UrbanPlan for Public Officials
UrbanPlan is a day long simulation of a planning process involving teams that work together using legos, a site plan and a spreadsheet to respond to a fictional RFP for the neighborhood of Elmwood in the city of Yorktown. Teams must decide how dense to build out a 5 ½ block area, whether to keep or move a homeless shelter, what type of retail is appropriate and which neighborhood groups to keep happy – all while meeting the financial projections of the City and the Developer (your boss). The day ends with teams presenting to a mock City Council that will award the project to the team with the best proposal.
Volunteers are a critical part of UrbanPlan’s success. All volunteers (regardless of the role you want to play) must participate in a one-day training session. Please fill out this application and submit to [email protected]
- Team Advisors: Participate in the whole day and help teams translate their ideas into a pro-forma template. Volunteers must have spreadsheet knowledge and be able to manage personalities. Time commitment: 7 hours each workshop.
- Facilitators: Meet, consult, and advise the teams two times during the day. Volunteers must have real estate experience, be familiar with the Elmwood case and be able to guide participants and give good advice. Time commitment: 2 hours each workshop.
- City Council Volunteers: Serve on the mock council at the end of the day. Volunteers must be familiar with the Elmwood case study and RFP in order to ask good questions. Time commitment: 1-2 hours each workshop.
Through the UrbanPlan for Public Officials workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of their own role in the shaping of the built environment and the tools to create a collaborative relationship with private sector partners to make city-led projects a success.