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APA-CMS Event: Development Rules of Thumb: The Regulations and Realities Every Planner Should Know (

Updated: Jan 2, 2020

Join the APA-CMS in April for a lively discussion about the outside sectors and factors that influence the shape of our cities - engineering, market and design feasibility, and the building code! Comprehension of their "rules of thumb" for common situations can make your job easier by understanding constraints and where there is room for flexibility. Also learn how new building materials and sustainability strategies fit within their rules - or rewrite them entirely.

This session will explore the critical intersection among market feasibility, physical design, building code regulations, and the planning/zoning fields in city governance. Understanding the influence of these sectors facilitates an appreciation of the wider business environment and encourages development of external and strategic thinking. Learning these development rules can enable your organization to spot business opportunities early, manage community expectations, and provide preventative action to struggling development and sites.

The event's key speakers are:

  • Tim Kirkby AIA, AICP, LEED AP, architect and urban designer with Farr Associates who will provide physical design development rules of thumb pulling from his two core areas of focus- sustainability and urban design

  • Valerie Kretchmer, President of Valerie S. Kretchmer Associates who will contribute her expertise in real estate feasibility analysis from her over 40 years of experience working with municipalities, housing authorities, transit agencies, developers and lenders throughout the Midwest

  • Richard A. Piccolo, President and founder of B&F Construction Code Services, Inc., and the Building & Fire Code Academy who will share his background as a Master Code Professional with 30 years' experience.

  • Jeff Anderson, Director of Information Technology, City of Naperville

There will be plenty of time to ask questions during this insightful session! Register now!

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