The conference will be held from May 9 through May 11, 2018 in College Park and Silver Spring, MD. It will bring together planners, architects, developers, real estate professionals, economists, social scientists, ecologists and others to discuss cutting-edge ideas for transforming the suburbs.
Makeover Montgomery 4
Makeover Montgomery has become a highly successful conference series focused on the sustainability of America’s suburbs. The fourth installment will be held this year, on May 9-11, and is jointly sponsored by the Montgomery County Planning Department and the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland. This year’s ambitious conference is focused on four tracks:
- Competitive Communities
- Healthy Communities
- Inclusive Communities
- Smart Communities
For more information, or to be added to the MM4 mailing list for future updates on the conference (including announcements about the opening of participant registration), please contactJason Sartori.
Join us for a very exciting one-day event scheduled for Friday, May 18th at Serenity Farms in southern Maryland. Working with us is Bernie Fowler Jr., founder of Farming 4 Hunger, a 501(c) 3 non-profit, and our keynote speaker for the 2016 APA Maryland conference.
Farming 4 Hunger started as a way to feed the hungry by growing fresh produce and distributing it locally. It has quickly evolved into a community outreach program, has become an educational source for our youth on agriculture and team building, and has taught coaching for life building skills designed for the inmates who work on the farm. Other programs have sprung from this work, like the “Getting Ahead While Getting Out” program, which is part of the 2nd Chances Initiative. This program works to give prisoners a true second chance upon completing their sentence.
The farm has also become a place of healing and memorializing loved ones lost from addictions. Farming 4 Hunger has won numerous awards and is being used as a model not just in other counties in Maryland, but nationwide.
Join APA-Maryland on Wednesday, January 31st at the Howard County Historical Society in Ellicott City from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM for a presentation and discussion on Post Disaster Planning in Ellicott City and a short presentation on APA-Maryland's new Work Program for 2018. Light refreshments will be served.
After the event we will gather at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company at 8308 Main Street in Ellicott City for some after-event socializing and networking.
This event will be eligible for one Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for AICP members.
Following the significant flooding of the historic Ellicott City Main Street in July of 2016, property owners, merchants, non-profits and the county have moved from disaster response to integrating disaster recovery into a long-term master plan for the area.
The Historic Ellicott City Main Street community is only 18 months removed from a flood of historic proportions. After the work of the county’s first responders was mostly complete, the work of longer term flood recovery began. Prior to the 2016 flood, the area was designated a Maryland Main Street as well as a Maryland Sustainable Community and was led by the Ellicott City Partnership. Ellicott City is also a designed historic district. Revitalization strategies were identified and these programs were in place. In between the immediate disaster response phase and the long-term planning phase, the County convened a series of community recovery meetings and formed the Community Advisory Group to create an effective link between intermediate disaster response and long-term planning.
The master plan is taking a fresh and creative look at long term flood mitigation strategies, land use, downtown parking, business/retail marketing strategies, urban design and placemaking, and transportation. Most importantly, it will define funding and implementation strategies and address Ellicott City at a watershed level in a way that many traditional master plans do not do. The result will be a comprehensive, community-driven vision for rebuilding a stronger and more resilient Ellicott City. The Master Plan process has included extensive public outreach through community workshops/meetings and the engagement of the Master Plan Advisory Team. Howard County, supporting transparency in the process, maintains a website hosting over a dozen prior studies, records of all the public workshops, and supports online engagement through surveys. The plan will be adopted as a general plan amendment in 2018 with an emphasis on implementation.
Event Speakers: Tom McGilloway, PLA, ASLA, Principal, Mahan Rykiel; and Peter G. Conrad, AICP, Deputy Director, Howard County Planning and Zoning
Image credit: Preservation Maryland (Ellicott City Flood Recovery, Frederick Rd.) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 97th Annual Meeting will be held January 7–11, 2018, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world.
The meeting program will cover all transportation modes, with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions and workshops, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2018 meeting: Transportation: Moving the Economy of the Future.
