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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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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.

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.

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

Aug. 4 – Webinar Wednesday: So You Want to Build a Trail

So You Want to Build a Trail: Tips for Planning, Design, Funding and Construction

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Multi-use trails have seen a surge in popularity as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and are increasingly being used for transportation, in addition to their traditional role as a recreational amenity. Due to this increased demand, communities may be motivated to initiate local trail projects that promote outdoor recreation opportunities and connections to regional trail networks.

The objective of this session is for planners to understand how they can help local governments and nonprofit organizations plan for and implement trail projects. Specifically, this session will touch on how to navigate the process, including how to conduct a feasibility study to hone in on realistic alignments, how to identify appropriate funding opportunities, and how to work with municipal staff and volunteers. The presentation will also highlight real-life examples of considerations that arise during the trail design, permitting, and construction stages.

CM credit is pending approval.

Speakers: Donna Fabry and Chloe Mohr

Deadline to register is August 3, 2021

July 7 – APA PA Webinar Wednesdays – CM Credits Available

We are excited to bring you The Evolution of Aerial Imagery and AI Insights presented by Frank Teegelaar; Kevin Korth; Glen McNichol; and John Kennedy, AICP. The field of aerial imagery has exploded in the last two decades. Technology and advances in gathering data have made aerial images better, cheaper, and more accessible to a wide range of users. Today aerial imagery is used in a number of diverse sectors including engineering, construction, transportation, energy, state and local governments and many more. In this webinar we will explore the roots of aerial imagery, how it is used and where it is going in the future…
CM Credits will be available. This webinar is free for PA Chapter Members and $20.00 for non-members.

June 3/10/17 – OLIN Labs Hosts PrideScapes Discussion Series

PrideScapes Summer Speaker Series

Celebrate Pride with OLIN Labs!

To kick off the initiative, OLIN Labs is hosting a virtual three-part panel series that coincides with Pride month and invites critical conversations between landscape architects, designers, urban planners, artists, and historic preservationists working on LGBTQ+ discourse and projects related to the increased representation and visibility of LGBTQ+ spaces in the built environment.

Join us June 3rd, 10th, & 17th!

Discussion topics include Landscapes & Pandemics: The Inequities of AIDS & COVID-19, Preserving & Interpreting LGBTQ+ Landscapes: Making an Invisible History Visible, and LGBTQ+ Memorials: Design and Remembrance in the Landscape.

The PrideScapes Summer Speaker Series is free and open to the public! You will receive an email confirmation upon registration, and a password-protected Zoom Meeting link will be emailed to you the day of the presentation.

Sign up to attend one, two, or all three presentations!

Click here to register!

Penn State Solar Law Symposium

Utility-Scale Solar Development  

For Lawyers, Landowners, & Others 

An Online Legal Educational Symposium

Presented by

Center for Agricultural and Shale Law at Penn State Law
Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research
Penn State Dickinson Law
Penn State Extension

Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 12:00pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

Thursday, June 17, 2021, 12:00pm – 3:30pm (EDT)

This symposium is targeted at those with both beginning and intermediate levels of knowledge about photovoltaic electrical generation for the grid and is designed in a progressive manner with each session building upon the knowledge gained in the prior session.  Upon completion, an attorney, landowner, government professional, educator or other interested attendee will have a well-rounded understanding of the legal facets of the proliferation of utility-scale solar development project proposals in Pennsylvania, across the region, and throughout much of the United States.

$179 – Registration Fee (6 hours of substantive Pennsylvania CLE Credits)

$99 – Registration Fee (without CLE credits)

Register here: https://w2.pennstatelaw.psu.edu/forms/solar-symposium/

For more information, see the Event Page: https://aglaw.psu.edu/event/2021-penn-state-solar-law-symposium/

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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.

Register here

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.