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Take me out to the Ballgame: Connecting Stadiums to Communities

Take me out to the Ballgame: Connecting Stadiums to Communities

June 21, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9289843

Guest Host: APA Urban Design & Preservation Division

When carefully planned with their surroundings, new sports facilities offer the opportunity to revitalize communities, promote economic development, and create great places. Learn lessons from renowned urban designer and architect Janet Marie Smith, who was instrumental in designing the pioneering Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the renovation of Fenway Park in Boston, and the recent modernization of Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles.

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Digital Tools for Water and Land Education

Digital Tools for Water and Land Education

June 28, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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Guest Host: APA ENRE Division + APA Water and Planning Network

One of the barriers we face today for addressing sustainable water strategies is that we failed to emphasize these issues within our primary, secondary and higher educational programs. We have now reached a point where the actions needed to make our water systems sustainable will deeply involve everyone, not just technical policy experts, and the general public and even our current generation of land and water planners are ill prepared for this challenge. Fortunately, the issues of water sustainability are not just short term but will be generational. We still have time to incorporate these issues into our public and professional educational programs. For the last decade Arizona State University has been developing web-based tools to help educate the next generation of water and land planners and the general public about water sustainability. This webinar will explore three online tools, WaterSim, Arizona Water Chatbot, and Arizona Blueprint. Attendees will have an opportunity to use each of the tools and how they can be used to inform a wide range of audiences on these issues.

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GIS Automation for Planners: Model Builder

GIS Automation for Planners: Model Builder

July 12, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9283419

Guest Host: APA Technology Division

Automating software workflows enables planners to conduct analysis to inform decision making accurately and efficiently, opening up more time to engage with results. In this webcast, planners will be introduced to the capabilities of ArcGIS Pro's Model Builder, with a focus on its components and advanced features like iterators and model-specific functions. The session will provide practical tips for creating efficient, modular workflows alongside guidance on developing parameterized tools from models, and considering aspects like workspaces and documentation. Additionally, we'll discuss the limitations of Model Builder in handling highly complex workflows. This session is tailored for planners looking to integrate GIS automation into their work, offering practical insights for effective application to common planning tasks.

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From NIMBY to Not Impossible, Maybe, Better Yet

From NIMBY to Not Impossible, Maybe, Better Yet

July 19, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9289837

Guest Host: APA Kansas Chapter

“Not in My Back Yard” is often rooted in fear of loss of quality of life, property values, environmental degradation, health effects, or distrust in technology, government, and management. Other triggers can be ideology or impacts on symbolic places. NIMBY-ism is not simply a U.S. phenomenon, it happens everywhere. Research from around the world reveals useful techniques for anticipating NIMBY arguments, improving systems to avoid triggers, and recognition of the importance of cultures where “we are in this together” versus “everyone for themselves”.

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July 26, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

2024 Webcast Archive

Planning and Zoning for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)

Planning and Zoning for Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)

January 19, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9283422

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

The electric energy system in our country is in the midst of dramatic changes, with new technologies deployed and infrastructural investment occurring at a speed and scale unprecedented in our nation’s history. One example is the rapid increase in use of battery energy storage systems (BESS). Batteries are increasingly part of consumer devices and vehicles, but also as part of “behind-the-meter” electric systems in homes and businesses, as part of utility substations and transmission systems, and incorpo-rated into solar and wind electric generation projects. What do planners need to know about BESS when evaluating risks and nuisances? Where might BESS be located in the community?

Large-scale energy storage in liquid, gas, and solid fuels is quite common in our communities. But electric energy storage in batteries is a different thing. Or is it? Communities will need to consider how stationary battery storage – BESS – fits into land use plans and zoning regulations. This webinar will describe the local benefits and risks that different battery land uses bring to the community; what communities should expect of battery developers, owners, and managers; and how planners can begin to put this new energy technology in the context of local land use decisions.

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Planning for Wildfire

Planning for Wildfire

February 2, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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Guest Host: APA City Planning and Management Division

The Home Ignition Zone (HIZ) model has been promoted internally, but professionals in planning, construction, and development are still unaware of their roles in creating fire resistant structures and communities. In this webinar you'll be introduced to the Home Ignition Zone as well as the Community Ignition Zone and what roles you can play in creating wildfire ready communities.

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Adapting to Climate: Urban Landscape Transformation in the 21st Century

Adapting to Climate: Urban Landscape Transformation in the 21st Century

February 16, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9283424

Guest Host: APA ENRE Division + APA Water and Planning Network

There is a tremendous amount of change happening in urban landscapes, especially in the western U.S. Driven by climate change more broadly, and its symptoms of water scarcity, stormwater flooding, and heat, these changes present both challenges and opportunities for planners. The conversion of our cities will not be easy, or quick. To do this right, we must address this as systems-change, with robust attention to both the social and physical details. To address this challenge, the recent Lincoln Institute/Babbitt Center White Paper “ Research-Informed Documents of Practice: Helping Urban Planners and Water Managers Direct the Change Needed for Creating Climate-Adapted Urban Landscapes”, researched 3 different sources of information to gather a snapshot of current activities, stated goals, and future directions to make this transformation happen. This webinar will cover what was learned.

