The Shape of Our Communities: Zoning and Land-Use for Walkability

At the foundation of every community is the ground we walk on. Learn how zoning and other policies related to land-use can have a major impact on how our communities move, act, and engage.

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Moderator: Dr Thomas Schmid, PhD, Senior Advisor, Physical Activity and Health Branch, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC

About the Panel

  • Ted Beidler is the Mobility Engineer for the Franklin County Engineer’s Office in Columbus, Ohio. He has been working in the bridge and highway industry for 28 years. His responsibilities include the planning, funding and project management of roadway and bridge projects within Franklin County. He has worked extensively with other government agencies and private parties to construct over 100 projects varying from simple culvert replacements to new, multi-lane roadways. Ted is also a board member with Central Ohio Greenways and is playing a role in that group’s effort to expand the trail system throughout the 7-county central Ohio area.Ted holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Ohio State University and an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Kansas. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. Ted and his wife Jennifer spend their spare time on their tandem bicycle riding all of the “rail-trails” they can find within driving distance of Columbus.
  • Robert Ferrin, Assistant Director for Parking Services, Columbus, OH As the Assistant Director for Parking Services, Robert oversees the administration, enforcement, operations, and management of public parking for the City of Columbus.  Robert and his team are leading efforts to increase mobility options and parking access to support the growth and development of the City through initiatives including the Short North Parking Plan and Strategic Parking Plan.  Robert moved to Columbus in late 2017 from Colorado, where he spent nearly seven years working in various parking leadership roles with the City and County of Denver as their Manager of On-Street Programs and the City of Aurora as their Parking & Mobility Manager.
  • Marta Goldsmith, Executive Director, Form-Based Codes Institute at Smart Growth America Ms. Goldsmith is Executive Director of the Form-Based Codes Institute (FBCI) at Smart Growth America, where she directs FBCI’s technical assistance, professional development, award program and other activities. Prior to joining Smart Growth America, Ms. Goldsmith was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at LRG, Inc. a public affairs and nonprofit management firm. Ms. Goldsmith has served as Senior Adviser to the Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service, GSA and as Chief Operating Officer of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, a global NGO that provides technical expertise to accelerate the growth of sustainable transport and urban development around the world.
    Prior to her tenure at GSA and ITDP, Marta worked at the Urban Land Institute, where she was responsible for a wide range of programs during her 22-year tenure including land use policy research and publications, advisory services, community outreach, professional development, fundraising and international programs. Marta also served as Executive Director of the Southern Governors Association and as Special Assistant to the Governor of Florida for community and economic development, housing, and transportation issues.
    She taught graduate planning courses at the University of Virginia and was selected as a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow. Marta earned her master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University and a BSc in Sociology from Indiana University.
  • Planner and lawyer Sean Suder is Lead Principal of Calfee Zoning, a zoning consultancy affiliated with the Ohio-based law firm of Calfee, Halter & Griswold, LLP.  He leads the law firm’s zoning practice and consults with local governments across Ohio and the eastern United States to craft clear, consistent, usable and defensible zoning codes that respect existing while promoting desired development patterns.
    From 2010 to 2014, he served as the Chief Counsel of Land Use and Planning for the City of Cincinnati where he represented the municipal corporation and its officials in all planning, land use, zoning, historic preservation and building matters.  In that role, Sean served as lead counsel for the award-winning Cincinnati Form-Based Code.  He also served as the lead counsel for the Cincinnati Land Development Code, a new take on the City’s remaining Euclidean zoning, and for the City’s award-winning Historic Preservation ordinance.
    In addition to speaking on the topic of zoning at national, regional and local planning and zoning conferences, he has served as Ohio faculty for the Form-Based Code Institute, an adjunct professor of land use law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning.  His articles have been published in the Cincinnati EnquirerMidwest Real Estate NewsCities & Villages MagazineOhio Planners News, and others.
    Sean is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and the District of Columbia.  He was recognized by Chambers USA, Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2019, and for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019 in the areas of Real Estate Law and Zoning Law.