Addressing Megaregions in Long-Range Plans
You'll learn about:
- What megaregions are and why the concept matters for local and regional long-range planning
- Guidlines for megaregional planning developed by the American Planning Association and Georgia Institute of Technology
- Examples of local and regional planning agencies that are incorporating the megaregional concept into their planning efforts
Many local and regional planning agencies know about the concept of megaregions—networks of metropolitan areas that share economic, environmental, and cultural features, as well as infrastructure and geographic connections—but few have acknowledged the concept's importance in their long-range plans. This is true despite the fact that many of the issues and challenges planners address—including those related to transportation, the economy, and environmental quality—both affect and are affected by megaregional-scale forces and trends.
This session defines the concept of megaregions and explains why local and regional planning agencies must start to think megaregionally to plan more livable communities. It also examines how planning agencies can use guidelines developed by a joint APA and Georgia Tech project to incorporate data, analysis, or policy recommendations related to megaregional systems into their long-range plans.
, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Fields, AICP, Principal with Nelson\Nygaard, believes a great community provides transportation choice. With over 20 years of transportation planning experience as both a consultant and public sector employee, David’s work focuses on transportation planning that supports communities’ long-term goals, including multiple modes (heavy rail, light rail, and on-street bus services); parking and park-and-ride facilities; policy (transit-oriented development, Parking Management, and Transportation Demand Management); and environmental review. David's ultimate goal is to make transportation so easy, people complain about the weather instead.
, Georgia Institute of Technology
Confirmed SpeakerSarah M. Smith, Research Scientist II, Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, Georgia Institute of Technology Sarah is a research faculty member at the Center for Quality Growth & Regional Development (CQGRD) at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She has over ten years of experience in both the public and private sectors. In her role at CQGRD, she has served as a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on projects across a number of subject areas. Her research on the topic of megaregions has included: review of megaregions and freight movement and contributing to understanding the governance and structure of the megaregional framework. She has also conducted transportation oriented research including: development of a SPLOST database and clearinghouse for transportation finance; and co-leading a project for the Georgia Department of Transportation to develop context sensitive project design strategies. Prior to joining CQGRD she assisted with the Comprehensive Plans for a number of cities across Georgia. She has also conducted land use policy and zoning research to develop recommendations to best integrate land use choices with transportation policy for a Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and dual Master’s Degrees in Architecture and City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Read, AICP, is a Senior Program Development and Research Associate at the American Planning Association. She currently manages APA’s Water and Planning Initiative, conducts applied research within the National Centers for Planning, and works on professional development programs for practicing planners. Prior to joining APA, she worked on regional broadband planning efforts for the state of Missouri and as a project manager for the International City/County Management Association's Center for Sustainable Communities, where her work focused on smart growth and rural communities. She has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Morley, AICP, is a Senior Research Associate with the American Planning Association in Chicago, where he manages and contributes to sponsored research projects; manages the development of the Research KnowledgeBase; provides customized research assistance through the Inquiry Answer Service; develops, organizes, and participates in educational sessions and workshops; and writes for APA publications. Mr. Morley also co-edits Zoning Practice, a monthly publication to inform planners about smarter land-use practice, and PAS QuickNotes, a series of briefing papers that explain planning basics for public officials and engaged citizens.
, U.S. Department of Transportation- FHWA
Confirmed SpeakerJames Garland is the Team Leader for the Planning Capacity Building Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation- Federal Highway Administration in the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty. James has over 15 years of multi-modal planning experience related to policy development, research, project management, and technical assistance on the Federal transportation planning process. He's worked on several key initiatives, such as Smart Cities, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Megaregional Planning, and more. Previously, he managed the Strategic Highway Research Program, where he developed and implemented a $25M budget of transportation planning and environmental resources. Prior to this, he was the New Starts Team Leader with the Federal Transit Administration Office of Planning, where he led the development of light rail and subway projects in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Diego, and Portland (OR). James holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Dillard University in New Orleans.