News Release: August 16, 2018

APA Conference Creates Conduit Between Water and Planning Professionals

Registration is now open for APA’s Water and Planning Connect Conference.

CHICAGO — Immerse yourself in how communities are planning for water — from drought to flooding to stormwater management at the American Planning Association's specialty conference Water and Planning Connect, September 11–12, 2018, in Kansas City, Missouri.

This one-of-a-kind gathering will bring together planners, water utility managers, academics, and others to discuss how communities can take an integrated approach to water, looking at the relationship between land use planning and design, and water resource management. The conference will dive into topics such water equity, green infrastructure, water infrastructure financing, policy implications, and land use impacts. Program highlights include:

  • Benefits and implementation of green infrastructure, highlighting efforts in Philadelphia and Kansas City
  • Water reuse to augment existing water supply
  • Reducing inequitable impacts of flooding and water access
  • Sustainable development and climate change impacts
  • Scenario planning to address land use impacts on water resources

Keynotes will provide perspective on how collaboration will be the key to future water successes. Keynote speakers include:

  • Paul R. Brown, AICP, will share lessons learned from over 40 years of experience in planning and management of water utilities and environmental services.
  • Doug Farr, FAICP, LEED AP, will highlight his experience in creating sustainable neighborhoods. His firm has designed and certified seven LEED Platinum buildings, and two LEED-ND developments.
  • Recapping new directions in planning for water the closing keynote will feature a three-member panel including Armando Carbonell, FAICP, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Bill Cesanek, AICP, CDM Smith; Kip Peterson, U.S. Water Alliance; and David Rouse, FAICP, American Planning Association, to draw out the key conversations and highlights from the conference.

Join the Water and Planning Connect discussion on social media using #waterandplanning. Individuals interested in the connection of water and planning can also join APA's Water and Planning Network to keep the water conversation flowing before and after the Water and Planning Connect Conference.

Water and Planning Connect is possible in part thanks to the generous support of the Babbitt Center for Land and Water Policy, A Center of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, and the Pisces Foundation, which seeks ways to accelerate to a world where people and nature thrive together.

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