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2024 mobile tours
& Special Events

Here, you can find all information about mobile tours, receptions, networking meetups, and other events happening during the 2024 conference!


Please note some events may have an additional cost. Stay tuned as further details continue to update in the coming days!

mobile tours

All tours have been submitted for CM credits. CM details will be provided once approved.

Important Mobile Tour Information:

  • Please note: All mobile tours require an additional ticket and must be purchased with conference registration.

  • There are a limited number of tickets available for each tour and the number of tickets available for each tour will be indicated when registration opens.

  • All tours will depart from the Williamsburg Lodge. 

  • Please note the mode of transportation when booking each mobile tour to consider the best attire, footwear, water, etc. 

Are you interested in SPONSORING a mobile tour? Learn more!

Sunday, July 21

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Virginia Capital Trail: Where the world comes to ride *SOLD OUT*

The Virginia Capital Trail Mobile Workshop will traverse the popular Virginia Capital Trail from Milepost 0 at Jamestown Settlement to James City County’s Chickahominy Riverfront Park. The Capital Trail is a paved, 10-foot wide, car-free shared-use path between Jamestown (milepost 0) and Richmond (milepost 51.7). The route will start in the parking lot of the Jamestown Settlement. The ride is 14 miles out and back, with a rest stop at Chickahominy Riverfront Park at mile 7 and snack and discussion stop at Spoke & Art at mile 11. The ride concludes back at the James City County Marina, which is also home to the Billsburg Brewery. E-bikes will be provided. This mobile bike workshop is suitable for bike riding skills from novice to advanced

Speaker details coming soon!

Mode: eBike

Cost: $35

Tickets Available: *SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour

1:00PM - 5:00PM

Coaster 101

Busch Gardens and Water Country behind the scenes tour.* More information coming soon!

*Please note this ticket does not include admission to the park. 


Speakers: Busch Gardens Staff 


Mode: Van & Walking 

Cost: $35 

Tickets Available: 2 (availability as of June 12)

1:00 Pm - 4:00 PM

Making Better Neighbors: Town/Gown Relations


William & Mary is nestled in the heart of Colonial Williamsburg and its historic residential neighborhoods. On this walking tour we will discuss how the housing shortage felt by many nationwide is impacting the dynamics of the Williamsburg housing market, specifically, as it relates to off campus student housing in residential neighborhoods. This tour will highlight the collaboration efforts taken by leaders within the City of Williamsburg and William & Mary to sustain neighborhood character through proactive policy decisions. The tour will also provide an opportunity to discuss how other communities across the Commonwealth can strengthen their relationships with higher education partners.



Justin D. Sanders, CZA | CTM

Senior Planner, Montgomery County

Tevya W. Griffin, AICP

Director of Planning and Codes Compliance, City of Williamsburg


Dr. Sarah L. Stafford, CSX

Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Department Chair, William & Mary

Mode: Walking 

Cost: $35

Tickets Available: 8 (availability as of June 12)

1:00Pm- 3:00Pm

At the Center of it All, Exploring the Architecture of the original campus of William & Mary and Surrounding Historic Neighborhoods - SOLD OUT*

Walking tour of William & Mary original campus to explore and discuss early architecture. Van/Small Bus tour of adjacent residential neighborhoods that are on the national register of historic places (College Terrace, Chandler Court, and Pollard Park), and two neighborhoods that are eligible for register based on era of construction (Braxton Court & Crispus Attucks)



Dr. Carl Lounsberry

Architectural Historian, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at William & Mary


Chris McDaid

Architectural Historian, Vice Chair of the Williamsburg Architectural Review Board

Mode: Walking & Van 

Cost: $35

Available Tickets: *SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour


CPAT- Revitalization of Toano


This is a unique opportunity to make a difference by volunteering at the conference and supporting the local community. Attendees will have the chance to assist residents of the Village of Toano, James City County, with a Community Planning Assistance Project. During a two-hour community event, conference participants will play a crucial role in helping the village develop strategies to advance its plan. The event will be held in Toano, and casual attire is recommended. Attendees should be ready to actively engage, listen, and provide valuable feedback to the residents.


