Earlier today, Legislative and Policy Committee member Jennifer Raitt testified on behalf of APA about building resilient communities in the face of climate change. She spoke at a hearing conducted by the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development that examined how communities are using federal programs like CDBG, HOME, Choice Neighborhoods, BUILD (formerly TIGER), and transit capital grants to incorporate resiliency into local projects. Speaking for APA, Raitt called on Congress to better leverage important DOT and HUD programs through planning, investment, integration, and evaluation. APA's participation in today's congressional hearing reflects the association's long-standing advocacy efforts taken on behalf of its members and the profession.
LWCF becomes law
The comprehensive package that permanently reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund is now the law of the land. President Trump signed the Public Lands Package yesterday, marking an important moment for planning advocates everywhere. Reauthorizing LWCF has long been an APA policy priority. Special thanks to Planners' Advocacy Network members who called, wrote, and tweeted their elected officials in support of LWCF!
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NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE
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Act now and save on NPC19, April 13–16 in San Francisco! Take advantage of today's regular registration rates and sign up before late rates kick in tomorrow.
NPC19 offers networking opportunities every day and around every corner. Carve out time in your schedule to fit in a few. One don't-miss event — the Welcome Reception open to all attendees — will start the conference with food, beverages, and fun.
Shaped by play
At Landscape Structures, we believe playstructures should complement their surroundings. But more than that, they should complement childhood. Every aesthetic choice is also backed by evidence to challenge, excite, and energize kids of all abilities. Because better play shapes kids into better adults. Watch our video.
New! March 26 – "Planning for Public Art and Community Health" webinar hosted by APA. Learn how planners can implement public art projects that support community health goals, including social cohesion and equity. (free; register) CM l 1
New! May 7–9, Portland, Oregon – Urbanism Next Conference, focused on harnessing technological innovations to achieve desired outcomes. APA and APA's Oregon Chapter are conference partners. Early registration ends April 2. (registration required)
Resilience Roundtable: Pete Parkinson, AICP
Pete Parkinson's decades-long planning career in California has made him all-too-familiar with a wide range of hazards, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, and wildfires. He and his family lost their home in October 2017 when multiple fires raged through Sonoma and nearby counties. In this episode of APA's Resilience Roundtable podcast series, Parkinson recounts the Tubbs Fire that destroyed his mother-in-law's mobile home. He is now working as a consultant on a new multifamily development where the mobile home park once stood. Tune in to his harrowing account, complete with life-saving lessons learned.
Some communities facing a housing crisis need a more intensive effort when traditional housing plans aren't enough. In the March issue of Planning, read how communities like Santa Rosa, California; Big Sky, Montana; and Philadelphia are using Housing Action Plans to address their housing challenges.
From APA's Planning History Timeline
In 1907, Florence Kelley and Mary Simkhovitch, two veterans of New York's settlement house movement, founded the Committee on Congestion of Population in New York to consider solutions for overcrowding in poor parts of the city. The reform coalition recruited from more than two dozen organizations and had a broad focus.
In 1908, the committee launched its first project, the New York Congestion Exhibit at the Museum of Natural History. Exhibit organizers, including Kelley, Simkhovitch, Lillian Wald, and Gaylord White, believed that urban congestion was the primary cause of problems with housing, child labor, and poverty. After three weeks at the museum, the exhibit toured around the country, gradually pushing city administrators to launch commissions to address congestion.
Joint planning — coordinated planning activities among adjacent governmental units — is helpful for addressing situations where physical planning problems cross political boundaries. The first such agency appeared in Kentucky in the mid-1920s, but joint planning gained wide popularity after World War II. This historic PAS report from 1953 is a comprehensive survey of joint planning organizations nationwide.
APA consolidated elections: Call for nominations
APA needs passionate, dedicated leaders to serve on the APA Board of Directors, AICP Commission, and Student Representatives Council, and in many chapters and divisions. APA's consolidated elections — for leadership positions beginning January 1, 2020 — start now with calls for potential candidates. Check now on open positions, eligibility, and election procedures; for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The nomination deadline is April 24.
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Post your internship free in Jobs Online
Employers: With summer break approaching, it's time to recruit interns for temporary positions. Good news — you can list your available internships with APA's Jobs Online for free! Students and new planners: If you want to land a summer internship, make Jobs Online your first stop.