Landscape-Scale Ecological Analysis in Planning
You'll learn about:
How sustainability planning at a county level can be incorporated into town, city, and village comprehensive land-use planning and zoning
The opportunities and challenges that arise when planning for sustainability at multiple scales within multiple jurisdictions within one region
How a complex and science-based planning process has been distilled into a simple toolkit being implemented by several communities along the rural to urban transect
It is increasingly important (yet still uncommon) that communities develop land-use policies congruent with scientific data and focused on resilience. Learn how the Green Genesee/Smart Genesee (GGSG) project employed a landscape-scale green infrastructure approach as a foundation for local plan updates and zoning tools for municipalities in Genesee County, N.Y.
Resilience depends on our ability to guide land use in a way that respects community interests and economic opportunity, protects natural assets and ecological function, retains farmland, and conserves energy. No small task! The GGSG project emphasized inter-governmental and diverse stakeholder collaboration and integrating the planning programs of multiple jurisdictions.
An intact ecosystem and wise energy use make up the only foundation upon which true resilience is achieved. And everything is connected! GGSG began with prioritizing natural assets and mapping an ecological network. This network was translated specifically into implementation tools customized for rural towns and villages, including conservation overlay districts and form-based codes/design standards for existing villages and hamlets. These tools build capacity among local officials to help their communities evolve in ways that support local economy and create vibrate neighborhoods while protecting clean water, open space, and natural beauty.
Invited SpeakerBarbara Johnston is a consulting planner with LaBella Associates in Rochester, New York with more than 25 years of experience assisting local governments with long range planning, land use regulations and grant administration. Current projects emphasize energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural resource conservation and sustainable community development.
, CC Environment & Planning
Confirmed SpeakerSheila Hess is the Principal Ecologist and CEO of CC Environment & Planning and Executive Director of New York Green. She has a Master of Science degree from SUNY ESF and over 20 years of experience in natural resource conservation, terrestrial and wetland ecology, and aquatic resource mitigation. After 12 years in the nonprofit sector, she formed an environmental consulting company – CC Environment & Planning - and helped found the nonprofit organization - New York Green. Through both of these organizations, Sheila works directly with individuals, communities, and businesses of all kinds to integrate natural resource conservation into land use planning and to facilitate the creation of sustainable growth models.
, Ingalls Planning & Design
Confirmed SpeakerMatt Ingalls is founder and principal of Ingalls Planning & Design, a community planning and urban design firm located in Fairport, New York. He has 20 years of professional planning and design experience in both the private and public sectors. Trained in planning, urban design, and landscape architecture, Matt brings a unique set of skills to projects he is involved with. He has a detailed understanding of interdisciplinary collaboration and how planning and design work together to shape communities. Matt received a bachelor’s degree in urban economics from the University at Buffalo and a master’s degree in landscape architecture and a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).
, Genesee County
Confirmed SpeakerFelipe Oltramari, AICP CNUa, is the Director of Planning for Genesee County, NY and has been working for the Department for over 14 years. Felipe graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Geneseo and received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, concentrating in Environmental and Community Land Planning, from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF). He is certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and accredited with the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNUa). Felipe is the current President of the New York State Association of County Planning Directors and serves on the Board of the NYS Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).