Deconstructing Zoning for Repopulation
You'll learn about:
- How to look at zoning in a completely different way by thinking critically about zoning regulations and their intent
- How zoning regulations have evolved into what they have become and how that evolution fits into today's cities and towns
- How updating and eliminating zoning regulations designed to address big-city problems like overcrowding can foster development in smaller cities and towns where repopulation is needed most
Regulating for overcrowding is at the core of zoning, but in under-populated places zoning often creates barriers to development where investment is needed most. Removing unnecessary zoning regulations can open the door for revitalization and repopulation—making red tape pinker, urbanism leaner, and zoning smarter. During this "zoning boot camp," we will deconstruct and reconstruct zoning in a way where you will never think about zoning the same way again.
Minimum lot size and off-site parking requirements are pervasive in zoning codes across America. But are they really necessary anywhere other than in crowded cities? What we see, in fact, is that many of our current zoning practices stand directly in the way of our goals for places, walkability, innovation, job creation, and a place’s ability to adapt to change. The good news is that this is a fixable problem.
Learn how to deconstruct and reconstruct zoning so that it works to achieve repopulation. Explore the fiction that forms the basis for certain zoning regulations where the reality may not support them. Discover how to review your community's land-use codes to verify that they address real and legitimate concerns and regulate only what is truly necessary to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare.
Confirmed SpeakerJoe is a Senior Associate at MKSK focused on urban design, planning and real estate development projects in North America and abroad. He is dedicated to regenerating our towns, cities, and neighborhoods and using that experience to inform the design of new districts and towns that are inherently highly adaptable and resilient. Joe has directed design and implementation for dozens of projects ranging from small to over a million dollars in design fees. He leads teams of two to ten designers as well as multi-disciplinary teams of economists, ecologists, engineers, artists, architects, and planners. The work of Joe and his many collaborators are often found in Planning Magazine, Better! Cities and Towns, Planetizen, Sustainable Cities Collective and the Congress for New Urbanism. He has presented and lectured at the University of Notre Dame, at the Congress for New Urbanism, and American Planning Association National Conferences. He has juried design competitions for Pittsburgh’s Young Preservation Association and the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation. He is a recent member of the Board of Directors for the Sprout Fund, a Pittsburgh-based organization focused on neighborhood catalytic projects. Joe graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. While doing so, he contributed to the writing of Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design by Lee W. Waldrep (NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2006) and Como: la Modernit della Tradizione, edited by Samir Youn s and Ettore Maria Mazzola (Roma: Gangemi, 2003). He served as the Notre Dame chapter president of the A.I.A.S. and was the recipient of numerous awards for design and leadership. In 2016 he co-authored the Neighborhood Playbook with funding from the Haile Foundation and People’s Liberty.
Confirmed SpeakerSean S. Suder, Esq., LEED AP Sean practices land use, zoning and real estate law in the Commercial Real Estate Group of the Ohio law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP. He is also a Principal of Calfee Zoning, the firm’s affiliate zoning consultancy, where he assists local governments of all sizes with zoning code updates and revisions. Sean is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Sean previously served as Chief Counsel for Land Use and Planning for the City of Cincinnati where he represented the city in all planning and zoning related matters and was instrumental in writing the city’s form-based code, land development code and historic preservation code. Prior to this role, Sean worked in private practice representing large developers and retailers. Sean has a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He has been a guest lecturer of land use law and historic preservation law at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and has served as an adjunct professor of land use law at the University of Cincinnati College Of Law. Sean currently serves on the Management Committee of ULI Cincinnati, the Over-The-Rhine Foundation Board, and the Facilities Committee of the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.