Sessions at this one-day workshop are designed for local officials, planning commission and board of zoning appeals members, professional planners, attorneys, developers, architects, engineers and engaged citizens. Sessions focus on planning practice and development trends for community development professionals and citizen planners in and around Central Ohio. All sessions are pending AICP CM credit.
May 17, 2019
Registration | Coffee & Conversation
May 17, 2019
Opening Session | Pecha Kucha
Features innovators sharing their professional (and sometimes personal) expertise in tech, communication, and planning. The presentation style is Pecha Kucha (20 images X 20 Seconds).
PK1 – Your Data is Your Voice
Chief Information Officer, City of Dublin
As CIO of the City of Dublin, Ohio, Doug McCollough has embraced the rich community of innovation that is Central Ohio. Through collaborations and partnerships he has worked to connect people to opportunities, remove barriers, and promote change in initiatives ranging from Smart and Connected Cities, IT Workforce Development, expanding broadband access, and Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. He has spoken as a Subject Matter Expert and advocate on technical subjects, diversity and inclusion, career advancement, and using technology for community development.
Prior to joining the Dublin team, Doug held positions within the State of Ohio Departments of Public Safety, Commerce, Industrial Commission, and Medicaid. He served as the Director of Information Technology for the City of Richmond, Virginia, and as a Project Manager at Nationwide Insurance and Alcatel-Lucent.
Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo in Information Systems and Operations Management and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame. Smart Mobility, IoT, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Automation, Bots, and the social implications these technologies bring with them, are all interests you’ll find Doug tweeting about (@dougITpro). He and his wife Angela have four children.
PK2 – Write Better, Life Better x Arin Blair
Ever struggle to articulate yourself? Or worse, are your readers falling asleep? While we don’t all spend our days writing, most of us write every day. This session will cover three essential rules of good writing—in the context of email—that will save you time at work, help you be more understandable to any audience, and get you quicker results from email requests.
Writing an email is easy, ... , right? Everyone has encountered writing that is boring. Everyone has encountered writing that is unorganized, unclear, or impossible to understand. This session is full of funny anecdotes and surprising visuals--with easy, memorable takeaways. As planners, we are charged with crafting messages that inspire, educate, illustrate, annotate, relieve, and convince. This session will remind us of timeless writing techniques that lead to the successful crafting of any message.
Arin Blair, AICP
Arin Blair, AICP, specializes in communicating planning topics to reach every audience. As Social Chair of Central Ohio APA and active APA Ambassador, Arin works to grow the networks of planners in her region and bring planning knowledge to community members who may not understand their power to impact the neighborhoods they inhabit. Arin is a Planner at MKSK (mkskstudios.com). She holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University. Speaking experience includes: “Follow the Thought Leader: Placemaking in Action,” 2017 APA Ohio Conference; “Communicating with Elected Officials,” 2017 APA Professional Development Workshop; and, “Tactical Communications: Land Your Message. Impassion Your Audience.” 2017 APA Ohio Conference, Toastmasters member since 2016.
PK 3 – I bought an Electric Car
I recently bought an electric car - yep, totally electric - and it's changed the way I look at a lot of things: infrastructure, electricity, travel, the end of the world, etc. I'll show you what I've learned, what I want to learn, and what we may never know.
Rick Stein, AICP
Principal/Owner, Urban Decision Group
Rick Stein is the Principal and Owner of Urban Decision Group – an urban planning and professional services firm located in Columbus, Ohio. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
Mr. Stein has worked in a variety of industries including architecture and planning, education, insurance and banking, utilities, telecommunications, and real estate market analysis, to name a few. Prior to entering the field of urban planning, he spent 12 years working as a systems analyst and software developer. In 2010 he founded the planning and professional services firm Urban Decision Group (UDG).
Mr. Stein has served as an advisor to The Ohio State University and the City and Regional Planning program where they recently published the “Autism Planning and Design Guidelines V1.0” – a guide for planning and development using the principles of Universal Design to improve cities for individuals with cognitive disabilities.
Mr. Stein is co-founder of the Urban Mobility Research Center (UMRC) – a thinktank devoted to helping plan for changes to cities and transportation networks, including the impacts of Autonomous Vehicles (AV), robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. Mr. Stein’s work tends to focus on the secondary impacts to commerce and commercial and industrial properties, as well as the overall impacts on cities and regions.
Since 2017, Mr. Stein and members of the UMRC have partnered with Urbanism Next – a research arm of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) – whose focus is conducting research and providing information about the potential impacts of emerging technologies – autonomous vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, and the sharing economy – on city development, form, and design, and the implications for sustainability, resiliency, equity, the economy, and quality of life.
PK 4 – Strong Women, Strong Places
Strong Women. Strong Places., a collaboration between Central Ohio APA and the City & Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA), was an event designed to explore ways to strengthen equity and the impact of gender in the work of creating safe, vibrant, and healthy places; as well as provide opportunities for collaboration and mentorship among women who plan. The Pecha Kucha session will discuss lessons learned from the event, including challenges and opportunities for future discussions on the intersection of gender and urban planning.
Sarah Lilly is a planner with MKSK, a planning and urban design firm, where she works with clients to create meaningful planning processes and public engagement that foster strong, vibrant communities. Sarah holds her Bachelor in Geography and in Urban & Regional Planning from Miami University. She is also a recent graduate from The Ohio State University, where she received her Master of City and Regional Planning. She has served on the Central Ohio APA Committee, the City & Regional Planning Student Association (CRPSA), and is a member of the Central Ohio APA Ambassador Team. With experience in place marketing and tourism, Sarah is passionate about uncovering and celebrating the unique assets of each community for which she plans and crafting tailored recommendations that build on their authentic identity.
