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April 29: Happy Trails! Planning and Designing Trails for All Users

Happy Trails! Planning and Designing Trails for All Users
April 29, 2021 | 4:00 PM– 5:30 PM | Webinar | Free 

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Montgomery County has an extensive and very popular trail network. However, the demographics of our trail users do not always reflect the diversity of the communities they pass through and, often, there are physical and cultural barriers preventing local residents from accessing our trail system. In response to this issue and to support the transportation and equity goals established in the county’s comprehensive plan, Montco 2040: A Shared Vision, the county prepared and adopted the Montgomery County Trail Access, Diversity, & Awareness Plan

Join us to explore this innovative plan, which aims to promote equity on county trails, broaden the diversity of trail users, and modernize trail designs to address the evolving demographics of our constituents. This free event, incorporating both virtual and on-site components, will demonstrate how best practices can be applied to any community trail network in the county.

HUD Environmental Training

HUD Region 3 officers are pleased to announce the next session in their remote environmental training series will cover SITE CONTAMINATION COMPLIANCE AND A DEMONSTRATION OF EPA ENVIROMAPPER AND ENVIROFACTS.

This training will be a collaborative delivery between HUD Region 3 and EPA Region 3 staff. HUD will provide an overview of the compliance requirements associated with the standards at 24 CFR Parts 50.3(i) and 58.5(i)(2). EPA staff will lead grantees through a demonstration of the ENVIROMAPPER online mapping and evaluation tool. This session will also be used to introduce a short document that Region 3 EPA and Region 3 HUD collaborated on to provide some tips on how to consider the data output generated from an ENVIROMAPPER search.

The training will be delivered remotely through Microsoft Teams on Tuesday, April 13, from 10 am to 12:30 EST, and is recommended for grantees, HUD staff, and partners involved in the environmental review process.

If you are unfamiliar with Microsoft Teams, here is a quick tutorial on how to enter the session once you get the invitation email. There will be an opportunity to ask questions during the session.

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Registration is now open and closes on Friday, April 9. Only those registered will receive an email with an iCalendar invite attachment to the Microsoft Teams Meeting.

 

March 18 – Designing for Distance

Thu, Mar 18, 2021 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Recognizing that sometimes a picture speaks a thousand words, the goal of the Designing for Distance pilot program is to provide municipal leaders and the community revitalization organizations with practical designs, planning solutions, and implementation strategies to help their businesses adapt to the difficult circumstances created by COVID-19. Please join us to hear directly from the pilot communities and their selected firms to learn about their designs and implementation plan, and how your community can Design for Distance.

This project is a partnership between PA Historical Museum Commission and Pennsylvania Downtown Center.

The activity that is the subject of this program has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior made available through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of Interior.

March 17: Making Planning More Adaptable

March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Making Planning More Adaptable

Approved for 1.25 CM credits

With the complexities and uncertainties revealed in the pandemic and unrest of 2020, planning effectively for the next decade means being more adaptable. In this webinar, there will be discussion of the  three approaches to urban planning:  prescriptive, proscriptive and adaptive. The adaptive approach is best suited for times of rapid change and uncertainty. He will talk about how planners and organizations that rely on prescriptive and proscriptive strategies can modify their practice to be more adaptive.

This interactive webinar, with some coaching thrown in, will help you and your organization be better prepared to do more collaborative, culturally competent and cost-effective planning.  There will be an open and supportive conversations to help you and your organizations achieve more, more effectively.

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

March 3: Webinar Wednesdays – Planning with a Purpose and Need

March 3 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Planning with a Purpose…and Need: Connecting with PennDOT and FHWA to Build the Foundation for Sound  Transportation Projects

Sound transportation projects start with sound planning! Properly identifying and documenting transportation problems early in a project’s life cycle are key to developing a project’s purpose and need for NEPA documentation and analyses. Purpose and need serve as the foundation of a project and identify what the project is intended to accomplish and what transportation problems are to be addressed. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) through its recent PENNDOT Connects initiative and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through its Planning and Environmental Linkages initiative, encourage early collaboration with planning partners and the use of information developed in planning, such as purpose and need, to inform the NEPA process. During this session PennDOT and FHWA specialists will share valuable tips and methods showing how planners can collaborate with them to better identify and document transportation problems/needs early during project planning. CM credit is pending approval.

