NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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Meeting located at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Explore how one town initiated redevelopment of a downtown, tourist destination and economically depressed community.
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.
Boat tour of New York Harbor and Jamaica Bay to educate planners about this urban coastal region- from Superstorm Sandy recovery work, to resiliency planning, to management planning aimed at a new vision for resource stewardship and improved access.
Gain an insider’s view of the nation’s largest and busiest train station and learn about its history and plans for its future. Visit the newly opened Moynihan Station Lower Concourse, the first phase of the Moynihan Station Project to convert the historic Farley Post Office into the Moynihan Train Hall.
Stroll through 400 years of development and progress on this tour led by Jersey City's long-time (but now retired) planning director. Learn the behind-the-scenes stories of the transformations that produced the “Gold Coast,” the fastest-growing part of the New York Metro region.
Explore Washington Heights, a classic ‘port of entry’ neighborhood in Upper Manhattan at the New York foot of the George Washington Bridge. It has now become a social and political center for the growing Dominican and other Caribbean communities in the New York area.
The critical modernization of LaGuardia Airport (LGA) has begun. Tour this leading airport and see up close how the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is collaborating with private partners to revitalize and unify terminals, increase airfield efficiency, and redevelop LGA into a world-class gateway.
Participatory budgeting (PB) has engaged hundreds of thousands of diverse New Yorkers in directly deciding how to spend hundreds of millions of capital dollars. Tour PB-funded projects in the Chinese and Latinx immigrant enclave of Sunset Park, Brooklyn, which boasts NYc's highest per capita participation in PB. Learn how your municipality can adopt this civic engagement innovation.
A shuttle/walking tour through three neighborhoods in the City hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy, focusing on the resiliency aspects implemented post-Sandy. Along the route, experts on key resiliency aspects will join us. Lunch will be included.
As climate changes, urban communities with combined sewers must build adaptive capacity to adjust to increasing flood risk. Explore innovative adaptation and mitigation planning tools in the City of Hoboken, New Jersey on a bicycle tour of resilient infrastructure improvements.
Fredric Pocci | Alexis Landes | Matthew Testa, LEED AP | Greggory Woodruff, AICP | Jennifer Gonzalez, AICP | Mayor Dawn Zimmer | Alexis Taylor | Dennis Reinknecht | Frank Schwarz | Stephen Whitehouse, AICP | Sony David | Caleb Stratton, AICP | Ryan Sharp, AICP | Brandy Forbes, AICP | Stephen Marks, AICP | David Roberts, AICP
Once Long Island’s most economically distressed community, Wyandanch is in the midst of a complete transformation that serves as a nationwide model for new transit-oriented development brought about by a ground-up community-based approach to neighborhood revitalization.
Tour fabled Roosevelt Island, a unique town-within-a-city located between Manhattan and Queens. Explore this close-knit urban enclave and learn about its historic significance and current period of dynamic change.
Public and private investments have changed the nature of public spaces in the Meatpacking District. A short stretch of Gansevoort Street highlights the variety and interaction between traditional public space (a plaza at 9th Avenue), creatively reused infrastructure (the High Line and Hudson River parks), and cultural institutions that embrace the street (the Whitney Museum).
Scott Newman | Lisa Switkin | Noreen Doyle
APA is partnering with BetaNYC, a civic organization dedicated to improving lives in New York through civic design, technology, and data. APA and BetaNYC are helping NYC's Department of City Planning tackle a number of technical challenges around it's newly launched Facilities Database. Stop by the Tech Zone and hear about the project, and participate in a dialogue to assist our volunteers.
This session has been cancelled.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the famed (but long-neglected) Coney Island waterfront and explore how resilience and community planning are redefining how New York responds to rising sea levels and threats from climate change to the area. Learn about the area's history, strategic initiatives, and economic development goals, as well as promising projects in the pipeline.
Elijah Hutchinson | Gillian Connell | Catherine Nguyen
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.
Take a walking tour of Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, N.Y. , the historic site of two World’s Fairs. Learn about this enduring open space, see the “Panorama of New York” from the 1964 Word's Fair, and hear what its new Strategic Framework Plan holds for the future of this place.
Isovist will be demonstrating the latest exciting web tools which link plans and zoning rules with GIS, and showing how the public and professionals can quickly and easily access planning information relevant to a property.
