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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 6, 1998
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

ODOT HOSTS CONFERENCE ON LAND USE AND COMMUNITY DESIGN

 

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will host its second annual conference on land use and community design May 15, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. The one-day conference will focus on finding new approaches to developing long-range, comprehensive plans for meeting the needs of Ohio’s communities and regions.

"Planners for transportation and urban areas, land developers, officials with cities and counties and interested citizens will all have the opportunity to learn and share ideas about land use patterns and how a greater sense of community can be incorporated in future urban planning," said ODOT Director Jerry Wray.

The conference will feature two nationally recognized professionals presenting their views and providing a picture of what communities of the future might look like.

David Rusk, an independent consultant on urban and suburban policies and author of the book Cities Without Suburbs will be the first speaker. A consultant since 1993, Rusk has also served as a federal official, a New Mexico legislator and as Mayor of Albuquerque. He has spoken and consulted in more than 90 communities in the United States, and has lectured on urban problems in Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.

The second speaker, Thomas Hylton, is a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. In 1995, he published Save Our Land, Save Our Towns: A Plan for Pennsylvania, in partnership with Preservation Pennsylvania. Hylton has given slide presentations in 15 states on the need for comprehensive planning to save our cities from the effects of urban sprawl. As he puts it: "The community of tomorrow is the traditional town."

The conference begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 3 p.m.; there is a $25 registration fee. Lynn Rathke with ODOT’s Division of Multi-Modal Planning and Programs can be contacted at 614-644-7362 for more conference information.