NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Peter Leyden was managing editor at the original Wired magazine, founding director of the New Politics Institute, and founder of new media company Reinventors. He is recognized around the world as an expert on new technologies and future trends and the impact of the digital revolution on media, business, and politics.
Popular sound bites announce that "our zip code matters more than our genetic code" or "workplace stress is the new secondhand smoke," but what does that mean for planners? Collaboration is key – hear from partners from other design professions and health who work alongside planners in creating healthy communities.
This session presents a planning process that uses future flood risk as the framework for forward-looking coastal protection regulations. Speakers will describe strategies local officials can implement to reshape coastal development to reduce exposure and minimize repetitive harm and losses.
Development should not happen to a place but with a place. A new neighborhood playbook is emerging that helps communities and developers work together to activate spaces enroute to equitably developing places. This session describes how it works.
NYC's Economic Development Corporation and Transportation Department have teamed together to implement the ambitious BQX streetcar plan for the Brooklyn-Queens waterfront. Discover how these agencies are taking bold steps to prioritize surface transit in ways rarely seen in the United States.
In spite of progressive policies and increased cultural sensitivity, generally, homophobia and violence against LGBTQ community persists. A general tenet of community planning is to promote the health, safety and welfare of a community, and a specific mission of several APA National Divisions is to provide a voice to the issues that minority and disenfranchised populations face.
Explore creative placemaking from the community up, grounded in values fostering belonging, equity, racial justice, and inclusion. We will share local case studies from diverse urban and rural contexts, tools and resources, and creative participatory planning and community engagement practices.
The physical environment of our communities contribute to and benefits from economic and fiscal health. This introduction to the track covers ways in which planners can make a difference by seeking opportunities.
Increasingly, design guidelines are being employed to regulate and implement development. Yet often these guidelines are too vague to be meaningful or too prescriptive to remain relevant over the long term. Explore how to craft design guidelines to shape development that advances community goals and aspirations for livability, public life, and sustainability.
Explore the complications of planning for downtown revitalization in inner ring cities facing the challenge of establishing their own identity after being thought of as suburbs and bedroom communities for many years.
Don Draper was a master of the pitch - from selling Lucky cigarettes to Kodak’s carousel. In today’s fast paced, media-centric world, presentation skills are critical for success. Learn seven tips from the field of advertising to perfect your pitch.
Traditional level-of-service (LOS) standards ensure that intersections have the capacity to accommodate vehicle demand. Explore LOS as it evolves to include metrics and standards for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, in the short-term and for long-range planning.
The dense urbanism of New York or the New Urbanist approach usually associated with traditional small towns—what are the pros and cons of each? Listen in as experts engage in a (mock) debate between these two approaches to planning and urban design.
Planners need to become more familiar with the demographic changes that are taking place nationwide as well as the challenges and opportunities these changes bring in order to better engage and represent diverse populations.
Making a single city more resilient is hard enough work. And then we start over with the next community. It doesn't have to be that way. Explore how states are scaling transformation to turn single steps into a completed journey, moving from 100 resilient cities to 10,000.
As public support for streamlined government grows, successful planning managers must know how to convey departmental success to various constituencies . This session explores how to make the sometimes difficult changes that increase departmental success—and how to communicate those success stories to city hall and beyond.
When planners designate retail uses without considering the economic and operational requirements needed for success, the result can be empty space and stakeholder disappointment. This panel will focus on what is essential for retail plans to become a reality.
Over the past 15 years, the United States has made strides in creating more urban, livable, and sustainable communities. Has this progress become the new normal for advancing urban places? Or have the impacts been marginal in larger national growth patterns? This session examines and evaluates the accomplishments of regional livable communities programs.
Gain a deeper understanding of Vision Zero, a commitment to eliminating traffic fatalities and creating a culture that prioritizes traffic safety that originated in Sweden nearly two decades ago. Today cities across the world have implemented similar initiatives. Gain insight into the Vision Zero initiatives in three major cities: San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles.
This year's Case of the Year includes real-life case studies. Following a brief introduction of recent news regarding planning ethics, the panelists will review up to eight distinctive ethical scenarios, posing questions for the audience to answer, and discussing the issues that are raised.
APA's Emerging Professionals Institute is designed for students and recent graduates entering the job market. Top professionals in the field answer your most pressing career questions.
A new tool, the fiscally standardized cities (FiSC) database, can be used by cities to benchmark their fiscal data to comparable cities and thereby explore new measures for local fiscal health in U.S. cities.
Explore the latest data from APA’s Salary Survey on pay disparity between men and women—and discuss with a panel of planning leaders and hiring managers what actions we can take to strengthen the earning power of women.
Leigh Anne King, AICP | Kim Prillhart | Melanie Wilson
Planners from three Sunbelt Metropolitan Planning Organizations will share how their organizations incorporate health outcomes into the regional planning and decision making process. The presentations will highlight programs, strategies, performance measures, methods for technical analysis, and other best practices.
The UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to guide development and promote good planning. Explore these SDGs, including how they fit into the New Urban Agenda, how they help with disaster-resilience planning, and how their metrics can improve local planning.
Neighborhood-scale approaches to strategic and long-term planning enhance efficiency and cultivate resilience and sustainability amidst today’s complex challenges. Explore how three San Francisco neighborhoods are using thoughtful, bold, and innovative strategies to help ensure they continue to thrive in the years ahead.
The modern food hall as a redevelopment tool allows municipalities to re- use underutilized spaces to benefit the public realm. The session examines the transformative nature of food halls through case studies from Atlanta and New York at three scales; micro (under 10,000 SF), neighborhood (20,000 SF- 35,000 SF), and destination (over 45,000 SF).
Learn how NYC Parks, working with communities and sister agencies, is unifying park spaces with the neighborhoods they serve and creating new centers of community by reimagining entrances, edges, and park-adjacent spaces through its Parks Without Borders initiative.
What tools and strategies should you be using to integrate land-use planning and urban water management in your community? This session will present the results of two recent groundbreaking studies on this topic. Case examples from both studies will showcase project-specific best practices.
Are you contemplating a move into planning management? Find out from three newly minted planning managers what skills and knowledge proved essential during their first 100 days on the job. And learn what they wish had contemplated before joining the management ranks.
Most know "The Death and Life of Great American Cities" but few venture beyond the 1961 classic. What else did Jane Jacobs write and is it relevant? Several fast-paced presentations and a panel discussion will begin to address these questions.
This lively discussion will allow new grads and young professionals to learn from seasoned professionals with more than fifteen years' experience.
Abandoned, underutilized spaces—products of urban post-industrialism and rapidly evolving technologies—provide fertile ground for innovative designs and planning. Learn how radical approaches to reinventing infrastructure can help you address increasing urban density proactively and successfully.
Strategies for transit-oriented development (TOD) in large metro regions must account for the context and scale of a city, as well as its underlying urban form, era of development, and economic forces. Examine TOD planning, development, and financing in an auto-oriented, growth metropolitan region (San Diego), a legacy city region (Cleveland), and America's largest city (New York City).
Explore three comprehensive plans developed in large and small communities and how they were incorporated into their Land Use Codes. Discover challenges and opportunities and lessons learned for implementation of aspirational plans into zoning codes and city policies that reflect the community’s will and vision for the future.
Zoning ordinances often prevent the built form that makes great urban neighborhoods. Learn how two cities employed different approaches—one tactical, the other comprehensive—to fix this problem..
What is "Vision Zero"? How have cities pursued this ambitious goal? Learn from the experiences of five Vision Zero cities, assess your city’s progress around key Vision Zero themes, and leave with concrete steps to improve transportation safety at home.
New York's Regional Plan Association has a long history of creating groundbreaking regional plans. Learn how the RPA engaged a wide range of stakeholders to develop its hotly anticipated fourth plan—and how that plan will address the major economic, environmental, and transportation challenges facing the tri-state region.
