2014 St. Louis Spring Planning Workshop


Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center

Join us for our annual St. Louis Metro Section Spring Planning Workshop at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center on Tuesday, March 11, 2014! The workshop will include three sessions focusing on planning for healthy and livable transport and transit in your community.

Speakers include: 

  • Whit Blanton, FAICP, Vice President/Principal, Renaissance Planning Group, APA Board of Directors – Region III (Florida)
  • Paul Wojciechowski, AICP, Associate, Alta Planning + Design
  • Mark Phillips, Long Range Planner, BSDA/Metro Transit
  • Todd Antoine, AICP, Director of Planning, Great Rivers Greenway
  • Justin Carney, AICP, Senior Planner, St. Louis County
  • Jesse Jonas, Supervisor, Project Managers, St. Louis County

4 CM Credits APPROVED!

Evening Keynote Speaker Topic & Bio

TOPIC:  Active transportation is a critical part of creating healthy communities. It is also intrinsically tied to economic vitality. A recent Australian study found that those who commute regularly by car, modest regular exercise does not overcome the health impacts related to weight gain and stress from driving to work. A 2010 Brookings study reported that for childhood obesity alone, the annual direct costs in the US are about $14.3 billion in higher medical costs. There is also a quantifiable impact of obesity on adults in terms of lost productivity at work. For instance, in the North American division of Shell Oil Company, 3.73 additional days of work were lost per year for each obese employee relative to their normal-weight co-workers. Another study cited in the research reported that employees considered at risk for obesity were 1.23 times more likely to be in the ‘high-absenteeism’ group than those who were not.

With the cost of providing health insurance, when choosing between locations, employers may increasingly consider the obesity rate of the working age population. Opportunities for active transportation also play into a neighborhood’s or a city’s inherent coolness for attracting younger wage-earners and those in emerging industries.

In this discussion, Whit Blanton, FAICP, will describe how communities can successfully approach creating a culture of active transportation, with greater emphasis on walking, bicycling and use of public transportation. He will address setting the context for linking transportation and healthy communities, developing analytical tools, using performance measures and fostering community support to help guide decision-making. He will discuss the steps toward making communities and neighborhoods more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly, including education and encouragement strategies along with facilities

BIO:  Whit Blanton is vice president and a founding principal of Renaissance Planning Group, a consulting firm based in Orlando, FL that primarily serves local governments, MPOs, transit providers and state transportation agencies. He has 25 years of professional planning experience, primarily in the areas of multimodal planning and design to support redevelopment of corridors, centers and districts. His experience spans a wide range of projects in the areas of transportation and land use planning. Whit serves as an instructor for the National Transit Institute’s Transit Oriented Development training course, and has developed and delivered training and technical assistance programs nationwide for the Federal Highway Administration, the U.S. EPA and the American Planning Association. He studied urban and regional planning at Florida State University and journalism at the University of Florida.

Whit is active in the leadership of the American Planning Association, elected in 2012 from Region III to a four-year term on APA’s Board of Directors. Since 2008 he has served on APA’s Legislative & Policy Committee. Whit received the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) President’s Award for Exceptional Practice at the 2011 National Planning Conference. In 2012, he was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows, reflecting his professional practice contributions over his career. He serves as chair of the City of Winter Park’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Board. He is a native of Kings Mountain, NC.

Afternoon Session #1 (BICYCLES & TRANSIT)

TOPIC:  Bicycles and Transit are critical considerations in the transportation network we call complete streets.  The question is, how do you make the connections between transit and bicycles that allow people to use these modes as an effective way to get places, as well as integrate them into the roadway network. In most cases it is not how much you spend for this integration, it is all in how you plan, design and implement it.

BIOS:  Paul Wojciechowski is a transportation planner and engineer with nearly 30 years of experience in planning and designing innovative transportation facilities, and integrating these facilities to function with adjacent land-uses. His work has included street design, bikeway and pedestrian facility design, transit projects, land-use planning, program management, transportation planning, and utility relocation. Paul has dedicated his career to public projects that enhance communities and regional systems, and has contributed ideas for development projects that achieve community goals, including award-winning projects such as the regional Gateway Bike Plan in St. Louis and the City of Woodson Terrace Comprehensive Plan.

