Thinking Regionally, Implementing Locally
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 planning—and 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, Illinois—provides strategies for how village government and the larger community can work together to achieve comprehensive, lasting sustainability. The second—a 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.
Confirmed SpeakerBob Dean is the Deputy Executive Director for Planning with the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). He oversees CMAP’s programs that provide assistance to local governments, including the Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. Before holding this position, he was the project manager for GO TO 2040, the long-range comprehensive plan for the Chicago metropolitan area that was adopted in October 2010. Prior to coming to CMAP, he worked in transportation and land use planning for the City of Naperville and the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. Mr. Dean holds a Masters degree in planning from Cornell University and is originally from the Philadelphia region.
Confirmed SpeakerFrancis Xavier Lilly is the Deputy Director of Community and Economic Development for South Salt Lake City. Francis participated on the committee that oversaw the development of the Template Form Based Code as part of the Wasatch Choice for 2040 initiative, and worked with his colleagues in calibrating the template for South Salt Lake's East Streetcar Corridor and Downtown. Francis also serves as the City’s Housing Administrator. His responsibilities include managing the City’s Community Development Block Grant allocations, which are currently being used to fund a neighborhood revitalization campaign and a number of other initiatives to encourage long-term residency in South Salt Lake. Francis obtained a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, a Master in Public Administration, both from the University of Utah. In 2010, he became a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is proud to be a resident of South Salt Lake as well. He is engaged in community service as a member of the South Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Millcreek, and in his free time he loves to travel wherever and whenever he can.
, Village of Park Forest
, Park Forest
, Salt Lake City
Confirmed SpeakerMegan Townsend, MCMP, is a Transportation Planner for the Wasatch Front Regional Council, the Metropolitan Planning Organization of the Salt Lake and Ogden urbanized areas. Megan leads the Transportation and Land Use Connection program, assisting local communities with visioning, planning, and implementation efforts that proactively address anticipated growth. She specializes in centers planning and development, with growing experience in form based code development. Megan has a Master of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah, and serves as a board member for the Seven Canyons Trust non-profit organization which she helped to found.