Preparing for the impacts of climate change, regeneration in Legacy Cities, and the expanding use of scenario planning tools will be among the topics explored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Seattle April 17-22, 2015.
The Lincoln Institute’s latest book, Planning for States and Nation-States in the U.S. and Europe, edited by Armando Carbonell, Gerrit-Jan Knaap, and Zorica Nedovic-Budic, will also be launched at the National Planning Conference. The research surveys higher-level planning initiatives in five U.S. states -- Oregon, California, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey – and spatial planning structures in five western European nations: The Netherlands, Denmark, France, U.K., and Ireland.
Though planning at the state and national level leads to more efficient investments in infrastructure, better resilience in the face of climate change, and greater equity in economic development, most land use planning continues to be done at the local level.
Throughout the conference, at the Washington State Convention Center, the Lincoln Institute will co-sponsor the Planning and Climate Change Symposium, taking stock of initiatives in cities and states in addressing increased hazards and preparation for the impacts of climate change, disaster recovery and building resilience.
On Sunday, April 19 from 10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Armando Carbonell, AICP, senior fellow and chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute, will lead a conversation, Planning and Climate Change in Context, with Peter Calthorpe, principal at Calthorpe Associates, and Harriet Tregoning, this week appointed to be Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Office of Community Planning and Development, and previously Director of the Office of Economic Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Addressing Climate Impacts in Vulnerable Communities is also set for Sunday from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m., with Ana Baptista from The New School for Public Engagement, George W. “Mac” McCarthy, President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Jacqui Patterson, at the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program, and Sharon Harlan, Arizona State University, School of Human Evolution and Social Change.
Building New Economies in Legacy Cities, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Saturday April 18, will feature Lavea Brachman, executive director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center and co-author of the Lincoln Institute report Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities, and Jason Segedy, director of the Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study, in a panel moderated by Anthony Flint, Fellow and Director of Public Affairs at the Lincoln Institute.
Also Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ken Snyder, founder and CEO of PlaceMatters, Arnab Chakraborty, AICP, associate professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ray Quay, Research Professional with the Decision Center for a Desert City project in the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University, and Brad Barnett, project manager at Calthorpe Analytics, will lead a workshop, Thinking About the Future with Scenario Tools. The panelists will draw on the initiative and report Opening Access to Scenario Planning Tools, published by the Lincoln Institute, and the experiences of the Open Planning Tools Group, a Lincoln Institute partner.
Oil and Gas Development, Local Responses, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, will explore the land use implications of resource extraction, including fracking, with Brad Mueller, AICP, City of Greeley Planning Department; Lorelei Oviatt, AICP, Kern County; and Tushar Kansal from the Consensus Building Institute, a Lincoln Institute partner.
The Lincoln Institute will host two sessions on Monday, April 20 based on the long-running convening of planning directors nationwide. In the first, What’s Up with Seattle-Area Planning Directors from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., planners will share the results of an all-day retreat, with Brian Jackson, City of Vancouver, British Columbia; Shane Hope, AICP, City of Edmonds, Washington; Eric Shields, AICP, City of Kirkland, Washington; Nathan Torgelson, City of Seattle, Washington; Colin Cooper, AICP, City of Hillsboro, Oregon; Jean LaMontagne, City of Surrey, British Columbia. Peter Pollock, the Lincoln Institute’s Roland Smith Fellow based in Boulder, Colo., will serve as moderator.
In the second panel, Big City Planning Directors on Affordable Housing and Equity, from 2:45 to 4 p.m., participants from the annual convening organized by the Lincoln Institute, APA, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design will include David Rouse, AICP, American Planning Association; Armando Carbonell, AICP, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Robert Hickey, Center for Housing Policy, a division of the National Housing Conference; John Rahaim, planning director from San Francisco; and Purnima Kapur from the New York City Department of Planning.
The Lincoln Institute will have publications and a wide range of materials available throughout the conference in the Planning Expo at Booth 701.