Vincent Tufo | Jeanne Herb | Daniel Hernandez | Mandu Sen | Jerry Maldonado | Kate Slevin | Moses Gates | Kathryn Shafer | Walter Barrientos | Sondra Youdelman | Rachel Laforest | Carlos Encarnacion | Lucas Sanchez | Pierina Sanchez | Robert Freudenberg | Richard Barone | Christopher Jones | Juliette Michaelson
Explore the evolution of streets and how transportation planning and design is changing to meet 21st-century user needs. Learn about the benefits of interdisciplinary approaches and the importance of using new technologies to engage stakeholders in decision-making processes.
Take the guesswork out of developing lighting regulations for signs. Learn about new, first-of-their-kind national sign-illumination standards, based on research conducted at the Larson Transportation Institute at Pennsylvania State University.
APA conducts applied, policy-relevant research to identify, evaluate, develop, and disseminate best practices that address key issues for the planning profession. Join members of its Research Agenda Task Force to discuss what APA's research priorities should be.
Creating Healthy Neighborhoods: Evidence-based Planning and Design Strategies has been published by APA Planners Press in 2017. Planners will learn about the process and substance of making healthier places.
In this 'doctor is in' type session, planners working in diverse communities can get advice from their peers. Topics available for discussion include affordable housing, arts and culture, economic development, gentrification, public health, public transportation and zoning.
The trends of population aging and climate-related events are profound on communities everywhere. Older adults are especially vulnerable to projected changes in frequency and /or intensity of climate-related events. Efforts to increase their individual preparedness require a paradigm shift.
Learn how local governments can develop and implement policies, programs, and projects to make fresh, healthy, and local food both accessible and affordable to all community members, including those most in need.
"Solutions" associated with redeveloping commercial corridors haven’t changed in 30 years. Learn about practical and defensible market- driven strategies that you can use to avoid common pitfalls in redeveloping commercial strip corridors.
This session explores pathways for cooperation and leveraging for projects focused on building community resilience to natural and climate-related hazards. Sea Grant College Programs are recipients/partners of 6 of 12 projects awarded through NOAA’s Regional Coastal Resilience Grant Program.
Are millennials detached from planning? Or are they just engaged in different ways? Increased mobility and global accessibility through technology have produced a generation with diverse needs and interests. Explore why community planning often fails to attract millennials and discuss potential engagement strategies.
Even in good times, public housing authorities often struggle to foster economic and social resilience in their residents. In the wake of a major disaster, these challenges inevitably increase. Learn how planners in New York and the Gulf Coast overcame challenges (and embraced opportunities) when rebuilding public housing post-disaster.
The New York City Housing Authority—the oldest in the United States—is reinventing itself. Its 10-year strategy focuses on improving operations, management, sustainability, financing, energy and water efficiency, and resident initiatives, as well as expanding affordable housing. Learn how experts are working to ensure the survival of public housing in New York and elsewhere.
Technology can help us re-think how we guide and evaluate urban planning decisions and the role of citizen engagement in that process. Learn new methods to collect and analyze data that enable evidence-based neighborhood planning and urban design, and, ultimately, positively impact quality of life for those who live in cities.
Colin Harrison | Nicholas Johnson | NYC MOTI (TBD) | Anthony Schloss (TBD) | Constantine Kontokosta
Explore how the National Park Service and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association—once at odds—are now partnering to advance a bold new regional trails vision. Learn how changes in user demand have shifted attitudes and revealed new approaches to resource management and advocacy.
Developing small lots helps curb sprawl and promote sustainable regional growth. This session explores how considering design, site layout, and context facilitates the redevelopment of these sites. It includes case studies from inner-city communities, redeveloping seashore towns, and established neighborhoods.
Downtown organizations, including business improvement districts, are playing a significant role in shaping the future of our cities, including influencing policy, raising the expectations for planning and participation, and assisting in implementation.
Megaregional-scale forces and trends impact transportation, the economy, environmental quality, and many other issues that planners must address. Yet megaregional thinking is still the exception, not the norm, in long-range planning. This session provides guidelines for incorporating megaregional issues into local and regional long-range plans.
Over 4 years after Hurricane Sandy, practitioners are working hand in hand with municipal leaders to enhance community resilience. This session describes several groups’ efforts to apply tools and data, and the lessons learned working with over 40 coastal municipalities.
Public transit barely survived the 20th century. Will it survive the 21st? More to the point, should it? Examine three long-term trends that could transform public transportation as we know it: climate change policy, vehicle automation, and an aging demographic.
City food policy is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor. Seven city food policy advisors from across the nation share their organizational structure, planning tools and lessons learned. Find out how your city can incorporate food policy into planning. Session includes Q&A.
Land conservation is an effective strategy for achieving multi-objective outcomes, such as flood risk reduction and enhanced recreation in communities. This session spotlights resources that can be used to leverage these same concepts and potentially save their residents’ money.
Smart city initiatives are on the rise. How does the work of urban planners intersect with these efforts? Hear the results of a recent AICP member survey on this topic and take part in a discussion of strategic opportunities to more fully engage planners in smart city initiatives.
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
With over a third of US adults obese, there is a national movement to address the obesity epidemic. The environments where we live, learn, work, and play directly influence health behaviors, the cost of healthcare, and quality of life.strategies for integrating health into comprehensive plans and design guidelines.
Panelists cover different approaches to financing infrastructure, including bonds, earmarked taxes, public-private partnerships, and value capture, using examples of projects financed by each instrument.
Learn how PennDOT is integrating bicycle and pedestrian transportation into its highway and bridge planning and design processes—specifically, how such modal integration is transforming the state's heavily traveled and scenic U.S. Route 6 corridor.
Metrics are numeric measures critical in land use, transportation and economic planning and zoning. Metrics are used and misused. When metrics are misused they may actually work against achieving desired objectives. This session defines metrics and their use in planning.
The session introduces opportunity analysis and its roots in neighborhood effects. It then describes how opportunity analysis has been used to meet HUD’s fair housing regulations and develop sustainable development plans. Finally, it introduces new opportunity mapping tools.
Explore the land-use mix, density, ridership, and parking necessary to develop a successful transit-oriented development (TOD). Learn how two different New Jersey communities—the City of Rahway and the Borough of Somerville—developed TODs that reflected their specific needs.
Brian Gallagher | Samson Steinman | Debra Tantleff | Vivian Baker | Donald Burns
Waste management plays an increasingly critical role in achieving urban sustainability. What is planning’s role in the process? Review smart technologies and creative models to promote landfill diversion while achieving cost-saving and social equity goals in managing urban waste.
This session is a practical exploration of the kind of structures, systems and strategies that need to be in place to maintain continuous economic development and growth through inevitable changes in administration.
Young people have much to contribute to planning efforts! This session will introduce the promising Youth-Plan, Learn, Act, Now (Y-PLAN) methodology; showcase current Y-PLAN projects; and provide tips, insights, and best practices for engaging young people in tackling issues from climate change and gentrification to transportation and public amenities.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in Reed vs. Town of Gilbert created numerous sign-regulation issues for communities. Learn about the impact of the landmark case from experts who will review the decision, examine how subsequent federal and state court decisions have applied it, investigate how several jurisdictions have responded to it, and discuss common concerns with regard to it.
The Planning Leadership Institute (PLI) provides planning directors and others in leadership roles with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection to explore the nature of leadership, address challenges, and shape your legacy in your community.
The Planning Management Institute (PMI) provides planners in management positions with a full day of intensive training and professional reflection to explore the nature of management and refine and improve management skills.
Drones offer great opportunities for the development of geographic information in support of planning, but they also endanger public safety, and raise grave issues about the invasion of civil rights, including illegal searches and privacy.
What products are available for publishing zoning codes online, and how do they compare to premium hosting services? Learn best practices for publishing interactive online zoning codes, including case studies that highlight considerations in converting to a feature-rich online format.
The American automobile is far from dead, yet we are demanding more from our city streets. This session will take a comprehensive look at how bicycle infrastructure can be built in charged political environments.
Explore the process of incorporating urban design and place making into transportation infrastructure projects, large and small. Discover how to harness technology, communicate a design to stakeholders, and ultimately contribute to the final design of transportation protects.