PK 5 – Transit Paradox in Age of Autonomy
A paradox lies in the link between transit and autonomous technology. As mobility evolves to rely on autonomous vehicles, some predict inevitable doom for transit. But is it equally possible that opportunities for dense auto-free development will come hand-in-hand with a new era of transportation, in which transit plays a central role?
Radical and rapid changes to land use are inevitable with the continued rise of autonomy. This will have profound impacts on transit systems, operations and their opportunities for success. Traditional methods of predicting transit ridership and transit service based on current and future land use will be upended, as changes in job locations, the rise and collapse of market sectors such as retail and warehousing, and related residential development decisions respond to the deep impacts of autonomy.
Emerging policy approaches across the country are seeking to capture the increase in land use value created by transit and to put equity issues at the forefront. Unfortunately, these approaches might not have the same measure of success as autonomy begins to warp existing models. We must work now to contemplate the appropriate actions to shape our current transit and land use plans to find success in the imminent future. This session will outline the hyper-related near-future scenarios for transit, retail, employment, and residential, based on emerging shifts in mobility.
National Lead | Transportation Technology Planning, HDR
Jason is the National Lead, Transportation Technology Planning at HDR. He co-founded the Urban Mobility Research Center, an organization promoting the understanding and analysis of transformative transportation technology. Over 21 years of professional practice, Jason has pursued a specific interest in the relationship between our transportation choices and the resulting impacts on our infrastructure and the evolution of our cities. Jason is a 13-year auxiliary faculty member at the Knowlton School of Architecture at the Ohio State University. Jason teaches graduate and undergraduate-level Transportation Studios, including classes focused around autonomous vehicles and driverless technology.
PK 6 – Columbus Underground Development
A look at the biggest local development news of the past year.
Reporter | Columbus Underground
Brent Warren has been a reporter at Columbus Underground since 2013, writing about urban development, transportation, neighborhoods, and other related topics. His career before starting at Columbus Underground was varied and included stints with the US Census Bureau (working with neighborhood groups and nonprofits), the City of Columbus (working as a city planner), and a nonprofit organization in New York City. Brent received a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from OSU and a bachelor's degree from Earlham College.
May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019
Concurrent Sessions AM
May 17, 2019
Ethics for Everyone!
Anyone who has ever worked in a public job, served on a board, or interacted with a community has probably experienced or at least heard about issues where there was a question of what is the ethical approach to the situation. Planners with AICP credentials have a formal code of ethics but anyone working for or associated with the public are also beholden to Ohio’s ethics laws. This session will highlight key rules you need to be aware of and identify strategies to address any situation in an ethical manner.
Wendy Moeller, FAICP
Principal + Owner, Compass Point Planning
Wendy Moeller, FAICP, is a principal and owner of Compass Point Planning. She has worked in the planning field since graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Urban Planning in 1996. Since then, she has worked as a private consultant including starting her own firm in 2010. Wendy is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has a certificate in form-based codes from the Form Based Codes Institute (FBCI). Wendy has served as a project manager and planner for numerous planning, regulatory, and development projects throughout her career including, but not limited to, comprehensive and growth management plans; zoning, subdivision, unified development codes, and other land use regulations; form-based regulations; design standards; and historic preservation guidelines; Her experience comes from working on projects across the United States with extensive work in the Midwest. Wendy currently serves as the Region IV Director for the American Planning Association.
Education + Communications Manager, Ohio Ethics Commission
Susan Willeke is an accomplished government-relations professional with more than 27 years’ experience in public affairs, communication and public speaking. Susan joined the Ohio Ethics Commission in 2005 as the Education and Communications Manager where she oversees and conducts educational and communication outreach. In that position, Susan presents approximately 200 speeches annually, develops information strategies regarding agency programs and represents the Ethics Commission to Ohio citizens, the media and the Ohio legislature.
May 17, 2019
Co-Creating Civic Spaces & Places Framework for Grandview Heights
Grandview Heights is one of the smallest full-service communities in central Ohio in both land size and population. Space is at a premium with intense land-use pressure citywide and high expectations of service levels. The city’s small size and scale present unique challenges for local government in preserving service levels, maintaining facilities, providing recreational opportunities, and finding space to operate. Over the past decade, the city has invested deliberately--and extensively--in improvements to their aging infrastructure and parks facilities for the entire community’s benefit. The city’s strategic focus is now on its aging civic facilities.
Developed in context of emerging trends, projected population growth, and a comprehensive planning vision, the Civic Spaces and Places Plan for the City of Grandview Heights has been developed to assist the city in planning for municipal facilities (police, fire, administration, meeting spaces), recreation and open space amenities, and to identify opportunities for continued enhancement of the city’s civic realm.
This session will showcase how a city-wide planning effort to look back and thoughtfully plan its civic campus and core operational facilities can meet future municipal space needs, while also enriching the civic fabric and enhancing the civic brand of a dynamic, but land locked urban community.
