Does your community engage in planning and other activities to meet the needs of residents across all age groups? Has practice improved in the last decade?
ICMA and Cornell are reprising a national study on the extent to which local governments engage in planning and other activities to meet the needs of residents across all age groups – especially seniors and families with children. Results will provide insights into how local governments can promote more livable communities for all residents.
Every city and county in the US received the paper copy of the survey in mid May. It is divided into 3 sections: planning and participation, services, and values and attitudes. We estimate the survey will take 20 minutes to complete.
We encourage all cities and counties to fill out and return the survey as this will provide us with a view across the nation. If you would like to fill out the survey for your community, please use the link https://icma.org/planforallages
There will be a report on results of the survey at the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston.
July 23, 2019 (2:00-3:30 PM ET)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a training webinar series to build the capacity of environmental justice practitioners working at the state level. The fourth webinar on “Application of Environmental Justice to State Environmental Impact Assessment” is now open for registration.
Application of Environmental Justice to State Environmental Impact Assessment
- When: July 23, 2019 (2:00 – 3:30 PM EDT)
- Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/application-of-environmental-justice-to-state-environmental-impact-assessment-tickets-63346825059
- About: This webinar will provide a basic primer on environmental justice (EJ) methodologies which can be used by state practitioners during National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and other environmental impact assessments. It will also build on this foundation with presentations regarding the State of Alaska’s efforts to address health issues in environmental impact assessment and the State of Kentucky’s efforts to address transportation-related community impacts.
- Elizabeth Poole, Environmental Scientist, Multi-Media Programs Office, Region 5, US Environmental Protection Agency
- Sarah Yoder, Deputy Environmental Public Health Program Manager, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
- Stuart Goodpastor, Transportation Engineer formerly with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
- David Whitworth, Engineering & Operations Team Leader, Federal Highway Administration-Kentucky Division, U.S. Department of Transportation
Registration is required. Registered participants will receive details on how to access the webinar when you register. Please share this information with your colleagues and networks.
The first three webinars in this series focused on:
- Identifying and Prioritizing Environmentally Impacted and Vulnerable Communities (April 16, 2019)
Recording available at: https://youtu.be/1gsI4oIEb0U
- Enhancing Community Involvement in the Regulatory Process (May 15, 2019)
Recording available at: https://youtu.be/iz3sc9xSoPg
- Using Comprehensive Area-Wide Planning to Promote Equitable Development (June 18, 2019)
Additional webinar topics in the 2019 series include:
- Environmental Justice Considerations for Rural Water Infrastructure.
For more information, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice
For questions about the series, please contact: Charles Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite you to join Pennsylvania’s premier planning event of the year – the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association (PA APA) 2019 Annual Conference. This year’s conference, “Rally Around Reading: Rivers, Rails and Renaissance” takes place October 20 – 22, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Reading in Reading, PA. It promises to be one of PA Chapter’s best conferences.
The PA APA Annual Conference provides a unique and effective opportunity to showcase your work and capabilities to planning professionals and policy makers from across the Commonwealth. It’s also one of the ways to support planning in Pennsylvania by providing valuable networking, education, and development for planners.
The sponsorship page and brochure will allow you to choose the marketing opportunity that best suits your needs. The menu of options is varied – select conference sponsorship, rent prime exhibit space, or advertise in the Conference Announcement and Final Program. All options are first-come-first-serve and we anticipate space will fill quickly. Selecting your commitment level early will help you to get your first choice of placement as a sponsor, exhibitor, or both.
The 111th–meeting of the Information Resources Exchange Group (IREG) is scheduled for:WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 2019 (10 am to 12) at:
The ACP Building, 8th Floor
190 North Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Coffee will be available at 9:45 am.
Lunch will be served following the meeting.
