Tell Congress what planners want in the next surface transportation law
Work is already under way in Congress to hammer out the details of the nation's next surface transportation law. The current transportation law, the FAST Act, is set to expire in September 2020. Planners are well positioned to explain to members of Congress why passing legislation that increases funding for a range of mobility options and establishes a sustainable, predictable way to fund federal transportation programs is critical.
Specifically, tell your senators to increase funding for important federal transportation programs.
Our goal is to send 2,000 emails to Congress by September 6, the final day of the August recess. Use new tools like APA's Board-approved Surface Transportation Policy Guide to better advocate for a transportation future that meets the needs of your community.
Policy and Advocacy Conference
Build on your August advocacy momentum this fall at the 2019 Policy and Advocacy Conference, September 23–25. The event kicks off with state- and federal-level training and educational sessions on topics like infrastructure, housing affordability, and inclusive growth. Close out the conference on Capitol Hill where you'll have the opportunity to connect with your elected officials on federal policies that will impact local planning decisions.
It's time to start thinking about nominating your planning work, or an individual who has contributed much to planning, for a 2020 National Planning Award. This year's nomination window opens on Wednesday, August 21. Read about the award categories, criteria, and nomination requirements and start gathering your materials. The nomination window closes Friday, September 6.
Make your voice heard: 2019 APA/AICP elections
Balloting in the 2019 APA/AICP consolidated election — administered by APA partner Survey & Ballot Systems — is open through August 15. If you are not already logged in to the APA website, you will be asked to do so, using your APA username and password, to access your personalized ballot.
August 13 – "Addressing Cultural Divides," second in a four-part series sponsored by the APA Latinos and Planning Division (Register by August 12; pricing varies for division members, nonmembers, and groups) CM | 1.50
August 15 – "Planning for Drought and Cascading Hazards," a Planning Information Exchange webinar. Join experts as they discuss specific challenges and opportunities in planning for drought and subsequent natural hazards. CM |1.25 (Register; free)
ICMA/Cornell survey on planning for all age groups
The International City Management Association and Cornell University are reprising a national study on local governments' engagement in planning and other activities to meet the needs of residents across all age groups. Results with insights into how local governments can promote more livable communities for all residents may be presented at NPC20 in Houston.
The Land Economics Foundation of Lambda Alpha International invites proposals that advance the field of land economics from qualified individuals, publications, nonprofits, and institutions. Grants can be applied to planning projects and typically range from $5,000 to $30,000.
Take a survey on public participation experiences
Researchers from Buffalo State College and University at Buffalo are conducting a survey to learn how planners view themselves, and how these views influence the way they engage citizens and residents in planning processes. Your responses will be kept confidential.
The August/September issue of Planning focuses on hazards. In "The Falling Dominoes of Climate Change," discover new approaches planners are taking when one natural disaster spurs the next. Planners are addressing housing loss in vulnerable communities like Houston. Data-driven tools are helping planners and communities prepare for the next big earthquake. "The Commissioner" discusses what zoning boards and commissions can regulate regarding legal cannabis.
Uncovering JAPA: "Zoning: The Cause and the Cure for High Housing Prices"
It's no secret that zoning can limit affordable housing development. An overview of "Zoning: The Cause and the Cure for High Housing Prices," from a recent issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association discusses the potential of changing zoning requirements to improve housing affordability in Los Angeles and other cities.
APA Learn: "The Science of Climate Change: Informing City Planning from Data to Preparedness"
In response to anticipated climate-change impacts, city planners are undertaking preparedness plans that integrate science advancement and real-world needs. In this course, learn how Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., are adapting to climate change and planning for the future. CM |1.25
Negotiations are a must for planning managers
The move from staff planner to manager makes negotiation a central part of day-to-day work. In the latest post in the "Guide for the Idealist" series, Rick Willson, FAICP, focuses on negotiations with developers and techniques that are useful with staff in your organization.
National Community Planning Month
October is National Community Planning Month, when we celebrate the role that planning plays in creating great communities. This year's theme is "Planning for Infrastructure That Benefits All." Resources to help your chapter, division, student organization, planning department, or firm celebrate National Community Planning Month — including social media graphics and key messages — are now available on our website. Customize these messages to bring your Planning Month celebrations and activities to life.
Through Certification Maintenance, AICP planners are at the forefront of emerging issues, planning trends, planning specialties, and best practices. Browse our list of CM providers that offer a broad range of continuing education activities.
Recommend an educational provider! Send an email to CMproviderinvite@planning.org and we'll reach out to your recommended educational organization and promote the benefits of offering CM credits.