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Feb. 2: APA-PA Hosts Webinar Wednesday: Climate Change Planning

February 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Climate Change Planning for Vulnerable Neighborhoods

We will introduce the county-wide climate change vulnerability assessment as well as other hazard mitigation-related projects undertaken by the Planning Commission. In 2020-2021, the Planning Commission utilized free public information on (A) historical flooding and flood-prone areas, (B) historically heat sensitive areas, and (C) disadvantaged populations in order to identify neighborhoods, which will likely face increased challenges due to climate change. To ensure regional consistency, we completed this study with assistance from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission as they worked on a complementary regional heat island project.

  • Attendees will understand the methods used by the Planning Commission and DVRPC to create their Vulnerability Assessment and could replicate the study for their own jurisdictions.
  • Attendees will learn how climate change takes a toll on poor and vulnerable people and these impacts are largely caused by inequalities that increase the risk from climate hazards (i.e. heat, flooding). Vulnerable communities need to be identified and included at all stages planning.
  • Attendees will learn how climate change impacts are not equality distributed among municipalities.  The Assessment highlight how county and regional planning organizations have an opportunity and responsibility to encourage partnership between municipalities to adapt critical infrastructure and support vulnerable communities without adaptive capacity.
  • Attendees will gain insight to the opportunities for and challenges to implementing climate adaptation and climate mitigation measures for local and regional governments.

Sustainability/Resilience CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Jon Lesher and Ellis Foley

Deadline to register is February 1, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

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Delaware County Job Openings

Delaware County has multiple open positions on APAPASE’s website! Click through for the full job description for each:

Jan 5. APA PA Webinar Wednesday – Barriers and Some Solutions to Affordable Housing

January 5, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Barriers and Some Solutions to Affordable Housing

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This session will dive into the specifics of the current landscape of affordable housing, focusing in Pennsylvania. It will describe some of the more frustrating aspects of building affordable housing and some steps that can be taken to help alleviate those concerns. The panel of speakers includes a design professional, a developer and a construction practitioner who all can provide specific stopping points in the affordable housing process.  Additionally, the panel will make a case for changes that can be made to help ensure a smoother housing development process in the future.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Leah Eppinger, AICP; Brandon Johnson; Todd Bowser; Nando Michele, FAIA, AICP, PP

Deadline to register is January 4, 2022

If you’re interested in sponsoring a Webinar Wednesday session or have a session for Webinar Wednesday please contact us. Send your request to info@planningpa.org.

Featured Job Listing – WSP – Transportation Planning Project Manager

WSP is looking for a Transportation Planning Project Manager! Click through to see the full job announcement.

Jan. 8: Transportation4America hosting TransportationCamp

Every year, transportation enthusiasts get together on a Saturday to share their ideas and map out new possibilities. With so much transportation legislation on the way, the 2022 virtual TransportationCamp will be more important than ever. Registration is now open!!

The reauthorization and budget reconciliation embraced the traditional approach to transportation policy: a whole lot more of the same, failing status quo. There’s a little bit of money to fight the climate crisis, encourage safer streets, and expand transit, but there’s a whole lot more to make those same problems worse—more emissions, more congestion, more pollution, more dangerous streets, more highways undermining transit investments. Where do we go from here? That’s where TransportationCamp comes in.

Now’s not the time to sit back and listen

TransportationCamp is an “unconference” bringing together passionate people who are ready to create and participate in the conversation. This is a place for all self-professed “transportation nerds,” from advocates to planners, from students to business leaders, to propose and lead sessions. Worried about a street widening project near you? Excited about new mobility technologies? This is the place to share.

There are tons of ways to make our infrastructure safer, more equitable, and more sustainable. By bringing together a melting pot of perspectives, TransportationCamp helps uncover new pathways forward. And bonus: it’s a lot of fun, too.

We’ll convene virtually once again this year, so have Zoom and Slack downloaded and ready to go. As for the rest of the details (including how to submit your session ideas between January 3 – 7, 2022), keep an eye on your inbox. We’ll keep you posted in the weeks ahead.

Featured Job Listing – DVRPC – Traffic Data Analyst

DVRPC is looking to hire a Traffic Data Analyst! Click through for the full job announcement and how to apply.

 

Nov. 4: APAPA-SE Annual Event – Get Your Ticket Today!

The APAPA-SE 2021 Annual Meeting will be held *in person* on Thursday, November 4th, from 5:30 to 8:00, at Love City Brewing’s outdoor beer garden (1023 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia).

Our guest speakers will include Jody Holton, Assistant General Manager of Planning and Strategic Initiatives at SEPTA, and Martine Decamp, Deputy Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Food and drinks will be available, along with networking opportunities.

Buy your tickets today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apapase-2021-annual-event-tickets-188732813927 .

Nov. 4: APAPA-SE 2021 Annual Event

SAVE THE DATE
APAPA-SE Annual Event – In Person (and Outside!)

Thursday, November 4th
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Love City Brewing Beer Garden, 1023 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia

Tickets required, registration link is coming soon!

APA PA Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Friday 9/21

Early bird pricing and registration for APA PA’s annual conference in Pittsburgh ends tomorrow! The conference runs from October 17-19

To sign up or see the conference agenda, visit APA PA’s website

Oct. 20 : Penn State Extension: So You Want Agriculture in Your Community… (1.25 CM Pending)

October 20 @ 12:00 pm1:15 pm

So You Want Agriculture in Your Community: Have You Heard of PA Farm Link?

1.25 CM credits (pending approval)

In some communities, agriculture is part of the land use of the community. As the age of our farmers gets older, there could be the opportunity for “creating farming opportunities” for the next generation. Pennsylvania Farm Link, a 501c3 non-profit is dedicated to connecting farmers and landowners in Pennsylvania, and how their organization and land/farmer online database can be a “tool” to help any potential new farmers in your given municipalities.

This webinar will explore the agricultural side of land use decision making in your community by introducing planners to PA Farm Link. In addition, you will get an inside look at the PA Farm Link land linking database. This database provides the opportunity  for landowners and/or people looking to farm-land (through buying or renting) to find multiple listings from across the state. The database can be a very useful tool for municipal planners to learn about in case they have people who own land in their areas (that are looking to sell or lease), or for people who are looking for land in their areas, to be better connected.

Register Herehttps://extension.psu.edu/land-use-webinar