APA Interact June 30, 2021

This Week at APA
June 30, 2021
From ensuring equal access to housing to preserving the LGBTQ+ culture, members of APA's LGBTQ and Planning Division share their thoughts on how far the profession has come, and where the profession still needs work on ensuring inclusivity and equality. Planning magazine sat down with seven members to gain their perspective, and hear how their personal identity has influenced and impacted their own work as a planner.
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PLUS: Cheers to Planning magazine on earning top honors with an SIIA Gold Excel Award for General Excellence. The awards program, in its 41st year, recognizes excellence and leadership in association media, publishing, marketing, and communication. Planning previously won silver honors in 2020 and 2019.
Inclusive Design
5 strategies for inclusive public spaces

Public space design can influence who feels welcome and supported — and who doesn't. Get five tips on how public spaces can be designed or redesigned from Planning magazine.
Planning Excellence
A parks and recreation plan that goes the distance

Learn how Austin's Parks and Recreation Department dove deep into community engagement to uplift voices from communities of color, residents with limited English proficiency, and people with disabilities in their National Planning Award-winning plan, Our Parks, Our Future Long Range Plan.
Uncovering JAPA
Populations surging for western gateway communities

More and more people are heading west — not just for events and seasonal activities, but for a more rural way of life. How can planners help balance the small town feel with increasing populations? This Uncovering JAPA blog post explores how planners are applying some larger city policies such as ADUs and relaxing zoning and land use regulations to western gateway communities.
Hazard Mitigation
Planning the wildland-urban interface

Planners are well positioned to address wildfire concerns during all phases of community planning and development — from envisioning communities that incorporate safety and resilience goals to implementing finely crafted regulations that specify construction materials and landscaping options.

Check out this PAS Report for a holistic planning framework to help planners guide land-use decisions to create communities that are safer and more resilient to wildfire.
Demystifying the AICP College of Fellows

Learn about the FAICP nomination and selection process from a diverse panel representing nominees, nominators, and selection committee members. Even if you are not pursing Fellowship this year, start planning for your career milestones. Nominations for the Class of 2022 are due August 25, 2021.
APA member nominated to chair Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Last week, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Sara Bronin as chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. Sara played an integral role in championing Connecticut's zoning reform and is the third APA member to be appointed to important planning roles within the federal government. Earlier this month, Justin Garrett Moore, AICP, and Hazel Ruth Edwards, PhD, FAICP, were nominated to the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts.
Hybrid site visits

The Planning Accreditation Board (PAB) will pilot a hybrid site visit program starting this fall for planning programs that were granted a seven-year accreditation. Read more about the latest from PAB in their newsletter.
TODAY: Today is the deadline for APA and AICP members to comment on the proposed AICP Code of Ethics updates.

JULY 19 – AUGUST 20: Voting for APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission elections.
Planning and Development Program Manager
Laramie County
Cheyenne, WY
Transportation Planner
Village of Pinehurst
Pinehurst, NC
Planner II
Chelan County Community Development
Wenatchee, WA
Sustainable Recreation and Tourism Plan
Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Stateline, NV
Architectural and Engineering Services
California High-Speed Rail Authority
Sacramento, CA
Network Connections Plan
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc
Grand Rapids, MI

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