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Sunday, July 19
 

12:30pm

CPAT Waterfront Design Charrette

Calling all planners…help us plot out the future for an exciting piece of Norfolk’s historic waterfront.  Spend your Sunday afternoon walking the shores of Norfolk’s Elizabeth River and participating in a design charrette to determine the best possible future for the waterfront.  This effort will be led by co-founder and principal emeritus of Urban Design Associates, Raymond L. Gindroz, FAIA, and the principals of WPA Architects, Thom White and Mel Price and associate Peter Johnson. 

Beginning at 12:30 in the conference hotel lobby, be prepared to walk the urban waterfront, from the Sheraton, past Harbor Park, and ending at the new (air conditioned!) Amtrak station where we will hold a design charrette, wrapping up by 5 p.m.  All areas of expertise are a welcome addition to the team to analyze this valuable and underutilized asset.  And hopefully you will return to your home communities with a new or enhanced skill set.


Sunday July 19, 2015 12:30pm - 5:00pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

6:00pm

Opening Reception: Battleship Wisconsin
Join us on the Battleship Wisconsin as we kick off the 2015 APA Virginia Conference. Meet up with old friends and make new ones aboard this historic vessel.

Sunday July 19, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Battleship Wisconsin One Waterside Drive Norfolk, Virginia 23510
 
Monday, July 20
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Monday July 20, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

7:45am

Welcome
Speakers
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Paul D. Fraim

Mayor, City of Norfolk
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George Homewood, FAICP, CFM

Planning Director (President, APA Virginia), City of Norfolk, VA
Currently, George is the Director of City Planning of the City of Norfolk. He previously served as Director of Community Development for New Kent County, Chief Planner for York County and Assistant Planner for James City County. George was also previously employed as a project manager for US Army and self-employed as the co-owner of a scuba diving business. | | Before serving as President of APA Virginia, George served four years as the Vice... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 7:45am - 8:00am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

8:00am

2015 General Assembly Legal Plenary
The session will focus on the planning, zoning and related outcomes of the 2015 Session of the Virginia General Assembly and discuss the ordinance, policy and procedural changes localities and planners may wish to consider as a result.  The session will also discuss the legislation which may become major topics under consideration in the 2016 Session of the General Assembly, as well as discussion of the Chapter's 2016 Legislative Agenda.

Speakers
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Mark Flynn

General Counsel, Virginia Municipal Leauge
Mark Flynn joined the League in 1998.  A native of southern Illinois who was raised in Loudoun County, Mark is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee University Law School.  He has served as county attorney in Tazewell and was city attorney for Winchester for 11 years. He worked in private practice with the Richmond law firm of Sands, Anderson in 1997, specializing in local government and transportation law.  Mark is a past president... Read More →
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Emily Gibson

Planning Director (Vice President for Legislative and Policy Affairs, APA Virginia), Montgomery County
Emily enjoys serving as the Vice President for Legislative and Policy Affairs for APA Virginia and is excited about the 2015 Annual Conference and the opportunities to learn with fellow planners from all over the Commonwealth. Emily is the Planning Director for Montgomery County, Va. Before joining the team in Montgomery County in 2015, she worked as a Planner in Gloucester County. Emily has been a Planning Commissioner as well and in that role... Read More →
avatar for Eldon James

Eldon James

Principal, (APA Virginia Chapter Administrator, Chapter Legislative Consultant), Eldon James & Associates
Eldon James has spent 37 years working in and with Virginia state and local governments. Eldon received his Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University and spent the next seventeen years working for state and local government in positions with the Commission of Outdoor Recreation, the Cooperative Extension Service and King George County, the final five years as county administrator. Eldon left King George county... Read More →
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Sue Rowland

CEO, SR Consulting, Inc.
CEO of SR Consulting, Inc. since 2002; Director of Human Services for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission for 8 years prior to that.  In conjunction with Eldon James & Associates, helps represent the APA Virginia Chapter interests at the Virginia General Assembly.


Monday July 20, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Arterial Management Planning - Facilitating Land Development through Corridor Preservation
The public road network is critical to the economy and to the mobility of people and goods. The system’s capacity should be thought of as a limited resource to be preserved to the greatest extent possible, while also recognizing the importance of land development to the economy and jobs. The purpose of the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Arterial Management Plans is to develop a joint state and local strategy to guide development and transportation decisions along anticipated growth corridors.

VDOT’s Arterial Management Plans seek to support the economic development and vitality of the study corridor, maximize transportation system efficiency, and minimize public investment required to support local development goals while preserving and enhancing public safety. Corridor management strategies can include thoroughfare improvements, access management, operational improvements, setback requirements, right-of-way preservation, transportation demand management and policy recommendations. The Arterial Management Plans endeavor to facilitate the implementation of these planned improvements during land development activities. Presenters will discuss VDOT’s Arterial Management Plan program and will provide an example of a successful Arterial Management Plan developed for Goochland County, VA. 

Speakers
avatar for Chessa Faulkner P.E.

Chessa Faulkner P.E.

Kimley-Horn and Associates
Chessa Faulkner has been with Kimley-Horn and Associates for 14 years and specializes in the area of traffic engineering and transportation planning. For the last 6 years she has partnered with VDOT on a variety of efforts such as, conducting over 80 roadway safety audits across the state of Virginia, completing studies to increase the statewide speed limit to 70 MPH, and leading various long-range corridor planning studies in the Richmond... Read More →
avatar for Brad Shelton, AICP

Brad Shelton, AICP

Access Management & Traffic Impact Analysis Programs Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation
Brad Shelton is the Access Management and Traffic Impact Analysis Programs Manager with VDOT’s Transportation and Mobility Planning Division. Over the last eight years with VDOT, Brad has been responsible for leading an interdisciplinary team in the development of the highway element of the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan. He has also performed work in the areas of transportation policy and functional classification while... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Developing A Local Government Sea Level Rise Adaptation Guide
This session will engage professional planners by describing Virginia’s challenges relative to sea level rise/recurrent flooding. We will then work collaboratively to develop an adaptation action Guide for Virginia localities, using the impetus of a new law to outline local government options. The outcome of this effort will be an outreach and education effort to train elected and appointed local government boards on the development of adaptation programs today.

Wetlands Watch has been working with local governments in Virginia on sea level rise adaptation for eight years and has encountered a range of potential local government adaptation options for climate change/sea level rise. With the recent enactment of state legislation requiring localities in Hampton Roads to include sea level rise in their comprehensive plans (Code of VA § 15.2-2223.3) there is now an urgent need for this information.

The increasing nuisance flooding driven by sea level rise is causing all of Virginia’s tidewater localities to implement adaptation options. The federal government is moving rapidly, with the development of a new proposed Federal Flood Standard taking future flooding into account. However, information on existing tools and authorities for adaptation implementation in Virginia is fragmented and not fully developed.  

Speakers
avatar for Shereen Hughes

Shereen Hughes

Assistant Director, Wetlands Watch
Shereen Hughes, Assistant Director of Wetlands Watch, Inc. and Virginia Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP), a bay-wide sustainable landscape certification initiative. She holds a B.S. in Geology from James Madison University, Certificate of Landscape Design from George Washington University and is a Certified Virginia Planning Commissioner. She is a member of the Norfolk Watershed Task Force and co-planned the... Read More →
avatar for William Stiles

William Stiles

Executive Director, Wetlands Watch
We are the only grassroots statewide environmental group in the country working on sea level rise on the local government level, trying to affect land use decisions along the tidal shoreline. We use a broad range of programs - land use planning, flood plain planning, FEMA's Community Rating System (two of our staff are certified flood plain managers), emergency management planning, environmental and stormwater regulatory programs - to keep... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

The Future of Shockoe Bottom
This session presents a point and counterpoint on the future of Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom--a hub of the U.S. African slave trade between 1830 and 1865. Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones's Revitalize RVA plan offers a mixed-use development centered on a new ballpark. Supporters say the new stadium would revitalize the neighborhood, bring net revenue and jobs into the city over the next twenty years, and open up the existing stadium site for economic development; all while continuing to honor the area’s African-American heritage. Opponents of the proposal say the placement of the stadium will destroy the neighborhoods urban grid, displace historic uses and events, and dishonor the site as a memorial and heritage tourism area. Although they support development on the Boulevard and non-sacred areas of Shockoe Bottom, they feel the neighborhood should be developed as a national historic district. Richmond’s Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project and its allies are developing an alternative vision memorializing Shockoe Bottom’s sacred areas via a parkland, museum, genealogy center, bookstore, performing arts space, and educational conference center. Once completed, supporters of this alternative intend to present the plan to the Richmond City Council. This session discusses the merits of both plans.

Speakers
avatar for Ana Edwards

Ana Edwards

Ana is chair of the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project, a 2004 initiative of the Defenders for Freedom, Justice and Equality, a Richmond-based social justice organization which grounds its work in the principles of the right of oppressed peoples to self-determination. She worked for 8 years to help reclaim Richmond’s African Burial Ground, and is currently engaged in the community struggle to preserve and memorialize historic... Read More →
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Rob Nieweg

Field Director & Attorney, Washington Field Office, National Trust for Historic Preservation
Rob has worked as a historic preservation advocate since 1989, when he directed Landmark West, a citizens group on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rob joined the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1995 and has helped save historic places and strengthen the preservation movement in Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, West Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia, and Virginia. Today, Rob leads a team of Field Officers working to... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Transforming 1960s Streets – from Auto-Oriented to Complete Streets in Crystal City

Crystal City is one of Arlington, Virginia's "urban villages" located near the Pentagon. Recent Federal actions have resulted in a significant loss of jobs and high vacancy rates, leaving Crystal City in an ideal position for redevelopment. Arlington adopted a Sector Plan to reposition the future of Crystal City and its transportation network. Crystal City is transforming from an area of one-way streets and highways to a place with complete streets with a bidirectional urban street grid, high-capacity transit and a network of bicycle facilities and accessible sidewalks.

A tax increment financing district (TIF) was created to pay for the transportation infrastructure envisioned by the Sector Plan. A Complete Streets Program was created by County Staff using funding from the TIF to implement the infrastructure improvements in a phased schedule. A multidisciplinary team of Arlington County staff was formed to complete tasks associated with the program including preliminary engineering design, right of way acquisition and construction management. Session attendees will learn how to deal with the challenges of formulating an area-wide transportation improvement program, how to translate a visioning concept to a practical engineering design and successful construction completion in an area with significant sub-surface structures and adjacent dense redevelopment.


Speakers
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Dave Kirschner P.E.

Capital Project Manager, Arlington County Government
Dave Kirschner is a Transportation Engineer and multimodal transportation design specialist.  His experience in the public and private sector has focused on transforming roadways into complete streets to accommodate all road users.  Dave created the paving program that regularly evaluates and updates the design of Arlington County's roadways for multimodal transportation. He designed and implemented the County's first protected bike... Read More →
avatar for Katherine Youngbluth, AICP

Katherine Youngbluth, AICP

Commercial Development Specialist, Arlington County Government
Katherine Youngbluth is Commercial Specialist in the Arlington County Economic Development Department. Before moving to Economic Development in the Summer of 2014, Katherine built the $29 million Crystal City Complete Street Program. As the Program Manager, she lead interdisciplinary technical teams through the design and construction processes. She is an expert in delivering and financing multimodal street projects on time and under budget... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

10:45am

'Emerging Leaders' Hosted Break

What's better than getting together for a bite to eat? Getting a bite to eat while you enhance your job prospects! The Young Planners Group (YPG) invites you to a special break on Monday moring, during the conference. During this hosted-break, resources will be on hand, providing feedback on resumes, connecting folks with a mentors, and helping you find professional development opportunities. What better way to literally stand out in a crowd! 

If your goal is to become one of Virginia's finest planning practitioners, you need to be in the exhibitor's area on Monday July 20th, from 10:45-11:30am. We look forward to seeing you there!


