Using the CIP to Make Plans Happen

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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You’ll learn about:

  • The structure and management of capital improvements programs.
  • The ways in which the CIP can be used to achieve specific planning goals for the community’s particular areas or purposes, such as increasing resiliency to flooding.
  • The important role that planning agencies can play in making capital improvements a major way to achieve planning goals.


Capital improvement planning is a complex responsibility that touches on many different aspects of how a city or town plans for its future. Long-term planning allows localities to financially strategize for future infrastructure improvements. A comprehensive capital plan should be tied into the strategic goals of the community. Long-term feasibility studies should be part of the CIP to demonstrate fiscal impacts of a project on future budgets, including debt service payments and any operating or maintenance costs associated with the project. Panelists discuss integrating the comprehensive plan, departmental master plan, area plans, and the capital improvement program/plan to better manage financial resources and achieve planning goals. An introductory session.


Peter Pollock , FAICP , Lincoln Institute of Land Policy , Boulder , CO (see bio)
Jean Gatza , AICP , , Boulder , CO (see bio)
Julie Herlands , AICP , Falls Church , VA (see bio)