L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Every April, students from the Wilder School’s Master of Urban and Regional Planning program present their ideas for a better community in the annual Plan-Off! competition.

Students compete for a prize by pitching their solution to a real-world planning, public policy or management problem before a panel of expert judges. Students have three minutes to present their plans, which will advance through a series of rounds until a champion is named. The event is free and open to the public.

There’s also be a poster contest related to the presentations, with the winner of the People’s Choice Award selected by those who attend. Last year’s presentations ranged from revitalizations plans for Pump House Park and Historic Highland Springs to building community in Scott’s Addition to redesigning the Norwood Avenue corridor.

The 2018 Plan-Off will take place:

Friday, April 27

4 to 6 p.m.

Virginia Housing Development Authority’s Virginia Housing Center

4224 Cox Rd.

Glen Allen, Va.


The students and their presentations are:

  • Max Ewart, “Increasing Access to the James River Park System for Richmond's East End Residents”
  • Lara McLellan, “Safe Routes To School Development for Richmond Public Schools”
  • Cassandra Patterson, “Scotts Addition Complete Streets Plan”
  • Jessica Russo, “Citywide Policy Plan for Affordable Housing and Historic Preservation”
  • Matt Becker, “Creating a Framework for the MWCLT Lank Bank”
  • Mariah Williams, “Finding Homeplace: Exploring How Black Women Experience the Urban Environment in the city of Richmond”
  • Hannah Moore Cameron, “Contesting the Commemorative Narrative: Planning for Richmond's Cultural Landscape”
  • Nate Manning, “Myers Street Redevelopment Plan”
  • Grace Marie Leonard, “Relational Creativity in Highland Park: Learning Revitalization Through Innovation Together”
  • Zhaokai Liu, “The 4th District Police Station Plan”
  • Jake Elder, “Small Area Plan for the Route 36 Corridor”
  • Soumaya Ben-Miled, “Building Energy Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction”
  • Jesse Harris, “VCU Stormwater Management Plan”
  • Ben Leach, “The Carter G. Woodson Regional Stormwater and Nature Park”