Education Series


March 21, 2014 – 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The Walkable City

In this webinar, Jeff Speck outlines the compelling economic, health, and environmental mandates behind creating more walkable communities.  He then discusses his General Theory of Walkability, which describes the measures that communities can undertake to create larger walking and biking populations by providing the "useful, safe, comfortable, and interesting walk."

December 12, 2013 – 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Parking Reform Made Easy: How to Make Smarter Parking Requirements

Status quo parking requirements often stand in the way of making communities livable, equitable, and sustainable. Responding to criticisms of excessive minimum parking requirements, many planners feel that improvements should be made but they lack a solid procedure for generating reform.  The core of the webinar is presentation and discussion of a 12-step process that can be used to reform parking requirements. These steps include technical issues concerning local parking utilization data and projecting parking utilization over the life of a project.

June 27, 2013 – 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opportunities and Challenges in Rural Tourism Planning

Tourism-related activities are an increasingly important component of rural economies providing income and diversification to rural communities. This webinar examines current trends in rural tourism, which are being shaped by a rapidly shifting economic landscape and ongoing demographic change.

March 8, 2013 – 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Using Design Guidelines to Control Strip Development

This session presents case studies on the preparation and use of design guidelines to control strip development from several communities in Maine, from Salem, New Hampshire, and from the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts. The presenters have extensive experience with strip development and the preparation and implementation of design guidelines.

October 25, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
New Standards for Developments of Regional Impact (DRI)

Changes to Georgia’s planning standards will affect local governments and developers, particularly in regard to large scale developments.  This education session explains the new rules.

April 16, 2012 - 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Economic Development & Local Food

January 27, 2012 - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Northeast Georgia Solid Waste Summit
The Classic Center, Athens, GA

November 15, 2011
Identifying and Funding Housing, Infrastructure & Public Facilities Projects

October 12, 2011
Capitalizing on Solar Energy in Northeast Georgia

September 28, 2011 
Transportation & Infrastructure Planning in Northeast Georgia