APA Interact October 6, 2021

This Week at APA
October 6, 2021
Planners are well-positioned to advocate for the inclusion of zoning reform provisions in the reconciliation package coming together on Capitol Hill. Last week at the 2021 Policy and Advocacy conference, members connected with key decision makers on this and other vital issues facing communities. More than 200 meetings were held between planners and Congressional leaders and staffers. See what got members talking about zoning reform, climate change, and infrastructure.
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RELATED: APA sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House leaders urging them to retain critical zoning reform provisions in any final reconciliation package. Industry groups including the National Association of Realtors, National Apartment Association, and YIMBY Action joined as signatories with APA on the Joint Letter in Support of the Unlocking Possibilities Program.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Closing the language gap

Los Angeles' City Planning Department is redefining what it means to carry out effective engagement in Spanish-speaking communities. Their Spanish Translation Style Guide offers a library of best practices for translation outreach materials to help engage the nearly 700,000 Limited English Proficient (LEP) residents in planning activities.
Design Thinking
Addressing disruptive changes

The design thinking process enables planners to serve as creative problem-solvers for their communities' biggest challenges. Explore case studies and learn how planners are using design thinking to leverage community assets, elevate diverse voices, and reframe community challenges in this PAS Memo.

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APA joins call for climate action

APA, along with more than 60 firms and built environment professional associations, has called upon world governments to increase emission reduction targets and timelines. The call to action comes ahead of next month's COP26 meeting. Planners are integral to the solution, poised to help communities understand, prepare, and incorporate new clean mobility and development opportunities to reach climate goals.

Is your GIS data the key to modernizing community planning? Join the Lunch & Learn to find out!
Join the conversation on October 14 with Horry County CIO, Tim Oliver, as he shares how location-driven local governments can better provide the personalized planning guidance the public expects of today's technology.
Addressing urban heat impacts

More frequent and intense heat events present significant environmental, social, health, and economic impacts to communities. Learn strategies to advance local and regional resilience and mitigate extreme heat impacts in the latest Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar on Friday, October 15.
October 8: Take the Planning magazine survey to share your thoughts and guide future issues.

October 11–15: Register for the Innovate4Cities Conference, sponsored by UN-Habitat and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

October 15: Submit a proposal for the APA International Division's World Town Planning Day conference.

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