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Leveraging Long Term Sustainable Community Planning to Inform Short Term Land Use and Zoning Decisions (LUL461C)

  • Product Format
  • Pre Recorded Webinar
  • Presenter(s)
  • Doug Pollard  
  • Conference Date
  • Thursday, April 28, 2016
  • Aired Time
  • 1:00 pm ET - 12:00 pm CT - 11:00 am MT - 10:00 am PT
  • Length
  • 60 minutes

Learn how to Leverage Long Term Sustainable Community Planning for Short Term Land Use Decisions

Land use decisions have historically remained in place for very long times even though they have most often been made relatively quickly in order to suit political time frames and/or to respond to pressures for housing or employment etc.

In an era where changes in economics, climate, migration and immigration, technology and climate are occurring at an ever increasing rate many communities have developed a long term plan to guide those short term decisions in order to ensure that they do not encounter future irresolvable problems.

Sustainable community planning deals with a comprehensive range of issues as well as the long term health and viability of communities. A long term sustainable community plan, therefore, is a critical tool which a community can leverage to ensure that short term decisions will always complement one another and that the community will remain healthy and prosperous in an uncertain future.

This session with expert speaker Doug Pollard begins with an exploration of the basic principles of sustainable community planning and illustrates how they have been implemented into communities in Canada the USA and abroad and how employing these principals for land use decisions immediately improves the quality of life, competiveness, resilience and environmental profile of any community.

Doug will list and illustrate the most common features, the tangible, readily recognizable physical components of sustainable communities and demonstrates how those features can be used as the framework for an entertaining, interactive and engaging quiz format (WYKO ISYO or Would You Know One If You Saw One?) that has proved highly successful in quickly creating awareness, understanding and participation during the critical public engagement phases of a planning process.

He will also share the content and structure of several international award winning 100 year sustainable community plans and explain how such plans become more strategic and visionary as the time horizon lengthens.

The session ends with a description of how such term plans, are converted to a series of achievable and measurable short and medium term goals and targets through the method of backcasting and how those targets, along with performance indicators, then form the criteria for short term land use decision making.

This session carefully balances information from highly regarded and well researched sources with on the ground experiences from a wide range of communities, especially those with which Doug has had some personal affiliation and which he can describe in some depth. It is generously illustrated with photos, drawings and graphics and studiously avoids numbing “walls of words”.

Learning Objectives

This program will:

  • Explain what is inferred by sustainable community planning
  • Demonstrate why long term sustainable planning helps a community avoid damaging and costly short term decision making.
  • Explain why long term planning is critical to maintaining and/or improving community health.
  • Describe techniques and tools used in the long term planning process
  • Describe how the process can be made engaging to a full range of stakeholders
  • Present planning success stories from USA, Canada and Germany etc.
  • Provide insight as to how this topic was handled by various teams in various contexts
  • Explain how a long term plan can remain dynamic and relevant throughout its life
  • List and illustrate the basic principles and features of sustainable communities
  • Describe the WYKO ISYO tool used to secure community engagement in sustainable planning
  • Provide the structure and content of international award winning long term plans
  • Discuss the structure and importance of the process of backcasting
  • Review the role of targets and the use of indicators to monitor progress towards those targets
  • Include links to sharing organizations providing planning tools and support

Who should attend?

  • State and municipal planners and legislators and politicians
  • State and municipal officials, engineering, parks, transportation staff etc.
  • Land use planners
  • Architects
  • Civil, mechanical, transportation, engineers etc.
  • Landscape architects
  • Utility representatives
  • Community interest groups
  • Developers

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About the Presenter(s):

Doug operated his own architectural practices for 25 years in Toronto, Ontario, before joining CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) as a senior researcher in sustainable community planning in 1998.

In that role and later as senior analyst in the CMHC International division he managed a number of sustainable planning research projects including the development of a costing tool for planners, delivered numerous related seminars and workshops to local, national and international forums, organized, facilitated and reported on design charrettes in every region of Canada as well as abroad and developed educational and training materials for Canadian, American and International forums.


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