(This originally was posted on the The Future of 35th website.)
Over the past 7 months, we have been super lucky to have had presentations on a variety of land use planning concepts by a host of brilliant and local planning professionals as part of the Coffee Talk series. The Coffee Talks were sponsored by the Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT), which is part of the Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The final (seventh) of these Coffee Talks was presented on August 23rd by Bill LaPatra with Mithun. Bill’s presentation neatly wrapped a bow around the previous six Coffee Talks and brought many of the concepts together. His presentation touched on the benefits to businesses, walkability, transportation, and livability from land use planning. He also touched on how increased density and how it can be done well so it complements, as opposed to competes, with local character and desired outcomes. There are trade-offs though that come along with these benefits.
If you missed, the last Coffee Talk, a video is below along with a PDF version of Bill LaPatra’s presentation for your viewing pleasure. If you missed any of the previous Coffee Talks, you can link to and watch them all HERE. As always, the video is of terrible quality…my apologies.