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The Louisiana Smart Growth Summit is the premier interdisciplinary forum promoting dialogue focusing on resilience, livability, planning, design  infrastructure, development, placemaking, public transit, transportation, connectivity, policymaking and economic development.

2016 Media Archive

Watch some of the exciting sessions from the 2016 Louisiana Smart Growth Summit.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2016

OPENING PLENARY: RETROFITTING SUBURBIA 

How can existing suburban developments be redesigned into more friendly, accessible, sustainable places? While there has been considerable attention by practitioners and academics to development in urban
cores and new neighborhoods on the periphery of cities, there has been little attention to the redesign and redevelopment of existing suburbs. Attendees will see how development in existing suburbs can absorb new growth and evolve in relation to changed demographic, technological, and economic conditions. 

Ellen Dunham-JonesCo-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
Professor, School of Architecture, Coordinator of Master of Urban Design Program, Georgia Tech

Moderator: James E.A. Slaton, Member Stone Pigman Walther Witmann,L.L.C.; Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

PLANNING FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES 

Many roads are designed with only cars in mind, limiting our transportation options while also having a deleterious impact on our health. Many neighborhoods, particularly those in low-income areas, are not equipped with sidewalks and bike lanes, and these are the same places that have higher rates of childhood obesity, diabetes and other poor health outcomes. This session will explore how we can make a fundamental shift in fostering healthier communities through addressing the intertwined issues of health, equity and the built environment. 

Vayong MouaDirector of Health Equity, Community Initiatives and Health Equity, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota

Mark FentonAdjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University

Moderator: Michael Tipton, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Foundation

EQUIPPING COMMUNITIES FOR ACTION 

Many communities are seeing greater public interest in urban planning. But barriers can arise between planners, cities, and communities without a conscious effort to place residents on an equal footing for changing their communities, or when planners aren’t able to clearly help resolve conflict between competing interests. Hear about the engagement materials being developed to explain complex concepts to the public, build capacity for fuller community participation, and provide tools for achieving a collective vision. This panel focuses on tools and strategies for building community capacity to participate and assist in the planning process. Case studies will include healthy community design guides, vacant land and blight toolkits developed for New Orleans and Pittsburgh, resources for street musicians, and the Design as Protest Program. 

Bryan C. Lee, Jr., Director Place + Civic Design, Arts Council of New Orleans

Sue Mobley, Community Engagement Manager, Tulane City Center

Moderator: Alexandra Miller, Principal, Asakura Robinson

PROACTIVE FLOOD RISK REDUCTION ACTIVITY

Join this interactive session to learn about best practices for flood risk reduction at various scales, including green infrastructure, elevation of homes and businesses, plus stormwater management and drainage. 

Jeannette Dubinin, Project Manager, Center for Planning Excellence

John Lopez, Coastal Sustainability Program Director, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation

Rosa Herrin, Gulf Coast Policy Officer – US Regional Office, Oxfam

Facilitator: Janet Tharp, Director of Planning, Center for Planning Excellence

TRANSPORTATION OF THE FUTURE - HOW WILL WE MOVE?

This session will feature new modes of mobility such as bike-share, ride-share, car-share, and autonomous vehicles that will redefine how we move in the future. How can government and the private sector use emerging technologies and data, along with smart policies, to improve efficiencies, design integrated systems, and create more transportation choices? 

Creighton Randall, Program and Development Director, Shared Use Mobility Center

Stephen Smith, Sales Director - East, RideCell

Lindsey West, Executive Director, Baton Rouge BikeShare

Moderator: John Spain, Executive Vice President, Baton Rouge Area Foundation; Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

Scale to Fit

RESILIENT HOUSING

Housing resiliency in the face of extreme weather events can include renovating a flooded house or building new housing. This session will explore locally appropriate building materials, floodproofing techniques, and modular housing—important tools that, along with smart policy, can help communities recover faster and reduce future risk. 

Bruce Tolar, Principal, Architect Bruce B. Tolar, P.A.

Jeffrey A. Carney, Director, LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio

Claudette Hanks Reichel, Director, LaHouse Resource Center

Moderator: Mathew Sanders, Resilience Policy & Program Administrator, Louisiana Office of Community Development

INNOVATION AND IMPLEMENTATION IN COMMUNITY BUILDING

Speakers will highlight lessons learned from the field, application of new data and creative planning tools to incorporate anchors and adaptation measures into the planning and implementation process. Case studies include Southeast Florida’s interactive planning model, Miami Beach’s sea level rise adaptations, and lessons learned from real estate development, medical district work, and the Bloomberg philanthropy projects. 

