Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute-University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Denver, CO, United States

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 2:19 p.m. CDT

What's Up with Planning on the Front Range

3

Adopted new comp plan; now re-writing the zoning ordinance x 5...Director from Denver had a great insight that perhaps we should focus on diversity and good planning will blossom.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:37 p.m. CDT

Carver Colloquium — The Rights of Nature: Should Bodies of Water Have Legal Rights?

4

An interesting topic.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:35 p.m. CDT

The Role of Water in Livable Cities

5

Very informative

Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:32 p.m. CDT

You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet: Transforming the Built Environment Through Its Nonresidential Spaces

3

He moved along very quickly, maybe not the best choice for a lunch session.

Monday, March 16, 2020, 5:30 p.m. CDT

Can Gentrification Be Ethical in Planning?

5

I found this session to be very interesting and found it to be a smart choice to bring in an impacted citizen to speak first-hand about gentrification. This is a tough topic that should not be overlooked.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:44 p.m. CDT

Homelessness in the West: What Can Communities Do?

4

The point that the reasons for homelessness are as unique as each homeless person creates an interesting problem that is hard to solve at a mass level. Perhaps the funding used to ticket homeless persons could be redirected to providing services to assist the same people?

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:41 p.m. CDT

Grow Your Own Food: Oasis Solutions

4

Topics presented were very interesting yet diverse. Was hoping for more conversation related to bringing food to food deserts and growing food locally, although presenters did have some connection to that.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:39 p.m. CDT

Public Subsidy to Private Equity: Measuring the Social Costs of Housing Speculation

5

really interesting topics that are very relevant to issues planners are facing today.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 9:38 p.m. CDT

Water Law & Policy 101

5

The background history on the Colorado River Water Compact agreement and it's complexities and ramifications for the future of water distribution are fascinating!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:03 p.m. CDT

Can Gentrification Be Ethical in Planning?

5

Very interesting. A fresh look at gentrification I think this perspective is extremely valuable for planners to hear. Yvette Freeman was exceptional.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 6:52 p.m. CDT

Westminster Station: In Pursuit of a Community of Opportunity

5

I love the RMLUI Mobile workshops. This one was extremely well run, informative, lots of issues addressed and fun. Mobile workshops are a great way to see new places or learn about places you know, or are familiar to you.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:52 p.m. CDT

What's Up with Planning on the Front Range

4

Planning Directors seemed mostly new and timid.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1:24 p.m. CST

Transit Hubs and the Future of Mobility Choice

4

Ann Bowers is a highly knowledgeable professional in the field of transportation planning.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 1:20 p.m. CST

Lunch plenary — The Great Senior Short Sale

4

Love this speaker, C. Arthur Nelson. His data is amazing.

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 5:41 p.m. CDT

Achieving Aesthetic Excellence: Zoning & Design Review Requirements and Processes

5

Outstanding overview of urban design review for local government.

Friday, October 25, 2019, 3:03 p.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

5

Best refresher on ethics I've had. First rate. The comparison and contrast of AICP and ICMA ethics was perfect for my background.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 1:26 p.m. CDT

Public Places, Private Messages: How the First Amendment Shapes Street Art and Advertising

5

Thoughtful examples of what constitutes signage versus art.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 1:21 p.m. CDT

Preserving Our Views: Building with an Eye towards the Landscape

5

Excellent presentation!

Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:16 a.m. CDT

Jurisdictional Collaboration in Urban Renewal: Legal Updates & Case Studies

4

Interesting to see how Colorado uses their redevelopment tools

Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:15 a.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

5

Great discussion of the ethical dilemmas in the public and private sectors.

Monday, May 6, 2019, 9:13 a.m. CDT

Public Places, Private Messages: How the First Amendment Shapes Street Art and Advertising

5

I loved that the presentation included a local "artist" who identified the flaws and kinks in the system that planners have to work with.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 7:17 p.m. CDT

AICP Ethics Case of the Year: What Would You Do?

