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Apr 2 13

Bike Expert to Link Planning, Increased Cycling at Speaker Series

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – Take a look around and it’s easy to see that cycling is booming. The roads of Washington, D.C. are crisscrossed with bike lanes, and the District-based Capital Bikeshare program bills itself as the largest in the nation.

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To delve into how good planning equates to safe, accessible, enjoyable cycling, Virginia Tech professor Ralph Buehler will present at the Montgomery County Planning Department’s speaker series on Tuesday, April 9. His talk, Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from Europe and North America, will link transportation and land-use policies with bike use.

Co-editor of the recently published book City Cycling (MIT Press), Buehler will report on cycling trends and policies in North American, European, and Australian cities and tie those to how planners and local government officials can promote cycling in their communities.

In his book and classes, Buehler contends that cycling should not be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads. His presentation will describe ways to make cycling feasible, convenient, and safe for commutes to work and school, shopping, and other daily transportation needs.

Specifically, Buehler’s presentation will offer information on:

  • cycling safety
  • bikeways and bike parking
  • integrating cycling with public transportation
  • promoting cycling for everyone

Buehler is assistant professor of Urban Affairs & Planning and a Faculty Fellow with the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech in Alexandria, VA. Originally from Germany, Buehler’s research focuses on comparing transportation and land-use policies in Western Europe and North America and how policies affect travel behavior. In 2008, Buehler’s dissertation comparing German travel behavior and transportation policy was selected as the best planning dissertation by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Continuing education credits (1.5 hours) have been approved for planning professionals.

Who:
Ralph Buehler, Assistant Professor of Urban Affairs and Planning, Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech

What:
Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from Europe and North America

When:
7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring

Feb 14 13

How Does Planning Lead to Great Communities? Winter Speaker Series Focuses on Transition from Ideas to Reality

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING – To provide new perspective on planning issues facing Montgomery County, the Planning Board will host two planners in the next month who will speak about how to translate visions to on-the-ground successes.

The presentations are part of the Planning Department’s speaker series – free, informative sessions about ways to forge great communities.

Michael La Place, Jr. and Eileen Fogarty, who have directed planning efforts on both coasts, will describe their successes in implementing plans that made a difference in communities from New Jersey to California.

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On Wednesday, La Place, planning director for Passaic County, N.J., will present Planning for Heritage Tourism: The Byways Plan for Passaic County, N.J., as an example of how well-executed urban design can boost economic development and help build community identity. As planning director of Passaic County, La Place managed the plan, which played up historic assets as a successful economic tool.

During La Place’s tenure, the Passaic County Planning Department has won two state awards from the American Planning Association, including a smart growth award for transit-oriented design for a commuter rail corridor.

Eileen Fogarty

Fogarty’s talk, From Plan to Reality: How Everyone Benefits, is scheduled for February 26 and will focus on the transition from concepts to real change. As planning director in Santa Monica, Calif., and Alexandria, Va., Fogarty oversaw plans that resulted in thriving urban transit centers. The result: multiple transportation options in established neighborhoods that enhance, not detract, from the community’s quality of life.

In Alexandria, Fogarty led the development of Eisenhower East, a 238-acre, 17-million-square- foot urban town center within walking distance of two Metro stations. In Santa Cruz, she managed the rebuilding of the town after the major earthquake of 1989.

Who:
Michael La Place, Jr., planning director, Passaic County, N.J.
Eileen Fogarty, president, The Fogarty Group

What:
Planning Department speaker series presentations

When:
Michael La Place: 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 20
Eileen Fogarty: 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 26

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring
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Jun 15 09

Regional Transportation Director to Address Montgomery County Planning Board June 18

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – The regional transportation planning board’s chief transportation planner, who focuses on long-range planning for the Washington. D.C., region’s highway and public transportation systems, will address the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, June 18 as part of its 2009 Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

Dr. Ronald F. Kirby, director of transportation planning for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), will brief the Board, planners and members of the public about ongoing transportation projects as well as discuss land use and environmental implications of those projects. As part of his talk, Kirby will comment on the fiscal sustainability and environmental implications of current mass transit efforts, regional commuter assistance programs and other projects.

Before joining COG in 1987, Kirby directed the transportation program at the Urban Institute, a non-profit policy research organization in Washington, D.C., where he conducted several analyses of the performance of federal highway and public transportation programs. In addition, he worked on a series of policy studies and demonstration projects for the federal Urban Mass Transportation Administration.

With the Planning Board reviewing the state’s Environmental Impact Study for the proposed Corridor
Cities Transitway in early July, as well as a host of other transportation projects, Kirby’s talk is timely.

Kirby is the seventh of a series of speakers who will address the board this year. Continuing education credits have been approved for AICP members.

CM I 1.5 CM credits are
approved for this activity.

 AICP members will earn
Certification Maintenance
credits for this activity. 