Monday July 20, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
Grande Promenade Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:30am

Keynote Presentation
Mr. Andrew Salkin, COO of 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This global non-profit helps cities of all sizes redefine Resiliency to include not just the shocks, but also the stresses. The shocks may make the headlines (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) but the stresses (unemployment, inefficient public transportation systems, food deserts, water shortages) define the city’s quality of life and concern the areas were planners spend most of their energies.

Mr. Salkin brings a wealth of experience and insight to our theme of Resilient Communities.  We are honored to have this distinguished professional on the forefront of Resiliency join us for our Monday morning keynote address.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Salkin

Andrew Salkin

COO, 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation)
Mr. Andrew Salkin, COO of 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This global non-profit helps cities of all sizes redefine Resiliency to include not just the shocks, but also the stresses. The shocks may make the headlines (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) but the stresses (unemployment, inefficient public transportation systems, food deserts, water shortages) define the city’s quality of life and concern the... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 11:30am - 12:15pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

12:15pm

Lunch
Monday July 20, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

20x20 Session
  1. Do Cities Have Rings? An Interesting Way to Look at Demographic Change in Cities
  2. Mapping Quality of Life: A Tool for Guiding Investments in Community Wellbeing
  3. Economic Development for Everyone: How to Ensure Employment Equity through Local Policy
  4. Building Resiliency Through Local Planning

Speakers
avatar for Reynolds Broker

Reynolds Broker

Community Planning Consultant, The Brick Industry Association
Reynolds Broker is a Community Planning Consultant with the Brick Industry Association. Reynolds oversees the industry’s education and outreach initiatives and is responsible for providing policy and technical information on the building materials regulation on the local level to planners and elected officials in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC.
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Sarah Halvorson-Fried

Virginia Tech
Sarah is a Master's candidate in Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Tech. She focuses on community and economic development, and her graduate thesis examines firm-level motivations for racially equitable employment practices. Broadly, she is interested in how planning, policy making, and research can promote equity and widespread prosperity.
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Luke Juday

Research and Policy Analyst, UVA Demographics Research Group
Luke Juday received a B.A. in political science from Grove City College and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. His expertise is in mapping and spatial analysis and he focuses on how demographic trends are related to local government decisions and metropolitan change. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a middle school teacher and debate coach, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Gaborone... Read More →
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Sarah Malpass

Associate Planner, Skeo Solutions
Sarah is an associate planner and project manager who provides leadership and technical expertise for collaborative planning and design services in the areas of Superfund site reuse, area-wide brownfield revitalization, and green infrastructure planning. Sarah has a special interest in building capacity in environmental justice communities to facilitate equitable development solutions that provide a foundation for healthy, vibrant community... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Implementing Strategies for Resiliency in Hampton Roads
The Hampton Roads region is vulnerable to sea level rise, flooding and storm inundation. To begin addressing these issues the region has undertaken a number of initiatives to support resiliency in the region. One the major initiatives is the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities which Norfolk was named in 2013. This program has provided the City with grant money as well as helping to establish a Chief Resiliency Officer.

This session will include presentations by Christine Morris, Norfolk’s Chief Resiliency Officer, and Paul Moyer, Director of Planning for VHB and ULI panelist, and Kaye Methany, Principal with HR&A and supporting HUD and Rockefeller’s National Disaster Resiliency Competition capacity building initiative.

The panel will describe approaches to resiliency based on their work in other areas of the US as well as the work that the City of Norfolk is currently pursuing. The session will also include site level concepts that were developed as part of a ULI panel that was held in December 2014 that focused on the Ft Norfolk Area. The goal of the session will be to provide an understanding of the challenges and strategies Norfolk is pursuing and provide ideas that could apply to other communities across Virginia. 

Speakers
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Christine Morris

Christine Morris is Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Norfolk and began working for the City in March 2013 as Assistant to the City Manager.  Previously Ms. Morris served as Vice President of Initiatives for the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the region’s premier provider of philanthropic services involving community impact by means of grants and scholarships, regional leadership of community needs and initiatives, and... Read More →
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Paul Moyer

Director of Planning, VHB
Moyer is director of planning for Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB) in Vienna, Virginia. VHB is a multidisciplinary plan­ning, design, engineering, and consulting firm providing services throughout the Mid-Atlantic area. | Moyer is an urban planner and land use professional with more than 28 years of experience. He began his career with EDAW Inc. in 1987 shortly after graduating from college and advanced to become managing principal of the... Read More →
avatar for Andrew Salkin

Andrew Salkin

COO, 100 Resilient Cities (Rockefeller Foundation)
Mr. Andrew Salkin, COO of 100 Resilient Cities-Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). This global non-profit helps cities of all sizes redefine Resiliency to include not just the shocks, but also the stresses. The shocks may make the headlines (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) but the stresses (unemployment, inefficient public transportation systems, food deserts, water shortages) define the city’s quality of life and concern the... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Newport News downtown: The redefinition of place
Newport News once had a vital downtown. With the growth of the Shipyard, downtown became dominated by a series of large, faceless parking lots. Nevertheless, the roots of downtown remain evident and provide the seeds for a redefined district. These include proximity to the water, beautiful historic buildings, and strong civic presence.

The “Superblock”, a 5-acre parcel in the heart of downtown, currently serves as a parking lot and underused open space. Mayor Price presented this site to the Mayors’ Institute to explore strategies for jumpstarting change. Based on this input, a citywide charrette was initiated to define a Superblock concept. During this process, it became evident that the redesign of the Superblock alone would not transform the area. Hence, the resulting vision included a broader look at the area’s assets and how these can redefine downtown as a place with a sense of presence -- an attraction for residents, workers and visitors.

This session will illustrate how a dynamic public process can define a struggling downtown, and the tools that can be used to redefine an area even before construction begins. This session will be interactive, encouraging the audience to share their views, input and precedents throughout the session.  

Speakers
avatar for Sukirti Ghosh

Sukirti Ghosh

Associate | Urban Designer, Rhodeside & Harwell
Sukirti has tremendous passion for all things design, exquisitely crafted and realized as work of art, specifically creating beautiful urban public places. During his life's journey from the foothills of the Himalayas to bustling metropolis of world cities in Asia and North America his passion to understand intricate urban life and realizing enjoyable social places has driven him as an urban designer and a planner. Sukirti has extensive... Read More →
avatar for Sheila McAllister

Sheila McAllister

Director of Planning, City of Newport News
Ms. Sheila McAllister, AICP, is the Director of Planning for the City of Newport News, where she oversees the divisions of Current Planning and Comprehensive Planning. Sheila received her B.S. in Urban Studies from Winston Salem State University and a Master’s in Planning from the University of Virginia. She has more than 30 years of planning experience in North Carolina and Virginia.
avatar for Deana Rhodeside

Deana Rhodeside

Deana Rhodeside is a planner and founder/director of Rhodeside & Harwell, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm in Alexandria, VA. She has worked with communities throughout the country to develop plans and strategies that address social, physical, and economic issues unique to each place as well as realistic incentives for making change happen. As an essential part of the planning process, Deana has explored a broad... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Overcoming NIMBYism in Affordable Housing Development
NIMBYism, "Not In My Back Yard", is a pervasive challenge for many affordable housing and community development projects. This session includes an overview of essential elements of NIMBYism and will provide participants with tools for overcoming opposition to affordable housing and building support for projects. Topics discussed will include:
  • Understanding the root causes of NIMBY
  • Using data to make your case
  • Building trust and communicating effectively
  • Finding supporters and using them strategically
  • Case studies from success stories
Participants will be provided with a valuable workbook outlining a comprehensive approach toward overcoming opposition to affordable housing including sources and worksheets for jump-starting a defensible strategy to counter NIMBYism in their communities. This introductory workshop is an ideal starting point for planning professionals facing the challenges of building stakeholder consensus for comprehensive land use and affordable housing plans, plans of development, and community visioning processes. This workshop sponsored by Housing Virginia

Speakers
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Jonathan Brown

As a community planner for the past 15 years, Jonathan Brown specializes in non-profit capacity building, housing and land use policy, charrette management, and neighborhood design. Born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia, Jonathan received his undergraduate degree in History and sustainable development from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. While in Boone, Jonathan met his wife Samantha and settled in the City of Asheville, North... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Resume Clinic

The Resume Clinic is open to all members of the Chapter who have interest in developing or improving their resume. The purpose of the Resume Clinic is not to re-write (or write) a resume at the Conference, but to provide general guidance on how to best tailor a participants skills and education to their desired professional goals through a resume. Participants are asked to come prepared with at least two (2) hard copies of their resume and sit one-on-one with a seasoned planning professional for 25 minutes to discuss resume writing tips. The Resume Clinic runs daily. Each resume consultation will last approximately 25 minutes and there will be eight (8) slots available per session. Resume reviewers will include Planning Directors and seasoned professional planners. Spots are limited so those interested in having their resume reviewed should sign-up in advance through the Chapter Membership Director, M. Tyler Klein, AICP at membership.apavirginia@gmail.com.


Speakers
avatar for M. Tyler Klein, AICP

M. Tyler Klein, AICP

Land Use Planner (Membership Director, APA Virginia), Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning
M. Tyler Klein, AICP, is a Land Use Planner with the Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning. As Membership Director, he is responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s membership list, corresponding with members and getting new members involved with Chapter activities. He is also responsible for the Conference Mentor Match Program and an active participant with the Northern Virginia Young Planners Group (YPG). | | Tyler holds a... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Riverwalk Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

20x20 Session
  1. Cultivating Small Businesses and Maintaining Business Relations
  2. Diversity within Virginia’s planning profession
  3. #SharingIsCaring: How the Sharing Economy Is Improving Our Public Spaces
  4. Community Resilience through Small Businesses: Red Hook, Brooklyn New York Case Study

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Cowell

Margaret Cowell

Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning, Virginia Tech
Margaret Cowell, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. Her research focuses on economic development, urban economy, and public policy. Her research has been funded by the MacArthur Foundation and United States Economic Development Administration.
avatar for Jill Griffin, AICP

Jill Griffin, AICP

Commercial Development Specialist, Arlington County Government
Planner in the field of economic development...retail policies, small business guidance, permitting process assistance.
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Laurel McGinley, P.E.

Senior Associate, Dewberry
Laurel McGinley has 18 years of professional experience in program management, emergency management, and geotechnical and environmental engineering. Currently Ms. McGinley leads the engineering group within Dewberry’s Coastal and Resilience Consulting branch. As such, she oversees the development of a number of hazard mitigation and resilience projects, to include risk and vulnerability assessments, project scoping, benefit-cost analysis, and... Read More →
avatar for Abbey Ness

Abbey Ness

Analyst, Cardno
Abbey Ness is an analyst with Marstel-Day, a conservation and military planning firm. In this capacity, she analyzes land use-based solutions to encroachment challenges affecting Navy and Air Force installations. As the co-chair of the Young Planners Group, she organizes professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals across Virginia. Abbey received her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from... Read More →
avatar for Judd Ullom

Judd Ullom

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech
Recently graduated from Virginia Tech's Master's of Urban and Regional Planning program. Interested in historic preservation and economic development.



Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Changes in Variance Law: How Does HB1849 Impact Land Use in Virginia
The overall proposal is to discuss how the new variance language affects a landowner’s attempt to obtain relief from the zoning ordinance; on how a landowner can be helped, or not helped by the procedural changes in the variance law; and on what effects the changes to the procedure for appeals to circuit court on variances & special exceptions will have on matters going through the process. Will highlight the new language in HB1849 from the general assembly 2015 session. 

