2021 National Planning Conference

Preliminary Program


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  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021

  • Opening Keynote

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  9 AM - 10 AM CDT

    The conference opening speaker is Valerie Jarrett, a champion of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and advocate for politically empowering women around the world. She is currently president of the Barack Obama Foundation.
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  • A New Administration: Planning in the 100 Days

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  10:15 AM - 11 AM CDT

    What policies will be created by a new Congress and a new administration? Federal action will tackle issues that are critical to planning, including recovery, climate change, infrastructure, and housing. Hear directly from members of the new administration.
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  • Innovative Approaches for Comprehensive Planning

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  10:15 AM - 11 AM CDT

    Innovation must be a cornerstone of the comprehensive planning process. Learn about new approaches that were used in three distinct geographies to improve their plans and why each chose their approach.
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  • Nature-Based Solutions for Creating Climate Resilient Communities

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  10:15 AM - 11 AM CDT

    Nature-based solutions can help improve sustainability and well-being, especially in communities severely impacted by changing climate and unequal access to nature. Learn about integrating nature-based solutions in planning practice.
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  • Let's Get DOWNtown! Multimodal Planning

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  10:30 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

    Learn how to recreate outdated infrastructure to meet future transportation needs. Healthy transportation systems create healthy communities, and planning those systems during these changes is critical to our future.
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  • Comprehensive Planning Under 2020 Lockdown: The Silver Lining!

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  11 AM - 11:15 AM CDT

    Carrboro, North Carolina, is one of a cohort of Government Alliance on Race & Equity-trained North Carolina communities. Hear how this work and a commitment to Black Lives Matter have framed the comprehensive planning process.
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  • Addressing Climate Change Adaptation Through Green Infrastructure Strategies

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  11:15 AM - 12 PM CDT

    For green infrastructure and climate change adaptation projects to be successful, they need community champions. Learn how to implement inclusionary methods and techniques to bring underrepresented voices into the project development process.
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  • Community Interventions Using AI

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  11:15 AM - 12 PM CDT

    See how a new, innovative approach moves away from antiquated nuisance code enforcement methods and uses artificial intelligence to improve efficiency, minimize conflict, and reduce geographic bias to focus on community interventions.
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  • Overcoming Inequalities Uncovered During the Pandemic

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  11:15 AM - 12 PM CDT

    The COVID-19 crisis unveiled the reality that many of our responses are tailored for downtowns and well-off neighborhoods. Learn how Norfolk, Virginia, and the San Francisco Bay Area reached out to underserved communities in their recovery efforts.
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  • Trying Something New, Changing Brownfield Engagement

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  11:30 AM - 11:45 AM CDT

    How can you better empower residents to have a long-term impact on the development going on around them? Get new ideas on how to reimagine standard processes and make them more equitable.
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  • Equitable Economic Development Strategies

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  12 PM - 12:15 PM CDT

    Finding sustained operating funding for parks is a challenge. Explore equitable programming and governance strategies for Guadalupe River Park, an 80-acre under-resourced park in downtown San Jose, California.
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  • Moving Outside: Strategies for COVID-19 and Beyond

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  12:30 PM - 12:45 PM CDT

    In the wake of the pandemic, Somerville, Massachusetts, created shared streets and outdoor dining, working with small immigrant-owned businesses to ensure they survive and thrive. Learn how it was done.
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  • Redressing Racist Policies to Implement Equity-Driven Revitalization

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

    Get a midstream assessment of Detroit’s $130 million Strategic Neighborhood Fund, a reinvestment program that seeks to catalyze equitable revitalization in the city's neighborhoods through resident-centered planning processes.
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  • Data-Driven Innovations to Modernize Zoning for Equity

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  12:30 PM - 2 PM CDT

    Single-family-only zoning created long-lasting limitations on who could live where. Get innovative, data-driven approaches that ensure diverse housing options are distributed fairly across neighborhoods.
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  • Ethics Cases of the Year: 2021

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  12:30 PM - 2 PM CDT

    Ethics is at the core of the certified planner's professional obligation to serve the public interest. Learn from a half-dozen real-life ethics case studies focused on current ethical issues faced by planners.
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  • Climate Migration, Managed Retreat, and Imagination: Thinking Big

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

    Climate-induced relocation will be one of the most transformative trends in planning over the rest of the 21st century. How will planners need to think differently and address issues of inclusion and equity?
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  • Inclusive Engagement Strategies

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  2:15 PM - 3 PM CDT

    Public and private sector experts explore how low-tech solutions can be paired with innovative strategies and tools to enhance inclusivity and drive community involvement. Create a balanced, meaningful planning process using pandemic-era scenarios.
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  • Lessons in Combating Displacement: Creating More Equitable Growth