Mayor, City of Grandview Heights
Ray DeGraw is entering his 16th year as mayor of the city of Grandview Heights. He has served that community for the last 35 years in a number of roles including city council, president of Council, Planning Commission and Board of zoning appeals. Ray has work a as an engineer, a technical transfer consultant, combat engineer, construction project manager and operations manager of facilities. Ray continues to work as a commercial realtor and property manager. His education is a mixture of engineering political science. Ray received a Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University. With tireless work by a very talented staff, community elected officials and the residents, Ray worked to transform an economically distressed city into a city with a strong financial future including a AAA bond rating.
Council President, City of Grandview Heights
Greta Kearns is in her second term as City Council President for the City of Grandview Heights, Ohio, where she has found a new interest in city planning. Over the last year, Grandview Heights has been engaged in developing a Comprehensive Plan and Civic Campus Plan, an effort Greta has supported since she took office. An attorney since 1997, Greta has a broad base of client service experience representing business and government clients in a variety of matters in and out of court. She previously served as an Assistant Ohio Attorney General and at the global law firm Squire Sanders (now Squire Patton Boggs). Greta graduated from the University of Kansas and received her law degree from the University of Iowa.
Megha Sinha, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate, NBBJ
Megha Sinha is a planner at NBBJ’s Columbus office. With over 12 years of national and international experience, Megha’s planning and design expertise includes professional services for public agencies, higher education institutions, and community organizations. Prior to joining NBBJ, Megha was an urban planning adjunct faculty member at Ohio University. She has also served as an instructor and consulting researcher at the University of Mumbai. She earned her bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Mumbai and master of urban and regional planning degree from the University at Buffalo-SUNY, where she was also a researcher at the Center for Urban Studies.
Kim Way, ASLA, PLA
Kim is a Principal with NBBJ and a leader of its Urban Environments Practice. With over 38 years of national and international experience, Kim’s planning and design expertise covers a wide spectrum of professional services for cities, counties and regional planning authorities, higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, and corporate and commercial enterprises. Kim participates in all aspects of the design and development process, from initial vision creation through detailed design and project implementation. Kim earned his bachelor of science in environmental design from the University of Vermont and his master of landscape architecture degree from the University of Virginia.
May 17, 2019
A Conversation Around Shared Personal Mobility Devices
Several communities around Columbus have experienced the arrival of docked and dockless bikeshare and scooters, e-bikes and other personal mobility devices. Many questions have arisen regarding parking and riding locations, speeds and codes of conduct. This session would be an opportunity to share the research and discovery that occurred in Dublin and provide an opportunity for an open discussion between the panel and audience around the subject and the lessons learned. the Panel would include representatives from the City of Dublin City Manager's office and Planning/Mobility staff, City of Dublin Police, and Nelson Nygaard, Transportation Planning
Joanne L. Shelly, AICP, RLA, LEED BD+C
Urban Designer, City of Dublin
Joanne has worked in A/E design and development for over 25 years and have a broad range of project experience from master planning to site specific design. She is currently leading a multi-phase mobility study, which has provided her with an opportunity to engage with the community, develop and implement transportation projects which are providing alternative transportation options which include micro-transit and bikeshare. These pilot projects have provided insight into the operations, costs, policies and infrastructure issues surrounding the shared transportation. Joanne is a member of the Bicycle Friendly Community Advisory Team and Sustainability Advisory Team, and frequently provides updates regarding mobility to the Community Services Advisory Commission, she is also a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative and a transportation working group.
Management Assistant, City of Dublin’s City Manager's Office
Nick has worked for the City of Dublin for almost 3 years, supporting the City Manager's Office through research, project management, and outreach. He is often on the front lines of communication with engaged citizens, managing the Dublin's Bicycle Friendly Community Advisory Team, Dublin Sustainability Advisory Team, and assisting with the Community Services Advisory Commission. Serving as the City's point on all things bicycle related, Nick has led the City's effort in being designated a Bicycle Friendly Community and in bringing the Lime dockless bikeshare pilot project. In addition to his work with mobility, Nick is passionate about environmental sustainability, and co-chairs the City's internal sustainability team, EcoDublin. Over the last year, he and his counterpart J.M. Rayburn have led the development of Dublin's first citywide sustainability strategic plan, and paved the way for the City to be designated as a Platinum level community through the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission's Sustainable2050 program.
Police Corporal, City of Dublin Police Department
Corporal Keiffer is a 22-year veteran of law enforcement who has been with the Dublin Police Department since 1997. He is currently assigned to the Patrol Section as a 1st shift supervisor where he oversees 12 Patrol Officers and 14 volunteer Community Service Officers. He has been a member of the Police Bicycle Unit since 2004 and has served on City-Wide committees to promote Dublin’s Bicycle Friendly initiatives. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The Ohio State University and is also certified police instructor at the Delaware Area Career Center- Police Academy.
Senior Associate, Nelson Nygaard
Chris has more than 12 years of professional planning experience, applying a detail-oriented and client focused skill set to extensive work in the fields of transportation and community planning, mixed-use and institutional development, and place management. Chris’s recent work in communities across Ohio, Indiana, and Southern Michigan has tied together his passions for innovations in mobility, community accessibility, sustainability, civic engagement, and economic development. Chris is dedicated to the communities in which he works and lives, serving multiple non-profit and civic roles in both his home town of Cleveland and current home of Yellow Springs, Ohio.