Speaker: Scott Duncanson, Drew Ames, Nicole Auker and Barbara Shaffer

Deadline to register is Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

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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March 5: Leadership for Sustainability: Strategies for Tackling Wicked Problems

Leadership for Sustainability: Strategies for Tackling Wicked Problems

Friday, March 5, at 1:00 p.m. EST

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March 10: APA TPD Happy Hour

Save the Date!

Join APA on Wednesday , March 10th for a joint happy hour with the
Transportation Planning Division (TPD)

When: March 10, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time
Where: Register in advance for this meeting using the link below
https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEkc-2tpjwiHN0a6a4FNL8y8vfwcu19YqOC

The Happy Hour event will be conducted over Zoom. If you do not already have an account with Zoom, you will need to create a free Zoom login to participate.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

March 3 & 10: FitCityPHL – Design for Humanity

FitCityPHL presents Design for Humanity: Reimagining Trauma-Informed Practice, Power, and Process in Pursuit of a Just Future. This event consists of two online sessions.

This two-part virtual series will explore trauma-informed practice and how elements can be useful to the work of designers, planners, public health professionals, and those supporting community development.

Session 1: Wednesday, March 3, 2021 10am-12pm
Explore trauma-informed practice and how elements can be useful to your work in design or public health. Consider how alternate power dynamics and project processes can help to achieve a more just future for all.

Session 2: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 10am-11:30am
Hear from a phenomenal group of practitioners from across the country who are applying trauma-informed theory to their community-based work.

March 30: Chester County 2021 Spring Planners’ Forum

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8 AM to 10 AM, March 30

The Planners’ Forum will be held from 8 am to 10 am on Tuesday, March 30th. From 8:00 am to 8:30 am, there will be a networking session, where people joining the meeting will be put into breakout rooms to meet other planners.

Presentations will begin at 8:30 am and will include perspectives on the critical question “What will be the long term impacts of the pandemic?” from the following three speakers:

• Becky Bradley, AICP, Executive Director Lehigh Valley Planning Commission
• Robert Henry, TDM-CP, Executive Director Greater Valley Forge Transportation
• Dorothy Ives Dewey, PhD, AICP, PP, Planning Program Administrator West Chester University

After the presentations conclude at 9:30 am, attendees can stay on the call to ask additional questions and connect with anyone else who is participating.

The Planners’ Forum provides a great opportunity to hear about current planning issues and share ideas with fellow planners. Email any questions to ccplanning@chesco.org.

March 11: Race and Smart Growth Series Presented by the Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance

Prof. Akira Drake Rodriguez of the University of Pennsylvania will launch DVSGA’s Race and Smart Growth  series on Thursday, March 11

When:

Thursday, March 11, 2021
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Where:

Virtual Meeting
Zoom Link will be sent to registrants in advance of event.

“As long as we’ve had city planning, we’ve had this type of defensive architecture that creates a city within the city. Whether it’s public housing, downtown areas, or privatized public spaces of consumption, we certainly have built cities in a way where some areas are racialized in a positive light and some areas are racialized in a negative light, and that’s certainly reflected in the built environment.”

Please register here by Wed, March 10

What: 

The DVSGA plans to hold a three-part speaker series on Race and Smart Growth in the first half of 2021. This conversation is long overdue as our organization’s work on sustainable land use and transportation policies has never explicitly considered the role of race in regional growth patterns. From our region’s history of redlining to today’s exclusionary suburban zoning, race has been and continues to be a significant force in regional growth patterns.

The first speaker will be Prof. Akira Drake Rodriguez whose work examines the racial politics of urban planning and public education through an interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative approach. Pre-order her book Diverging Spaces for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, due for release in May 2021.

Akira Drake Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the City/Regional Planning Dept at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.

Register: 

Click here to register.

$10 registration fee

(Free for students)