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Off the Shelf and Into Action: Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan

Off the Shelf and Into Action: Creating an Implementable Comprehensive Plan

August 12, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9251070

Guest Host: APA Pennsylvania Chapter

“The plan wasn’t implemented.” This is an all-too-common lament about comprehensive plans. It is a proverbial tale familiar even to those who are not planners. A plan sits on the shelf and collects dust. There are different things planners can do to create plans that are practical and lead to results. This webcast will discuss the “implementable comprehensive plan” approach, affirmative principles and steps communities can employ to create plans elected officials and citizens embrace and partners join in help implement. The webcast will highlight case studies and lessons learned as the “implementable comprehensive plan” has grown as a movement in Pennsylvania. The webcast will discuss five keys for an implementable plan. The keys include specific suggestions for a plan’s content, organization, process steps, and participants. The webinar will take a closer look at how the five keys have been applied in recent comprehensive plans to better involve elected officials and the public, undertake problem-solving work sessions, design workable action plans, and create capacity to implement the plan. The webinar will challenge planners. Are they driven by helping a community achieve its aspirations and address its problems and needs or by the exercise of writing a book? Do they focus on the real issues a community is facing or a perceived statutory template? Webcast presenters Denny Puko and Jim Pashek are pioneers of the implementable plan approach. Ideas they will present come from their new book Off the Shelf and Into Action, How to Create an Implementable Comprehensive Plan.

CM | 1.5

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Designing Roundabouts to Support Walkability and Smart Growth

Designing Roundabouts to Support Walkability and Smart Growth

August 19, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9253342

Guest Host: APA Urban Design and Preservation Division

Roundabouts are becoming more common in American communities as a powerful tool for moving traffic while enhancing walkability for people of all ages, especially when designed well. Dan Burden of Blue Zones LLC, one of America’s leading walkability experts, is featured as this month speaker in APA’s Urban Design & Preservation Division webinar series to examine the most essential design features of roundabouts, as well as how to design and operate them for walking, bicycling, driving, and freight movement, illustrating what works best and why.

CM | 1.5

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2022 Webcast Archive

The Struggle for Equality: Overcoming a Segregated Past

The Struggle for Equality: Overcoming a Segregated Past

January 21, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9228216

Guest Host: APA Illinois Chapter

In his famous, I Have a Dream speech, Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice." However, nearly sixty years after King's vital words, American cities remain segregated by race and income largely due to long-standing discriminatory land-use, housing, and transportation policy. In the wake of a nationwide reckoning around race, political leaders and urban planners are starting to recognize the negative impact of maintaining such policies has on the social and economic well-being of cities. Planners are now thinking critically about how best to use urban planning as a tool to advance social equity.

Using the Metropolitan Planning Council's (MPC) Cost of Segregation as a basis, this session aims to unpack Chicago's unique history of racial segregation and discuss ways to implement change that ensures a more equitable future for all Chicagoans. In celebration of MLK's legacy, join our dynamic panel in this important discussion. The panel includes WBEZ Senior Editor Alden Loury, Chicago Housing Commissioner Marisa Novara, and Shermann Thomas, AKA "Dilla the Urban Historian," with moderation from ESRI's Yolanda Richards.

CM | 1.5
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Climate Science & Planning - The Basics

Climate Science & Planning - The Basics

February 18, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9228308

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

What do planners need to know about climate science? From rising seas to evolving weather patterns that include more frequent storms, heat and fire events, there is much to understand about the intersection of climate and planning. This webinar will provide a concise overview of changing climate conditions and their impact on current planning practice. Matt Bucchin, AICP and LEED Green Associate, Director of Planning with Halff Associates, and Rachel Riley, Director of the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program at the University of Oklahoma, will instruct participants on key concepts in the science of climate, the measurable impacts of climate on communities today, the best forecasts for how climate will affect the form and livability of communities in the future, as well as the effective tools that planners can employ to better prepare communities.

Following the conclusion of the live session, the recording will continue to be available for on-demand credit through 2022 and will fulfill the new targeted Sustainability and Resilience credit requirement. To learn more about the new CM requirements, click here.

