Charting the Course for Successful Planning Projects
You'll learn about:
- The numerous benefits of creating a Plan Charter for major planning projects
- Navigating the course of the process with staff, the governing body, and key stakeholder
- Exploring the successful experiences of a variety of jurisdictions that used the Charter components to create meaningful outcomes.
Creating community plans can be a daunting task for any planner. Making sure that all parties involved share the same vision for the purpose, focus, process, approach, and schedule of the project can be a significant challenge. This session will identify how planners in Loudoun County, Virginia, and Cary, North Carolina, created charters to guide updates to community plans.
Loudoun County, Virginia, located 25 miles from our nation’s capital, remains one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. With the last comprehensive review occurring in 2001, the need for the new Comprehensive Plan was readily apparent due to evolving land use, economic conditions, and numerous conflicts with current rezoning applications. This session will describe Loudoun County’s experience with developing a Plan Charter, a roadmap for completing the New Comprehensive Plan, in less than three months that was comprehensive and receive a unanimous endorsement by a 9 member Board of Supervisors.
The Town of Cary has for decades been one of the premier communities in North Carolina and the Southeast, and is increasingly being recognized as one of the best places to live in the country. In late 2010, the Town of Cary began considering the need to update several of the Town’s existing area plans. It became clear that a more pressing need was to undertake a comprehensive update to the entire policy context rather than updating individual component parts. Due to the complexity of the undertaking, the Town decided to approach this initiative in two phases: development of the charter (the plan for the plan), and development of the comprehensive plan. This session will describe how the plan charter was instrumental in setting the stage for development of the plan, and how the project managers used the charter to help address unforeseen hurdles that arose during the process.
, Loudoun County Planning and Zoning Department
Confirmed SpeakerRicky Barker is the Director of the Department of Planning and Zoning for Loudoun County, Virginia. He has a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and has nearly 30 years of diverse planning experience in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Ricky has made presentations at previous National Planning Association conferences on transportation facilities ordinances, sustainable building design standards, mixed use development, and site plan design for shopping centers. He has made other presentations at state conferences on tree preservation, time management, reinventing government, and annexation. Ricky has also been a motivational speaker for the American Heart Association. He has published articles in state-wide planning newsletters on conflict resolution and public speaking. Ricky has spent over 20 years as the Associate Planning Director for the Town of Cary where he assisted the Town Council to shape, direct, and managed growth and development through innovative plans and regulations. Ricky lives with his son, Trevor, and his wife, Deanna, in Ashburn, Virginia.
C. Gregory Dale
, McBride Dale Clarion
Confirmed SpeakerGreg Dale is a founding Principal with McBride Dale Clarion. Mr. Dale is a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, having been active in the planning profession since 1981. He has managed planning projects throughout the country and has expertise in regional plans, comprehensive plans, growth management plans, land use regulations, citizen outreach programs, planning for historic areas and expert testimony on planning, zoning and land use development issues. Mr. Dale has drafted or assisted with award-winning plans for Charleston County, South Carolina; Beaufort County, South Carolina; Williamson County, Tennessee; Will County, Illinois; City of Franklin, Tennessee; and the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Dale drafted an innovative sustainability chapter in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, plan and is a co-author of an update to The Citizen’s Guide to Planning and The Planning Commissioners Guide. He has also managed or assisted with significant planning projects in Bradley County, Tennessee; Henrico County, Virginia; Hanover County, Virginia; Suffolk, Virginia; Beaufort County, South Carolina; Williamson County, Tennessee; and North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Leigh Anne King
, Clarion Associates
, Chapel Hill
Confirmed SpeakerLeigh Anne King is a Principal and planner in Clarion’s North Carolina office. With over 15 years of experience, Ms. King has served as project manager on a variety of public sector planning projects: comprehensive plans, land use plans, growth management plans, neighborhood plans, affordable housing implementation programs and ordinances, design strategies, zoning ordinance updates, and impact fee support studies. Most recently she has led development of several plans in the Southeast, including the Loudoun County (VA) Comprehensive Plan, the Cary (NC) Community Plan, the Greenville (NC) Horizons 2026 Plan, and the Kannapolis (NC) Comprehensive Plan. Her primary focus is on project management, developing public engagement strategies, and development of policy frameworks and implementation strategies. She was the primary author of seven award winning plans in the Carolinas. She frequently speaks at national and state conferences on the topics of comprehensive planning, affordable housing, local food systems, and rural sustainability. Prior to joining Clarion, Ms. King was an associate with a national land conservation organization working on demonstration projects and green infrastructure plans.