Kimberly H. Robinson
KIMBERLY H. ROBINSON
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Executive Director
If you want to go quickly, go alone.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER
CITY, COUNTY & REGIONAL PLANNING - POLICY DEVELOPMENT & IMPLEMENTATION - EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT
Knowledgeable, talented and visionary senior planning leader with vast experience thoughtfully and successfully guiding regional planning and community development at the city and county levels. Recognized for expert ability to create a holistic and compelling shared vision; anticipate challenges and creatively leverage opportunities; analyze complex issues, find creative solutions, and develop relevant and impactful policy. Demonstrated ability to successfully manage complex projects, programs and operations; communicate forthrightly yet effectively and navigate sensitive political relationships; facilitate consensus and commitment among competing stakeholders; and lead diverse teams to success.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Executive Director, based in Springfield, Massachusetts. PVPC is a regional planning agency for the 43 cities and towns in Hampshire and Hampden counties. I am committed to leading the next chapter in its long history of improving Pioneer Valley residents’ quality of life, as well as building on the partnerships the agency has cultivated with its 43 member communities to help them succeed, from basic government service delivery to big-picture regional visioning.
Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency
Managed the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency (TMRPA) from 2011 - 2019. The regional agency was created by the Nevada Legislature to foster coordination among Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMRPA is responsible for managing growth through land-use planning, natural resource management and infrastructure and service provision in the region. The organization is committed to supporting comprehensive and innovative approaches for economic development and community planning for the cities of Reno and Sparks, as well as Washoe County. In addition to facilitating land-use, infrastructure and resource management discussions among public and private decision makers, TMRPA also serves as a collaborative information and data warehouse, coordinating regional data collection and delivering advanced geospatial analytics for regional solutions. The agency is now highly regarded for providing quality information and analysis to support data driven decisions regarding community resources and public policy.
2019 Regional Plan Update
Lead the 2019 Regional Plan Update process, which is tasked with reviewing and updating the urban services area boundary in the Truckee Meadows, improving transit-oriented development outcomes, increasing affordable housing policies, and implementing performance measurements. The scope also includes a complete update of processes, the development of a new yearly reporting process on development, and the improvement of conformance review standards to increase customer service and maximize implementation of the plans’ policies. The Regional Plan is a twenty-year-horizon document, and this update included the creation of four scenarios for regional form and pattern, to ensure maximization of land, resources, infrastructure, and sustainability approaches.
Regional Sustainability Baseline Study
Commissioned the Regional Sustainability Baseline Study, as well as white papers on urban service boundaries and transit-oriented development best practices from the Portland State University Urban Sustainability Accelerator program to build the foundation of the 2019 Regional Plan Update.
Truckee Meadows Housing Study
Developed the 2016 Truckee Meadows Housing Study, which included an inventory of existing units and future approved units, created various scenarios to determine the capital infrastructure costs of regional services such as schools, roads, transit, and water/wastewater depending on land-use pattern. This allowed the opportunity to determine that the ‘smart growth’ approach of encouraging infill and redevelopment on a relative scale would result in a projected savings of approximately $800 million.
Regional Strategy for Housing Affordability: Community Profile
Partnered with Truckee Meadows Healthy Communities and Enterprise Community Partners to develop a regional evidence-based strategy to address housing affordability. The three-phase work plan will provide a ten-year strategy to achieve affordable housing, including policy recommendations, community engagement and an advocacy framework to support implementation.
Industrial Lands Needs Analysis
Created the region-wide Industrial Land Needs Analysis, including successfully soliciting project funding from the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) and the Western Regional Water Commission (WRWC), and partnering with these agencies and the Economic Development of Western Nevada (EDAWN) to produce a buildable lands inventory, demand analysis and alternative forecast scenarios for industrial land demand in the region.
Completion of the Bi-annual Consensus Forecast and Spatial Disaggregation
Successfully negotiated bringing the bi-annual Consensus Forecast responsibility to TMRPA from Washoe County, and added spatial disaggregation of both population and employment-forecasted numbers through the TMRPA model to the process.
