FDOT has undergone a profound systemic change. In a move away from the historic primacy of moving cars, which has led to widespread congestion and the highest rate of roadway deaths and injuries in the nation, FDOT will now build and fund projects incorporating Smart Growth and Complete Streets principles.
With technical advisement from Smart Growth America, FDOT has customized a new complete streets program of transportation planning and design based upon land use categories called Transects – land use categories developed by the Congress for New Urbanism. Infrastructure design will be determined by documented current and future land use patterns. FDOT’s new program, entitled Context Classification, when fully phased in, will significantly impact all regions and localities within Florida. The types of roadways and transportation infrastructure built and renovated are to reflect the intended economic, social and demographic uses of the surrounding lands.
The local non-profit associations Streets Alive of SWFL and CCIM and their partners have organized a regional conference to convey the new message from FDOT to “Get your land use planning in order” within the larger context of Integrative Planning – human-centered community planning – the nexus of social, economic, land use, transportation and health parameters.
A few of the issues to be addressed are:
Victor Dover – AICP Fellow, CNU Fellow, cofounder of Dover, Kohl & Partners Town Planning
A revolutionary makeover is underway to promote walking and cycling and appeal to a new generation of creative, demanding citizens. Victor, urban designer and co-author of Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns (Wiley, January 2014), is an expert on how to fix our streets, and, in the process, shape enduring cities that people really love.
For 30 years, Dover has been designing walkable, sustainable development. Spanning five continents, his work ranges from revitalizing historic downtowns to retrofitting suburbia. Projects include Plan El Paso, hailed as “America’s Best Smart Growth Plan”. His visioning, planning and regulatory codes create highly livable communities of economic viability, demonstrating that there is no conflict between livability, economic prosperity, and environmental concerns.
Ian Lockwood – P.E. Toole Design Group is focused on developing creative and practical solutions to move people and goods more effectively, saving money and increasing the quality of life appeal in the larger community. Former partner in Glatting Jackson (became AECOM), Harvard University Loeb Fellowship recipient.
Ian is a national leader in sustainable transportation policy and urban design, with extensive background in both public government and private consulting, he works with localities to transform parking and roadways – mere pathways – from blighted and congested to economically and socially vibrant places, creating “Path as Place” environments designed for humans to thrive.
Billy Hattaway – P.E. Director of Transportation for City of Orlando and former FDOT Division 1 Secretary, member Congress for New Urbanism and recipient of its John Nolen award. Working closely with a Smart Growth America Advisory Team, Billy initiated and developed Florida’s new Complete Streets program, called Context Classification. This state-wide shift will deeply integrate land use and transportation planning. Billy, is now propelling the City of Orlando forward as its Director of DOT. In 2014, Billy Hattaway was honored as one of the “Top Ten Public Officials” in the U.S
Joe Minicozzi – AICP, founder of Urban 3, a Community Planning Data Analytics Firm. Planning for economic growth should build upon a solid foundation with understanding of the impacts that community design decisions have on economic outcomes. Deploying award-winning analytic tools and using data illustrated by 3D graphics, Joe’s analyses help localities make better decisions, measuring investments against ROI, through identification and comparative assessment of revenue streams. Joe holds a Master’s degree from Harvard’s school of Architecture and Urban Design and lived and worked in Florida for a number of years.
FDOT Division 1 Secretary L.K. Nandam and the FDOT Complete Streets Team – the FDOT Complete Streets Program Manager, DeWayne Carver AICP, will present the new state-wide Context Classification Program. He and his team of engineers and planners will convey a thorough understanding of FDOT’s transformative pivot to the integration of land use planning with all of its social and demographic components into transportation infrastructure decision making. They will address the near and long-term implications of these underlying and fundamental value changes and the impact on regions and local governments.
Jerry Champa – Omni-Means, a GHD Company Exploring broad deployment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) technologies and other arterial improvement strategies for safety, maximizing capacities, enhancing all travel modes and saving money.
Jerry Champa assists highway infrastructure owner/operators to efficiently identify and implement modern, performance-based, and practical roundabout solutions for solving traffic safety, operational and access problems by applying knowledge, skills, and perspective acquired through 20+ years of experience with Caltrans in collaboration with partner agencies and organizations throughout California.
David Clark, Deputy Secretary, Land and Recreation, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Greenways & Trails. David will speak to the value of trail systems and their enormous potential as functional components of interconnected multimodal regional and local transportation networks. He will address the beneficial impacts on community value, economic development, public health and infrastructure savings as they are integrated into viable transportation networks.
The 10 principles below are considered the foundation of a Smart Growth approach — Open the link below to learn more about each of these.