CM | 1.5
 SR  | 1.0

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Climate Science & Planning – Intermediate Roundtable

Climate Science & Planning – Intermediate Roundtable

February 25, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9228308

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

What are planners doing around the country to incorporate climate considerations into their practice of planning? This course will take a deep dive into the intersection of climate science and planning, with emphasis on applying effective planning tools and techniques to the challenge of changing climate conditions. Caroline Cunningham AICP CFM, Principal with Stantec, and Katrina Kelly-Pitou PhD, Systems Design Strategist with SmithGroup, will instruct participants on the best practices in this field around the country while touching on key concepts in the science of climate, measurable impacts of climate on communities today, and best forecasts for how climate will affect the form and livability of communities in the future.

Following the conclusion of the live session, the recording will continue to be available for on-demand credit through 2022 and will fulfill the new targeted Sustainability and Resilience credit requirement. To learn more about the new CM requirements, click here.

CM | 1.5
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Responding to Climate Change

Responding to Climate Change

March 2, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9228307

Guest Host: APA ENRE Division

The Responding to Climate Change webinar will include three presentations on the topics of green infrastructure, hazard mitigation planning, and wildfire hazard mitigation strategies.

David Rouse will begin the webinar with a presentation that defines green infrastructure and resilience and how these two concepts are interrelated. It will then describe a planning framework for using green infrastructure to build community resilience to climate change. This framework is organized around the five strategic points of intervention developed by the American Planning Association. Darrin Punchard will then present on the topic of advancing climate resilience through hazard mitigation planning. While many communities have long sought to reduce their risk to natural hazards, Darrin will discuss and share examples of how the emerging field of climate change adaptation is effectively being integrated into conventional practices for hazard mitigation planning. He will also highlight the critical role planners must play in responding to climate change and building long-term resilience to foreseeable hazard events. Molly Mowery will the present on how climate change is playing a significant role in reshaping wildfire seasons and severity, as recently witnessed by the devastating Marshall Fire in Boulder County, Colorado that occurred in late December 2021. Although planners cannot directly influence wildfires, we can influence how they may impact our built and natural environments. This discussion will highlight changing conditions, pre and post-fire planning activities, and design considerations for better preparing our communities.

CM | 1.5
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City Planning to Reduce GHG Emissions and Enhance Resilience

City Planning to Reduce GHG Emissions and Enhance Resilience

March 9, 2022 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM ET

CM #9231185

Guest Host: International Division

***🚨This session takes place on WEDNESDAY, March 9 at 10:00 AM ET***

City planners are at the center of local decisions that drive carbon emissions and are impacted by climate change, yet in many countries, climate policies are largely determined at the national level. Boswell and Greve, authors of a leading text on Climate Action Planning (Island Press, 2019), will outline the strategies available to local planners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build communities which can adapt to sea-level rise, increased urban heat, and other climate impacts. Using examples from communities they have worked with, as well as innovate approaches from around the world, they will show how urban planners are implementing locally-appropriate solutions for land use, transportation, hazard mitigation, economic development, and municipal finance. They will also suggest how planners can best work with elected officials and other stakeholders to build support for climate-based decisions.

CM | 1.5
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Digital Planning in a Digital World

Digital Planning in a Digital World

March 25, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9232274

Guest Host: APA Technology Division

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the existing movement to digital systems in the planning process. While often a mercurial aspect of planning management, this topic has real world impacts on how the public engages with planners, the soft costs of permitting and design, and the pace at which planning systems can respond to changing conditions. This webcast features planning stories where cities have worked to make their backend (permitting, plan review) and frontend (comprehensive plans, maps) more accessible, engaging, and transparent through digitalization. The City of Gainesville will present its ePlanReview process, the story of how it was created, lessons learned, and planned improvements. Finally, the presentation ends with the City of Burlingame's presentation of its completely online and digital General Plan, featured as a top website on planning news sites for 2021.

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Approaches to Design Review: Improving the Process and Collaborative Efforts

Approaches to Design Review: Improving the Process and Collaborative Efforts

April 1, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9232275

Guest Host: APA Illinois Chapter

Join us for a webcast hosted by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association and the Municipal Design Review Network (MDRN), where attendees will learn how design review is handled in communities to further improve the quality of the built environment and public realm. Hear about examples from experts in the field on effective ways to direct the quality and character of development in suburban and urban communities.