Analysis of Potential Impacts of Growth
Partnered on the Economic Planning Indicators Committee (EPIC) Report which analyzed the potential impacts of growth, including transportation, housing and infrastructure associated with the arrival of Tesla and Panasonic in the region.
Regional Economic Development
Increased the agency’s engagement in regional economic development efforts, including working with the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) to inform the creation of a statewide database of economic information; and providing EDAWN with an online viewer of spatially based business data to support attraction and expansion of businesses in the region. This online viewer was created by TMRPA and contributed to the success of EDAWN’s business retention efforts.
State Legislative Experience
Experience with six Nevada Legislative sessions, including serving as a regional representative to the Nevada State Legislature’s affordable housing interim committee, aimed at developing potential legislative changes for the 2019 Legislative Session. Negotiated state legislation regarding schools through coordination of regional partners to develop language that was mutually acceptable to all. Have testified regarding housing, economic development efforts and regional planning to various committees.
Shared Services Work Programs
Successfully implemented eight annual Shared Services Work Programs with RTC, resulting in corridor studies, spatial attribution of traffic-volume data for the past two Regional Transportation Plans, and technical support of the costing model for the Regional Road Impact Fee program.
TMRPA Finance and Budgeting
Responsible for creating and implementing the TMRPA annual budget, tailoring projected expenses to available revenues. Successfully guided TMRPA through recovery from the Great Recession, which reduced TMRPA’s budget by 51%. Successfully forged new partnerships with allied agencies which resulted in new revenues and cost-sharing. Secured more than $965,417 in grants, in-kind contributions and external funds.
Environmental Planning Partnerships
Partnered with WRWC to develop and analyze storm-water data across the region and worked with the State of Nevada on source-water protection efforts. Led the effort for continuous improvement of the population and employment model, including creation and updates to the four water- and sewer-specific suitability factors.
2012 Regional Plan Update
Effectively scoped the 2012 Regional Plan Update and the role of regional planning by facilitating a meeting of thirteen local governments and affected entities to discuss potential topics; developed a proposed definition of regional planning’s role with the consensus of all three jurisdictions; and successfully delivered workshops to the Regional Planning Commission regarding topics for the Regional Plan Update and transit-oriented development.
Washoe County Department of Community Development
Led a team of nine staff responsible for all discretionary land use and building permits in the Washoe County unincorporated area. This included all special use permits, variances, tentative maps, development agreements, specific plans, development code amendments, zoning and master plan amendments, and building permits.
Co-authored the first strategic plan for the Community Development Department. Prioritized tasks to improve customer service, increase staff and board development, and create a more user-friendly land planning structure. The latter included changes to both the Washoe County Master Plan and Development Code.
Partnered with peer planning manager in development of the > $2 million budget for the department. Developed and undertook plans that resulted in an overall 41% reduction in resources in response to the Great Recession.
Worked in concert with peer planning manager in development of budget for the department for the past three years, including plans resulting in an overall 41% reduction in resources.
Executed proposal for 75% cost recovery fee schedule for discretionary permits. Total planning fees now calculated based upon time and resources spent. Oversaw a 4.7% reduction in fees in FY2010-11, a result of decreased staff costs achieved through wage reductions. These savings were passed on to the consumer to support both the 75% cost recovery model, as well as reinforce economic development efforts within the County.
Acted as primary Washoe County liaison to the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency. Subjects undertaken during tenure have included: annexation, deannexation, Truckee Meadows Service Area requests, joint corridor projects, economic development in the unincorporated county, utility corridor placement, transit oriented development, and consensus forecasts, among others.
Oversaw ongoing collaboration with the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency on the new regional plan for the Lake Tahoe basin and Washoe County’s continued involvement with the Tahoe Transportation District.
Developed and implemented a team-oriented approach to planning operations within the County, supporting cross-training of staff, elimination of silos within the department, and improved customer service.