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
Ronald Kirby presenting “Analyzing Alternative Transportation, Land Use and Greenhouse Gas Scenarios for Greater Washington”

When: 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

Mar 12 09

Researcher to Discuss Local Opportunities to Reduce Carbon Footprints as Part of Planning Board Speaker Series

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Andrea Sarzynski, a researcher who focuses on the connections between land use and environmental impacts, will join the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, March 19, as part of its 2009 Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

Sarzynski, assistant research professor at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy, will discuss carbon footprints – how energy use converts to carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to global warming. Her talk will summarize research ranking energy use and carbon footprints across U.S. metropolitan areas.

With the Planning Board focusing on environmental concerns like global warming as part of the 2009-2011 Growth Policy, as well as a host of other initiatives, Sarzynski’s talk is timely. She will highlight the factors within local control that contribute to an area’s carbon footprint, including capital investments, zoning and approval of development projects.

Prior to working at GWU, Sarzynski worked at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, researching demographic, economic, energy, and environmental trends in the United States. She also evaluated state, local, and international energy and climate policies.

Sarzynski previously worked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and has a Ph.D. in public policy from the George Washington University and a B.S. in natural resources from Cornell University.

Sarzynski is the fourth of a series of speakers who will address the board this year as part of the speaker series. Continuing education credits are pending for AICP members.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Department

What:
Andrea Sarzynski
“Local Opportunities to Influence our Carbon Footprint”
Growing Smarter Speaker Series

When: 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

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Feb 13 09

State Environmental Regulator to Discuss Stormwater Management as Part of Planning Board Speaker Series

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – A state stormwater management expert will join the Montgomery County Planning Board on Thursday, February 19 to discuss new strategies to reduce stormwater runoff and water pollution.

Ken Pensyl, administrator of the Sediment, Stormwater, and Dam Safety Program at the Maryland Department of the Environment, will discuss stormwater management trends that foster a new way of thinking about how to improve water quality. Pensyl is the second of a series of speakers who will address the board this year as part of the Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

With presentations to be scheduled roughly once a month, the series provides an opportunity for the board, planners and the general public to hear from experts on thought-provoking sustainable growth topics as the board tackles the next iteration of the county Growth Policy.

Pensyl will describe how developers and landowners can handle stormwater to create better results for the environment and the people who live and work there. Among the strategies Pensyl will outline are creating well-thought-out site designs, and considering the design and placement of buildings, parking areas, roads and other best management practices. Moreover, developers may consider vegetative rooftops and rain gardens – all strategies that can be combined to reduce and treat stormwater runoff at the source.

Pensyl also will provide an update on the state’s draft Environment Site Design regulations that will require such strategies.

In his role as a stormwater administrator, Pensyl oversees a variety of programs including those that focus on slowing, infiltrating, and treating stormwater discharge to help protect surface waters from pollutants and recharge groundwater. Among his duties is managing the state program that issues municipal permits for the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.

Continuing education credits are pending for AICP members.
Learn more about the speaker series.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Board

What:
Ken Pensyl
Growing Smarter Speaker Series

When: 
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring

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Feb 5 09

Local Architect Specializing in Environmentally Sensitive Design to Kick Off 2009 Planning Board Speaker Series

by Valerie Berton

SILVER SPRING, MD – Many developers embrace the idea of building green and using strategies to minimize construction’s impact on the environment. But how far are they willing to go to earn their green label?

Carl Elefante, AIA, a local architect who has specialized in historic preservation and sustainable design for decades, will preview emerging green construction practices during a February 12 presentation to the Montgomery County Planning Board. Elefante is the first in a series of speakers who will address the board this year as part of the Growing Smarter Speaker Series.

With presentations to be scheduled roughly once a month, the series provides an opportunity for the board, planners and the general public to hear from experts on thought-provoking sustainable growth topics as the board tackles the next iteration of the county Growth Policy.

In his February 12 talk, Elefante will make a case that most commonly accepted green building practices rarely go beyond what is proven profitable or already required. Using green materials and designing buildings to capture natural light, for example, have become industry standards.

Elefante will look beyond those basics to architectural innovations, such as functioning rooftop gardens, advanced solar energy technologies, and innovative heating and cooling systems, including geothermal.

As director of sustainable design at Quinn Evans Architects, which has offices in Washington D.C., and Ann Arbor, Michigan, Elefante leads a broad spectrum of projects and lectures nationally on sustainable design.
Elefante is president of the Potomac Valley Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and a founding board member of the National Capital Region Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. He serves on the Montgomery County Sustainability Working Group.

The Growing Smarter Speaker series is connected to the 2009-2011 Growth Policy. Planners working on a preliminary draft of the policy are rethinking how to manage growth, looking beyond basing it just on congestion relief and school capacity. Instead, they hope to focus on ways to enhance quality of place in our communities. Quality of place includes respecting the natural environment in the design of buildings, spaces and streets.
Continuing education credits available for self-reporting by AIA members.

Learn more about the speaker series.

Who:
Montgomery County Planning Board

What:
Carl Elefante, architect, AIA
Growing Smarter Speaker Series

When: 
7:30 p.m. February 12

Where:
Park and Planning Headquarters auditorium
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring