Unleashing a New Code through Remapping

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • How to map new zoning districts at both the neighborhood and citywide scale
  • How to manage an education and outreach process that involves tens of thousands of stakeholders
  • How to recover from missteps or unforeseen problems when managing a high-stakes process

The past two decades have seen tremendous innovation in how land is zoned and development regulated with the rise of form-based and hybrid codes. Yet most zoning codes continue to be dominated by traditional or modified Euclidian districts, with the newer form-based tools available only in a few special areas. While every zoning map originated in an act by a local government to apply zoning districts where there were none, local governments in larger U.S. cities have only rarely undertaken a major overhaul of their zoning map, preferring to leave rezoning to a petition process or to use government-initiated rezoning in limited areas in response to an area plan. Therefore, the transformative potential of new zoning tools hasn't been fully realized.

Explore the experiences of three cities that have attempted a large-scale refresh of the official zoning map. The City of Raleigh, N.C., recently completed a remapping of one-third of its 181 square mile jurisdiction, replacing every commercial and industrial district on the map in a process that went smoothly up until a dramatic public hearing. Philadelphia chose an incremental neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach, lengthening the process but avoiding the risk of total failure. Albuquerque, N.M., is following a process modeled on Raleigh's but hopes to avoid some of the pitfalls that almost brought the process to a halt. 

Learn transparent and objective methods used to draft a major map amendment, innovative public outreach tools for educating impacted property owners and neighborhoods while giving them a meaningful voice in the process, and tactics for anticipating political roadblocks and last-minute opposition. The session will cover nuts-and-bolts topics such as how to handle the call volume generated by a mass mailing, how to use web-based tools to disseminate information and collect public comments, and how to recover from missteps in a high-stakes process.


Eleanor Sharpe , AICP , City of Philadelphia , Philadelphia , PA (see bio)
Kenneth Bowers , AICP , City of Raleigh , Raleigh , NC (see bio)
Donald Elliott , FAICP , Clarion Associates , Denver , CO (see bio)
Andrew Meloney , AICP , Philadelphia , PA (see bio)