dust. Successful plan implementation begins before the planning process starts and leads to greater effectiveness. This session illustrates how to begin a planning process with implementation outcomes and describes the many benefits of beginning with the end in mind. The panelists describe how to start planning projects with implementation goals and targets to generate higher levels of support for planning. Panelists also discuss case studies where implementation has not been well integrated into the planning process to illustrate the impacts of doing more planning than the community and leadership is prepared for. Best practice case studies presented include projects from Missouri and Ohio from suburbs dealing with urbanization and historic urban core cities. These examples will show how plan implementation can be a key part of gaining a consensus to start a planning process, organizing the planning process, and accelerating implementation. Key learning objectives include: * Successfully organizing the planning process around implementation outcomes * Improving planning outcomes by focusing on actionable strategies * Accelerating implementation before and after plan adoption


Tom Hester

Tom Hester is the Director Urban Design for AECOM, a global professional services company. Tom strategically integrates land use and transportation into the design of great places that enhance quality of life and leverage economic development. Tom has a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University’s Graduate ... Read More

Sara Copeland

Sara Copeland, AICP is the Community Development Director for North Kansas City, where she manages long-range planning and redevelopment. Her background includes over 17 years of public and private sector experience with an emphasis on comprehensive planning and community engagement. Sara is the Vice Chair of APA's Chapter Presidents ... Read More

Wendy Moeller

Wendy Moeller, FAICP is a principal and owner of Compass Point Planning in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wendy has served as a project manager and planner for over 100 planning, regulatory, and development projects throughout her 22-year career, across the United States. Wendy currently serves as the Regional VI Director for the ... Read More

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