The full 2018 program is available online now via the Interactive Program and the mobile app. You can see detailed information about more than 800 sessions and more than 500 committee and subcommittee meetings—viewing them chronologically or searching just for those with a specific subject category or key word.
In addition, you can view curated session charts that provide representative samplings of sessions for attendees with various specific interests.
Registration is required for all Annual Meeting attendees.
It is my pleasure to invite you to our biannual superjury presentations on Thursday evening December 14 from 5:30-8:30 pm in CBEIS 235 (Co+In Lab) - see the attached poster. Our super jury is our semester-culminating event where students from various classes present their work. The event gives students (and their faculty) an opportunity to hear your feedback and critique, and provides them with an entree into the professional world. It also provides you with a modest opportunity to impact the careers of Baltimore's future planners and shape our evolving program. Plus the dialogue is always stimulating!
This semester we'll get a taste of the Waverly Future Plan from the Housing and Land Development course and then delve into the work of the 2nd Year Planning Studio for the Pen Lucy, WIlson Park and Wrenlane neighborhoods. Finally, we'll get to see two excellent capstone project presentations, one that assesses the full potential of urban agriculture in Baltimore; and a second that provides an intimate, street-level view of unsheltered homelessness in Baltimore and considers implications with the aim of creating a more humane city.
In their new book “The New Localism: How cities can thrive in the age of populism,” (Brookings Press, 2017) urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak reveal where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges.
Katz and Nowak tell stories of the cities that are on the vanguard of problem solving. Out of these stories emerge new norms of growth, governance, and finance and a path toward a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive society. Katz and Nowak imagine a world in which urban institutions finance the future through smart investments in innovation, infrastructure and children and urban intermediaries take solutions created in one city and adapt and tailor them to other cities with speed and precision. As Katz and Nowak show us in “The New Localism,” “Power now belongs to the problem solvers.”
On Wednesday, December 6, Bruce Katz will discuss his new book, “The New Localism: How cities can thrive in the age of populism,” during a special conversation with co-author Jeremy Nowak and New York Times columnist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winning author Tom Friedman.
After the session, Katz and Nowak will take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing. Books purchased at the event will be 20 percent off.
This event will be live webcast. Online viewers may send in questions on Twitter using #NewLocalism.
The Maryland Planning Commissioners Association is pleased to host the 2017 conference at the Tidewater Inn, Easton, Maryland. This year will feature planning commission training and 1-1/2 days of current topical sessions. The conference cost of $125 for attendees, and $45 for guests, includes the conference, Thursday Banquet, and Friday meals.
DesignDC is the premier regional conference focused on the unique challenges posed by working in Metropolitan Washington for architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors, planners, landscape architects, and developers in the DC Metropolitan area. This three-day conference features two days of educational sessions and trade show exhibits at the Washington Convention Center, and a third day full of opportunities to tour projects across the DC metro area. Earn AIA, AICP, ASLA, GBCI, IIDA, and PDH credits at all three days of DesignDC.
Registration is open! Register here.
Taking the AICP Exam this November or May?
Mark your calendar for the 2017 AICP Exam Prep Workshop, hosted by the National Capital Area and Maryland APA chapters, on Saturday, September 30th, at Catholic University of America’s School of Architecture and Planning (620 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington DC). This popular training course will provide a review of key planning topics that could appear on the AICP Certification Exam and explain the structure of the updated test released just this past May.
The training session will be led by the same presenters who routinely conduct the AICP Exam Prep session at the National APA Conference and will return to the DC area to walk local AICP candidates through the intricacies of the test.
Now that the November exam application window has closed, this is an excellent opportunity to fill in any missing gaps before sitting for the exam. If you’re thinking about applying for the May 2018 exam, this workshop may help make your decision before it’s December 28application deadline.
All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please also share this event with others who may be interested in taking the AICP exam in the future.
Registration is open here.
