National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association

Walnut, CA, United States

4.02

(6751 reviews)

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Monday, September 16, 2019, 11:04 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Thoughtful, powerful and engaging. The best conference keynote I've ever attended.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 11 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Best Keynote Ever.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10:05 a.m. CDT

The Future of the Region’s Economy: Planning for Growth and Diversification

4

Nice to see NCPC and the federal perspective represented.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10:04 a.m. CDT

Attainable Housing Challenges: Improving Rules and Engagement

5

Relevant to my current work.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10:02 a.m. CDT

Beyond L’Enfant: Washington DC’s Lesser Known Open Space Legacy

5

Great session that incorporated history and deep background to explain DC's unique laws about "public space".

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10:02 a.m. CDT

Beyond L’Enfant: Washington DC’s Lesser Known Open Space Legacy

5

Awesome session on the little known secrets of DC's public spaces.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10:01 a.m. CDT

Overcoming Barriers to Housing Production

3

A little dry (as are most law-related courses)

Monday, September 16, 2019, 10 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Best keynote ever on equity and social justice.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:46 a.m. CDT

Understanding the Ethical Planner

5

Clark does a great job of facilitating these discussions. Ethics is best taught interactively.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:45 a.m. CDT

Recent Court Decisions’ Impacts on District Comprehensive Plan Policies

5

Directly relevant to our work in this region!

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:45 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Very moving! Perfect start to the conference.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:32 a.m. CDT

Comedy and Improvisation as Engagement Tools

5

This was one of the best conference courses I've ever taken. An hour and a half flew by and it was so much fun, and relevant to community engagement. 10/10 would recommend.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:18 a.m. CDT

Uprooted: Examining Washington, D.C.’s Gentrification

5

Good session. The data portion was very compelling would liked to have heard more.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:18 a.m. CDT

Understanding the Ethical Planner

4

The cases were good, but could have been presented more clearly.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:17 a.m. CDT

Nightlife to Network: Piloting “PUDO” Zones in the District of Columbia

5

Great information, well presented

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:17 a.m. CDT

Comedy and Improvisation as Engagement Tools

5

We felt it was a good session. Got good feedback from the participants

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:15 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Great inspiring keynote

Monday, September 16, 2019, 8:05 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Very powerful.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:57 a.m. CDT

Nightlife to Network: Piloting “PUDO” Zones in the District of Columbia

5

very well-done, interesting, and relevant

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:56 a.m. CDT

Alexandria Survived the Metrorail Shutdown, and So Can You

5

Excellent presentation with all the key players present.

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:55 a.m. CDT

Recent Court Decisions’ Impacts on District Comprehensive Plan Policies

5

Great overview of complicated topic

Monday, September 16, 2019, 7:24 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Very moving. Excellent speaker.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 7:56 p.m. CDT

Alexandria Survived the Metrorail Shutdown, and So Can You

5

Great presentation!

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 7:56 p.m. CDT

Eisenhower East – The Ecology of a Human-Centric Urban Environment

5

Fascinating plan, and excellent presentation.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 7:54 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Fantastic speech! Great for all of us planners to hear. Felt like a coach giving us a halftime pep talk.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3:39 p.m. CDT

The Future of the Region’s Economy: Planning for Growth and Diversification

5

A good panel that provided different perspectives and information.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3:38 p.m. CDT

Beyond L’Enfant: Washington DC’s Lesser Known Open Space Legacy

4

Interesting to learn about lesser known open spaces that we pass by every day. Good background on DC planning history and development.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 3:37 p.m. CDT

Understanding the Ethical Planner

5

Did a good job with the APA provided case studies and content.

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 9:20 a.m. CDT

Eisenhower East – The Ecology of a Human-Centric Urban Environment

4

The presentation was a bit disjointed, but interesting.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:40 p.m. CDT

Form-Based Codes in 2019: Examples from the National Capital Region

4

Thinking of taking the training to be held in Leesburg, Virginia in October. Learned a lot and wishing to explore more.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 8:38 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

Great way to start a session. Bold and challenging to Planners.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:52 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker: David Bowers

5

He is a very inspirational speaker.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:26 p.m. CST

