District: Make It So!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
CM | 1.25
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You’ll learn about:

•  How special districts can (and cannot) be an implementation tool for plan documents

•  Specific examples and best practices for how planning departments and special districts programs can collaborate

•  The Uptown Oakland case study

•  Strategies to implement this knowledge in a planning process.


With shrinking federal funding and fiscal tightening, cities are increasingly looking to business improvement districts and other special districts as partners for plan implementation.  Learn about trends and examples from across the nation where special districts and planning departments are collaborating to develop and implement plans, from a consultant with expertise in both districts and planning.  Next, dive into a case study of Uptown Oakland, an APA Great Neighborhood presented by a team of planner and district manager.  This case study informs about the power -- and limitations -- of districts to bring plan visions to life.  Hear recommendations for how planning documents and resources can be aligned to improve partnerships and outcomes.  Participants will engage in an interactive exercise to share strategies and experience for the next round of planning and implementation in Downtown Oakland. An intermediate session for experienced planners.


Rachel Flynn , Oakland , CA
Steve Snider , Downtown Oakland and Lake Merritt-Uptown District Association , Oakland , CA (see bio)
Erica Heller , AICP , Progressive Urban Management Associates , Denver , CO (see bio)