2009 September 30, 6th Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable

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6th Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtable (Agenda in PDF - Includes map)

Smart and Sustainable – Local & Regional, State and Multi-State - How will planning contribute to achieving these goals of the citizenry?

September 30 – October 1, 2009 - Frederick, Maryland

For:  Planners and Elected and Appointed Officials, Business Persons and Citizens

Sponsored by:  Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division, American Planning Association and APA Chapters: Delaware, Maryland, National Capital Area, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia to allow no admission cost to participants.

Hosted by: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG)

Historic Roundtable Support: AMPO, NADO, NARC

Location: Cultural Arts Center of  Frederick County, 15 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD

Wednesday, September 30 - Late afternoon and Evening

Frederick, Maryland: Mid-Atlantic Regional Hub - Downtown Walking Tour Workshop 
Cultural Arts Center of  Frederick County - 15 W. Patrick St, Frederick, MD

Frederick is a regional hub in the Mid-Atlantic and a living example of the benefits of planning coordination at the city, county, regional, state and multi-state levels. This history and the current results will be shared in a Downtown Walking Tour Workshop beginning at 4:15 p.m.  AICP certification - Proposed  AICP credit - 1.  At 6 p.m. there will be a Dutch treat dinner at Patrick's Irish Pub and Restaurant followed by speakers explaining the City-County relationships and agreements that are models for smart growth and sustainability in a network of wider regions.

Thursday, October 1 – Morning and Afternoon

Smart and Sustainable – Local & Regional, State and Multi-State - 
How will planning contribute to achieving these goals of the citizenry?

Note: Proposed  AICP credit - 4  

 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast - Cultural Arts Center of  Frederick County 
       15 W Patrick St, Frederick, MD

 9:00 – 9:30 - Welcome and Introductions

Welcome by Frederick officials and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments

Program Introduction and a West Coast Perspective - Bob Leiter, FAICP, San Diego Association of Governments, Director of Land Use and Transportation Planning; Chair, APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division

 9:30 -10:45 - Panel 1 – Metropolitan Council and State Perspectives – Smart and Sustainable

Moderator - Lee Schoenecker, Past Chair, Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division

- Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments – TBA

- Baltimore Metropolitan Council – Dunbar Brooks, Manager of Data Development

- Maryland Department of Planning  - Richard E. Hall, AICP, Maryland Secretary of Planning, Maryland Department of Planning

10:45 -Noon - Panel 2 -  Metropolitan Fringe – Rural and Small Metro Regions and Counties – Smart, Sustainable and Metro Impacts  -

Moderator – Tom Christoffel, AICP, Editor, Regional Community Development News

- South Central Pennsylvania - Richard Schmoyer, AICP, Director, Office of  Planning and  Development (ACOPD), Adams County, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 

- Western Maryland -  David Umling, City Planner, Cumberland, Maryland

- Northern Shenandoah Valley – Chris Price, AICP, Executive Director, Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission – Front Royal, Virginia

Noon - Lunch followed by

Panel 3 - Smart and Sustainable – Local and Regional from Academic and Federal Perspectives.

Moderator:  Alan Imhoff, Frederick City Alderman

Gerrit Knaap, Director of the Smart Growth Center, University of Maryland

John W. Frece, Director, Development, Community and Environment Division: The Smart Growth Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Panelists will give an overview of the needs, issues and opportunities from their individual perspectives. This will be followed by questions from the Moderator and then a broader Q &A session including the audience.

1:45 to 3:00 - Panel 4 – Smart and Sustainable – Regional, Inter-regional and Intergovernmental Planning Integration – How might we improve what is already being done?

Moderator led discussion

Chesapeake Bay Program: A Unique Regional Partnership - TBA

History, Practice and a Future Vision  - Bruce McDowell, FAICP, Fellow and Project Director, National Academy of Public Administration

3:00 to 3:45 – Panel 5  - Next steps discussion; follow-up topic meetings; and seeking a volunteer Council host and location for Roundtable #7 . 

Moderator - Richard G. Bickel, AICP, Director, Division of Planning, Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, Philadelphia 
3:50  Adjourn

Registration, etc.

To register go to: http://www.mwcog.org/calendar/  Scroll to the dates – September 30/October 1 and open the link. The form gives the option to register to attend either or both days. You may change your choices in the future.

Information and presentations from the prior eventsMid-Atlantic Regional Planning Roundtables

Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division contacts (Please send any feedback to both):  Tom.Christoffel@gmail.com  & Leeschoenecker@aol.com

Phone – Tom:  540-664-7037 (Cell)   Lee: 202-686-8864

Metropolitan Washington COG contact: Paul DesJardin pdesjardin@mwcog.org

Phone: 202-962-3293

Lodging options at Frederick County Chamber of Commerce link:


Directions and Parking information at Downtown Frederick Partnership:


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