3

not great

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:19 a.m. CDT

Achieving Aesthetic Excellence: Zoning & Design Review Requirements and Processes

3

The speakers provided some good examples of why design excellence is important in a community, including how it engages the public realm and enhances livability. There was also an important point given about Design Boards and to be effective, they should inspire the public.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:15 a.m. CDT

Plenary Lunch —The Disruptions of Driverless Mobility

3

It was unfortunate that the plenary lunch was held in a space that could not accommodate all who registered. The driverless mobility question will remain a bit mysterious until there are more of these vehicles being used, but it is an interesting scenario to contemplate. The satellite reception was hard to hear in the area it was televised, but I was able to garner some information.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:10 a.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

4

As always ethical questions and scenarios are interesting to debate and consider. The speakers provided some compelling real-world ethics-related issues and the audience discussed potential remedies.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:06 a.m. CDT

Fast & Furious

3

Interesting variety of topics! prairie dogs, Denver University tuition and loan debt, and dislocating design - regarding ancient cities and how they designed for high density!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 8:04 a.m. CDT

Residents Gone Wild: When Community Meetings Go Off Script

3

The interactive exercises before the presentation were a great way to demonstrate the importance of communication and teamwork.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 2:31 p.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

5

Thought provoking.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:16 p.m. CDT

Achieving Aesthetic Excellence: Zoning & Design Review Requirements and Processes

5

Excellent panel of speakers. Really hoping their presentation is posted online.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:11 p.m. CDT

Public Places, Private Messages: How the First Amendment Shapes Street Art and Advertising

5

Excellent, practical information, especially post Reed v Gilbert.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:08 p.m. CDT

Planning and Designing for Density

5

Interesting topics such as building smaller walkable blocks.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 5:01 p.m. CDT

Lunch plenary — The Great Senior Short Sale

5

Informative and relevant session by a dynamic speaker.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:22 p.m. CDT

Fast & Furious

5

The topics ranged from protecting prairie dog habitat, to mobility hubs and microtransit at the University of Denver, to legal and privacy issues of smart cities and homes, and the principles and strategies for better urbanism from examples in the ancient world, South America and Africa. Dwight Merriam rounded out the panel with his 2018 ZiPLer Awards which seemed to focus on bad planning decisions regarding ducks and people who like ducks. Dwight encourages us to send in nominations for 2019.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:21 p.m. CDT

The MacGyver Model: Resilience and Land Development Regulations

4

I couldn’t resist the title, “The MacGyver Model: Resilience in Action”, so that’s where I ended up. Moderator Elizabeth Garvin, whose firm is Community ReCode, provided examples of what resilience looks like in the realms of wildfire, flooding, extreme heat and extreme precipitation. I learned about the Colorado Resiliency Office, and the Colorado Resiliency Working Group. Did you know that resilience strategies can provide a cost-benefit of $6 for every $1?! These approaches refocus planning from the strictly jurisdictional to natural systems such as watersheds, so it is planners with their unique skill sets who can implement needed changes.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:20 p.m. CDT

Plenary Lunch —The Disruptions of Driverless Mobility

5

Bridges just wrote a book, Our Driverless Future: Heaven or Hell, so I think you have a pretty good idea about his ruminations. This was a captivating exploration of current trends and changes that are happening in the near future as autonomous vehicle technologies become more prevalent. There is an economic imperative as automakers are investing hundreds of millions into these vehicles which will cheaper to produce and possibly safer to use. It’s a world of driverless trucks and robodogs that will deliver right to your door. It could mean redesigned communities where folks trade car ownership for enhanced personal mobility and lower costs; or it could mean a morass of competing modes vying for space on a 20th century transportation network. It makes one driven to stay tuned.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:19 p.m. CDT

Residents Gone Wild: When Community Meetings Go Off Script

5

The first hint that this wasn’t your ordinary planning panel was that one of the “presenters” was a professional comedian who was the founder and artistic director of the Voodoo Comedy Playhouse. It seems that I had déjà vu thinking back on the many public meetings over my career, where in fact, there was certainly a bit of improvisation, although not comedic in nature. We started by leaving our seats and making a big circle in the hallway. This taught us to be present in the moment and how to remain engaged while also responding. It also taught us to quiet down after the folks in the next room complained about our enthusiastic noise. The panel also featured a planner who stressed a few Yoga techniques for mindfulness, tips from a professional facilitator, and an attorney who grounded the whole show.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:17 p.m. CDT

