CNU Atlanta Winter Luncheon: Wednesday 12/5 at 12 p.m.

CNU Atlanta will hold its Winter Luncheon next Wednesday, December 5 from 12:00-2:00 p.m.

The program will feature a thought-provoking presentation on the concept of the Master Street Plan, by Doug Allen of Georgia Tech, Paul Knight of Historical Concepts, and David Green of Perkins+Will.

The cost is $40 for CNU members and $50 for non-members.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.cnuatlanta.org/cnu-atlanta-winter-luncheon. A description of the presentation is below:

Comprehensive plans today are operating with only 50% of their legal machinery; they are implemented primarily through zoning ordinances and land use maps alone. However, this is not what was originally intended. Originally, zoning had a critical and necessary partner: the master street plan.

The master street plan is a physical map that specifies the future, public rights-of-way of the city. In a literal sense, just as the construction of a house requires a set of drawings, the master street plan is the blueprint of the city. For thousands of years, cities used the master street plan to control their growth before zoning ordinances began to dominate the city planning profession in the 1920s.

What happened to the master street plan? And how can its re-discovery pose a possible solution to suburban sprawl? This luncheon will focus on these and other questions at the intersection of law, city planning, and urban design.

This luncheon is divided into three parts with three separate, All-Star speakers:

Doug Allen will begin with a brief, historical survey of the master street plan. He will define its role within the development of cities over time. Important legal documents, including the 1928 Standard City Planning Enabling Act, will be presented along with the events that eventually led to the master street plan’s demise.

Paul Knight will reveal the many benefits of adopting a master street plan while emphasizing walkability, adaptability, sustainability, and economy. He will discuss how it successfully operated in places like Savannah, Philadelphia, and New York. The effectiveness of the master street plan will be directly compared to the zoning-dominated model of development.

Finally, David Green will close with a discussion on the master street plan in a contemporary light. How can the master street plan operate within today’s legal and political constraints? Can it operate? What steps have been taken in this direction, if any?

There will be time for questions and further discussion following the presentations.

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