Planning Slam Variety Hour

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
11 a.m. - noon CDT

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Come hear brief presentations on variety of planning topics!

Activating UNDERutilized Spaces. 

An elevated portion of I-35 through downtown Kansas City, Missouri creates a series of underutilized and unwelcoming vacant spaces. Explore potential concepts to transform the pockets of neglected urban spaces into valued public amenities.

How to build a Human Scale Neighborhood. 

Neighborhood character is an imprecise concept that planners are often charged with protecting, strengthening, and sometimes creating anew through policies and regulations.   We struggle with difficult questions on architectural style, housing intensity, building sizes, and quality materials.  In our experience these  debates on style, quality and character miss what people really value the most the simple patterns of human scale neighborhood design that were lost when we  started prioritizing cars over people.

Short Term Rental Regulations in a Large Town or City. 

Preliminary research into Airbnb and short-term rental regulations in towns and cities with a population less than 300 thousand. Despite the lack of academic literature on smaller cites Airbnb regulations, policies may vary across the United Sates.

Efficient and Effective Stakeholder Charrettes and Public Meetings.



Steve Rhoades

Confirmed Speaker


Melissa Fahrenbruch

Confirmed Speaker

Melissa J. Fahrenbruch is a graduate student at the University of Kansas getting dual master's degrees in Geography and Urban Planning. Read More

Chris Brewster

Confirmed Speaker

Chris Brewster is a planner and an attorney with over 20 years of local government experience. Chris consults with local governments on planning and urban design issues, with a specific expertise in plan implementation and regulatory strategies. He specializes in integrating urban design principles, physical planning policies, and form-based strategies ... Read More

Deanne Winkelmann, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Deanne Winkelmann, AICP is a Transportation Planner on the Midwest Multimodal Planning Team at TranSystems in Kansas City, Missouri. She received a Master of Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University in May 2014. She attained AICP certification in 2016 and is actively involved in the American Planning Association ... Read More

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