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2013 Speaker Series - October 23

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 Essential Smart Growth Fixes for Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes

Zoning is a critical tool used in land-use planning. Across the country, local governments are searching for ways to create vibrant communities that attract jobs, foster economic development, and are attractive places for people to live, work, and play. But many are discovering that current land development codes and ordinances often get in the way of achieving these goals, and may not have the resources or expertise to make the regulatory changes that will create more sustainable communities. This discussion is intended to provide tools and information local governments need to revise their land development regulations.

Mr. Kevin Nelson will review the components of the EPA publication “Essential Smart Growth Fixes in Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes.” This document provides local and regional governments with ideas, strategies and best practices to make revision to zoning codes. Strategies for implementation are organized according to a range of potential actions such as modest adjustments, major modifications and wholesale changes, thus providing resources appropriate to nearly any jurisdiction.  

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Date/Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 10:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Location: Board Room, 4th Floor, County Administration Building (CAB), 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
CM: 1.5 hours
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Kevin Nelson, AICP, Senior Policy Analyst, Office of Sustainable Communities, U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Mr. Nelson is a senior policy analyst for the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Sustainable Communities.  The Office focuses on smart growth issues of local, regional and national significance.  To accomplish this, the EPA collaborates with a network of environmental, land use, transportation, open space, design and community-based organizations to highlight best practices and extol the environmental benefits of smart growth development.  Mr. Nelson focuses removing barriers to smart growth implementation. This is primarily accomplished through managing the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. This program works to provide communities with strategies for smart growth implementation through short term, targeted technical assistance.