May 17, 2019
How Some Housing Policies Might Sink Central Ohio’s Growth
Central Ohio is not meeting housing demand given projected population growth over the next thirty years. According to a recent study by the Building Industry Association of Central Ohio (BIA), the region should be building more than 14,000 units per year to meet the population growth. Currently, only about 8,000 units are being constructed each year. This inability to meet demand is partly due to the region’s collective reticence to embrace the full range of housing types, unlike similarly positioned metros.
Population trends and preferences point to a demand for housing that is affordable, smaller in scale and higher in quality than what has been built in recent decades. But is this the full picture? And what policy and planning tools can be used to build it? This session will present best practices from two local communities—Upper Arlington and Delaware—as well as other places throughout the country to answer these questions. Specifically, the session will focus on:
Affordability – The compounded growth rate of housing prices in Central Ohio is five times the growth rate in median household income (BIA). In many communities, housing being constructed isn’t meeting affordability goals. Some communities are employing techniques to keep housing affordable, including preserving existing affordable housing and providing incentives for the construction of affordable units.
Type – Housing is also often misaligned with the changing demographic of homebuyers. Lacking is smaller single-family residences and medium density units especially attractive to young people and “empty nesters.” Strategies to address this include a focus on retaining small-scale units and using older housing stock heights, setback requirements and other form-based criteria to inform new construction.
Design – Negative reactions to certain housing types can be generated by poor design— uninspiring architecture, minimal open space or amenities and a lack of contextual coherence. By focusing on quality design rather than units per acre, local governments can help shape perception of alternative housing types.
Dave Efland, AICP
Director of Planning & Community Development, City of Delaware
As Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Delaware, Ohio, Dave is dedicated to making his community a great place. He currently spearheading the City's effort to create a new comprehensive plan, Delaware Together. He has been in the planning field for over 20 years and held positions in several different types of communities. Dave holds a Master of City and Regional Planning for The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University.
Chad Gibson, AICP
Senior Planning Officer, City of Upper Arlington
For the past 15 years, Chad has led the planning work for the City of Upper Arlington. In this time, UA has undertaken many planning efforts that have shaped City in positive ways, including the City's 2013 Mater Plan and Lane Avenue Corridor Plan, which led to the first UDO adopted in the State of Ohio. Chad is an Associated Faculty Member at the Ohio State University and has taught many student-favorite studio courses over the years, including in 2016 when his students won a national award from the American Planning Association. Chad holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University.
Justin Milam, AICP
Planning Officer, City of Upper Arlington
In his role as Planning Officer for the City of Upper Arlington, Justin administers the City's award-winning Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) zoning code and Master Plan, last updated in 2013. He prepares and presents staff reports for variances, conditional uses, subdivision plats, site plans, development plans and rezoning applications to the Board of Zoning and Planning (BZAP) and City Council. Justin plays a key role in other planning initiatives, including the recent River Ridge and Kingsdale West Study which focused in part on housing type and quality. Justin holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Otterbein University.
Kyle May, AICP
Senior Planner, Planning NEXT
As Senior Planner at Planning NEXT, Kyle's work includes a broad spectrum of planning that brings together targeted technical analysis with robust public engagement. Kyle believes that strong plans start with strong data, as evidenced by his recent work in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and Montgomery, Alabama, communities in which housing has been a major focus. He communicates complex demographic, economic or place-based conditions through attractive, community-facing documents. Kyle holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning from Ohio University.
May 17, 2019
An Integrated Approach to Transportation & Land Use Planning
When our streets prioritize vehicle movement, our places de-prioritize pedestrian activity. As Central Ohio prepares for growth and corresponding shifts in housing and transportation demand, we must assess the impact of roadway design on the places we create. Learn how the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s insight2050 Technical Assistance Program is helping communities around the region integrate the insight2050 findings into land use and transportation planning to create safer, more economically viable, and more equitable neighborhoods that work for both people and vehicles.
Successful places balance “Pedestrian Priority” and “Vehicle Priority” in a way that works for all modes of transportation. At this session, panelists will define these concepts and their relevance to an integrated planning approach. Local transportation and development professionals will share the steps their communities have taken to integrate land use and transportation planning in preparation for anticipated population growth and demographic changes.
Associate Planner, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Tobi Otulana is an Associate Planner at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). This May 2019, Tobi graduated from the Ohio State University with her Masters of City and Regional Planning. She has been with MORPC for 2 years, previously as a Graduate Student Intern. Tobi is responsible for coordinating the insight2050 Technical Assistance Program, which provides Central Ohio communities with planning assistance for sustainable transportation and community development efforts related to the findings of the insight2050 report. Before starting at Ohio State, Tobi graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and minors in Geography and Geographic Information Systems.
Maria Schaper, AICP
Transportation Planning Manager, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Maria has worked with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) for six years and has 11 years of public- and private-sector experience in transportation planning, MPO planning, and stakeholder and public engagement. She manages the development of central Ohio’s Metropolitan Transportation Plan, which currently sets the framework for $19.6 billion in regional transportation investments. She also oversees the development of MORPC’s Transportation Improvement Program and the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization, coordinating transportation planning between rural stakeholders and the Ohio Department of Transportation. Maria is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning & Development. She is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Holly Mattei, AICP
Development Director, Violet Township
Holly Mattei, AICP, has been the Development Director for Violet Township since 2017 and is responsible for the long range planning and economic development for this urban township. Ms. Mattei served as the Project Manager for the Refugee – Pickerington Road Master Plan conducted by the MORPC Technical Assistance Program, as well as the project manager for a study conducted by Moody Nolan to explore the feasibility of a future Community Center within this master planned area. Ms. Mattei is also a part of the team that helped to negotiate and secure the purchase of a 63 acre property, known as the Wigwam, from the Wolfe Family, current owners of WBNS 10 TV and former owners of the Columbus Dispatch. Violet Township intends to utilize this property for community enrichment and economic development purposes. Ms. Mattei also serves on a number of boards, including the Board of Directors for the Pickerington Area Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors for the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE), and the chair of the Fairfield County Transportation Improvement District. She previously spent 16 years working for the Fairfield County Regional Planning Commission, with 9 of those years serving as its Executive Director. Ms. Mattei holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Miami University and a Master’s of City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.