APA is developing a new web platform for chapters and divisions.
Take an Uptown train to the now-thriving Melrose neighborhood of the Bronx, devastated by New York’s fiscal crisis of the 1970s. The tour will focus on how developing affordable housing helped revitalize the neighborhood, which saw most of its original housing stock damaged by arson during the fiscal crisis and eventually razed by the city.
Short Term Vacation Rentals have caused quite a disruption in communities, and municipalities need a solution to identify and monitor the operators of these businesses. Harmari can help with lodging tax discovery, licensing and code compliance issues with accurate information and proven results in other jurisdictions.
JAPA Ed Board meeting at the Marriott Marquis
Are you and your team overwhelmed trying to keep up with the increasing requirements placed on government to be transparent about the status of your projects and programs, comply with open data policies, and stay active on social media to maintain engagement with the community?
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 ‘speed networking’ session will provide participants with the opportunity to talk with various professionals about international career paths.
Learn about opportunities in APA leadership available now.
Join the Hyland Government team for a look at the challenges of paper-based plan review. This session will focus on how to create a seamless, paperless review process and how that can benefit your organization and community.
Explore how the City of Stamford went from a charming New England city with a local economic base, a historic downtown, beautiful residential neighborhoods, and a short commute to New York City to becoming a boomtown.
Hear from APA’s policy experts about what we’re calling on Congress to do to invest in the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Faculty Scott Truex and Lohren Deeg will share My Town: A Mobile App for Community Inventory and Analysis. The app will allow students and citizens to capture qualitative inventory and analysis by capturing imagery that exemplifies community character and quality of place. The developers designed the app to utilize the existing features of cellular network-enabled mobile devices, including geospat
Tickets for the awards luncheon are available for $64 to discounted attendees and guests of full registrants. Once capacity is reached, tickets will be unavailable. Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
All full registrants are invited to the 2017 Awards Luncheon. Tickets are free, but are required to attend the event as capacity is limited. You must add this activity to your schedule to guarantee a slot in the luncheon. Once capacity is reached, tickets will be unavailable. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. Arrive early to ensure a seat. Additional tickets may be purchased for $64.
Take a ferry ride across Raritan Bay and tour county, state and national historic sites in Monmouth County, N.J. You will learn how historic preservation, restoration, public finance, and public-private partnerships combine to create tourism experiences while preserving local and national history.
Stop by the APA Pavilion for an interactive demonstration of NRCSolutions.org, a new website that guides elected officials and local decision makers through 30 cost-effective, nature-based solutions to reducing flood risk.
Faculty Moira Zellner, Leilah Lyons, and Dean Massey will demonstrate their green infrastructure participatory planning for stormwater management. The technology-enhanced "board game" integrates scientific data and models with citizen, public official, and engineer concerns. Through collaboration, participants will recognize unintended consequences and resolve the inherent tradeoffs of complex env
As climate changes, urban coastal communities must build adaptive capacity to adjust to increasing flood risk. Explore innovative climate adaptation and pre-disaster mitigation planning tools in the City of Hoboken, New Jersey on a bicycle tour of resilient infrastructure improvements.
APA and Forecast Public Art are partnering to develop a public art and placemaking learning tool for planners serving small and mid-sized cities. Learn about what we are doing to serve communities seeking to improve the health of their cities via the inclusion of artists and art, and consider if you would like to serve as a national advisor on this project.
CARMERA is creating the world’s only real-time 3D index of city streets, accessible to anyone. We use machine intelligence to analyze continually refreshed imagery and 3D scans that we collect through a mobile, street-level sensor network, to make the data useful and instantly downloadable for urban planning, real estate, construction, autonomous vehicles and other built environment customers.
Join this walking tour and explore Flushing's history as a centralized settlement for people, culture, and business. Learn about significant historical, cultural, social, immigration, and urban revitalization experiences that have shaped this part of New York, one of the city's busiest areas.
Simon Gerson | Ellen Kodakek | Michael Meyers | Robert White
Experience East Williamsburg and Bushwick and the mashup of industrial facades transforming to tech hubs. Step inside tech workspaces and see the contrast of the old and the new through the perspectives of artists, technology entrepreneurs, and community builders.
