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9:00 - Introduction

Terry Holzheimer, FAICP, Chair, APA Division Council Slide See Virginia Tech - A Nucleus for Discovery
Director, Arlington Economic Development
 
Terry - Welcome on behalf of Virginia Tech (faculty member), FAICP Chair, and Director of Arlington Economic Development.
 
FAICP Studies: What's Happening in America (demographically) - cities, megatrends, etc. for upcoming conference in Lod Angeles
 
This division is one of the highest performing APA region
 
Lee - be sure to sign up for credits

Welcome

Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board Member
G. Mark Gibb, Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Commission
 
Mark - Welcome on behalf of Chairman of Commission (tied up with budget meetings today) and thank you to Amy for great arrangements and Tom for organization of this conference.
 
Grew up in this area, rode bicycle 40 years ago, never had to cross a major street because it was all woods, reflects the change in Northern Virgina, This is all about change especially for us as planners in our community and the world - best practices from the world.
 
 

9:15 -10:30 - Panel 1

Energy Challenges: Increasing Efficiency, Managing Cost, Supporting Economic Slide
Growth, Engaging Citizens and Employers - Locally and Regionally
 
Moderator – Dale Medearis, Senior Environmental Planner, NVRC
 
Dale - Panel will tell one of the best planning stories in the US - promoting sustainable energy management in the face of climate change. Steve knows more about energy policy in the state than most. Have Northern Virginia Community Energy Plans and Related Actions.
 
1) NVRC Regional Energy Strategy and Community Energy Planning in Northern Virginia – Stephen Walz, Northern Virginia Regional Commission Slide
 
Steve - Acknowledges those that have helped with this work. Big picture things first: recognizing there was a problem - greenhouse gas emissions in metric ton per capita per year for this region. Projections of considerable growth in this region. Learned from best practices: German, local initiatives (FreshAIRE, etc.). County Government is a small slide of energy use (3.6%). 
 
2) Arlington Community Energy Plan; Integrating with the County Comprehensive Plan – Rich Dooley, AICP, Community Energy Coordinator, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services Slide
 
Rich - Asked for show of hands by job category (planners-land use, transportation, etc.). Worked with many to develop this community energy plan for 2013. Build on great work done earlier and work as a team. Transformational plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to put forward to the Board for action. Reason is energy use is going up exponentially world wide with 70% of it in cities. Used 2007 emissions as baseline for 20% reduction. Presented 17 recommendations to the Board for energy efficiency (if you don't need it - don't use it), heat recovery (if it is already there - use it), renewable energy (if it makes sense, go carbon free), and energy distribution (invest where it makes sense). Three metric tons of GHG emmsions by 2050 is the target (2.5 possible). Acounts for growth over that period.
 
3) U.S DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Community Energy Strategic Planning Academy – Sarah Zaleski, Project Officer, Office of Weatherization & Intergovernmental Program, US Department of Energy, Washington DC Slide
 
Sarah - Works for DoE as a policy advisor. Previously work for City of Baltimore Sustainability Planning Office. Continue to work with local government on energy efficiency and "green-clean stuff". Likes retrofits for energy efficiency. This frees up resources for funding other problems. The Process for Community Energy Strategic Planning (11 Steps): 1-Form Leadership Team, 2-Engage Stakeholders, 3-Develop Energy Vision, 4-Assess Energy Environment, 5-Develop Energy Goals, 6-Identify/Evaluate/Prioritize Options, 7-Identifing Funding, 8-Finalize Funding, 9-Finalize and Adopt Plan, 10-Execute the Plan, 11-Measure/Evaluate/Update. Better Building Challenge: Make Commercial and industrial buildins 20% more efficient by 202; sav more than $40 B annually for US organizations; create Amercian jobs. Have about 60 companies doing this - big portfolio building owners (10s of miilions of square feet) - and about 7 cities. Recognized at White House by President's Clinton and Obama.
 
4) Discussion
 
Q&A
Q: Utilities response to this?
A: Smart metering piloting. Controlling voltage provides saving (3-4%) across the system that pays for the installation so hopefully customers do not have to. Concerns about opening up possible hacking of utility IT system - being researched by EPRI, etc.
 
Electrification of the transporation network - easier to do now than in future - like number of cars in parking garages, etc.
 
Washington Gas has put money into an Arlington County pilot (Rich).
 
Q: Faredd Zakaria's editiorial this morning about energy useage. I looked at: http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/ and could not find it. A: In a gas bubble now, but stay tuned - it may go away.

