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Posted on: November 6, 2023

Forward SGF Speaker Series continues with Urban3’s Joe Minicozzi


The City of Springfield will host an interactive public engagement session 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Springfield Art Museum as part of implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Forward SGF. This will be the fourth installment of the Forward SGF speaker series.

Joe Minicozzi, AICP, principal of Asheville, North Carolina-based Urban3, will present “The Economics of Community Design.” Minicozzi founded Urban3 to explain and visualize market dynamics created by tax and land use policies. He describes himself as an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design and economics. Before moving to Asheville, Minicozzi was the primary administrator of the Form-Based Code for downtown West Palm Beach, Florida. He is also a founding member of the Asheville Design Center, a non-profit community design center dedicated to creating livable communities across all of Western North Carolina.

Minicozzi’s talk will focus on sustainable development policies and the economics of community development. Urban3 is partnering with the urban planning firm, Multistudio, which is charged with orchestrating the development of new city codes for the City.

 “The presentation will highlight the results of Urban3’s analysis of the City’s public and private investment returns and the relationship of cost and revenues as they relate to the type of development Springfield may want to support in the years to come,” said Randall Whitman, principal planner for the City of Springfield. “The presentation will help illustrate and further the community discussion on the value of implementing over 200 recommendations from Forward SGF related to community design and developing a collective understanding of how land use and zoning affect a city’s economic health.”

Minicozzi’s talk will be recorded and available at The previous three installments of the Forward SGF speaker series can be viewed at (scroll to bottom of page).

For more information, please contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352.

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