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Conservation-Based Design in
Affordable Housing and
Commercial Corridor Development

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Featuring internationally recognized land planner Randall Arendt
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – Wilmington, NC
Thursday, July 16, 2009 – Greensboro, NC
Registration deadline extended: 5:00 PM on Monday, July 13, 2009

Sponsored by

NC State University Forestry and Environmental Outreach Program
North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program
North Carolina Community Development Initiative
North Carolina Urban and Community Forestry Program

About the Workshops

Conservation-based approaches to commercial and residential development can meet the seemingly competing demands of communities, developers, homeowners and protection of open space. These workshops will demonstrate collaborative approaches to protecting quality of life, water quality, green space and economic interests through innovative development approaches.

Each workshop is approved for 6 hours of AICP professional planners credits. Other CEU contact hours are being reviewed for credits from NCBELS engineers, ISA professional arboriculturists, and members of NC landscape architects.


Land conservation and access to affordable housing are dual challenges faced by ever growing NC communities. Fragmented habitat and polluted waterways often result from poorly planned development, while at the same time the price of housing is out of reach for many NC citizens. Conservation planning incorporated into affordable housing development can address these challenges while providing for sustainable community growth and improved quality of life. This portion of the workshop will highlight examples of successful collaborations between Land Trusts and Community Development Corporations that minimally impact the land, protect water resources, utilize minimal infrastructure and preserve large areas of open space while creating livable, affordable developments.


This portion of the workshop will focus on practical ways of reclaiming existing highway strips characterized by dysfunctionality and visual blight. Multiple strategies blending the twin disciplines of Conservation Design and New Urbanism will be discussed for rebuilding these corridors, gradually increasing their functionality and attractiveness. These concepts offer significant opportunities for commercial and mixed-use redevelopment, particularly in areas with existing infrastructure, increasing the viability of businesses, service providers, and current/future public transit lines.

Multiple progressive approaches will be showcased emphasizing multi-story mixed-use buildings, affordable housing, public transit possibilities, shade tree planting, design standards, signage, native landscaping, improved circulation patterns, parking lot orientation, stormwater infiltration/recharge, night sky protection and solar features.

Who Should Attend

These workshops will be of interest to civic leaders, conservation organizations, Planning Board/Commission members, Community Development Corporations, professional planners, landscape architects, engineers, commercial property owners, investors, builders and developers.

Meet the Speakers

Randall Arendt is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and an advocate of "conservation planning". Mr. Arendt is the country's most sought-after speaker on the topic of creative development design as a conservation tool. In recent years he has been featured as a key speaker at national conferences sponsored by the American Planning Association, the Urban land Institute, the American Farmland Trust, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Land Trust Alliance. His work has been featured in leading newspapers and periodicals including the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, Landscape Architect, Urban Land , the Amicus Journal, the Smithsonian, and the New Yorker. More detail can be found at

Jacquelyn Wallace is the Urban Wildlife Biologist with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission. Jacquelyn will present how to create wildlife friendly conservation-based affordable housing and commercial development projects. She will also discuss how the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan and the Green Growth Toolbox can be used in the planning and design of development projects.

Representatives on the Morning Session Panel Discussion to include:

  • Dannette Sharpley, Interim Executive Director, Black Family Land Trust
  • Sharon Campbell, Principal, The Synergy Group
  • Aundra Wallace, NC Community Development Initiative
  • Monica McCann, Program Associate, The Conservation Fund's Resourceful Communities Program
  • David Maurer, President, TightLines Small House Designs / Maurer Architecture
  • Gary Morgan, Executive Director, Gateway Community Development Corporation
  • Cindy Reid, Affordable Housing Coordinator, Town of Davidson
  • Kris Krider, Davidson Land Trust
  • Stan Turner, Executive Director, Cape Fear Regional Community Development Corporation
  • Thanena Wilson, Community Development Director, Cumberland County


9:00 a.m.
Registration and Coffee
9:15 a.m.
Morning Session:
9:20 a.m.
Dannette Sharpley: Challenges to affordable housing and introduction of panel members
9:30 a.m. Why do we want to blend conservation planning with affordable housing?  What is a conservation-based approach?  How conservation approaches can address the challenges identified earlier.
  • Aundra Wallace (Wilmington workshop)
  • Monica McCann (Greensboro workshop)
9:45 a.m.
Randall Arendt: Design techniques to enrich higher density neighborhood layouts
10:00 a.m.
David Maurer:  Planning CBAH structures; construction techniques; energy efficiency, economics and benefits
10:15 a.m.
Coffee Break
10:25 a.m. The Davidson County model: lessons learned
  • Cindy Reid (Greensboro workshop only)
  • Kris Krider (Greensboro workshop only)
10:40 a.m.
Thanena Wilson: The Cumberland County model: lessons learned
10:55 a.m. Stan Turner: The Brunswick County model: lessons learned
11:10 a.m.
Sharon Campbell:  The Perquimans County model: lessons learned
11:25 a.m. Case Study: The A.L. Harris Subdivision:
  • Gary Morgan
  • Aundra Wallace (Wilmington workshop)
  • Monica McCann (Greensboro workshop)
  • Dannette Sharpley

11:55 a.m.
Q&A moderated by Dannette Sharpley
12:15 p.m.
1:00 p.m. Jacquelyn Wallace: Integrating Wildlife Conservation and Management into Development; Green Growth Toolbox
1:35 p.m. Alan Moore: Other Resources for Communities
1:45 p.m. Coffee Break
2:00 p.m.
Randall Arendt:  Transforming the Strip: Redevelopment Design Strategies for Commercial Corridors
4:00 p.m. Adjourn

Workshop Locations

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 – UNC-Wilmington in the Executive Development Center Community Room at 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405. Phone: 910-962-3474. Driving directions, CLICK HERE.

Thursday, July 16, 2009 – Greensboro Regional Realtors Association located at 23 Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407. Phone: 336-854-5868. Location map, CLICK HERE.

Registration Information

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