U of A MPA/PUBP graduate student policy analysis presentation at Fayetteville City Hall

As part of “service learning” practice for PADM 5913 Policy Analysis, a team of our MPA/PUBP graduate students (Monica Cooper (MPA), Chris Main (MPA), Isa Makhmudov (MPA), and SeRena Hill (PUBP PHD)) will have a policy analysis presentation on the following policy topic on Tuesday, December 12, 2-3 PM in Room 111 at Fayetteville City Hall (113 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701). You are cordially invited to this exciting event.
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Residential Energy Code (Client: Leif Olson, Long Range Planner, City of Fayetteville)
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The City of Fayetteville periodically updates our residential building energy code to make single family dwellings more energy efficient. The City currently utilizes the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) building standards for all new single family construction. The IECC code is updated every three years with subsequent codes working off of the energy efficiencies mandated in the previous code. The City is interested in an analysis that compares the costs associated with updating to the 2012 and 2015 IECC for a standard-sized home with the energy savings that will be realized over time. This analysis may be utilized by staff and elected officials when considering a code update in the future. An analysis should attempt to answer the following questions:
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  • What are other cities in the state of Arkansas utilizing for their residential energy code? What are peer cities of a similar size nationwide utilizing for their residential energy code?
  • What is the added cost incurred by the builder/developer for increased energy efficiency requirements in the 2012 and 2015 IECC compared with the existing 2009 code?
  • What are the individual construction elements standards that are changed between versions of the IECC, and what are the costs associated with these changes for a standard sized home?
  • What changes, if any, have been made to the various compliance paths?
  • What are the energy savings that will be realized by the homeowner, amortized over time, to offset the construction costs of the additional energy efficiency construction methods suggested by the updated resident energy code?

U of A MPA graduate student policy analysis presentatoin at Fayetteville City Hall

As part of “service learning” practice for PADM 5913 Policy Analysis, a team of our MPA graduate students (Briana Hyman, Madeline Olander, E. Lee Shoultz, and Kallie Tanner) will have a policy analysis presentation on the following policy topic next Thursday, December 7, 10 AM – 12 PM, in Room 111 at Fayetteville City Hall (113 W Mountain St, Fayetteville, AR 72701). You are cordially invited to this exciting event.


Transportation Demand Management (Client: Justin Clay, Parking Manager, City of Fayetteville)

The City of Fayetteville uses many zoning best practices for a compact, walkable downtown, including parking maximums for all development, no parking minimums for non-residential development, residential development parking reductions (for proximity to transit and inclusion of bicycle/scooter parking) and bicycle parking requirements. The City is interested in an analysis to determine additional Transportation Demand Management (TDM) practices that could potentially be integrated into the City’s zoning code to reflect a more progressive approach to parking provisions while continuing to support the Downtown’s businesses and character. Specifically, some of the questions we would like to have answers for include:

  • What policies, infrastructure, or cultural changes are needed to support the shared use of district-wide parking resources in the Downtown Business and Entertainment Districts and how will these policies spread the demand across the entire parking system?
  • What TDM practices have peer cities implemented?
  • How do you propose to balance TDM practices aimed at reducing single-passenger vehicular traffic with the perceived need for additional parking associated with any given development?
  • What are the benefits of implementing TDM practices?
  • What incentives are available for developers to voluntarily implement TDM practices?