Mobile Workshops

All workshops are offered for an add-on fee (this is in addition to the conference registration rate). Tours include some form of physical activity, please dress accordingly.


Wednesday, September 25, 2019

2:15 - 3:45 PM

Beyond the Façade | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
This walking tour of downtown Kalamazoo will contrast the “before,” with empty 19th century upper floors perfect for urban exploration, and the “after,” with redeveloped living and working spaces. Learn the history of these spaces and explore their rehabilitation possibilities. Hear about obstacles that may stand in the way of such a future. This innovative approach helps people understand the importance of historic preservation and showcases the potential of underutilized upper floors (Not all spaces are barrier free.)
Sharon Ferraro, Historic Preservation Coordinator, Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission

2:15 PM - 5:30 PM

When Health & Local Food Drive the Plan: Bronson KVCC Healthy Living Campus | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
In a short walk from the Radisson, public private partner institutions for healthcare and public education have invested millions of dollars in the synergy of talent development, job creation, local food production and value-added processing. This tour is an opportunity to see what it looks like when health and local food drive the conceptual and physical development of an urban enclave. See where public private partnerships move local food to institutions, neighborhoods, and food deserts.
Gregory Milliken, AICP, Bronson Healthcare Group


Thursday, September 26, 2019

1:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Solving the Floods | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
Experience the epicenter of neighborhoods plagued by increased stormwater and historically high groundwater in Kalamazoo County. City of Portage staff will highlight the City’s stormwater enhancement programs that incorporate low-impact design and recreational amenities. Texas Township will recap events that led to unprecedented neighborhood flooding and the partnerships used to develop an emergency response. Both communities will share how future planning needs resulted in updated standards for stormwater, groundwater, and capital improvement planning.
Steve Deisler, Planning/Zoning and Development Administrator, Texas Township
Kendra Gwin, Director of Transportation & Utilities, City of Portage
Julie VanderWiere, Texas Township Superintendent

Kayak the Kazoo - Natural Amenities Create Big Wins for Communities | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
Many urban communities are burdened with soil contamination, polluted rivers and floodplain boundaries hindering redevelopment in the core areas. By changing the perspective, planners can capitalize on natural amenities and generate successful projects despite these challenges. Participants will kayak along the Kalamazoo River and see first hand how it has toggled between an asset and liability to riverside communities. Long range planning has allowed communities in Kalamazoo County to capitalize on and embrace the river as an amenity for recreation and new mixed use development.
Peter C. Eldridge, AICP, Zoning Administrator, City of Kalamazoo
Megan Mickelson, Associate Planner, Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study
Jodi Stefforia, Planning & Zoning Administrator, Comstock Charter Township

 

Friday, September 27, 2019


8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Downtown Revitalization: Battle Creek | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
Board a bus to downtown Battle Creek where we’ll then take a walking tour of its downtown. We’ll experience the renaissance occurring spurred by various development incentives, coordination between public and private entities, preservation of Historic character, and infusion of new and old ideas. We will hear from a local developer and the downtown development director who will discuss downtown economics, mixed use, historic preservation processes, parking management, and more.
Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM, City Planner, City of Battle Creek

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Northside Tour | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
Join City staff, neighborhood leaders, and developers on a walking tour of the Northside Neighborhood. Explore the NACD campus plans from senior housing to hydroponics, learn from property owners as they work on incremental development sites, and see large projects coming to fruition. Participants will learn about programs and plans aimed to support neighborhood residents, especially those who are African American and low income and neighborhood planning and implementation tools, including rezoning and Cultural Business Districts.
Katie Reilly, AICP, Neighborhood Activator, City of Kalamazoo
Antonio Mitchell, Development Projects Coordinator, City of Kalamazoo

8:30 AM - Noon

Downtown Revitalization: Battle Creek | 2.5 AICP CM | $20
Board a bus to downtown Battle Creek where we’ll then take a walking tour of its downtown. We’ll experience the renaissance occurring spurred by various development incentives, coordination between public and private entities, preservation of Historic character, and infusion of new and old ideas. We will hear from a local developer and the downtown development director who will discuss downtown economics, mixed use, historic preservation processes, parking management, and more.
Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM, City Planner, City of Battle Creek

 

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