Oslo-Denver Initiative on Urban Design and Climate Change


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The Florida Public Officials Design Institute is dedicated to training elected officials in placemaking and sustainable design.

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  • In May 2006, the City Commission unanimously agreed to adopt the Final Report and instructed the city's planning staff to convert the report's recommendations into adoptable city code. In 2007 the Commission approved the new zoning. Mayor Perlman says it is their economic future - the job base, a major source of workforce housing and a tremendous source of tax base.
  • As a whole, the area has a mix of land uses and zoning designations that could provide for a functional, separate community but the hodgepodge of uses does not contribute to a sense of place or feeling of being in a neighborhood. County planning staff has worked with developers for over a year in an attempt to develop a voluntary plan for the area.
  • Oslo-Denver Initiative on Urban Design and Climate Change

    1. 1. The Florida Public Officials Design Institute at Abacoa Jupiter, Florida USA Marie L. York, FAICP 561-222-1478
    2. 2. Addressing Climate Change <ul><li>Reducing development footprint </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce emissions </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce auto dependency </li></ul><ul><li>Create communities that emphasize quality of life and sense of place </li></ul><ul><li>Train the decision makers regarding above </li></ul><ul><li>Create Design Institute for Public Officials </li></ul>
    3. 3. Sustainable Development or Smart Growth <ul><li>Economic – jobs & employment </li></ul><ul><li>Equity – social equity, affordable housing, transportation choices </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental protection & balance </li></ul>
    4. 4. United States of America's Footprint 1961-2003                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In absolute terms, the average per person resource demand (Ecological Footprint) and per person resource supply (Biocapacity) in United States of America over a 43-year period.
    5. 5. Consumptive and Predominant Land Use
    6. 6. Same Old Pattern--Sprawl
    7. 7. Global Warming--Have you hugged your global warmer today? Source: Sierra Magazine: July/August 1999
    8. 8. 1998 2007 1990 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30% (*BMI  30, or about 30 lbs. overweight for 5’4” person) Obesity Trends* Among U.S. Adults BRFSS, 1990, 1998, 2007 Source: CDC Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
    9. 9. Twice a year -- Design Institute provides in-depth training in sustainable development and design for four elected officials from four communities.
    10. 10. Dedicated to improving communities by offering elected officials training in sustainable development and design
    11. 11. Prepare a briefing book that profiles the communities & the challenges of their study areas. Enroll the officials then meet to select a site in their communities for study.
    12. 12. A design team is created—including designers, planners, architects, developers, economists, landscape architects, attorneys & policy experts.
    13. 13. Prior to session — 2 or more experts visit each site
    14. 14. Coral Gables, Florida site visit
    15. 15. Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, South Carolina Charles Jordan of the Conservation Fund Keynote Address
    16. 16. Inaugural Class: October 2002 <ul><li>Four jurisdictions </li></ul><ul><li>City of Hollywood </li></ul><ul><li>Martin County </li></ul><ul><li>City of Lake Worth </li></ul><ul><li>Miami-Dade County </li></ul>
    17. 17. Working Session - Public Official’s Presentation
    18. 18. Day long working sessions facilitated by program director & site visitors.
    19. 19. Transportation land use relationship essential
    20. 20. Include other stakeholders
    21. 21. Ideas take shape
    22. 22. West Palm Beach FL—34 acres w/Federal, State, County, City, regional & private land holdings
    23. 23. Awards for leadership (and courage)
    24. 24. Final Report
    25. 25. “ I went home and immediately worked to implement the recommendations!”
    26. 26. Results posted on website. The Commission unanimously approved the design standards December 2004 ensuring that future development is cohesive, well designed with a mix of uses and a sense of place.
    27. 27. &quot;When we do this we're going after the Nobel Peace Prize, then we'll address world peace and then we're going to the Middle East,&quot; Palm Beach County Commissioner Jeff Koons Downtown West Palm Beach FL TOD
    28. 28. Delray Beach FL Create new overlay district for 225 acres along Congress Avenue—result (11/07)-- $126 Million plus $500 million in amenities.
    29. 29. Indian River County FL <ul><li>The Challenge: To create a vision for a rural western area larger than our largest city. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Three Florida Awards Council For Sustainable Florida’s Governmental Award 2004 Florida Chapter Am. Planning Assn. Award of Merit 2004 1000 Friends of Florida Better Community Award 2006
    31. 31. floridadesigninstitute.org Center for Urban & Environmental Solutions Florida Atlantic University, Jupiter, Florida [email_address] ; mplyork@comcast.net 561-222-1478 Florida Public Officials Design Institute at Abacoa