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  • Burby receives ACSP Distinguished Educator Award — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    as assistant director research from 1976 to 1987 He was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia in the spring of 1991and a Visiting Scholar at Middlesex University in England in 1998 In 1992 he left Chapel Hill to accept an appointment as the DeBlois Chair in Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans where later he was appointed Distinguished Professor of City and Regional Planning He returned to the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill in 2000 where he retired in 2007 Burby s scholarly work and contributions to planning reflect three principal interests Land use planning as a means of reducing losses from natural and technological disasters conserving energy and protecting water quality including public drinking water supplies Urban development processes and forms as they affect the quality of life including the provision of a better understanding of the potential benefits of large scale planned developments Improvements in planning processes including intergovernmental planning mandates enforcement of building and land use regulations and citizen involvement in planning and growth management This work was undertaken as part of over sixty five collaborative research projects involving over 8 million in funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation U S Department of Education U S Department of the Interior U S Department of Transportation U S Public Health Service Fannie Mae Foundation Urban Institute and many others The results of this research are reported in fourteen books and numerous book chapters articles and research reports prepared for both scholarly and professional planning audiences Burby has served as co editor with Edward Kaiser of the Journal of the American Planning Association as an associate editor of the Natural Hazards Review and on several journal editorial boards He

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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    that experience How Much Does it Really Cost to Get Students to School Professor Noreen McDonald has partnered with researchers at the University of Florida to analyze the total costs of school transportation in Florida and North Carolina Webinar Bus Rapid Transit BRT and urban development in Latin America and India The Low Emission Development Strategies LEDS Global Partnership and The Transport Sector Working Group are hosting a webinar on

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  • Faculty & Student Research and Engagement (Kaza) — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    analyzing data and preparing findings for presentation His work includes a great deal of processing and problem solving using Geographic Information Systems GIS to compile data from various sources into an appropriate data package Depending on the project he is also involved in analyzing the results to demonstrate a pattern and draw conclusions I use both exploratory and inferential statistical analysis along with GIS Because it is hard to understand and communicate how 0 5 billion data points are changing over time he and Nikhil explored different ways of communicating results through maps graphics The majority of Josh s work has focused on how urban change in the Chesapeake watershed could impact water quality in the Bay This involves a chain of relationships between demographic factors and varying levels of urban land consumption and the estimated environmental impact of different growth scenarios One unique aspect of this work is that it focuses on land cover to measure the composition and configuration of urban growth or sprawl One approach to this issue was to compare income groups and job groups to urban composition as well as changes He has also worked on mapping the differences between projected growth scenarios creating a national data set for utility prices His MP is on relationships between urban landscape metrics and air quality Sarah Kirk Sarah graduated from DCRP in 2013 She was a Progress Energy Graduate Fellow for the Institute for the Environment She also worked on a research project with Nikhil and Dr Bill Lester to develop an index of industrial land conversion sensitivity Many economic development plans have focused on targeting retail residential and high tech sectors to the detriment of goods producing sectors The project is looking at land use changes and land value changes over time in Mecklenburg County North Carolina and Cook County Illinois to identify the factors that lead to industrial land being converted for other uses One aim of the project is to identify some of the causes and remedies for industrial land conversion Industrial uses within a city are related to number of energy issues including the capacity of transmission lines fuel supply and the effect of the shifts in transportation systems Daniel Brookshire Daniel graduated in May 2012 from DCRP with a specialization in land use and environmental planning and is currently a Community Development Planner for the NC Weatherization Assistance Program based in the N C Department of Commerce s Energy Division Daniel worked on analyzing the energy plans and policies of American Indian tribes Quite a few American Indian tribes have fossil fuel energy resources on tribal lands and many more have resources that could be potentially developed especially renewable energy resources With the support of federal agencies such as the U S Department of Energy s Tribal Energy Program many tribes have developed energy plans to help ensure that energy development on tribal lands is tied to economic development sustainability or tribal cultural values This project included developing and distributing a survey

