CNU e-Update
April 2009

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  1. Save Now! CNU 17 Early Registration Ends May 8
  2. Online Membership System Back Up and Running
  3. CNU Welcomes Twelfth Chapter -- CNU Atlanta
  4. What's New @
  5. Brownfields 2009 Call for Ideas - Closes May 7
  6. USGBC Colorado Chapter: Colorado Sustainability ’09, May 6-7
  7. Your Help Needed: Survey for Urban Infill Research Study
  8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Upcoming Trainings and Webinar
  9. National Charrette Institute: Upcoming Trainings

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1. Save Now! CNU 17 Early Registration Ends May 8

Registration for CNU 17 will never be lower than it is between now and May 8, when the early registration period ends. If you're an individual professional member, registering now will save you $80. For the full package (including party and three ticketed events including 202s, tours, and Experiences), your amount saved is $120. Elected officials, non-profit employees, international attendees, and students save considerably too.

When CNU participants register early, CNU can plan more efficiently for the amount of space, breakfast food, coffee and other resources needed. So do yourself and CNU a favor, register now, or at least by the May 8 deadline.

Taking place June 10-14 in Denver, Colorado, the 17th Congress for the New Urbanism is built to help you benefit from the advantages of new urbanist—learn how to make communities more walkable, more energy efficient, more enduring, and more livable just as demographic and cultural changes swing demand in our direction.


2. Online Membership System Back Up and Running

If you recently tried to renew your CNU membership or join online, you may have noticed that our online membership system was down for maintenance—we apologize for the inconvenience and wanted to let you know that it is now back up and running.

Members can renew online by logging in to the member area at and clicking the Renew CNU Membership link. Alternatively, you may download a PDF membership form and learn more about membership at

We are proud to have earned the support of our members. Learn where your membership dollars go by reading about our recent accomplishments at We have also been expanding your membership benefits. Learn more here:

If you need help with your member login or have any other membership questions, please contact CNU Membership Coordinator Lee Crandell at or 312.551.7300 x16.


3. CNU Atlanta Becomes Twelfth Chapter

CNU is proud to announce its newest chapter -- CNU Atlanta, which will host CNU 18 in 2010. The chapter will provide a local organization for new urbanists across the State of Georgia for education, outreach, and to organize around local issues. All CNU members in Georgia are now automatically members of the Atlanta Chapter.

For more information on CNU's chapters, visit


4. What's New @

Here's a sample of what's happening at

CNU Salons: Sustainable Urbanism Module by Farr Associates

The Center for Applied Transect Studies (CATS) announces the availability as freeware of the new Sustainable Urbanism Performance-based SmartCode Module, written by Farr Associates with Leslie Oberholtzer as lead author. The firm's principal, Doug Farr, is the author of the acclaimed book Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design with Nature.

CNU Salons: The Stream of Consciousness

e2 is an ongoing PBS series about the economies of being environmentally conscious. e2 transport featured one on the freeway teardown in Seoul, South Korea. Check out the coverage here with Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness. For more information about the series, check e2 transport.

In the News: John Norquist says I-81 should be removed from downtown Syracuse

Interstate 81 in Syracuse, New York was the subject of a recent lecture as part of the Metropolitan Development Association's annual meeting. This elevated highway was recently feature in CNU's Freeways Without Futures campaign as a prime candidate for replacement with a surface street. As one of the keynote speakers, John Norquist's presentation sparked this great response piece in Syracuse's Post-Standard.

In the News: Once-bleak Glenwood becomes New Urbanist community

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution gives some love to Glenwood Park, a new urbanist brownfield redevelopment that won a Charter Award in 2003, offering perspectives from the residents as well as from CNU board member and President of Green Street Properties Katharine Kelley. CNU's annual Congress will be heading to Atlanta in 2010 to learn from projects like this.

If you haven't experienced yet, it's time for you to see what you're missing. Please take a moment to log into our site and learn about the features it has to offer. Please read our Login Instructions to get started.

Visit to learn more about the website.


5. Brownfields 2009 Call for Ideas - Closes May 7

With nearly 6,000 attendees the U.S. EPA and ICMA co-sponsored National Brownfields Conference is the premier event of its kind. Each year, the National Brownfields Conference uses your responses to the national call for ideas to determine how they'll fill the over 100 educational sessions offered at the conference. Help represent the new urbanist perspective at the conference by submitting your ideas.

This year, the conference organizers are particularly interested in new ideas related to economic redevelopment, innovative reuse strategies, green jobs, real estate and investment, environmental management and cleanup, technological solutions, community development, environmental justice, sustainable communities, leadership and management, financing and more. For more information on the Brownfields 2009 educational program please contact Sean Tolliver at or see the conference website:

Submit your idea today using the online submission tool:


6. USGBC Colorado Chapter: Colorado Sustainability ’09, May 6-7

Colorado Sustainability ’09: The Colorado Facilities & Green Building Expo and Conference
Wednesday, 5/6/09 – Thursday, 5/07/09
Colorado Convention Center

The U.S. Green Building Council Colorado Chapter is hosting a spectacular event; Colorado Sustainability ’09: The Colorado Facilities & Green Building Expo and Conference. This exciting two day event will include a full exhibit hall, and a wide variety of educational programs featuring cutting edge information on all aspects of sustainable design, construction, and operations practices for buildings and communities, including their impact on people, the environment, and the economy.

Visit to learn more, to see the education session schedule, and for registration information.

Interested in a booth at the expo? Contact Jan Welch: or 727-230-9828


7. Your Help Needed: Survey for Urban Infill Research Study

The link below will direct you to a brief online survey. This survey is part of a National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) study to develop guidance and a methodology for the preparation and review of transportation impact analyses (TIAs) of infill development in urban or urbanizing areas. You can help support this effort by answering a few brief questions.

Why this is important

Higher density, mixed-use redevelopment and infill development are smart growth concepts that are an increasingly common form of development subject to environmental review and often traffic impact studies. However, there is a lack of standardized guidance and trip and parking generation data for preparing these studies.

Why your help is needed

The first phase of this study involves collecting information on current infill development definitions, infill traffic and parking generation data and estimation methods, TIA analysis methods and agency review procedures. Kimley-Horn and Associates, on behalf of NCHRP, would like to survey those involved in various aspects of infill development in order to collect this information. Your responses are completely confidential and will be used to identify valuable information and resources regarding the current state-of-the-practice of analyzing the impacts of infill development.

Thank you for your time. Please click on the link below to complete the survey:


8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Upcoming Trainings and Webinar

Want to preserve or increase the quality of our communities? Because Form-Based Codes can require rather than recommend the vision elements that make for good urbanism, FBCs are being adopted at an ever increasing rate throughout the U.S. The mission of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) is "to advance the knowledge and use of, and develop standards for, Form-Based Codes as a method to achieve a community vision based on time-tested forms of urbanism." Perhaps the most important way FBCI advances knowledge and standards for FBCs is through its 3-course series, taught by nationally recognized practitioners.

Upcoming Trainings

Save the date for the following Form-Based Code trainings. Visit the Form-Based Codes Institute website for more information and a full list of events.

Learn How Form-Based Codes can Transform Cities and Towns: A Live Webinar
May 21, 2009, 1:00 to 2:30pm EDT
This interactive webinar provides each participant with the information needed to assess the applicability of a formbased code for his or her situation. The 90-minute session is an ideal introduction for anyone within municipal government or who serves on a city council or commission. It will also be beneficial to private-sector developers, builders, and consultants interested in creating places of high value. (1.5 AIA CES and APA AICP credits)

The ABC's of Form-Based Codes: Special One-Day Introduction
June 10, 2009, Denver
The Form-Based Codes Institute is offering an abbreviated version of its acclaimed Introduction to Form-Based Coding at a greatly reduced registration fee as part of CNU 17.

FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
May 18-19, 2009, Lansing, MI

FBC 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
July 13-14, 2009, Lansing, MI

Registration for these courses is available at Driehaus Charitable Lead Trust Scholarships of $500 each are available for representatives from not-for-profit historic preservation organizations or public organizations with oversight authority for historic preservation as well as students and faculty from schools of architecture.


9. National Charrette Institute: Upcoming Trainings

Visit the National Charrette Institute (NCI) website for details on upcoming trainings. Current CNU members receive a 10% discount on NCI registration fees for public trainings held in Portland. All NCI trainings in the United States will qualify for AICP credit hours.

NCI Charrette System™ Certificate
May 6-8, Washington, DC
May 27-29, Phoenix, AZ at ASU
May 27-29, Olds College, Olds, Alberta, Canada
July 13-15, Portland, OR
July 27-29, Harvard University
October 19-21, Portland, OR

NCI Charrette Management and Facilitation™ Certificate
July 16-17, Portland, OR
October 22-23, Portland, OR


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