The Williamsburg neighborhood in Brooklyn has gentrified more than any other New York neighborhood in the last decade. Take a guided walking tour of this unique area, learn how it is handling gentrification efforts, and engage in meaningful conversations about the social impacts of planning initiatives in this community.
Ramon Peguero | Sarita Safarty-Steel | Christopher Allen
Standing up for planning has never been so important. Join APA’s advocacy experts for a fast-paced training on tips for how to be the most effective planning advocate. In this mini-session, you’ll learn critical advocacy basics and ways you can shape federal policy outcomes through APA.
Explore three Roosevelt Island master plan sites that have been developed since 1969, including Cornell Tech, an innovative new college campus. Discover the challenges and opportunities of master planning over time, and how the plan’s evolution advances this community.
Where on the street can you park legally, and for how long? This question is surprisingly hard to answer for most cities. We will discuss how to combine the best of manual collection and technical precision to gather data for tough, real-world problems like this, affordably and at large scales.
The poster is a presentation of a research on the potential that the planning and design of public spaces today have to link urban development, adaptation, and resilience, and how to maximize this potential and provide innovative and comprehensive solutions to the new challenges our cities are confronting in terms of growth, health, economics, environment, and resilience.
Alabama was once the leading state in agricultural education. Today industry is far more prevalent statewide. How have Alabama's land-use trends over the past six decades impacted its longstanding (and proud) agricultural traditions? This poster examines that question.
La' Kesha Stewart
Nebraska’s unique approach to water resources planning relies on a coordinated framework of local and regional plans, developed collaboratively by the state and local water managers. This decentralized approach provides flexibility in meeting the state’s water needs through localized solutions.
This poster will offer a worldwide comparative perception of minimum parking requirements in Asian cities and American cities.
This work looked at the association between Complete Streets and increased economic activity such as increased property values, tax collections, and business activity. It identified three case studies. Findings show that Complete Streets performed well, demonstrating enhanced economic activity.
Exploring Participatory Vulnerability Assessment (PVA) as a tool to involve the target population in the role of hazard mitigation planning and decision making. Which eventually would enable planners to understand local conditions and thus develop more efficient plans to mitigate hazard vulnerability.
The investigation of the characteristics of heat island in a study on small scale areas can provide more information about how to manage the increasing energy consumption in buildings.Read an analysis of the effect of urban development, considering the height of development, and the effect of the Floor Area Ratio of the development on Heating Degree Days and Cooling Degree Days.
Business improvement districts (or BIDs) remain popular tools for revitalizing urban cores, existing across the United States and spreading worldwide. Fresno, California, adopted a BID in 2011 to return life to its core. Has it achieved expectations? This poster explores that question.
What will the Gateway Office Park in Columbia, Maryland, look like in the future? This poster proposes creating an innovation district at the site to spur greater economic activity in Howard County.
The Valleyheart Riverwalk is a section of the LA River that has undergone revitalization through community led efforts. This research can be applied to metropolitan areas for implementation of greenways, providing better quality of life for the community.
Based on work conducted at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office, this poster examines ways to facilitate planning, as well as disaster-response activities, when historic districts are impacted. Specifically, learn about a methodology to prioritize flood-prone historic districts for risk-reduction measures.
An attempt that seeks to look into the evolution of a major transportation system, through a series of case studies, which show longitudinal changes that took place from its peak era to its debacle and then towards revitalization attempts.
Explore the accessibility patterns of highway, railway, waterway and civil aviation respectively and discover the accessibility patterns of integrated transportation in the Yangtze River Delta under opening conditions.
Explore the unseen opportunities of the interplay between blue and grey transport in a water-dependent city. Invent a toolkit to help planners to identify the breach between land and water transportation and take steps towards the revival and integration of waterways into current street network.
This poster proposes a vibrant maritime innovation ecosystem for Annapolis, Maryland and includes an evidence-based strategy for how this can be implemented by the city. The strategy addresses social, spatial, economic, and environmental aspects of the area.
Putting park-and-ride facilities at mass transit stations is very common for planners, but is this wise? The poster will tell a research for Gold Line in Los Angeles, analyzing various data to examine the impacts of park-and-ride facilities on nearby neighborhoods.
The poster presents the background leading to the study, including the funding source the socio- cultural, historic, geographic and recreational features and the predetermined trail termini that were used to shape the planning process.
