Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bradenton Form Based-Code wins 2012 Driehaus Award

The Form-Based Code for Bradenton, Florida prepared by Dover-Kohl is one of two codes to receive the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus Charitable Land Trust Form-Based Codes Award. Bradenton's form Based code was adopted in June 2011. The code includes designs for pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal thoroughfares, architectural standards that promote climate-responsive, authentic buildings, landscape standards that encourage habitat creation and local food production, and sustainability articles on diverse topics such as dark-sky lighting, renewable energy generation, and low-impact stormwater design. The award will be presented at CNU 20 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New Urbanists in AICP College of Fellows

CNU Chair Victor Dover, longtime collaborator Bill Spikowski, and fellow CNU members Emily Talen and Ellen Greenberg were recently chosen to become Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. This year’s class was inducted in a black-tie ceremony in Los Angeles on April 15th, as part of the American Planning Association’s national conference. AICP noted, “Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member... Victor Dover insists that planning return to its roots as a humanist pursuit, the civic art.”

Redfields to Greenfields featured in Great Park Summit

Dover Kohl's work with Miami-Dade County on the Redfields to Greenfields initiative was featured prominently at the 2012 Great Park Summit held in Fairchild Tropical Garden, Wednesday, April 18. Miami is one of seven cities selected to test the ideas behind this national initiative.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Dover Kohl & Partners presenting at APA National Conference

Dover-Kohl will be in Los Angeles, California for the American Planning Association's National Conference. The conference runs from Saturday April 14 through Wednesday April 17, and brings together many top planning professionals from around the country. Victor Dover and Jason King will represent Dover-Kohl at the following sessions:

Mobility Fees, TDRs, and Form-Based Guidelines
Sunday April 15, from 10:00AM to 11:15AM

Explore the Market Area approach being used in Pasco County, Florida. and its three distinct planning tools – mobility fees, transfer of development rights, and form-based guidelines. This incentive-based program established five Market Areas, each with its own policies for growth, transportation, economic development, conservation, and impact fees. Learn how the approach celebrates diversity and allows for long-term, sustainable development.

Form-Based Codes 10+ Years Later
Sunday, April 15 4:00PM to 5:15PM

Review the results and assess the environmental performance of form-based codes. Explore case studies in transit-oriented development, sprawl repair, downtown and neighborhood revitalization, corridor transformation, and the creation of complete, walkable neighborhoods in a suburban context. Discover the process for creating form-based codes and lessons learned on the ground, as well as new uses – such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

FAICP Induction Ceremony
Sunday April 15, from 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of the achievements of the planner as an individual, elevating the Fellow before the public and the profession as a model planner who has made significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to planners who have been members of AICP and have achieved excellence in professional practice, teaching and mentoring, research, public and community service, and leadership. Those chosen become members of the College of Fellows. Victor Dover will be inducted into the AICP College of Fellows at this year's Conference.

Scales of Urbanism on a Sustainable Platform
Monday April 16, from 2:30pm to 3:45pm

Learn why intelligent planning and zoning reform at all land scales are essential for successful sustainability. Understand how the careful repair of existing places and wise infill can positively reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions to a greater extent than many “green gizmos.” Discover tools being used nationwide to promote walkable, mixed use urbanism and reduce emissions.   

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

2012 Groves Award to Be Presented to Mathew McElroy, City of El Paso

Mathew McElroy, Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development in the City of El Paso, will be the 2012 recipient of the Groves Award which recognizes outstanding leadership and vision in the promotion of transect-based planning. The jury nominated Mathew unanimously because of his leadership in adopting New Urban and Transect-based plans, including a new City-wide Comprehensive Plan; leadership in multiple SmartCode rezonings throughout the City of El Paso; his commitment to CNU accreditation; and his reform of the City’s conventional subdivision regulations.

The Center for Applied Transect Studies created the Groves Award to recognize such leaders. The award is named in honor of Ken Groves, the late planning director of the City of Montgomery, Alabama, where he led the adoption and use of Transect-based land development to create better communities. As a result of Ken’s leadership, Montgomery began its journey back to prominence and sustainability.

Learn more about the Groves Award

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