APA Interact June 22, 2022

This Week at APA
June 22, 2022
It's not solar versus agriculture, but sometimes it can feel that way. Learn how to address perceived or actual threats of solar development in rural communities such as character changes or ecological impacts. You can help community members and solar developers work together and establish a new understanding of how solar and agriculture can exist side by side in a community.
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Eight opportunities to guide large-scale solar development

As demand for solar power increases, many local government officials want to help the communities they serve capture the benefits — and understand the tradeoffs — associated with large-scale solar projects. The Solar@Scale guidebook offers eight modules to help you and other practitioners make decisions that improve large-scale solar development outcomes.

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Urban Agriculture
Maximizing benefits of locally grown food

The environmental, social, and economic benefits of locally grown food are becoming more apparent, and many local governments have adopted policies and regulations that support community gardens and urban farming. In the Urban Agriculture Research KnowledgeBase Collection, you can find policy guidance, resources, and examples of comprehensive plans and zoning ordinances that address urban agriculture from across the country.
Resilience of gayborhoods

In the decades after World War II, gayborhoods emerged as unique places of community where queer people could live, work, socialize, and access health and community services — all while being their authentic selves. The Life and Afterlife of Gay Neighborhoods positions gayborhoods in their historical and evolutionary contexts to explore the evolution of these spaces in the past, present, and future. Learn more in this Journal of the American Planning Association review.

Celebrating Pride Month
Recognizing outstanding planning efforts

Submit your exceptional planning effort for consideration for a 2022 National Planning Award. APA's National Planning Awards honor planning efforts, initiatives, and individuals working to make safer, stronger, and more just communities for all. Review the eligibility and criteria and submit your planning effort now through July 8, 2022.
June 28: Learn what's next after passing ADU reform in this webinar from Up for Growth and APA. 11 a.m. CT. CM

June 29–30: Learn how to transform the planning practice in APA Florida's "Upholding Equity in Planning: A Workshop for Advancing Urban Planning Principles." CM | Equity

July 8: Deadline to submit a nomination for a National Planning Award.

July 11–29: Submit your experience for AICP certification. Use the pre-check resources to be ready when the application window opens.
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