March 7: Vision Zero for Philadelphia Conference

Saturday, March 7th 2020 – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

at Temple University Student Center South

hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

For six years, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Conference has been bringing leaders and expert voices from around the Delaware Valley and the country into Philadelphia for a day of talks, panels, and workshops.

This year, the Bicycle Coalition’s 2020 Vision Zero Conference, presented by Lyft, will both reflect upon the progress made in Philadelphia and the region, and discuss the accelerated speed at which progress over the next four years will need to proceed to make Philadelphia’s roadways safe for all.

This year’s speakers range from New York City’s Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Managing Director Michael Carroll, Philadelphia Streets Commissioner Carlton Williams, Zabe Bent of the National Association of City Transportation Officials and many others.  Mayor Jim Kenney will make remarks at the end of the day.

  • Program details and speakers can be viewed here
  • Tickets (sliding scale) are available here
  • Sponsorship opportunities are available here

2020 Annual Conference Call for Presenters!

Call for Presenters is now open!

Proposals are being accepted online only via the Chapter website. The deadline to submit a presentation proposal is Friday, March 6.The conference committee is seeking traditional and non-traditional sessions. For complete details see the Call for Presenters

Conference Date and Location:
October 18-20, 2020
Hilton Scranton
100 Adams Ave, Scranton PA 18503

If you have any questions, please email Kim Gusic at

Feb. 28: PBCD Philadelphia Networking Mixer

Come network, socialize and converse with Black Urban Planning Professionals in the Philadelphia Area at our networking mixer event. Planners, Elected Officials, Engineers, Students and others are welcome.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Date And Time

Fri, February 28, 2020
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EST


Tir na nÓg
1600 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103


2019 Annual Event Recap

Southeast Section Hosts 2019 Annual Event on Housing

On Thursday, November 14, 2019, the Southeast Section held their yearly event, bringing together about 30 planners from Philadelphia and the region – including private sector, public sector, and students – to network and share ideas. The event was held in the historic MAAS building in the revitalizing Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. The building, originally built in 1859 as the Charles Maas Brewery, later became a trolley car repair shop for the Girard Street trolley line. After falling into disrepair in the late twentieth century, the building was recently revitalized using reclaimed materials and modern technology to serve as an arts and events space. The venue’s varied past and recent revitalization (as well as its cozy size) made it an appropriate setting for discussing the topic of sustainable architecture and housing trends.

Justin Dula, Chair of the Southeast Section, welcomed attendees and announced that this would be his last event as Section Chair before turning the position over to current Vice Chair Alexis Williams in January. Rebecca Ross of the Delaware County Planning Department introduced the speakers and moderated discussion at the end of the presentations. Robert Fleming, architect and Founding Director and Professor of the Sustainable Design Program at Thomas Jefferson University, started with a broad overview of the need for sustainable design and the challenge of convincing the public of its value. In his presentation, Professor Fleming emphasized that he believes sustainability lies at the intersection of People, Profit, Planet, and Place. This is an update to the triple-bottom line concept, suggesting the role that quality design can play in sustainable development. The next speaker was Stephanie Sena, the Founder and Executive Director of Student-Run Emergency Housing Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP) a non-profit homeless shelter operating since 2011, and The Breaking Bread Community, an affordable Housing Initiative, which builds houses, community centers, community gardens, and art installations for people in poverty and their pets. She spoke about her organizations and her most recent project to build “cozy cottages” at affordable prices for formerly homeless individuals. Finally, Brett Madsen spoke on the challenges of permitting innovative housing projects – such as tiny homes – under the current Philadelphia code and permitting process. Brett is a licensed expediter with years of experience in Philadelphia, and his firm, Permit Philly, manages the Philadelphia permit process for clients from the first call to the issuance of the certificate. Speaker presentations are available here and a shared album of event photos can be found here (feel free to add yours if you attended!).

The presentations rounded off with a panel discussion with questions from the audience. While mingling and networking, attendees also enjoyed gourmet snacks and desserts from Seedling and Sage catering. Student architectural works from the Charter High School for Architecture and Design (CHAD) were on display for the viewing (and tactile!) enjoyment of the attendees. It was another successful event to wrap up an exciting year of planning in Southeast PA!


Open Funding Opportunities

Community Conservation Partnership Program Grants

More Information: https://www.brcgrants.dcnr.pa.gov/

Deadline: April 22, 2020

DCNR is accepting applications for its Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants. The 2020 grant application round opened January 15 and will close April 22. Funds can support projects such as:

  • Planning, acquisition, and development of public parks
  • Trail planning and construction
  • River conservation and access
  • Open space conservation
  • Streamside tree planting

Applicants should contact their Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Regional Advisor to discuss project ideas and application requirements prior to submitting. To apply for a grant, please use the DCNR Grants Customer Service Portal.

Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant

More Information: https://www.dep.pa.gov/Business/Land/Waste/Recycling/Municipal-Resources/FinancialAssistance/Pages/default.aspx

Application deadline: April 24, 2020

Contact: mvottero@pa.gov, 717-787-7382

These grants of up to $200,000 provide assistance to eligible nonprofit organizations such as shelters and food banks for proper food management. “Access to fresh food in underserved communities is a public health and quality of life issue, but it’s also an environmental justice issue. While traveling across the state, my staff and I often hear from underserved communities that access to fresh food is a significant concern, so we wanted to do our part to address this issue in a meaningful, environmentally focused way,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. The grant application deadline is April 24, 2020.

Economic Impact Initiative Grants

More Information: https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/economic-impact-initiative-grants


Economic Impact Initiative Grants provide funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression.

An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings.

Examples of essential community facilities include:

  • Healthcare: hospitals, medical clinics, dental clinics, nursing homes, assisted-living facilities
  • Public Facilities: city/town/village halls, courthouses, airport hangers, street improvements
  • Community Support Services: child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, transitional housing
  • and more


Public bodies, federally-recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations in eligible rural areas may apply.

Eligible rural areas must meet specific criteria:

  • Cities, villages, townships, and federally-recognized tribal lands with no more than 20,000 residents
  • Unemployment rate for the service area is greater than 19.5%

Median household income of the service area is below 90% of the state non-metropolitan median household income

April 4 – AICP Exam Prep Session

Save the Date: The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is once again holding an all-day AICP exam prep session on Saturday, April 4 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. This will be held at the Giant Community Center (2300 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg PA 17110).

The session will review the content outline of the AICP exam and provide details on the different content areas. Questions are encouraged throughout the day. PA chapter members can attend for free and non-members pay $35.

Registration is required. Please check the APA-PA Chapter Website within the upcoming weeks for registration details.

Future City Competition 2020 Recap

The theme for this year’s Future City Competition – held on Saturday, JanuaryThe winning team with their city 18th – was Clean Water.  Teams of middle schoolers from around the Philadelphia region were tasked with designing a city that guaranteed a reliable water source for all citizens.   APA PA SE continued our support of the event by providing a judge at the competition, who awarded Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School (Willow Grove, PA) with the APA, PA Chapter, SE Section Award for Planning Excellence.

Students from Queen of Angels demonstrated a clear vision for their city, the reimagined ancient city of Tenochtitlan, and they were able to articulate their process for achieving goals that supported their vision. For their efforts, they were also awarded 3rd place overall.  Lionville Middle School claimed 1st place at Future City Philadelphia Competition, and they will represent the region at the finals on February 28th. Downingtown Middle The winning team with their awardSchool rounded out the top three with a 2nd place finish. Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s competition!

Feb. 12: Walkability for All- Putting Equity into Practice

When: February 12, 2020 2pm

Registration: https://americawalks.org/new-webinar-walkability-for-all-putting-equity-into-practice-february-12-2020/

How do we move beyond talking about equity to building equitable communities? Explore ways individuals and organizations are taking action to create walkable and movable communities for all people. This webinar is intended for those just starting out on the walking path as well as those interested in learning more about the topic.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn about strategies, resources, and data to help implement equity into your own work
  • Hear from those working to develop and implement strategies to improve engagement and participation
  • Explore how we take equity from a buzzword to an action item

Featured Listing – DVRPC – Transportation Planner / Engineer

DVRPC is looking for a Transportation Planner/Engineer! Click through for the full listing.

DVRPC – Transportation Planner / Engineer

APAPASE New Officers

APAPASE is pleased to announce contact information for the section’s new officers! The chapter has one Citizen Planner spot open as well. If you or someone you know is interested in being a citizen planner, please contact us at nominations@apapase.org.

Executive Committee
Alexis Williams – Chair – chair@apapase.org
John Federico – Vice Chair vicechair@apapase.org
Rick Collier – Treasurer – treasurer@apapase.org
Pattie Guttenplan – Secretary – Secretary@apapase.org
Justin Dula – Past Chair – justin@apapase.org
Citizen Planner 
Cheryl Tumola
Linda McIsaac
Are you interested in being a citizen planner on the council? Contact us at nominations@apapase.org

At Large
Ramond Joseph
Amanda Lafty
Kiersten Mailler
Maureen McQuilkin
Rebecca Ross
Rebecca Wetzler