You will learn about using a TLC approach, which asks community members to take on a do-it-yourself attitude when it comes to neighborhood planning and take on projects in more digestible chunks that can start immediately, and lead to long-term impact.
An assessment of building Smart Cities through Smart Transportation System in Energy Corridor District in Houston, Texas. The outcome is to provide a quantitative measurement framework to evaluate the health, safety, and environmental benefits.
Divvy system in Chicago, as a bike-sharing system, is expected to serve the first- or last-mile for transit commuting trips. This research focuses on the distances among the Divvy stations to reveal how it can affect the usage pattern for that purpose and what is commuters’ preference.
Poster: Assessing resilience in new construction starter-home neighborhoods in response to the Great Recession
Issues of spatial inequality, community resilience, uneven transportation investments that promoted sprawl, and environmental justice surfaced in newly constructed, “starter-home” neighborhoods in Charlotte. Findings rebuff arguments that “frills” like those prescribed in form-based code makes building affordable housing too expensive.
Augmented Reality has been gaining momentum for the last few years and has grabbed everyone’s attention through the game Pokémon GO. This proposal will explore the past, present and future trends in augmented reality and how it can be used as a public outreach and tourism tool in planning.
BIKEIRONBOUND demonstrates how performance metrics can be used to guide the bicycle planning process. Through bicycle level of traffic stress and demand analyses, Newark developed an implementable plan for a comfortable, convenient, and connected bicycle network.
Denser communities require improved shared bicycle storage in multi-unit residential properties to encourage cycling. This poster presents field work and resident surveys to suggest improvements for shared bicycle storage design, management, and municipal regulation.
Adaptive planning process for Great Barrier Reef incorporating 3 levels of government, scientists, conservationists and traditional owners with farming, fishing, tourism and ports operators. A comprehensive strategic environmental assessment (SEA) underpinned development of the integrated Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.
The City of Smyrna and Georgia Tech's planning studio team up to deliver a new neighborhood vision for the city area adjacent to Suntrust Park and the Battery, the Brave's new suburban baseball facility and mixed use development.
The poster will display Gainesville, Georgia’s whimsical chicken-themed public arts and placemaking concepts included in the 2015 Downtown Gainesville Master Plan. The artistically designed poster will show arts-based design solutions derived from Gainesville’s public input process.
Explore how to support refugees populations in your community through planning but reviewing an analysis of 50+ studies regarding refugee resettlement in the United States.
As climate changes, cities are increasingly called on to use their limited resources to adapt to intensified and varied hazards. However, different social groups’ diverse needs are not always accounted for in standard hazard mitigation planning processes. Learn how students at Yale University, and the City of New Haven, CT created a comprehensive and inclusive hazard mitigation planning approach.
Marisa Rodriguez-McGill | Laura Hammett, AICP
Data is becoming a more prevalent topic of discussion in enhancing local governments in (re)building their communities. Mayors across the nation have adapted to this particular initiative and implemented it into their day-to-day agendas. Is big data sufficient and effective?
The Oregon Main Street Program supports small, local business development in Portland. This poster examines the program's efficacy based on changes in economic growth, urban-design features, and business-owner satisfaction on two city streets.
This poster will describe lessons learned about Complete Streets project prioritization and implementation strategies based on analysis of language included in Complete Streets policies and qualitative study interviews with a sample of jurisdictions located in the United States.
The poster will demonstrate how Connecting Cook County, the first plan of its kind for the County in 70 years, facilitates economic development, prioritizes alternative transportation modes and promotes equal access to opportunities.
Counter spaces allow individuals from racial and ethnic minorities to gather together to share and validate their experiences in dominant culture settings. This poster showcases a mapping project that details the accessibility of counter spaces for Latinx communities in Madison, Wisconsin.
Alexandra Ramirez Stege | Ivan Enzo Cabrera
This poster explores how civic engagement can serve as a mechanism for identifying, assessing and promoting cultural heritage in the adaptation planning process. An analysis of municipal adaptation plans identifies how civic engagement is integrated into coastal planning practice today.
This poster will present recent changes in demographic multipliers, new methodological improvement and the potential of using PUMS records for other planning ratios.
Learn how the S.A.V.E. Farm organization transitions marginalized populations into living a sustainable lifestyle and contributing to a sustainable society. This poster will present lessons from the organization's work to help planners empower and engage marginalized populations in sustainable agriculture and design.
