2022 Conference Program

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Board Meeting



Mobile Tours


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Brown’s Island and the T. Tyler Potterfield Bridge 

City/Downtown: Walk

Urban Design Tour: Great (and not so great) Places in Downtown

City/Downtown: Walk


Diamond District Redevelopment 

City/Downtown: Private Bus


Infill Development and Reuse in Richmond 

City/Downtown: Private Bus

Sunday Welcome Reception ​

6:30pm-8:30pm at Bingo Beer ​


Opening Keynote



Zachary Mannheimer

Alquist 3D and Atlas Community Studios

After a road-trip from NYC to 22 cities around the country, Zachary chose and settled in Des Moines in 2007 founding the Des Moines Social Club, an arts and educational non-profit. Since opening its doors in 2009, DMSC hosted over 5000 events for over 1,000,000 patrons. In 2020, Zachary founded Atlas Community Studios, a team helping rural communities plan for growth. Working in over 20 states, Atlas works to revitalize communities through economic, cultural, and entrepreneurial concepts. Zachary is also CEO at Alquist 3D, a construction company that uses concrete 3D printers to create homes, buildings, and other structures aimed at dropping the cost of, and solving the housing crisis. Zachary serves on the boards of Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Rural Development Council. He lives in Iowa City with his wife Sarah, and their three kids Mira, Benjamin and Fiona. He is an opinion contributor to The Hill and his work has been written about in the New York Times, Time Magazine, Politico, The Atlantic and dozens of community publications.



Breakout Sessions


Shopping Center Redevelopment- Best Practices 

Speakers: Andy Condlin (Roth Jackson, PLC), Mike Poole (Poole & Poole Architecture), Michele Mixner DeWitt (City of Williamsburg)

Enterprise Land Management System Influence in Planning Process 

Speakers: Curel Sundar (Chesterfield County), Steven Haasch (Chesterfield County) 

Real Estate Responses to Covid – Dynamic Trends within the Housing, Retail, and Office Sectors 

Speakers: Melina Duggal (Duggal Real Estate Advisors)

Planning for Implementation: The Broad Creek Refresh Plan

Speakers: Councilwoman Mamie B. Johnson (City of Norfolk), George M. Homewood (City of Norfolk), Chris Whitney (City of Norfolk)





Equity and Open Space

Across the Commonwealth and world, lower-income communities are systemically denied access to green space, open space, and parks to the detriment of their health, welfare, pleasure, and growth. Richmond, with its long and stark history of racial and socio-economic segregation, provides an unmistakable example of these inequalities. Whether yet addressed in their work or not, planners in 2022 are aware of these inequities and face an opportunity to enact lasting change.


In this informally moderated plenary discussion, Nathan, Ryan, and Rob will discuss how they are working to heal these disparities through their work. Come hear their discussion on how they address these issues in Richmond and work to make transformative differences. They will not only discuss the importance of undertaking this mission for open space in their work, but will also offer inspiration for planners seeking to tackle these inequities in their own unique communities.

Moderator: Anne Darby (Summit Design)
Nathan Burrell (Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation)
Jeremy Hoffman (Science Museum of Virginia)
Ryan Rinn (City of Richmond, Dept. of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities) 



Breakout Sessions


Zoning and Segregation In Virginia

Speakers: James Dyke (McGuireWoods Consulting), Lori Greenlief (McGuireWoods LLP),

Steve Mikulic (McGuireWoods LLP)

From Jetsons to Reality: How AAM Can Impact Land Use and Travel Trends

Speakers: Mary Ashburn Pearson (Delta Airport Consultants, Inc.), Dr. Amber Wilson (DOAV)

Arlandria-Chirilagua's Neighborhood Cultural Diversity Preservation + Resiliency 

Speakers: Helen S. McIlvaine (City of Alexandria), Jeffrey Farner (City of Alexandria), Jose C. Ayala (City of Alexandria) 



Deep Dives


Equity Is.... Clean Water for All! 