Mark Phillips has a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning, a certificate in Economic Development, and nine years of professional experience in both transit and land use planning. Prior to joining Metro Transit, he worked for the New York City Department of City Planning and the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission. Mark joined Metro in September 2009 and immediately began working on the Agency’s first 30-year plan, Moving Transit Forward.  Under the direction of Metro’s Chief of Planning, his work now focuses on long-range plan implementation studies; projects to improve the transit customer experience; and partnering on transit-oriented development, bike/ped, and other community planning efforts.

Afternoon Session #2 (TRAILS & COMPLETE STREETS)

TOPIC:  Complete Streets have come to St. Louis County! This session will share how St. Louis County Planning & Highway Departments worked collaboratively to develop and pass the new Complete Streets ordinance and how this will impact the future of the County’s highway system. One of the exciting opportunities for early implementation of Complete Streets are where Great Rivers Greenway District’s River Ring system interacts with the highway network. The panelists will share some example projects of collaboration that will further enable the door-to-door alternative transportation options in our region.

BIOS:  Todd Antoine, AICP, is the Director for Planning at the Great Rivers Greenway District in St. Louis, Missouri.  The primary focus of his work is to develop and implement The River Ring, a regional interconnected system of greenways, parks and trails.  He coordinates efforts to establish partnerships with local, state and regional entities in the implementation of The River Ring with projects in St. Louis City, St. Louis County and St. Charles County, Missouri. Todd is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).  He received his master’s degree in urban affairs from St. Louis University.

Justin Carney, AICP, is a 16-year professional, having worked the last 9 years as a Senior Planner in St. Louis County’s Comprehensive Planning Division.  He works on a variety of projects for the County, from countywide policy and livability initiatives to neighborhood outreach and community plans.  Having recently wrapped up the County’s Strategic Plan, Justin is currently working on an Age-Friendly Communities initiative and with County Highways on implementation of the County’s new Complete Streets policy.  He is a member of the APA/AICP and is the Immediate Past President of the St. Louis Metropolitan Section APA. Justin has a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa. 

Jesse Jonas graduated from the University of Missouri – Rolla in 2001 and began his work career with the Missouri Department of Transportation.  He joined St Louis County in 2012 as a supervisor of project managers in the County’s Construction Division.  In his 12 year career, Jesse has placed a strong focus on learning and educating others of best practices for pedestrian access and compliance with federal requirements.  Most recently, Jesse has volunteered to assist in the coordination of the County’s Complete Streets efforts in policy and implementation development.

Members, students, commissioners - $35/session (afternoon or evening) or $60 for all day (the entire event)
Non-members - $50/session (afternoon or evening) or $90 for all day (the entire event)

Note to Non-members:  Cost of membership is $25, meaning you can save yourself $5 by joining MOAPA SLMS prior to the event.  See www.mo-apa.org/saint-louis for more info.

Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center
11715 Cragwold Rd
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Afternoon Registration:   1:00pm – 1:30pm
Afternoon Session I:   1:30pm – 2:30pm
Break:   2:30pm – 2:45pm
Afternoon Session II:   2:45pm – 4:15pm

Evening Registration:   4:00pm – 4:30pm
Break:   4:15pm – 4:30pm
Awards:   4:30pm – 5:00pm
Evening Keynote Speaker:   5:00pm – 6:30pm
Reception:   6:30pm – 7:30pm

Interested in Sponsoring the Workshop?  Sponsorship is just $200 and includes registration for two plus recognition in the program.  Please contact Julian Jacquin at the information below.

For Questions please contact Julian Jacquin at 314-231-4720 or jjacquin@edr-consulting.com.  Please ask about special rates for groups of elected or appointed officials.