APA Interact September 29, 2021

This Week at APA
September 29, 2021
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have the potential to increase housing affordability (both for homeowners and tenants) and create a wider range of housing options within the community. Many cities and counties have signaled support for ADUs and adopted zoning regulations that permit ADUs in low-density residential areas. Still, some are facing barriers that make pushing forward local zoning reform difficult. In this Research KnowledgeBase Collection, access background, policy guidance, and examples of local plan recommendations and zoning standards for ADUs from across the county. Filter the results by various geographic and demographic characteristics.
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RELATED: What regulatory or financial hurdles are preventing ADU construction? Find out in this Planning magazine article.
Planners on (Virtual) Capitol Hill Today

Today planners are meeting with their members of Congress to ask for federal support for zoning reform to implement innovative solutions — like ADUs — to the housing crisis. Watch to learn more about the Housing Supply and Affordability Act and planners' request to include it in reconciliation.

PLUS: Follow the Planners' Day on Capitol Hill and Policy and Advocacy Conference action on Twitter today and tomorrow with the hashtag #APAPolicy21!
Hispanic Heritage Month
Importance of Latino vendor markets

Latino vendor markets (LVMs) foster a sense of belonging, strengthened by multigenerational visitors, and exposure to familiar language and idioms. Learn more about why LVMs should be supported and advanced by planners and integrated into comprehensive planning practices in this Journal of the American Planning Association article.
Commitment to racial equity

Today, planning directors of 20 U.S. cities released a public statement to collectively commit to a goal of creating more racially equitable communities. This includes addressing racial equity issues within their practices and policies. All planning directors are invited to join this effort.

RELATED: The planning directors identified resources, including APA's Social Equity Research KnowledgeBase Collection, to assist planners in taking action.
Turning values into action

Equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives are about translating values into actions. Learn from your peers what steps their local governments — and their planning departments — are taking to create a climate of inclusion that starts at recruitment and continues through employment.

"Who are These People and Why are They Yelling at Me? The art and science of managing large angry public meetings"
"Who are These People and Why are They Yelling at Me? The art and science of managing large angry public meetings" is essential reading for officials who aspire to achieve public dialogue. The text book includes step by step methods for designing effective public engagement and facilitating meetings. It also gives real world experience on how to manage potential unruly public behaviour. The author has facilitated over 1,600 public meetings.
Grant Opportunity
Correcting park inequities

The pandemic illustrated the need for accessible parks and green space — and exposed many existing inequities. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation are seeking proposals for "People, Parks and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice" to increase park equity. Applications due November 4.
Latinos and Planning Division Conference
September 30 – October 1

Emergence of the Latinx community

Join the Latinos and Planning Division for LUGARES 2021: EMERGENCE for a virtual conference focused on bringing diverse Latinx voices together and presenting contributions to planning in our communities. The conference theme centers around the resilience of Latinx communities and planners, reflecting on collective histories of the past that informed today and looking forward towards future solutions.
October 1: Submit a proposal for the APA International Division's World Town Planning Day conference.

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.

County Forecasts to 2050
Woods & Poole Economics, Inc., in Washington D.C., has produced detailed county employment, income, and population projections since 1983. Historical data from 1970 and annual projections to 2050 of more than 900 variables for all states, counties and CBSAs. Learn more
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