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July Technical Lunch Meeting


What: Richmond 300 Overview

Presenter:  Mark A. Olinger

When: Thursday, July 25th, 2019

Time: Lunch is served at 11:45AM

Networking from 11:30AM – 12:00PM

Presentation begins at 12:00PM

Where: Hofheimer Building

2818 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23230 

Remember:  Street Parking is available surrounding the area or attendees are welcome to take the Pulse to the Scott’s Addition Westbound Station or the Science Museum Eastbound Station.

Registration Price:  $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Note the price will increase to $30 for both members and non-members at COB Monday, July 22nd.

PDH: 1 Credit


In 2037, the city of Richmond will be 300 years old. The City’s last comprehensive plan was adopted in 2001. A lot has changed since then and the City needs a new framework to help the broader community think about what we want to be, how we want to look and feel; what investments in people, places, and projects need to occur to help us realize our vision and celebrate our future. The presentation will share information on existing conditions, where we are in the Richmond 300 process, and how the larger community can continue to be engaged. The city is very different than it was in 2001…Richmond 300 will help us all build toward that future.

Presenter: Mark A. Olinger, Director, Department of Planning & Development Review

Mark A. Olinger is the director of the Department of Planning & Development Review for the City of Richmond. As director, Mr. Olinger oversees the activities of several divisions including Permits and Inspections, Code Enforcement, Land Use Administration, Urban Design, Preservation, Planning, and Public Art. Since arriving in Richmond, Mr. Olinger has been actively engaged in Riverfront planning, neighborhood development activities, Pulse Corridor planning and Richmond 300, the first comprehensive update to the city-wide master plan in 17 years.

Mr. Olinger has over 36 years of urban planning experience; focused on urban design, land use planning, affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization and redevelopment initiatives all with a focus on implementation and enhancing the quality of life through strategic planning.

Prior to coming to Richmond, Mr. Olinger was the Director of the Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development of the City of Madison and Executive Director of the Community Development Authority (overseeing public housing, Section 8, and the City’s redevelopment activities).

Formerly, Mr. Olinger served as a senior planner with the City of Dayton, Ohio where he was responsible for transforming the once largely abandoned neighborhood, now known as Wright-Dunbar Village, into a showcase of revitalization and rebirth – and a winner of a HUD Secretary Award in 2004.

Mr. Olinger has a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, from New York University and a Master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Olinger and his wife Karen reside, along with their Westie, Henry, in the Oakwood-Cimborazo National Register Historic District of Richmond.

Upcoming Presentations

August 27 – John Schuler, Assistant State Materials Engineer, Materials Division, speaking about the World Trade Center 7 on 9/11.


Registration for this event is closed.