Linking physical infrastructure costs and capacity to land use decision-making
Eddie Staley and Jay McLeod from WithersRavenel and Phillip “Hal” Hegwer from the City of Sanford will be presenting at the 2023 American Planning Association North Carolina Chapter Conference in Durham, NC, on Wednesday, October 11, at 3:30 PM. Their presentation, “Linking Physical Infrastructure Costs and Capacity to Land Use Decision-Making,” will fulfill four key learning objectives:
Explain how to develop an infrastructure model
Demonstrate how to use an infrastructure model to inform decision-making
Discuss the implications of the model for infrastructure and land use planning
Explore the potential for expanding the model to incorporate any type of infrastructure
The City of Sanford has undertaken a complete GIS-based inventory and analysis of its sewer system infrastructure and is now modeling real-time flow with the ability to also project future flow at the parcel level by sewer basin and use that information in proactive land use planning decision-making. This best practice is a statewide model for linking physical asset management and infrastructure planning with land use, job growth, and housing decisions.
The physical inventory has identified bottlenecks in infrastructure and where excess capacity exists. This information is used to determine the capital infrastructure investment needed to support new development in each sewer basin at the parcel level. This can be compared with zoning and tax rate information to determine potential parcel-level development density, intensity, and the City’s return on infrastructure investments. The model can also be used to project sewer system development costs and then assess those costs to developers on a project-by-project basis by acreage or equivalent residential units.
Meet the Presenters
L. Eddie Staley, PLS, GISP – Chief Experience & Innovation Officer, WithersRavenel
Mr. Staley is the Chief Client Experience and Innovation Officer (CXIO) for WithersRavenel and the executive sponsor of all WithersRavenel Innovation Services, which includes our Funding and Asset Management practice area. His decades of service in the local government sector have prepared him for the unique and broad challenges local governments face in maintaining levels of service of public utilities and facilities.
Jay McLeod, AICP
Mr. McLeod leads planners, designers, and engineers to create and update local government land use plans and land development regulations. He has experience working in local and regional governments on anything from a sign permit to a 50-year, seven-county regional economic development, land use, and transportation plan. His ability to understand local issues, coordinate analysis and solution-finding from subject matter experts, and synthesize those findings into understandable and actionable planning helps move communities closer to their goals.
Phillip “Hal” Hegwer – City Manager, City of Sanford, North Carolina
Mr. Hegwer is the City Manager and serves as the Chief Administrative Officer in Sanford’s Council-Manager form of Government. He is responsible to the Council for the administration of all city affairs placed in his charge by or under the City Charter.
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