CNU e-Update
September 2009

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  1. Blumenauer Joins CNU Transportation Summit Lineup -- Register Now!
  2. CNU Members Overwhelmingly Approve LEED-ND
  3. Go Electronic, Go Green: Help CNU Save Paper and Money!
  4. Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26
  5. What's New @
  6. Smart Infrastructure Summit, December 8-9 in DC
  7. Brownfields 2009, November 16-18
  8. Form-Based Codes Institute: Webinar and Upcoming Training
  9. National Charrette Institute: Upcoming Trainings

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1. Blumenauer Joins CNU Transportation Summit Lineup --
Register Now!

Cycling, transit advocate to speak on Nov. 6

One of New Urbanism’s most celebrated Congressmen, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, will speak at CNU’s Transportation Summit 2009, Nov. 4-6, in his hometown, Portland, Ore. Blumenauer, a forceful advocate in Congress of livable communities and transportation reform – including strong support for cycling, streetcars, and passenger rail – will speak on the Summit’s final day, Friday, Nov. 6. He is a co-sponsor of the pending CLEAN TEA amendment to the climate bill, which now includes CNU-backed language designating network connectivity enhancements as a proposed component of clean transportation funding eligibility.

To register for the Summit and to see the draft agenda, visit

2. CNU Members Overwhelmingly Approve LEED-ND

Green neighborhood rating system endorsed in first-ever online member ballot

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) requested the input of its members on whether to approve the current version of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) 2009 rating system. The online ballot was open for 30 days — from August 19 to September 17, 2009 — and members logged in to to place their vote.

The results were overwhelmingly in favor of launching LEED-ND, 94 percent to 6 percent. Once the polls closed, the CNU board verified the vote and unanimously approved going forward with the launch.

“Thank you to all the members who weighed in on this important decision,” stated John Norquist. "Over the years, CNU members helped improve the system's ability to assess the degree to which projects embrace the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism. The ballot result confirms their work.” All told, 249 or just under 10 percent of CNU’s members voted, a number Norquist said represented a pretty favorable participation rate considering the level of detail in the rating system.

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3. Go Electronic, Go Green: Help CNU Save Paper and Money!

CNU members can now switch to an electronic New Urban News subscription to reduce paper waste and save CNU money. Going electronic will also ensure more of your member dues go toward our programs and initiatives instead of toward printing and mailing costs. Here's how you can switch to an electronic subscription online right now:

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Thank you for helping us conserve resources!


4. Fire Code Proposals to Be Heard in Baltimore, Oct. 24-26

Be there, be heard

The Congress for the New Urbanism is proposing changes to the International Fire Code that will empower local fire code officials to be more flexible on street designs. These amendments, developed by new urbanists and fire marshals working cooperatively through CNU’s Emergency Response & Street Design Initiative, will be debated on the weekend of Oct. 24-26 at the International Code Council’s Annual Conference & Code Development Hearings in Baltimore, Md.

We need your help: If you’re on the East Coast, or will be in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C., area at the end of October, please consider attending the hearings and speaking in support of our amendments. Registration information is here.

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5. What's New @

Here's a sample of what's happening at

CNU Salons: Spatial Enclosure Analysis with GIS

Mike Zimney is testing out GIS code to analyze the spatial enclosure of existing development by using street centerline data and building footprint data.

CNU Salons: Sensible Ideas from the Right on How Smart Growth and New Urbanism Save Taxpayers Money
"Examples such as Reconnecting America's Conservatives and Public Transit by Robert Weyrich and Bill Lind aside, there's been a long wait for thoughtful conservatives to acknowledge some painful truths about way sprawl violates many of their basic tenets."

CNU-Accredited Members in the CNU Member Directory

You can now find CNU-Accredited members in our member directory. Members who pass the upcoming exam beginning Oct. 5 will begin showing up as CNU-Accredited later this winter. Calendar

Check out upcoming events, such as the CNU Illinois 2009 Statewide Conference. Log in to add your own events to the listing!

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6. Smart Infrastructure Summit, December 8-9 in DC

A two-day industry forum will take place December 8-9, 2009, in Washington, D.C., highlighting the latest trends, best case studies and innovative strategies from America’s top smart infrastructure projects.  This is your opportunity to gain insights into the planning, funding and delivery of crucial infrastructure projects in the U.S.

• Best Practice Case Studies from America’s top Strategic Infrastructure Projects including digital infrastructure, Smart Grid, High Speed Rail, Urban Mass Transit and water
• Building world-class infrastructure in America: The new vision, project priorities and long-term goals
• Successful project planning and delivery for major infrastructure
• Funding infrastructure investment and innovative financing for major infrastructure projects
• The future of infrastructure planning
• And much more…
NOTE: 9.5 AICP Credits Offered

CNU members receive a discount on registration. For more information and/or to register please email CNU - Discounted Registration or call (312) 780-0700 Ext. 220 and use Discount Code CNU to receive your discounted rate.

Visit the Smart Infrastructure Summit website.


7. Brownfields 2009, November 16-18

Brownfields 2009: Sustainable Communities Start Here
November 16-18
New Orleans
Registration is open at

The National Brownfields Conference is the largest, most comprehensive conference focused on cleaning up and redeveloping abandoned, underutilized, and potentially contaminated properties in the nation.  Registration is free and by signing up you gain access to over 150 educational sessions, including lively panel discussions, dynamic roundtables, outstanding plenary sessions, special trainings, film screenings, and more.  The conference has plentiful networking and business development opportunities including the Brownfields Transaction Forum and the Brownfields 2009 Exhibit Hall.  While you are in New Orleans experience the city with mobile workshops and walking tours.  Whether you’re a newcomer to the world of economic and environmental redevelopment, or a seasoned professional looking to make new connections and increase your business, Brownfields 2009 offers something for you. 


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

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.

Learn How Form-Based Codes can Transform Cities and Towns: A Recorded Webinar
This recorded webinar provides the information needed to assess the applicability of a formbased code for different places and conditions. The 90-minute video 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. View online anytime.

Upcoming Trainings

Save the date for the following Form-Based Code training. 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
Oct. 6, 1:00-2:30 pm (EDT), Live Webinar

The ABC's of Form-Based Codes: Special One-Day Introduction
Nov. 4, 2009, Oakland, Calif.
Jan. 27, 2010, St. Petersburg, Fla.
March 24, 2010, Kansas City, Mo.

FBC 201: Preparing a Form-Based Code – Design Considerations
Feb. 18-19, 2010, Ventura, Calif.

FBC 301: Completing, Adopting and Administering the Code
April 26-27, 2010, either Lowell, Mass., or Portsmouth, N.H.

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
October 6-8, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK
October 19-21, Portland, OR
October 21-23, Atlanta, GA

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


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