Will Cockrell, AICP


Mode: Bus  

Cost: $10

Available Tickets: 11 (availability as of June 12)

Monday, July 22

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Take a Total 360: Kayaking at Waller Mill Park - SOLD OUT*

Purchased by the City of Williamsburg in the 1940's what was thought to be a bad idea, has turned into one of the best assets of the City. Waller Mill Park, a 2,705-acre park is an oasis, that not only provides city residents with drinking water, but the opportunity to take in the sights and sounds of nature. On this guided kayaking tour on the 360-acre lake, participants will learn about the park’s history, the function and logistics of the reservoir as a drinking source, park wildlife and habitats, and the economic and community benefits of dedicated active recreational space in a city.



Jack Reed 

Class 1 Virginia Waterworks Operator, Director of Public Works, City of Williamsburg, VA


Chris Prewitt

 Parks Superintendent for the City of Williamsburg Parks & Recreation Department

Mode: Van & Kayak 

Cost: $35

*SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour


Williamsburg Urban Explorer Bike Ride

This 9-mile urban street ride will focus on bicycle infrastructure improvements made by the City of Williamsburg, as well as portions of the proposed Birthplace of America Trail within the City and York County.* Led by Reed Nester, retired Williamsburg Planning Director, Chair of the Historic Triangle Bicycle Advisory Committee and Chair of the Tidewater Trails Alliance, participants will learn lessons in collaboration, engagement and funding of local and regional bicycle infrastructure and pedestrian infrastructure. This ride is suited for seasoned cyclist familiar with urban streets will begin at the Williamsburg Lodge and traverse through downtown Williamsburg, Midtown Row, College Woods, and William & Mary. See map for route details.



Reed Nester



Allen Turnbull

Founder, Bike Virginia & BikeWalk Virginia

Chair of BikeWalkWilliamsburg 

Mode: eBike

Cost: $35

Available Tickets:  8 (availability as of June 12)

*Please note an E-bike is provided. This is a 9-mile urban street ride and is suited for seasoned cyclist familiar with urban streets. Please wear appropriate attire.


Yorktown Waterfront: A Revolutionary Revitalization

The Yorktown beach area has been redeveloped substantially over the last two decades and future improvements will make it even more impressive. Come take a hands-on look at the history, projects, and beauty of this local beach.


Earl Anderson

York County 

Mark Carter

Darren Williams


Rick Tanner

Greg Granger

U.S. Army


Matt Bowry

National Park Service 

Mode: Van & Walking

Cost: $35

Available Tickets: 9 (availability as of June 12)

1:00PM - 3:00Pm

You be the Judge: Historic Downtown or New Urbanism, is There Room for Both? - SOLD OUT*

This mobile tour will include walking and transportation on the streets Downtown Williamsburg , an older downtown and New Town located in James City County, a traditional neighborhood design (TND) community.  Participants will discuss the benefits, the similarities, and differences in both communities. Guided by lifelong residents, an architect and a commercial real estate developer, participants will gather economic, architectural, and qualitative evidence to help decide once and for all, if these two philosophies can coexist.



George Youngblood

New Town Commercial Real Estate


Scott Spence

Architect, Chair of the Williamsburg Architectural Review Board

Mode: Walking & Van 

Cost: $35

Available Tickets: *SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour

Tuesday, July 23

9:00am - 11:00Am

EXploring York County Blueways - SOLD OUT*

Jump into an exciting morning out on the water kayaking at Queen Creek in York County. We’ll launch from New Quarter Park-guided by York County Parks and Recreation staff as we discuss the history of the park, the County’s water trail network, and enjoy the outdoors! Be sure to bring sunscreen and plenty of water.