Planners nationwide are dealing with the reality of sea level rise brought on by climate change. This discussion will allow planners to share their experiences dealing with the impact of sea level rise on their communities and the profession.
In 2005, NYC rezoned the west side of Manhattan to accommodate a city the size of Downtown Boston. Now designed as the first post-digital community in the nation, Hudson Yards is harnessing the power of data in order to create a community embedded within the creative economy central to today’s American cities. Learn how New York City built an entire neighborhood from scratch.
An examination of water planning process at state, regional, and local levels with discussions of the challenges and successful strategies for local government implementation. Examples from water supply, environmental water quality, and comprehensive drinking water system planning are provided.
A discussion of the benefits and requirements of AICP membership. The orientation will cover Certification Maintenance, Volunteer Opportunities (Community Planning Assistance Team), the AICP Code of Ethics and tips on how to market your new designation to improve your career. Additional presenters include Professional Development Officers.
So many plans, so little consistency! Discover how to spatially evaluate (and score) networks of plans to decrease vulnerabilities to hazards. Learn from research and practice through case studies that illuminate gaps and opportunities to integrate resiliency.
Engage with leaders from major US cities working on innovative strategies for ensuring equitable development in rapidly revitalization urban neighborhoods. Examine best practice polices and programs for successfully managing neighborhood change such as inclusionary housing and other community benefit strategies.
Three planning professionals from across the nation will discuss the importance of public participation and outreach when managing flood hazard mitigation, referencing different techniques applied for projects and showcasing the need for multiple approaches (one size does not fit all).
How can we best balance access, use and conservation of parks and natural areas? Come explore a new experiential and needs-based park system planning model focused on the recreation experience, developed in Portland, Oregon.
Climate change is providing for an uncertain future. A key challenge is translating the uncertainty of climate science into planning policies for resilient communities. The panel will discuss how Cambridge, MA and Washington D.C. preparedness plans as case studies.
Cash-strapped states and cities need to creatively stretch limited transportation dollars to address current needs. Forward-thinking highway preservation projects can improve urban mobility for all modes of travel while restoring or replacing our 50+ year-old, inefficient auto-centric transportation systems.
When it comes to city spaces, women are the canaries of the coalmine. In other words, where there are no women, something is wrong. This women-led session explores the importance of gender in decision-making and the design of our cities.
Learn how cities can reap the full value of transit by transforming their streets into places for people, supporting great transit with a suite of innovative street designs embodied in NACTO’s Transit Street Design Guide and Urban Street Design Guide.
This interactive session with audience/attendee real-time input that will be integrated with curriculum, describes the latest best practices in parking management, sustainable green design and the coincident role of next gen mobility technology and services has in achieving sustainability and travel benefits in cities and regions.
Memos, staff reports, master plans all require focused ideas and vivid language to be effective. Through discussion and hands-on work, attendees will shape concepts, refine ideas, and convey them accurately and creatively. Get your pencils and be ready to rewrite!
With rapidly changing demographics, economic trends, and development velocity, the timeless techniques of great urban design are needed now more than ever. Through the use of lively presentations, hands-on exercises and walking tours, this workshop will explore a variety of topics designed to dig deeper into the role of urban design in the future of our communities.
Outside of traditional park space, how can the design of public spaces promote health? Exploring examples from New York City, this session will illustrate how innovative, inclusive design interventions can foster healthier, more engaged communities.
Corpus Christi, TX, the “fattest city in America” (Men’s Health, 2010), where big trucks and vehicular access are inalienable rights, now boasts one of the most comprehensive bicycle mobility plans in the country. This is community transformation in action.
This session has been cancelled.
Everyday new sustainability and resiliency-focused jobs are created by both public agencies and private corporations. But what are employers looking for in candidates? Where are these jobs advertised? What should interested candidates do to prepare for these positions? Learn from several sustainability experts on how to craft careers focused on sustainable development.
Revitalization efforts can be a collaborative or alienating process for under-served communities. An inclusive temporary design process is a powerful tool to build toward long term implementation for improvements that are owned by the community and serve their needs.
Explore improved methodology to estimate demographic multipliers in light of changing demographic trends. Case studies show that impact analysts should adopt multipliers that are timely, geographically targeted, and specific to the housing configuration.
By highlighting a mix of resiliency planning efforts - master planning for San Francisco's Ocean Beach, hazard mitigation planning for Annapolis' historic seaport, adaption planning in Boston and Miami -- this session showcases creative approaches to sea level rise adaption in coastal communities.
Many communities across the country – both urban and rural – struggle with challenging social, economic and health related issues like poverty, racial inequities, chronic disease, and economic disinvestment. Examine two projects championed by APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, which support communities strengthening local food systems planning: Growing Food Connections and Plan4Health.
Frail Aging in Rural Communities and Small Towns: An International Comparison of Challenges and Practices
This session explores a growing challenge facing nations worldwide, supporting the frail elderly aging in low-density settings, via a framework for conceptualizing the housing and service needs and possible responses and examples of innovation from the US, Canada, and Australia.
If you work in the private sector, you know that marketing is a fact of life. And, as a public sector planner, consultants' marketing approaches can be informative or off-putting. How do planners effectively reach out to new clients to convince them that they would be the perfect choice for a project?
America may be on the precipice of technological and social changes which can substantially alter the planning and management of regions. What are the best local government and regional models for economic progress and innovation in the U.S. towards a more collaborative, evidence based, equitable and sustainable model?
Explore new data on energy use in every U.S. city, see a real time analysis of an audience member city’s energy planning options, and learn from cities with award-winning strategies to integrate energy data in decision making and planning.
Suburban office markets in the US are under performing, due to a combination of shifting workplace needs and preferences, and an increasing functional obsolescence on the part of the building stock, building amenities and overall land use patterns and design. Review the broad changes in the office workplace nationally, and the trials and tribulations of the re-purposing process in New Jersey.
This session will speak to the main trends and technologies of future cities, as well as how city planning departments will need to adapt to meet the needs and work with the cities of the future.
Attendees will learn about three supply chain studies (Food, Fuel and General Supply Chain Infrastructure) that have been recently completed, giving NYC government officials a comprehensive look at how goods move in and around the city.
APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams program conducted its first international project in Belize City in 2016. All five team members will present the collective expertise they employed in urban design, hazards, community-led initiatives, and transportation to the waterfront neighborhood Yarborough.
Navigating the murky waters of “right vs. wrong” gets easier with experience and regular discussion. This session will provide a fun-filled refresher on the importance of the AICP Code of Ethics, with deeper consideration of potential ethical issues in planning.
This session is a multi-state perspective on good drafting techniques, the common pitfalls that lead to unclear ordinances, and legal and judicial perspectives on the results. This session will examine why drafting individual ordinances, “simplifying” or “streamlining” ordinances, or combining them into a unified code, all need to be done with care.
Lower federal courts have overwhelmingly held that cities can continue to regulate off-premise signs and commercial signs following Reed vs. Town of Gilbert. But there are significant new challenges to sign and other local regulations of First Amendment-protected speech. Explore strategies and tactics for defensible and practical sign regulation in the post-Reed era.
Examine the evidence on how tax incentives impact economic development as well as state and local finances. Discuss best practices for using incentives in the most cost-effective way.
Key players in diverse municipalities—San Francisco, Chicago, and Boston—speak to challenges and opportunities afforded by expanding inclusionary housing through density bonus incentives. Listen in as they consider differences between state and city laws and how to address regional specificity.
Explore automated vehicle technology, the use of ropeways and gondolas in an urban environment, and the proliferation of e-bikes worldwide. Discuss the implications of these trends for planning.
Examine current trends and hot topics in planning, and gain insight that will give you a cutting-edge perspective of the world of planning. This workshop will cover a wide range of topics important to the work of planning commissioners and officials.
Transformative redevelopment can remain elusive for decades—then run wild. Learn how two former centers of heavy industry are working to spark large-scale physical and economic change, and guide it toward more equitable outcomes.
