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CNU announces eight New Urbanism 202 sessions on Thursday May 17

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This year's exciting line up of New Urbanism 202s offers Congress participants with a wide-array of tools and techniques for overcoming barriers to developing walkable, sustainable urbanism. From learning how to integrate form-based codes to how to properly design a multi-way boulevard, expert New Urbanist practitioners in the field will provide the details in three-hour sessions on Thursday, May 17.

The optional sessions are designed for the advanced professional and cover a variety of topics. Growing demand for New Urbanism 202s has led to the creation of eight sessions at CNU XV, four concurrent sessions in the morning and four in the afternoon.

The day will start off with New Urbanist practitioners and new CNU board members Paul Crawford and Norman Garrick each hosting a topic in their respective fields of expertise. Crawford and David Sargent of HDR | Town Planning will step through how to integrate form-based codes with other municipal regulations and everyday practice in Implementing Form-Based Codes. Garrick will join Walter Kulash and Troy Russ of Glatting Jackson in a workshop that will present traditional transportation principles with particular emphasis on the role of the network. In this same session, Putting Traffic in its Place, Secretary Allen Biehler of Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation, Eric Dumbaugh from Texas A&M, and Kris Kolluri of New Jersey’s Department of Transportation will help provide details on how they managed traffic volumes in real-world projects. In conjunction with the National Town Builders’ Association Steve Maun will lead a discussion with a panel of developers on what strategies they use to overcome setbacks in the planning and approval process in TND Permitting Barriers - and Strategies to Overcome Them.

Participants will also get a chance to learn about local efforts in comprehensive planning and growth management in Learning from Lancaster County: Preservation, Restoration and Development. Lancaster’s recent amendments to its comprehensive plan have been met with overwhelming public support. A number of panelists involved in the process will discuss the use of urban growth boundaries and updating zoning regulations to match the goal of preserving the county’s Amish farming traditions.

The afternoon line up for New Urbanism 202s is equally compelling. Join Matt Raimi, Paul Crawford and Gianni Longo for a session exploring New Urbanist comprehensive plans, Creating Form-Based Comprehensive Plans. They will review the differences between new urbanist and conventional plans and identify ways to de-emphasize land use and instead focus on typology, character, and condition of place. In Introduction to NCI Dynamic Planning William Lennertz of the National Charrette Institute will provide a thorough overview of the NCI planning process which includes the use of collaborative design and public involvement tools (such as charrettes, visioning and workshops).

Elizabeth Macdonald and Allan Jacobs, known for their extensive work with multiway boulevards, will lead an in-depth primer on how to properly design them. In Multiway Boulevards they will cover the concepts of through-going, intersection design, and appropriate adjacent land uses and building types among many other issues related to this unique street type. And back due to popular demand, Details of New Urbanism: Curb to Cupola Round 2 is gearing up to be even better. Experts will discuss how the little details make a big difference in creating great places. Steve Maun from Leyland Alliance, Roger Wood from East Beach Land Company, and Steven Mouzon from Place Makers will be some of the panelists that will go over vital components from street trees, signage, and alley details to porches, window trim, and frieze boards.

Also, please note that the Landscapes in New Urbanism morning session led by CNU Board member Stephanie Bothwell has been cancelled.

Registration opens February 15, be sure to act fast because these optional sessions fill up quickly.

Photo Courtesy Stephanie Ewens, copyright 2006.