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Linking the Comprehensive Plan to Economic Development

Date: 8/13/2014

Land-use
webinar to explore link between comprehensive plan and economic development

 

 

 

UNIVERSITY
PARK, Pa. -- How can you make your comprehensive plan better support economic
development? That will be the topic of a web-based seminar kicking off a summer-fall
land-use series offered by Penn State Extension.

 

 Presenting
the 75-minute webinar, which will take place at noon on July 23, will be Todd
Poole, with the firm 4Ward Planning.

 

Municipal
and county land-use regulations, plans and policies must accommodate the
various needs of people, households and businesses, according to Poole.
However, many comprehensive planning efforts, while well-intentioned, often
provide cursory treatment to the interests of current and prospective business
investment - development, expansion, transportation accessibility and
supportive workforce housing policies.

 

 "The
consequence of not adequately addressing current and future needs of your
community’s industries is unrealized jobs and tax revenues - an opportunity
cost," he said.

 

 "Consequently,
it is vitally important for land-use policy professionals  -- certified
planners and planning and zoning board members -- to recognize not only the
importance of integrating a sound economic development plan or strategy within
the broader comprehensive planning framework, but relevant trends influencing
how businesses and industry will utilize land and buildings into the
future."

 

 This
webinar will provide a general understanding of macro level socio-economic and
related business and industry trends likely to influence economic development
plans and associated land-use policies over the next 20 years, Poole noted.

 

 "For
example, current zoning -- which heretofore has accommodated large-scale office
parks -- will need to be re-visited, in light of the influence technology and
corporate office culture has had, making the need for large office footprints
unnecessary."

 

 Webinars offered in
the monthly land-use series, which all start at noon and are recorded for
future viewing, also include the below topics

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