Director of Service + Engineering, City of Worthington
Dan oversees the Capital Improvement Program, consulting services, and GIS services for the City. He is responsible for the city’s streets, sewers, public buildings, rights-of-way, fleet. Dan also serves as City Engineer, responsible for all of Worthington’s municipal engineering needs. Dan’s 30 plus year career has been spent largely is private consulting as a design engineer, firm executive, and managing principal. In 2011, he joined the City of Delaware as their Economic Development Director. He later served as Delaware’s Assistant City Manager and Service Director until joining the City of Worthington in 2016. Dan is an avid cyclist, a really slow runner, a group fitness instructor, and spends many lumbering hours at the gym and on trails as the senior citizen member of a crazy crossfit training group. This passion for exercise and outdoor pursuits has given him a “feet on the ground” understanding of the needs of the walking, jogging and cycling public.
May 17, 2019
Keynote Luncheon | Columbus Metropolitan Library
Alison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer for CML, will highlight the organization’s investment throughout the region and share how it is furthering their purpose: “to inspire reading, share resources, and connect people”.
Alison Circle, Chief Customer Experience Officer for CML, will highlight the organization’s investment throughout the region and share how it is furthering their purpose: “to inspire reading, share resources, and connect people”.
Chief Customer Experience Officer, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML)
Alison has more than 25 years marketing experience. For 13 years served as National Marketing Director for Minnesota Public Radio, then was Creative Director and Account Director at Jack Morton Worldwide, a global branding agency. In 2004 she joined CML as Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning. In 2012 she was promoted to Chief Customer Experience Officer where she serves on the Executive Leadership Team and oversees 23 library locations, Marketing and all programs and products. She leads programming, experience and design for the library’s new building program (14 libraries), including the Main Library. She is an in-demand speaker on issues of libraries, customer experience and design. In 2017 she was chosen for a Global Impact Award from the Customer Experience Professional Association; she is a CCXP (Certified Customer Experience Professional) and, in 2018, was elected to the international board of the CXPA.
May 17, 2019
Concurrent Sessions PM
May 17, 2019
Law for Planners: Short Term Rentals – What You Need to Know
Founder + Lead Principal, Calfee Zoning
Sean Suder is founder and lead principal of Calfee Zoning, a zoning consultancy with offices in Ohio, Indiana and D.C. Sean previously served as Chief Counsel for Land Use and Planning for the City of Cincinnati prior to re-entering private practice in 2014. In that role, he served as lead counsel for the Cincinnati Form-Based Code, Cincinnati Land Development Code, and the Cincinnati Historic Preservation Ordinance. Sean also represented the city in all land use, zoning and historic preservation matters, including representing and advising the Department of City Planning, the City Planning Commission, the Historic Conservation Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. He holds a Bachelor of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. In addition to being a licensed attorney in Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, he is a member of the American Planning Association, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Urban Land Institute, and has served on the Board of the Over-the-Rhine Foundation.
May 17, 2019
Simpler and Better: A "Lean" Approach to Urban Planning
Government doesn’t historically have a reputation for efficiency and customer service – but times are changing!
Increasingly, communities are looking for creative ways to cost-effectively serve residents and businesses and attract new investment. To do this, many local governments are turning to Lean Six Sigma, a process improvement approach that has been used in private industry for decades to reduce waste, ensure profitability, and provide a superior customer experience.
The City of Dublin has a history of innovative, forward thinking management and is known for performance excellence - but recognizes there is always room for improvement. The City has embraced a private sector mindset with the use of Lean Six Sigma tools. The City also created an inter-departmental “Innovation” team resulting in efficient, customer-driven processes with measurable improvements from projects ranging from Board & Commission administration to stakeholder engagement processes.
In this interactive workshop, attendees from the public sector, private sector, and anything in between will learn how they can use basic Lean Six Sigma tools to identify and initiate process improvement projects (reduce costs, improve efficiency) and implement meaningful, customer focused change in the communities they serve.
Senior Planner, City of Dublin
Devayani Puranik works as a Senior Planner for the City of Dublin, where she oversees long range and strategic planning projects. She has been part of noteworthy projects such as Dublin Corporate Area Plan, Smart Parking Management, West Innovation District. Devayani is a certified Black Belt Six Sigma professional and is part of City of Dublin’s process improvement and innovation team. Prior to joining the City of Dublin, Devayani worked as a Senior Planner for the City of Columbus, where she managed area planning projects, implemented commercial overlays on major commercial corridors, and served Rocky Ford Blacklick Accord Review Board and East Franklinton Review Board to implement truly urban and innovative mixed-use zoning code. Devayani has a strong background and interest in GIS, technology for Planning, and Smart Cities initiative. Devayani holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Pune University, India and Master of City and Regional Planning and Environmental Science from The Ohio State University.
