National Community Planning Month » 2012

Rockville Photo Contest

Posted December 11, 2012

Rockville, Maryland, held a “My Favorite Rockville Place” photo contest during the month of October as part of its National Community Planning Month celebration.

Check out the photos that took top honors in the contest.

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Indian Trail Hosts Box City

Posted November 06, 2012

The Indian Trail Planning and Neighborhood Services Department in North Carolina collaborated with the Mayor and the Planning Board to host a Box City event for second grade students at Sardis and Poplin Elementary Schools.

Read about the event

Students discussing zoning and land use while considering where to place their buildings within the Box City

Students discussing zoning and land use while considering where to place their buildings within the Box City.

Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez leads second grade students at Poplin Elementary in an interactive Box City activity.

Indian Trail Mayor Michael Alvarez leads second grade students at Poplin Elementary in an interactive Box City activity.

Second grade students at Poplin and Sardis Elementary Schools develop their own ‘Box Cities’ with small boxes decorated as buildings typically found in within a community.

Second grade students at Poplin and Sardis Elementary Schools develop their own ‘Box Cities’ with small boxes decorated as buildings typically found in within a community.

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Grand Island Reaches Out to the Media

Posted November 05, 2012

Grand Island, Nebraska, sent a press release out to local media about National Community Planning Month.

View the press release

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Sanford’s Evolution

Posted October 31, 2012

The City of Sanford, Florida’s, Planning Department created a city hall display showing how the community has evolved along with exhibits featuring future projects in the works. Residents can also learn about community planning projects on the city’s new website.

The department took a picture in front of this year’s display.

Sanford, Florida, planning department in 2012

City of Sanford Planning Team: Back row (from left): Christine Dalton, AICP; Eileen Hinson, AICP; Mary Moskowitz, AICP; Mary Muse; and Chris Smith. Front row (from left): John Schultheis, PE; Russell Gibson, AICP; and Dave Richards

Despite this year’s theme of the Changing Face of America, the department has remained the same.

Sanford, Florida, planning department in 2011

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Planners Talk Career Day

Posted October 31, 2012

Staff of the Wilson, North Carolina, Planning and Development Services Department participated in Wilson Education Partnership’s career day. More than 900 eighth grade students participated in the event. Planners discussed the importance of community planning, historic preservation, GIS, inspections and education necessary to pursue a planning career.

Inspections Manager Kevin O’Brien working with a student.

Students with Wilson, North Carolina Planning and Development Services Staff Joe Ausby, GIS Manager, and Kevin O’Brien, Inspections Manager.

Labels: North Carolina, Youth,

Gloucester County Proclaims October

Posted October 31, 2012

Gloucester County Chair of the Board of Supervisors, Carter M. Borden, has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Norfolk proclaims October

Posted October 31, 2012

The City of Norfolk, Virginia, Mayor Paul D. Fraim has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Proclamation and kids

Posted October 31, 2012

City of Jordan, Minnesota, Mayor Pete Ewals has declared October as Community Planning Month. City planners also have planned school visits to the third and fourth graders to teach the kids about city planning.

Labels: Minnesota, proclamation, Youth,

Kids Envision Tomorrow with Legos

Posted October 18, 2012

Four hundred fifth grade students participated in the Lego — Build the Change event in Miramar, Florida. The students were challenged to build their vision of Miramar 2040. Ideas included LEED certified buildings, solar panels, flood resistant housing, job centers, and rooftop gardens.

Silver Shores Elementary Lego team with materials

Images: The Silver Shores Elementary Lego team with plans and bricks. Photos by Eileen Soler, courtesy City of Miramar.

Labels: Event, Florida, Miramar, Youth,

Featuring National Community Planning Month

Posted October 18, 2012

The Maryland Heights, Missouri’s “City Planner’s Report” has a feature story about National Community Planning Month in the October newsletter.

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Glendora Public Library Display

Posted October 18, 2012

The Glendora Public Library will have a display throughout the month of October of maps and related documents about planning in Glendora, California. The Planning Department also prepared a recommend planning reading list.

View the suggested reading list.

Labels: California, exhibits, Library, reading list,

Medford Planning Department Heads to Market

Posted October 18, 2012

The Medford, Oregon, Planning Department will have a booth at the Rogue Valley  Growers and Crafters Market on Thursday, October 18.

