APA Interact May 1, 2019

Members shape the future

Take advantage of your ongoing opportunities to influence the direction of APA and the planning profession. On the table now:
  • Review NPC20 proposals
    APA is dedicated to providing high-quality educational sessions at every National Planning Conference. Peer review is an important part of the screening process. Expert reviews by members like you will ensure that only the highest-rated and most meaningful sessions make it into in next year's program. Today is your last opportunity to volunteer to review NPC20 session proposals.
  • Evaluate NPC19
    Did you attend NPC19? Before the memories fade, please tell us what you thought! Check your inbox for an email with the subject line, "What did you think of NPC19?" It contains your personal link to APA's post-conference survey. If you can't find your link, let us know. The response deadline is extended through 11:59 p.m. (CT) on May 3.
  • Prioritize planning research
    Complete the APA Foundation's FutureShape survey to help prioritize research topics and determine the focus of a planning research agenda. This agenda will help funders and planning researchers get the right evidence-based tools into your hands to solve the challenges your community is facing. Take the survey by May 15.
  • Propose a conference session
    Have an idea for a great conference session? Start prepping now to submit your proposal! The online proposal submission window for NPC20 will be open from May 31–July 1.
Mary Means and the Main Street movement

In the 1970s, Mary Means conceived a project to revitalize struggling small towns — then led the team that expanded her idea to a national scale. The program now known as Main Street America provides an integrated framework to help communities transform their economies, leverage local leadership, and improve residents' quality of life. Last month, at the National Planning Conference in San Francisco, APA honored Mary Means with the 2019 Planning Pioneers Award.


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May's Planning is a special issue honoring all APA National Planning Award recipients, with a special "Perspective" by Wendy Shabay, AICP, National Awards Jury Chair. "Viewpoint" makes a case for historic preservation, and "Intersections" spotlights member volunteers on Community Planning Assistance Teams.
Housing to enhance a community

Prior to California legalizing accessory dwelling units, the City of Clovis saw cottage homes as a way to increase affordable housing and beautify its much-loved alleys. The latest Planning Home case study recounts how this recipient of a 2019 Silver National Planning Achievement Award is using 400-square-foot cottage homes to achieve multiple goals.
People Behind the Plans: John Rahaim

During NPC19 in San Francisco, podcast series host Courtney Kashima, AICP, sat down with John Rahaim, the city and county planning director. They talked about issues the city is grappling with now, from the housing crisis and homelessness to design review and short-term rentals. Rahaim recounted San Francisco's early experience with Airbnb and stressed the importance of the Citywide LGBTQ+ Cultural Heritage Strategy. His examples of planning department actions underscored the need for planners to experiment with programs and policies.

People Behind the Plans series


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"Density Bonuses for Affordable Housing"
Planners from Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco speak about challenges and opportunities afforded by expanding inclusionary housing through the zoning tool of density bonus incentives. CM | 1.25
Post — and find — internship positions

Employers: Reach motivated students and new grads with free posts of internship positions in APA's Jobs Online. Students and new planners: Check Jobs Online first when you're looking for a summer internship.
Support APA FIG

The APA Food Interest Group needs only 50 more members to sign its petition to achieve APA division status. Among life's essentials — air, water, shelter, and food — only food is not a focus of serious professional planning interest. Please help raise the profile of food systems planning by adding your name to APA FIG's division petition.
Student writing competition

The APA Planning and Law Division is accepting applications for the 2019 Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition. Submit entries by June 7.
Suggest your favorite provider

Know of a potential provider of CM-eligible professional education? APA always welcomes new providers that open more opportunities for certified planners. Suggest a provider by e-mailing CMproviderinvite@planning.org. Enter the organization name in the CM Search to identify approved providers.
Carol Thomas, FAICP

APA notes the recent passing of Carol Thomas, FAICP, who served as president of the AICP Commission from 1984 to 1987. She also was president of the APA New England Chapter and chaired both the APA Private Practice Division and the Divisions Council. During her celebrated career, Thomas worked as a private consultant, taught land-use planning at the University of Rhode Island and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and, in 1996, received APA's Distinguished Service Award.
May 7–9, Portland, Oregon — Urbanism Next Conference. APA is a conference partner.
Senior Principal Planner
City of Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, CA
Principal Planner
Loudoun County Government
Leesburg, VA
Planning Director
Shawnee County
Topeka, KS
Comprehensive Plan Update
City of Rathdrum
Rathdrum, ID
Long-Range Facilities and Campus Master Plans
County of Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, CA
Corridor Transportation Planning Study
Spokane Regional Transportation Council
Spokane, WA

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May 1 – Volunteer to review NPC20 session proposals

May 3 – Complete the NPC19 post-conference survey

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