Unleashing a New Code through Remapping
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.
, City of Philadelphia
Confirmed SpeakerEleanor Sharpe, is a Deputy Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. She is a former member of the Philadelphia Zoning Code Commission, which worked to update the City’s Zoning Code for the first time in 50 years - adopted in 2012. In her current role, she focuses on legislative and intergovernmental affairs for the Planning Commission. This entails working with City Council, City Agencies, and civic and community organizations to implement the recommendations of Philadelphia2035, the city’s comprehensive plan with a priority to remapping recommendations. This also means working closely with staff and Council to introduce legislation mostly related to rezoning bills. Sharpe, has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Howard University and a master’s in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to arriving in Philadelphia for this position in June of 2013, she spent the previous three years as Planning Director for the City of New Rochelle, New York and the previous five years as an Associate Director at the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships.
, City of Raleigh
Confirmed SpeakerKen Bowers joined the City of Raleigh, NC as Deputy Planning Director in 2006, was named Interim Director of Planning and Development in April 2014, and became Planning Director in January 2015. During his tenure with Raleigh he has overseen the preparation and adoption of a new 2030 Comprehensive Plan, a new development code and zoning map to implement the plan, and numerous area plans and studies for this fast-growing city. Prior to joining the City of Raleigh, Mr. Bowers was a consultant and Principal with the firm of Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates in New York City. He has a Masters in Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a BS in Physics from NC State University. He holds a certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a licensed Professional Planner in the State of New Jersey.
, Clarion Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDonald L. Elliott is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use consulting firm. Don’s practice focuses on land planning and zoning and international land and urban development issues. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008), co-author of The Rules that Shape Urban Form (APA 2012) and The Citizen’s Guide to Planning (APA 2009) and has served as the editor of Colorado Land Planning and Development Law for over 25 years. Don has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Policy Analysis from Yale University, a law degree from Harvard Law School, and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
Confirmed SpeakerAndrew Meloney is the Plan Implementation Manager at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Andrew joined the Planning Commission in 2008. While at PCPC he has managed plans for Walnut Hill, North 52nd Street, South 58th Street, and Station Square & 30th St Vicinity as well as the West Park and University Southwest District Plans as part of the comprehensive plan, Philadelphia 2035. He currently supervises a team of planners working to implement the recommendations of the comprehensive plan with policy, legislation, and grant writing. Prior to coming to the Planning Commission Andrew worked as a Planner and Real Estate Development Analyst at Reinvestment Fund and as the Mapping Unit Supervisor for the Philadelphia Department of Records.