The United Nations recently achieved landmark agreements on development (Sustainable Development Goals), climate change (Paris Agreement), and urbanization (New Urban Agenda/Habitat III). How are U.S. cities doing their part to implement these agreements? Learn how and why Baltimore, New York, and San Jose have taken on this formidable challenge.
Jersey City has come a long way from its days as the railhead of the nation. With almost 400 years of history, this place boasts many layers and stories and will soon be New Jersey's largest city. Hear this fascinating urban success story, as told by its planning director of more than a quarter of a century, and learn how to apply its lessons to your community.
Planning relates to management, especially after disasters. Fixing disaster damage is about finding how to pay for it. Key players are in offices of “management and budget.” Gain extraordinary insight into the biggest recovery program ever, New York's post-Superstorm Sandy.
The promise of ecological design and planning in cities everywhere has never been greater. Four contributors to "Nature and Cities" share the monumental work being done today in the ecologically informed and inspired planning and design of cities and metropolitan regions.
In the context of increasing poverty rates, the moral and economic urgency of addressing climate change, and demonstrated commitments to energy efficiency by municipalities and utilities, this session proposes a new framework for energy planning in which cities, utilities, and partners work together to meet communities’ unique needs.
Government’s proactive work on racial equity has the potential to leverage significant change. Explore planning tools and two case studies to help you achieve racial equity in our communities.
Latino planners can face a number of distinct professional challenges. Identify the biggest professional development challenges you face as a Latino planner and explore how to address these challenges. Share your experiences and develop contacts with other Latinos in the planning profession.
Explore the questions that planners can answer more quickly and easily with big data than traditional data. Learn how answering these questions helps planners understand mobility behavior more accurately, precisely, and comprehensively, which ultimately enables more impactful and beneficial community projects.
Explore the unique relationship between City Manager and City Planner. Discovering similarities in skillsets, roles, and responsibilities can help minimize conflict or issues within your organization and allow you to find ways to improve the working relationship.
Transforming waterfronts to adapt to climate impacts can be addressed using rating and certification programs such as WEDG, SITES® and Green Shores for Homes™. Discover how to design and implement these programs in your community and for your waterfront projects.
Cutting-edge work from TransLink in Vancouver, British Columbia, is marrying the influence that land-use planning has on transit demand and the development of transit service planning frameworks to support better decision-making. Discover how you can adopt the principles of this groundbreaking work to improve transportation in your community.
The water issues face by communities—whether cities, suburbs, or rural areas—are quite similar despite scale. New York, Seattle, and San Francisco (all of which have unfiltered water supplies) have a tradition of collaborating in the field of watershed planning. Learn about the synergy achieved by this collaboration.
The AICP Exam Prep Workshop will cover the updated AICP exam content outline, a brief tutorial on the application process, and an overview of the five sections of the exam. Fifteen minutes at the end of the workshop are set aside for Q & A. Seating is limited.
Learn about APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places and take a deep dive into its resource toolkit. Work with the presenters to apply the toolkit’s standards and scoring system to a sample comprehensive plan.
Explore how accessory dwelling unit (ADU) programs have increased in popularity in cities as well as with property owners in the San Francisco Bay Area and California in general. Learn what opportunities ADUs offer, and how local laws provide flexibility to encourage more ADUs.
Involvement in APA leadership can be a great way to jump start, or substantially build up, your network of contacts in the profession; and to build your own communications and leadership skills which employers highly value. Hear from experienced leaders who have participated in activities in all APA's components.
Cities are eyeing their industrial areas as places to accommodate growth. However, these industrial areas serve necessary economic and equity functions. Hear how San Francisco and New York are supporting growth in these areas while maintaining their industrial function.
Travel beyond street tree inventories and explore three catalytic programs working to activate urban forests through ecology, design, and civic participation. This lively session will highlight complementary and contrasting initiatives in Baltimore, Detroit, and New York.
Development density has become an instrumental factor in shaping more livable, transit-supportive, sustainable communities. However, not all density is created equal. Learn specific design tools and strategies to achieve dense development that advances community goals and aspirations.
Explore multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary food-system planning. Learn about Vermont’s statewide food system plan, a three-county regional food system plan, and the way planners are coordinating implementation of these plans at the community level with diverse stakeholders.
Autonomous vehicles—or driverless cars—are coming, and faster than you think. They will change the way we think about land-use needs, residential preferences, parking management, workspace needs, and myriad of other planning topics. This session will help you prepare for those changes.
Take an in-depth look at emerging trends in regional planning highlighted in a new PAS Report. Learn how to integrate sustainability principles across a region, expand efforts to engage the public and new partners, and adopt innovative approaches to regional plan implementation.
An innovative city-university partnership, Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC), helps cities address projects at an impactful scale. Discover how EPIC programs are advancing leadership in planning and putting knowledge into practice.
How do you implement brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented design and resiliency planning? By implementing complex planning strategies to address a variety of planning issues with input from key stakeholders and experts throughout all phases of the planning process. Learn about project goals and implementation strategies of the Crescent Park redevelopment project in Jersey City.
The Technology Division will be sponsoring a competition among public and private planning organizations about how they have deployed new technologies in their planning projects. Planning organizations that their projects are selected will discuss their projects at the session.
Learn from an ecologist, a county planner, and planning consultants how a science-based, community-guided planning effort led to the creation of an ecological network map and practical tools to support community resilience along the rural-to-urban transect.
Plan proactively for climate change! Explore opportunities for progressive planning in adapting to climate change and learn about the need for local planning in managed realignment. Identify planning tools appropriate for motivating concern, identifying community values, and assessing options for managed retreat.
Learn about metrics-based smart city planning in Asia—where planners, economists, systems integrators, and engineers are developing a citywide “smart masterplan” and data analytics hub that will roll out over the next four years.
First impressions make the difference between getting hired and being overlooked. Hosted by Sequence Staffing and Rutgers University, this interactive training provides the opportunity for participants to learn from experts in conducting thousands of professional interviews. Come prepared to ask your most burning questions and test out techniques with fellow participants.
What does the future hold for new urbanism? Join a lightning-round "talk-style" session on the future of new urbanism in general and places like Seaside, Fla., in particular.
Making decisions ethically is the basis for sound planning commission meetings. What guidance and standards should commissioners be considering? Hear from colleagues around the country who grapple with these issues.
Explore the processes and tools employed in the first stage of the Central Puget Sound Regional Open Space Strategy, and discuss how these innovative landscape-scale “green infrastructure” planning techniques can be applied to other regions.
Students are welcome to visit the Planning Expo and meet with exhibitors.
How can you set up local government policies for people to initiate and test their own ideas for interventions for walking and biking? What are the issues and challenges of creating a path and crosswalk on existing asphalt, and how do you address them? This session covers these topics and more.
Have you added 3D to your planning toolkit? Evolving 3D GIS technology, such as scenario planning tools and 3D analysis, brings new levels of decision support to the planning process. Explore how 3D GIS can inspire and guide city planning initiatives by combining the scientific power of GIS with 3D city modeling to facilitate data visualization, scenario impact simulations, and storytelling.
Explore unique challenges and opportunities to manage flood risk in retail corridors and industrial areas. This session draws on extensive case studies conducted by the New York City Department of City Planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Communities in Florida and California have pioneered strategies to integrate hazard-mitigation planning into the larger community planning processes more effectively. Learn how these communities have used selected models and tools to understand inundation risks and improve community resilience through the planning process.
What is Amtrak doing to advance TOD in five of its busiest stations? Listen in as representatives from each station discuss specific development initiatives and explore how each effort links back to Amtrak’s larger corporate program to leverage its substantial asset portfolio.
Big data from mobile devices can be a powerful tool for transportation planners who don’t have the resources for intensive travel studies. Learn how to gather and deploy big data by studying successful projects in California and Virginia and hearing from the key players involved in them.
This panel discussion + ideas exchange features student leaders from all regions of the country to speak about their PSO’s successes and challenges. Stop in to hear what student organizations around the country are doing and network with your colleagues. Sponsored by the Student Representatives Council (SRC) Executive Committee.
