Beyond PDFs: Publishing Online Zoning Codes
You'll learn about:
Understand several basic workflows for digital publishing, and cost, labor, and technical implications;
Become familiar with popular (and lesser-known) software vendors and digital publishing services;
Learn how to evaluate which software or publishing services are best-suited toward publishing zoning ordinances and similarly-structured documents; and,
Hear experience-based insights on how to implement popular web-based features, manage large files, introduce new software into an organization, and more.
The printed page is not extinct, but electronic publishing is becoming a standard format for the digital age. From page-flipping online documents to custom-made web sites, there are dozens of applications and services for publishing documents online. But which methods are best for publishing long, highly structured documents like zoning codes online, and how does one approach this task with little or no web design experience?
The session identifies popular digital publication methods and provides strategic recommendations for forming a strong code conversion team. Topics include research, evaluation, and implementation of an online zoning code, as well as technical considerations such as file management, navigation, mobile display, ADA compliance, output types, and long-term document management.
The session will also include case studies from the Town of Morrisville, NC, and City of Los Angeles, CA – two agencies who have chosen different methods for publishing contemporary, feature-rich online zoning codes. Representatives from the code conversion teams will explain how they were able to meet project goals and overcome unexpected challenges.
This session is appropriate for planners new to the code conversion process, as well as experienced professionals who want fresh insights and a preview of the next generation of online publishing.
, Town of Morrisville
Confirmed SpeakerCourtney Tanner, AICP, is the Planning Director for the Town of Morrisville, North Carolina. Ms. Tanner has worked on an array of development projects and award-winning plans. Most recently, Ms. Tanner managed the implementation of Morrisville’s first Unified Development Ordinance and subsequent Town-wide rezoning. Ms. Tanner received a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. She holds the distinction of being a LGFCU Leadership Fellow, and is a certified zoning official in North Carolina.
, City of Durham
Confirmed SpeakerPete Sullivan, AICP, is Manager of Durham's Development Services Center, in Durham, North Carolina. In this role Pete works with cross-departmental teams to make customer service and development review more streamlined and user-friendly. Prior to joining the City, Pete was Senior Associate with Clarion Associates, in Chapel Hill, NC, where he specialized in zoning & land use regulation and digital publication. Pete has helped communities throughout the east coast modernize development regulations, streamline business processes, improve community form, and create more diverse and affordable housing options. Pete is Co-Chair of the Communications and Public Affairs Committee of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association, and an occasional contributor to Planetizen. His project work been recognized by the Washington State Governor’s Office, Puget Sound Regional Council and Washington State Chapter of the American Planning Association.
, Urban Insight, Inc.
, San Luis Obispo
Confirmed SpeakerChris Steins is the CEO of Urban Insight, and co-founder of Planetizen. Chris is a nationally-recognized consultant in the field of technology and urban planning, and has worked with a broad range of clients in government, education, and the private and nonprofit sectors. Chris is also an adjunct faculty member at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he teaches a popular graduate course on technology and public participation. He is a graduate of both UCLA and the USC Price School of Policy, from which he holds a Master's degree in Urban Planning. Chris is the author of a children's book on urban planning and co-author of Pro Web Project Management.