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Designing for Wildfires: Information for Planners

Designing for Wildfires: Information for Planners

February 23, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9283417

Guest Host: APA HMDR Division

Over the past decade, the growth in frequency, scale, and severity of wildfires have highlighted the seriousness of an emerging global problem, particularly in an area known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). These impacts are expected to worsen with ongoing development in wildfire-prone areas and extreme weather conditions from climate change. FEMA’s Building Science Disaster Support Program recently deployed a team of subject matter experts to Colorado after the devastating Marshall Fire and identified a need for more collaboration between the fields of planning and building science to increase wildfire resilience. This session will inform planners about wildfire mitigation concepts at the parcel, neighborhood and community levels and the interrelationships between these scales. Speakers will draw on lessons learned and best practice examples that emphasize how planning, zoning and building codes as well as long-term maintenance programs can be effective tools in reducing community wildfire risk and advancing inclusive and equitable community planning for wildfire.

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Emerging Practices for Local Approval of EV Charging Stations

Emerging Practices for Local Approval of EV Charging Stations

March 8, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9286206

Guest Host: APA Transportation Division

How should planning and zoning issues be considered for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging? This session will discuss planning, zoning, and permitting for EV charging — the challenges and lessons learned. National building code organizations have dedicated considerable attention to developing model codes to provide local officials with the guidance needed to address health and safety concerns of the installation and operation of the charging equipment. However, local approval often goes beyond code review to include planning and zoning concerns for land use, parking, traffic, design, and aesthetics. These concerns cause reviews to get hung up with zoning staff, zoning boards, and commissions. Hear how these issues have been addressed by the Sustainable Energy Action Committee (SEAC) Electric Vehicle Charging Working Group through their collaborative effort with RMI, IREC, electric vehicle service providers, and local planners. The group’s recently released report, Planning and Zoning Guidance for Electric Vehicle Charger Deployment, is available online.

How do these solutions work in practice? Hear about the EV Smart pilot program and Distributed Energy Resource Permit Accelerator Pilot- two programs that support local jurisdictions in setting and achieving equitable EV-readiness goals. See how cities and counties in Ohio, Michigan, and Minnesota are working to streamline their permitting and inspection processes, improve regulatory practices and their broader efforts to attract EVs and the charging stations necessary to support them.

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Generative AI Strategies

Generative AI Strategies

March 15, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9283420

Guest Host: APA Technology Division

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI), ranging from large language models to image generation, possesses a wide range of civic applications that can expand the capacity of planners and their organizations. Many local governments are exploring applications of generative AI in governance including applications such as ChatBots, plan evaluation, memo drafting, automation administrative tasks, synthesizing public feedback, and enhancing data analysis methods. These applications create new tools for practitioners to use to improve quality of work and speed of delivery for governments of all shapes and sizes. This session, hosted by the APA's Technology Division and Land of Sky Regional Council's COGWorks Program, focuses on how municipal planning departments can utilize language models and similar technologies to enhance staff capacity. This session will discuss the risks and benefits of this technology, emerging applications, and provide a brief tutorial on how to apply the technology in a planning context. While this technology cannot replace staff members, it is a tool that may enable practitioners, particularly in small rural municipalities, to better serve their communities.

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Trails as Resilient Infrastructure

Trails as Resilient Infrastructure

March 22, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM # 9286208

Guest Host: APA Sustainable Communities Division

Trails are part of a resilient transportation infrastructure system and can be planned and designed to be resilient and sustainable, as well as play a role in emergency planning and response. Trails of all kinds are places for recreation, exercise, and active transportation. They are also a crucial tool for making communities more resilient in the face of climate change and other emergencies. Multi-use trails can help reduce carbon emissions by shifting more trips to walking, biking, and rolling. Urban, suburban, and rural trail corridors present opportunities for managing stormwater, improving water quality, providing wildlife habitat, and inhibiting the spread of fires, among other benefits. However, trails can also be particularly vulnerable to climate impacts. This session will examine the ways in which planners can work towards making trail infrastructure more resilient to environmental shocks and stresses as well as towards allowing trails to strengthen the resilience of the surrounding community. Presenters from Trust for Public Land and Toole Design Group will provide information and guidance in support of these goals, based on recent programs and experience.

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Digging Deep into the Data - Analyzing Your Community Using Census Bureau Online Tools

Digging Deep into the Data - Analyzing Your Community Using Census Bureau Online Tools

April 5, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

CM #9288240

Guest Host: APA Northern New England Chapter

The Census Bureau has valuable data that are helpful for community planning, analyzing, reporting, grant-writing, etc. In this Webinar, you will learn about popular Census Bureau surveys and the type of information you can access from them. You will receive a brief tour of the Census Bureau’s website and live demonstrations of popular data retrieval tools to help you find data quickly and build a customized data query. Topics include the various geographical levels of how data can be accessed, where and how to find data regarding your community such as population, demographic makeup, economic, and housing, and the various data view/download options, to include data tables, Excel spreadsheets, and mapping features.

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The Relevancy Guidebook: How We Can Transform the Future of Preservation

The Relevancy Guidebook: How We Can Transform the Future of Preservation

May 3, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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Guest Host: APA Urban Design & Preservation Division

Join Landmarks Illinois CEO Bonnie McDonald to discuss the preservation field's current challenges based on her interviews with preservation professionals and advocates. Key findings from the Relevancy project include creating a just preservation movement, dismantling preservation's "culture of preciousness," focusing on affordable housing, addressing climate change, and preservation job opportunities.

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Planning, Preservation & Change: The Federal Perspective

Planning, Preservation & Change: The Federal Perspective

May 31, 2024 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

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Guest Host: APA Urban Design & Preservation Division

The Honorable Sara Bronin, Chair of the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation, will discuss the Council's recently adopted federal policy statements on Housing and Historic Preservation and Climate Change and Historic Preservation and how they relate to our broader planning issues. Chair Bronin will also discuss her recent report and recommendations to the Council on applying and interpreting federal historic preservation standards.

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