Tracy Owens is a business transformation leader who has driven his employers and client organizations to achieve near-term objectives and better long-term results through innovation and quality management. As an ASQ Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, he has strengthened operational capability and process improvement expertise among all the teams he has supported since 1998. His book ‘Six Sigma Green Belt, Round 2’ was published by Quality Press in 2011 and serves as a guide for successful improvement project execution. As a founding member of ASQ’s Innovation Division, Tracy has promoted a growing body of knowledge on innovation management and brought his audiences a strong message about innovation as a process and not just a creative spark. He is co-author of ‘The Executive Guide to Innovation’, which was published in 2013. Tracy holds a Master's Degree in International Business from Seattle University and he was elected to the 2016 class of ASQ Fellows.
Rachel Ray, AICP
Economic Development Administrator, City of Dublin
Rachel Ray is an Economic Development Administrator with the City of Dublin, Ohio, responsible for administering the City's business retention and expansion program, negotiating economic development agreements, and managing economic development projects that ensure Dublin continues to be the best community for business in the Columbus Region. Prior to that, Rachel served as a Planner in the Dublin Planning Department, where she was responsible for managing current and long-range planning projects, including the early Bridge Street District visioning and implementation studies. Rachel holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University. She is also a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association Board of Trustees where she serves as Vice President/President-Elect.
May 17, 2019
Best Practices for BRT Project Development and Neighborhood Acceptance
The Central Ohio Transit Authority’s (COTA) first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) line, known as CMAX, has begun service to connect customers to major destinations along Cleveland Avenue between downtown Columbus and Westerville. CMAX is a 15.6-mile service improvement consisting of a combination of BRT / Enhanced Bus service system with 32 stations (64 platforms) in mixed traffic. Ridership has increased by approximately 15% in the corridor since2017 and riders are shifting from local service to CMAX. Elements of the project include: upgraded shelters, transit signal priority (TSP), real-time arrival information, distinctly branded CNG low-floor vehicles, a park and ride lot, and a transit center. CMAX has provided the technology backbone to begin the implementation of Columbus’ Smart City in the Linden neighborhood. Extensive outreach was conducted from planning and through design and launch of the service including participation at various community events. The presentation will include an animated video and lessons learned with the implementation of CMAX. Attendees will learn about the inclusion of the neighborhoods in the branding and design/artwork of the shelter, best practices in stakeholder engagement/public involvement to facilitate project development and acceptance, and the importance of value engineering during the project development process.
Matt Selhorst, AICP
Transportation Planning Manager, HDR Inc.
Matt Selhorst has 26 years of professional experience in transportation planning and engineering. He manages project development, planning and safety studies, public involvement, environmental documentation, and traffic engineering assignments. Matt has managed and conducted analysis on over 15 regional transportation plans during his last 14 years as a private consultant for State DOTs, counties, municipalities, and MPOs. Prior to private consulting, Matt was the Director of Planning statewide for ODOT where he directed funds management, the research program, planning, GIS functions, and geotechnical and pavement engineering. Mr. Selhorst holds a Master’s of Science in Civil Engineering and a Masters of City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University (1998) and a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University (1992).
Public Affairs Administrator, COTA
As Public Affairs Administrator of the award-winning Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Doug is responsible for community engagement and public involvement in COTA’s major projects and initiatives, including the Transit System Redesign in 2017 and CMAX Bus Rapid Transit that launched in 2018. Doug also manages the relationships between COTA and emerging transportation services, including car-, bike-, scooter- and ride-sharing, and chairs COTA’s Mobility as a Service task force on partnerships with mobility providers. As a public policy analyst, he advises executive leadership on strategies to support COTA’s legislative goals and public policy agenda. Doug was named one of the 52 Young Professionals to Know by City Pulse magazine in 2018, and is active with the Create Columbus Commission, New Leaders Council and Next Level Trainings leadership program.
May 17, 2019
Putting OSU's "Autism Planning & Design Guidelines" Into Action
Over the last two years, Professor Kyle Ezell (OSU-City and Regional Planning) conducted a series of classes, studios and workshops, that focused on developing a set of planning and design guidelines with the autistic community in mind. The process resulted in the "Autism Planning and Design Guidelines V 1.0." Since its publication, it has been the subject of a PAS Memo, a Planning Magazine article, spawned a new APA Special Interest Group - Planning with Underserved Communities, and it won the 2018 AICP Student Planning Award.
While those are all tremendous achievements, validation of the Project's usefulness is starting to show up in public and private projects across the country. There are natural synergies between the needs of the autistic community and seniors. From public led initiatives in Dublin and Columbus, to housing and community building projects around the U.S., there is already evidence of the Project's impact.
This session will review the work performed by OSU and discuss public and private projects that are benefiting from the first iteration of the Autism Planning and Design Guidelines.
