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Achieving Balanced Land Use Regulations with Contemporary Tools and Techniques (LUL961F)

Presented by: Doug Pollard
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How to Achieve Balanced Land Use Regulations with Contemporary Tools and Techniques

For years, many communities have used zoning ordinances for creating and maintaining livable communities. Many of the ordinances, through constant amendment and revision, have become outdated and cumbersome and need to be updated.

In the past three decades, federal, state, and local governments have created many protective laws and regulations, for example, the wetlands provisions in the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. This has increased the layers of regulation and necessary approvals at the local level; however, it has often upset the balance and attitudes of public and private interests in regards to land use. Many areas are now considered to be overregulated while the others still remain under-regulated. None of the situations are ideal.

Simultaneously, in this era of steady urbanization, metropolitan areas are under ever increasing pressure to respond to federal mandates to link planning of land use, energy, waste, transportation, and environmental quality. Because traditional planning and regulatory models were generally not designed to address such a wide range of issues, this has often led to further “reactionary” regulation and municipal and state demands for more and more approvals and fees. Such “over-regulation” has often led to even more friction, frustration, litigation, higher costs and delays with a subsequent impact on housing affordability and availability.

A recently published NAHB study shows, for example, that government regulations account for 24.3% of the final price of a new single-family home, 14.6% of which, is due to regulations imposed during the lot’s development with the rest attributable to regulatory costs incurred by the builder after purchasing what he hopes is the “finished” lot.

However, there are now also a number a number of tools and mechanisms with which the planning community by, working with authorities, developers, experts and the general population can empower itself to successfully integrate and balance these areas of concern into a comprehensive, regulatory context based on positive projections in lieu of fear of the unknown. Using such tools, in the proper sequence and at the proper stage, to identify the synergies and conflicts between areas of special interest can lead to the development of a regulatory environment that is properly understood, well researched, based on informed consensus and streamlined in nature.

This live webinar by Doug Pollard will explore and connect a sampling of these tools and techniques in order to demonstrate how they might be utilized to inform an effective, transparent regulatory development process that facilitates appropriate development while mitigating the frictions of the often toxic approval environment.

Session Highlights:

  • The Terner Housing development Dashboard and the top six (regulatory) factors influencing new development.
  • How the MetroQuest engagement tool scientifically and electronically collects input from numerous sources and allows participants to immediately view and vote on scenarios, create a funding balance, state visual preferences, enumerate tradeoffs etc. etc.
  • Findings on the most common mistakes and top motivations for effective community engagement.
  • Planning mechanisms such as land density transfer which facilitate the preservation of sensitive lands without the friction and litigation often associated with the “takings issue.”
  • Several community visualization tools and how they can be used to build a common understanding of what is being discussed and proposed.
  • Case study of a community using a broad consultative framework to rewrite and update their cumbersome and outdated zoning ordinances in order to facilitate environmentally friendly and cost-effective development.
  • How the approach to the development of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Neighborhood Development standard (LEED ND) can inform the creation of a balanced regulatory environment.
  • The HIVE (Housing Innovation Vision and Economics) initiative which has been recently formed to achieve balanced land use regulations and other issues.

This webinar will focus on the below tools:

  • The Terner Dashboard with which a developer (or municipality) can determine if the current regulatory framework will enhance or deter a project success;
  •  Other tools for full community engagement and scenario development (co Urbanize, Cityzen, Code for All, Community Remarks, MetroQuest etc.);
  • Visualization tools (City Sim, Sim City, Sketchup, SAVE framework etc.);
  • Costing tools (Community Infrastructure Planning  Decision Support Tool);
  • Alternative approaches to developing zoning ordinances (participatory zoning, cooperative zoning, sustainable development deviation);
  • Alternative approaches to planning (conservation subdivisions, transfer of farmland rights etc.);and
  • Community design tools (charrettes).

Who Should Attend

  • Municipal, county and state planners, politicians and legislators
  • Municipal staff planners
  • Private land use planners
  • Architects
  • Developers and builders
  • Business interests
  • Utility representatives
  • Community advocacy and interest group representatives
  • Regulatory body representatives for roads and transport, watercourses, agricultural interests, utilities, environmental issues etc. etc.
About Our Speaker(s)

Doug Pollard | Sustainable Planning SpeakerDoug Pollard
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 p... More info

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