Upcoming Webcast Lineup

Upcoming Webcast Lineup (on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, unless noted otherwise):

This webcast will feature a series of compelling presentations on successes in active transportation.  The first presentation will be by John Paul Shaffer, “MEMFix: A Model for Reimagining Neighborhood Streets.” Since 2010, community leaders, activists, and city officials have collaborated on a series of events aimed at revitalizing tired neighborhood commercial areas. Inspired by “The Better Block,” MEMFix mixes tactical urbanism, creative placemaking, and an innovative approach to infrastructure, economic development, and municipal service delivery. MEMFix is a low-cost, stakeholder-led trial design showcasing the potential for dynamic neighborhood spaces, with renewed economic activity and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets. MEMFix events feature temporary or intermediate roadway and intersection redesigns, many of which receive funding for permanent implementation. One such project is the Hampline – a two-way protected bike lane project with broad community support – for which a gap in design funding was raised by the community using the ioby (in our backyard) crowd-funding platform. The second presentation will be by Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP, “Mode Shift Revolution:  Creating Active Communities where bicycling, walking, and using transit are safe, fun, and normal daily activities.” Communities face a big challenge as we strive to provide mobility and access that is efficient, equitable, and sustainable. A transportation system built almost exclusively around the single occupancy vehicle does none of these things and costs cities and their residents, money, time, and opportunity. However, how we transition to a multimodal system is not clear. Some communities are succeeding in making this transition. This presentation will highlight: Key steps that communities can take to begin the transition; What planners can do to support the transition; and Examples of plans and projects from communities achieving mode shift. The third presentation will be by Brooke DuBose, AICP, “Innovative Design Solutions for Pedestrian and Bicyclists. The landscape of pedestrian and bicycle design has changed tremendously over the past 5-10 years. As more innovative facilities are being built, communities are recognizing the increase in comfort and safety benefits they offer. This session will provide an overview of current design standards, new guidelines and other resources that have recently come online, and best practices in pedestrian and bicycle design innovation. 

Planners and designers are often called upon to translate complex concepts into concise, accessible guidelines and planning documents. Organizing a clear, strategic process directly impacts a team’s ability to effectively communicate analysis, process and design recommendations. This session discusses how planners should capture comprehensive project analysis and metrics research and integrate it into written project documentation to narrate  a compelling document. A seasoned professional with experience in research, writing, and editing will present their firm’s best practices for moving from project start up through project completion to improve a planner’s ability to convey process and solutions in a compelling manner.

The session will give an overview of the Florence Neighborhood Revitalization Plan completed in December 2014, which presents steps toward the stabilization and redevelopment of three residential neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Florence. The Plan aims at guiding and leveraging the initial investment of $3 million in the neighborhoods by the city. The session will also include how the city has begun the implementation of the recommendations in the plan. Attendees in the session will learn about: (1) the challenges of urban redevelopment, including physical challenges (blight removal, land acquisition, infrastructure); financial constraints (lender financing for mortgages, construction loans, appraisals, etc.); regulatory hurdles; marrying sustainability, preservation and affordability; and managing community change; (2) An innovative spin on neighborhood redevelopment guided by the efforts of city government and the vision of a community; (3) Visioning plans (Neighborhood Action Plans) that have been done for urban neighborhoods, and how they are used to develop a strategic neighborhood implementation plan that can spur sustainable revitalization and redevelopment; (4) Specific tools and processes needed to develop urban neighborhoods revitalization strategies from leading experts in neighborhood revitalization; (5) Decision making process to select and evaluate projects to align with goals/objectives for neighborhood’s revitalization; (6) Revitalization plans that result in implementation strategies that are ready to be implemented within a short time frame with community buy-in and stakeholder input; (7) The realities and complexities within the implementation of proposed strategies with planning staff and director.

  • Then we’re taking the rest of November off for Thanksgiving.  You should, too!

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts on our new web location at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast.

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing during the 2015 calendar year:

Note that the DE CM credits have a different event number than the original live webcast, so the event number in the recording will not work for DE credit.  Use these event numbers above to log your DE CM credits.