Rick Stein, AICP
Principal + Owner, Urban Decision Group
Rick Stein is the Principal and Owner of Urban Decision Group – an urban planning and professional services firm located in Columbus, Ohio. He is an active member of the American Planning Association (APA), Urban Land Institute (ULI), Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Mr. Stein has worked in a variety of industries including architecture and planning, education, insurance and banking, utilities, telecommunications, and real estate market analysis, to name a few. Prior to entering the field of urban planning, he spent 12 years working as a systems analyst and software developer. In 2010 he founded the planning and professional services firm Urban Decision Group (UDG). Mr. Stein has served as an advisor to The Ohio State University and the City and Regional Planning program where they recently published the “Autism Planning and Design Guidelines V1.0” – a guide for planning and development using the principles of Universal Design to improve cities for individuals with cognitive disabilities. Mr. Stein is co-founder of the Urban Mobility Research Center (UMRC) – a thinktank devoted to helping plan for changes to cities and transportation networks, including the impacts of Autonomous Vehicles (AV), robotics, and Artificial Intelligence. Mr. Stein’s work tends to focus on the secondary impacts to commerce and commercial and industrial properties, as well as the overall impacts on cities and regions. Since 2017, Mr. Stein and members of the UMRC have partnered with Urbanism Next – a research arm of the University of Oregon’s Sustainable Cities Initiative (SCI) – whose focus is conducting research and providing information about the potential impacts of emerging technologies – autonomous vehicles, robotics, artificial intelligence, e-commerce, and the sharing economy – on city development, form, and design, and the implications for sustainability, resiliency, equity, the economy, and quality of life.
PhD Candidate, The Ohio State University City and Regional Planning
Gala Korniyenko is a PhD candidate in the city and regional planning at The Ohio State University. She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Kansas where she holds a Master of Urban Planning. Gala is also an administrator of the American Planning Association’s Planning for Underserved Populations Interest Group and a member of World ENABLED, an educational nonprofit organization that promotes the rights and dignities of persons with disabilities. (http://worldenabled.org/tag/gala-korniyenko)
Joanne L. Shelly, AICP
Urban Designer, City of Dublin
Joanne has worked in A/E design and development for over 25 years and has a broad range of project experience from master planning to site specific design. She is currently leading a multi-phase mobility study, which has provided her with an opportunity to engage with the community, develop and implement transportation projects which are providing alternative transportation options, which include micro-transit for developmentally disabled youth from school to physical therapy and jobs. These pilot projects have provided insight into the operations, costs, policies and infrastructure issues surrounding shared transportation. Joanne participates in a number of COTA, MORPC and Dublin working groups focused on improving transportation options for Dublin and the Columbus region. She is also a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative and ULI Columbus transportation working group.
May 17, 2019
Local Storytelling through Creative Placemaking
Every place has a unique story. We will demonstrate how to activate cities, generate economic development, and engage residents through the emerging field of creative placemaking. This session will provide an overview of the various aspects of creative placemaking and will explore several case studies in Ohio and beyond. We will discuss the artist selection process for the Art on High project, a public art project of national significance that will punctuate the new Short North streetscape. We will also discuss creative placemaking projects in Sandusky, Ohio, Cape May County, New Jersey, and around the country. These projects build upon public art, historic preservation, branding, and urban design to elevate the unique qualities of their communities and to set a course for a prosperous future.
Matt Leasure, AICP PLA
Planner + Landscape Architect, MKSK
Matt is a certified planner and professional landscape architect with 15 years of experience on a variety of urban design, parks and recreation, and private development projects. He is a Principal of Designing Local, where he specializes in placemaking and public space design. Matt is also Advocacy Chair for Columbus Landmarks and is a lecturer at OSU’s Knowlton School of Architecture.
Co-Founder + Principal, Designing Local
Josh is Co-Founder and Principal of Designing Local, an urban planning firm with a focus on preservation, public art, and public engagement. Designing Local leads public art projects around the country and historic preservation projects around the state. Josh is also a Central Ohio native and graduate of Ohio State. He is also chair of Transit Columbus, a non-profit advocacy group working to create a better connected Columbus.
May 17, 2019
Public Engagement: Local Techniques in National Context
Engaging the public is a cornerstone of contemporary urban planning. We often judge the success of a public planning process partly by the extent of participation of residents in the planning area. Particularly in economically distressed communities, convincing residents to commit to long-term visioning can be a challenge. How have local planners communicated planning processes to community members and worked to create buy-in? This session will first explore specific techniques to reach residents of target geographies using the OneLinden planning process (2017-2018) as an example. (More at www.ourlinden.com).
Gauging the quality of public outreach can also be a challenge. How is public participation measured as successful or not? Performance metrics of public engagement are not standardized, and each community may define “success” differently. This session will offer case studies for comparing the extent of local public participation against other communities. A typology of common public engagement strategies will also be offered, with an analysis of strengths and weaknesses for each.
Senior Planner, Neighborhood Design Center
A native of Columbus, Matthew Adair is an urban planner with a graduate degree in City and Regional Planning (2017) and an undergraduate degree in History (2011). He is a Senior Planner at the Neighborhood Design Center, a nonprofit firm founded in 1982 to focus on community revitalization in distressed urban neighborhoods. He worked on the Linden Community Plan (ourlinden.com) and is now working on the Hilltop Community Plan (envisionhilltop.com) with the City of Columbus. Matthew tries to incorporate historical context into his planning work and continues to explore historic themes in professional and personal interests. He has lived in Weinland Park since 2011 and enjoys spending time with his boyfriend Tyler and dog Rosie.
Kerry Reeds, RLA
Director of Urban Design, Neighborhood Design Center
Kerry directs urban design and planning at the Neighborhood Design Center, where he was vice president of the board from 2013 to 2016. For 22 years he worked as a Landscape Architect at MKSK, the last 17 as a firm Principal. In this role, he led the master planning and subsequent phases of design and construction for the expansion of Coffman Park in Dublin, as well as planning and design for Promenade Park and the adjacent Promedica Headquarters in downtown Toledo. A native of Missouri, he received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. In 1994, Kerry moved to Columbus to join Myers-Schmalenberger (now MKSK) as project manager. He has lived in Westgate for the past 22 years and is active in both the civic association and the Friends of Westgate Park. He is an avid runner, dog-walker, cat-lover, and motorcycle enthusiast.
