Faculty and Staff

Levin College Staff

Kirby DateKirby 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 a revitalization strategy for Fleet Avenue in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland; an economic and fiscal analysis for the Variety Theatre District in the Westown neighborhood of Cleveland; a retail study for six urban neighborhoods in Cleveland, and a comprehensive housing analysis for the City of Oberlin, including a sustainable practices code review.
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