10:30 – 10:45 – Break

 

10:45 -Noon - Panel 2

The Challenges of Water Management and Coastal Mitigation: The Dutch and American Experiences 
 
Moderator – Aimee Vosper, ASLA, PLA, Director, Planning and Environmental Services, NVRC
 
Aimee - Welcome back to these wonderful facilities. Introduces all of the panel members. Go from Dutch expericne to our local experience.
 
1) Delta Programme Water Management Knowledge for U.S. Coastal Areas –
a) Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Dutch Embassy
 
Keep people safe from flooding and help others do th same (e.g. Hurricane Katrina). The Netherlands is the Dutch (4 International Rivers) Delta with 2/3rds subject to flooding with high population density. Past disasters have taught how to deal with water disasters. Second Delta Committe to deal with Sea-Level Rise (4 feet)from Climate Change. Main Airport is well below sea level. More erosion, River Disacharge, Salt Intrusion, More Extreme Rainfall, Extreme Storms, Spatial Developments, etc. Delta Fund (Euro 1B/year). Innovative approaches: Parking garages store water, big lakes in the middle of the country, etc.
 
b) Pex Langenberg, Senior Dutch representative from the Netherlands Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management
 
Water is the next oil - we love to live by it, drink it, etc., but it is gettin g scarce. Learned we cannot stop floods like the Dutch. From Resistance to Accomodation (Adaptation) by Living with the water, etc. Implications for New Orleans - see it in a regional context - have to consider the broader region -  a city surrounded by water without water - change this like the Dutch with Dutch Dialogues (Urban Waer Management in New Orleans). See of historical schematics from 1790 to present. Store water in the neighborhoods - restore to original identity. Remove the flood walls. Dutch Dialogue 3 (DD3) - Suggest creating a circulating water system that caused the Army Corp to re-think how they do this. Dutch designing from bottom up by team of Dutch and American engineers.
 
2) Adaptation Planning - Water Resources and Coastal Protection - Increasing community resiliency to risks of extreme weather events at regional scales.
a) Laura Grape, Senior Environmental Planner, Northern Virginia Regional Commission Slide
 
Hard to follow thr Dutch because they are doing so much. Share what we are doing - a snap shot of two projects: Sustainable Shorelines and Community Management and Conservation Corridor Planning in Northern Virginia. Relative Sea Level Rise Rates (2008 Governor Kane Report) - will see another foot rise. Worst case is a 5 foot rise. Lidar Maps for Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge show some hot spots to plan ahead for - migration from, etc. Category 3 Storm would led to worst case rise of 5 feet. Fairfax County is a low growth area. 
 
b) Maia Davis, Environmental Planner IV, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
 
Serve three areas that overlap so coordinate with them. Consultant (SRA) support from EPA on this work to produce a Climate Change Guidebook due in May 2012. See URL for more information in the slides.
 
3) Discussion
 
Out of time, but bring lunch back here for discussion.

Noon – Lunch and Networking Time

Alex Bond, AICP, 1st Vice-Chair, Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division , ICF International – Announcements Slide
 
Ajourn for lunch and meet outside for discussion. Please be back at 12:45 p.m.

12:45 -2 pm Panel 3

Transportation Challenges – How can transportation planning be integrated from the local level to regional to state? The Virginia solution. Slide
 
Introduction – Tom Christoffel, AICP, FeRSA – Regional/Greater Community Development News
 
Good partnership over the years that has led to today. Brief introduction of each panelist. 
 
1) Moderator - Marsha Fiol, State Transportation Planner, Virginia Department of Transportation Slide See Super Map
 
Multiple plans (Ports, Aviation, Highway, Rail, Transit, and Surface Transporation) that feed up into the overall plan with lots of teamwork. Now to Dironna.
 
2) 2035 VTrans, the Commonwealth of Virginia's statewide long-range multi-modal transportation plan - Dironna Belton, Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment Slide
 
New Office created in 2010 (Safe, Strategic, and Seamless) that reports to the Governor. New since VTrans 2035 Plan - State-wide Corridor. Now to Amy.
 
Extra Speaker: Amy Inman, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation
 
Three main things: Support Virginia's Existing Transit Service, Expand Trasit Capacity Statewide, and Invest in Major Capital Projects. Silver Line to Dulles is $3B - very expensive! Northern Virginia is the "Super NOVA Area". Passenger rail service to Norfolk coming. Now to Brad.
 
3) 2035 Virginia Surface Transportation Plan - Brad Shelton, AICP, Statewide Highway Plan Project Manager, Virginia Department of Transportation, and Amy Inman, Manager of Transit Planning, Department of Rail and Public Transportation Slide
 
Crash Analysis Heat Map visualization. Find solutions that are cheaper than widening the road. Identify areas for potential public private partnership projects. Take aways: last slide. Updating the Surface Transportation Plan document.
 