Trends in District Planning Laws and Applicable Case Decisions

5

I think this should be required attendance for planners, particularly those practicing in the District of Columbia. This session focused a lot on challenges to zoning cases, and highlighted the importance of very clear communication, well documented, by planning staff, and the ramifications for development if the staff recommendations are not well supported.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:23 p.m. CST

SHORT, TIMED PRESENTATIONS

5

Great high level hits of planning history, future trends, and more.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:16 p.m. CST

Art x Design

5

Great presentation on ways planners can encourage art and art institutions through various toolboxes. Especially powerful was the discussion of zoning tools in Alexandria that is resulting in both higher density in an area near transit options and long-term leases for arts spaces as part of the density bonus. The softer tools - such as reframing the way DC categorizes spaces that are available for performances or art - were also interesting.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:13 p.m. CST

Keynote: Ron Sims

5

Ron was great at reframing the role of planners in social and health equity outcomes. It was important to be reminded that our work goes beyond zoning and ordinances, and he outlined - and inspired! - practical ways planners can think about health outcomes and reducing disparities.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 3:11 p.m. CST

Improved Public Outreach, Improved Zoning Ordinance

5

Great panel that highlighted both some technical aspects of zoning changes as well as better community outreach. Really appreciated the diversity of voices - planning professionals, community member, and lawyer.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 11:25 a.m. CST

The DCPS Traffic Garden: Engaging Children in Vision Zero

4

What a delightful presentation! It's hard not to be optimistic about the future of bicycle and pedestrian safety after hearing about these projects at DC schools.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 1:05 p.m. CST

Integrating Equity into Planning: A Dialogue

5

Exceptional session!

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:23 p.m. CST

Renewable Energy & Critical Infrastructure

5

An erudite presentation on the value of using a systems approach to planning analysis.

Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7:11 p.m. CST

Trends in District Planning Laws and Applicable Case Decisions

1

This was not a presentation of law. It was a political/ public relations presentation, parts of which have been made by developers and chamber of commerce types before, arguing to reduce the public's ability to challenge zoning and particularly pud decisions in the courts.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:28 a.m. CST

MOBILE WORKSHOP | Building the Wharf and a Better Banneker Park Waterfront Connection

5

Great presentation of the challenges/ups & downs of realizing a major infrastructure and development project. good balance of presenters from the public & private, design & development sectors involved with the project. Personally interesting for me since I was part of the original design & masterplanning team for the Wharf; I was able to add to the discussions based on my experience with the project. Good to walk the finished project and see old colleagues.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:13 a.m. CST

Flexing a Ride to the Curb - The District's Flexible Zone Experiment

4

Fun, approachable presentation about experimental curb lane/curb space management, with honest discussion on pros & cons.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:11 a.m. CST

Integrating Equity into Planning: A Dialogue

5

Thorough, well-crafted presentation about the history of structural racism in Baltimore, and the need to educate non-native planners (and new residents) about how this history impacts the ability to effectively engage citizens. It was great to hear about Citizens' Planning Academy. great work!

Monday, November 5, 2018, 11:05 a.m. CST

Making it Happen: How BIDs are Redefining the Public Realm in Arlington

3

Interesting to see how three very different BIDs of different sizes and with different budgets are approaching their roles.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 10:58 a.m. CST

Keynote: Ron Sims

4

Ron is a gifted and dynamic speaker. I found his message about the role of planners to be encouraging and personally uplifting.

Monday, November 5, 2018, 10:55 a.m. CST

Improved Public Outreach, Improved Zoning Ordinance

5

Very interesting and honest panel. I thought Brad Heard was a great addition - we often don't hear the voice of the citizen-planner/advocate on these panels, and the point-counterpoint between Brad and Sydney Daigle brought a great dynamic to the conversation.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 12:17 p.m. CDT

Trends in District Planning Laws and Applicable Case Decisions

4

Very interesting discussion on changing trends in District zoning cases and how the comp plan update may impact this. The autonomous vehicle discussion at the end was concerning, however - the speaker did not have enough background to speak on the topic.

Thursday, November 1, 2018, 12:15 p.m. CDT

The DCPS Traffic Garden: Engaging Children in Vision Zero

5

Great session on a unique approach to engaging youth in traffic safety.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 3:27 p.m. CDT

Trends in District Planning Laws and Applicable Case Decisions

5

Very relevant presentation reflecting latest changes in planning laws and future developments related to the advent of the AV/CV vehicles.

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