Download the St. Louis Metro Section 2019 Spring Workshop Program

Join your fellow planners for a spring workshop featuring great discussion, networking, CM credits, and learning from some of the brightest minds in St. Louis area planningSt. Louis Metro Section 2019 Spring Workshop Program

The annual St. Louis Metro Section Spring Workshop. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

T-Rex in Downtown St. Louis
911 Washington Avenue
Suite 500
St. Louis, MO 63101 (Click here for Map)

Parking: Spring Workshop Parking

Metered parking is available on N 9th Street, Washington Avenue, and other streets.  Use ParkMobile App to reload time during conference.  

Paid parking lots are available just north of T-Rex.  If you plan to attend the entire workshop parking is $10.  The automated machines accept cash or card.  10th Street is a one-way street to the south.  Enter from N 11th Street or N 9th Street.  Lot addresses are 901 Lucas Avenue or 1010 Convention Plaza Street, St. Louis, MO 63101

T-Rex is 3 blocks west on Washington Avenue from the Convention Center Metrolink station located at N 6th Street and Washington Avenue. 

What Will I learn? 

Below are the sessions for the spring workshop. A incredibly talented and engaging group of planners and professionals are looking to share their expertise with you - please join us!

Recent Developments, Joint Efforts, and New Opportunities

Ms. Mansfield and Mr. Klahr will take a look at new case law coming out of Missouri and Illinois concerning zoning and land use regulations, the application thereof and the take-away for continuing to plan and develop communities within the limits of the current laws.

Next, Ms. Mansfield and Mr. Klahr will discuss of examples of zoning and land use regulations approving the development of medical marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary facilities in certain zoning districts.  Also, we will provide some discussion whether the constitutional authority for medical marijuana creates certain limits on how municipalities can regulate these uses within their communities.  

Lastly, Ms. Mansfield and Mr. Klahr will summarize the federal tax laws that provide for Opportunity Zones, including the various tax benefits to investors.  Thereafter, they will discuss what steps municipalities can take to facilitate investment in Opportunity Zones within their communities.

Jaimie Mansfield, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Robert Klahr, Armstrong Teasdale LLP

1.5 Law CM Credits 

Mobility For All By All

In the next decade, St. Louis could spend $2 billion on an expansion of its Metrolink light rail system. The proposed Northside/Southside (NS/SS) alignment is intended to help stabilize and revitalize the most challenged neighborhoods in St. Louis while better connecting them to jobs and services. Decades of displacement and disinvestment in neighborhood resources have resulted in a city where the access gap is as stark as the nearly twenty-year gap in life expectancy, and where trust in developers and agencies is deservedly low. This multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment has the potential to help balance that gap.

 This session will feature the Mobility For All By All (MFABA) project, an interdisciplinary investigation that emerged from a desire to assure that the NS/SS expansion be designed to be inclusive, accessible, and grounded in the community. The project is premised on the idea that mono-functional infrastructure is not enough; next generation infrastructure must contribute to quality of life for all and actively improve rather than degrade environmental conditions. Our metrics for success should reflect these priorities.

Linda Samuels, Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at Sam Fox School of Design, Washington University

Lisa Cagle

Creative Reaction Lab (Representative TBA)

Matthew Bernstine, AICP, Sr. Urban Designer + Project Manager, Washington University

1.0 CM Credits

Energy and Emissions

Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are compounds that prevent heat from escaping the earth’s atmosphere and are recognized as a contributor to global climate change. Working to bring levels down can have other benefits such as cleaner air and water, cost savings through more efficient transportation and buildings, job creation through entrepreneurship and technological innovation, and other economic development opportunities.

Phil Valko, Washington University

1.25 CM Credits

Water & Green Infrastructure

A region with protected and enhanced natural systems will improve the performance of its water supply, flood management, and wastewater infrastructure. The Water & Green Infrastructure working group will measure progress by keeping track of water bodies that have been adopted by a clean water group and incorporated into a watershed plan.

Janet Buchanan, Heartlands Conservancy

Rebecca Weaver, The Nature Conservancy

1.25 CM Credits


Ecosystems are directly responsible for the basics of daily life—air, water, soil, and food. Ecosystem change today is being driven by metropolitan regions, often characterized by high-intensity land use and high degrees of fragmentation. Opportunities exist to protect and connect remnants of biodiversity and to reimagine built areas to integrate living, natural systems into community design using quality data to support measurable interventions.

Sheila Voss, Missouri Botanical Garden

Louise Bradshaw, St. Louis Zoo

Donna Coble, Missouri Forest Releaf

1.25 CM Credits

Regional Food Access

Residents in low-income neighborhoods may face more barriers to accessing healthy food options; they may travel further to reach healthy food outlets or may not have the economic means to afford healthy food options. The Food Access Working Group recognizes that grocery stores are only one source of healthy food, and others include, but are not limited to, farmers markets, community-supported agriculture, neighborhood gardens, and mobile markets.

Ellen Barnidge, St. Louis University

Leslie Bertsch, University of Missouri, Extension

1.25 CM Credits

Transit Oriented Development

Transit Oriented Development (TOD) is development within a 1/4 mile or a five minute walk from a MetroLink or MetroBus Transfer station that supports transit ridership through design and orientation that focuses on the transit, makes transit accessible by a diversity of mode choices and supports a mix of uses for the rider.

Traditional transportation metrics, like commute mode, travel time to work, and vehicle miles traveled, are already required to be measured for many government entities. In order to expand our regional metric tools and to encourage strategic investment that would help increase transportation use, the focus group that formed to discuss goals for the Transportation sector after the 2017 Regional Sustainability Summit indicated that they would like to advance Transit Oriented Development (TOD) in the region.  Several resources and projects have been started in the region looking at TOD opportunities.  The first step in creating opportunities for TOD and being able to track progress on advancing TOD is to be able to have a shared vision for TOD across the region.  The purpose of this survey is to seek input on what the community's vision for TOD is in order to then set a goal for increasing TOD and find a way to measure progress.

Lisa Cagle, TOD Co-Chair

Liza Farr, TOD Co-Chair

1.25 CM Credits

Materials & Recycling

Waste reduction and diversion are sustainable practices that ensure efficient materials use and reduction of the amount of space and money devoted to landfills. The Materials and Recycling Working Group comprises multiple communities and organizations that work on waste reduction and recycling efforts.

Sarah Staebell, St. Louis County Department of Health

Jennifer Wendt, University City

1.25 CM Credits

Download the St. Louis Metro Section 2019 Spring Workshop Program