Coordinating Progress in Multijurisdictional Planning

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • How adjacent and overlapping planning areas are interdependent and benefit from coordination
  • The cost benefits to taking a collaborative approach to planning in multijurisdictional areas due to efficiencies created during the planning process and understanding between entities that creates value in the long term
  • Strategies for organizing and facilitating multijurisdictional planning efforts in ways that ensure that all parties have a voice in the process and feel that their interests are represented

Fragmented approaches to planning and development within different jurisdictions can make it difficult to plan holistically for the future. This has real cost implications on the communities and, over the long term, threatens to adversely impact the quality of life of the people who live and do business there. This session presents two case studies that exemplify how planers can build consensus on land use, infrastructure and economic development issues in multijurisdictional contexts: the Crossroads Area Plan in an area where three counties converge in central Ohio, and a joint comprehensive planning process for Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina.

The Crossroads Area Plan focused on planning for a roughly 1,000-acre area along the State Route 161/Post Road and Hyland Croy Road corridor that is facing significant development pressure, which is straining existing infrastructure (road, water and sewer, and stormwater). Plan Together: Put the Pieces in Place was a multi-jurisdictional planning process conducted by the City of Columbia and Richland County that led to the development of two unique plans-separate documents with unifying goals and policies-adopted by each jurisdiction in 2015. Both case studies will be used to illustrate techniques for developing a shared vision, and capitalizing on opportunities, for local and county governments and their constituencies in complex regions.


Tracy Hegler , AICP , Richland County , Columbia , SC (see bio)
Jamie Greene , FAICP , Planning NEXT , Columbus , OH (see bio)
John Fellows , AICP , City of Columbia , Columbia , SC (see bio)
David Gulden , AICP , , Columbus , OH (see bio)