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  2:15 PM - 3 PM CDT

    Riots and protests are the outcomes of issues surrounding inequity and systemic racism. Since riots and protests in 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina, has changed its approach on issues like displacement and affordable housing using policies, programs, and regulatory tools.
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  • Presented with APA Career Center: Speed Share: Professional Growth

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  2:15 PM - 3 PM CDT

    This curated selection of nine bite-sized presentations is aimed at guiding professional development growth in key career-oriented topics. This grouping is ideal for those interested in social justice issues and professional growth.
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  • Aging in Community During COVID

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  2:45 PM - 3 PM CDT

    Learn about the diverse COVID-19 experiences of older adults in communities around the world. Explore the ways inclusive planning and community livability across the lifespan can support pandemic-resilient, equitable urbanism.
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  • Presented with APA Career Center: Can You Hear Me Now? Building Relationships Virtually

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  3:15 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

    Learn to put your best Zoom face forward and build quality virtual relationships with your team as well as stakeholders and community leaders.
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  • Presented with APA Career Center: Women of Color Elevating Inclusivity in the Workplace

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  3:15 PM - 4 PM CDT

    Women of color share how they are working to achieve a more inclusive and equity-sensitive culture in their organizations, communities, and community boards and commissions.
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  • Reimagining Public Spaces and Shared Streets

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  3:15 PM - 4 PM CDT

    COVID-19 enabled communities to implement temporary alterations to public space. Should these changes become permanent? Learn to incorporate a holistic perspective in reviewing COVID planning interventions as part of your planning practice.
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  • Tribal Access to Clean Water: Public Health Emergency

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  3:15 PM - 4 PM CDT

    The Water and Tribes Initiative is changing the role of Tribal Communities in shaping long-term water management in the Colorado River Basin. This effort serves as a case study for how planners can effectively begin solving complex and controversial issues that include long-standing structural racism.
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  • How Urban Planners Helped a School District Integrate

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  3:45 PM - 4 PM CDT

    Schools have a tremendous impact on transportation patterns and housing choices. Learn about clear approaches that were used to structure a community-led engagement process that led to an analysis of structural inequities in school assignment policies.
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  • A Planner's Toolkit to Reboot Small Businesses

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  4:15 PM - 5 PM CDT

    COVID-19 profoundly impacted small businesses, with minority-owned enterprises the hardest hit. Solutions demand that planners evaluate their toolkit to include short-term wins and inclusive outcomes.
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  • Implementing a Regional Equity Agenda Approach

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  4:15 PM - 5 PM CDT

    The State of Equity Policy Agenda 2018 provides specific policy actions addressing inequalities and inequities in the Metropolitan Boston region. Learn about the challenges encountered when the agenda was introduced around the region and how they were overcome.
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  • Zoom Towns: Broadband and the Culture of Connection

    Date:  May 5, 2021
    Time:  4:15 PM - 5 PM CDT

    Many rural and suburban communities with outstanding natural assets have become attractive places for telecommuters to locate full time. How can the economic advantages of "zoom towns" benefit all community members?
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  • Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • COVID-19 Bicycling Trends

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  9 AM - 9:15 AM CDT

    Get a data-driven analysis of the COVID-19 "bicycle renaissance," identifying overall gains and losses since the pandemic hit and looking at race, income, and place type.
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  • Addressing Energy and Water Security Before the Storm

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  9 AM - 9:45 AM CDT

    Tired of planning resilient facilities and infrastructure after a natural disaster or emergency? Or because a certain community leader asked you to? Find out how this past year's weather has brought energy and water security planning to the forefront.
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  • Implementing Shared Micromobilty to Meet Transit Gaps

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  9 AM - 9:45 AM CDT

    Explore the role that shared micromobility plays in the transportation system and how cities can use rapidly developing technologies to influence mobility, environmental equity, and public health outcomes — especially during and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
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  • Using a Design Approach for Recovery

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  9 AM - 9:45 AM CDT

    Cultural organization Fourth Arts Block and partner design firms are creating a vision plan to support the Lower East Side’s cultural life with a focus on equity, access, and resiliency.
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  • Planning for Multigenerational Living & Resilient Communities

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  10 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

    Planners will be challenged to think about livable communities and housing in terms of life course, and to consider emerging data on multigenerational housing during Covid-19 and potential for harnessing multigenerational living for inclusive and pandemic-resilient urbanism.
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  • Smart Cities: A Framework for Action

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  10 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

    Smart cities technologies are changing the nature of government services, but planners are often uncertain of their role in this work. This session will help planners understand smart cities approaches and how to catalyze them for thriving and equitable communities.
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  • Speed Share II

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  10 AM - 10:45 AM CDT

    This curated selection of nine bite-size presentations aim to inform you by capturing the flavor of today's planning from a variety of perspectives. This grouping is ideal for those interested in new technologies and adapting with the future.
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  • Is TOD an Awesome Missing Middle Housing Policy?