Amanda Roche

York County Parks and Recreation

Caitlin Aubut

York County Planning

Mode: Bus & Kayak

Cost: $40 

*SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour

8:30 AM - 11:30am
Rediscovering Jamestowne: Heritage Tourism and Resiliency Planning

For 20 years, the dedicated staff at Historic Jamestowne have been unearthing the legacy of the first successful English settlement in North America. Through extensive archeological research and excavation, the Jamestown Rediscovery Project has interpreted the former site of James Fort and other surrounding historic resources. This mobile tour will highlight the work of the dedicated staff of Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service to tell the stories of Virginia’s first settlement. Staff will share their efforts to promote heritage tourism, sustainability, and resiliency planning to protect one of the Historic Triangle’s most cherished historic resources.


Sean Romo, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Preservation Virginia

Mary Anna Hartley, Senior Staff Archaeologist, Preservation Virginia


Preservation Virginia Staff

Mode: Bus 

Cost: $45

Available Tickets: 5 (availability as of June 12)

1:30 PM - 4:30PM

Telling the Story of African American History in the City of Williamsburg - SOLD OUT*

In recent years, a more consertive effort has been made to give voice to the history of minority communities. These stories provide a richness and layer of American history that help create healing and unity within communities. Learn how four institutions using their individual strengths tell the story of African Americans from the 1800's to the present. This tour wil lead participants on a beind the scenes walking tour of the historic Bray School and other AA sites in the historic district. Participants will take a shuttle to historic First Baptist Church organized in 1776 by slaves and free blacks, and have the opportunity to ring the Freedom Bell. Lastly participants will view stops on the upcoming African Amerian Heritage Trail including the Hearth memorial on the campus of William & Mary.


Matt Webster

Executive Director, Architectural Preservation and Research & Liz Montgomery, The Historic First Baptist Church

Mode: Bus 

Cost: $35

Available Tickets: *SOLD OUT: Please contact staff at if you would like to be added to the waitlist for this tour

Receptions & Networking Events


All receptions are ticketed events. Attendees may purchase tickets for guests to attend.

Event details and locations will be announced soon. Stay tuned!

Sunday, July 21 | 5:30Pm-7:30PM

Sunday Evening Welcome Reception | Precarious Beer Project 

Join us on our welcoming night for an evening of fun, vintage arcade games, burgers, snacks, and craft beer at Precarious Beer Project in the heart of Merchant's Square in Williamsburg!

Join us at the Precarious Beer Project: 110 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA 23185

  • Conference Attendee Ticket - $15 ($25 when purchased onsite)

  • Conference Attendee Under 21 Ticket - $15 ($25 when purchased onsite)

  • Guest Ticket - $25 ($35 when purchased onsite)

  • Guest Under 21 Ticket - $25 ($35 when purchased onsite)

Monday, July 22 | 7pm-9pm

Monday Evening Reception | The Williamsburg Lodge 

Generously Sponsored By: The City of Williamsburg 

We can't wait to see you for an evening of live music, sweet treats, cocktails & mocktails, Williamsburg fun, and other surprises (dinner NOT included)!

  • Conference Attendee Ticket - $15 ($25 when purchased onsite)

  • Conference Attendee Under 21 Ticket - $15 ($25 when purchased onsite)

  • Guest Ticket - $25 ($35 when purchased onsite)

  • Guest Under 21 Ticket - $25 ($35 when purchased onsite)

The Williamsburg Lodge 

310 S England St

Williamsburg, VA 23185

Tuesday, July 23 | SOLD OUT 

Please email to be added to the waitlist

Emerging Planning Professionals Social | Copper Fox Distillery 

The Tuesday evening Young Planners Group (YPG) social is FREE to attend, but RSVP Required. More details to be announced!

Come join EPP's annual social for a night of fun and networking at the rustic and charming Copper Fox Distillery! 

Copper Fox Distillery
901 Capitol Landing Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Director's Breakfast

Exclusive Event | Details Coming Soon 

Leadership Development Breakfast 

Exclusive Event | Details Coming Soon 

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