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Getting to "Yes" on Greenway Trails in Your Community

Thursday, July 20th, 2017, 1:00 PM
Location: TJPDC Water Street Center, Water Street East 407, Charlottesville, Virginia

Please join The Piedmont Environmental Council and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission for a hosted showing of the American Trails Webinar: Getting to "Yes" on Greenway Trails in Your Community. This webinar, which is part of the American Trails "Advancing Trails Webinar Series" will explore many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multi-use trail projects.

1:00 - 3:30 pm: The webinar will be shown at the TJPDC's Water Street Center. After the webinar we will host a community conversation on bicycle and pedestrian greenway trails in the Charlottesville/Albemarle region and how to move forward from planning to implementation.

*This event is free, but registration is required due to limited space. If you aren't able to attend the webinar showing in person, you can sign up to watch it through the American Trails' website (you will have to pay their $55 fee to do that though).

If you have any questions, please contact Rex Linville by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 540-347-2334 ext. 7064.

More information about the webinar:

This webinar will explore many of the social barriers that can make it difficult to get community support for multiuse trail projects. Social barriers are those issues that cannot easily be engineered away because they arise out of people’s values, emotions, and perceptions. We will look at how to address residents’ fears about crime, loss of privacy, noise, depreciating property values, and other issues that are often raised when trying to get public support for new trails in urban settings. Other social barriers that will be explored include fiscal concerns, such as worries about new taxes and lack of future maintenance funds, and anxieties over potential environmental impacts. We will also discuss how the public engagement process itself can be structured to most effectively address these social barriers in a manner that is respectful and builds consensus. This webinar will be especially useful for planners, landscape architects, and trail advocates who are tasked with getting public approval for trail projects.

Presenters: - Craig Della Penna, Executive Director, Northeast Greenway Solutions - Kate Kirsh, President; Landscape Architect and Trail Planner, Foothill Associates - Casey Kempenaar, Senior Planner, City of Citrus Heights, Planning Department - Mike Dour, Bikeway Planner, City of Roseville - Jim Konopka, Senior Park Planner, Trails, Folsom, California

TJPDC Water Street Center, Water Street East 407, Charlottesville, Virginia

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