Examine how engaging in transportation accessibility analysis can help form a foundation for achieving regional planning goals and environmental justice. Explore how GIS can be utilized to assess regional accessibility to and by a multimodal transportation system.
Before moving forward towards a Vision Zero policy and program, City of Alexandria needs to assess the traffic safety and vulnerability of City’s communities. This study aims to do achieve it through an equity analysis.
This research uses GIS and statistical analysis to investigate whether the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program made neighborhoods more desirable. By comparing Minneapolis and St. Paul neighborhoods -- only neighborhoods in Minneapolis received funding -- this study assesses changes from 1990-2014.
Shares the recent development of transparent project scoring by states. Uncovers how multi-modal evaluation of proposed transportation projects has increased accountability and aligns agency goals with outcomes, from increasing access and equity to promoting economic development and cost-effectiveness.
This is a GIS-based case study examining the transit-oriented development (TOD) in City of Portland by analyzing five dimensions of the built environment – Density, Diversity, Design, Destination, and Distance (5D-Model).
The poster illustrates food as a catalyst for re-establishing the local economy and building wealth. Local entrepreneurship can be developed through the food and value-adding practices that will create local business opportunities and celebrate the cultural richness of each neighborhood.
This poster argues that economic sustainability is intrinsically tied to worker retention. Learn tools to help businesses in small urban and rural communities keep younger workers and engage in environmentally and socially responsible practices for the benefit of the regional economy.
This poster aims at introducing the 3-C process to planners that can help to identify the bicycle accommodation needs in their communities. This methodology is also used in the development of the first San Antonio Rural Bike Plan.
Rural communities often lack staff and technical resources to identify brownfield sites for redevelopment. This poster details a regional inventory process developed in Iowa that enables staff and volunteers to assess and prioritize sites through a flexible, quantitative scoring system.
The value of police officers as sources of information regarding dangerous pedestrian crossings is important in identification of challenging intersections by criteria other than the occurrence of crashes, including near-miss pedestrian-vehicle incidents.
Examine the intersections between the growing popularity of planning WHO and AARP- designated age-friendly cities and communities and traditional citywide comprehensive planning and will highlight the benefits the age-friendly lens can bring to planning.
The Trust for Public Land is working with cities across the country to develop detailed GIS and planning strategies to demonstrate how strategic green space planning contributes to a resilient city and provides many critical benefits beyond recreation opportunities.
San Francisco’s pioneering innovation in good governance, open space creation and testing has recently launched upon a new epoch of equity with ‘Places for People,’ a sweeping legislative package that lowers process and financial barriers for grassroots public space initiatives.
Learn about sustainability efforts in a small Midwestern community that serves as a regional health care and retail hub. These proactive efforts integrate iconic architecture and musical heritage, as well as strategies to support aging-in-place.
FHWA has designated New Jersey a Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Focus State, prompting NJDOT to develop a Bicycle Safety Action Plan. This poster presents bicycle crash data analyzed for this Plan.
Examine the successes and challenges student planners encountered while participating in two rounds of public outreach for the Maryland Transit Administration’s BaltimoreLink core bus network overhaul. Explore next steps as the plan nears the public hearing and public education phases.
Safe Routes to School programs aim to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety to and from schools. Federal funds are awarded to local governments for improvements. This poster identifies the keys and barriers to successful completion of SRTS grant funded projects.
Examine the Pedestrian Network Design Grades tool developed by the Lawrence-Douglas County metropolitan planning organization. Using GIS data, these Grades are assigned to each sidewalk segment throughout the 92,000-person town of Lawrence, KS, helping staff and other decision-makers identify areas of high and low pedestrian-friendliness.
A visually appealing research poster which will include the result outcomes of an experimental research to identify the factors of pedestrian’s stress level from subjective and objective measurements through walking on different sidewalks based on the amount of greenery.
Good placemaking can make the difference in landing top talent. This poster explores how to transform aging federal campuses using development planning based on sustainability strategies.
Masters in Urban Planning students from the University of Kansas were selected to develop and draft a comprehensive plan for the City of Lake Lotawana, Missouri. This poster will present challenges and successes of the planning process in this community, which faced many planning obstacles.