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  10:45 AM - 11 AM CDT

    Cities are struggling to allow missing middle housing, but TOD policy has already succeeded. The TOD policy world would benefit from highlighting its smaller-scale wins, including unlocking economic opportunity for thousands of families.
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  • Crowdsourcing Tools: Plan and Prioritize Infrastructure for People

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  11 AM - 11:45 AM CDT

    The pandemic has resulted in less driving and more walking/biking using trails and other transportation infrastructure. Planners can ensure that dramatic surges in pandemic-related bike sales and bicycling/walking activity will be sustained through equitable infrastructure as conditions return to normal.
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  • Strategies to Combat Extreme Heat

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  11 AM - 11:45 AM CDT

    Studies show extreme heat causes more deaths in cities than all other weather events combined. Explore the ways that cities all over the globe are addressing urban heat island and building livable cities.
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  • Using Radical Planning Strategies to Combat Food Apartheid

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  11 AM - 11:45 AM CDT

    A community-organized farmers' market in Prince George's, Maryland, uses community cultural wealth and radical planning to combat food apartheid rooted in centuries of land-use injustices.
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  • Innovation in the Age of Devastating Storms

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  11:30 AM - 11:45 AM CDT

    Explore Project Phoenix 2.0, a tabletop exercise with video illustrations that demonstrates innovative storytelling techniques and emergency response best practices for a worst-case hurricane scenario.
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  • Improving Large-Scale Solar Development Outcomes

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  12 PM - 12:45 PM CDT

    Demand for large-scale solar development is booming across the U.S. Learn to maximize the benefits, minimize tradeoffs, and collaborate with traditionally under-resourced segments of the community.
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  • Presented with APA Career Center: Confronting Racism in Planning and the Workplace

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  12 PM - 12:45 PM CDT

    Despite decades of efforts to combat discrimination, racist planning practices remain common. Learn how to transform the culture of white privilege in planning workplaces and education.
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  • Adapting Affordable Multifamily Housing for a Changing Climate

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  1 PM - 1:45 PM CDT

    Meaningful climate adaptation planning for affordably multifamily housing can be done with a wide range of climate hazard data, a diversity of governance and oversight structures, and at different scales, and can be driven by planners.
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  • Applying Inclusive Engagement Techniques Beyond Translated Communications

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  1 PM - 1:45 PM CDT

    Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population speaks a language other than English at home. Learn techniques that will help planners, architects, and designers shift their practices to provide these communities with equitable access to the design of their neighborhoods.
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  • When Amendments Aren't Enough: Ending Zoning's Racist Legacy

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  1:15 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

    Planning and zoning are key parts of structural inequality throughout the U.S. Gain insight into segregation through the lens of planning, housing, and zoning. Learn how to plan for equity.
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  • Building Inclusionary Zoning Into a Form-Based Code

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  1:45 PM - 2 PM CDT

    Inclusionary zoning can be integrated into a form-based code, addressing inequality and capturing value for affordable housing.
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  • From Community Trauma to Ferguson's Comprehensive Plan

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  2 PM - 2:45 PM CDT

    The traditional comprehensive plan is ill-suited to addressing the broader and more systemic needs of many communities such as Ferguson, Missouri. The OurFerguson plan was an opportunity to build trust and explore traditional city building blocks through a racial equity lens.
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  • How to Tackle Anti-Racism Planning Practices

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  2 PM - 2:45 PM CDT

    Learn from three city planning directors about the approaches and challenges they have overcome to address inequitable practices and confront inequalities and racism in their communities.
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  • Overcoming Connectivity Barriers Through Trail Oriented Development

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  2 PM - 2:45 PM CDT

    This session will uncover how cities are using trails to shift land use patterns by using trails as an organizing element, similar to transit-oriented development (TOD), including how this emerging infrastructure can create a new space for cooperation and partnership.
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  • Living (Not Dead) End Streets

    Date:  May 6, 2021
    Time:  2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CDT

    Dead-end streets can become safe spaces for play, art, and non-motorized transportation. Learn about opportunities, signage, traffic calming, and more for overburdened and underserved neighborhoods.
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