Jason King, Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Tommy Pacello, President, Memphis Medical District Collaborative

Moderator: Haley Blakeman, Director of Implementation, Center for Planning Excellence

Green Urban Multifamily Housing

LOUISIANA/TEXAS DIALOGUE: BUILDING RESILIENCE THROUGH GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE GULF COAST

This session opens a dialogue between two states, Louisiana and Texas, both at the forefront of green infrastructure implementation on the Gulf Coast. The panelists represent the perspectives of policy makers, landscape architects, architects, and planners on collaborative successes in building resiliency in this region

David Batts, Director System Solutions, Construction EcoServices

Steven F. Albert, Principal, Sherwood Design Engineers

Danica Adams, Senior City Planner, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Aron Chang, Urban Designer, Waggonner & Ball

Moderator: Margaret Robinson, Principal, Asakura Robinson

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PURCHASE AGREEMENT PROVISIONS TO ADDRESS LAND USE AND ZONING ISSUES

This course will address issues with land use, zoning and development of property. The instructors will discuss entitlements, the scope of authority for planning and development agencies, and permitting. The course will also discuss differences between master land use plan, zoning, and site plans, as well as suggested purchase agreement provisions to address responsibility for these issues during the inspection period. 

Erik Piazza, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP

Randy Roussel, Partner, Phelps Dunbar LLP; Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

EXPLORING MODELS OF ADAPTIVE REUSE

This session will provide a broad overview of successful adaptive re-use projects, particularly focusing on ones that incorporate water management and flood risk reduction strategies. 

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs
Professor, School of Architecture, Coordinator of Master of Urban Design Program, Georgia Tech

Moderator: Cordell Haymon, Senior Vice President, S.G.S. Petroleum Service Corp.; Board Chair, Center for Planning Excellence

PLANNING IN THE AGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE 

As climate change impacts the country, we must address how we prepare for and respond to current and future hazards both in planning and implementation. The featured speakers will highlight the changes in natural hazards occurring across the country and how some communities are planning and prioritizing strategies to address environmental risks. 

Camille Manning-Broome, Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

Missy Stults, Program Officer, The Climate Resilience Fund

Mark Shafer, Director, Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program

Moderator: Lauren Marschall, Project Manager, Center for Planning Excellence

CLOSING PLENARY: BUILDING THE CITIES OF THE FUTURE 

For a city to have a future, it needs a reason to be, an evolving set of purposes fit for its place and time, with people who can interact and support the city, as well as one another and themselves. The global village is a local condition, with soils, water, climate, ecologies, history, culture, networks, and vitality, an economy to nourish its activities. Well-valued and re-balanced resources and other fundamentals matter more as disruptions shake the assumptions that underly social conventions and institutions in an era without absolutes. The city of the future will innovate and invest to develop its capacity for exchange within itself and with neighbors near and far. 


Welcome: Tyson Hackenberg, Vice President & General Manager, CB&I

J. David Waggoner, III, President, Waggonner & Ball

Moderator: Camille Manning-Broome, Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

OPENING SESSION: TRANSPORTATION IN THE NEXT AMERICAN CITY

For more than six decades, governments have been accustomed to building new transportation infrastructure, expanding existing systems, in addition to constructing completely new facilities. While liabilities have grown, transportation funding has not kept up. Now there is a desperate need for local governments to shift from building to maintaining, and to shift from an approach that emphasizes expansion to one where we mature our use of existing investments. In difficult economic times, this is a challenging, but necessary, realignment. Topics to be covered include centralization vs. local decision-making; streets and roads; congestion and safety; the role of state and federal funding; transit; walkability; and bike options. 

Welcome: Tiffany Palmer, President, Greater Baton Rouge Association of REALTORS®

Charles L. "Chuck" Marohn, Jr., President, Strong Towns

Moderator: Jessica Kemp, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Center for Planning Excellence

Rail

THE PROS AND CONS OF INCLUSIONARY HOUSING

This panel will present an overview of the process and findings from the Inclusionary Zoning study underway in New Orleans – and will more broadly focus on how other communities in Louisiana could benefit from this type of zoning to address their housing needs. Panelists will discuss how density bonuses, as-of-right permitting and tax abatements are tools that can expand the availability of housing that is affordable to moderate- and lower- income workers and create the right housing mix. 

