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, AICP serves as a 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 has worked at SANDAG for over 20 years. Carolina served as project manager of the Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) for the San Diego region. To implement the RCP, she 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 developed an implementation strategy for SANDAG’s Regional Complete Streets Policy. Carolina also managed the preparation of the Urban Area Transit Strategy – a key input into the development of SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2050 RTP/SCS), and contributed to the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. She also managed the statewide Cap-and-Trade Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program in San Diego, and served as an evaluator for California’s Active Transportation Program. Carolina is a Board member and mentor for the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA) and is a mentor in the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition, Carolina has taught regional planning as an adjunct faculty member at SDSU, and frequently serves as a guest lecturer on planning issues at local universities.
, 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 is the Metro Vision Manager with the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG). In this role he leads the effort to develop and implement Metro Vision, the Denver region’s vision of the future of the metro area. Metro Vision’s most basic purpose is to safeguard for future generations the region’s many desirable qualities and to serve as a framework for addressing shared issues. He also serves as a liaison between DRCOG’s planning staff and the Area Agency on Aging (AAA). In this capacity he collaborates with partners from around the region, including local governments, to implement strategies to support healthy, successful aging in communities throughout the Denver region. He has eighteen years of professional planning experience with a variety of organizations including regional planning agencies, environmental non-profits, a local government and a university.
, NY Metropolitan Transportation Council
, New York