2018 National Planning Conference

Flummoxed by Flums

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. CDT

Location: 223

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188089


  • How to frame key questions related to the future land-use map for discussion as part of a comprehensive plan update in your community
  • How to articulate the pros and cons of various future land-use map approaches from an administration and code-alignment standpoint
  • How to establish a framework for plan monitoring, using the future land-use map as a tool


Planners generally agree that the future land-use map is critical component of any comprehensive plan. They are far less likely to agree when it comes to the specifics of what the future land-use map should look like. Should the map be very general or more specific? Should the land-use categories specify density ranges, or not? How should PUDs and other mixed-use areas be reflected? What is the “right” number of land-use categories? What besides the land-use categories should be reflected on the map? How much is too much (or too little) detail? A key consideration when seeking answers to all of these questions is how the future land-use map is intended to be used and administered over time. The session will highlight examples from a range of communities and explore — through the lens of the local government planners responsible for implementing them — the ins and outs of various approaches (both during the plan-update process and after the plan is adopted). This session will consist of a brief presentation highlighting trends and best practices followed by a moderated panel and audience discussion.

Session Speakers

Charles P. Brennan
Clarion Associates
Denver, CO

Geoff Butler, AICP
City of Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City, OK

Darcie White, AICP
Clarion Associates, LLC
Denver, CO

Farhad K. Daroga
Broken Arrow, OK

Frank M. Duke, FAICP
City of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA

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