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Planning and Zoning Participates in Local and National Conferences

NBM PanelNational Building Museum's "DC Builds" Series Panel Discussion

This Panel Discussion was sponsored by ULI and the National Building Museum under the DC BuildsLecture Series and it featured invited panelists from DC, Virginia and Maryland who spoke to a capacity audience.  The focus of the discussion was how the region is working to engage with its rivers and share what’s needed to protect these valuable natural resources while providing places to live, work, and play along their banks.  Planning Commission Nathan Macek was a member of the distinguished panel of speakers and a  American Society of Landscape Architects’ blog, The Dirt http://dirt.asla.org/ . Among the other panelists were DC Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning,  Prince George’s County Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Howard Ways; Forest City Vice President Alex Nyhan, Georgetown BID CEO Joe Sternlieb and ULI Senior Vice President Uwe Brandes as moderator. 

 

P&Z at APA-NCAC Conference

Immediately following their showing at the American Planning Association National Conference in Chicago, the Department of Planning & Zoning (P&Z) was invited to present two sessions at the National Capital Chapter (NCAC) Conference in Washington, DC on June 1, 2013. The two sessions highlighted successful projects and policy initiatives implemented throughout the city.

“Calculating Developer Contributions: A Value Capture Clinic” presented by Karl Moritz, Deputy Director of Long Range Planning, which was also featured at the APA national conference, discussed how municipalities recapture value through developer contributions and other financing mechanisms. Particular emphasis was given to the inclusion of development financing as part of the planning process for rezonings/master plans. A few of Alexandria’s recent plans were explored including Beauregard, North Potomac Yard, Braddock, and Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan.  

“The Reality of Providing Mixed-Use Development, Transit, and Affordable Housing: Beauregard –A Case Study” was presented by Jeff Farner, Deputy Director of Urban Design, Mark Jinks, Deputy City Manager, and Amy Friedlander, Urban Planner. Presenters discussed the challenges and realities of redevelopment that are mixed-use, transit-oriented, and maintain levels of affordability with particular emphasis given on process, design, community engagement and participation, financing, and implementation.  

The opportunity to present is a highly selective process which required the hard work and coordination by a team of P&Z staff members. Special recognition is Jeff Farner, Amy Friedlander, Karl Moritz and Richard Lawrence for their work preparing the sessions. Congratulations to Planning and Zoning for an excellent job in showcasing the great work of the City!

2013 APA NCAC Presentations

Calculating Developer Contributions: A Value Capture Clinic  

The Reality of Providing Mised-Use Development, Transit, and Affordable Housing: Beauregard - A Case Study  

 

P&Z Impresses at the American Planning Association National Conference

APA SessionsThe Department of Planning and Zoning (P&Z) made a great showing at the American Planning Association National Conference in Chicago presenting three sessions to planners, architects, educators, and practitioners from all over the country and various parts of the world. Between the three sessions around 500 participants attended and were highly interested and engaged in the great work the City has been doing.

“The Post Mall World: Recreating Historic Downtowns”, led by P&Z Director Faroll Hamer, discussed elements that help to preserve, strengthen, and sustain historic downtowns (scale, character, continuity, multi-modal, mix of uses) and approaches to transforming declining shopping centers (property management, maintenance, programming, and event management) that are applied together to create vibrant places upon redevelopment.

“Remedy Meets Reality: Strip Malls Transformed”, presented by P&Z Deputy Director Jeffrey Farner, furthered Faroll’s discussion identifying elements of a planning toolkit that must be applied in the redevelopment of strip malls/large redevelopment sites. Applying development economics and the reality of economic scenarios that allow redevelopment to be successful, Jeff presented North Potomac Yard as a case study.

Finally, Karl Moritz, P&Z Deputy Director, presented “Calculating Developer Contributions: A Value Capture Clinic” discussing how municipalities can recapture value through developer contributions and other financing mechanisms. Particular emphasis was given to the inclusion of development financing as part of the planning process for rezonings/master plans. A few of Alexandria’s recent plans were explored including Beauregard, North Potomac Yard, Braddock, and Landmark/Van Dorn Corridor Plan.

The opportunity to present at the national conference is a very competitive and highly selective process which required the hard work of a team of P&Z staff members over the last year. Special recognition is awarded to Faroll Hamer, Jeff Farner, Karl Moritz, Nathan Imm, Amy Friedlander, and Richard Lawrence for their hard work preparing the sessions. Congratulations to Planning and Zoning for an excellent job in showcasing the City of Alexandria and the great work we do!

2013 APA National Presentations

The Post Mall World: Recreating Historic Downtowns 

Remedy Meets Reality: Strip Malls Transformed 

Calculating Developer Contributions: A Value Capture Clinic 

 

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