Speaker Series

Beginning in 2017, the Planning Commission initiated a new program, the Speaker Series. The Speaker Series is designed to keep the Planning Commission informed of emerging ideas in urban planning and to provide opportunities for discussion outside the context of specific projects.

Land Use Planning

DateSpeakerTopicLinks
February 5, 2018

Andrea Reese, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust
Contemporary Topics in Land Conservation

Presentation Video

June 18. 2018

Shelley Mastran & Virginia Tech Land use Planning Students

Wayfinding Report

Signage Report
Powerpoint
Presentation Video
October 6, 2021

Michael Curran, George Mason University

George Mason Student Study on Four Mile Run and Jefferson Street Corridor Renovation

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
June 15, 2022

Virginia Tech Land Use Planning Graduate Class

Report on the Land Use Chapter of the City of Falls Church's Comprehensive Plan 

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video

Urban Design

DateSpeakerTopicLinks
October 16, 2017

Paul Gilbert, NOVA Parks

NOVA Parks Activity in Falls Church & Region

Presentation Video

April 16, 2018

Stewart Schwartz, Coalition for Smart Growth and Edward Saltzburg, Economic Development Authority

"Smart Growth - A Walkable, Competitive Future for Falls Church"

Presentation Video

October 15, 2018

Shaina Schaffer, City of Falls Church Planning

Envision Guidance and Rating System for Sustainable Infrastructure

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
January 21, 2020

Gabriela Canamar Clark

Urban Design in the Suburban Realm

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video (Audio @ 13:30)

Environment

DateSpeakerTopicLinks
March 5, 2018

Rich Dooley and Scott Dickie, Arlington County

VA Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Programs

Presentation Video

November 5, 2018 
Chris Pyke, Ph.D. Research Officer U.S. Green Building Council

The Built Environment and Carbon Emissions

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
(@ 1:18)
October 21, 2020

Tim Beatley, PhD., and JD Brown

Biophilic Cities Network

Presentation Video (@ 8:00)
September 1, 2021 

Aileen Winquist, Arlington County et al.

Stormwater Issues

Arlington County Powerpoint (PDF); Stormwater Taskforce Briefing Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
June 7, 2023

Christin Jolicoeur

Arlington County Green Streets Program

Powerpoint
Presentation Video

Housing

DateSpeakerTopicLinks
May 7, 2018

Lisa Sturtevant, Lisa Sturtevant & Associates

Housing Trends

Presentation Video

November 19, 2018

Julie Herlands, AICP; TischlerBise

City of Falls Church Fiscal Impact Model

Powerpoint (PDF)
Supporting Documents
Presentation Video
October 21, 2019

David Cristeal, Arlington County Housing Director

Implementing the Affordable Housing Master Plan

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
December 2, 2019

Jack Wilbern, Architect, Butz-Wilbern LTD

Railroad Cottages

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video (@ 12:30)
September 16, 2020

Jenny Schuetz

Housing Needs and Challenges

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video (@ 8:15) 
June 2, 2021 

Mike Novotny, Backyard Homes LLC.

Accessory Dwelling Units 

Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video

Transportation

DateSpeakerTopicLinks
June 19, 2017Foursquare Integrated Transportation PlanningTraffic Demand ManagementExecutive Summary
Full Report
Presentation Video
June 17, 2019John Hicks, Virginia Tech MURP GraduateManaging the Mobility Revolution: Policy Framework for Dockless MobilityPowerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
December 7, 2022Virginia Tech Graduate ClassReview of Bicycling in Falls Church Powerpoint (PDF)
Presentation Video
November 1, 2023
Hillary Orr

City of Alexandria Vision Zero 

Powerpoint
Presentation Video