The Tomorrow Plan

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The Tomorrow Plan

  1. 1. PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES Grant Background The Tomorrow Plan The Tomorrow Team Planning Tools Project Status
  2. 2. GRANT BACKGROUND
  3. 3. INTERAGENCY PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLECOMMUNITIES Involves – Department of Housing + Urban Development – Department of Transportation – Environmental Protection Agency Established June 16, 2009 Seeks to help communities nationwide – Improve access to affordable housing – Increase transportation options – Lower transportation costs while protecting the environment Guided by six livability principles
  4. 4. LIVABILITY PRINCIPLES Provide more transportation choices Promote equitable, affordable housing Enhance economic competitiveness Support existing communities Coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment Value communities and neighborhoods
  5. 5. SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES REGIONAL PLANNINGGRANT PROGRAM Offered by the Partnership Provides support to regions seeking to improve regional planning efforts and long-term sustainability Also seeks to address several interdependent challenges – Economic competitiveness and revitalization – Social equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity – Energy use and climate change – Public health and environmental impact
  6. 6. THE GRANT Awarded $2 million Leveraging nearly $1.1 million in local funds One of 45 recipients in an extremely competitive program – Over 1,300 interests of expression submitted Only grant recipient in Iowa
  7. 7. PARTNERSHIP GRANTEES: 2010 (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  8. 8. THE PLANNING AREA (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  9. 9. THE PLANNING AREA Located in the heart of Iowa Most populous area in the state Approximately 480,000 residents Lies at the crossroads of Intestates 35 + 80 17 communities + portions of 4 counties 542 square miles Urban + rural areas
  10. 10. THE TOMORROW PLAN
  11. 11. THE TOMORROW PLAN Essentially starting with a blank slate The Tomorrow Plan will: – Provide a comprehensive framework for future development – Allow the MPO and other entities to work collaboratively to engage the public to establish the region’s vision for the next forty years – Ensure that all components align
  12. 12. THE TOMORROW PLAN The Tomorrow Plan will respond to: – Socioeconomic factors – The natural environment – The built environment
  13. 13. THE TOMORROW PLAN Five phase process over 20 months – Project initiation – Regional assessment – Regional vision for sustainability – Regional sustainability framework – Sustainability report and implementation
  14. 14. OUTCOMES OF THE TOMORROW PLAN Aligned plans in the region Increased participation + decision-making Reduced socioeconomic disparities Decreased vehicle miles traveled Decreased housing + transportation costs Infill + compact development Improved access Improved public health Decreased hazardous environmental threats Enhanced regional competitiveness
  15. 15. OUTCOMES OF THE TOMORROW PLAN (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  16. 16. WHY NOW? No unifying vision or organization guiding the development of greater Des Moines – The MPO creates a long-range transportation plan – No council of governments – No regional housing, land use, environmental, or economic development plans Disjointed progress is underway
  17. 17. WHY NOW? State of Iowa’s increased commitment to planning in the form of the Smart Planning Principles Opportunity to serve as a model regarding regional planning Area leaders realize that the region lies at a crossroads – Autonomy + collaboration – Status quo + creating a more sustainable future
  18. 18. WHY NOW? Over 95% of all area trips utilize automobiles Major flooding events are occurring more often Current population is expected to grow by 40% by 2035 Approximately ½ of area residents spend more than 45% of their income on housing + transportation costs Central Iowa is home to the 2nd most polluted river in the country Poverty + low educational attainment are concentrated in the central city
  19. 19. WHY NOW? Maintain the region’s position on various ‘best of’ lists in order to attract future investments Connect other efforts already underway – DART Forward 2035 – Capital Crossroads – STAR Community Index
  20. 20. THE TOMORROW TEAM
  21. 21. THE TOMORROW TEAM Governmental, regional planning agencies, nonprofits, and public + private sector partners Intentionally included numerous interests from the beginning – Local elected officials + city managers – Local planners – Business interests One of the required program outcomes is “increased participation and decision-making” in developing and implementing a long-range vision for the region by populations traditionally marginalized in the public planning process”
  22. 22. THE TOMORROW TEAM Project Steering Committee Project MPO Staff (INSERT GRAPHIC) Consultant Team Technical Public Partners Committees Input + Comment Committee
  23. 23. THE TOMORROW TEAM STEERING COMMITTEE
