Faculty and Staff

Levin College Staff

Kirby Date

Kirby Date, AICP, RLA
Program Manager
The Community Planning Program

Office Location: UR22
Phone: 216.687.5477
Email: k.date@csuohio.edu



Kirby Date, AICP, RLA is a landscape architect and community planner who works
with urban, suburban and rural communities to provide decision support on land
use, development and conservation issues. Her areas of expertise include
development planning and design, retail and housing market evaluations, small
town and main street planning, and planning and design for parks, open space, and
environmental areas. Recent work includes retail market analysis for the Village of
Middlefield and the City of Olmsted Falls; a housing code review for the City of Kent;
and retail market studies for six urban neighborhoods in the City of Cleveland.
Since 2004, Ms. Date has led the Ohio Balanced Growth Program’s Best Local Land
Use Practices, in support of watershed-friendly development, conservation and
stormwater management decisions in communities across the state. She was the
founder of the Countryside Program in 1996, working with the Western Reserve
Resource Conservation and Development Council. Prior to coming to Ohio, she was
in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Ms. Date is a registered landscape architect in the State of Ohio, and a member of the
American Institute of Certified Planners. She is the author/editor of the Ohio
Balanced Growth Program’s Linking Land Use and Ohio’s Waters: Best Local Land
Use Practices, 2012; author of the award-winning Conservation Development
Resource Manual, 1999; and co-author of Case Studies in Family Land Conservation,
2005. Ms. Date holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and a
MS in Urban Studies, Community and Neighborhood Development focus, from the
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. 
Contact her at 216-687-5477, or k.date@csuohio.edu.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Best Practices and Benchmarking Studies
  • Building Strategic Alliances Among Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
  • Civic Education
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Conservation development
  • Compact development
  • Community and Economic developement
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Focus Group Moderation and Analysis
  • Housing, Retail and Market studies
  • Land Use
  • Landscape architecture
  • Local government planning and zoning policy
  • Local government renewable energy policy
  • Storm water protection policy
  • Main Street and historic district planning
  • Meadow and woodland protection
  • Natural Areas, Woodland Management Policy
  • Parks, recreation and open space planning
  • Private Land Conservation Strategy
  • Regional Planning
  • State and Local Governance
  • Stormwater Regulations and Compliance
  • Transfer of Development Rights
  • Urban Planning
  • Watershed Protection Policy

Web links:


Community Planning Program