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Holly Springs Proclaims October

Posted October 18, 2012

Holly Springs, North Carolina, Mayor Dick Sears has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Gov. Dayton Proclaims October

Posted October 18, 2012

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

View the proclamation

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Pine City Open House

Posted October 18, 2012

Pine City, Minnesota, is hosting an open house Wednesday, October 23, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the City Hall’s Council Chambers. Residents can review draft documents of the city’s 2030 Comprehensive Plan; meet local planning commission members; and learn how to get involved in local planning efforts. Immediately following the open house, the Planning Commission will hold their regular meeting.

Pine City also proclaimed October as Community Planning Month

Labels: Minnesota, open house, proclamation,

New Energy in Clarkdale

Posted October 18, 2012

Northern Arizona planners will discuss new energy saving projects in Clarkdale along with community health indicators on Thursday, October 25, from 2-4 p.m. Clarkdale planners will highlight new permaculture and geothermal projects and Yavapai County health policy manager will discuss social and geographic determinants of health.

See the event flyer for more information

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Planning in the Classroom

Posted October 10, 2012

The Town of Morrisville, North Carolina’s planning department heads back to school for Planning in the Classroom.

Labels: North Carolina, Video,

Saline County Proclaims Community Planning Month

Posted October 09, 2012

Saline County, Kansas, has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Rockville Mayor Proclaims October

Posted October 09, 2012

Rockville, Maryland, Mayor Phyllis Marcuccio, has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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FEMA Highlights National Community Planning Month

Posted October 09, 2012

The Federal Emergency Management Association, FEMA, highlights National Community Planning Month.

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College Station Planning for Propserity

Posted October 09, 2012

The City of College Station, Texas, is preparing to celebrate its 75th anniversary next year. Bob Cowell, executive director of the Planning & Development Services, provides an overview of how the city continues to plan for prosperity.

Read about College State’s plan

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Shape Places Open House

Posted October 09, 2012

The City of Sioux Falls is hosting an open house as part of National Community Planning Month and its continued outreach about the city’s new zoning ordinance on October 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theater.

Open house information

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Renton Mayor Proclaims October

Posted October 05, 2012

Renton, Washington, Mayor Denis Law has declared October as Community Planning Month.

Read about the proclamation.

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“My Favorite Place” Photo Contest

Posted October 05, 2012

Rockville, Maryland, is asking residents to take a few pictures of their favorite places. The deadline to submit photos is October 31, 2012.

Read more about “My Favorite Rockville Place” Photo Contest.

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Virginia Gov. McDonnell Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

View the proclamation

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Fifth Grade Students Envision Miramar 2040

Posted October 02, 2012

More than 400 fifth grade students in Miramar, Florida, will create their vision of Miramar 2040 using LEGOs.  The “LEGO Build the Change” event on October 10, 2012, is hosted by the LEGO Company, the City of Miramar, and sponsored by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The student’s designs will be on display from 4-7 p.m. at Miramar’s Vizcaya Park. Miramar is the first U.S. city to partner with LEGO for this event.

Read more details of the event

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Minnesota Gov. Dayton Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared October as Community Planning Month.

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Wisconsin Gov. Walker Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

Gov. Scott Walker has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

View the proclamation

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Air Force Colonel Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

U.S. Air Force Col. Billy Thompson proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia.

Photos by Airman 1st Class Olivia Dominique.

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Morrisville Mayor Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

Mayor Jackie Holcombe of Morrisville, North Carolina, has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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Valdosta Community Planning Events

Posted October 02, 2012

The City of Valdosta, Georgia, is offering a variety of opportunities to participate and celebrate National Community Planning Month. All activities are open to citizens, staff, and elected officials.

October 6 
Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful’sRivers Alive by helping clean up Valdosta’s rivers and streams.  Call 229-671-3698 for more information.

October 10
“Traffic and Tribulations” Lunch & Learn Presentation, Noon
Traffic Manager Kevin Tolliver answers your most frequently asked questions about traffic and traveling throughout Valdosta.
City Annex Multi-Purpose Room, 300 N Lee Street; lunch sponsored by Crews Engineering, Inc. Please RSVP at 229-259-3563.