  24. 24. THE TOMORROW TEAM PARTNERS COMMITTEE Seeks to be inclusive of all interests – public + private Over 300 representatives from regional groups invited to participate Represent the elements that The Tomorrow Plan will address – Socioeconomic factors – The natural environment – The built environment First meeting held September 14th
  25. 25. PLANNING TOOLS
  26. 26. THE PROCESS OF THE TOMORROW PLAN Project initiation (July – September 2011) Regional assessment (July – December 2011) Regional vision for sustainability (December 2011 – July 2012) Regional sustainability framework (June – November 2012) Sustainability report + implementation (September 2012 – February 2013)
  27. 27. PHASE 1: PROJECT INITATION Public participation process design – Surveys – Stakeholder interviews + focus groups Project launch – Educate, engage, collect feedback SWOT analysis – What are regional values + aspirations for future?
  28. 28. PROJECT LAUNCH
  29. 29. PROJECT LAUNCH SURVEY (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  30. 30. PROJECT LAUNCH: LIVING REGIONALLY (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  31. 31. PROJECT LAUNCH: LIVING REGIONALLY
  32. 32. PROJECT LAUNCH: LIVING REGIONALLY
  33. 33. PROJECT LAUNCH: LIVING REGIONALLY
  34. 34. PHASE 2: REGIONAL ASSESSMENT Data array Sustainability scan – Evaluation of existing plans + policies – Development code review – What does ‘sustainability’ mean for greater Des Moines? Regional baseline measures State of the region report – What are regional development trends, opportunities, and challenges? – How sustainable is the region already? – What model sustainable development practices could be included in future land use plans and code updates in the region?
  35. 35. REGIONAL URBANIZATION
  36. 36. HOUSING COSTS TODAY * Ratio of median home value to median annual household income
  37. 37. PHASE 3: REGIONAL VISION FOR SUSTAINABILITY Alternative scenarios model – Provide immediate feedback with simultaneous measurement of any quantifiable impact metric – Consider a full spectrum of issues, from school taxes to stormwater runoff, parking demand, net and gross tax revenues, job creation, transportation impact, housing equity, CO2 increases, and so forth – Capable of interfacing with the MPO’s travel demand model Regional vision for sustainability Potential future scenarios – “Ground-truthing” of scenarios Comparative analysis of regional cooperation + governance Preferred future direction for sustainability
  38. 38. PHASE 3: REGIONAL VISION FOR SUSTAINABILITY (INSERT GRAPHIC)
  39. 39. PHASE 4: REGIONAL SUSTAINABILITY FRAMEWORK Development of plan components – Socioeconomic factors – Natural environment – Built environment Sustainability framework – Existing conditions + trends summary – Needs analysis – Goals + strategies for each of the plan components
  40. 40. PHASE 5: SUSTAINABILITY REPORT +IMPLEMENTATION Sustainability action plan – Action agenda with timeframes + responsibilities – Database of indicators + tools for access by local government – Potential sources of funding + other implementation resources – Management structure to build capacity for implementation – Program to monitor implementation progress Implementation priorities The Tomorrow Plan report + brochure summary
  41. 41. HUD ON PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT“…if Job 1 of these grants is helping facilitate more sustainable, comprehensive planning for communities and regions, then creating opportunities for meaningful, robust participation by everyone who will be affected by this process is Job 1A. This will be a difficult hill to climb for many grantees, precisely because if it were easy and/or routine to do, underrepresented groups would already by part of the process…”
  42. 42. ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE TOMORROW PLAN Traditional public engagement techniques – Community meetings – Stakeholder interviews – Surveys – Task forces + focus groups
  43. 43. ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE TOMORROW PLAN Innovative techniques to reach all constituencies – Interactive website + social media – Library + town hall computer stations – Community events + open houses – Storefront displays – Interactive scenario building – Meetings in a box – Youth engagement
  44. 44. ENGAGING THE PUBLIC IN THE TOMORROW PLAN Speaker series to educate the public – Importance of regional planning – Sustainable planning – Case studies in scenarios – Visioning – Implementation Outreach series events to correspond to speaker series events
  45. 45. PROJECT STATUS
  46. 46. WHERE IS THE PROJECT TODAY? Synthesizing public input from project launch event – Online survey – Living regionally activity Preparing for first public outreach series to determine what are viewed as key resources, opportunities, and challenges – October 24: Lakeside Center, Ankeny – October 25: Des Moines Central Library – October 25: Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge, West Des Moines – October 26: Windsor Heights Community Center – October 27: Doanes Park Youth Center, Pleasant Hill Analyzing data to understand the existing conditions in the region
  47. 47. Facebook + Twitter Phone: 515.334.0075bwilcoxon@dmampo.org
  48. 48. WWW.THETOMORROWPLAN.COM

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