Speakers
avatar for Mark Flynn

Mark Flynn

General Counsel, Virginia Municipal Leauge
Mark Flynn joined the League in 1998.  A native of southern Illinois who was raised in Loudoun County, Mark is a graduate of Virginia Tech and Washington & Lee University Law School.  He has served as county attorney in Tazewell and was city attorney for Winchester for 11 years. He worked in private practice with the Richmond law firm of Sands, Anderson in 1997, specializing in local government and transportation law.  Mark is a past president... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Pandak

Sharon Pandak

Partner, Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner, PLLC
Sharon is a partner with Greehan, Taves, Pandak & Stoner.  Sharon has provided extensive advice and drafting assistance regarding zoning and planning matters for Virginia localities.  She handles land use litigation in trial and appellate courts, and has argued several major cases before the Virginia Supreme Court.  Sharon argued a proffer case on brief in the U.S. Supreme Court.  She has worked on land use issues... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

RiskMAP and Resilience in Coastal Communities
Under FEMA’s Risk Map Program, an identification and assessment of coastal flooding risks has led to updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) for more than 30 Virginia coastal counties and cities. These coastal communities are also receiving innovative non-regulatory Flood Risk Products to help better identify risk, take action to reduce it and increase their resiliency. Because no two communities are alike; FEMA recognizes that the road to resilience may not look the same for each community. Strategies to promote reduced flood risk and increase resilience will involve not just the regulatory and non-regulatory products, but opportunities for training and bringing new and old partners to the table for this important discussion. In this presentation we will explore existing barriers and incentives for communities to take action. Your successful resilience strategy could be enhanced by a broad range of federal, state and local partners who are all actively interested in helping to improve hazard mapping, flood risk, mitigation planning, and communication.

Resilience should be a goal for all communities, not just those touched by RiskMAP. This is an opportunity for planners to play a critical role in helping your community identify and adopt resilient strategies.   

Speakers
avatar for Alison Kearns

Alison Kearns

Community Planner, Mitigation Division, FEMA Region III
Alison Kearns, a Certified Floodplain Manager, is a Community Planning Specialist within the Mitigation Division at FEMA Region III. She works with the Region’s states and counties to improve hazard mitigation planning and to develop sustainable communities, particularly in the Region’s many coastal areas. Alison recently assisted in the development of the guidance document, Plan Integration: Linking Local Planning Efforts, to help... Read More →
avatar for Mari Radford

Mari Radford

Mitigation Planner/CRS Coordinator, FEMA Region 3
Mari Radford is a Certified Floodplain Manager and Mitigation Planning Specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Region III office.  Mari is the lead state mitigation planner for Virginia, a member of the Pennsylvania planning team and coordinates the Community Rating System Program for the Region.  In addition to managing the Community Assistance Program for Virginia, she monitors compliance with the... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis: Complexities of Implementing a True Multimodal Transportation Project along a Major Arterial Highway
The Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis confronted a complex set of transportation planning issues along a busy 15-mile corridor in Fairfax County and Prince William County. The effort was characterized by several factors that provide insights for other Virginia transportation initiatives. Multiple agencies, cooperating as Project Management Team: Led by the Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the work was executed collaboratively among DRPT, VDOT, Fairfax County, and Prince William County staff.

Multiple transportation modes, each with their own requirements: With an improved transit spine as centerpiece, the study responded to growing traffic congestion and changing travel patterns. The transition from auto-oriented land uses to a pedestrian-friendly axis for ongoing private reinvestment required focus on pedestrian and bicycle safety and connectivity. Multiple stakeholders, actively participating in project committee meetings and public engagement: The effort included a Technical Advisory Committee, a Community Coordination Committee, and an Executive Steering Committee. Each group reviewed study content and shaped the process.

Multiple land use scenarios, responding to alternative growth outcomes: Detailed land use analysis supported development of transportation alternatives. A scenario-based economic analysis outlined potential land and investment value. A funding analysis framed applicable local, state, and federal funding sources and feasible implementation timeframes. 

Speakers
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Amy Inman

Planning & Mobility Programs Administrator, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Amy Inman serves as the Planning & Mobility Programs Administrator for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. In this capacity, Inman oversees public transportation and rail planning, as well as the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs for the agency. Her contributions to the development of statewide, regional and corridor transportation plans have ensured the creation of multimodal recommendations to guide... Read More →
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Meredith Judy, AICP

Principal, Rhodeside & Harwell, Inc.
Meredith is a planner with specialized expertise promoting livable communities through integration of urban and suburban land use patterns with multi-modal transportation networks, including a full range of public transit modes as well as automobile, bicycle, and pedestrian infrastructure. Meredith understands the power of early and continuous public and stakeholder involvement as critical to long-term project implementation. She enjoys... Read More →
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Jason Mumford

Associate Vice President, AECOM
As an engineer and planner, Mr. Mumford works to see good transportation projects come into being for the benefit of our communities and our environment. He has approached this goal from different perspectives during his 20-year career: as an engineering design manager, as an environmental planning manager, as lead process strategist on several projects and as a trainer of other project managers. | | Mr. Mumford is currently working on... Read More →
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Tim Roseboom

Northern Virginia Manager of Transit Planning, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
Tim Roseboom is the Northern Virginia Manager of Transit Planning for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). He was the project manager for the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis. He is DRPT’s representative on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), Harrisonburg-Rockingham Metropolitan Planning Organization (H-R MPO) and Staunton-Augusta Waynesboro Metropolitan Planning organization... Read More →
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Leonard Wolfenstein, AICP

Chief, Planning Section, Fairfax County Department of Transportation
Leonard Wolfenstein has been working in transportation planning in the Washington, DC metropolitan area for the past 28 years.  Most of that time has been with the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, but in the mid-90’s Leonard spent 3 years heading the transit planning section at the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.  As the head of the Transportation Planning Section for the... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

A walking tour of Downtown Norfolk
Attendees will take a tour of downtown Norfolk, to see the redevelopment and innovation of this coastal city. The tour will include a ride of the City’s new light rail system, along with a visit to a low-income neighborhood, transformed into a mixed-use community. [Registration is $10]

Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

2:45pm

Visit Fort Norfolk
Come with us to visit Fort Norfolk and learn how the City of Norfolk partners with the US Military, creating a strong partnership that benefits the community and our armed forces. The site is accessible from The Tide, where attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about the City’s transit investments. [Registration is $10]

Monday July 20, 2015 2:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

How to Get a Planning Job in Virginia
Entry-level planning jobs are hard to find in this economy, and applying for jobs can be a confusing and stressful process. This session will address common questions and concerns of students and young professionals looking for jobs in Virginia. The first half of the session will feature thoughts and advice from a panel of speakers of diverse sectors and career phases. Discussion topics could include skills that make entry-level applicants stand out, how to apply for jobs for which you are under-qualified, how to build relationships with employers, and Virginia-specific questions, like which firms/localities have the funding to hire young planners. Some of the session panelists are planners who have recently found employment. Others make hiring decisions for their departments or firms. This unique offering of perspectives from both sides of the interview table will appeal to both students, who want to learn more about job searching, and employers, who want to learn how to better recognize and recruit young talent.

This session will meet several crucial goals of APA Virginia and its Young Planners Group by preparing students and transitioning employees for the job searching process, connecting prospective employees with employers, and retaining talent in the Virginia workforce.

Speakers
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Missy Creasy

Assistant Director of Neighborhood Development Services/Planning Manager, City of Charlottesville
Missy Creasy is currently the Assistant Director of Neighborhood Development Services/Planning Manager for the City of Charlottesville.  She holds a Bachelor in Political Science and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Missy worked as a comprehensive planning intern for the Town of Blacksburg for three years and as a health planning intern for Southwest Virginia Health Systems Agency prior to... Read More →
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Rachel Falkenstein, AICP

Senior Planner, Albemarle County
Rachel Falkenstein is a Senior Planner for Albemarle County, Virginia where she is responsible for development and legislative reviews. Prior to joining Albemarle County in 2014, Rachel worked as the Planning Director for Cumberland County, Virginia. Rachel received her Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia in 2011.
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Vlad Gavrilovic, AICP

Principal, Renaissance Planning
Vlad is a principal with Renaissance Planning Group in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has three decades of experience in land use, urban design and transportation planning in Virginia and the mid Atlantic. He has helped develop dozens of comprehensive plans, area plans and zoning ordinance amendments for localities in Virginia, as well as worked on the integration of land use and transportation for agencies at the state and federal level. He has... Read More →
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Abbey Ness

Analyst, Cardno
Abbey Ness is an analyst with Marstel-Day, a conservation and military planning firm. In this capacity, she analyzes land use-based solutions to encroachment challenges affecting Navy and Air Force installations. As the co-chair of the Young Planners Group, she organizes professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals across Virginia. Abbey received her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from... Read More →
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Bret Schardein, CZA

Director of Community Development, King William County
Bret Schardein serves as the Director of Community Development for King William County, a position he has held since 2013. The department's functions include planning, zoning, building code, environmental and economic development. Prior to King William, Bret was the Deputy County Administrator and Planning Director for Cumberland County VA from 2010-2013. Prior to entering the planning field, Bret worked his way through college at motorcycle... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Land Use and Fisheries: Local land use planning matters to aquatic resources & aquatic resources matter for viable land use choices, but are we on the same page?
Rivers, streams and tributaries directly link land uses such as urbanization, agriculture and shoreline development to the Bay by carrying runoff downstream. The resulting impacts can include degraded water quality, damaged habitat, and as a consequence, reduced health of aquatic species, which can reduce the economic viability of watermen, aquaculture, and working waterfronts in communities. Informing development and land use decisions and preventing negative impacts on these habitats, aquatic species, and coastal community economies is essential to maintain vibrant communities and overall Bay health.

Session attendees will consider how land use decisions impact aquatic resources, and how fisheries decisions, including aquaculture enterprises, can impact land use choices. They will then discuss potential planning actions that could acknowledge this inter-dependency, promote viable working waterfronts, and protect valuable natural resources.

The first presentation will discuss what science tells us about the interconnections between land use and fisheries health. The second presentation will be a local Virginia case study illustrating the impact aquatic resource management has on land use choices and viability. The third presentation will outline a Virginia Sea Grant effort that studied communication and language use between aquatic resource managers and local planners. 

Speakers
avatar for Emilie Franke

Emilie Franke

Fishery Program Analyst, ERT Inc., for the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Emilie is a Fishery Program Analyst for ERT Inc. working at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office. She focuses on bringing partners together to address ecosystem-based management of aquatic resources and to develop products that can be applied by managers. Prior to her current position, Emilie was an Environmental Management Fellow for the Chesapeake Research Consortium for over two years where she provided staff support to the Chesapeake Bay Program's... Read More →
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Troy Hartley

Director, Virginia Sea Grant
Dr. Troy Hartley is Director of Virginia Sea Grant and a Research Associate Professor of Marine Science & Policy at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and the Thomas Jefferson Program in Public Policy, William & Mary. Troy has over 20 years of experience in coastal, marine, and natural resource policy and management. His research focuses on governance networks and collaborative, multi–stakeholder, –jurisdictional, and... Read More →
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Bruce Vogt

Ecosystem Science and Synthesis Manager, NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office
Bruce manages ecosystem science and habitat assessment activities. He works with staff and other Bay scientists to deliver sound and timely science to resource managers across the Bay to inform habitat and fishery policy decisions. He also serves as the coordinator of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team. Bruce joined NCBO in 2009 and holds a master’s degree in marine science with a concentration... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Planning for Multiple Benefits from Green Infrastructure
This session will examine the myriad regulatory and financial pressures on localities for improved floodplain management, stormwater pollution reduction, and mitigating increasing flood insurance costs. We will examine common approaches to these problems, emphasizing conservation landscaping/green infrastructure/watershed management plans and outline how any one of these actions can provide multiple benefits for a locality.