October 12
Tour of Veolia Environmental Services, 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Where does your trash go? Come meet us at the City Hall Annex and we will give you a lift to the Landfill.  Make sure you wear your old walking shoes! Please RSVP at 229-259-3563.

October 13
Valdosta Through Decades, 11 a.m.
Listen to Emily Foster, Historical Preservation Planner, and Donald Davis, Museum’s Executive Director, share  intriguing stories of Valdosta’s Development from 1860-2010.
Lowndes County Historical Society, 305 W Central Ave

October 17
Tour of the Traffic Management Center, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Meet with Transportation Manager Kevin Tolliver and Transportation Planner Corey Hull to discuss how Valdosta plans for roadway infrastructure and tour the state of the art Traffic Management Center. 310 East Adair Street

October 18
Five Points Re-development Project Lunch & Learn, Noon
Assistant to the City Manager Mara Register will provide updates on the new public space. City Hall Annex Multi-Purpose Room, 300 North Lee Street. Please RSVP at 229-259-3563.

October 18
Clean Water Anniversary
View Valdosta’s 15-second commercial for EPA’s contest.

October 20
10 a.m.
Learn about “Gardens in the Community” at Farm Days, then shop around at the last Market day of the year. Historic Courthouse Square.

October 23
Planners Roundtable Discussion at VSU, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
Hear from Valdosta’s Planner Matt Martin as he leads discussions on land use planning for institutional growth and other urban planning topics.  Community and government planners invited! Please RSVP at 229-259-3563.

October 24
Valdosta Blood Drive, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Make an impact in your community and help save a life! Mathis City Auditorium, 2300 North Ashley St., during the City of Valdosta Annual Health Fair.

October 25
7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a movie night out in Valdosta Downtown’s Dosta Theatre as we watch the “Greenest Building.”

October 26
Lunch and Learn Presentation, Noon
Moody Air Force Base (MAFB), the Southern Georgia Regional Commission Joint Land Use Study and Lowndes County. Enjoy lunch and see how local planners are promoting sustainable development initiatives surrounding MAFB. 327 North Ashley Street, Lowndes County Administration Building, 2nd floor, Multi-Purpose Room. Please RSVP at 229-259-3563.

October 27 – 28
Moody Community Appreciation Day Show.
Come and be a part of this memorable, spectacular aerial event and check out informational planning items and giveaways at the Community Planning Booth.  See the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Air Demonstration Team!

October 29
Greater Lowndes Planning Commission Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
See real life planning as the Appointed Commissioners on the Greater Lowndes Planning Commission review various planning related issues. GLPC, 325 W Savannah Ave.

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Placemaking Exhibit and Discussion

Posted October 02, 2012

The Arlington, Virginia, Economic Development is hosting a special evening at Artisphere featuring the  exhibit “Beyond the Parking Lot: The Change and Re-assessment of our Modern Landscape” and a discussion about the future of distressed places on October 3. Curator Cynthia Connolly will provide a tour of the exhibit. Joseph Schilling, head of the Metropolitan Institute’s Sustainable Communities Initiative at Virginia Tech will lead the discussion immediately following the exhibit tour.

The exhibit tour begins at 6 p.m. The event and reception are free, registration is required.

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Planning Film Festival

Posted October 02, 2012

The City of Lakewood, Colorado, is hosting a brown-bag film series throughout the month of October that outlines the connections between community health and the way cities are built. The film is “Designing Healthy Communities,” a public television production.

  • October 3 — Episode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia
  • October 10 — Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the Heart
  • October 17 — Episode 3: Social Policy in Concrete
  • October 24 — Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La
  • October 31 — Panel discussion “The Built Environment and Our Health: Designing Healthy Communities in the Denver Region”

The films will be viewed at the Community Room of the Lakewood Cultural Center from noon to 1:15 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

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Montgomery County Planning Department Open House

Posted October 02, 2012

The Montgomery County, Maryland, Planning Department is hosting an “Planning Smarter” open house on Saturday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can get an overview of good planning, tour the headquarters building, see projects approved by the Planning Board, and interact one-on-one with planners. Kids can participate in a build-a-box-city activity.

Planning Smarter Open House

Park and Planning Headquarters
8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD

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Quincy Mayor Proclaims October

Posted October 02, 2012

Quincy, Washington, Mayor Jim Hemberry has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

Read about the proclamation.

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