Montgomery County’s Proposed Complete Streets Policy: An Informational Overview
DATE: Wednesday, June 26, 2019
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC) and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) will be offering a free webinar to introduce interested municipal officials, design professionals, and citizens to Montgomery County’s proposed Complete Streets policy initiative and to discuss how it may affect local roadway design in communities. MCPC, working with a host of public, non-profit, and industry leaders, is developing a Complete Streets policy for county-owned roads, bridges, and facilities. The policy—one of the first of its kind for a county government in Pennsylvania—will direct the county to incorporate Complete Streets principles into its own projects as well as advocate for them when working with partner agencies on their projects, whether public or private.
Complete Streets are streets designed for everyone. They take into account all ages of abilities and provide safe use for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders. The webinar will focus on the elements that will be included in the policy and how the policy will benefit communities. Join us for this interesting topic! An opportunity to comment on the draft policy will be available following the webinar at www.montcopa.org/CompleteStreetsPolicy.
*AICP credits pending
On Thursday June 6th, the APAPASE Events Committee hosted a Planning Professionals’ (and adjacent professions) happy hour and networking event. A high turnout meant lots of new connections, and plenty of patrons for La Peg’s gorgeous outdoor beer garden. After a little over an hour of socializing, the group headed across Christopher Columbus Boulevard to Race Street Pier. As the sun set over the city, a large yoga class practiced at the end of the pier, and several cyclists took in the busy scene.
The happy hour group settled in on the wooden steps of Race Street Pier and looked toward a bustling Cherry Street Pier, while speakers Chris Puchalsky of Philadelphia’s Office of Transportation Infrastructure and Sustainability (OTIS) and Chris Dougherty of the Delaware River Watershed Corporation (DRWC) spoke about their work in transportation and the waterfront, and upcoming projects planned for the city. Chris Puchalsky discussed the city’s efforts to connect many of Philly’s neighborhoods through multiple types of transit in order to move away from the car-centric nature of the streets. He briefly addressed issues of scooter trends that are present around the country, and Philly’s stance based on safety and infrastructure concerns. Chris Dougherty discussed the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s plans for the many properties along the waterfront. DRWC has an aggressive strategy for renovating some large spaces along the Delaware, including Graffiti Pier, and a plan to open it to the public in the next year.
Multi-transit and waterway-connectivity projects are at the forefront of many Philadelphian’s minds as the city continues to support public works projects that connect citizens to their built environment in new and exciting ways.
Thank you to all of those who attended; APAPASE is excited to hold more events like this in the future!
Chester County Unveils Return on Environment Report
The Chester County Commissioners announced results of a study, Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Chester County, during an Open Space Summit in May. The study—and its accompanying video—highlight the valuable economic, environmental, and public health benefits that open space preservation has provided to Chester County for the past three decades.
The report was prepared by Chester County departments, land conservancies, municipal representatives, economic development agencies, and Econsult Solutions, Inc., an economic consulting firm that provides econometric and analytic expertise to businesses and policymakers nationwide.
July 12, 2019
WEBINAR: Creating Safe Environments – Integrating Planning, Design & Physical Security
Friday, July 12 2019
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Hosted by: APA Pennsylvania
1.5 CMs Approved
In an increasingly complex world, creating safe environments requires planning with intention, nuance, and a multi-disciplinary approach. Physical security is most seamless when integrated into built environments long before they are constructed, but elements can also be effectively integrated into existing spaces. Learn about risk assessment, varied strategies, multi-disciplinary designs, and effective questions to ask to ensure that places and spaces are beautiful and functional–but also inherently secure. Case studies will be discussed to assist in framing a typical and holistic planning process. Effective approaches will be shared from the perspective of a professional planner and urban designer, as well as a physical security specialist.
July 19, 2019
WEBINAR: Incorporating Arts in Urban and Site Design
Friday, July 19 2019
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
Hosted by: Urban Design & Preservation Division
1.5 AICP CMs Approved
This Strategic Conversation explores how to design communities and sites to encourage more creative and cultural activities. Participants will also learn how the arts can help improve navigation, safety and other issues in urban and site design.