Green infrastructure and open space approaches can help compliance with Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plans/MS4 permits. They can also be part of mandated floodplain management plans. Finally, these practices can receive credit under FEMA's Community Rating System program, reducing flood insurance premiums for policyholders within that locality. Properly planned and implemented, a single approach (and a single outlay) can provide multiple credits under different state and federal programs.
Wetlands Watch has been developing information for local governments to achieve these multiple benefits and seeks to “translate” these actions into the compliance language for multiple programs. This session will examine this work and seek input from coastal planners on improving this resource 

Speakers
avatar for Shereen Hughes

Shereen Hughes

Assistant Director, Wetlands Watch
Shereen Hughes, Assistant Director of Wetlands Watch, Inc. and Virginia Coordinator for the Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP), a bay-wide sustainable landscape certification initiative. She holds a B.S. in Geology from James Madison University, Certificate of Landscape Design from George Washington University and is a Certified Virginia Planning Commissioner. She is a member of the Norfolk Watershed Task Force and co-planned the... Read More →
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Mary-Carson S. Stiff

Director of Policy, Wetlands Watch
Mary-Carson Saunders Stiff, Director of Policy at Wetlands Watch. She holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a B.S. in English from Bates College. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager and currently Chairs the Coastal Virginia Community Rating System Workgroup. Prior experience includes Consulting Manager for Policy & Programs for the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic at William & Mary Law School, Legal Intern for the Virginia Outdoors... Read More →
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William Stiles

Executive Director, Wetlands Watch
We are the only grassroots statewide environmental group in the country working on sea level rise on the local government level, trying to affect land use decisions along the tidal shoreline. We use a broad range of programs - land use planning, flood plain planning, FEMA's Community Rating System (two of our staff are certified flood plain managers), emergency management planning, environmental and stormwater regulatory programs - to keep... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

The Urban Forest - Benefits and Management of this Vital Natural Infrastructure Element
The urban forest touches the lives of citizens every day. It provides numerous benefits to communities and residents, including cleaner air and water, cooler temperatures, energy savings, and improved physical and emotional health. Participants will learn how to quantify the many benefits urban forests provide and the elements needed to pro-actively manage this important natural infrastructure element. We will discuss best management practices, lessons learned, and breakdown this seemingly overwhelming task into actionable items. This session is based on the research and work performed to develop the City of Virginia Beach's Urban Forest Management Plan and Program, a plan that can serve as a model for other communities.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Duke, AICP, LEED AP

Barbara Duke, AICP, LEED AP

Senior Planner, City of Virginia Beach
Barbara has over 25 years of experience in land use planning and development with the City of Virginia Beach. She currently works in Parks and Recreation managing the city's open space program, master planning the overall park system as well as individual parks and managing construction projects for parks and recreation facilities. She has worked with Planning Commission, City Council and citizen advisory boards and committees. Barbara is a... Read More →
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Carol Rizzio, PLA, AICP, LEED AP

President, Land Studio pc
Carol, co-founder of Land Studio pc, has over 20 years’ experience in planning, landscape architecture, and project management. Carol understands the inner workings of municipal agencies, as over half of her professional career has been with the public sector. As such, she is uniquely capable of assisting municipalities plan, design and implement desired improvements. Her diversified experience includes community planning, site... Read More →



Monday July 20, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

7:30pm

YPG-ECDC-Planning Directors Meetup

YPG, ECDC and the Planning Directors Committee welcomes all members and interested conference attendees to join us at a local bar (TBD) on Monday at 7:30 PM. Meet other planning professionals from across the state and relax after a long day of stimulating sessions.

 


Speakers
avatar for Abbey Ness

Abbey Ness

Analyst, Cardno
Abbey Ness is an analyst with Marstel-Day, a conservation and military planning firm. In this capacity, she analyzes land use-based solutions to encroachment challenges affecting Navy and Air Force installations. As the co-chair of the Young Planners Group, she organizes professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals across Virginia. Abbey received her master’s degree in urban and environmental planning from... Read More →


Monday July 20, 2015 7:30pm - 9:30pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, July 21
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Tuesday July 21, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

8:00am

Keynote Presenation

We are pleased to announce that our Keynote Address on Tuesday will be the distinguished Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, Mr. Nick Donohue. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Donohue also serves as the Director of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, which encourages the coordination of multimodal and intermodal planning across the various transportation modes within the Commonwealth. Currently, the OIPI leads the development of VTrans2040, the Commonwealth’s long-range multimodal transportation plan.

Mr. Donohue served previously as Policy and Legislative Director for Transportation for America, an alliance of private and public sector leaders dedicated to promoting local transportation solutions. Before that he served as Assistant Secretary of Transportation and Special Assistant to the Secretary of Transportation in the administration of Governor Tim Kaine. In this role, Mr. Donohue was responsible for legislative and regulatory affairs for the seven agencies in the Transportation Secretariat. He also directed the implementation of the transportation and land-use program for the Secretariat. Mr. Donohue holds a BS in Urban Studies and Geography from Virginia Commonwealth University.

We look forward to benefiting from the wealth of experience and expertise Mr. Donohue can bring to our discussion of Transportation, one of the four major issues we will explore at Norfolk 2015. 


Speakers
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Nick Donohue

Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Virginia Department of Transportation
Mr. Nick Donohue is the Deputy Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Donohue serves as the Director of the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, which encourages the coordination of multimodal and intermodal planning across the various transportation modes within the Commonwealth. Currently, the OIPI leads the development of VTrans2040, the Commonwealth’s long-range multimodal... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Next Generation Transportation Cash Proffers and Impact Fees
An increasing number of communities are realizing the potential fiscal and economic benefits of higher density, mixed-use development that offers alternative modes of transportation. Also, significant national demographic changes, shifting market preferences for walkable urbanism, and the importance of place making are compelling local governments to encourage redevelopment in urban and suburban centers where there is existing usable infrastructure capacity. Next-generation cash proffers/impact fees are an important implementation mechanism in the smart governance toolbox, particularly transportation cash proffers and impact fees that embrace multi-modal travel options. This session will discuss opportunities for using transportation cash proffers/impact fees to encourage the types of development desired in the community, to improve the proportionality between the cash proffer/impact fee amount and type of development, and to help implement multi-modal transportation improvements.

Speakers
avatar for Carson Bise AICP

Carson Bise AICP

President, Tischler Bise
Carson Bise has 25 years of fiscal, economic and planning experience and has conducted fiscal and infrastructure finance evaluations in 37 states. Mr. Bise has developed and implemented more fiscal impact models than any consultant in the country. The applications which Mr. Bise has developed have been used for evaluating multiple land use scenarios, specific development projects, annexations, urban service provision, tax-increment financing, and... Read More →
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Julie Herlands AICP

Principal, TischlerBise
Julie Herlands, AICP, is a Principal with TischlerBise and has over fifteen years of planning, fiscal, and economic development experience. Her economic and fiscal impact experience includes a wide-range of assignments in fifteen states including fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic and market analyses, economic development assessments and plans, impact fees, cash proffers, level of service analysis, and infrastructure financing. Prior... Read More →
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Andy Boenau

Urban Planning Practice Leader (Vice President of External Affairs, APA Virginia), Timmons Group
Talk to me about design anarchy. My mission in life is to topple the status quo and make street networks safe for people of all ages and abilities.


Tuesday July 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Proposal writing and public speaking for planners
Entry-level planning jobs require a certain skill set. However, these skills are not always taught in school, resulting in a gap between the knowledge students have upon graduating and the knowledge they need to get a planning job. Opportunities to build an entry-level skill set can be difficult to find or expensive. This session aims to teach students, emerging professionals and others looking to hone their skills in proposal writing and public speaking.

Proposal writing is valuable for planners in all sectors and diverse areas of practice. This session will begin with an overview of technical writing skills and then describe specific considerations for proposal writing. Participants will benefit from valuable tips about formality, audience and style. The latter half of the session will give participants an overview of effective public speaking skills. Participants will benefit from valuable tips on how to devise strategies on being able to speak to a wide array of audiences. This session will help bridge the gap between graduation and employment by offering tangible knowledge and practice, and build capacity among younger members of the planning workforce.

Speakers
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Bruce DeSimone

Senior Community Housing Officer, Virginia Housing Development Authority
Bruce DeSimone joined the Virginia Housing Development Authority in December of 2006, and now serves as a Senior Community Housing Officer in the Department of Community Housing.  As a REACH Team member, Bruce specializes in multifamily housing loan underwriting, seniors and disabilities housing issues, and rural community development.  Prior to joining VHDA, Bruce created and managed a housing department for a regional agency on... Read More →


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Tuesday July 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Richmond's Stormwater Program
With the new State mandated stormwater program the City embarked on an ambitious approach. This approach involved creating a new chapter in the City Code which combined all the environmental programs in one section of Code. The City combined the E&S ordinance, the Chesapeake Bay Ordinance, the Floodplain Ordinance and the new Stormwater Ordinance into a single comprehensive ordinance and program. This new program eliminated the land disturbing permits associated with the building permit process and instituted a new land disturbing permit process that requires E&S plans for all developments outside of a Chesapeake Bay area which proposes to have more than 4,000 square feet of land disturbance. If the project is within the Chesapeake Bay area the soil disturbance threshold is 2,500 square feet. In cases where a totally new project is proposed that involves 3 lots of more a Richmond Stormwater Management Permit (RSMP) is required. This process attempts to simplify and streamline the stormwater mandates that the development community has to address while providing protection of the City’s environmental resources.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Mitchell

Gary Mitchell

Project Manager, City of Richmond - Dept. of Public Utilities
I began my career as a Planning Director in Upstate New York. I have worked for rural, urban and suburban locations in NY and VA. I have spent the vast majority of my time as a Professional Planner. I accepted the job in Richmond to get a different experience and aspect of Community Development. In the City of Richmond I currently review site plans for stormwater compliance and serve as an assistant to the Community Rating System (CRS... Read More →
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Jonet Prevost-White

MS4 Operations Manager, City of Richmond
I am the MS4 Operations Manager and certified Floodplain Administrator with the City of Richmond’s Department of Public Utilities in the Water Resources Division. I manage the Water Resources Division of Public Utilities manages the Erosion & Sediment Control, Chesapeake Bay, floodplain & VSMP programs, and oversee the MS4 Outreach and Education, IDDE, BMP inspections, and the CRS programs. I have been with the City for more than 9 years. I... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Using the USDA Food Access Research Atlas: What food access numbers tell us about our localities
This session will discuss food planning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and look specifically at efforts in the City of Roanoke to use the USDA Food Access Research Atlas to study food access issues. Using information from the Atlas as well as data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission, and local organizations, a food access assessment for the City of Roanoke was conducted 2014/2015 that created a series of maps, tables, and figures to explore issues of geographic, informational, economic, and social barriers to access to fresh, healthy and nutritious food. Discussion of this methodology can inform future assessment methods in other communities in Virginia impacted by food insecurity. Many working in food planning are unaware of the food access data available from the USDA and its versatility. Contrasting this information with infrastructure and demographic data paints a more complete picture of the barriers to food access and areas for planned improvements.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda McGee, MURP

Amanda McGee, MURP

Intern, Botetourt County
Amanda McGee graduated from Virginia Tech this spring, achieving her Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree. As a capstone to this study, she undertook a food access assessment for the City of Roanoke, utilizing USDA Food Access Research Atlas data. This process, undertaken in partnership with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission, will be the focus of her presentation at the 2015 APA Virginia Annual Conference. Her broader... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Public Finance and Budgeting
If planning is the vechicle in which a community travels towards its future, then a budget is the engine in that vehicle. Attendees to this session will gain insights into the revenue and expenditures of local government. We'll discuss the intersections between public finance and budgeting and show how planners can use each to promote desirable effects and avoid undesirable ones in your community.