As renewed interest in waterfronts spurs new residential and commercial growth, how do the waterfront parks, walkways, bikeways, and plazas get created? Explore how cities are using zoning and creating new partnerships to plan and finance new waterfront public spaces to reconnect their communities with the water’s edge.
A new (and evolving!) economy is prompting municipalities to review existing regulations even as they plan for this new economic reality. Learn how communities are revamping zoning and code enforcement—as well as revaluating the long-term impacts on this change on development.
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
Explore Hudson Yards—one of the largest projects in the United States to combine a range of infrastructure-financing tools, such as debt, PILOTs, and land-value capture. Learn how this project gained traction from a financial perspective and how it may influence other large urban investment.
Self-driving cars will hit city streets soon. Will they induce a new boom in sprawl? Will they create a transit “golden age” with new ownership models? Explore the future of transportation with experts from Silicon Valley and New York.
Examine the criticisms of NEPA environmental reviews, changes to process, and items that can be improved. Does NEPA kill projects? Does it force good planning? Discuss the controversies surrounding NEPA and its adaptations over the years.
Moving toward more equitable communities is a priority for both planning and public health. But it can often feel like a daunting task. What are effective ways to incorporate equity into proposed projects or approaches? How can you leverage planning and public health data to strengthen your approach to equity?
A planner, an architect, and an economist discuss the value of design in planning, especially within an interdisciplinary world. This moderated session will allow audience members to participate through live polling and interactive questions.
Explore common problems and learn practical solutions through a lively, engaging discussion with fellow planning commissioners and officials. Topics may range from ethics and new development to a stagnant economy and working productively with planning staff.
Climate change is anticipated to have profound effects in Hawaii. Hawaii state and county governments recognize that mitigating and adapting to the negative economic, political, environmental, health, and social effects will require immediate and unprecedented levels of inter-governmental cooperation.
Since its creation in 1981, this small town, built on old ideas, has attracted a diverse mix of people—the general public, architects, planners, developers, and investors. Today, more than a million visitors come to Seaside annually, which is a testament to the power of place-making and urban design. Explore Seaside—the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Robert Davis | Dhiru Thadani
Good planning can support health. Can it also invigorate civic life? As communities nationwide face declining civic engagement levels, this session introduces “Assembly,” a pioneering movement that leverages evidence-based design and planning strategies to enhance civic life.
The number of small-town municipal broadband projects has exploded in recent years. A recent APA survey asked members about municipal broadband initiatives in their communities. Discover the results of that survey and discuss the role of planners in municipal broadband projects.
Today's zoning codes strive to address increasingly complex urban environments and often fall short. An international panel of experts argues that zoning may need to regulate less and regulate things that haven’t before been regulated. Join the debate.
More than a decade has passed since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kelo vs. City of New London. How has political and legal hostility to eminent domain caused planners to pursue avenues not dependent on involuntary acquisitions? Explore the ways the public and legislative responses have affected the strategies remaining for planners.
Airbnb. HomeAway. VRBO. Learn about the legal and land-use challenges posed by the growth of short-term rentals—and find out how communities have used land-use regulations to address these issues.
Tiny houses are all the rage among Millennials and affordable housing advocates. But theses homes raise big legal questions about where and how they can and should be installed and what kind of infrastructure they need. Learn how zoning and subdivision regulations, building codes, and restrictive covenants affect tiny homes.
“Getting There” is a documentary film for planners that explores how people navigate the world when they're visually impaired, and demonstrates how "blind wayfinding" should serve as the gold standard for the design of public spaces – discussion follows the film.
Scenario planning integrates the consideration of key uncertainties with advanced analytical tools. This session introduces four new tools planners can use to map social vulnerability, analyze gentrification, identify neighborhoods vulnerable to heatwaves, and prioritize affordable rental housing for preservation.
Urban flooding, caused by rainfall overwhelming the drainage system, is common in the Chicago region. Discover how engineers, planners, and community organizers are collaborating to reduce damages to homes and businesses and adapt to climate change.
Four Northeastern states have taken the lead in supporting sustainability initiatives pursued by local governments. While the initiatives vary by state, common elements have emerged. This session examines state and regional data sources and planning tools that have helped local governments work toward a more sustainable future.
Housing cooperatives are an important resource for equitable and affordable housing. Attendees will learn about how co-ops can address a variety of housing needs, such as developing below-market housing units; preserving the existing affordable housing inventory; creating new, high-quality, senior housing; and providing alternatives to renting.
A new economy and a changing workforce are shifting the purpose and use of waterfronts. Learn how better cooperation between private and public entities can take advantage of these demographic changes to create more impactful, wide-reaching, and transformational waterfront projects.
Innovation Districts have captured the attention and imagination of planners and development officials around the world. However, few cities can marshal the resources and level of investment that reflect the concept's most successful models. Explore the complexities of innovation districts by looking at the economic, talent, real estate and equity factors that help to drive long-term investment
Join a lively discussion about planning initiatives on Long Island, New York—one of the nation’s first suburbs—that aim to address interrelated transportation, land use, and economic development challenges due to 60 years of development built around the automobile.
The proforma is the major decision making tool for developers. It tells whether their project will make money or needs to be reimagined. Planners should be familiar with proformas because they can help describe a project to prospective investors.
How can you design equitable processes to help build healthy, active neighborhoods? This session will explore innovative (and successful!) strategies for moving beyond meetings to expand community participation in planning for streets and neighborhoods.
How can planners forecast and maximize the benefits of driverless and shared mobility technology? Explore the multi-disciplinary challenges and opportunities new transportation technologies present—and investigate practical steps for orchestrating land-use, transportation, and economic development harmony.
A successful project requires a mutually supportive relationship between agencies and consultants, including communication, honesty, and ethical behavior. This session will pair the AICP Code of Ethics with everyone’s responsibilities to ultimately create a successful project for the community.
Population, industry and recreation adjacent to urban waterways have dramatically shifted over the last decade. Chicago, New York City and Spokane are grappling with these trends and developed action plans to collaboratively address perceptions and tensions while redefining their riverfronts.
Decades of discrimination and segregation have limited housing choices in the United States. Learn how the Kansas City Metro—among the first communities to respond to HUD’s latest fair housing requirements—developed data-driven, community-inspired policies to reverse this trend.
Untouchable and therefore avoided, urban brownfields increasingly represent the most promising future (and one of the biggest challenges) for cities seeking to compete for the innovation economy and a new generation of urban lifestyles and values.
Arts and culture are essential to healthy, connected, vibrant communities. Cultural plans create roadmaps to engage creative and cultural assets as partners in meeting various municipal goals. Discover how cultural plans become key components at city, neighborhood, and district-levels.
Major projects like a new Comprehensive Plan can seem overwhelming due to size of the project, controversial topic areas, various opinions of decision makers, the costs, and the deadline for completion. A number of jurisdictions are finding success by developing a Plan Charter or a “Plan for the Plan” prior to beginning the process.
In March 2015, the New Jersey Supreme Court revived the landmark Mount Laurel doctrine. Learn about the frenzy of affordable housing litigation, mediation, planning, and development that ensued across the state. Experts with diverse planning perspectives offer lessons applicable in other states and communities.
Removing unnecessary zoning regulations can open the door for revitalization and repopulation. During this "zoning boot camp," we will deconstruct and reconstruct zoning so that it works to achieve repopulation and regulate only what is truly necessary to protect and promote public health, safety, and welfare.
Joseph Nickol, AICP | Sean Suder
The ULI Community Builders Handbook published in 1948 by JC Nichols laid out best practices in which planning and development are inseparable. Learn from a planner using development and a developer using planning how to advance that enduring philosophy .
Many cities regularly give out various tax incentives, credits, and rebates to induce additional (and much needed) development within the community. But are these incentives really needed? And how much incentive is too much?
New Jersey is at the vanguard of stormwater management. This session explores how government and private sector entities across the state are generating innovative green infrastructure strategies for stormwater management as well as creative policies and partnerships to facilitate their use and adoption.
