Watershed Planning Project - Amador & Calaveras Counties, California
From March to May 2008, PlaceMatters worked in partnership with Placeways, LLC and the Local Government Commission (LGC) to develop and deliver an interactive, educational workshop for citizens of California's Amador and Calaveras Counties, in the Sierra Nevada foothills "Gold Country." The workshop attracted about 100 members of the community and took advantage of CommunityViz analysis, keypad polling, and hands-on mapping exercises, all supplemented with expert lectures, to help citizens understand interactions between land use and water.
Presidential Climate Action Plan
PlaceMatters worked with the University of Colorado, Denver and other partners to help create the 2008 Presidential Climate Action Plan. By the time President Obama took office, the window of opportunity to prevent economic and environmental hardships and increasing global tensions due to climate change was one-third gone.
LANDvisions - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
PlaceMatters worked with several partners on the Philadelphia LANDvisions project to help citizens envision a future for the city's vacant lands. With over 40, 000 vacant properties, Philadelphia had become one of the nation's foremost examples of urban abandonment and sprawl. The lands were fertile ground for imagining solutions that use ecology to shape urban form and inspire change.
Lyons Comprehensive Plan Update - Lyons, Colorado
PlaceMatters and Civil Resources partnered with the Town of Lyons to update the town comprehensive plan. Lyons was especially interested in revitalizing its downtown, making it a destination instead of a place to drive through to reach the mountains.
PlaceMatters and Civil Resources incorporated information from a recent economic development study with extensive public input from three large public workshops to capture the Town’s vision for the future.
Ault Comprehensive Plan Update - Ault, Colorado
PlaceMatters worked with Civil Resources, LLC to update the comprehensive plan for the Town of Ault, Colorado. PlaceMatters’ “Community Future by Design” process allowed citizens to experiment with various land uses and densities on maps of the community and see the impact results in CommunityViz.
MetroFuture - Greater Boston, Massachusetts
PlaceMatters assisted the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) with their update to MetroPlan, the regional plan for Metropolitan Boston, which covers 101 cities and towns in eastern Massachusetts. PlaceMatters' work on the visioning process, incorporating a wide range of people, organizations, and public participation tools, resulted in a “tapestry of visions” that celebrated diversity in place and opinion.
Vision2015 - Northern Kentucky
VISION 2015 was a community planning initiative that helped define the future of Northern Kentucky by producing a 10-year strategic blueprint that built upon its parent, the QUEST VISION, launched in 1995. Five action teams addressed critical issues related to economic competitiveness, education excellence, effective governance, livable communities and urban renaissance.