Sustainable Planning: The Concept and Experience in Iowa
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CDT
Des Moines, IA, United States
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Workshop attendees will learn about regional sustainable planning in Iowa during sessions presented with diverse perspectives. Dan Burden, founder of Walkable Communities, Inc., will lecture on advancements in sustainable planning as well as conduct a walkability audit. This audit will take place in an urban corridor named an Urban Neighborhood Main Street District in 2009 by the Iowa Department of Economic Development. Planning elements to be reviewed include walkability, complete streets, traffic flow and calming, road diets, and access management. Craig Malin, Davenport City Planner, will discuss Davenport's Green City initiative and the elements that supported Davenport as a 2010 finalist for the Siemen's Sustainability Award. Additional sessions will include a developer's perspective on land conservation in new sustainable development, the EPA/HUD/DOT partnership at work in Iowa City smart growth presented by EPA Region Director David Doyle and current ongoing research at Iowa State University by Civil Engineer Omar Smadi on the impact of our current food system on road infrastructure. Attendees will take a bus tour of existing examples of sustainable planning in the Des Moines metro area, as well as areas in need of such planning. The objectives include engaging leaders, professionals and citizens in sustainable planning discussions.