The Hands-On Leadership Development opportunity consists of a series of four (4) concurrent sessions. Each session is designed to provide an advanced learning opportunity to planning commissioners and emerging planning professionals alike. The sessions will cover skills related to enhancing attendees capacity as a community leader. Attend these sessions and you'll better understand public finance and budgeting, contracting and procurement, project management, and team-building for effective governance. Attend all sessions and receive a certificate of completion; useful for demonstrating your commitment to excellence in governance and planning administration.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

At-Large Board Member, APA Virginia, LUEP at Virginia Tech
Michael Chandler is Director of Education for Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP).  Mike is a planning/management consultant, and served as Education Director of the Citizen Planners Education Association of Virginia (CPEAV) for more than a decade. In his LUEP role, he conducts the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, the Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals, the annual Commonwealth Planning and Zoning... Read More →
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Stephanie Davis

Assistant Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech
Stephanie Davis, Professor of Practice, is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Policy and Administration and her research interests are local governments, nonprofits, partnerships, and organizational theory. Teaching experience includes Financial Management and Capital Asset Management. Her career experience includes service as a Vice-President and Management Consultant. She served as the Director of Finance, Human Resources and Information Technology... Read More →
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Jonah Fogel

Director and Community Viability Specialist, VCE
Jonah Fogel is a Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension. He currently serves as the Director of Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP). Jonah also holds an adjunct professorship with Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) where he teaches graduate classes. In his role as LUEP Director, Jonah manages the education program and brings new resources to the effort. It’s not... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Claremont Sheraton Waterside Hotel

10:45am

Refreshment Break
Tuesday July 21, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
Grande Promenade Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:00am

2015 APA Virginia Awards Program
Tuesday July 21, 2015 11:00am - 12:15pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

12:15pm

Lunch
Tuesday July 21, 2015 12:15pm - 1:00pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:00pm

Naval Station Norfolk and Aircraft Carrier Tour

Are you interested in a once in a lifetime tour of 90K tons of United States diplomacy?  Ever wonder why the Navy engages with local planning staff and what resources/tools are available for local communities?   Well, you can’t find either one in your planning office or cubicle, so take a break from the conference and sign up now for a free tour of an active United States Navy aircraft carrier on the largest Navy base in the world.  Join the Navy’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Community Planning Liaison Officers (RCPLOs) for a tour of the Norfolk Naval Base and find out how the Navy is engaging with local communities and see what most people will never see in a lifetime.  There is a limited bus capacity (35) so sign up today.  Go Navy!  


Speakers
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Brian Ballard

Regional Community Planning Liaison Officer, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
MK

Michael King

Regional Community Planning Liaison Officer, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic 
RM

Rhonda Murray

Regional Community Planning Liaison Officer, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic
KS

Karen Shaffer

Assistant Planning Director, Chesapeake Planning Department



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Norfolk Navy Base

1:30pm

20x20 Session
  1. Transportation Efficient Land Use and Design
  2. Connecting Campus and City: the JMU Bicycle Pedestrian Plan
  3. Do you want cheese with your wine? How about… traffic?
  4. Where the Sidewalk Ends – Bus Stop Safety and Accessibility in Blacksburg

Speakers
avatar for Chris DeWitt, AICP

Chris DeWitt, AICP

Principal, VHB
Mr. DeWitt is a Principal with VHB, an east coast based transportation, land development, and environmental services consulting firm, where he leads the firm’s Mid-Atlantic Bicycle and Pedestrian Practice. Prior to joining VHB, he served as Senior Comprehensive Planner for Gloucester County, Virginia. | | His 24 year career has focused on the planning, design, and construction of multi-modal transportation enhancements. Specializing in capital... Read More →
avatar for Peter Ohlms, AICP

Peter Ohlms, AICP

Research Scientist - Multimodal, Virginia DOT Center for Transportation Innovation and Research
I am most interested in multimodal transportation planning and operations: biking, walking, transit, driving, and how they interact with each other and with land use. Occasionally my work at the Virginia DOT’s research division, the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, overlaps those interests. Before starting there in 2012, I was with JAUNT, a public transit agency in central Virginia. Before that, I was a transportation... Read More →
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Erik Olsen

Transportation Planner, Town of Blacksburg
Erik works as a Transportation Planner for Blacksburg Transit, a department of the Town of Blacksburg, VA, where he developed an on-going transportation planning internship program for undergraduate and graduate students. He also facilitates several regional projects funded by the New River Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization. He has degrees in communication, ergonomics, and systems engineering. He is an avid commuter cyclist with a passion... Read More →
avatar for Brad Shelton, AICP

Brad Shelton, AICP

Access Management & Traffic Impact Analysis Programs Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation
Brad Shelton is the Access Management and Traffic Impact Analysis Programs Manager with VDOT’s Transportation and Mobility Planning Division. Over the last eight years with VDOT, Brad has been responsible for leading an interdisciplinary team in the development of the highway element of the Virginia Surface Transportation Plan. He has also performed work in the areas of transportation policy and functional classification while... Read More →
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Trung Vo

Transportation Engineer, Kimley-Horn
Trung Vo graduated from Georgia Tech with his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina. Trung has four years of experience in traffic operations and transportation planning. He specializes in long-range transportation planning, air quality analyses, and bicycle and pedestrian planning.
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Jonathan Whitehurst

Senior Planner, Kimley-Horn
Jonathan Whitehurst, a Senior Planner in Kimley-Horn’s Charlotte planning studio, routinely partners with communities throughout the Southeast and beyond to reinforce livability and mobility through thoughtful decisions based on local context. Jonathan’s passion is creating plans that offer a real-world sense of constructability. He routinely plans and facilitates innovative community engagement processes that yield actionable data... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Planning for Natural Resource Extraction Without Being Sued
This session focuses on several recent cases addressing zoning ordinances that regulate or ban hydraulic fracturing. Participants will learn how to regulate natural resource extraction without violating the law. Issues include Dillon’s Rule, preemption and separation of authority. Most courts also distinguish between bans and reasonable regulation. Recent cases from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Colorado, New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico provide the main focus of discussion. The rulings in these cases will be applied to Virginia to determine what zoning ordinances in this state may legally address.

The United States District Court case is the first federal court case to rule on a hydraulic fracking ordinance, and involves a “rights-based” ordinance. Communities around the country are adopting “rights-based” ordinance. Learn what these ordinances mean and how courts view these ordinances. 

Speakers
avatar for Jesse Richardson

Jesse Richardson

Associate Professor, West Virginia University College of Law
Jesse J. Richardson, Jr. is the Lead Land Use Attorney at the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic and Associate Professor of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. Before coming to WVU, Jesse was an Associate Professor in Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech, teaching land use law, environmental law, urban growth management and real estate. His research and experience focuses on land use law and water law. Prior to... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Report from the APA Task Force on Planning and Economic Development
A recent APA survey of the general public found that “two-thirds of Americans believe their community needs more planning to promote economic recovery.” This finding seemed to be a stretch for planners or at worst, a contradiction. What exactly does this statement mean? Aren’t planners regulators? Can planners create jobs? And if so, what can planners actually DO to make this happen?

This Task Force was borne out of these types of questions and continues the discussions held at recent National and Virginia Planning Conferences. The current President of APA created the Task Force in 2014 and directed it to provide APA members-—planners first—-with tools to tell the story of how planning is essential to economic development in this country. This session will report out the work of the Task Force including a series of relevant case studies that will not only illustrate the important role of planning in successful economic development but will help planners tell the story. The session will be presented by the Chair and Vice Chair of the Task Force.  

Speakers
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Julie Herlands AICP

Principal, TischlerBise
Julie Herlands, AICP, is a Principal with TischlerBise and has over fifteen years of planning, fiscal, and economic development experience. Her economic and fiscal impact experience includes a wide-range of assignments in fifteen states including fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic and market analyses, economic development assessments and plans, impact fees, cash proffers, level of service analysis, and infrastructure financing. Prior... Read More →
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Dr. John Provo

Director, Economic Development, Virginia Tech
Provo provides leadership for the university in the implementation of its economic development mission. A “pracademic” with more than 15 years of economic development experience in higher education and government he leads Virginia Tech’s Office of Economic Development, designated as a University Center by the US Economic Development Administration. He connects communities, companies and the university in ways that help create... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Resiliency and Design Constraints of Structures in the Floodplain
Redevelopment of land in the City of Norfolk is happening on a daily basis. Over 20 new infill houses have been built per month since 2013. How does a built city deal with not only mass redevelopment but also redevelopment within the floodplain? Along with infill development, historic buildings in the floodplain are being converted to residential uses or are being rehabilitated to be more resilient. Over 2,000 structures in Norfolk are local, state, or federal historic structures located within a Special Flood Hazard Area. How do we reconcile the historic review process, character of neighborhoods and floodplain regulations?

This session will be a concurrent presentation and discussion highlighting Norfolk’s floodplain management regulations and strategy, how they conflict or complement historic properties and how infill development has been encouraged throughout Norfolk’s landscape and floodplain. Discussion will be encouraged with the attendees to provide insight in how other localities are dealing with these issues as well as best practices to move forward. 

Speakers
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Susan McBride

Norfolk Historic Preservation Officer, City of Norfolk
Susan is the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Norfolk. She is the lead staff for Norfolk’s Architectural Review Board and leads the Division of Design in the Department of City Planning. Coming from Michigan, she has provided a fresh look at the Design Review Process leading to changes in the process and review of applications which has led to the City of Norfolk being recognized as a Certified Local Government (CLG).
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Ronald Moore

Norfolk Senior Design and Rehabilitation Consultant, City of Norfolk
Ron is the Senior Design and Rehabilitation Consultant for the City of Norfolk. He is the lead staff for contextual architectural review for new construction on narrow infill lots, tax abatement for rehabilitation of structures, and proffered architectural design for re-zonings dealing with single-family residences. Ron reviews how proposed development on vacant lots and rehabilitated structures fit in character with the existing neighborhood... Read More →
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Robert Tajan, AICP, CFM

Zoning and Floodplain Administrator, City of Norfolk
Bobby is the Zoning and Floodplain Administrator for the City of Norfolk. Over his nine years with the city, he has dealt with zoning and floodplain regulations and their impact on existing structures and properties. Over the last three years Bobby has lead an overhaul and implementation of Norfolk’s floodplain regulations which has led to more resilient design regulations including three feet of freeboard for development and substantial... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

1:30pm

Project Management for Planners
Effective leaders know how to turn an idea into action and get stuff done. Attendees of this session will practice formulating, executing, and evaluating a project. Skills gained here can be taken home and applied immediately to the work of implementing your comprehensive plan.

The Hands-On Leadership Development opportunity consists of a series of four (4) concurrent sessions. Each session is designed to provide an advanced learning opportunity to planning commissioners and emerging planning professionals alike. The sessions will cover skills related to enhancing attendees capacity as a community leader. Attend these sessions and you'll better understand public finance and budgeting, contracting and procurement, project management, and team-building for effective governance. Attend all sessions and receive a certificate of completion; useful for demonstrating your commitment to excellence in governance and planning administration.

Speakers
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Michael Chandler

At-Large Board Member, APA Virginia, LUEP at Virginia Tech
Michael Chandler is Director of Education for Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP).  Mike is a planning/management consultant, and served as Education Director of the Citizen Planners Education Association of Virginia (CPEAV) for more than a decade. In his LUEP role, he conducts the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, the Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals, the annual Commonwealth Planning and Zoning... Read More →
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Jonah Fogel

Director and Community Viability Specialist, VCE
Jonah Fogel is a Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension. He currently serves as the Director of Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP). Jonah also holds an adjunct professorship with Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) where he teaches graduate classes. In his role as LUEP Director, Jonah manages the education program and brings new resources to the effort. It’s not... Read More →
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Daniel Galindo

Senior Planner, Town of Purcellville, Virginia
Daniel Galindo is Senior Planner at the Town of Purcellville, Virginia and Zoning Administrator at the Town of Hamilton, Virginia. Originally from Texas, Daniel has a Master of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Trinity University in San Antonio (Go Spurs Go!). Prior to working in Purcellville, Daniel was previously Community Development Coordinator for the City of Winchester, Tennessee and a... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Claremont Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

City of Falls Church Small Area Planning
The Small Area Planning process undertaken by the City of Falls Church since 2011 has been a multi-year process to plan the future of the City’s two commercial corridors. The City of Falls Church is a 2 square mile City in Northern Virginia with a population of about 13,000. The small geographic size and primarily single family residential nature of the City leaves space for commercial development at a premium. City Council and Planning Commission have been working with the public and City staff to guide and promote commercial growth that fits within the character of the City while also taking advantage of the economic prosperity of the region. All completed and future plans have been developed internally by the City. The presentation will focus on the processes used for streamlining the completion of each Small Area Plan, as well as an overview of the methods used to develop the plans without the use of outside consultants. Covered topics will include: methods to involve the public in the decision making process, the importance of providing clear maps and graphics, coordination of City staff and resources, and a review of how the plans have been implemented since adoption.