CM | 1.5

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Climate Resilience Includes Health: Planning in Native American Communities

Climate Resilience Includes Health: Planning in Native American Communities

April 22, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9246348

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

What is the relationship of health to climate resilience? How can planners positively address public health through planning processes? This course will introduce planners to public health as a topic important to planning outcomes, and take a special look at that topic through the lens of Native American communities and the unique characteristics and challenges they represent. Sharon Hausam Ph.D. Climate Adaptation Planner & Research Scientist for the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center, will moderate this session. Shasta Gaughen, Ph.D., Environmental Director and the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Pala Band of Mission Indians, and Angie Hacker, Principal Consultant and CEO of Prosper Sustainably, will instruct attendees on this timely topic, sharing facts, issues, planning solutions and case studies.

Following the conclusion of the live session, the recording will continue to be available for on-demand credit through 2022 and will fulfill the new targeted Sustainability and Resilience credit requirement. To learn more about the new CM requirements, click here.

CM | 1.5
 SR  | 1.0

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Technology Tools for Sustainability

Technology Tools for Sustainability

May 13, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9246348

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

How can planners make use of technology tools to advance sustainability goals? This course will introduce planners to the basics of sea level rise (SLR) science and impacts of stormwater on communities, including local and global differences. It will then introduce two key digital tools - the NOAA Digital Coast and Climate Central digital tools - to aid local and regional planning for these conditions and share examples of their use, perform a live demo of the tools, and a provide a comprehensive matrix of additional tools available. Jim Schwab FAICP, Schwab Consulting will moderate this session. Doug Marcy, Coastal Hazards Specialist with NOAA Digital Coast and Dan Rizza, Manager, Program on Sea Level Rise with Climate Central, will be this session’s panelist

Following the conclusion of the live session, the recording will continue to be available for on-demand credit through 2022 and will fulfill the new targeted Sustainability and Resilience credit requirement. To learn more about the new CM requirements, click here.

CM | 1.5
 SR  | 1.0

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Planning for Healthier Communities: Consider a Nurse

Planning for Healthier Communities: Consider a Nurse

May 20, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9246952

Guest Host: APA Florida

Learn about the important contributions that nurses can provide in making our communities healthy as people age and learn how you can engage a nurse to improve the livability of your community. The NOB represents national and state efforts by nurses and others working to build healthier communities in America. Their mission is to improve the health of communities and the nation through the service of nurses on boards and other bodies. Learn how AARP is partnering with NOB through AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities, which encourages states, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older adults. Launched in 2012, the network includes the State of Florida and 44 Age-Friendly Communities in Florida. AARP Florida, APA Florida and the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOB) are working together to pilot a new project to build healthier communities across Florida. The goal is to link the health planning perspective through the volunteer citizen participation of practicing nurses in the local planning processes. To achieve this, AARP Florida and NOB are working with APA Florida to highlight the value that nurses can bring to local decisions and to identify local government boards and committees that could benefit from the special skills and perspective that nurses bring to create opportunities for healthy planning in communities.

CM | 1.5

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Federal Funding Tools for TOD and Other Sustainable Infrastructure

Federal Funding Tools for TOD and Other Sustainable Infrastructure

June 10, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9248076

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

How can planners effectively target Federal community development financing for sustainable infrastructure investments, including Transit Oriented Development (TOD)? This webinar will provide an overview of financing opportunities available at each of three agencies – USDOT, EPA and HUD - and illustrate successful uses of the financing. Panelists will include Seema Thomas, Deputy Director for the Financial Management Division (FMD) at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Robert Hanifin AICP, Project Development Lead for transit and transit-oriented development (TOD) projects at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Build America Bureau; and Megan Susman, Senior Policy Analyst in EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization.

Following the conclusion of the live session, the recording will continue to be available for on-demand credit through 2022 and will fulfill the new targeted Sustainability and Resilience credit requirement. To learn more about the new CM requirements, click here.