4) Regional Long Range Plan Development - Elijah Sharp, Regional Transportation Planner, New River Valley Planning District Commission (Blacksburg-Radford) Slide (To be posted)
 
Partnership with VDOT and 20 PDCs for 2007-2011 Plan. Supported by consultants to gather data (Census) and assist PDCs. NRV is New River Valley - southwest virginia - four counties (Floyd, etc.). Technical Assistance Maps that show single lane roads, limited parking, etc. Document over 200 pages long - send only the relevant information to each community with soft deadlines.
 
5) Discussion
 
Q&A (5 minutes)
 
Q News reports that VDOT wants to over-rule local plans.
 
A Current legislation deal with?
 
Q Should local agency be responsible for all local roads?
 
A Think that was the way for Jamestown.
 
Q Missed it
 
Q Missed it
 
Be back at 2:15 p.m.

2:00-2:15 -- Break

 

2:15 to 3:45 - Panel 4

Integrated Planning Working Regionally in the Mid-Atlantic. Panel member will report on key challenges for their localities and the program responses of their agencies Slide
 
Moderator--Lee Schoenecker, AICP, Past Chair, Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division
 
Looking at significant planning efforts in the region. Extended the session. Introduce each of the speakers.
 
1) Maryland Department of Planning: PlanMaryland and Some of Its Relationships See Booklet
Richard B. Josephson, AICP, Director of Planning Services Slide
 
Plan to direct state and local efforts to allow sustainable development, etc. Long road since 1969 to now. Now have a State Sustainable Growth Commission. Land Use Trends and Implications: Over 15,000 miles of new roads at an estimated cost of $110 B. etc. Love those Land USe Change Maps. Good planning can save $Bs in future years. Nearly 1000 followers on Twitter: SMARTGROWTHMD
 
2) Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments: Region Forward Implementation: Regional Activity Centers, and Equity Considerations
Paul DesJardin, Director of the Department of Community Planning and Services Slide See Region Forward Winter 2012 Review
 
Help start this in 2005 with Tom and others. Region Forward: A Comprehensive Guide for Regional Planning and Measuring Progress. Planning Evolution: 18th Century L'Enfant - 20th Century Hub and Spokes - 21st Century - Nodes and Lattice. 2 million more people by 2050. Metro facing long term funding challenges. Captute 75% of commercial construction and 50% of residential in Regional Activity Centers that have access to Transit. Intersection density attributes: In 2012, we have at least 55 intersections per square mile.
 
3) Baltimore Metropolitan Council: Regional Plan for Sustainable Development
Mike Kelly, General Counsel and Government Relations Coordinator Slide
 
Suatainable Communities does what HUD requires. Got $3.5M award - fifth biggest.
 
4) Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Greater Philadelphia's Connections Framework with Emphasis on the Eco-Economy Slide
Mary Bell, PP, Manager of Demographics and Economic Analysis Slide (Slides Slides) See Connections Booklet
 
Two states and nine counties with 353 individual municipalities. Role as the MPO (Master Planning Organization). Extensive database is on the web. Connection Booklet: Bending the Trends to achive mor compact development, conserve natural resources, etc. Also involved in Greater Philadelphia Economic Development Framework.
 
5) Hampton Roads Virginia: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities
John M. Carlock, AICP, Deputy Executive Director Slide See HRPDC and TPO At a Glance
 
This will be a different presentation because we do not have a regional plan. One of 21 regional planning agencies enabled by the state with 16 localities - actually another 11 towns. Lots of wetland acreage and rare and endangered species close to urban areas. Pending DoD Budget Reductions (BRAC). AskHRGreen.org. Concerned with Chesapeake Bay TMDL. Sea level/Strom suge analysis shows 1-2 foot rise possible. Jousting with the windmill for many years trying to do a plan and we may knock off one of those blades this year. Explore concept of "Hampton Roads Is On Its Own". Not entirely, but some may think so.
 
Q&A
 
Q Civic engagement difficulty. Sustainability Communities Grant does help reshape that. So many public meetings with no one there.
 
A Trying to take a new look at public engagement. Constrained by who your boss is.
 
Q How are the negotiations going with all the other state agencies, new partners, etc. COG has a new member is good news.
 
A State of Maryland (use to being in silos) - challenge to think more broadly by excecutive mandate - have to deliver something broader.
 
Green Turtle reservation head count.

3:45 to 3:50 – Closing Session

Future steps – discussion - Alex Bond, AICP, 1st Vice-Chair, Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, ICF International Slide
 
8th year doing on a volunteer base. Thanks to those that supported it. Good news that Delaware will host the next. Thanks for all the sponsors and their contributions that constitute a Super Region.
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