Speakers
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Loren Bruce

Senior Planner, City of Falls Church
Experienced project management and public relationship specialist with 4.5 years of community engagement in planning working directly for the top leadership of the City of Falls Church and Fairfax County’s Department of Planning & Zoning, 5 years of legislative research and press liaison experience on Capitol Hill, 7 years experience in project management in the private sector working in customer relations, 10 years of management experience... Read More →
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Gary Fuller, AICP

Principal Planner, City of Falls Church
Currently with the City of Falls Church, Virginia specializing in: | >Current Planning - Development Review | >Long Range Planning - Area Planning | >Local Government/City Planning - Administration/Policy/Processes | >Fiscal Impact Analysis/Modeling | >Demographics/Forecasting - Population, Households & Employment | Education: | >Master of Planning , University of Virginia | >Bachelor of Arts - Political... Read More →
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Garrison Kitt

Senior Planner, City of Falls Church
Comprehensive Planning, Small Area Planning, Geographic Information Systems, 3-D Modeling and Visualization
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James Snyder

Director of Planning & Development Services, City of Falls Church
James Snyder has been the Director of Planning & Development Services for the City of Falls Church, VA for over four years. His prior experience was as a Planning Section Supervisor with Arlington County, VA for over 33 years and as an Urban Planning Consultant. As Director of Planning & Development Services he is responsible for the Zoning, Building Safety, Inspection Services, and Planning divisions. | | As Director of Planning... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Echoes of Little Saigon: Preserving Vietnamese Cultural Heritage in Arlington’s Clarendon Neighborhood
This session will describe how Arlington County’s Historic Preservation program collaborated with Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning program to launch the “Echoes of Little Saigon” project. This multi-faceted initiative combines oral history interviews, photographs, a community outreach event and a public art piece to commemorate the history of Vietnamese immigrants who came to Arlington after the Fall of Saigon. Although today there are few visible reminders of the once bustling “Little Saigon” commercial center in what is now the popular Clarendon neighborhood, this project seeks to raise community awareness about Arlington’s cultural history and develop innovative commemorative vehicles such as a virtual walking tour, temporary public art and a non-traditional historic marker.

Attendees will learn about research techniques and communication strategies employed in the project; lessons learned in working with diverse communities; and new forms of historic interpretation. They will also view portions of a documentary combining oral histories and photographs, now incorporated into a website and smart phone tour.

Attendees will also hear about ways that Arlington County is planning to integrate diversity concerns into its local preservation program, along with a few examples of other local preservation initiatives across the county designed to foster and promote diversity.

Speakers
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Cynthia Liccese-Torres

Historic Preservation Program Coordinator, Arlington County Government
I have worked for Arlington County Government since 2001, first as a preservation planner and now as the Program Coordinator since 2013. I love Arlington's historic architecture, including its wonderful collection of mail-order kit houses, beautiful garden apartment complexes, and cool pre-fab Lustron Homes. I am also passionate about telling the unique cultural stories of Arlington's residents, both past and present.
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Elizabeth Morton, Ph.D

Professor of Practice, Virginia Tech Urban Affairs and Planning
Elizabeth Morton is a Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech's Urban Affairs and Planning Program in the National Capital Region. Her interests include urban design, historic preservation, downtown revitalization, public art and commemoration. | | Dr. Morton has worked for a variety of arts and preservation organizations in the US, and as a consultant in planning and design has conducted studies for institutions such as the World Bank... Read More →
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Judd Ullom

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech
Recently graduated from Virginia Tech's Master's of Urban and Regional Planning program. Interested in historic preservation and economic development.



Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Planning ahead of the curve: Risk-informed resilience planning
In the past, many planning efforts have been undertaken in the absence or with limited information of natural hazards and their associated impacts. This is a product of many factors, such as availability of hazard/risk information, achieving understanding of the implications to the planning effort, ability to identify appropriate measures to address issues and availability of funding mechanisms. In the light of recent natural disasters and increasing awareness of the potential impacts of climate change communities may face potential liabilities and impacts to their bond ratings for overlooking hazards in their planning process. Given this, it is essential to proactively recognize natural hazards and operationalize resiliency in the planning process.

Our presentation will provide an overview of how resilience planning in response to climate change has been successfully tackled by multidisciplinary teams. We will demonstrate how the gap between scientific information, operations and suitable response actions can be pulled together in an interactive framework that provides contextual hazard information and allows user input to help prioritize outcomes including recommended actions. Federal and municipal case studies will provide real world applications that demonstrate the success of multi-disciplinary approaches for bridging the understanding gap. 

Speakers
avatar for Brian Batten, Ph.D, CFM

Brian Batten, Ph.D, CFM

Coastal Planning Department Manager, Dewberry
Dr. Brian K. Batten is senior coastal scientist with Dewberry and manages their Coastal Planning Department. He was more than 17 years of experience in coastal hazard assessments at the local, state and federal level. Dr. Batten has led sea level rise vulnerability analyses to support awareness, outreach, and adaptation planning for the three states on the east coast, as well as for FEMA, NOAA, and the Transportation Research Board. Brian... Read More →
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Laurel McGinley, P.E.

Senior Associate, Dewberry
Laurel McGinley has 18 years of professional experience in program management, emergency management, and geotechnical and environmental engineering. Currently Ms. McGinley leads the engineering group within Dewberry’s Coastal and Resilience Consulting branch. As such, she oversees the development of a number of hazard mitigation and resilience projects, to include risk and vulnerability assessments, project scoping, benefit-cost analysis, and... Read More →
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Krista Rand

Staff Engineer, Dewberry
Interests: water resources, climate change adaptation, flooding, resilience, coastal and riverine communities, vulnerability assessment and risk analysis, complex systems, decision-support tools, science and governance



Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

The Real Economics and Fiscal Impacts of Density
The fiscal impacts of development and growth is garnering increased attention. Conventional wisdom seems to be that suburban development is a financial drain on a locality while urban development at higher densities is a boon-—regardless of the type and characteristics of the community. While this may be true in many cases, there are pitfalls of a default generalized answer. Only part of the story is being told. Several factors are essential to consider-—including local revenue structure, services provided, levels of service, quality and capacity of infrastructure, existing policies and philosophies, and the market for increased density. Generalized analyses that do not consider these factors will not tell the full story and are not transferable from community to community. It is important to evaluate specifics by locality to truly address these important question. This session will dissect recent efforts to analyze fiscal impacts of development (e.g., Smart Growth America, Strong Towns) with a wide-ranging discussion on the pros, cons, and transferability of these efforts. Case studies will be used.

Speakers
avatar for Carson Bise AICP

Carson Bise AICP

President, Tischler Bise
Carson Bise has 25 years of fiscal, economic and planning experience and has conducted fiscal and infrastructure finance evaluations in 37 states. Mr. Bise has developed and implemented more fiscal impact models than any consultant in the country. The applications which Mr. Bise has developed have been used for evaluating multiple land use scenarios, specific development projects, annexations, urban service provision, tax-increment financing, and... Read More →
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Julie Herlands AICP

Principal, TischlerBise
Julie Herlands, AICP, is a Principal with TischlerBise and has over fifteen years of planning, fiscal, and economic development experience. Her economic and fiscal impact experience includes a wide-range of assignments in fifteen states including fiscal and economic impact analyses, economic and market analyses, economic development assessments and plans, impact fees, cash proffers, level of service analysis, and infrastructure financing. Prior... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Team-building for effective community planning
Getting things done in any work setting requires working with people. For those in leadership roles, this is doubley true. Attendees to this session will gain skills that will enhance their ability to communicate effectively with others, coordinate effectively, and effectively manage conflicts. If you're having trouble implementing your comprehensive plan or improving the way things get done, you'll want to attend this session. Great communities happen when all the 'planning players' know their role, know what to do, and help others be effective...we can help you build a great team.

The Hands-On Leadership Development opportunity consists of a series of four (4) concurrent sessions. Each session is designed to provide an advanced learning opportunity to planning commissioners and emerging planning professionals alike. The sessions will cover skills related to enhancing attendees capacity as a community leader. Attend these sessions and you'll better understand public finance and budgeting, contracting and procurement, project management, and team-building for effective governance. Attend all sessions and receive a certificate of completion; useful for demonstrating your commitment to excellence in governance and planning administration.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

At-Large Board Member, APA Virginia, LUEP at Virginia Tech
Michael Chandler is Director of Education for Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP).  Mike is a planning/management consultant, and served as Education Director of the Citizen Planners Education Association of Virginia (CPEAV) for more than a decade. In his LUEP role, he conducts the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, the Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals, the annual Commonwealth Planning and Zoning... Read More →
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Jonah Fogel

Director and Community Viability Specialist, VCE
Jonah Fogel is a Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension. He currently serves as the Director of Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP). Jonah also holds an adjunct professorship with Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) where he teaches graduate classes. In his role as LUEP Director, Jonah manages the education program and brings new resources to the effort. It’s not... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Claremont Sheraton Waterside Hotel

2:45pm

Red Lights and Civil Rights

This one-hour walking tour will take attendees on a tour of downtown Norfolk, showcasing well-known city landmarks with respect to civil rights in the African-American and LGBT communities. The first segment of the tour includes the part of the city formerly infamous for its red light district and bars subjected to pre-Stonewall police raids, the law firm that helped the LGBT community, and the site of famous protests. The tour also includes a discussion of famous members of the Norfolk community and their achievements and back stories not easily found in the history books.

The second segment of the tour focuses on sites of African-American history, including the courthouse that heard the case dealing with school desegregation in Virginia, the site of "the last lynching in Norfolk;" and a site that was once the site of a slave auction, then later became the site of African American business. The tour will conclude with a viewing of various civil rights monuments in the City. This is a tour not to be missed.

Sponsored by the Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee.



Tuesday July 21, 2015 2:45pm - 5:00pm
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Best Practices in Community Engagement & Public Participation – When to Use High Tech, High Touch, or Both
Effectively engaging the community is vital to gathering community data, developing sound plans, and ensuring transparency in the public process. As communities become more diverse, planners are tasked with devising new strategies and techniques which better utilize technology to more effectively gather public input. Join local experts from around the Commonwealth to learn more about best practices in community information, outreach and public engagement. This concurrent session will highlight case studies on public engagement in the era of new media (online surveys, forums, crowd-sourced mapping, social networking and video), utilizing design charrettes, and new skills for meeting facilitation at the county, small town and even neighborhood levels and will present practical techniques to create, present, and distribute information about your projects. We'll talk about tools and techniques that most people have access to already with their smartphone and computer. Also learn how to combine high tech community engagement efforts with high "touch" efforts. Finally, the sessions will explore how “boots on the ground” can still be an important tool when community engagement at the neighborhood level is important.

Speakers
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Andy Boenau

Urban Planning Practice Leader (Vice President of External Affairs, APA Virginia), Timmons Group
Talk to me about design anarchy. My mission in life is to topple the status quo and make street networks safe for people of all ages and abilities.
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Joseph Griffiths

Community Information and Outreach Program Manager, Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning
I worked for close to a decade in education, work force, and community development. I am a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Program, and I have directed the public outreach division of Loudoun County's Department of Planning and Zoning for close to a year now.
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M. Tyler Klein, AICP

Land Use Planner (Membership Director, APA Virginia), Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning
M. Tyler Klein, AICP, is a Land Use Planner with the Loudoun County Department of Planning & Zoning. As Membership Director, he is responsible for maintaining the Chapter’s membership list, corresponding with members and getting new members involved with Chapter activities. He is also responsible for the Conference Mentor Match Program and an active participant with the Northern Virginia Young Planners Group (YPG). | | Tyler holds a... Read More →
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Craig Wilson, AICP

CEO/President, Community Planning Partners
Planning is my second career after serving in the ministry for 24 years and adding a MURP to my credentials along the way. Every day is different at CPP and getting out on the field and rubbing elbows with the people of Virginia and working on real projects that make a difference to neighborhoods and communities is a real joy. I love the long-term relationships all of us here at the firm have developed with our clients over the years.



Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Integrated Transportation Planning and Growth
Review of tools, strategies, and policies for encouraging communities to become less auto-dependent and fostering a more integrated transportation network.

The session will look at TDM success and growth in Hampton Roads as well as the Connect Hampton Roads initiative and how these can be models across the state. Speakers will review what is working in Hampton Roads as well as what is working across the country (and what is not) on this topic.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Amoruso

Ray Amoruso

HRT Chief Planning and Development Officer, Hampton Roads Transit
Ray is Hampton Roads Transit’s Chief Planning and Development Officer. He has served HRT in that capacity since 2009.  He is responsible for Service Planning and Scheduling, Long Range Planning, as well as Business Development, Grants Administration and System Performance Analysis. Ray has over thirty three years of public transportation experience in both the public and private sectors. While employed with private consulting firms... Read More →
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Ron Hodges

Director of Business Development, Hampton Roads Transit
Ron Hodges is Hampton Roads Transit Director of Business Development where he has worked since 2006 in several roles including interim chief communications officer (2013 – 2014) and interim customer service director (2009 – 2010).  He served the city of Norfolk for over 17 years of public service holding many positions along the way.  He was also Government Accounts Manager, Director of Sales and Product Development, and... Read More →
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Brian Smith

Assistant to President and CEO, Hampton Roads Transit
Brian Smith is Assistant to the President and CEO for Organizational Advancement at Hampton Roads Transit, where he has worked since 2008 in several roles including interim chief communications officer during the launch of Virginia’s first light rail system, The Tide. Brian is a fourteenth generation native of Hampton Roads and a US Army veteran, having served as a Stinger Missile Team Chief with the First Infantry Division.  In... Read More →
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Julie Timm

Treasurer, APA Virginia, Hampton Roads Transit
Currently, Julie works as the Transit Development Officer for Hampton Roads Transit. She manages new and ongoing transit development studies including the Virginia Beach Transit Extension Study and the Naval Station Norfolk Transit Extension Study. Additional duties include managing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Policy and Compliance and various General Planning Consultant contracts. As Treasurer of APA Virginia, Julie manages the chapter... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Shoreline Erosion Control for a Changing Tide: Living Shorelines – Case Studies and Lessons Learned from Planning, Design, and Construction
The concept of using soft engineering methods to protect our coastal shorelines is not a new one, but the design and implementation of “living shorelines” is just really starting to take off in the Mid-Atlantic. Local and state governments are beginning to mandate a greener approach to shoreline protection, where bulkheads and stone are no longer seen as the only best solution to the problem. In the face of rising sea levels and the advent of strict water quality regulations, many localities are challenged to find new ways to protect property, restore their waterways, and meet aggressive water quality treatment goals, especially along the Chesapeake Bay. The presentation will highlight a variety of public and private living shoreline projects in heavily developed urban watersheds, as well as the challenges and opportunities for living shoreline implementation. Attendees will follow the City of Norfolk’s 1,100LF Colley Bay Living Shoreline project, through conceptualization, design drawings, and construction, and receive valuable lessons learned from owner, designer, and contractor.

Speakers
avatar for J.C.  Douglass, PWD, LEED AP

J.C. Douglass, PWD, LEED AP

Environmental Scientist, Clark Nexsen, Inc.
J.C. has over 12 years of experience in environmental consulting, including assessment, compliance, and permitting, including due diligence, NEPA, CBPA, GIS/GPS, sustainable design, wetlands and streams. He has participated in the design and permitting of several Living Shorelines in Hampton Roads. He earned bachelor degrees in ecosystem assessment and natural resource policy and administration at North Carolina State University.
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Kevin R. Du Bois, PWS, PWD, CFM

City of Norfolk
Mr. Du Bois graduated from Southampton College in 1983 with a Bachelor's degree in Marine Science and completed his Masters’ degree in Marine Environmental Research at the State University of New York, Stony Brook’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in 1986. In the ensuing years, Mr. Du Bois has worked as a Fisheries Biologist, Sensitive Land Acquisition Specialist, Endangered Species Biologist, wetland regulator and... Read More →
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Jim Cahoon, PWD

Co-owner/Vice President, Bay Environmental, Inc.
As a graduate of Virginia Tech, Jim moved directly into a career in Environmental Science. With twenty years of experience, Jim is passionate about the development and construction of sustainable living shorelines and wetland restoration projects.


Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Virginia’s post-Federal economy: how the Commonwealth can compete in the global marketplace
Virginia has the most Federally dependent economy among all 50 states. While this reliance on the Federal government has historically insulated the Commonwealth from economic upheaval, the recent trend of Federal reductions has done great damage to Virginia’s economy. With political winds in Washington pointing towards continued austerity, Virginia will be challenged to build a private economy that overcomes the economic losses caused by ongoing Federal cutbacks.

National research shows that economic growth in the U.S. will be led by global commerce and will largely occur in metropolitan areas. A 2013 study by the Brookings Institution entitled The 10 Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas concluded that metro areas that are best positioned for growth are those with strong identities, a culture of innovation, access to people and capital from around the world, and, most of all, coordinated regional leadership from both the public and private sectors. At present, each of Virginia’s metro areas falls short of meeting these ideals. This session will examine where the Commonwealth’s major metros stand in terms of their global competitiveness and what public and private leaders must do to help build a stronger economy in the coming years.

Speakers
avatar for David Versel

David Versel

Senior Vice President, Delta Associates
David Versel is Senior Vice President of Delta Associates, a real estate and economics consulting firm based in Washington, DC. David has worked in the real estate and urban development field since 1995, and has completed consulting assignments for more than 200 clients in 29 U.S. states. | | Mr. Versel recently joined Delta Associates from the Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) at George Mason University. At CRA he gained recognition as a... Read More →


Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

4:00pm

Planning for Public Involvement
Involving the public in a planning exercise can be challenging and effortful. Ensuring the public provides the input you want, and actually comes out, isn't about learning techniques. It's about structuring those involvement sessions for effective communication and impactfulness. Attendees to this session will work through exercises to enhance their structuring of public involvement processes. You'll leave the session with a better prepared to work with your community's residents.

The Hands-On Leadership Development opportunity consists of a series of four (4) concurrent sessions. Each session is designed to provide an advanced learning opportunity to planning commissioners and emerging planning professionals alike. The sessions will cover skills related to enhancing attendees capacity as a community leader. Attend these sessions and you'll better understand public finance and budgeting, contracting and procurement, project management, and team-building for effective governance. Attend all sessions and receive a certificate of completion; useful for demonstrating your commitment to excellence in governance and planning administration.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler

At-Large Board Member, APA Virginia, LUEP at Virginia Tech
Michael Chandler is Director of Education for Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP).  Mike is a planning/management consultant, and served as Education Director of the Citizen Planners Education Association of Virginia (CPEAV) for more than a decade. In his LUEP role, he conducts the Virginia Certified Planning Commissioners’ Program, the Virginia Certified Boards of Zoning Appeals, the annual Commonwealth Planning and Zoning... Read More →
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Jonah Fogel

Director and Community Viability Specialist, VCE
Jonah Fogel is a Community Viability Specialist with Virginia Cooperative Extension. He currently serves as the Director of Virginia Tech’s Land Use Education Program (LUEP). Jonah also holds an adjunct professorship with Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) where he teaches graduate classes. In his role as LUEP Director, Jonah manages the education program and brings new resources to the effort. It’s not... Read More →



Tuesday July 21, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Claremont Sheraton Waterside Hotel

5:30pm

Wells Fargo Reception

Reception on the 20th floor of the Wells Fargo Tower allowing a full 360-degree panoramic view of Norfolk.  Reception will be hosted by O’Connor Brewing, a Norfolk craft brewer located in Ghent


Tuesday July 21, 2015 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Wells Fargo Center 440 Monticello Ave Norfolk, VA 23510
 
Wednesday, July 22
 

7:30am

Continental Breakfast
Wednesday July 22, 2015 7:30am - 8:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

8:00am

Ethics Plenary
Speakers
avatar for Earl W. Anderson, AICP

Earl W. Anderson, AICP

Senior Planner (Professional Development Officer, APA Virginia), APA Virginia
Earl is a Senior Planner with the County of York’s Planning Division, where he has worked since 2004. He currently assists the public and elected/appointed officials with long-range planning decision-making through the preparation of reports, presentations, and/or public participation methods. He has worked as a Utility Planner with the City of Richmond and as the City Planner, Senior Planner, and Planner with City of Harrisonburg. Earl is... Read More →
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Glenn Larson

AICP Commissioner Elected from Region II, AICP Commission
Glenn is the American Institute of Certified Planners Commissioner elected from Region II. He is a charter member of AICP, and has been active in APA and the APA Virginia Chapter for many years, serving in numerous offices, including APA Virginia Chapter President from 2000 to 2002 and Professional Development Officer from 2005 to 2012. Glenn recently retired from the Chesterfield County Planning Department after serving more than 24 years as... Read More →



Wednesday July 22, 2015 8:00am - 9:30am
International Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Advocacy, our ethical obligation
AICP Ethics Principle A(1)(f) calls us to see social justice by working to expand opportunity and choice for all, but especially for the disadvantaged by promoting racial and economic integration. A brief review of history would show us that the struggle for social justice is an uphill battle that will require advocacy, not just following the rational status quo. This session will explore the topic of social justice planning and the role of advocacy through the lens of the AICP Code of Ethics. We will explore current planning practices and personal examples of successes and failures. At the end, I’ll facilitate a discussion on key social justice issues (e.g. segregated education systems, affordable housing, access to transportation, school-to-prison pipeline, etc.) and the role of planners in progressing solutions. Attendees will hopefully learn about the role of ethical advocacy in social justice planning and receive applicable steps to move solutions forward.

Speakers
avatar for Garet Prior, AICP CZA

Garet Prior, AICP CZA

Senior Planner, Town of Ashland
Self-driven young professional with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and professional work experience in the fields of economic development, city planning, and public education. Advocate for improved planning and development measures that will aim to eradicate systems of cyclical poverty.