Urban centers are experiencing a renaissance. Explore the changing preferences that are driving jobs away from suburban auto-oriented business parks to mixed-use “urban” centers—and how “sub-urbanism” (or the urbanization of suburbs) can change the competitive position of the suburbs. Learn how to establish a new urban structure that works in a suburban setting.
Communities can create viable bicycle networks that are comfortable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities to use. Explore the latest metrics for evaluating low-stress bicycle networks and their ability to connect users to places they want to go.
First impressions make the difference between getting hired and being overlooked. Hosted by Sequence Staffing and Rutgers University, this interactive training provides the opportunity for participants to learn from experts in conducting thousands of professional interviews. Come prepared to ask your most burning questions and test out techniques with fellow participants.
Can “New Ruralism” become a counterpoint to New Urbanism? Hear how about the strategies rural communities in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont have used to engineer a renaissance across the region.
Planners are playing an increasingly important role in the development of sustainable places and smart cities. Gain a better understanding of the implications of new technology such as ride sharing, smart utilities, and net-zero design on our built environment.
As technology changes, so too does the local planning department. This session examines technological and other ways planning departments will need to adapt to meet community needs in the future.
How can design address the many challenges that cities face? Planners and designers from New York, San Francisco, and Seattle will share the latest efforts in their cities to promote design thinking while engaging larger issues of equity and sustainability.
As technology advances, the line between tech office and traditional manufacturing blurs. Learn how San Francisco is actively working to preserve existing land uses allotted to "production, distribution, and repair" even as it acknowledges that fewer tools and less space are necessary for traditional industrial businesses.
This session will show how to implement a process to protect a community’s water, without adversely affecting private property rights. In addition, an ASA will be discussed for waterbodies that are already impaired.
While advocates, planners, and public health professionals may readily self-identify as interested in either food access or in active transportation, local communities don’t always see the distinction between these issues. Communities rightly see the issues as interconnected, suggesting that our approach to solving it should be as well.
This session will provide insight on how to start and run a planning firm from the ground up, including real life experiences and best practices for everything from getting your first client to running the business side of things.
Today’s political and policy climate pose many key questions for planners and communities. This session will examine the latest changes and important new directions in federal policy. Hear directly from leading Members of Congress what the future is likely to hold for the policies and programs that affect the nation’s communities and what planners can do to shape and inform those policies.
Session will highlight the barriers to recruitment, retention, and integration of diversity in planning. Learn about APA Diversity Committee efforts and recent studies that explore perceptions and personal experiences of diversity in the workplace, practice, and education. Participants will share tangible strategies to foster diversity and promote culturally competent planning.
Diverse views of environmentally responsible brownfields redevelopment with innovative case studies across US. How very different communities navigate the challenges of remediation, funding, infrastructure and community concerns to achieve long term sustainability; a discussion of how brownfield redevelopment has matured.
Everyone at every level, book a session to have your resume reviewed by a seasoned planner or HR professional. Invest 20 minutes and come away with insights that can help you see, and seize, new opportunities.
What typically transpires when retirees settle in a rural resort community? Affordable housing options decrease. Economic insecurity increases. And younger workers migrate elsewhere. Learn about the interrelationships of these variables and how an enabling design approach can create communities where all generations thrive.
State and MPOs are moving to a performance driven approach to making decisions about to align transportation spending with goals, criteria and performance measures. This session highlights exemplars, offering communities best practices for moving towards a new approach.
The Great Urban Parks Campaign equips communities to improve social and environmental outcomes while applying green infrastructure principles and practices in parks. Learn about four pilot projects that are showcasing how green infrastructure can be leveraged to improve multiple outcomes.
Planners write thousands of staff reports every year, yet there is little disccusion about what makes a truly effective report. This session breaks the silence with two nationwide studies that indicate staff reports can be better and even help planners lead. It also looks at what the next generaion of staff reports might look like.
What do you need to know to manage today’s local planning agency creatively and effectively This session explores the perspectives, skills, and knowledge sets planners need to succeed in managing traditional practice as well as emerging sustainability and resiliency work.
Showcasing lessons learned from the second Plan4Health cohort, this session will demonstrate the impact of shared use to increase opportunities for physical activity and to strengthen a community's sense of place.
As many as 500-600 million people globally may have to move because of climate change. This session will provide an overview of forces causing this movement, possible arrival and departure locations, relevant governing policies, and possible responses to this challenge.
The session will present how New York City is leading the way in addressing multiple aspects of resiliency planning, including addressing the risks associated with storm surge flooding, sea level rise, inland flooding and extreme rainfall events, urban heat island, and social and economic resiliency.
As the professionals tasked with finding solutions to our cities' greatest challenges, planners must keep up with innovations in the field. This session explores promising advances in tackling pressing urban issues, from housing affordability and cost-effective resilient design to transportation demand management and urban infrastructure funding.
Over the last 50 years the New York City Economic Development Corporation has helped stabilize and transform the City’s economy. Featuring three NYCEDC presidents including its first and its current leader, this panel will reflect on major projects of the past as well as NYCEDC’s vision for the future.
A spatial approach to fiscal impact analysis is superior to existing methods. Nearly all revenues and expenditures in a city are spatial. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be used to comprehensively estimate fiscal impact and create a detailed planning database.
Antiquated zoning codes create barriers to small business growth in many localities. Explore how a modern approach to use classification and permissions can complement well-calibrated development standards to foster a supportive environment for homegrown businesses.
Student Learning and Outcomes Assessment are buzzwords flying around academia. Why should this matter to the profession? Explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging external stakeholders in outcomes assessment, and how feedback from practitioners is used to improve learning in the program.
Explore planning's historic evolution from visionaries to functionaries. A panel of AICP's Fellows (FAICP) will examine shifting professional and policy context of our work; reevaluate the larger purpose of planning; and advance the role of planners as 21st Century change-leaders.
The Vision Zero policy for reducing traffic deaths has spread around the world since its inception in Sweden in 1997. Can it help you achieve safe, sustainable, and complete streets in your community? Vision Zero experts will review best practices in street design and present case examples of innovative street solutions on Queens Boulevard in New York.
How does sustainability look in your community or in other places? What motivates or stalls sustainability action? Using a recent survey of sustainability, this session will compare policymaking both in various municipalities and with national trends.
Distinguished leaders from APA, ASLA, and AIA discuss the challenges for women in the future of our allied professions. What will it take to close the pay gap? How have our cities begun to reflect the shift toward women in decision-making roles?
Put P3s to work for your community! Four experts from diverse backgrounds explore how to create public-private partnerships that preserve housing and stimulate neighborhood revitalization.
This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about career paths working abroad. Panelists will share their career stories then break into rounds of small group networking. Get answers to your most pressing questions.
Why do it? What do you need to know? Get study tips and candid advice from recent AICP members.
Big city planners tackle one of the most challenging issues facing cities. Hear how larger cities take on this issue and succeed. This session is presented by the partnership of the American Planning Association, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
In this session, planners will share their insights about programs that effectively engage young people in community planning. Come with questions on how to implement a program in your community.
In 2014, NYC Parks launched the Community Parks Initiative, a $285 million program to redesign and reconstruct some of the city’s most under-resourced parks. Learn how the agency connected local stakeholders, leveraged city resources, and reinvigorated park spaces in the poorest, densest, and fastest-growing communities in the city.
Discover innovative approaches to incorporating community input, addressing affordability and gentrification, and strengthening the local/minority-owned business economy within the context of world class design and Detroit's famous architectural legacy.
Communities are increasingly using corridor studies to learn how to balance traffic capacity, capture multimodal opportunities, and increase quality of life. Three cities—Saint Paul, Minn., Arlington, Va., and Spartanburg, S.C.—will share approaches to planning processes that produced context-sensitive results.
Equitable development is sustainable development. Learn how to calibrate your place-based planning efforts to meet the needs of underserved communities more effectively and enhance other planning outcomes.
Hurricane Sandy underscored the region's need to advance coastal resiliency planning which is magnified by the potential threat of more frequent and intensive coastal storm events. Explore the six award winning design approaches, created as a result of HUD's Rebuild by Design competition.