Member of the Board of County Commissioners’ Strategic Planning Committee’s Technical Advisory Committee, tasked with development of performance measures for the Washoe County Strategic Plan, as well prioritization and follow-up on recommendations gathered through the Fundamental Services Review process.
City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Restructured the process for gathering data, setting priorities and completing the HUD 2005-2010 Consolidated Plan for the City of Detroit, encompassing the implementation of approximately $45-60M in annual HUD funding. Managed a team of eleven to produce this crucial planning report in record time in the most comprehensive effort to date. The resulting document included a data-driven model advocating for targeting resources geographically, while matching programs and funds with community needs.
Executive Committee member for the Mayor’s Office Next Detroit Neighborhood Initiative, a 5-year strategy focusing on the rejuvenation of Detroit neighborhoods into vibrant areas for citizens. Developed the six ‘Neighborhood Typologies’, a neighborhood-based approach to geographically targeting resources, in conjunction with the University of Michigan.
Extensive experience supervising the regulatory agency staff and consultants for the City of Detroit Historic District Commission, as well as the creation and maintenance of the budget and contract for this division.
Developed a variety of tools to assist in policy analysis and creation for planning and economic development needs. These included the Neighborhood Indicators project (in partnership with the University of Michigan), a new tool to assess the health of neighborhoods and inform policy decisions regarding resource distribution and redevelopment opportunities. Additionally, created a comprehensive database and map of all current developments in the City of Detroit, allowing for spatial analysis of development investment.
As Assistant to the Deputy Director, managed various projects, including city development activities requiring state tax reverted properties. Also oversaw significant title-clearing efforts for the city, which had 46,000 city-owned parcels at the time.
Managed the introduction of the Buy and Build program to the community, a new housing initiative sponsored by the Planning and Development Department to encourage residential development. This effort specifically targeted adjacent vacant parcels next to existing housing and offered these lots for sale for $1 to the neighboring owners as a path to mitigating blight.
Project manager for development and implementation of the Property Information System, a cutting-edge web application to view Detroit property information. Designed with 25 different search criteria options, this state-of-the-art tool allowed city employees to search over 400,000 parcels for potential development opportunities. The project was lauded by the Mayor, received positive coverage in the local media, and increased the ability of city staff to respond to development inquiries. The Property Information System directly led to more effective partnerships with the Wayne County’s Assessor’s Office and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and created new delivery routes of data to other governmental agencies.
Member of the Census 2000 Task Force, assisting in the coordination of the 2000 Local Update of Census Addresses, a comprehensive effort by the City of Detroit to ensure every address in the jurisdiction was counted by the U.S. Census Bureau. This item included the development of a manual and conducting training for 100+ volunteers.
Jefferson-Chalmers Citizens’ District Council
Responsible for all activities for legislatively mandated body designed to capture community input on urban renewal projects. Primary tasks included: analysis of development proposals, providing critical review and feedback to the twenty-four-member Citizens’ District Council and the Detroit City Council; coordination of neighborhood input into planning process; and supervision of two employees.
University of Michigan
Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Emphasis in economic development, housing and community issues.
Research associate focusing on urban public safety at the Studies for Urban Security Group, specializing in response time analysis for police and fire for the City of Detroit, and water emergency mock exercise for the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage.
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Bachelor of Science in Honors Program/Hotel Administration
Honors Program/College of Hotel Administration. Graduated Cum Laude; emphasis in comprehensive management of hotel and restaurant services and facilities, with a focus in accounting.
Internship/graduate of the prestigious Disney College Program at Walt Disney World, Florida. Trained in guest relations and quality customer service with one of the premier hospitality organizations in the world.
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Having easily understandable information is key to making
good decisions that will positively impact our community
Dwelling Unit Capacity
Existing Residential by Density Class
Vacant Parcels with Infrastructure Availability
About the Truckee Meadows Regional Planning Agency
Industrial Land Analysis
Existing Industrial Employment
Vacant Industrial Land by Parcel Size
Scenarios and Neighborhood Growth Impact Mapping
Regional Strategy for Housing Affordability
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