CM | 1.5
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The Nation’s Most Complex and Collaborative TMDL

The Nation’s Most Complex and Collaborative TMDL

June 17, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9247360

Guest Host: APA ENRE Division

Come and hear the federal, state and local insiders’ perspectives on how six states, the District of Columbia, U.S. EPA and hundreds of other partners and stakeholders worked together to develop what has been called the “Bay Pollution Diet.” Covering a 64,000 square mile watershed with a population of 18 million people, the resultant TMDL included a three phased approach to implementation along with an accountability system, an interim 2017 target, a 2025 end-date and a midpoint evaluation.

CM | 1.5

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Untold Stories: How a watershed partnership has resulted in flood hazard reduction and so much more!

Untold Stories: How a watershed partnership has resulted in flood hazard reduction and so much more!

July 8, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9251064

Guest Host: HDMR Division

A long-standing partnership is paying off with hazard mitigation and environmental restoration for the Lower Meramec in Missouri. This webinar will explore the success partners have achieved over decades of cooperation, beginning with watershed planning in 2002, all the way up to a fully integrated floodplain management plan shepherded by the US Army Corps of Engineers Missouri Silver Jackets.

CM | 1.5

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How Community Heart & Soul Enhances Your Comprehensive Plan

How Community Heart & Soul Enhances Your Comprehensive Plan

July 15, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9251065

Guest Host: APA Northern New England Chapter

Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. Developed and field-tested over a decade in partnership with over 100 small cities and towns across America, Community Heart & Soul is a proven process for engaging a community in shaping its future. Learn from three professional planners about the Community Heart & Soul model of planning, community development and community engagement and learn how it has enhanced Comprehensive Plans across the US including in Maine, Washington, Colorado and Pennsylvania.

CM | 1.5

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Building a National Zoning Atlas: Scaling Transparency & Consistency

Building a National Zoning Atlas: Scaling Transparency & Consistency

July 20, 2022 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

CM #9251066

Guest Host: APA Technology Division

***This session takes place on WEDNESDAY, July 20 at 1:30 PM ET***
Zoning codes, adopted by thousands of local governments across the country, dictate much of what can be built in the United States. While each zoning code can be written slightly differently, they are commonly slight iterations on a similar theme. Planners are quite familiar with the direct and indirect impacts of zoning codes and development regulations can have on housing availability, transportation, education, the food supply, economic opportunity, and access to nature. Although understanding zoning is critical to good planning, zoning codes are written in ways that make it difficult to communicate in a consistent and transparent way. Cornell University’s Legal Constructs Lab is leading an effort to create a national zoning atlas could help us better understand these sometimes-opaque but incredibly influential codes by depicting their key attributes in an online, user-friendly map spanning multiple jurisdictions. A national atlas will help people better understand zoning, which would in turn broaden participation in land use decisions, identify opportunities for zoning reform, and narrow a wide information gap that favors those with the time and expertise to parse through them. Such an atlas could be a goldmine for understanding what works and what does not. This is because it would enable comparisons across jurisdictions, illuminate regional and statewide trends, and strengthen national planning for housing production, transportation infrastructure, and climate response. This Technology Division sponsored webinar will cover the current status of the project, and provide information with how planners can contribute to this effort.

CM | 1.5

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Ethics in Planning

Ethics in Planning

July 22, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

CM #9251068

Guest Host: APA Ohio

Explore recent ethics cases from AICP and test your knowledge of planning ethics and decision-making in a fun, participatory session that hearkens back to some of the classic game shows of the past!

CM | 1.0 Ethics

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Zoning Rules as Code

Zoning Rules as Code

August 5, 2022 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9251067

Guest Host: APA Technology Division

This webinar will introduce the topic of drafting planning rules as computer code from international case studies. Despite being on the radar of the PropTech sector, planners themselves are currently unprepared for the wide-reaching changes this technology poses for plan drafting and development review. Planners however have an important role to play to ensure that coded rules match intended planning outcomes and that transparency and human accountability is maintained in the implementation of any automated assessment processes. This workshop will provide an independent overview of the industry, covering the basic information that planners need to know when it comes to implementing plans as computer code with examples of real-life projects undertaken in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. We aim to ensure that participants leave the webinar feeling confident they understand the basics of the technology involved.

CM | 1.5

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