National Community Planning Month
2008 Local Events
The 2008 National Community Planning Month theme is Green Communities. Below are brief descriptions of the many local events that will be held during October.
Month of October
The APA California Chapter is organizing a number of events to celebrate National Community Planning Month. Each member of APA California is asked to volunteer a minimum of six hours of community service during the month of October. Any volunteer time for the 6,000-Hour Volunteer Planning Challenge should be reported to your volunteer coordinator.
October 25, 2008
City of El Cajon employees celebrated National Community Planning Month by donating used blue jeans for recycling. The contribution was presented to San Diego Habitat for Humanity, in conjunction with their "100th Home" celebration. The recycling effort was an impromptu campaign in support of El Cajon's local theme, "Moving Toward a Greener Community".
The denim will be shipped to a processor, then forwarded to Bonded Logic, in Chandler, Arizona, where the natural fibers will be turned into "UltraTouch" batt insulation. This is a "green" building material that contains no formaldehyde or harmful irritants, is fire resistant, and designed to inhibit the growth of pests, mold, and mildew.
San Diego Habitat for Humanity has committed to using UltraTouch insulation in the second phase of the affordable housing development that they are constructing in El Cajon.
For further information, please contact the Planning Division at 619-441-1741.
Image: Pictured is Barbara Ramirez (second from right), principal planner of the City of El Cajon, with Habitat for Humanity employees: Janelle and Dustin.
The Arapahoe County Planning Division and Communications Services staff created an informational sheet for residents on why planning matters. The informational sheets will be distributed inside reusable bags to encourage residents to skip using paper or plastic bags for small shopping trips.
City of Oviedo
Green Communities and Sustainability Forum
The City of Oviedo Planning Division is hosting a month long exhibition at city hall. See the attached planning history timeline created for the exhibit.
Oviedo Electronics Recycling Day — October 29, 2008
The City of Valdosta will be celebrating National Community Planning Month throughout October with a number of activities. Mayor John Fretti has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month in the city. Citizens can participate in a river clean up, tour the city's state-of-the-art water plan, join city planners at a roundtable discussion and visit the traffic management center.
For more information visit: www.valdostacity.com/Index.aspx?page=383
The Columbus, Georgia, Planning Department held a number of activities in October to raise awareness about planning and the department within the community. Activities included:
Visiting several schools within the community such as Blackmon Middle, Carver High, and Columbus High Schools to educate students about the importance of planning in the community and provide an overview of the department.
Presenting an information display and handouts at the Columbus main library. Residents could sign-up for "In-Touch" an e-mail system designed to keep citizens informed with the latest planning news (photo left).
Mayor Gary Graham declared October as National Community Planning Month.
Urban Planning Scholar Speaker Series
Hear from Neal Angrisano, Deputy Director of Johnson County (Kansas) Facilities Management Department speak about how more and more public entities are leading the way in environmentally responsible buildings and infrastructure.
Green Communities Panel Discussion
Neal Angrisano, Deputy Director of Johnson County (Kansas) Facilities Management Department; David Forsell, President of Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.; Micah Hill, Operations Manager for The Re-Development Group, Inc.; and Luke Leising, Board Member of the Indiana Green Building Council. Panelists will focus on local green initiatives.
The Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department is recognizing National Community Planning Month with a proclamation reading at the Wichita City Council meeting and the Sedgwick County Commission meeting. A short video celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wichita-Sedgwich County Metropolitan Area Planning founding will be shown at the beginning of each meeting.
Pine City, Minnesota
October 22, 2008
The City of Henderson celebrated National Community Planning Month throughout October with a number of events and activities. The mayor proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month, held an open house that focused on sustainability, a photo contest for residents, and local planners visited area classrooms with an interactive zoning map.
Nashua Regional Planning Commission
Nashua Regional Planning Commission's Great Places Contest to celebrate the region
New Jersey Meadowland Commission (NJMC) Seminar
October 1, 2008
APA Ohio Chapter
APA Ohio Chapter, Central Section, is holding several events throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The brown bag lunch series will focus on planning concepts such as urban design, universal design, and complete streets. The section also is holding an Olentangy River clean up. Click here to see more information about the planned events.
Contact: Christine Palmer at email@example.com
El Paso, Texas
The City of El Paso, Texas, has proclaimed October National Community Planning Month at the recent City Council meeting. During the meeting, the city planners were also recognized for their hard work. Throughout the month, planning displays will be located throughout the Development Services Department featuring El Paso's new SmartCode, Smart Growth issues, long-range planning projects, the new subdivision approval process, and the city's new zoning code.
City of Grand Prairie
The Grand Prairie planning department created a brochure about the importance of planning and have distributed the flyer throughout city office.
Austin Mayor Will Wynn proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month. He read the following proclamation:
Be it known that
Create a new community high school class
The City of Austin Neighborhood Planning and Zoning Department worked with a local high school geography class to create a new community that took into account sound land-use principles, the existing surrounding neighborhoods and sustainable community features.
Planning Open Houses
Three planning open houses will be held across Davis County, Utah, in recognition of National Community Planning Month. The open houses will focus on the general plan update for Davis County, including a new chapter on sustainability. The sustainability chapter will focus on growth management and smart growth, sustainable communities, neighborhood connectivity, water-wise landscaping, and LEED. The open houses will be held in Clinton, Farmington, and Bountiful.
West Valley City
West Valley City is holding a sustainability workshop in conjunction with the VisionWest 2030 general plan.
State of Virginia
Proclamation of by Gov. Timothy Kaine
County of New Kent
Adopted a proclamation recognizing October as Community Planning Month.
Citizens are asked to submit photos of what they love most about Gloucester County and what should be preserved for the future. The contest runs the month of October and winning photographs will be displayed on the cover of the county's quarterly publication The BeeHive. The top entries also will be displayed in the county's libraries.
Both county libraries have a planning display. The display includes books for children and adults as well as the county's current comprehensive plan and adopted amendments.
Residents are invited to submit photos of their favorite green areas, green communities or buildings in Stafford. Photos will be displayed on the Department of Planning and Zoning's website.
City of Fairfax
The City of Fairfax Planning Commission conducted a Green Communities Poster contest this month at the city's two elementary schools. Science and art teachers at the schools led the project. Twenty-eight posters to illustrate some aspect of green communities were submitted to the Planning Commission, which gave five top prize awards, including a solar operated car and a windmill. All youngsters who submitted received a water-powered clock and a certificate from the Planning Commission. The top prize winning poster will be featured in the CityScene newsletter which is mailed to all residents, and the students who submitted will attend a televised Planning Commission meeting in November to receive their awards.