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Mary Jane Grace <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 7 Nov 2003 14:35:03 -0500
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Thought some town officials might be interested in this announcement from
Lincoln Institute.

Mary Jane, PVR

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From: "Elaine Huff" <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, November 07, 2003 2:19 PM
Subject: Lincoln Institute of Land Policy Course Announcement


The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy is proud to announce its Planning Tools
and Techniques Course Series for 2003.

Register at:
Through hands-on exercises, technology demonstrations and interactive
presentations, this week-long series of courses provides urban planners and
designers, public officials, citizen stakeholders and developers with a set
of principles, tools, methods and techniques to effectively engage
communities in the planning process. The series approach allows participants
to attend either individual sessions or the complete program. Students
should have a basic understanding of urban planning and design concepts.
Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners may receive up to
32.5 hours of CPDP credits for this program.

I. Visualization and Visioning:  December 1-2, 2003
Michael Kwartler, Environmental Simulation Center, New York City; and Gianni
Longo, ACP-Visioning & Planning, New York City
Visioning has become an accepted technique to build broad-based agreement on
goals and strategies for the future of a neighborhood, city or region. When
used in conjunction with visualization techniques, visioning is a powerful
tool that allows stakeholders and citizens to make informed decisions on the
physical quality of future development. This course defines principles for
effective visioning, reviews three case studies, and includes a hands-on
workshop segment to allow participants to experience visioning and
visualization techniques in a realistic situation.  Members of the American
Institute of Certified Planners may receive up to 13 hours of CPDP credits
for this program.
II. Using Systems of Plans:  December 3, 2003
Lewis D. Hopkins, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; and Gerrit Knaap, Department of Urban Studies
and Planning, University of Maryland, College Park
The Systems of Plans approach rests on three ideas: (1) there are always
many different plans pertinent to any discussion or decision; (2) the World
Wide Web provides an interface and information access tool well suited to
accessing the content of these plans; and (3) tools that enhance a plan's
usefulness in routine situations, such as writing staff recommendations or
supporting planning commission meetings, are more immediately effective than
tools for making a plan. The workshop explains this approach, reviews
state-of-the-art urban planning websites, and identifies principles for
designing web-based interfaces and data access to support the use of plans.
It is intended for local planners who work with planning commissions,
consultants who develop plans and planning systems for local communities,
and technical staff developing planning websites.  Members of the American
Institute of Certified Planners may receive up to 6.0 hours of CPDP credits
for this program.
III. Visualizing Density:  December 4, 2003
Julie Campoli, Terra Firma Urban Design, Burlington, Vermont; and Alex
MacLean, Landslides Aerial Photography, Cambridge, Massachusetts
As smart growth initiatives gain momentum across the country, one of the
persistent obstacles to compact development is the public's aversion to
density. Misplaced concerns over density often prevent the construction of
urban infill projects or the revision of zoning regulations that would allow
for compact growth. Part of this aversion is based on an inability to
imagine high-quality, high-density living environments. This workshop offers
planners, designers and community development officials specific tools for
understanding residential density, as well as graphic techniques for
illustrating it. Using aerial photography and computer graphics, it focuses
on the link between urban design and density and explores how various design
approaches accommodate different levels of density.  Members of the American
Institute of Certified Planners may receive up to 6.0 hours of CPDP credits
for this program.
IV. Redesigning the Edgeless City:  December 5, 2003
Robert Lane and Robert Yaro, Regional Plan Association, New York City;
Patrick Condon, Landscape Architecture Program, University of British
Columbia, Vancouver; and Dan Marckel, College of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Presented in collaboration with the Regional Plan Association and based on
the handbook Redesigning the Edgeless City, this course introduces planning
and policy advocates, city and state officials, developers and citizen
stakeholders to principles and techniques that can be applied in different
metropolitan contexts. Previous courses on this topic have dealt with such
cases as the design of a sustainable suburban highway corridor and ways to
redesign mature suburban areas into pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented
centers with a strong sense of place.  Members of the American Institute of
Certified Planners may receive up to 6.0 hours of CPDP credits for this