Recent Land Use Decisions in the Rocky Mountain West

4

There is nothing like case law lectures first thing in the morning to stir the soul after adequate infusions of caffeinated beverages. Jessica Lawrence, who is both an attorney and mediator in Santa Fe, and a member of the city’s planning commission, provided an overview of New Mexico cases including the nuances of annexation, and zoning for medical cannabis. David Foster and Jason Morris reviewed Colorado happenings where I learned about Rule 106 and how it plays out in Colorado land use conflicts. This made me feel pretty good about New Mexico.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:16 p.m. CDT

What's New in Comprehensive Planning

4

Planners from Albuquerque, Aurora, Denver and Fort Collins extolled their progress using innovative public engagement strategies, and online tools to produce contemporary municipal visions that will guide and manage growth. All of these efforts focused on inclusive, informative and equitable processes, to create accessible plans that emphasized resiliency and sustainability.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:14 p.m. CDT

Transit Hubs and the Future of Mobility Choice

4

Moderated by Don Elliott, Director of Clarion Associates, the panelists emphasized that autonomous vehicles, scooters, and ride-share technologies and applications are disrupting the status quo. This requires that cities proactively set policies about street design and investing in infrastructure that places people first. There will be opportunities for adaptive reuse of parking, redesign of curbside passenger and commercial loading/unloading, determining the best use of the public right-of -ways, and contributing to livable communities. Both Denver and Portland, OR are already planning in this manner. A universal mobility app is already working in Helsinki, Finland.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:11 p.m. CDT

Lunch plenary — The Great Senior Short Sale

5

Nelson said that there is a growing mismatch between Millennials and the up to 27 million Baby Boomers who may want to sell their homes between now and 2036. He deftly navigated the demographics and trends that suggest that a third or more of these homes may have no buyers, at reasonable prices, thereby meaning they could be sold short where sellers incur substantial losses. The converse is that Millennials will be renters and chose to live close in to the amenities that they value. He asked several “inconvenient” questions about the policy adjustments that would be required at the national, state and local level to correct this unappealing scenario, and postulated that, “My projections may be precisely wrong (but) they may be approximately right.”

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:10 p.m. CDT

Designing the Water Efficient Cities of the Future

4

Moderated by Faith Sternlieb and Jim Holway of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, this session provided regional context about the transition from only supply side management to more recent demand-based conservation strategies in Colorado. The speakers provided examples of treatment as storm water flows from roofs to sidewalks, pavements and landscaping, into inlets, and eventually into natural areas that serve as open space, and enable infiltration, and provide habitat. This approach provides 70 to 80 percent treatment, more amenities, and costs no more than old style subdivision designs. It was encouraging to learn that Colorado mandates that water providers coordinate with land use authorities. The Growing Water Smart workbook and Western Resource Advocate guides highlight best practices that you can use in your communities.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:08 p.m. CDT

Keynote — Human-Centered Design For Cities

3

An interesting overview of how urban design and architecture affects human performance, health and well-being.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 1:04 p.m. CDT

Designing the Water Efficient Cities of the Future

5

This was a very good and informative session.

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 12:52 p.m. CDT

TOUR — The National Western Center

5

Excellent tour of the National Western site and explanation of the development to come.

Monday, March 25, 2019, 10:07 a.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

4

Great session, Mary Kay and Allison made it fun!

Friday, March 22, 2019, 11:25 a.m. CDT

Fast & Furious

2

This was strange.

Friday, March 15, 2019, 10:53 a.m. CDT

Achieving Aesthetic Excellence: Zoning & Design Review Requirements and Processes

4

The panel could have been more organized.

Friday, March 15, 2019, 10:46 a.m. CDT

Lunch plenary — The Great Senior Short Sale

5

Very interesting and informative

Friday, March 15, 2019, 10:46 a.m. CDT

Keynote — Human-Centered Design For Cities

3

A little too abstract. Lacked applied knowledge of planning.

Friday, March 15, 2019, 10:44 a.m. CDT

So You Think You Have Ethics

3

Very boring and little creativity.

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