Be inspired by how New York City is working to enhance and expand its transportation network within the confines of aging infrastructure, a growing population, and limited space. Meet staff from the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Transportation and learn about three projects these organizations are spearheading to help tackle these challenges.
Hear how and why three major cities decided to try the shared-street concept, such as the desire to respond to site-specific transportation issues or to promote goals like economic development and public space improvement. Learn about site selection, community education and outreach, programming, maintenance, and performance measurement.
Being a Planner is tough. You spend time learning the procedures and responsibilities for the job, but no one prepares you for the emotional side. Discover ways for dealing with the emotional politics and not letting it get you down.
This session explores ways to ensure a long, healthy relationship with your zoning code, including: finding flexibility you didn’t know was there, determining when an interpretation or clarification should trigger a code amendment, supporting code administrators through focused training and continuing education, and persevering through the ups and downs of a new code learning curve.
There's no debating that the built environment directly impacts community health. But how can we better understand exactly how planning affects health in order to build healthier communities? This session introduces APA’s Healthy Planning Metrics, a new tool to integrate health objectives into everyday planning practice.
Whether big or small, inland or coastal, all communities face a common challenge: how to effectively plan for the presence (or absence) of water. Learn how information from an integrated suite of NOAA data, models and tools can be applied through innovative partnerships to better understand water-related events and their impacts on populations, the economy, and the natural environment.
Together the public and private sectors—aided by robust local and state housing policies—have creatively tackled the need for more affordable housing in small and large communities alike. Learn more about these appealing and attainable communities, featured in a new publication from the National Association of Home Builders.
Explore how to reimagine a downtown as a sustainable, livable place that is changing due to the economy, social/economic demographics, and the desire to live in urban environments that enhances the opportunity to live, work and play that incorporates multi-modes of transportation, entertainment and high quality affordable housing option.
What combination of strategies and tools can make the Rockaways a resilient, thriving community and regional beach destination? Explore how planners are addressing that question while confronting major economic, housing, transportation, employment, and land-use challenges.
Explore the role of urban planning within the United Nations, especially the UN–Habitat program. Learn how UN–Habitat uses urban planning principles to improve urban settlements worldwide. Find out how the recent Habitat III conference will impact UN–Habitat goals.
Major shared transportation modes—such as bikesharing, carsharing, ridesourcing, and alternative transit services—are changing how people travel and are having a transformative effect on mobility and local planning. Learn about the role of shared mobility in urban planning.
Learn scenario analysis skills and tools to engage stakeholders and analyze planning decisions. Gain hands-on experience in both simulated scenario planning activities and common scenario analysis tools.
NEC FUTURE is one of the largest vision plans ever undertaken for transportation investment in the United States. Learn about this ambitious initiative and the many benefits it promises for rail passengers and the Northeast region as a whole.
Planners and community leaders often express support for affordable housing in concept. Yet far too often they must also tackle public resistance to it during the development process. This session explores tools public-sector planners can use to encourage affordable housing while affirmatively furthering fair housing.
Learn about the benefits of utilizing Community Planning Assistance Teams to engage communities and execute inventive, insightful planning to revitalize areas in distress and to plan for growth in dynamic environments. Participants will benefit by hearing from four communities that have conducted CPAT projects that each addressed planning issues unique to those community’s needs.
Speed networking to learn more about career options in food systems planning.
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
Whether transforming a city street from a virtual speedway into a kid-friendly promenade or identifying when and where to park a mobile farmers market, planners must increasingly consider public health in their daily work. This session highlights the Plan4Health project and the cutting-edge tools and strategies it has developed for planning healthy communities.
Washington is a hub of innovative stormwater management approaches, from ground-level green infrastructure and landscape design to top-level policy like stormwater retention credit trading. Session will discuss implementation of these cutting-edge approaches at the water utility, local, and federal levels.
We have all experienced challenging public meetings. Learn how expert planners have handled tough meeting situations with poise and finesse. You will be encouraged to share your “best of” public meeting stories in this interactive session.
Cities in the developing world are struggling to address rapid population growth and major challenges from climate change. Explore how American non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have helped these cities upgrade infrastructure, improve housing, and protect the environment.
Entrepreneurial ecosystems are comprised of organizations, capital, and people that foster thriving start-ups. Today, regions are strengthening their ecosystems through mapping, measuring and connecting resources. This session hosts a discussion on feasible ways to foster ecosystem resources and track progress.
John Provo | Sarah Lyon-Hill | Margaret Cowell
What does it take to move an NBA franchise to a new home? A lot of planning! The Barclays Center planning and design team overcame a number of challenges during the planning process and now the arena stands as a invaluable resource for Brooklyn and the larger New York City region.
First Amendment-protected uses can be some of the most confusing and difficult types of uses to regulate. This session offers an overview of the different types of First Amendment issues that can arise in land use regulation, and will provide important tips about how to regulate these uses.
What is environmental psychology? And why is it important when planning for sustainable cities? Examine the disconnect between environmental knowledge and action. Explore why people tend to choose unsustainable options over sustainable alternatives. And discuss what you can do to change that behavior.
Transit is often considered a public sector responsibility. Yet the prevalence of privately operated services reveals a spectrum of mobility options. Learn from expertsin state and county government, transit agencies, and transportation management associations as they discuss the interplay between public and private operations of transit services.
Public discourse on community sustainability and resilience tends to ignore the vulnerabilities of communities of color, who are disproportionately at risk from climate change impacts, because many occupy flood-prone land. Join us for a frank, interactive discussion on this issue.
Capital improvement plans are a powerful way to meet planning goals. What are the best practices in linking long range, service, and area plans to the CIP to better manage financial resources and achieve planning goals?
Calling all young and emerging professionals! Network with your colleagues and learn about running a successful group in your chapter or division.
The planning agencies in Norfolk and New York—both coastal cities exposed to flood risk—are updating zoning regulations to facilitate adaptation. Discover how the zoning tools they're using can be tailored to address the flood risk profile of your community.
Planners often work for city/county managers who have different approaches and ethical standards. Learn how to meet the standards of the AICP Code of Ethics while balancing the complementary and competing ethical standards that bind city managers.
Explore the small town or rural area planner’s role and share realistic tips on addressing legal, ethical, and social equity issues resulting from the planner’s unique relationship with the applicant and public “where everyone knows everyone else’s business.” Includes dinner. All conference attendees are welcome.
The use of graphic images raises a variety of ethical considerations. Put them in focus with an opening presentation and small-group breakouts. Explore cases relevant to planning, with questions to guide discussion. Small groups will report on the ethical issues of their cases and their own determinations.
Parks, sidewalks, and streets: these are spaces for which planners plan, but also places that carry special legal protections for free speech and religious exercise. This session will discuss legal and planning principles that public space planners should know.
Kansas City established the Midtown TIF (Tax Increment Financing) District to support a commercial development and pair it with a fund to rehabilitate single and multifamily housing in the surrounding historic Hyde Park neighborhood and Armour Boulevard.
Hear from colleagues about their work in "non-traditional" sectors, including public health, advocacy, and other specialties. In this part presentation, part networking roundtable session, each speaker will describe how they use their planning skills in their job, followed by structured table discussions with participants.
As public funding for urban parks decreases, cities are turning to other models of support. This facilitated discussion will show how three cities experiencing downtown growth partner with BIDs to sustain parks and enhance the vitality of public spaces.
Cities increasingly look to special districts to help with plan implementation. The Uptown Oakland case study informs about the power and limitations of districts to bring plan visions to life. Learn to set expectations and improve plans for stronger partnerships.
Join fellow small town and rural planners to discuss economic development strategies. Explore the small town or rural area planner’s role and share realistic tips on establishing effective economic development for America’s diverse small towns and rural areas.
This session will review the history and requirements of HUD’s recent Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. The session will also review recent efforts by the District of Columbia to more equitably disperse the affordable housing supply throughout the city.
More than ever before, metropolitan planning organizations are adopting regional plans focused on sustainability. Come learn about financial incentives, web-based tools, and resources that MPOs are increasingly providing local member agencies to help implement regional plans from the bottom up.
