APA Interact January 15, 2020

This Week at APA
January 15, 2020
In response to the proposed overhaul of NEPA regulations, APA urged the Trump administration not to abandon federal environmental reviews that safeguard communities and taxpayers from uncertainty, risk, and unnecessary costs. APA released a joint statement last week together with the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Stay tuned for advocacy opportunities on this issue.

Despite potential federal regulatory changes, we remain committed to helping states and communities make infrastructure development decisions that benefit everyone. In support of this goal, APA recently released new research — Planning for Infrastructure Resilience — that provides guidance on innovative local approaches that balance public protection with efficiency.

News of APA and ASFPM's joint statement was covered by the Associated Press last week among several other local and regional publications.
Save your spot in Houston

Register for NPC20 and you'll be among 5,000+ planners in Houston for the premier planning event of the year. General registration is now open to all; be sure to snag popular ticketed items before they sell out.

Dive into the host city through Planning's special January edition – "The 'Z' Word" focuses on how Houston's famous lack of zoning doesn't mean it doesn't have planning.
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Become a planning ambassador in your community

APA ambassador Meagan Mullen Booth wanted to show the value of planning to young children, so she inspired them to draw home or a favorite place to create an "envelope city." Become an APA ambassador like Meagan — apply by January 31.
Rebuild through APA's disaster recovery assistance

APA is currently seeking inquiries from communities in need of technical assistance for post-disaster recovery projects. One community will be selected to receive specialized technical assistance, and all logistical expenses are funded through the grant.
Receive assistance for sustainability and equity efforts

Is your local government committed to accelerating progress on climate change, resilience, and social equity? Up to 20 local governments will be selected to participate in the LEED for Cities and Communities grant program. Apply by January 31.
New social equity resource collection

Planning for social equity means recognizing planning practices that have had a disparate impact on communities and actively working with residents to create better communities for all. Explore Social Equity, the latest addition to APA's Research KnowledgeBase, to discover resources on how local and regional agencies are advancing social equity goals.
Creating a disaster recovery guide for planners

Even the most prepared communities will face unique challenges in the wake of a disaster. To better support planners, APA and the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center at Texas A&M University partnered on phase one of a project to develop a tactical disaster recovery guide. The phase one findings were recently released — learn what planners need to know about disaster recovery and how APA is working to better support them in these efforts.
APA Learn: Advancing inclusive and equitable climate adaptation

From World Town Planning Day 2019 — four panelists discuss their ongoing efforts to engage diverse and socially vulnerable communities in planning for climate adaptation and resilience. CM | 1.25
Develop reflexivity in your planning practice

In the latest "Guide for the Idealist" blog post, Richard Willson, FAICP, makes the case for practicing reflexivity — asking "why" in the middle of workday stress.
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