Sasha Hauswald, Director of State & Local Policy, Grounded Solutions Network

Andreanecia M. Morris, Executive Director, HousingNOLA

Moderator: Rachel DiResto, Executive Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

NEXT WAVE OF MOBILITY PLANNING

Our regional transportation system can be a threat or an asset to regional competitiveness. Congestion affects our region’s viability as a place to do business and attract further investment. Our resiliency and preparedness as a region depend upon a well-connected redundant system that can be flexible in times of disasters. This panel will feature how cities and regions are using new approaches to plan for and address mobility, particularly for commuters, including carpool incentives, data-driven prioritization and technology to improve system functionality. 

Steven Stansbery, Vice President, Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.

Derek Chisholm, Planning Section Lead, Transportation, New Orleans, AECOM

Bryan Jones, Central Division Strategic Planning Officer, HNTB Corporation

Moderator: Rachel DiResto, Executive Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

Innovative Engagement

CREATIVE COMMUNITY PLACEMAKING: NEW TOOLS FOR AN OLD IDEA

Creative Placemaking is a fairly new term for a process of community development and engagement that has been happening informally in communities for years. The National Endowment for the Arts defines creative placemaking as a process in which partners from public, private, nonprofit, and community sectors strategically shape the physical and social character of a place around arts and cultural activities. Creative placemaking animates public and private spaces, rejuvenates structures and streetscapes, improves local business viability and public safety, and brings diverse people together to celebrate, inspire and be inspired. Speakers will discuss their unique methods and lessons learned from doing this type of work here in Baton Rouge, around the state, and nationally. 

Jason King, Principal, Dover, Kohl & Partners

Lynley A. Farris, Creative Director, Mid City Studio

Wendy Benscoter, Project Director, Shreveport Common

Moderator: Ryan Benton, Designer, Center for Planning Excellence

FINANCING TOOLS: CASE STUDIES USING NEW MARKETS & HISTORIC TAX CREDITS

There are a number of financing opportunities available to new and redevelopment projects, including New Markets and Historic Tax Credits. A case study of 440 on Third will be presented, paying specific attention to the financing mechanisms that were used. 

Whitney LaNasa, Director, Stonehenge Capital Company

Dyke Nelson, Founder/Lead Designer, DNA Workshop, LLC

Moderator: Troy Villa, Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. 

STRATEGIES FOR ADDRESSING VACANCY AND ABANDONMENT

This session will provide a national overview of techniques and tools available to clean up blighted properties, best practices in code enforcement strategies, and the next model for redevelopment. 

Dekonti Mends-Cole, Director of Policy, Center for Community Progress

Alfredo A. Cruz, Vice President of Programs & Special Initiatives, Foundation for Louisiana

Moderator: Gwen Hamilton, President/CEO, East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority

REBUILDING SMARTER LUNCH PANEL

This will be an open conversation among participants discussing the recent Louisiana flooding, its impact, and how we can recover more resiliently through innovative techniques in stormwater management, infill development, and using our plans to chart the recovery. 

Welcome: John Paul Funes, President, Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Matthew Block, Executive Counsel, Office of Governor John Bel Edwards

Pat Forbes, Executive Director, Office of Community Development, State of Louisiana Division of Administration

Moderator: Camille Manning-Broome, Senior Vice President, Center for Planning Excellence

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MOVING FORWARD

 

Governor John Bel Edwards, State of Louisiana

 

ANNUAL NEW CASE LAW UPDATE ON LOUISIANA AND NATIONAL ZONING ISSUES

In this session, attendees will be updated on zoning and planning case law, highlighting both Louisiana and national examples and their implications. 

Christopher J. Tyson, Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Associate Professor of Law, LSU Law Center


Moderator: Justin Kozak, Research & Policy Analyst, Center for Planning Excellence

Special Uses

WANT SMARTER GROWTH? USE NATIVE PLANTS

The benefits of applying Smart Growth and resiliency principles to long-term visionary planning often take time to pay dividends. The use of appropriate native plants in this planning is no different. This session will focus on how the use of native plants over non-natives is the smarter, more resilient choice for providing economic, biodiversity, stormwater, and ecosystem benefits for years to come in both urban and non-urban environments. Panelists will also discuss the process of establishing and managing native plantings, as well as key partnerships needed to make the use of natives possible. 

