Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places
You'll learn about:
Tools and resources for integrating sustainability into new or updated local comprehensive plans
Best practices for addressing plan content, processes, and attributes
An objective mechanism for communities to measure their plans against a national standard
Lessons learned from the Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Pilot Program
APA’s Sustaining Places Initiative is designed to build the capacity of local jurisdictions to integrate sustainability into their comprehensive plans. Gain an overview of the initiative and then take a deep dive into its resource toolkit, which can be used to evaluate an existing plan or develop a new one that addresses sustainability in a comprehensive manner. Based on best practices from leading plans, the toolkit provides guidance on plan content (sustainability principles), processes (community engagement and plan implementation), and the design attributes of the plan itself. It includes a scoring system, which was recently piloted through the Comprehensive Plan Standards Recognition Pilot Program and can be used to measure a comprehensive plan against a national standard. In the interactive portion of the workshop, your will work with the presenters to apply the standards and scoring system to a sample comprehensive plans from Victoria, British Columbia and League City, Texas.
, College Station
Confirmed SpeakerPhilip R. Berke is a Professor of land use and environmental planning in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University. He is the Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities at College Station. He has recently served on the Committee on Coastal Risk Reduction of the National Research Council\National Academies of Sciences, National Science Foundation Review Panel for Coastal SEES Program, and the Review Panel for the International Program on Climate Change (IPCC) on Human Settlements, Infrastructure and Spatial Planning. He is currently an environmental planning consultant for the Louisiana's Master Plan for Coastal Protection and Restoration, and recently served on Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability. Professor Berke received his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Science from Texas A&M University.
, Chapel Hill
Confirmed SpeakerDavid R. Godschalk, FAICP, Professor Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is co-author of Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (PAS Report 567, 2012) and Sustaining Places: Best Practices for Comprehensive Plans (PAS Report 578, 2014). A leader of the APA Sustaining Places Task Force Task Force and the APA Working Group on Plan Standards, he has done both research and governmental consulting on comprehensive planning, He received the 2015 APA President's Award for his work on development of the Sustaining Places comprehensive plan initiative.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Rouse, AICP has over 30 years of private, public, and nonprofit sector experience in community planning, design, and implementation. As APA’s Research Director, he oversees the Planning Advisory Service and the three National Centers for Planning (Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning and Community Health). Prior to joining APA David was a principal of WRT, a nationally recognized planning, urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture consulting firm. His projects, many of which received awards for excellence from APA or other organizations, included comprehensive plans for cities, counties, and regions; parks, open space, and green infrastructure plans; transportation, economic development, and urban design plans; and zoning and development standards and ordinances.
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Read, AICP, joined APA in 2014 as a Senior Program Development and Research Associate. She conducts applied research within the National Centers for Planning and works on educational programs for practicing planners. She also oversees aspects of professional development pertaining to AICP review. 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.
, City of Plano