DATE: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
TIME: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Webinar (Free)
The pandemic brought home the importance and need for flexibility and resilience. With that in mind, join us for this free webinar focused on a combination of hot topics that are affecting or challenging our communities and are at the forefront of our planning efforts. This webinar will offer sessions on four topics. Participants can expect succinct but substantial discussions on these important issues being faced by our communities, businesses, and residents. Join us for the start of a new tradition of presenting multiple hot topics in Montgomery County as part of our annual Planning Smarter series. Registration is required to receive the webinar link.
How Comprehensive Plans Can Address Social Equity: Focus on Lansdale 2040
Social equity and inclusion have received increased focus and scrutiny following the civil events in summer 2020. Planners and government officials are reevaluating how we address these issues and how we can improve our roles and responsibilities to assure that all voices are heard during the planning process. Lansdale’s groundbreaking “Diversity and Social Inclusion” chapter of its comprehensive plan will be a major highlight of the session.
Multifamily Revolution: Trends and Impacts in Montco
Montgomery County has seen a huge uptick in the number of multifamily residential developments proposed in the last ten years. Many of these projects have already been constructed or are in the process of development. This session will look at new research on the impacts of multifamily housing in our region, data trends in Montco, and the COVID-19 pandemic impacts on this residential segment.
Commercial Recovery and Storefront Vacancies
This session will focus on impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our commercial environments and how those impacts might possibly continue in a post-pandemic world. We will share some of the current thinking on this topic and will use this session as an opportunity to brainstorm and share suggestions regarding what municipalities and developers are doing or could do in the future to address these impacts.
Climate Change and Sustainable Housing
Climate change is already a challenge for all communities, and energy distribution and usage issues have an even higher profile with recent events in Texas and other parts of the country. Locally, we are starting to see some examples of how housing can be built in an energy-efficient and sustainable way, which implemented more broadly, could lead to more effective mitigation of future problems. This session will highlight the Zero Energy Ready Homes in Bridgeport, which received a 2020 Montgomery Award.