Wednesday July 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Design Matters: Comprehensive Planning for Meaningful Growth Management and Placemaking
Can a comprehensive plan do more than just recite statistics and draw conceptual maps of future development? Plans are moving away from being documents full of impenetrable facts and figures to more visually appealing and user friendly presentations of a community’s vision for itself. This session will discuss how updating a plan to be more accessible can also be an opportunity to introduce new visual design guidance that supports the concept that design matters and should start with a community's policy document. The city of Suffolk's latest plan update serves an example of holding the line on growth boundaries while introducing Place Types that will guide development patterns in all areas of a diverse community that spans areas from urban to rural. Concepts to be covered include planning for community resiliency through good design that promotes increased transportation and infrastructure efficiency, economic synergy, true housing options, and preservation of real rural production and the natural environment. Participants will learn how integrating design into a comprehensive plan can help achieve these goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jacob Dorman, AICP

Jacob Dorman, AICP

Principal Planner- Comprehensive Planning, City of Suffolk, VA
Jacob Dorman is currently a Principal Planner with the City of Suffolk focusing on long-range planning activities. A graduate of Lynchburg College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, he is excited by the opportunity to continue integrating better water quality policies with sound land use planning. After 10 years managing environmental programs for a locality in Central Virginia, Jacob and his family made the move to Hampton... Read More →
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Geoff Ferrell

Partner, Ferrell Madden
Geoffrey is one of the originators of the modern practice of Form-Based Codes. His experience with adopted municipal form-based codes goes back to 1991 with the Metropolitan Dade County Traditional Neighborhood Ordinance, and includes the form-based code for the redevelopment of the Columbia Pike Corridor in Arlington, Virginia. Ferrell Madden’s Form-Based Codes for the Farmers Branch, Texas, Station Area and Heart of Peoria Form-Districts... Read More →
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Elizabeth Fields, AICP

Planner, McBride Dale Clarion
Elizabeth Fields is an Associate with McBride Dale Clarion in Cincinnati. She is a certified planner and has worked in the planning field since 2007. Since joining McBride Dale Clarion in 2013, she has worked on a variety of projects including comprehensive plans, master plans, and zoning codes for communities in the Midwest and southeast. She additionally serves as planning staff for Loveland, Ohio, and the City of Mason, Ohio where she... Read More →
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Robert Goumas, AICP

Assistant Director of Planning, City of Suffolk
For over forty years Bob Goumas has helped Virginia localities plan for and manage growth. Over his career, Bob has guided the development, update and adoption of numerous comprehensive plans and associated implementation strategies, fiscal impact studies and special area and community plans. | | For the first ten years of his career Bob worked in private practice, providing planning consulting services to many local government clients... Read More →
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Claire Jones, AICP

Comprehensive Planning Manager (Secretary, APA Virginia), City of Suffolk
Claire has fourteen years of experience in local and regional planning, with particular emphasis on long-range planning. She currently serves as comprehensive planning manager for the city of Suffolk, where she is also responsible for housing and redevelopment programs. She previously served as director of community development and zoning administrator for the town of West Point and as a regional planner for both the Hampton Roads and Middle... Read More →



Wednesday July 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

Strategies for achieving sustainable and resilient infrastructure
Many communities have established policy and prepared strategic plans to be more sustainable and resilient. Three cities, Norfolk, Newport News and Richmond, will present their strategies for enhancing their communities through sustainable practices and their efforts to implement. They will discuss the challenges and opportunities working with the internal agencies, politicians, and the community at large. Part of the initiatives is measuring success. Our City representatives will discuss their methods for tracking progress. In addition, this session will discuss improving infrastructure design though sustainable practices such as stormwater management, reducing potable water consumption, managing health island effects.

One of the tools that will be discussed is the Envision™ rating system, which was developed by the leading associations in public works and the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at Harvard University. The Envision system is based on the infrastructure project’s impact on five key factors: quality of life, the community leadership, the natural environment, resource allocation, and climate and risk. The presentation will include the tools (checklist and the rating tool) and how they can be used in your projects or local jurisdictions. 

Speakers
avatar for Diane Linderman

Diane Linderman

Managing Director, VHB, Inc
Diane's career in both the public and private sectors in Central Virginia has focused on infrastructure planning and design. She has practiced as a professional engineer in both the public and private sector. During the ten years at VHB, she has focused on serving municipal and institutional clients with transportation and infrastructure expertise. She served the City of Richmond for 13 years in Public Works, as City Engineer and Public... Read More →
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Denise Thompson

Environmental Protection Programs Mgr, City of Norfolk
Resilience, sustainability, energy management, coastal flooding, urban community gardens, biking, trees, oyster gardens, urban bee keeping, wetlands restoration, LEED, Brownfields, Green & Complete Streets, mermaids.
avatar for Alicia Zatcoff

Alicia Zatcoff

Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond
Anything...I'm an open book...well...almost



Wednesday July 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel

9:45am

What? A picture is worth only 1,000 words? Using GIS to present a complete, detailed story.
If a picture is worth 1,000 words, then the imagery presented in a GIS Map can say so much more. Development within a community with a sustainable sense of place requires decisions to be made in a timely manner, and equally important, based on solid facts. Significant increases in available data, collection process improvements, and software capabilities, allow a GIS Map image the ability to hold a complete picture upon which to base and present your informed decisions. A well developed GIS can provide the practical planner the information necessary to plan, design, coordinate, maintain, and preserve areas for a more resilient future. This session will focus on improved data development within your GIS that can increase its usefulness in the decision making process. Attendees will learn practical concepts and see real world applications of GIS, developed to store and retrieve information about everything from buildings and infrastructure, to soils, slopes, and population characteristics.

Speakers
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Will Munsell

Clark Nexsen
Will Munsell has over 5 Years of experience in spatial data development and presentation including 4 years in drafting and design. After Joining the Virginia Beach, Virginia offices of Clark Nexsen in 2006, Mr. Munsell expanded his capabilities in GIS Development by becoming certified in GIS and obtaining his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP). Will serves clients ranging from military base projects for all branches of the US... Read More →
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Lee E. Smith, AICP, GISP

Planner / GIS, Clark Nexsen, Inc.
Lee Smith has over 20 years of Planning and Project Management experience including 13 years serving in public sector positions in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Mr. Smith joined the Virginia Beach, Virginia offices of Clark Nexsen in 2007 allowing his experiences to expand into Master Planning efforts for a variety of clients including universities, community colleges, federal campus planning and military base planning efforts... Read More →



Wednesday July 22, 2015 9:45am - 10:45am
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:00am

NG911: What is it? When is it coming? And what Planners need to know.
Since 2003, public safety professionals have been planning and preparing for the migration to NG9-1-1 technology. This migration is necessary in order to support the functionality of cell phone technology. Current 9-1-1 technology allows for only a small amount of data to be transmitted with the phone call, and does not support the “location” capability of your cell phone.

One of the fundamental changes that NG9-1-1 brings to localities is a change in the source of local address data. In the current 9-1-1 environment, the local telephone company provides this information. In the new NG9-1-1 environment, this address information, and additional critical datasets, will be provided by local GIS data. For the first time, additional local government functions (addressing, GIS data maintenance, cross department coordination) will be in the critical path of emergency response. This informational presentation provides an overview of NG9-1-1, current initiatives underway in Virginia and the critical components of NG9-1-1 that planners need to know. 

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Soulen

Jonathan Soulen

GIT Group Manager, Michael Baker International
Mr. Soulen serves as GIT Group Manager and industry lead for the strategic deployment of Enterprise GIS programs. His specialty is helping municipalities unlock the potential of their existing GIS and Asset Management databases through data refinement and workflow re-engineering. He has managed the successful migration of multiple GIS programs and supervised the full range of tasks including Strategic Plans, Needs Assessments, Implementation... Read More →



Wednesday July 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrimac Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:00am

Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan for the Roanoke Valley
The Roanoke Valley's first Regional Pedestrian Vision Plan provides an innovative framework for developing land, redefining existing activity centers, and building infrastructure to promote walking for everyday trips throughout the MPO area. Planners used new guidance from DRPT’s Multimodal System Design Guidelines (2013) which encourages developing a multimodal systems plan based on thoughtful modal plans considering the density of residents and employees. Concurrently, regional multimodal centers and districts were defined where walking is or could be a viable way to accomplish daily trips.

Through stakeholder involvement, pedestrian infrastructure needs were identified; those located within multimodal centers received the highest regional priority due to their location in places of dense activity. The Plan evaluates local government subdivision and zoning codes for references to pedestrians and related infrastructure and provides photographic examples of noteworthy land development and infrastructure solutions. Despite the presence of sidewalks or pedestrian amenities, the Plan affirms that the way in which land is developed plays the biggest role in the attractiveness of an area for walking. Having already spurred new performance measures, grant requests, and further corridor studies, the Plan’s use of multimodal development concepts is a great reference for the Roanoke Valley and other communities.  

Speakers
avatar for Cristina Finch, AICP, LEED AP

Cristina Finch, AICP, LEED AP

Manager of Transit Planning and Programming, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Cristina Finch is the Manager of Transit Planning and Programming at RVARC. She has 16 years experience in multimodal transportation planning and engineering. Ms. Finch has worked on notable projects including the City of Roanoke’s Street Design Guidelines and Complete Streets Policy as well as the Roanoke Valley’s first Pedestrian Vision Plan. She is currently leading the process to develop the Roanoke Valley’s first Transit... Read More →
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Bryan Hill

Transportation Planner, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Bryan Hill has been a Transportation Planner with RVARC since 2012. His work includes transportation and community development projects. He is a graduate of VCU and has 12 years in planning.
avatar for Eddie Wells, AICP, CZA

Eddie Wells, AICP, CZA

Director of Community Development Programs, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
I am Director of community Development Programs at RVARC where I have worked since 1998. I am involved with community development and project management. I have been an AICP member since 1998 and am a graduate of Virginia Tech.



Wednesday July 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Brandon Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:00am

Sticking to the Plan: Loudoun's Planning Legacy & Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Future
Over the last 25 years, Loudoun County has faced the challenges of a small, rural farm community of 86,000 people evolving into the fastest-growing, wealthiest county in the country. Today it is home to more than 350,000 people and hosts a significant share of Northern Virginia’s job growth and the Washington Dulles International Airport. The County’s policy documents have helped to shape the design of its communities by encouraging well-defined neighborhoods and have helped ensure the realization of a vibrant rural economy.

This conference session will highlight how the planning concepts and policies embraced by Loudoun for rural preservation, neo-traditional design, new urbanism, transit oriented development, mixed-use development, and the integration of the natural and cultural resources into a unified green infrastructure strategy have provided lasting economic and social benefits in the community. Additionally, this session will highlight some of the key planning priorities for the future of Loudoun County (and the northern Virginia region), including planning for Metro's Silver Line and transit oriented development. This session will provide professional planners with a case study of best practices in comprehensive planning and transit oriented development.

Speakers
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Richard Klusek, AICP

Senior Planner, Loudoun County Government
Richard (Rich) Klusek is a Senior Planner in the Community Planning division of the Loudoun County, Virginia, Department of Planning and Zoning. His day to day responsibilities include evaluating legislative applications for compliance with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and managing strategic initiatives and Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Rich is currently the Project Manager for the County’s Silver Line Comprehensive Plan Amendment which... Read More →
avatar for Matt Noonkester, AICP

Matt Noonkester, AICP

Senior Associate, Stantec\'s Urban Places Group
Mr. Noonkester has partnered with staff and elected officials throughout the United States to prepare regional growth studies, comprehensive plans, metropolitan transportation plans, small area plans, comprehensive transportation plans, corridor studies, capital improvements plans, land development regulations, urban design guidelines, development impact fee ordinances, and other special studies consistent with state law and community context... Read More →



Wednesday July 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
York Hall Sheraton Waterside Hotel

11:00am

Virginia Demographic Update: Babies, Aging, and Migration: Why Is My Population Changing?
Analysts from the Weldon Cooper Center’s Demographics Research Group will outline several overarching population trends affecting the state, based on data compiled from working with the Census Bureau, Virginia state agencies, and numerous localities and school districts. The panel will address a variety of subjects, including ageing, school enrollment, and migration. The presenters will also leave ample time to answer questions.

The session will help local planners understand the normal birth, death, and migration cycles that cities and counties experience, as well as the shifts in those cycles that demographers are currently tracking. It will also help planners critically evaluate information they hear about demographic trends and understand the relative quality of census products and reports. 

Speakers
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Qian Cai

Director, Demographics Research Group, UVa Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
Dr. Qian Cai is director of the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. Her research interests include population estimates and projections, migration and immigration, aging and family care. She is the 2005 winner of the E. Walter Terrie Award for her scholarly contribution to state and local demography. Prior to coming to Virginia, Qian was an associate professor at the... Read More →
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Luke Juday

Research and Policy Analyst, UVA Demographics Research Group
Luke Juday received a B.A. in political science from Grove City College and a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. His expertise is in mapping and spatial analysis and he focuses on how demographic trends are related to local government decisions and metropolitan change. Prior to attending graduate school, he worked as a middle school teacher and debate coach, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Gaborone... Read More →
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Hamilton Lombard

Research Specialist, University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center
Hamilton Lombard is a research specialist for the Demographics Research Group at the University of Virginia Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. His expertise is in demographic change, particularly the different components of population growth and decline, and the effect of government policy on population patterns. Hamilton has worked in local and regional planning in Virginia and the United Kingdom.



Wednesday July 22, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Monticello Ballroom Sheraton Waterside Hotel