How are the Twin Cities and surrounding region planning for population growth, increased density, affordable housing, environmental sustainability and climate resilience? Please join us for a lively discussion of these regional hot topics with three urban planners working in the trenches of local government: LisaBeth Barajas of the Met Council, Heather Worthington from the Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department, and Lucy Thompson from the Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development.
Our guest panel will provide a broad understanding of why planning matters and how the process is undertaken. Presenters will also discuss the current plans being developed in their respective jurisdictions and why it’s important for all residents to get involved to help create livable and resilient communities for everyone. Q & A will follow the presentation.
Please join us at 3pm for a cup of coffee, welcome, and announcements; the presentation begins at 3:15pm and ends around 4:45pm. Then stay to socialize over nibbles and drinks.
Childcare is available upon request. Please contact Audrey at [masked] by November 14 to reserve space.
LisaBeth Barajas is the Community Development Director at the Metropolitan Council where she leads her team in regional planning and land use policy, the administration of housing services, planning for regional parks and trails, regional research, and in the administration of the Livable Communities grant programs.
Heather Worthington is Director of Long-Range Planning for the Office of Community Planning and Economic Development in Minneapolis. Previously she served as Ramsey County’s first deputy county manager, where she led the Economic Growth and Community Investment service team.
Lucy Thompson is a Principal Planner in the Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development. She has been involved with neighborhood planning, heritage preservation, riverfront redevelopment, infill mixed-use development, public art, zoning for traditional neighborhood design, transit-oriented development and urban design over her 30 years with the City.