Zoning for Small Urban Lots
You'll learn about:
Pros and cons of developing infill commercial and residential projects on small urban lots
The “do’s and don’ts” of preparing zoning policies addressing small urban lots
Urban design considerations that should be addressed in writing zoning policies for small urban lots
The importance of neighborhood context in preparing zoning policies
Zoning ordinances need to address the challenges of small urban lots, including density, open space, and parking. Many existing zoning codes require small lot consolidation, even when it is not possible or context-sensitive. Additionally, many bulk and design standards intended for larger lots result in variances for existing conditions at small sites. Context-sensitive small lot zoning is needed redevelop urban neighborhoods, make smart use of existing infrastructure, maintain noteworthy neighborhood fabric and character, and facilitate smart regional growth.
Explore case studies and lessons learned from cities that are actively addressing the redevelopment of small urban lots. Learn about different types of regulations that facilitate context-appropriate and functional construction and discuss those regulations that unfortunately can lead to unintended consequences. Topics include planning projects that addressed small lots in an urban New Jersey city, revitalization of a Jersey Shore community, context-based infill design regulations for a Northern Virginia city, and small lot redevelopment in Superstorm Sandy-impacted towns.
, Design Solutions
Confirmed SpeakerCarlos Rodrigues, FAICP Design Solutions for a Crowded Planet, LLC www.rodriguesurbandesign.com email@example.com Carlos Rodrigues, FAICP is a Princeton, NJ based urban designer, city planner, writer and educator. His practice represents local governments, private development clients, objectors and civic groups involved in planning, (re)development and preservation projects of merit. He has worked in senior management positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors and has taught numerous graduate level planning courses. He is a charter member of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Past President of APA-NJ, and a past board member of the Society for American City and Regional Planning History.
, Newark Planning Office
Confirmed SpeakerMichele Alonso, PP/AICP has been an urban planner in New Jersey for 19 years for the state’s most dynamic and redeveloping cities. She has been a planner for Jersey City and Newark and currently is Director of Planning and Redevelopment for Asbury Park. Under her guidance, Asbury Park is recently the recipient of a HUD CHOICE Neighborhood planning grant and an EPA Brownfields assessment and remediation grant. She has worked on Master Plan and regulatory amendments in both Jersey City and Newark and is currently doing the same for Asbury Park. She won the 2010 New Jersey Historic Preservation Individual achievement award for her overhaul of the Newark Historic Preservation Commission process and enforcement.
, City of Alexandria
Confirmed SpeakerAlex Dambach, PP/AICP serves as the Division Chief for Land Use for the City of Alexandria, where he manages Zoning administration and policy. He previously was the Director of Community Development for Des Plaines, IL in the Chicago area and the Director of Policy, Planning, and Development for East Orange, NJ in the New York area. He had several economic development planning successes in those positions. He was also a planner for Newark, NJ for nearly 10 years where he substantially updated the city's zoning ordinance and produced area redevelopment plans for several key neighborhoods. He also managed the city's site plan and variance review process. Early in his career he was a planner for Paterson, NJ and for NJ TRANSIT. Earlier in his career he was a downtown redevelopment planner, economic development specialist, and a manager for a few small businesses. He has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University. Alex's accomplishments include award-winning plans for downtown revitalization and for new land use policies including innovative urban design standards for urban infill construction. He also has personal experience in the construction industry and managed a major building renovation project that converted an old meeting hall into loft apartments. In addition to his professional duties, he has been very active with the American Planning Association over the years.