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Workshop at Center for Environment to Examine Town, Rural Development

March 31, 2005

Category: Environmental Science, Events, Students


An upcoming workshop at the Catawba College Center for the Environment will examine different types of development that spans from towns and their fringes to the more rural areas of the county. Entitled “Conservation Based Development: Providing Community Benefits and Economic Returns,” the workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 20, from 12:30 to 6 p.m. at the Center facility on the Catawba College campus in Salisbury.

Randall Arendt, an internationally known land-use planner and advocate of “conservation planning,” will be the featured speaker. He is the author of more than 20 publications, including “Rural by Design: Maintaining Small Town Character” and “Growing Greener: Putting Conservation into Local Plans and Ordinances.” He has designed “conservation subdivisions” for a wide variety of clients in 16 states.

The workshop is designed for elected and appointed officials; local and county government staff; developers and large landowners, landscape architects, planners, designers, engineers and surveyors; community leaders; and urban foresters and conservationists.

Other presenters, in addition to Arendt, include Tom Low, the director of town planning for Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Co., who will speak on “Toward a Greener Urbanism”; and Jay Tomlinson, assistant dean for research, extension and engagement at N.C. State University’s College of Design, who will speak on “Creating Community Character.” A panel of developers will discuss the concepts at the end of the workshop.

The Catawba Center for the Environment is co-sponsoring the workshop with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the NCSU Forestry Educational Outreach Program and other groups.