This year, 533 global cities disclosed climate change-related data through CDP’s cities program. This session will share the analysis from this data to see where and how cities are collaborating on climate action with non-state actors (such as state governments and businesses), and where the potential exists to deepen and broaden this collaboration.
APA and the Water Working Group announce the newly formed APA Water and Planning Network, describe how planners can participate in the Network, the goals and functions of the Network, and summarize WWG research on One Water strategies, best practices, and interdisciplinary connections.
The aging Northeast Corridor is the rail backbone of the Northeast region and the nation’s busiest passenger rail corridor. Learn how eight states, the District of Columbia, Amtrak, and the US DOT are collaborating to plan its sustainable future.
The Stonewall National Monument in New York City was designated as an historic and notable American symbol for LGBTQ equality in June 2016. This session discusses the history and issues with this designation process and its relevance to other sites and communities across the U.S.
Looking to take the next step in your planning career? This roundtable discussion will focus on how to progress in your career.
An interactive discussion on professional stretching and how to take full advantage of opportunities to make yourself indispensable. Participants will share their own stories and learn how to create a compelling professional value proposition for potential employers and when networking.
The panel will discuss in detail the efforts of four cities to achieve sustainable economic development working as part of a 14-community consortium to identify revitalization issues and develop best practices to address them. Each of the four case studies deals with a key aspect of sustainable economic development and illustrates how they have succeeded.
Join us in exploring how communities along the rural to urban transect are developing partnerships and implementing creative strategies to promote physical activity and access to healthy foods. Participate in evaluating the role of contextual factors in health planning work.
Parks have the power to reinvigorate urban spaces. Explore several high-profile parks planning projects and gain insight into how they helped cities creatively foster resilience, equity, connectivity, and economic development.
Non-traditional economic models — from creative and sharing economies to urban design and quality of life amenities — are increasingly vital considerations for developing robust economic strategies. Explore the opportunities presented by proactive and multi-faceted approaches to planning for tomorrow’s economy.
Congress appropriated large sums for Sandy recovery. Planning requirements for recipient communities were significant, involving a series of consultant-aided steps over many months, including mitigation strategies. Planning was managed by state government, guided by committees in each community.
Cars have long dominated Los Angeles. But thanks to political will, demographic changes, and innovative investments, things are finally changing. Explore projects that are transforming the region to become a walkable, bikeable, and transit friendly place.
This session presents two case studies—a corridor study in central Ohio and a joint comprehensive planning process for Columbia and Richland County, South Carolina—that exemplify how planers can build consensus in complex, multijurisdictional contexts.
This session explores equity issues in regional transportation planning, reviews current practices, and presents methods for evaluating transportation equity in long range transportation planning, using Hillsborough County (Tampa), FL and the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area as case studies.
Fiscal policies can have large and unexpected effects on land use, development patterns, and regional equity. At the same time, land use and infrastructure planning often fails to consider effects on revenues and costs over time. This session explores the fiscal-land use relationship from both perspectives.
Building on the "Urban Street Design Guide," NACTO presents a new guide on sustainable stormwater management. Learn about three cities that have built strong partnerships between transportation and water departments—and hear how green infrastructure makes more livable streets.
This facilitated discussion will critically examine assumptions, established approaches, results, and criticisms of FIA. The aim is to share experience in application and methodological improvement on how to better estimate development impacts.
Progressive city planning directors in New York City and the surrounding region share the results of an all-day retreat. Find out what’s occupying their time and what is (and is not) working. Come away with a vivid picture of the state of city planning in the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut region.
How do you implement regional growth plans across multiple cities? Discover how metropolitan planning organizations in Chicago and along Utah’s Wasatch Front crafted technical assistance programs to aid cities in aligning local planning efforts with regional visions for vibrant centers and corridors.
More communities in Connecticut are embracing transit-oriented development (TOD), and developing progressive policy to advance TOD projects around their rail and bus transit stations. This session will focus on successful examples of current TOD efforts at the local, regional and state level, and evaluate several case studies to highlight the key challenges, opportunities, and success stories.
Transforming an obsolete development code may require the creation of new zoning districts. Learn how Raleigh, N.C., and Philadelphia navigated large-scale remappings through two different approaches, and how Albuquerque, N.M., seeks to learn from those experiences as it embarks on its own ambitious transformation.
Do you have minimal staff and a limited budget? No worries! Learn how the City of Nashua, N.H., employed a sustainability dashboard to share the data that framed its sustainability profile and engage community members in the effort to improve that data.
Following Sandy, a wave of buyout programs offered residents the opportunity to move out of harm's way, allowing flood prone land to return to nature. What lessons can be learned to ensure that this adaptation tool can be better used?
Is it an easement or a fee interest? Dedication or conveyance? Planners’ work is closely intertwined with interests in land. This session offers an overview of everything a planner wants to know about real estate law.
Across two decades of planning, design and implementation, the Downtown Columbus Riverfront has been completely transformed. A 2016 APA National Planning Excellence award-winner, improvements include five new riverfront parks, a restored river ecosystem, and the creation of new urban districts.
What is the right approach to developing affordable housing in areas of opportunity? Carrots are scarce and sticks are fought back with NIMBYism. Lessons learned from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania shed light towards a democratic and equitable path.
Reinforcement of racial and cultural competence in all planning areas is needed to improve planning’s effectiveness. Four case studies show long-range planning grounded in inclusivity and cultural competence at the federal, regional MPO, city, neighborhood and community levels.
This facilitated discussion will engage participants in a dialogue about whether there is a need for greater exercise of leadership in planning practice and, if so, what this means for educating and training planning students and practicing professionals.
Learn about feasibility analysis needed to develop successful affordable housing. Panelists with experience in both finance and development show how to navigate public-private partnerships.
From international trade to local deliveries, freight planning is a fast-growing field that requires multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal coordination. Practitioners will share their insights into the key issues and players to consider in the freight planning process.
Broadband is the cornerstone of your smart city. Turbocharge your community and improve sustainability, education, healthcare and quality of life with high-speed connectivity. Learn how to accelerate broadband planning and leverage digital infrastructure to regulate city assets for greater efficiency.
“Health-in-All-Policies” and “Health Impact Assessments” are emerging approaches to address public health challenges. Practitioners will share how to apply these methods, and how they may complement one another in facilitating cross-sectoral collaborations, community empowerment, and healthy community planning.
The session will present a first-of-its-kind transportation planning framework that combines typology, land use, modal priorities, big data, multimodal performance measures and the latest in GIS technology to evaluate multimodal arterial network needs and potential improvements systematically.
Share your mentoring stories with APA through video and take advantage of the last chance to meet a mentor at NPC17.
In an “office hours” format, this session allows participants to get answers to questions and discuss fair housing topics they find most interesting or challenging. Topics include: regional assessments; linking plans; data and strategy development; and new rule basics.
This session explores scenario planning at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, commonly referred to as GTMO. The naval station is widely known, yet frequently misunderstood, and faced with significant planning challenges due to isolation and limited interaction with the host country.
In a region known for fried food, gentrification, racism, and obesity, Plan4Health grantees in Charlotte and Savannah are combining the skills of public health professionals and planners to empower communities, improve access to healthy food, and increase physical activity opportunities.
In recent years the planning profession has seen a shift from planning for the arts to planning with the arts. This session will explore how these newly emerging roles for artists expand the boundaries of traditional planning practices.
Gain an overview of the Together North Jersey initiative, its vision, and its plan for implementing the many strategies delineated in the plan. It will showcase 3 key success stories of diverse local initiatives around the region, all of which are well on their way towards implementing real change in their communities.
The United States and the United Kingdom confront similar challenges whether managing political changes, addressing equity, advancing affordable housing or pursuing new economic strategies. This session will bring together a conversation of planning leaders in four cities with similar issues and dynamics to talk about what’s working and what each country can learn from the other.
Peter Kageyama is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders and a special advisor to America In Bloom. He co-founded the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of The City.