NPC17 Program: 2017 National Planning Conference
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These brisk, 7-minute presentations can be serious, funny, and creative. When planners start musing, you may be surprised by what they say.
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.
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.