Speakers: Briana Yancey (US EPA), Sarah Stewart (Richmond Regional Commission)



Mobile Tours


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Tale of the Two Sides of Jackson Ward 

City/Downtown: Walk


Richmond Parks and Greenspaces 

City/Downtown: Private Bus


Richmond Highway: From Manchester to Chesterfield 

Regional: Private Bus



Breakout Sessions


Where Jobs Go to Sleep: The Intersection of Housing and Economic  Development

[Bolster, McNamara] 

20 X 20 - Highlight APA Virginia Award Winners

Speakers: To be Announced


The Importance of Transportation to Virginia State Politics

Speaker: Xavier Harmony, Virginia Tech 


Breakout Sessions


Hearing More Than Crickets: How A Small MPO Drove Robust and Diverse Participation in a Long-Range Plan

Speakers: John Madera (Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission), Amanda Kerns(Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission), Will Cockrell (EPR PC)

Regional Collaboration in Resilience Planning: Watershed Modeling as a Tool for Equitable Implementation

Speakers: Indrani Ghosh (Weston & Sampson), Bella Purdy (Weston & Sampson)


From Death to Life:Transforming Dying Malls to Urban Communities-Landmark Mall Case Study

Speakers: Jeffrey Farner (City of Alexandria), Stephanie Landrum (Alexandria Economic Development Partnership), Julian Gonsalves (City of Alexandria)


Enhancing Multi-Modal Access to Commuter Rail: VRE’s Broad Run Station Expansion 

Speakers: Christine Hoeffner (Virginia Railway Express), Paolo J. Belita (Prince William County), Chloe Delhomme (City of Manassas)

Monday Celebrate Richmond Reception

6:30pm-9:00pm at Main Street Station ​



Mobile Tours


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Richmond Slave Trail Experience

City/Downtown: Walk

The Power of Public Art 

City/Downtown: Bus tour

Development Along the Pulse BRT: Scott's Addition and Rockett's Landing 

City/Downtown: GRTC Bus


Breakout Sessions


Exploratory Use of Land Evaluation and Site Assessment to Identify Ideal Locations for (Sub)Urban Agriculture

Speakers: John C Jones (Virginia Commonwealth University), Janit Llewellyn (Chesterfield County), Emily Hastings (Virginia Commonwealth University)

“Speed Planning”

Caitlin Aubut (York County)

Path to Equity: Richmond's Equitable Transportation Policy Guide

Speakers: Josh Mallow (Michael Baker International), Kelli Rowan (City of Richmond Department of Public Works)

Using New Markets Tax Credits to fill Financing Gaps for Large Projects

Speaker: Emma Wyatt (The Innovate Fund) 

Breakout Sessions



Insights from the 2021 Virginia Solar Survey: How localities can prepare for the clean energy transition

Speakers: Damian Pitt (Virginia Commonwealth University), Aaron Berryhill (Virginia Department of Energy), Berryhill, Elizabeth Marshall (University of Virginia, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service)

Partnerships for Sustainability – the James River Land Improvements Project 

Speakers: Chris DeWitt (VHB), Will Roche (City of Newport News)

Equity in Multimodal Planning

Speakers: Jessica Dimmick (EPR, PC), Anna Dewey (City of Norfolk), Denise Johnson (Retired), Dorian Allen (City of Norfolk) 


Whose Place is this anyway

Speakers: Ron Sessoms (Rhodeside Harwell), Deana Rhodeside (Rhodeside Harwell), Sukirti Ghosh (Rhodeside Harwell), LaToya Thomas (Brick & Story)


Breakout Sessions


Preparing for a Battery Electric Bus Future in Hampton Roads

Speaker: Eric Nelson (STV Inc.)


Resume Clinic

Calling all students and young planners! Take advantage of the opportunity to sit down with some of the directors of Virginia's largest planning departments for some constructive one-on-one conversations regarding your resume and what they might be looking for when they're reviewing applications for positions within their departments. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from them what sets apart a successful resume and how you might best highlight your experiences. Some of them are even hiring, so who knows where that interaction may lead!


Planning and Implementing Equity in Arts and Culture

Sonali Soneji (VHB) Sharon Raphael (AED)

