Thinking Regionally, Implementing Locally

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

  • How two leading planning agencies established regional visions, and why technical assistance programs are key to implementing those visions
  • How communities successfully leveraged technical assistance to augment local efforts to build community support for regional growth visions 
  • The political considerations of aligning local planning initiatives with regional growth visions

What happens when a metropolitan planning organization (MPO) takes creative and innovative approaches with funding and programs to incentivize and support land-use planningand to integrate it into its regional visions and transportation planning processes? Both the Chicago Metropolitan Agency of Planning (CMAP) and Utah’s Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) did exactly that.

Find out how these two leading agencies crafted technical assistance programs to produce ordinances and other implementation strategies designed to integrate local planning efforts and regional growth visions (CMAP’s GO TO 2040 and WFRC’s Wasatch Choice Regional Vision). This session highlights two projects developed with help from CMAP’s and WFRC’s technical assistance programs. The first—A Sustainability Plan for the Village of Park Forest, Illinoisprovides strategies for how village government and the larger community can work together to achieve comprehensive, lasting sustainability. The seconda master plan and form-based code in South Salt Lake, Utah—supported the development of a vibrant, transit-oriented, mixed-use corridor along a new streetcar line.

MPO representatives as well as the grant recipients will discuss the process and outcomes of the technical assistance programs, present lessons learned, and explore how technical assistance can be a model for collaborative regional planning.


Robert Dean , CMAP , Chicago , IL (see bio)
Francis Lilly , AICP , Millcreek , Millcreek , UT (see bio)
Hildy Kingma , AICP , Village of Park Forest , Park Forest , IL
Megan Townsend , Salt Lake City , UT (see bio)