National Community Planning Month
Local Events That Celebrated National Community Planning Month
Below are brief descriptions of the many local events held across the country during National Community Planning Month 2007. The theme was Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods in recognition of the important building blocks of great communities: the streets, the neighborhoods, and the people who help make communities special.
Proclamation of Community Planning Month in Arizona by Gov. Janet Napolitano
City of Menlo Park
Mayor Kelly Fergusson signed a proclamation declaring October as National Community Planning Month.
City of Montebello
Great Latino Streets, Great Latino Neighborhoods
A panel discussion on what creates a sense of place in Latino neighborhoods by examining the culture, urban design, and social characteristics. Presented by James Rojas, Hector Solis, and Manny Munoz. The event was sponsored by the American Planning Student Association at Cal Poly Pomona, the Los Angeles area of APA's Latinos and Planning Division, and the Latino Urban Forum (LUF).
City of Long Beach
Olive Court: A Model for Reclaiming the Boulevard
Southern California cities and towns are crisscrossed by unattractive thoroughfares lined with mini-malls and low-slung commercial buildings. The City of Long Beach and Livable Places are trying to break that unsightly pattern with the recently completed Olive Court. The thoughtfully designed Olive Court is a model for building medium density along boulevards backed by neighborhood of single family homes. Residents were invited to have a cup of coffee, tour Olive Court, and discuss the transformation with Livable Places, Studio E Architects, and the City of Long Beach partners.
City of El Cajon
El Cajon's City Council proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 9, 2007. The Planning Division hosted a small reception for council, planning commissioners, and staff of El Cajon.
City of Compton
Birthing a New Compton
A display of new commercial and residential developments was presented in the lobby of Compton City Hall. The display also showcased several new residential projects, including affordable senior housing, new market-rate town homes, and single-family subdivisions.
City of Stockton
The City of Stockton Community Development Department sponsored a booth at the Greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce Trade Show October 4. The booth displayed exhibits created by the Planning Division about Smart Growth techniques, new commercial and residential projects, and information about the 2035 General Plan Amendment. City staff from planning, building, and redevelopment were on hand to answer questions and share information. The exhibits including a poster celebrating National Community Planning Month were displayed in the Community Development Department's lobby throughout October.
City of Fort Collins
The City of Fort Collins celebrated National Community Planning Month by offering three free tours of a few of the city's great streets and neighborhoods.
Turning 'Green' with Envy: Renewable Energy for Great Neighborhoods
Can you build a house from recycled materials and straw bales, which will generate a surplus of electricity? This tour showcased how "green" components worked in Fort Collins to make energy-efficient, sustainable homes that were still cost effective.
From the Front Porch to the Stars: How Neighborhood Planning Has Evolved
Travel through time from 1873 to 2007! This tour showcased the planning evolution of our neighborhoods & streets; it started in Old Town then travelled through the decades and ended with the Stargazing Observatory in Observatory Village.
Renewing Fort Collins with Great Planning
"What does planning do and what does it mean?" "What projects are in the works?" This tour provided answers to these questions and explained trends like New Urbanism and more by featuring recent and upcoming local areas affected by planning.
City of Pembroke Pines
The Mayor of Pembroke Pines proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month as a recent city commission meeting. Members of the city's Planning and Zoning Board as well as members of the city's Board of Adjustment were recognized for their service.
APA Florida Chapter
Design Forum Tampa
APA's Urban Design and Preservation Division, the Florida Chapter of APA, and the Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of APA.
A planning exhibit was displayed outside the commission chambers during October's public meetings to highlight the mission and activities of the Planning and Zoning Department for Cherokee County, Georgia.
City of Highland Park
Proclamation and Newspaper Article
Mayor Michael D. Belsky presented a proclamation declaring October Community Planning Month on September 24, 2007. The mayor thanked the city's planning staff for their contributions to the community.
Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission
Great Streets Contest
Residents were encouraged to submit photos of a great Sangamon County street or neighborhood to illustrate what they like best in their community. Select photos were displayed at the planning commission office and the winning entry was featured on the commission's website.
City of Urbana
Planning Film Festival
A free mini film festival was held at the city council chambers on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday, October 28. Light refreshments were available. Films shown included Cities about creating sustainable cities, Edens Lost and Found: Chicago about how neighborhoods and city hall can work together to create great places and Designing Great Neighborhoods: Behind the Scenes at Holiday, a look at how an old drive-in movie theater in Boulder, Colorado, was transformed into a model co-housing neighborhood with the goal of zero emissions.
The Urbana City Council proclaimed October National Community Planning Month on October 8.
APA Indiana Chapter
Great Streets, Great Neighborhood Competition
The Indiana Chapter held a Great Streets, Great Neighborhoods photo contest to celebrate the great places of Indiana. Select entries were profiled throughout October on the chapter's website.
2007 Urban Planning Scholar Speaker Series
Dom Nozzi, executive director of Walkable Streets and author of The Road to Ruin: An Introduction to Sprawl and How to Cure It, discussed urban design, specifically walkable streets and form-based codes.
City of Brunswick
The City of Brunswick declared October National Community Planning Month at a Mayor & Council Meeting on September 11, 2007.
The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October National Community Planning Month.
