We will be presenting at two sessions at this year's APA Virginia conference. The first session, Trending Now, is a fast paced 20x20 session (20 slides in 20 minutes) and will focus on the trends that will most effect the urban planning profession in the decades to come. The second session, Three Aspects of Resiliency Planning in Norfolk will explore three of Norfolk’s resilience initiatives: a long term vision for the year 2100; the development of a new zoning ordinance, and the creation of a vision for transit oriented centers along the spine of high ground east of the downtown. Norfolk is a city known for resilience, having survived wars, a plague, hurricanes and social upheaval for almost four centuries. Our participation will be discussing the new zoning ordinance which we have been supporting as part of a larger team of consultants. Vlad Gavrilovic will be presenting at both sessions.
Two Renaissance projects are also being featured in a third session, The Many Faces of Urban Development Areas in Virginia. The two projects featured are the work we did for Virginia's Urban Development Areas (UDA's) for Amherst and Norfolk. The UDA grant program is a technical assistance program for professional consultant assistance to local and regional entities to establish and support Urban Development Areas. The grants are offered by Virginia's Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment (OIPI) of the Secretary of Transportation. UDA's are an important tool for attracting economic development and furthering the state's transportation goals.
The conference is being held at Wintergreen resort July 17th-19th. Renaissance Planning is also a sponsor of the conference.