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March 24: Writing Growing Greener

Hawk Mountain

Writing Growing Greener: Conservation by Design Codes

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Kempton, PA (Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association)

Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association are pleased to co-sponsor this educational experience, which is geared toward planning professionals who write zoning and subdivision / land development codes. The $25 registration fee includes lunch, 4.75 CM credits, and a guided hike on the Hawk Mountain grounds.

Conservation design is an effective approach to managing residential development while conserving existing natural and cultural resources. Understanding the technical aspects of writing conservation subdivision regulations, combined with material on how to explain the mechanics and economic benefits of the land use regulations to potential clients, makes for a relevant educational experience for any professional who writes ordinances.

Nationally-renowned expert Randall Arendt, FRTPI, ASLA (Hon.), and Senior Conservation Director Ann Hutchinson, AICP, of Natural Lands Trust will instruct participants in conservation design through a keynote lecture illustrated with case studies from PA and across the country; with two hands-on exercises that illustrate the design concepts and zoning calculations; and with discussion regarding common challenges in implementing the land use regulations.

John Rogers, an ecologist, environmental planner, and author of several Return on Environment reports in communities along PA’s Kittatinny Ridge; and Becky Bradley, AICP, Executive Director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, will discuss the connection between conservation and economic development.

Professionals who complete the training will have the ability to write land use regulations that manage growth and conserve land. This is accomplished through the training, noted above, as well as with model land use regulations already tested in PA and proved to conserve land through the residential development process. You will leave the workshop with an understanding of both zoning and subdivision / land development ordinance standards essential to producing conservation subdivisions.

A catered lunch will be provided, as well as a hike on the Hawk Mountain grounds. Please dress casually, wear shoes / boots suitable for hiking. We encourage you to bring your own thermos of water for the hike, although some extra water bottles will be provided. Registration is available at: https://eventbrite.com/event/15221604228/

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