The 2019-2020 Regional Land Use Leadership Institute class spent their third day together focused on reviewing the development process and financing development in the region.
The class spent the day in the Mosaic District, an EDENS project. The day began with Adam Weers, Principal from Trammell Crow, leading a development overview discussion.
Then the class spent time engaging with their classmates with the exercise, “Put a Problem in the Pot.” Each individual had time to discuss a problem they were facing so they could get advice for their classmates.
After lunch, the class learned about the Mosaic District as a case study of development in the region and toured the development, learning about the retail and placemaking strategies.
In addition, the class heard from planning leaders from various jurisdictions in the region about their regulatory processes: Gwen Wright- Director, Montgomery Planning Department, Jennifer Steingasser- Deputy Director, Development Review, DC Office of Planning, Laura London- Associate Director of Real Estate Development from APAH, and Jeffrey Farner, Director, City of Alexandria. The discussion was focused around how to balance the variety of public interest goals in the development review process, the best ways to conduct community outreach, and the efficiency of the review process in each jurisdiction.
And finally, the day ended with a leadership component and discussion with Evan Goldman, Executive Vice President, EYA. He discussed his experience with community collaboration and leadership in creating the White Flint Master Plan.