Bridging the Generational Divide in RRDs
You'll learn about:
Key features of rural retirement destinations (RRDs), the impact of RRDs on seniors, and the impact of the seniors on their adopted communities
How to design the built environment to meet the needs of a multigenerational community
How housing inventory and infrastructure in a community can positively or negatively impact health, independence, and the need for services
How to modify zoning and local regulations to decrease challenging circumstances and increase opportunities for solutions
For decades Leelanau County, Mich., experienced senior in-migration. That in-migration eventually led to an out-migration of younger, working-age residents. Zoning policies—such as 10-acre minimum lot sizes and minimum square footage requirements—further created barriers to workforce housing, best illustrated by a $100,000 gap between median income and median housing price.
As the community struggled, the county planning director reached out to one of the authors of anThe collaboration spawned a consensus-building workshop that, in turn, inspired further community discussion on how to strengthen opportunities for young and old alike through enabling community design. Learn how the county used that discussion—as well as methods from —to create a community where all generations can thrive.
, Esther Greenhouse, LLC
Confirmed SpeakerEsther Greenhouse is a unique professional. She is an environmental gerontologist—a specialist in the impact of the built environment on older adults--and a designer. A nationally recognized expert in Universal Design and Aging in Place, her focus has expanded to include multigenerational community planning--a key approach to creating successful Age-Friendly Communities. An award-winning and enthusiastic instructor and speaker, she advises clients to view the built environment as a missing variable in public health, infrastructure, and social services. This is key to enabling greater independence and well-being. A catalyst for change, Ms. Greenhouse applies the Enabling Design Approach in her work with communities as they evolve to meet the needs of both seniors and younger generations. Ms. Greenhouse has served on the American Planning Association’s Aging in Community Policy Guide Task Force, co-authoring the Housing, Zoning, and Transportation sections, has written portions of the Livable NY Resource Manual, and teaches the NAHB/AARP Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) courses (for which she was awarded CAPS of the Year). Her innovative perspective has resulted in invitations to contribute to the book Independent for Life, the 4-part PBS series “Design for a Lifetime”, and the design of the nation’s first elder-focused emergency department. She has designed private residences, and her latest endeavors include graphic facilitation and expanding her role with the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. At Cornell University, she was the first design student to pursue the Gerontology certificate, and has worked as a research associate in the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA). Ms. Greenhouse’s B.S., M.S., and doctoral studies were in the departments of Design & Environmental Analysis and City & Regional Planning at Cornell University, where she has been, and continues to be, an interim lecturer and advisor.
, Leelanau County
, Suttons Bay
Confirmed SpeakerBiography: Planning Director and Director of the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, Trudy Galla has called Leelanau County home since childhood and has been employed by the county since 1988. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Michigan University with a double major in Earth Science and Geography and a minor in Conservation. She is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has been a member of the American Planning Association (APA) and Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) for over 20 years. She serves as leader of the Damage Assessment team for Emergency Operations in the county and her department also manages housing rehabilitation, recycling, and addressing. She has been a presenter at previous APA and MAP conferences, and has participated in various presentations and trainings related to planning, zoning, brownfields, sustainable development, and housing issues. She is the author of articles published in IMAGIN News, Planning & Zoning News, and co-author of articles published in GIS World, Traverse The Magazine, Stewardship Quarterly and Michigan Planner.