Water and Growth: Planning As If Water Matters
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The session will focus on three cases.
Colorado's Front Range: The Keystone Policy Center Colorado is leading the Colorado Water and Growth Dialogue to integrate water and land use planning to reduce water demand. Learn about a report on land use strategies to conserve water, scenarios in terms of total savings, and recommendations for policy changes.
The Great Lakes: Legal protections ensure that water will stay in the Great Lakes basin. However, while urban centers in the area rely on lake water, their suburban edge may not. Hear about challenges and lessons learned from the Chicago area's attempt to plan for lake water and inland groundwater use in a coordinated fashion.
The Chesapeake Bay Watershed: Chesapeake Conservancy’s datasets and analysis tools identify where conservation actions will maximize ecosystem services and reduce pollutants entering tributary rivers of the Chesapeake Bay. Their advisory group is focused on protecting the Potomac River, the primary drinking water source for Washington, DC.
You’ll learn about:
- The actions you can take to significantly reduce water consumption before initial occupancy
- What is known and unknown about the relationship between planning, water supply, and demand
- How new technology, analysis tools and market-based techniques can protect and restore watersheds
- Policies, regulations, and incentives to reduce water consumption
, Metropolitan Planning Council
Invited SpeakerJosh has been with MPC since 2006. He directs many of MPC’s urban and regional planning initiatives, most notably through Great Rivers Chicago, Transform Illinois, and our work in Stormwater Management and Water Supply Management. Through on-the-ground initiatives like robust community planning for investments throughout Chicago's 150+ mile of riverfront, technical assistance to municipalities throughout northeastern Illinois, and facilitation of diverse stakeholder groups—such as the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative—he leads MPC's multiple strategies to balance community aspirations, ecosystem needs, economic growth, and sound public policy. He is a frequent public speaker, and has also led many of MPC's research projects on a range of urban and regional challenges, including Immeasurable Loss: Modernizing Lake Michigan Water Use, Bus Rapid Transit: Chicago's New Route to Opportunity, and Before the Wells Run Dry. He also coordinates MPC's research assistant program, of which he himself is an alumnus. Josh is a member of the Midwest Leadership Council of the National Parks Conservation Association, the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council, and the advisory committee exploring the future of the Chicago Area Waterway System. He is President of the Board at PODER, which serves adult immigrants with a mission to provide the necessary academic tools to promote human dignity, increase employment potential, and facilitate participation in the larger community. A New Hampshire native, Josh resides in Chicago’s South Loop where he is a Board member of the Greater South Loop Association. He managed a small school in Japan before his graduate studies in public policy and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. His honors thesis, published in Water, Environmental Security and Sustainable Rural Development: Conflict and Cooperation in Central Eurasia, compared the political discourse of marsh restoration in southeastern Iraq with the environmental history of the region.
, Clarion Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDonald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a land use consulting firm with offices in Denver, Chapel Hill, Chicago, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning, growth management, and international land and urban development issues. He has also advised numerous local governments in Russia on land use issues, served as the Democracy and Governance Advisor to the United States Agency for International Development in Uganda for two years, and performed independent research on Indian urbanization and slum upgrading in Delhi for two years. He has managed planning and zoning projects that have been state level award recipients from the American Planning Association in Colorado, Arizona, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Mr. Elliott is a member of the Denver Planning Board and teaches a graduate level course in Land Development Regulation at the University of Colorado at Denver. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone and a Co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form. He has a B.S. in Urban Studies and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
Confirmed SpeakerPeter Pollock, FAICP, is the Manager of Western Programs at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, where he manages joint programs with the Sonoran Institute and the Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy at the University of Montana. He worked for almost 25 years for the City of Boulder, Colorado as both a current and long range planner, and he served as director of the city’s Planning Department from 1999 to 2006. During the 1997-98 academic year, Mr. Pollock was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Mr. Pollock began his career as the staff urban planner for the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colorado where he specialized in solar access protection, energy-conserving land use planning, and outreach to local communities. He received his Masters in Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley in 1978 and a Bachelors in Environmental Planning at UC Santa Cruz in 1976.
Confirmed SpeakerJeffrey Allenby is the Director of Conservation Innovation at the Chesapeake Conservancy. His team explores new ways to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Conservancy’s projects and focuses on developing new ways to empower partner organizations by providing them with innovative ways to access geospatial data and analysis tools that will create beneficial management outcomes. He is currently investigating the use of high-resolution imagery and LIDAR elevation data to map land cover at the large landscape scale and is constructing interactive tools to better target BMP implementation and riparian conservation and restoration projects. Before joining the Conservancy, Jeff worked with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources managing a competitive grant program that provided technical and financial support to local communities to realize and proactively adapt to climate change and coastal hazards. Jeff has a Masters of Environmental Management and Certificate in Geospatial Analysis from Duke University and a Bachelors of Science from the University of Richmond.