APA Maryland Chapter
APA's Maryland Chapter hosted an Awards Ceremony to recognize outstanding plans, projects, public education, community initiative, outstanding planner, new planner, and student projects.
The Pine City Planning Commission hosted an open house, enabling citizens to get an insider's view of planning topics, tools, and techniques. The open house was held in conjunction with the commission's regular meeting on October 24. Photos and maps were used to highlight past accomplishments and current planning projects. The open house also touched on current planning issues, posed questions about future growth decisions, and emphasized ways to participate in the planning process. Awards were given to property owners who have vastly improved the appearance of their property and to a citizen who has made a significant difference in the realm of planning.
Workshop: Engaging Youth in Planning
Lecture: Engaging Youth in Architecture, Planning, and Historic Preservation
The Hyde Lecture, sponsored by APA's Nebraska Chapter and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, was delivered by Carolyn Torma, APA's director of education.
State Land Use Planning Agency of the Nevada Division of State Lands
Planning for Rural Nevada
A special three-day conference that discussed the specific needs of rural communities. The conference covered topics such as public lands planning, floodplain management, tribal council lands interface, conservation easements, wild land and urban interface planning, and water rights protections.
City of Las Vegas
Mayor Oscar B. Goodman proclaimed October National Community Planning Month. The proclamation was presented to Margo Wheeler, AICP, Director of the Planning and Development Department.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman (podium) proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month at the October 3, 2007, City Council meeting. Also pictured from left to right: Councilman Steve Wolfson, Planning Commissioners Ric Trusdell, David Steinman, and Glenn Trowbridge, Planning & Development Director M. Margo Wheeler, AICP, and Councilman Larry Brown.
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
Great Streets Contest
The Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC) held a Great Streets Contest in conjunction with National Community Planning Month. One great street was selected from each NRPC member community.
APA New York Metro Chapter
Annual Conference — Creating a More Livable Region
Encompassing issues from transportation to infrastructure and neighborhood design, speakers and panelists discussed the planner's role in creating guidelines and implementing best practices relating to the use and conservation of energy and water, brownfields re-use, neighborhood planning design, local and regional transportation patterns, and land use and zoning. In conjunction with the NYU Wagner Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management.
APA Ohio Chapter
The Central Ohio Section of the Ohio Chapter of APA held a variety of forums to celebrate National Community Planning Month.
The Franklin County Board of Commissioners, led by board president Mary Jo Kilroy, proclaimed community planning month in Franklin County, Ohio, on October 9. The commissioners hosted a reception honoring planners' contributions to the high quality of life enjoyed by county residents. All attendees received a commemorative lapel pin.
APA Oregon Chapter
Put a Planner in School
The Oregon APA Chapter sponsored "Put a Planner in School" during October to educate kids and parents about planning. The goal was to get 100 planners into schools across the state to talk about planning and how it benefits communities.
The Richland County Council, Richland County Neighborhood Improvement Program and Planning and Development Services hosted a Planning and Development Services open house, community showcase, and Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Training Series talk featuring Heather Cairns, Esq., on Neighborhood Law. The event was open to all Richland County citizens, and communities were encouraged to showcase their best programs and practices on Building Healthy Communities.
City of McKinney
The City of McKinney, Texas, City Council proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 2. The proclamation was displayed in the lobby of Development Services.
A planning exhibit was displayed in the Development Services lobby that highlighted the planning achievements over the years. The display included many of the awards and recognitions that the Planning Department has earned over recent years, along with a "Planning in Action" poster and copies of Planning magazine.
Acts of Appreciation
The Planning Department served light refreshments throughout October on plan submittal days to say thank you to the citizens who contribute to making McKinney a better place.
The City of McKinney ran a "news crawl" on the local television station (MCKINNEY 15) highlighting National Community Planning Month. McKinney also hosted a special web link on the front page of the city's website to invite visitors to learn more about the planning process and profession.
The Missouri City, Texas, City Council proclaimed October National Community Planning Month on October 1. The city's Planning Department recognized the committed work of each of its planning commissioners and planning staff, and hosted a small reception in their honor on October 10.
Throughout the month of October, a planning exhibit was displayed in the City Hall lobby that highlighted the achievements of the planning process over the years. Additionally, the Planning Department encouraged residents to submit pictures depicting Missouri City as one of America's most beautiful.
City of Austin
What is your favorite street in your neighborhood?
Residents were encouraged to submit photos of their favorite street along with a short description of why they consider it a great street. The photos and essays were displayed at City Hall and the Neighborhood Planning & Zoning Department throughout October. Austin's mayor also proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 11.
The Utah Chapter of APA created an exhibit about planning for the main Salt Lake City Public Library. The exhibit helped library patrons learn about the planning profession and the role of planners. The chapter also encouraged members to create similar planning exhibits to display in their workplaces. Members were eligible for a special drawing by sharing their plans for celebrating National Community Planning Month.
City of Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Mayor Neil Johnson, Jr. declared October National Community Planning Month on October 16, 2007.
Peninsula Section of APA Washington Chapter
The Peninsula Section's annual conference focused on "The Evolution of Community Planning in Washington State." Sessions included an education course on local planning, the evolution of planning in Washington and a planning expo that highlighted recent statewide planning projects. The conference was open to the public.
Proclamation of Community Planning Month in Wisconsin by Gov. Jim Doyle.