Landscape-Scale Ecological Analysis in Planning

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
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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.



Barbara Johnston , AICP , Rochester , NY (see bio)
Sheila Hess , CC Environment & Planning , Batavia , NY (see bio)
Matthew Ingalls , AICP , Ingalls Planning & Design , Fairport , NY (see bio)
Felipe Oltramari , AICP , Genesee County , Batavia , NY (see bio)