This poster will highlight best practices and lessons learned from The Trust for Public Land's Climate-Smart Cities program deployment of their 'Smart Cities Framwork.' In 20 cities we are conducting a deep organizational look at how cities need to operationalize a new multi-benefit approach that permanently overcomes silo walls and sectoral and policy barriers.
Nighttime economies are more than just bars and discotheques; restaurants, transit, and activated public spaces also fuel the new economies emerging at night. Come explore planning and policy tools that have successfully helped planners navigate cities after dark.
An informational piece that outlines and describes Department of Defense funded planning endeavors that involve both military installations and their surrounding municipalities. The poster includes an overview of plan types and provides information regarding how the plans effect municipalities.
Boston's rail transit extensions in the 1970s and 1980s show evidence that improved access to rail transit is associated with increased density of housing stock. The effects take decades to be reflected, an important consideration for project assessment.
This poster will explain cycling inequality for African-Americans in Columbus and will include socio-demographic characteristics in the form of a cluster map of African-American residences. I will compare bike-riding comfort level and connectivity between the African-American community and other communities, which are often made up of middle-income households and other races.
How does a small, river city strengthen itself to respond to a declining, aging population and environmental change? The poster outlines the goals of comprehensive plan update and how it will contribute to build a resilient community.
A retail district’s health and vitality are linked to the perception of safety. Attracting neighborhood-serving businesses to an unsafe district is challenging. Mitigating crime is the critical first step in creating a climate for retail growth.
This poster documents the evolution of Italian planning practice over the past century and a half, analyzing the physical urban results of shifting priorities in planning and politics in Rome’s city center, as well as current Roman planning priorities.
This study presents an analysis of Saudi Arabia’s affordable housing policies. The findings indicate that the Saudi government should change its focus on short-term supply-oriented solutions, and point to policy changes capable of providing quality affordable housing in an effective manner.
Accessibility of primary care can attribute to prevention and management of chronic diseases. This study aims to address the possible presence of spatial primary care access disparities within the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.
How can web and mobile GIS facilitate community-engaged data collection, analysis, and presentation? This poster presentation centers on five neighborhoods facing significant change, and how students used mobile and web GIS applications to collect their stories through the eyes of their long-term residents.
The poster examines the competing narratives of loss and hope in Washington D.C.’s changing H Street neighborhood that emerged from combining historical data with oral history and cognitive maps collected from past and present residents, visitors, and business owners.
Forward thinking cities incorporate freight delivery considerations into planning initiatives and requirements for residential developments located in vibrant downtowns. This poster will highlight trends in freight deliveries driven by e-commerce, as well as strategies to accommodate these deliveries in downtowns.
Our poster aims to study the effect of DART LRT on the land use around Dallas downtown and neighboring areas; examine their strategies, by mapping the land use change and pedestrian infrastructure from 1995 until present.
This qualitative study investigates how social capital influences adoption of soil and water conservation practices in a Kenyan community. The effect of a public-private partnership on the level of social capital in the community is assessed.
The State of Georgia is the 50th state in the U.S. to be craft brewery friendly due to its restriction on distributing and selling beer from the brewery's facility. The comeback of craft breweries has been flourishing since 2006 and has been thriving in many cities throughout the States.
Our research examines the waste management structures of Detroit, Minneapolis, and Baltimore through local history, policy research, and interviews with community stakeholders. We identified challenges and opportunities by which other post-industrial cities can achieve more sustainable waste management systems.
Learn about Vital Signs, a joint initiative of San Francisco Bay Area regional agencies to track progress towards adopted performance targets. See how planners worked together to break down silos and build a useful online tool for a tech-savvy region.
Explore the built environment and transportation methods in three Cuban cities. Compare and contrast the three study cities and identify the benefits and challenges of reduced auto-dependent transportation. Identify transportation planning concepts that could be implemented in American communities.
This poster presents the use of online virtual workshops as a successful alternative or complement to conventional in-person outreach meetings. This form of online outreach provides a cost-effective way to engage large and diverse audiences.
What are the implications of zoning and affordable housing? This poster presents the results of a quantitative study of five variables—income, race, health, crime, and location—and how residents fared with regard to each before and after the implementation of mixed-income neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Town of Carrboro developed a site-specific zoning district to meet changing development needs. Use of a new tool, a long time frame, and involved citizens remind us not to overlook internal and external learning curves.
