APA Interact June 16, 2021

This Week at APA
June 16, 2021
States, municipalities, and organizations, including APA, recognize Juneteenth as a holiday. The date commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S., but also serves as a reminder of the work that remains. How do employers ensure they go beyond a company holiday and make their workplace truly inclusive and diverse? For planner Cherie Jzar, AICP, that is now her job. Listen to how she is approaching her new role in Gastonia, North Carolina, and why a planner is the professional for the job.
Pride Month
Removing gender stereotypes

Gender-inclusive language represents an opportunity to integrate equity and inclusion into planning practice. Help dismantle biases and demonstrate that planning is intentional about engaging all in the planning process. Get tips on how you can can support gender inclusivity in your work.
Zoning Practice
Reconsidering setbacks

As cities fight to control sprawl and encourage infill, some commentators have blamed the setback for an underutilization of valuable space — should setback requirements be reconsidered? The new issue of Zoning Practice presents key factors to consider when altering required setbacks and a case analysis of contemporary setbacks in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Honoring planning excellence

Celebrate the outstanding plans and planners that were honored at APA's 2021 virtual awards ceremony last week. Honorees include APA components and the National Planning Award recipients.
A landmark win for zoning reform

Last week, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont signed bill HB 6107 into law, marking a months-in-the-making victory for zoning reform. Working with the broad-based Desegregate Connecticut coalition, planning advocates from the APA Connecticut Chapter were instrumental in securing this landmark accomplishment and continue to lead the legislative fight for equitable zoning reform.
Surface Transportation
Momentum for transportation reauthorization builds

Today, the Senate Commerce Committee passed the Surface Transportation Investment Act, bringing planners one step closer to seeing surface transportation reauthorization before the September 30 deadline. The full House is expected to vote by the end of June. Learn about the roadmap for federal action in this briefing jointly held by APA's Public Affairs team and the APA Transportation Planning Division.
Candidates for APA Board and AICP Commission

The APA and AICP Nominating Committees have slated candidates to appear on the ballot this summer for open positions on the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission. Read nominated candidates' names and position statements. Candidate photos, which were optional in the past, are no longer part of this election process. Balloting via email is July 19 - August 20.
Funding available for parks

The pandemic underscored the importance of providing equitable access to local parks – especially in Black and Brown communities. $150 million in new federal funding is available for park projects in underserved communities. APA has long advocated for the expansion of this federal program.The Outdoor Recreation Legacy Program (ORLP) grant deadline is September 24.
Webinar: Join Tomorrow
How technology is shaping practice and your career

Thursday, June 17 | Noon CT
Members: $30 | Nonmembers: $60

The pandemic disrupted every business nationwide, revealing shortcomings and opportunities, planning offices included. Our panel of expert planners on the leading edge of technological change in global companies, academia, and city government will share their thoughts on the competencies planners will need in the future to create great communities for all. Presented by APA's Career Services and Technology Division. CM | 1.5
June 30: Comments due from APA and AICP members on the AICP Code of Ethics.
Planner / Landscape Architect
Halff Associates, Inc.
Fort Worth, TX
Community Development Planner I and/or II
HCC County Planning Commission DBA Community and Development Services
Hopkinsville, KY
Principal Planner
City of Laramie
Laramie, WY
Resilience Master Plan
Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana
Lake Charles, LA
2021 Residents Recreation Preferences Survey
Westchester County
White Plains, NY
Sub-Area Plan
Charles County Government
La Plata, MD

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