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At A Glance

7:30 - 8:30 am

Registration + Continental Breakfast

Location: Urban Atrium (1st Floor)

8:30 - 10:00 am

Coastal Access and Community Resilience in Cleveland

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
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Parks and Wetlands

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
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EV Charging

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
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MOBILE WORKSHOP - Payne Avenue People's Streets

Meetup Location: Registration Table in Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
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10:00 - 10:15 am

Break

10:15 - 11:45 am

Coastal Access and Community Resilience in Cleveland

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
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Equitable Engagement in a Post-COVID World

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
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Zoning for Transit Oriented Development

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
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MOBILE WORKSHOP - Playhouse Square District

Meetup Location: Registration Table in Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
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12:00 - 1:30 pm

Keynote Luncheon + Great Places in Ohio Awards

Location: Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
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1:30 - 3:00 pm

Planning and Sustainability Initiatives at Cleveland State University

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
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Doing it Right: Land Use and Zoning Procedures and Legal Updates

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
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Zoning and Single-Family Infill in the First Suburbs

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
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Dream 66

Location: Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
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3:30 - 4:30 pm

Networking Event

Location: Hofbrauhaus Cleveland (within walking distance of workshop event venue)

Session Details

8:30 - 10:00 am

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
CM | 1.5

Coastal Access and Community Resilience in Cleveland

Cleveland’s east side Lake Erie shoreline has been impacted by industry and transportation infrastructure. Several recent plans are working to change that focus by improving community access to the water. Learn about two dynamic new plans during this session - the Cuyahoga County Lakefront Access Plan and the Cleveland Harbor Eastern Embayment Resilience Strategy, or CHEERS.

Hear from representatives from two of the six agencies leading this work about how the team worked extensively with residents and stakeholders and how that input is centered in the resulting plan. CHEERS leverages the beneficial use of dredge material, which is necessary to keep commerce on the Cuyahoga River, to expand shoreline habitat, proposes creating a protected cove for paddling, and fulfills the request heard most frequently from our neighbors: to safely touch the water and truly connect with Lake Erie.

Speakers
Jim Sonnhalter, AICP, Cuyahoga Planning Commission
Kelly Coffman, Cleveland Metroparks
Linda Sternheimer, Port of Cleveland

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
CM | 1.5
SR | 1.0

Parks and Wetlands

Come learn from Media and Summit Parks Districts as they have focused on acquiring, preserving, and restoring land into open public spaces.  Summit Metro Parks recently opened the visually stunning Valley View Area addition to Cascade Valley Metro Park. This 200-acre former golf course underwent an ecological restoration then thoughtfully considered amenities were added for the public. Learn how \how our team of biologists, archeologists, planners, artists and landscape architects worked hand-in-hand with the public, including the local refugee community, to create an ecologically focused park which connects visitors to the land, the river, culture, history and each other.

Since its formation in 1965, the Medina County Park District (MCPD) has preserved and developed land into open public spaces that highlights the unique natural resources of Medina County.  One of the biggest challenges facing the park district when determining if, and how, to develop land for public access is meeting the expectations of park visitors while also preserving and restoring valuable ecological resources.  This presentation will discuss how these resources are not only preserved, but also showcased, as part of MCPD’s site planning process.

Speakers
Isaac Smith, AICP, Medina County Parks District
Nick Moskos, PLA, Summit County Metroparks
Dion J. Harris, Summit Metro Parks

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
CM | 1.5

EV Charging

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Meetup Location: Registration Table in Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
CM | 1.5

MOBILE WORKSHOP - Payne Avenue People's Streets

Join the leaders of the Payne Avenue People's Streets project to learn more about how pop-up bicycle and pedestrian installations and decorative street painting can improve safety and enhance a corridor's identity. Presenters will discuss lessons learned from planning, installing, and maintaining the project, including how to navigate the permitting process and highlights of NOACA's Street Supplies program.

Speakers
Calley Mersmann, City of Cleveland
Karis Tzeng, MidTown Cleveland, Inc.
David Bass, People’s Streets
Jenna Thomas, Bike Cleveland

This mobile workshop will require participants to be able to walk up to 1 mile without resting. 

10:15 - 11:45 am

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
CM | 1.5
Using Green Infrastructure to Mediate Climate Change

This session will explore how to mediate the effects of climate change through green infrastructure like rain gardens, permeable pavers, bio swales and native plants. These techniques can help control storm water in subdivisions and on individual commercial and residential building sites.

Speakers
Josh Myers, Chagrin River Partners
Chris Hartman, NEORSD

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
CM | 1.5
Eq  | 1.0

Equitable Engagement in a Post-COVID World

Engaging with residents, especially those in underserved neighborhoods, is challenging but critically important for those who benefit from planned projects.  Hear about tools these northeast Ohio engagement experts use to solicit the best feedback both in-person and remotely and how they get inventive with fun events, surveys, and even music! They’ll discuss lessons learned from the pandemic and how that’s changed and improved how they engage with citizens today.  Highlighted projects include two in the Buckeye neighborhood of Cleveland, Akron’s Summit Lake neighborhood, Holden Forests & Gardens Master Plan to build a more engaged, connected, collaborative community presence, and Chocolate City Cleveland, an active exercise in community collaboration and exploration of Cleveland’s unique history of black migration + movement + cultural practice.  We’ll answer questions like “Who should be at the table?  What do you compromise in the search for efficiency? What are incentives to get people to participate?”