Marc Pastorek, Founding Partner and Landscape Designer, Pastorek Habitats, LLC

Robert Seemann, Program Director, Baton Rouge Green

Moderator: Ryan BentonDesigner, Center for Planning Excellence

STATUS OF CORPS OF ENGINEERS' WETLANDS PERMITS IN LOUISIANA 

Speakers will give an overview of the current status of wetlands permitting in Louisiana, including the cost of mitigation on projects, the former mitigation method – Modified Charleston Method, and the new Mitigation Method – Louisiana Wetland Rapid Assessment Method (LRAM). Attendees will hear about expanded hydrologic units (drainage basis) and ability to use preservation for credits. Recent legal developments will be reviewed, such as the Hawkes decision, the 2015 EPA Clean Water Rule and the stay of the rule by the federal 6th Circuit Court of Appeal. 

Martin S. Mayer, Chief, Regulatory Branch, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District

Boyd A. Bryan, Partner, Jones Walker LLP

Moderator: Rudy Aguilar III, Associate, McGlinchey Stafford

SUPREME COURT CASES ON SIGNAGE 

Speakers will discuss First Amendment Supreme Court cases on signage and potential impacts on sign ordinances in Louisiana. Attendees will learn about the background and best practices to use when evaluating and writing sign regulations after the Reed v. Town of Gilbert U.S. Supreme Court ruling. It will offer solutions for sign codes that are easier to administer and enforce while allowing the reasonable use of such signage for residents and businesses alike. Most communities understand the need for these types of signs when it comes to promoting businesses, identifying properties for sale or lease, or supporting special events. But they also struggle with the administration and enforcement of temporary signs given the ever-changing nature of this sign type. This session will provide guidance on complex and vexing legal issues such as content neutrality. The session also will discuss concerns raised by the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Reed v. Town of Gilbert regarding the regulation of temporary and other signs. 

Christopher K. Odinet, Horatio C. Thompson Endowed Assistant Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center

James Carpentier, State & Local Government Affairs, International Sign Association

Moderator: Frank M. Duke, Planning Director, Baton Rouge/East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission

THE IMPLICATIONS OF SOCIAL STRATIFICATION 

This session will include an urban planning perspective on spatial stratification, followed by a panel discussion on equity, diversity, and how communities can create opportunities for all. 

Welcome: Charles A. Landry, Partner, Fishman Haygood, LLP

Christopher J. Tyson, Newman Trowbridge Distinguished Associate Professor of Law, LSU Law Center

The Reverend Patti Snyder, Senior Pastor, University Presbyterian Church

The Reverend Raymond A. Jetson, Pastor, Star Hill Church; President & CEO, MetroMorphosis

Moderator: Ashley Shelton, President & CEO, Power for Change; Board Member, Center for Planning Excellence

LA SAFE: A RISK-BASED APPROACH TO RESILIENCE PLANNING

This panel discussion will focus on the State of Louisiana’s activities surrounding its $92.6M grant awarded at the conclusion of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-sponsored National Disaster Resilience Competition. Specifically, discussion will focus on the state’s plan to utilize $40M of this award to develop resilience strategies and invest in programs and projects across a multi-parish coastal region. These strategies – to be developed in 2017 – will pair best available data on future flood risk with traditional planning techniques to anticipate future population changes and growth-development opportunities. 

Mark Goodson, Director, Resiliency Solutions, CB&I

Steve Cochran, Associate Vice President, Coastal Protection, Environmental Defense Fund

Steven Bingler, Principal, Concordia - Community Centered Planning + Design

Moderator: Mathew Sanders, Resilience Policy & Program Administrator, Louisiana Office of Community Development

CLOSING PLENARY: SETTING THE STANDARD FOR REBUILDING WITH RESILIENCY

In the conference’s closing plenary, attendees will hear an overview of flood events, addressing resilient recovery, resilient infrastructure opportunities and planning for the future of our cities. 

Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Moderator: Elizabeth "Boo" Thomas, President/CEO Center for Planning Excellence