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 community planner who works with urban, suburban and rural communities to provide decision support on development, economic development, land, and conservation issues. Her areas of expertise include development planning; retail, housing and commercial market evaluation; small town and main street planning; fiscal and economic impact analysis; and planning for parks, natural areas and working lands. Recent work includes revitalization strategies for Fleet Avenue in Cleveland, and Kenmore Boulevard in Akron; an economic and fiscal analysis for the Variety Theatre District in the Westown neighborhood of Cleveland; comprehensive housing analyses for the Cities of Oberlin and Lorain, including a sustainable practices code review; and an economic profile for the Village of Middlefield. Ms. Date is a member of the Levin Chair Group, developing a web-based model for fiscal analysis which will allow Northeast Ohio local government officials to quickly evaluate the potential revenues and expenses of alternative scenarios for redevelopment property. She also assists the Energy Policy team with evaluating investment in the oil and gas industry and related industries in Ohio on a semi-annual basis. Ms. Date is an artist and skilled public engagement facilitator, and has taught real estate market analysis and finance, and graphic communication, at the Levin College.
From 2004 to 2016, Ms. Date 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 member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and a registered landscape architect in the State of Ohio. She is the author of a chapter on urban main street markets in a new book Legacy Cities: Continuity and Change Amid Decline and Revival, Tighe and Ryberg-Webster, editors; author/editor of the Ohio Balanced Growth Program’s Linking Land Use and Ohio’s Waters: Best Local Land Use Practices, 2012; and 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 MS in Urban Studies, Community and Neighborhood Development focus, from the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University; and a BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.
Contact her at 216-687-5477, or k.date@csuohio.edu.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Building Strategic Alliances Among Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Conservation Development
  • Compact and Traditional Neighborhood Development
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Public Engagement, Focus Groups and Interviews
  • Housing, Retail and Commercial Market Evaluation
  • Fiscal and Economic Impact Analysis
  • Land Use Planning and Zoning Policy
  • Main Street and Historic District Planning and Revitalization
  • Natural Areas, Working Lands, and Woodland Management Policy
  • Parks, Recreation and Open Space Planning and Policy
  • Sustainable and Green Development and Policy
  • Transfer of Development Rights
  • Storm Water and Watershed Protection Policy

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Community Planning Program