Event Details

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Workshop
Friday, October 25th

through Sunday, October 27th.
Workshop is held in the Village of Lima NY
This event is free!

(See a detailed description of the schedule to the right.)
Please RSVP where required to everstraete@rrcdc.org.

For Questions please contact Roger Brown at rbrown01@rochester.rr.com or call the RRCDC 585-271-0520 (Sebastian Baliva)

This Workshop is made possible by an award from the Citizens Institute for Rural Design (CIRD, a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts, Project for Public Spaces, Orton Family Foundation, and the US Department of Agriculture) and is organized by the Rochester Regional Community Design Center, the Landmark Society of Western New York, and Lima Town/Village.



Landmark Society

Town and Village of Lima

Livingston County


Additional Financial Support by the National Association of Realtors and Greater Rochester Association of REALTORS

CIRD Realtors



CIRD Workshop

The Village was recently selected to host a community design workshop as part of the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)!

The small communities of rural America are facing a range of critical challenges. Included among these are loss of jobs and population, erosion of our agricultural lands and village centers to sprawl development, consequences of increased automobile dependency, unsustainable and costly development practices, to name a few. These problems affect the vitality of our communities, their physical design, and sense of place. The CIRD Workshop will focus on an important aspect of community spirit and integrity: the process of design.

The Workshop aims to help local residents of the region, decision makers, and organizations gain the tools, knowledge, and skills to address and implement solutions to these design challenges making our communities better places to live, work, and play. Specifically, for Lima Village, it will build upon their comprehensive plan update, adopted design guidelines, and 15A gateway corridor charrette plan, paving the way for the creation of a physical Vision Plan that will help to guide the future development of its built environment.

We invite you to attend this series of important events! Learn from and discuss with nationally recognized, experienced professional planning experts as they outline for the Village of Lima (as well as the region’s surrounding towns, villages, hamlets) land planning and financial techniques and strategies for the implementation of their comprehensive Vision Plans.

Featuring these nationally recognized speakers:

McMahonEd McMahon
Senior Fellow for Sustainable Development, Urban Land Institute, Washington DC
Ed is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and a leading authority on sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth and historic preservation. He believes in community engagement in the planning process, the power of the public realm, implementing incrementally to a plan, and understanding a community’s “stories”. He will speak on these and the seven secrets for success.

MackeDon Macke
Director of Entrepreneurial Communities Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Lincoln, Neb.
Don helps communities and regions throughout North America grow entrepreneurial-focused economic development strategies. He has over 35 years of community economic development and policy experience. Don will present on these successful techniques and strategies and how they might apply to Lima.

RussellJoel S. Russell
Land Use Attorney and Planning Consultant
Joel has been at the forefront of drafting land use ordinances that emphasize quality design, the creation of a sense of place, traditional neighborhood development, and the preservation of open space. Joel will present on TDR’s, PDR’s, Community Land Trusts, Form Based Codes and other techniques and strategies for strengthening the core of our small rural communities.

Additional Presenters:
Rick Hauser, Mayor of Perry, N.Y., President of Insite Architecture
Tania Werbizky, Regional Director, Preservation League of New York
Peter Fleischer, Executive Director, Empire State Future

Workshop Agenda
Please RSVP where required to everstraete@rrcdc.org.

Friday October 25th at Elim Gospel Church (1679 Dalton Rd, Lima, NY)
1pm-5:45pm (Observe presentations/ Workshop) Check-in begins at 12:30pm
7pm-9:15pm (Keynote speaker, panel and audience Q & A)
Check-in begins at 6:30pm

Saturday, October 26th at Elim Gospel Church (1679 Dalton Rd, Lima, NY)
9am-4:15pm Lima Village Charrette – (RSVP/reservations required)
Registration begins at 8am

Sunday, October 27th at Lima Town/Village Hall - 2nd Floor (7329 E Main St  Lima, NY)
1:30pm-3pm Final charrette presentations – (RSVP appreciated)
Check-in begins at 1pm