Project Manager, City of Columbus Department of Neighborhoods
Nick Bankston oversees neighborhood revitalization planning and implementation efforts for Mayor Ginther’s priority neighborhoods, Linden and the Hilltop. This is a $1.5 million project that will create long-term, strategic and holistic community plans for the revitalization and redevelopment of these two neighborhoods, focusing on both people and place. Nick serves on the board of the Columbus Urban League as President of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals, the Reeb Avenue Center, St. Stephens Community House, and the Neighborhood Design Center. A proud graduate of East High School and a lifelong resident of Columbus, Nick is determined to make an impact in his community. Nick hold as B.A. in Philosophy from The Ohio State University and is married to his beautiful and accomplished wife Habiba K. Bankston; they reside on the Near East Side in the historic King-Lincoln District.
May 17, 2019
Is It Just Me? Stories of Rising Discontent and Discourteous Discourse
Chris Hermann, AICP
Chris Hermann is a principal at MKSK, a planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm headquartered in Columbus with offices throughout the Midwest and Southeast. Chris brings more than 29 years of experience in planning and urban design, including prior experience at the city, county, and regional government level. During his nineteen years with MKSK, Chris has managed a wide variety of complex projects involving regional planning and accords, comprehensive plans, downtown plans, district and neighborhood plans, design guidelines, community economic development, development review, transportation and streetscape design, and public engagement and facilitation. Chris continues to advise and work with jurisdictions and agencies throughout Central Ohio, the state, and nation. An essential component to effective, community-building planning is public engagement. In his daily work, he experiences the trials and tribulations that planners face in engaging, educating, and building consensus among the public as well as elected and appointed officials. Chris is a Certified Planner and a member of the Ohio Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Urban Land Institute.
President + CEO, Engage Public Affairs and MurphyEpson
Marie has 30+ years developing and managing public involvement programs and building consensus for projects ranging from light rail and commuter rail, airport noise studies and master plans, new multi-family and affordable housing developments, highway interchanges and road diets, school travel and active transportation initiatives, corporate expansions and zoning code updates.
Administrator of Design and Construction + City Engineer, City of Columbus
James Young is a graduate from the University of Cincinnati with B.S. in Civil Engineering. He worked for a private company for 7 years as a project engineer and project manager on various site and roadway projects. James worked at ODOT for 13 years. He worked in the offices of Traffic Engineering, Roadway Engineering and was the Deputy Director of the Division of Engineering. James now works for the City of Columbus, Department of Public Service. He is responsible the capital program which is over $100M in design projects and approximately $300M in active construction. He is the Administrator of Design and Construction and the City Engineer.
May 17, 2019
Mobile Workshop: Bridge Park Development Tour
Get a behind the scenes look at Bridge Park through the eyes of the development professionals at Crawford Hoying. Bridge Park is an approximately 30-acre mixed-use development located adjacent to the Scioto River in the heart of Dublin’s Bridge Street District. Originally envisioned in 2013, the site has transformed from an underperforming retail center and golf driving range to the walkable mixed-use community you experience today. The development today includes nearly 625 residential units, 165,000 square feet of restaurant and retail spaces, 340,000 square feet of office space, 150-key hotel, 20,000 square foot event center, and 3,000 structured parking spaces with more to come including a 34,000 square foot public market. When completed the development will encompass approximately $500 million of private investment. The development is complemented by the City’s numerous public investments including the Riverside Drive realignment, SR 161 and Riverside Drive roundabout, John Shields Parkway extension, a (future) pedestrian bridge connecting Bridge Park to Historic Dublin, and the (future) Riverside Crossing Park.
Director of Development, Crawford Hoying
Matt Starr joined Crawford Hoying in April 2014 and is involved in all aspects of development, including acquisitions and due diligence, deal-structuring, planning and design, government negotiations, leasing, financing and construction. Matt leads all major development projects for the Crawford Hoying portfolio, including Bridge Park, The Lane and the Water Street District in Dayton. Prior to Crawford Hoying, Matt served as the Director of Real Estate for Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd. (NRI) for nearly 10 years. While at NRI, Matt was involved in all phases of the development of Grandview Yard, a 100-acre mixed-use project in Grandview Heights, Ohio. Matt began his career in real estate finance for National City Bank (now PNC Bank), from 1995-2004. He graduated with a BBA from Saginaw Valley State University in 1994, and is also a 2002 MBA graduate of The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western University.
Director of Design & Planning, Crawford Hoying
Russ Hunter joined Crawford Hoying in 2013, overseeing the architectural vision and interior design for new developments. He works with the entire development team to create and ideate the future of a project through site planning and building programming. Russ is involved in all aspects of development design and has been an integral team member on all major projects for Crawford Hoying, including Bridge Park, The Lane, Olentangy Commons and the Water Street District in Dayton. Prior to Crawford Hoying, Russ worked at M+A Architects, where he rose to Senior Designer. While there, he played a key role in the design of more than a dozen mixed-use projects, giving him a deep understanding of neighborhood design and planning. He is a registered architect and holds his bachelor's degree in architecture from Miami University.