Open Planning Tools Symposium 2015

The 6th Annual Open Planning Tools Symposium is being held at the University of Texas at Austin on November 18-20th.

Please join us in Austin for our annual symposium on open source tool use and innovation. This two and a half day symposium will be held at the Thompson Conference Center on campus. Building on years of work funded by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, this intimate symposium serves as the country’s leading work-session for open source planning tool developers, researchers, and high-level users. We will highlight key projects coordinated by group members such as the development of a curriculum material library, the annual Innovation Awards and others. There will also be an opportunity for tool developers to showcase their latest-and-greatest advances during a Tool Provider Show + Tell.


You can register for the Symposium here.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, November 18 – 6:30pm-9:00pm – Opening Dinner (see details below)
Thursday, November 19 – 8:00am-4:00pm – Lightning Talks, Sessions
Thursday, November 19 – 6:00pm-8:00pm – Keynote
Friday, November 20 – 8:00am-4:15pm – Recap, Discussions, Next Steps

You can see the working Agenda and provide ideas and feedback here.


Thompson Conference Center
2405 Robert Dedman Drive
Austin, TX


There is a block of rooms reserved at the Habitat Suites. To book a room, call the hotel and say you want to book one of the rooms reserved under Marine Siohan’s name and/or PlaceMatters (contact info is below). Note that the hotel is roughly 5 miles from the conference site. Airbnb is another good option if you would like to be closer.

Habitat Suites
Heidi Garcia, General Manager
500 E. Highland Mall Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78752
Tel 512.467.6000
Res 800.535.4663

Rooms held under Marine Siohan’s name.

Wednesday Dinner

Dinner will be held at Threadgills on Riverside Drive at 6:30 pm

301 West Riverside Drive
Austin, Texas 78704

Thursday Keynote

Looking Back and Forward To Achieve Sustainable Communities through Scenario Analysis
John Fregonese

Thursday, November 19
6:00 to 8 pm at the LBJ auditorium at the Thompson Conference Center, UT Austin

John will speak on the latest uses of the Envision Tomorrow suite of scenario planning tools, including:

  • Developing a financially feasible plan for infill on Portland’s Powell Division BRT;
  • Looking back at the Portland Streetcar – building a backcast scenario, and evaluating what would have happened without the streetcar effect;
  • Envision Tomorrow, UK Edition – using Envision in England to solve London’s housing Crisis;
  • Harnessing City Engine to illustrate scenarios
  • CodeNEXT Austin: Modeling the byzantine Austin Zoning Code, and evaluating the new zoning districts;
  • A look forward on how to use Envision Tomorrow for disaster planning;
  • And using Envision Tomorrow to manage a zoning code.


There are a number of transportation options in and around Austin. A couple ideas below:

  • Austin B-cycle
  • car2go Austin
  • Uber
  • Capital Metro
  • TCC Parking: There is parking onsite. Please be sure to park in Lot 40. A parking map can be found on the TCC website. There are a limited number of spaces available (241). Parking in an area that requires a UT Permit will result in a ticket. TCC is not responsible for tickets that are issued while attending an event at TCC.

For questions, contact: Marine Siohan or Critter Thompson from PlaceMatters.