Virginia Housing

Speakers to be announced



Awards Lunch




Annual Chapter Meeting





Advancing Resiliency Planning with Environmental Impact Bond Financing

Participants in this session will leave with the knowledge and tools to explain and advocate for the use of green bonds as an innovative and successful method for planning and financing resiliency projects with measurable social and environmental benefits. This session will instruct participants on best practices and lessons learned in connecting resiliency planning with innovative financing from environmental impact bonds. Participants will learn key tenants of successful resiliency planning drawn from the case study of the Resilient Hampton Initiative. Content will provide an overview in the key points in the initiative’s development, from its earliest days as a concept through to present success in advancing projects through to final designs and groundbreaking. Topics covered in this portion of the session will include (1) utilizing innovative approaches to lead to transformative and equitable outcomes; (2) developing values as standards for resiliency planning to integrate into all elements of municipal work; (3) layering benefits to ensure social, public health, and environmental benefits are realized simultaneously; (4) public involvement and leveraging partnerships to multiply resiliency outcomes; (5) integrating nature-based solutions into planning efforts; and (6) an introduction to green bonds as a means to finance local projects which have measurable social and environmental benefits. The session will also speak to the importance of identifying dedicated funding to advance resilience plans to fruition. Quantified Ventures – an outcomes-based capital firm with experience supporting Hampton and other entities to secure green bond financing – will share information on why communities should consider green bonds to meet their resiliency project needs, how to make the case for this funding mechanism, and the process of securing such loans. If pursued properly, green bonds can advance planning principles by providing a structure for identifying, tracking, and reporting on specific outcomes for projects receiving financing. In turn, green bonds can help to build measurement, accountability, and transparency into resiliency planning efforts.

Speakers: Terry O'Neill (City of Hampton), Jason Lee (Quantified Ventures), Carolyn Heaps (City of Hampton)






Legislative Update 

Speakers: M. Tyler Klein (APA Virginia Chapter), Mark Flynn (Advocate for Local Governments)
Eldon James (APA Virginia Chapter)

This legislative update will provide highlights of the 2022 General Assembly, a look forward to 2023, and key land use related Supreme Court decisions. 


Breakout Sessions


Planning and Implementing Neighborhoods of Choice in the Commonwealth

Speaker: Woo Kim (WRT), Maritza Mercado Pechin (City of Richmond), Sheila McAllister (City of Newport News)

Brownfields as a Tool for Main Street Revitalization and Social Equity 

Speaker: Sean C. Garrigan (Stromberg / Garrigan & Associates), J. Meade Anderson (DEQ)


Applications and Implications of Artificial Intelligence for Urban Planning

Speaker: Tom Sanchez (Virginia Tech)


User-Centered Zoning Code Innovations

Speaker: Wayne Childs (General Code)

Tuesday YPG Social 

6:30pm-8:30pm at River City Roll




Equity and Transportation 

Planners today are acutely aware of inequitable access to safe and convenient transportation that afflicts different communities. Whether it is dangerous bicycle and pedestrian access, limited transportation services, or lack of amenities at bus stops, planning professionals are tackling some of the most central obstacles currently hindering the advancement of transportation and their communities. Please join Dironna, Beth, and Ronique for an informally moderated panel as they discuss this subject and the projects aiming to bring equality, convenience, and efficiency to transportation from federal, state, and local levels.

Moderator: Maritza Pechin (City of Richmond, Office of Equitable Development)

Christopher Fourinash (Nelson\Nygaard)
Dironna Moore-Clarke (City of Richmond, Office of Equitable Transit and Mobility)
Mariia Zimmerman (U.S. DOT, Office of the Secretary) 

Ethics Plenary



Ethics Case of the Year



Equity and Planning Process

Anyone who has been involved in the planning process knows that it is a heavy lift to bring all the necessary voices to the table, but that it is the most important part of the job! As professionals aim to dismantle the inequities that strain planning practices, explore innovation, and carry out routine processes, it is crucial to have equal representation to provide necessary input and resources. Come join Eleanor, Meghan, and Ebony as they discuss the ways they create equitable planning processes in their work and offer insight as to how you, can too, make the field more inclusive.

Moderator: Maritza Pechin (City of Richmond, Office of Equitable Development)

Ebony Walden (Ebony Walden Consulting)
Brianne Fisher (Urban Sustainability Directors Network)
Sherrell Thompson (Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority)
Eleanor Sharpe (City of Philadelphia, Dept. of Planning and Development)

Other Conference Events

  • Sunday Welcome Reception ​

    • 6:30pm-8:30pm at Bingo Beer ​

  • Monday Celebrate Richmond Reception

    • 6:30pm-9:00pm at Main Street Station 

  • Tuesday YPG Social 

    • 6:30pm-8:30pm at River City Roll (*Please note you must be a conference attendee to register for the YPG Social)

Questions? Contact APA Virginia Staff, info@apavirginia.com