Current methodologies for zoning and land use will adapt post-pandemic as we are forced to rethink how we use space and land in the future and as we respond to changing social and economic forces and climate change. Calfee Zoning’s Sean Suder (Lead Principal, Founder), Jocelyn Gibson (Senior Consultant) and Donald Warner (Senior Consultant) shared their predicted top zoning trends for the remainder of 2020 and beyond in the September 15th Calfee Zonecast. In the second part of our program, guest Emily Sheckels Ahouse (Zoning Administrator, City of Cincinnati) discussed the recent recession-defying levels of building permitting still taking place, and how the kinds of permit applications received have adjusted.
Emily Sheckels Ahouse is the Zoning Administrator for the City of Cincinnati where she oversees the day-to-day operations of the City’s Zoning Division. Prior to this, Emily served as the Executive Director of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, a CDC serving the historic Walnut Hills neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. A native Cincinnatian, Emily returned to the region in 2015 to serve as Preservation and Planning Specialist for the City of Covington, Kentucky. There, she was responsible for the administration of the City’s Historic Preservation Program, including historic preservation permitting, staffing the City’s Urban Design Review Board, and the City’s small area study community planning efforts. She was the City liaison to the Northern Kentucky Public Arts Network and served on the Board and as Chair of the Design Committee for Renaissance Covington, a Main Street America program. After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Design and Environmental Analysis and M.A. in Historic Preservation Planning, Emily started her career in South Florida, first as a consultant for Janus Research and then as Historic Preservationist for the City of Coral Gables.