The efficacy of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly referred to as Section 8 Housing) is negatively impacted by its limitations in making necessary distinctions between participants who have access to urban amenities and those who do not.
What was the end result when UMKC Urban Planning + Design students worked with faculty to develop a campus plan for the University of Missouri–Kansas City? This poster explores how they addressed key issues such as human experience on campus, walk and bike circulation, and campus monuments and gateways.
NYC CitiBike is considered as one of the best bike-share systems in the U.S. Who use the bike-share? Where are the origins and destinations? Why some stations are pretty busy, some just deserted? What influence the ridership? This poster will tell you.
A tour of Williamsburg and Greenpoint waterfront neighborhoods reveals in-process transformations of once-industrial areas to thriving centers of hipster cool. Projects spanning the last 15 years demonstrate changing strategies and approaches to public space, integration of uses, and development catalysts.
As urban infrastructure continues to modernize, cities will have the opportunity to make more informed decisions and respond to constituent needs like never before. With projects like LinkNYC and LinkUK bringing high-speed connectivity and a digital platform to the streets of global centers, the opportunity for city-wide instrumentation and standardized processing of multiple data sets is here.
Central Park’s 843 acres host a staggering 2,500 special events every year. Tour this world-famous park and gain an overview of the kinds of special events that take place in it and how they are managed to ensure the long-term sustainability of its landscapes.
Russell Fredericks | Jamie Warren
Participants will get a tour the new stations of Phase 1 of the Second Avenue Subway, the largest subway expansion project in New York City. The tour will end at the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center at 125th Street for a presentation on Phase 2 of the project.
Learn about opportunities in APA leadership available now.
This event presents a opportunity for planners at the conference to learn about civic hacking, including the purpose of a Data Jam, with a Q&A about the event and what might be able to be taken back their own communities. Hear about APA's and BetaNYC's experience in organizing the Data Jam, and learn from BetaNYC and the participants about what you might replicate.
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., El Dorado, AR., 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.
Co-sponsored by APA’s Divisions Council (DC) and Student Representatives Council (SRC), this event will showcase the work of student finalists in this inaugural competition. A panel of judges will choose the final winner of a $1,000 cash prize.
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.
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.
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.
Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge, 40 Washington Square South, New York University
APA Business Meeting
Meeting to be held at Porchlight (Game Room), 271 11th Avenue, New York, NY
A meeting of the interest group. Social event to follow off-site.
Business meeting of the division.
Business meeting of the division.
Business meeting of the division.
Business meeting of the division.
This reception is open to Alumni and Students, and will take place Monday May 8th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, at Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018. Beverages and appetizers will be offered.
Bottino, North Garden 246 Tenth Ave. NY, NY 10001 www.bottinonyc.com
Business meeting of the division.
AICP Fellows are invited for drinks and hor d'oeuvres in the offices of BFJ Planning on Fifth Avenue.
This reception will be held at the NY Marriott Marquis.
This multi-school celebration is complimentary to conference attendees, and includes a cash bar.
This reception will be held at: Grimshaw Architects, 637 West 27th Street, New York, NY 10001
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Illinois at Chicago, and APA-Illinois Chapter Reception
Reception to be held at 230 Fifth, 230 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10001
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 Technology Division will celebrate the winners of the 2017 Smart Cities Awards at a reception sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff. The Smart Cities Awards recognize innovative plans or projects that have utilized and/or deployed technological tools, applications and methods as part of the planning process.
Join fellow APA attendees at Citi Field to watch the Mets take on the Giants.
APA Business Meeting
Join members and friends of APA's Food Systems Planning interest group and the Healthy Communities Collaborative and for a joint reception at a nearby restaurant. Snacks provided, cash bar. Location: Porchlight is located at 271 11th Avenue, New York, NY 10001. We will be in the Game Room.
Private Practice Division, Transportation Planning Division, Latinos and Planning Division, and California Chapter Joint Reception
Tempest Bar 407 8th Ave (between 30th St & 31st St) New York, NY 10001 (212) 643-1502 http://www.tempestbarnyc.com/
Luna Lounge at Bowlmor Times Square Hot munchies, celebration sweets, two (2) free drink tickets, then cash bar afterwards