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APA Names 2017 Planning Award Winners

The American Planning Association (APA) announced the winners of the latest round of annual National Planning Awards, which are divided into two categories: excellence and achievement. The winners also included a Pennsylvania ecodistrict, the Bicentennial Plan for Indianapolis, and Guidelines for Senior-Friendly Parks, in Los Angeles, ​Austin’s cemeteries master plan, bike mapping in Maryland and a community garden in Ontario, California. Projects that got the APA nod address challenges ranging from sea level rise to disinvested neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

Five Communities Recognized for Comprehensive Plans

The American Planning Association (APA) recognized five comprehensive plans through the organization’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot. A comprehensive plan guides a community’s physical, social, and economic development, which provides guidance on local land use decisions. Recognized communities include Temple Terrace, Florida; Plant City, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; Fernandina Beach, Florida; and Prince George’s County, Maryland. Read more... Read more

Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment

This Essential Info Packet (EIP) from the American Planning Association (APA) offers planners a collection of resources to help them better understand the connections between health and the built environment and integrate community health considerations into their planning and zoning work. The EIP is an annotated resource list that allows users to click through to the various websites, APA resources, and non-APA documents collected for this packet. Learn more... Read more

Tuesdays at APA: Inclusionary Zoning in DC

Join the American Planning Association for a discussion focused on DC’s Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) Program, led by the District Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The discussion will cover the background and history of IZ in DC and the current status and program projections. It will also look at where the program is headed, including proposed and upcoming changes to IZ. Other DHCD programs will also be addressed. Learn more and register... Read more

The State of Health Impact Assessment in Planning

This American Planning Association report provides an overview of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in planning, a description of the HIA process, and snapshots from an in-depth study of 27 planning HIAs. The report concludes with five case studies that demonstrate the diversity of planning HIAs, highlights effective strategies for conducting HIA, and shares lessons learned from the process. Read report... Read more

Health Impact Assessment Toolkit for Planners

This toolkit from the American Planning Association introduces planning directors, staff and policymakers to health impact assessment (HIA), a process that brings public health considerations into decision-making and offers opportunities for collaboration among planners and public health professionals. Use toolkit... Read more

Creating Smarter Cities: Augmenting the Collaboration between Cities and Technology Industries

While technology industries are developing smart cities tools and technologies at an increasing pace, planning organizations and cities are still challenged to find effective ways of using the tools to address the public interest and respond to citizens’ needs. This APA webinar will address the need for more effective collaboration between planning organizations and technology companies for creating smarter cities by exploring best national and international practices. In addition, the speakers will define effective strategies. Learn more and register... Read more

Webinar: Engaging Communities with Pro Bono Planning

Join the American Planning Association for a webinar to learn how to start a pro bono planning initiative. Representatives from California, Mississippi, South Carolina and Washington will discuss their respective programs, what has worked for them, and examples of projects they have done. Attendees will learn how to start and maintain a program, recruit volunteers, evaluate community applications, and discuss the benefits for the community and the volunteer planners. AICP Planners can earn up to 8 CM for their pro bono... Read more

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas Guide

Sustainability, resilience and climate change are top of mind for planners and floodplain managers, but when it comes to subdivision design, those concepts haven’t hit home. The result? Catastrophic flood damage. Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas is a guide to best floodplain planning practices for subdivision design. Readers will find tools to end the build-damage-rebuild cycle, save lives, protect property, and lay the foundation for a better, drier future. Read report... Read more
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