Collaborating on Water and Planning: A Perspective for Planners

PAS Memo — May-June 2018

By Vicki Elmer, Carol Howe, Philip Stoker, Gary Pivo


APA members & PAS subscribers
List Price
Sign In & Download

Not a member but want to buy a copy? You'll need to create a free My APA account to purchase. Create account

Are you talking to water professionals in the supply, wastewater, and stormwater sectors about how to plan for and manage this vital resource? Planners and water professionals have much to gain from collaboration on integrated water resource management. Benefits of collaboration include reduced system costs, fewer conflicts over scarce resources, and enhanced resilience to drought and flooding.

This PAS Memo builds on the PAS Report, Planners and Water, by providing guidance to planners to help them partner with water utilities to realize integrated water resource management practices.


Page Count
Date Published
May 1, 2018
Adobe PDF
American Planning Association

About the Authors

Vicki Elmer
Vicki Elmer taught planning at the University of Oregon and at UC/Berkeley's Department of City and Regional Planning for fifteen years. Dr. Elmer was Planning Director and then Public Works Director at the City of Berkeley before serving as City Manager in Eugene, Oregon. She is co-author of “Collaborating on Water and Planning” (2018), “Water and Planning” (2017) and Sustainable Infrastructure Planning and Finance (2013). Her education: B.A. University of Michigan (1964); MS Columbia University (1970); PhD University of California Berkeley (1991).

Carol Howe
Carol Howe is Director of ForEvaSolutions, a USA based, women owned consulting firm with over 25 years of global experience in integrating the social, economic and environmental facets of urban water management . She is the author of numerous publications on water sensitive cities, climate adaptation and resilience, and institutional change. Previously she managed the UNESCO-IHE led 15 country 'SWITCH (Sustainable Water Improves Tomorrow's CIties Health) program and Australia's Future Cities and Urban Water research programs. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a fellow of the International Water Association, where she leads the transitioning aspects of the Cities of the Future program .

Philip Stoker

Gary Pivo
Dr. Gary Pivo works in the areas of responsible property investing, urban form, and sustainable cities. He holds professorships in the Planning Degree Program and the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona where he teaches courses on the land development process and sustainable cities and society. Previously, Dr. Pivo was Dean of the Graduate College, Director of Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs and Associate Dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona. He also served as Chair of the Department of Urban Design and Planning and Director of the Interdisciplinary Group for the PhD in Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. Professor Pivo has published extensively on responsible property investing, less auto dependent urban form, and sustainable urbanization. In 2012, Dr. Pivo won the prestigious Legacy Award from the American Real Estate Society Journal of Real Estate Research. Dr. Pivo has an extensive record of consulting and public service including work as the Special Assistant to the Governor’s Growth Strategy Commission (Washington), Co-Founder and Advisor to the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative Property Working Group, Co-Founder and President of 1000 Friends of Washington (now Futurewise) and Co-Founder of the Responsible Property Investing Center. He has served on committees for many leading organizations including the World Green Building Council, the Congress for New Urbanism, the Global Reporting Initiative, the Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard University, and the National Institute of Building Sciences. Dr. Pivo is an alumnus of the U.S. Presidential Management Fellows Program and holds a B.A. in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s in Regional Planning from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from U.C., Berkeley.