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/kazasupportpage (2015-06-03)
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  • Analysis of Forest Persistence Study — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    land cover the region currently enjoys is far from stable A mixed methods analysis of social ecological feedbacks between urbanization and forest persistence Abstract We examined how social ecological factors in the land change decision making process influenced neighboring decisions and trajectories of alternative landscape ecologies We decomposed individual landowner decisions to conserve or develop forests in the rapidly growing Charlotte North Carolina U S region exposing and quantifying the effects of forest quality and social and cultural dynamics We tested the hypothesis that the intrinsic value of forest resources e g cultural attachment to land influence woodland owners propensity to sell Data were collected from a sample of urban nonindustrial private forest U NIPF owners using an individualized survey design that spatially matched land owner responses to the ecological and timber values of their forest stands Cluster analysis n 126 revealed four woodland owner typologies with widely ranging views on the ecosystem cultural and historical values of their forests Classification tree analysis revealed woodland owners willingness to sell was characterized by nonlinear interactive factors including sense of place values regarding the retention of native vegetation the size of forest holdings their connectedness to nature pressure from surrounding development and behavioral patterns such as how often landowners visit their land Several ecological values and economic factors were not found to figure in the decision to retain forests Our study design is unique in that we address metropolitan forest persistence across urban rural and population gradients using a unique individualized survey design that richly contextualizes survey responses Understanding the interplay between policies and landowner behavior can also help resource managers to better manage and promote forest persistence Given the region s paucity of policy tools to manage the type and amount of development the mosaic of land cover the region currently enjoys is far from stable INTRODUCTION As urban expansion has accelerated throughout the world per capita developed land area has expanded United Nations 2007 By 2030 cities across the developing world are predicted to triple in extent with an overall reduction in density despite a doubling in population United Nations 2005 In the United States an array of recent research has conclusively demonstrated that the conversion of forests and farmlands to low density built environments has compromised the sustainability and resilience of local ecosystems and the resources they provide Maestas et al 2003 Brown et al 2005 Hansen et al 2005 Radeloff et al 2005 Berke et al 2006 as well as made urban areas more ecologically homogeneous Pickett et al 2011 Moreover the weak networks of forests and farmlands which persist along urban exurban gradients have become increasingly fragmented with compromised ecosystem function as compared to their bucolic counterparts Although many American metropolitan regions are actively planning future growth patterns these effects appear to be accelerating with little sign of embracing alternative futures for urban growth Ewing et al 2002 Nonetheless remnant forest patches which pattern the landscape continue to be valued as vital repositories of cultural practice refuges

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/forestpersistencestudy (2015-06-03)
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  • Lessons From Ferguson on Rights, Race and Place — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    us for an exploration of the lessons learned from the recent violence in Ferguson LESSONS FROM FERGUSON ABOUT RIGHTS RACE AND PLACE Monday September 8th 7 00 8 30 PM Pleasants Family Assembly Room Wilson Library Sponsored by The Center for Urban and Regional Studies and the Institute of African American Research Panelists Frank Baumgartner Richard J Richardson distinguished professor of political science UNC CH Blair Kelley associate professor of history NCSU Mai Nguyen associate professor of city and regional planning UNC CH Theodore Shaw director UNC CH Center for Civil Rights Donna Marie Winn research scientist and clinical psychologist Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute Please join us for an exploration of the lessons learned from the recent violence in Ferguson Our panel of experts come from a variety of academic disciplines and will offer brief remarks on the key underlying factors that led to the events in Ferguson and suggest actions to decrease the likelihood of similar incidents happening in other places including North Carolina After a brief discussion among the panelists the discussion will be opened to the audience This panel discussion is FREE and open to the public If you have any questions or need directions

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/fergusonlessons (2015-06-03)
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  • News — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Smith in collaboration with Dr Bruce Glavovic has recently completed the text Adapting to Climate Change Lessons from Natural Hazards Planning Terry Lathrop Award Given to Master s Paper in Transportation Future Homeownership Rates 2014 2015 China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition Announcing the 2014 2015 China Urbanization Research Proposal Competition 37 Billion Miles Masters Student Wins Data Visualization Competition Previous 5 items Next 5 items 1 6 7 8 9

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  • Incentive Policy - NC Strategic Economic Growth — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    Hill has been compiled into a resource page on the NC Growth website DCRP Associate Professor Nichola Lowe was the project leader Resources include Data on economic incentive deals in NC and Eastern North Carolina by Kate Dydak MCRP 13 and Heather Hunt MCRP 13 A report on the step by step experience of a small NC county An example of an incentives policy contract titled Interactive Policymaking Incentives by Kate Dydak MCRP 13 and Heather Hunt MCRP 13 As well as case studies in Chatham Durham and Warren counties NC Strategic Economic Growth identifies and leverages resources that promote sustainable economic growth and revitalizes economically distressed communities in North Carolina Visit their website to learn more http www ncgrowth unc edu index php incentives policy Learn more about Dr Lowe s teaching and research Dr Lowe s research focuses primarily on local economic development and adjustment in the North American context She is especially interested in the local support systems that enable firms to engage in innovative activities particularly during periods of economic volatility A central concern of her work is the accountability of business assistance and workforce development programs and supports to the larger host community Her research

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/incentivepolicy (2015-06-03)
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  • Quercia awarded Trudier Harris Distinguished Professorship — UNC Department of City & Regional Planning
    honor and reward its best faculty members Housing finance expert Roberto Quercia has been awarded the Trudier Harris Distinguished Professorship Quercia is also the Director of the Center for Community Capital and professor and chair of the department of city and regional planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill He is as a recognized researcher focusing primarily on the topics of low income homeownership affordable lending and the assessment of lending risks Faculty support is vital to UNC s success as an institution of higher learning As UNC Chapel Hill s largest and oldest school the College of Arts and Sciences must maintain an outstanding faculty to stay at the cutting edge of research and teaching Endowed professorships provide a permanent source of income to support faculty members Gifts are invested and a portion of the investment income is used to supplement faculty salaries These professorships allow UNC to honor and reward its best faculty members while helping us recruit the nation s best to join the College Dr Quercia a leading housing finance expert researches factors that lead to the foreclosure crisis and recommended steps for rebuilding the U S housing finance system to ensure broad

    Original URL path: http://planning.unc.edu/quercia-distprof (2015-06-03)
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