Innovative Tools to Implement Regional Sustainability Plans
You'll learn about:
Learn about the most innovative sustainability components of the regional plans and regional transportation plans of the MPOs from San Diego, Denver, Minneapolis/St. Paul (Twin Cities), and New York City;
Gain an understanding of the suite of tools, resources, and financial programs provided by these four MPOs to incentivize local implementation of their adopted regional plans; and
Analyze whether these or similar tools, resources, and programs could be developed and applied in other local settings.
More than ever before, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and regional planning agencies throughout the nation are adopting regional plans that integrate land use, transportation, and the environment, and emphasize the key tenets of sustainable development, including interconnected areas such as social equity, smart growth, active transportation, complete streets, affordable housing, transportation demand management, transit oriented development, emerging technologies, economic prosperity, climate change adaptation and mitigation, energy planning, and livable communities. In this day and age of resource scarcity and multi-cultural interests, the adoption of regional plans that encourage a bottom-up implementation approach is critical. Collaborative implementation efforts in partnership with local member agencies and stakeholders are becoming a key ingredient to the successful implementation of regional plans. Supplementing federal and state resources, MPOs are increasingly providing financial incentives, web-based planning tools, competitive grants, local tool-kits, and planning strategies to assist member agencies to implement their regional plans that provide a vision for greater metropolitan sustainability. Come hear about the tools, resources, and varied approaches that four MPOs across the nation are offering their member agencies to incentivize, leverage, and promote meaningful implementation, at the local level, of the most innovative features of their sustainability-oriented regional plans.
, San Diego
Confirmed SpeakerCarolina Ilic serves as Senior Regional Planner at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA and her Master’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University (SDSU). She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). She has worked at SANDAG for over 20 years. Carolina served as project manager of the Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) for the San Diego region. Over the years, Carolina has coordinated the preparation of the "Smart Growth Concept Map," worked on visual simulations showing how communities can be transformed by smart growth, managed the Call for Projects for the TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program, and implemented SANDAG’s Regional Complete Streets Policy. Carolina contributed heavily to the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, adopted in 2015. She is currently managing the next Call for Projects for the TransNet grant programs and working on the Regional Plan update, particularly on public health aspects. Carolina was born in Santiago, Chile, and is fluent in Spanish. She is a Board member and mentor for the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA).
, Metropolitan Council
, Saint Paul
Confirmed SpeakerPaul Burns is the Manager of the Livable Communities Act Programs at the Metropolitan Council. The Livable Communities Programs include grants to participating communities in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Region from three different accounts, the Tax Base Revitalization Account, or TBRA, which is a brownfields cleanup program, the Livable Communities Demonstration Account, or LCDA, which helps provide land acquisition and public infrastructure funding for mixed use walkable neighborhoods, and the Local Housing Incentives Account, or LHIA, which helps provide funding for affordable housing projects. The LCDA and TBRA accounts also have a category focused on Transit Oriented Development. Prior to his position at the Metropolitan Council, he was the Assistant Director of the Agricultural Development Division of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and prior to that, he was the City Planner for Hastings, Minnesota. He has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Affairs (land use planning) from St. Cloud State University and nearly 40 years experience in land use and environmental issues at the local regional and state government levels. He also is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
, Denver Regional COG
Confirmed SpeakerBrad Calvert leads a team of planners, economists and technology professionals in the effort to develop and implement Metro Vision, the Denver region’s vision of the future of the metro area. Brad and his team work closely with the DRCOG Board and DRCOG’s many planning partners ensure the region has a strong shared sense of its future. Achieving that desired future requires the coordinated efforts of local, state and federal governments; the business community; and other planning partners including philanthropic and not-for-profit organizations – DRCOG’s Regional Planning and Development team is at the center of those coordinated efforts. Brad came to DRCOG in 2010 and has twenty years of professional planning experience with a variety of organizations including a regional planning organization in Atlanta, non-profits focused on urban and rural planning initiatives, a local government and a university.
, NY Metropolitan Transportation Council
, New York