Huntsville is fortunate to have short commute times and relatively little traffic– major selling points for residents and companies that move from larger peer cities like Washington, DC and San Jose, CA. But with a growing population and federal and state transportation dollars dwindling, how are we going to handle traffic in the future, and how are we going to pay for it? Also, alternatives to the single-occupant vehicle are becoming more popular and increasing, from new technologies like carsharing apps (e.g. Uber and Lyft) and self-driving cars, to more traditional options like bicycling and transit. How is Huntsville going to face this new transportation reality?

A Citizens’ Academy on Transportation was held on March 19, 2015 at 6PM in the Columbia High School auditorium (300 Explorer Blvd. NW). The guest speaker was Stephen Stansbery, AICP of North Carolina. He is a senior planner and Vice President of Kimley-Horn and Associates.

stansbery_thumbnailStansbery has more than 20 years of professional planning experience. His emphasis has been on the development of regional plans and sustainable transportation solutions that recognize the inherent relationship between land use, urban form,and transportation. His planning philosophy is one that seeks balance between competing interests, with a fundamental understanding that economic vitality is the cornerstone of healthy communities.

Stephen has a passion for urban environments and has worked on projects that seek to promote smart growth, in-fill development, and walkable communities. His experience also encompasses public and private land planning, transportation, and transit-related projects. Most notably, Mr. Stansbery has a breadth of experience developing regional land use-transportation strategies through scenario planning as well as systems-level transportation plans and corridor-specific plans with multi-modal interests. He’s recently lead components of regional plans in Charlotte, Chattanooga, Raleigh, Tallahassee, and Washington DC.

Stephen has a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning and is a Certified Planner with the American Planning Association and member of both Urban Land Institute and Congress for New Urbanism.


Click here to view a PDF of the Transportation Citizens Academy presentation.


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