Columbia's New Hybrid Development Code Takes a Different Approach/Partners, Public Buy-in, and the Art of Compromise

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 19, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. CDT

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In March 2017, the Columbia City Council adopted a new Unified Development Ordinance that blends new form-based zoning controls for downtown Columbia with more traditional controls for surrounding areas. Staff and consultants will talk about how the project was structured for success, how the controls were drafted and tailored for Columbia, some of the innovative new tools, and what they would do differently in the future.  Attendees will understand how to structure a successful development code update process; understand the spectrum of modern use- and form-based zoning tools available to manage development; and understand how to craft zoning controls for “transition zones” between residential and non-residential development.

The I-55 Corridor Plan is a Form Based Code adopted by three local governments in suburban Illinois northeast of downtown St. Louis (Edwardsville, IL, Glen Carbon IL and Madison County, IL) which will combine post-Great Recession housing and employment trends, architectural requirements, and a multi-modal transportation grid to transform 10 square miles that straddle I-55, north of the I-270 interchange.  Presenters  will focus on the challenges encountered in the lengthy adoption process, including maintaining intergovernmental partnerships, negotiating/compromising with resistant private interests, and working over a period of 7 years to secure public buy-in.  Attendees will understand the importance/challenges of public partnerships and intergovernmental agreements; understand how public buy-in leads to better Form Based Codes; and understand how compromise between government officials and impacted interest groups can lead to a better Form Based Code.




Donald Elliott, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Donald L. Elliott, FAICP, is a Director with Clarion Associates, LLC, a national land use consulting firm. Don has assisted over 40 U.S. communities to update plans and regulations related to housing, zoning, and land development. He is the author of A Better Way to Zone (Island Press 2008 ... Read More

Mary Madden, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Mary Madden, AICP, is a principal of the urban design and planning firm Ferrell Madden LLC. She has over 20 years of experience in the fields of urban planning and design, community development, and historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels. Recent work includes town planning and urban ... Read More

E. Scott Hanson, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Scott Hanson, AICP – Presently working independently as a planning consultant, Mr. Hanson was the City Planner for the City of Edwardsville IL from 2009 until 2017. Prior to that, he was a planner with the City of Columbia, MO for 7+ years. With degrees in Public Administration (M.P.A ... Read More

Patrick Zenner

Confirmed Speaker

For the past 9.5 years Patrick has been the Development Services Manager for the City of Columbia's (Missouri) Planning and Zoning Division. Patrick holds both Masters and Bachelors degrees in City Planning and has been a professional planner for approximately 22 years. Having been employed as both a ... Read More

Matthew Brandmeyer, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Matt Brandmeyer has been a professional planner for 18 years. He currently serves as the Planning and Development Administrator for Madison County. He was previously the Planning Director for Creve Coeur, MO and a Project Planner for Chesterfield, MO. Between that time, Matt worked for The Koman Group, a private ... Read More

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