Speakers
David Jurka, Seventh Hill
Mordecai Cargill, Third Space
Alex Pesta, City Architecture

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
CM | 1.5

Zoning for Transit Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development (TOD) includes a mix of commercial, residential, office, and entertainment centered around or located near a transit station. With the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority’s (GCRTA) robust network of rail, bus rapid transit, and frequent bus routes, opportunities exist to build TOD along these transit corridors. This type of mixed-use, walkable development along transit lines can encourage transit use and bring more housing and assets adjacent to transportation. A partnership between GCRTA, the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, Cleveland City Planning Commission, and other local communities is exploring the existing state of transit-oriented development in Cuyahoga County as part of a multi-jurisdictional study to improve zoning regulations and governmental policies in order to attract more TOD to key corridors.

Speakers
Patrick Hewitt, Cuyahoga Planning Commission
Maribeth Feke, AICP, Greater Cleveland RTA
Matthew Moss, City of Cleveland

Meetup Location: Registration Table in Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
CM | 1.5

MOBILE WORKSHOP - Playhouse Square District

Attendees will explore the history and continued growth of Cleveland’s Playhouse Square neighborhood and get a behind the scenes look at Playhouse Square—the world’s largest theater restoration project and the nation’s largest performing arts center outside New York City. The tour will highlight the role historic preservation has played in saving theaters once threatened with demolition, and how the nonprofit Playhouse Square District Development Corporation (PDDC) has used them as a catalyst for community programming and real estate development across its million square foot commercial real estate portfolio. Attendees will learn about how the PDDC redeveloped the Allen Theatre complex ($30 million), Idea Center ($42 million), Hanna Theatre (re-opened in September 2008 - $15 million), E.14th St. streetscape ($2.5 million), 1305 and 1317 Euclid buildings ($5 million), Middough Building ($17 million), and the Ohio Lobby Restoration ($5 million).

Speakers
Tom Einhouse

12:00 - 1:30 pm

Location: Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
CM | 1.0

Keynote Luncheon + Great Places in Ohio Awards

The Future is Here. See it Coming.
Terry Schwarz, FAICP
The impacts of climate change could displace many people in parts of the United States. Cities in climate-impacted areas could lose residents and tax revenue as people and businesses relocate to safer locations. Other cities will receive displaced people, perhaps suddenly and without warning, in the wake of climate disasters. There is a pressing need to prepare for these population shifts in an organized and equitable way.

If Northeast Ohio begins to attract new residents, what factors will motivate people to move and when might this happen? Will in-migration bring jobs, ideas, and money to help revitalize our region? Will new residents displace people who are already here? Will population growth be concentrated in existing communities, or will it result in an expanded development across the region? 

This keynote address will focus on ways that communities can make climate-responsive land use decisions. We'll explore future scenarios that balance development opportunities with the need to protect land for green space and green infrastructure.

More about Terry

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Location: Bonda Room (2nd Floor UR 254)
CM | 1.5

Planning and Sustainability Initiatives at Cleveland State University

With over 15,000 students and 1,500 employees, Cleveland State University is a “community within a community”, and an institutional asset that influences surrounding neighborhoods including Downtown and Midtown. As an urban district, the downtown campus is an important source of public space with significant resource demands and community impacts. It also provides social infrastructure, which are the spaces for public interaction and relationship-building. This session highlights some of the latest planning and sustainability initiatives at CSU, including the CSU campus master planning process, campus sustainability initiatives, and a student project to enhance the public realm on campus.

Speakers
Jennifer McMillian, Cleveland State University
Jack Brancatelli
Nate Lull

Location: Dively Auditorium (1st Floor UR Dively)
CM | 1.5
 L  | 1.0

Doing it Right: Land Use and Zoning Procedures and Legal Updates

This presentation will focus on the proper procedures for local government land use and zoning reviews and decision making by local boards and commissions.  It will highlight recent legal updates of federal and Ohio case law, legislation and proposed legislation related to land use and zoning.  The presentation will endeavor to enhance the education and abilities of local government administrators and board and commission members regarding land use and zoning matters.

Speakers
R. Todd Hunt

Location: Sweet Room (2nd Floor UR 241)
CM | 1.5

Zoning and Single Family Infill in the First Suburbs

The communities of the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium are historic, walkable, and affordable places to live. Largely as a result of recent demolition work, these communities also have more than 5,000 vacant single-family lots. This provides a tremendous opportunity for infill housing in existing neighborhoods, but outdated zoning regulations can be an impediment to building on these lots. Hear from panelists including the Northeast Ohio First Suburbs Consortium, county and local planners, and the County Land Bank as they discuss a new analysis of single-family zoning and how a unique collaboration is addressing issues with local zoning to get more infill housing built.

Speakers
Patrick Heweitt, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
Jennifer Kuzma, First Suburbs Consortium
Jennifer Bazka Norma Cuyahoga County Landbank

Meetup Location: Registration Table in Urban Atrium (1st Floor)
CM | 1.5

DREAM 66

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a host of partners in city government, community design and development, philanthropy, and the arts co-facilitated a neighborhood-led redesign of E. 66th Street in the heart of Cleveland’s historic Hough neighborhood. The voice of the predominately Black community became the basis of the street redesign, changing the way in which such street redesign projects have happened in the city historically. Primarily using Zoom as the platform for soulful conversations, the street redesign project became more than that. It became the springboard for ongoing planning to transform the street into a cultural arts district “Black Avenue” and ushered in the emergence of the Hough Youth Advisory board, which has become one of the strongest youth advisory boards in the city of Cleveland. This panel will tell the story of the E. 66th Street redesign project and its potential impact on the way in which such projects can happen in the future.

Speakers
Joyce Pan Huang, City of Cleveland’s City Planning Commission
Michelle Bandy-Zalatoris, AICP, LEED-AP, City Architecture
Daniel Gray-Kontar, Twelve Literary Arts
Keisha Gonzalez, Cleveland Foundation