Planning and the planning profession

Suwanee OKs updated downtown master plan

On a night when Suwanee leaders gave approval to a new downtown master plan, the city also took action toward more development near City Hall. At its July meeting Tuesday, the city council approved sending the updated downtown master plan to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Woody Giles of planning firm TSW, which helped city leaders develop the plan, noted that this will help Suwanee become eligible for Livable Cities Initiative funding from the ARC. “There is a lot of flexibility built into the plan” Giles noted in a presentation to council members. “It’s about a bigger vision.”

Rogers council approves downtown plan

The City Council unanimously approved a downtown plan during its meeting Tuesday with no discussion from members. The plan has been in the works for more than a year following the city signing a contract with Gateway Planning of Texas to develop it. "I am excited for Rogers," Scott Polikov, Gateway president, said. "I think the way that process went and the involvement from the people of Rogers reflects well on Rogers." No one spoke against the plan during a public hearing. Bill Watkins, a lawyer with an office downtown, was one of two that spoke in favor of the plan. "I am heavily invested in the future of downtown Rogers," Watkins said. "I am excited to see this and I hope the council approves it." Watkins also said he hopes the city continues to spend money supporting the plan in the future. The plan calls for infrastructure improvements to streets, utilities and greenspace. Revamping alleys and Frisco Park along First Street are some of the suggestions in the plan.

Charleston planning director Keane leaving for similar job in Atlanta

Charleston's planning director has taken a similar job in Georgia.  Tim Keane, the city's director of planning, preservation and sustainability, has accepted the position of commissioner of planning and community development for Atlanta, according to a news release. Keane's final day with Charleston will be June 26.

Duluth spends millions to bring people to community

TSW completed the Duluth Downtown Master Plan last year, focusing on new commercial, public spaces to link commercial, civic, and residential, and increased residential density to support the downtown core. Now, the City is looking toward implementation. Local Atlanta news station WSB-TV Channel 2 covered the story.

GREENPRINT 2014/2040 Sustainability Plan for the Mid-South Wins Excellence in Sustainability Award

GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished.

Nashville: The Resilient City

Nashville has become one of the United States’ most dynamic economies, driving growth back into its core neighborhoods. In 2010, the city also showcased its resilience by bouncing back from a severe flood that impacted many parts of the downtown. The city’s growth and post-flood rebuilding gave the City an opportunity to craft a downtown plan with a multi-disciplinary team led by Urban Design Associates.

‘Sense of place’ is key to regional talent strategy

Led by the Walton Family Foundation, Northwest Arkansas officials look to walkable urban solutions for future economic growth.

Atlanta’s untapped potential for creating a thriving aerotropolis

Airports are evolving into commercial centers, attracting nearby manufacturing and distribution concerns, hotels, convention centers, retail, housing, recreation and other uses.

Tea Party taps hippie wisdom: How’s that working out?

The new "hippies" have successfully disrupted the work of some of the least powerful “elites” in American civic life — community planners — but not everywhere and not for long..

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