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Oct. 11: Healthy Communities PA Task Force Meeting

WHAT: Informal webinar-based discussion on Access to Parks and Quality of Parks
WHEN: October 11th, 2022 starting at 2pm Eastern
WHY: The Healthy Communities in PA Task Force is a combination of health and planning practitioners and folks from adjacent sectors, sharing information, upcoming events, and discussing challenges and opportunities in the HCiPA realm.

By Computer By Phone
Click here to join the meeting

+1 412-634-6334, use code 47032156
Phone Conference ID: 470 321 56#

Dec. 8: 2022 Annual Event – Save the Date!

The annual meeting for the Southeast Section of APAPA will take place on Thursday, December 8th from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
We’ll be welcoming Barry Seymour, the retiring executive director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, for a conversation about his career and what he sees as the future of the region. We will also be covering the APA national conference coming to Philadelphia next April.
Details are still being finalized for location and ticket pricing, so stay tuned to APAPASE’s social media accounts for further information.

APA PA Carpool List

Want to carpool to Lancaster for the Conference? Join the APA PA Carpool!!

Carpooling is great for budgetary reasons, eco-friendly philosophies, meeting new people, convenience, stress reduction, and more! The trip can be the start and capstone to the fun of the conference. We’ve created a link to help planners share rides to the conference – whether you are going for a day or the entire conference.

Please use this link to share information if you have an extra seat or want to find a driver. https://www.groupcarpool.com/t/ipw0na

Deadline to Register for the Annual Conference Approaching!

Deadline to Register for the Annual Conference Approaching!

Deadline is – September 27 @ Noon – no on-site registration!

  • Over 45 concurrent sessions
  • Welcome Reception at Southern Market
  • Opening Keynote: From Pandemic Response to Recovery: What Urban Planners Should Learn from the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis with Mike Lydon
  • Pitkin Lecture: The Impacts of the Pandemic on Walkable Urbanism and the Real Estate Market with Chris Leinberger
  • Tuesday Plenary: Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Large Landscape Planning in the Lower Susquehanna River Valley with Eric Kaufmann
  • Annual Awards
  • State of the Chapter Address
  • Six mobile workshops
  • Sustainability/Resilience, Equity, Law and Ethic sessions
  • Reception with Exhibitors
  • and so much!


APA NPC 2023 – Call for Proposals!

Call for proposals is now open for NPC23!

The conference is from April April 1–4, 2023 in Philadelphia and April 26–28 online.

  • Sign up to review proposals: September 20–October 12, 2022
  • Submit a proposal: September 20–October 12, 2022
  • Submit your challenges, and speaker referrals deadline: December 31, 2022

Submit your proposal on APA’s website!

To guide creative and innovative content submissions, we’ve defined core program content areas:


Oct. 22: Future City Engineering Fair

Future City Philadelphia will be hosting an Engineering Fair for middle school students on October 22, 2022. Register or volunteer at the links below!

Future City Engineering Fair
October 22, 2022
SAP Headquarters
3999 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA
Register Now

Volunteer to Help at the
Engineering Fair


The 2022—2023 Future City challenge is: Choose a climate change impact and design one innovative and futuristic climate change adaptation and one mitigation strategy to keep your residents healthy and safe.

Details will be added as they emerge

Start End Activity Location
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Registration Entrance Hall
8:00 AM 1:00 PM Meet the Engineer Exhibition Hall
8:30 AM 10:00 AM Moving Parts Workshop I Cafeteria
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Speaker 1 Auditorium
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Moving Parts Workshop II Cafeteria
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Speaker 2 Auditorium

Featured Job Listings – DVRPC – Transportation Planner and Senior Project Development Coordinator

DVRPC has new job openings! Click each job title for the full job announcement.

Oct. 21: Free Sustainability & Resilience Credits: Upcoming Webinar on Urban Flooding

October 21 @ 1-2:30pm
When it rains, it pours: a dialogue on urban flooding across the U.S.

Flooding has long been the most costly and deadly natural hazard in the U.S. Although most major flood events have occurred from river flooding or in coastal areas, all communities are susceptible to the unique risks of urban flooding. Urban flooding occurs when rainfall and runoff exceed the capacity of the local drainage system.

Urban flooding has received greater attention in recent years because many urban drainage systems are not designed to manage the increasingly intense rain events brought on by a changing climate and the flashier runoff conditions caused by expanding urban development. While the focus on this issue is new,
many low-income communities and communities of color have experienced urban flooding for years due to a lack of infrastructure investment. Equitable solutions to urban flooding will require grappling with the legacy of discrimination and disinvestment.

This session will educate participants on the causes of urban flooding, how urban flooding differs from river and coastal flooding, and how climate change is driving more frequent and dangerous urban flooding disasters. Participants will gain knowledge of how the decisions we make as planners can exacerbate the problem or help to improve outcomes.

Panelists will share case studies from across the U.S., with examples of how different local climate conditions and land use patterns can lead to urban flooding. The panel will describe the work of local agencies, non-profits, and residents to identify and implement solutions. The discussion will consider the
role of planners in addressing this challenge.


  1. Dámaris Villalobos-Galindo, Associate Engineer at Santa Clara Valley Water District
  2. Samuel D. Brody, Regents Professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Environmental Science Texas A&M University, Galveston Campus
  3. Cyatharine Alias, Manager of Community Infrastructure & Resilience at Center for Neighborhood Technology
    4. Julia Rockwell, Manager of the Climate Change Adaptation Program at the Philadelphia Water Department

This event is approved for 1.5 CM credits and 1 Sustainability & Resilience credit.

Register Now: https://www.planning.org/events/eventsingle/9256029

Sept. 7 – APA PA – Webinar Wednesdays

Webinar Wednesday: Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

September 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Advancing Racial Equity through Land Use Planning

According to US Census Data, disparity in income and housing among diverse racial and ethnic populations has occurred in the United States. Researchers have pointed out that many members of these specific populations have been adversely impacted by housing policies adopted in the first half of the 20th century. To address present day challenges, this webinar will present examples of two cities addressing racial inequity through their land use planning tools & codes. The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota recently completed Minneapolis 2040 which reflects the result of more than two years of engagement with the people of Minneapolis. This engagement included over 100 meetings and conversations with thousands of residents, business owners, and others, where they shared their vision and hopes for the future of the city.

Equity CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Joe Bernard, AICP and Douglass Smith, AICP, LEED

**The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions of the speaker(s) you will hear**

Deadline to register is September 6, 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.

Please note: You will receive an email the week of the webinar with zoom information (please check your spam/junk folders). This email will be sent to the email address you used to register for the event.


Sept. 10: APAPA-SE Volunteer and Tour Event at FDR Park

APAPA-SE’s summer event – volunteering for park cleanup, lunch, and a tour with master plan developers!

About this event

APAPA-SE is excited to announce an in-person event at FDR Park in South Philadelphia!

On Saturday, September 10th, from 10 AM to 3 PM, we will be participating in volunteer cleanup activities and hearing a presentation from the park’s management and architects about the upcoming master plan implementation.

  • 10:00AM to 12:00PM — Volunteer clean up of the park with APAPA-SE members; all cleanup tools will be provided!
  • 12:00PM to 1:00PM — Lunch + Master Plan presentation to discuss how the park’s master plan, how it was formed, and the overall implementation schedule.
  • 1:00PM to 2:00PM — Walking tour to see key features of the FDR Park redesign and new installations.
  • 2:00PM to 3:00PM — Open exploration and networking.

Register on EventBrite