Questions? Contact Clark Larson, AICP
The annual Policy and Advocacy Conference takes place in Washington, D.C. The program presents:
- Sessions on federal, state, and local concerns
- Advocacy training
- Deep dive on issues likely to impact planners over the next decade at our annual Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas
- New thoughts on policy topics every planner should understand
Planners' Day on Capitol Hill
MEET WITH YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES AND SPEAK OUT FOR GOOD PLANNING
In a single, action-packed day, experience:
- A policy briefing, orientation, and advocacy training
- Meetings on Capitol Hill
- A congressional luncheon
- Celebration and debriefing
Date: Monday, September 18, 2017
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm (includes program and reception)
Location: Reed Smith LLP, 1301 K Street NW, Suite 1100E
Creating cities that work for everyone means seeing them from different perspectives — literally. In Seeing the Better City, urbanist writer, photographer and land-use attorney Charles R. Wolfe takes urban observation beyond design review and zoning codes, charting a future where all city-dwellers—from citizens to real estate professionals and government personnel-- can contribute to the improvement of their city. Wolfe presents an empowering, comprehensive toolkit for cataloging the influences of neighborhood dynamics, public transportation, urban form and other elements that impact day-to-day life in a city.
Join ULI Washington, CNU DC, NCAC-APA and and Island Press for a lively discussion of themes from Seeing the Better City. Kaid Benfield, former director of the Sustainable Communities and Smart Growth program at the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of People Habitat, will moderate this interview-style program, which will also include time for audience Q&A. Bios of Mr. Wolfe and Mr. Benfield are at this link. Discounted copies of the book will be available to purchase and have signed by the author at the event.
Roanoke, VA. Earn up to 18 CM credits
It is with great excitement that the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association announces the opening of registration for our Annual Conference, July 16 to July 19, 2017 at the Hotel Roanoke. Discounts are available for APA members and students. This year, our Conference focuses on "future communities" and how we are, as planning professionals, leading the way in planning for the future.
Our host community, the City of Roanoke, VA and the Roanoke Valley, is the perfect location to see planning for future communities in action. Roanoke offers a great opportunity for planners to get out in the community through mobile tours, with more than 8 offerings throughout the Conference. The Conference Program also includes a variety of break-out sessions and workshops on topics ranging from driverless vehicles to smart cities to planning for natural disasters to creative efforts in plan making & civic engagement. We also are pleased to offer deep dive courses in leadership for local elected/appointed officials and senior/management-level professional staff. Conference highlights are being featured in our blog, updated each week. Conference attendees can earn up to 18 CM credits, including the required 1.5 law and 1.5 ethics credits.
Baltimore Data Day 2017
At the University of Baltimore
Friday, July 14, 2017
Keynote Address and Opening Session
Gentrification, Displacement, and Housing Instability: Successful Strategies and Tools to Sustain Neighborhood Diversity
At the Federal Reserve Bank, Baltimore Branch
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Register for Data Day 2017 here.
Baltimore Data Day is an annual workshop to help communities expand their capacity to use technology and data to advance their goals. At the 8th Annual Baltimore Data Day, community leaders, nonprofit organizations, governmental entities and civic-minded “hackers” will come together to see the latest trends in community-based data, technology and tools and learn how other groups are using data to support and advance constructive change. Baltimore Data Day is structured around a series of “how to” interactive workshops in which people who work with data will explain what data is available, how to access data, and why data can be actionable for communities.
Baltimore Data Day is open to the public and there is no cost to attend. Space is limited and registration is required.
The 2017 agenda will be available soon. To see last year’s agenda, click here.
Interested in participating in lunchtime "Flash Talks on Social Justice Data"? Please contact BNIA-JFI's Summer Sondheim Fellow, Ciara, at email@example.com for more information.
Webcast: Mississippi Chapter – Economic Development for Everyone: Creating Jobs, Growing Businesses, and Building Resilience in Low-Income Communities – Speaker: Mark Miller, Ph.D.
How do we create employment, grow businesses, and build greater economic resilience in our low-income communities? How do we create economic development for everyone, everywhere – including rural towns, inner-city neighborhoods, aging suburbs, and regions such as Appalachia, American Indian reservations, the Mexican border, and the Mississippi Delta – and not just in elite communities? Miller's forthcoming book Economic Development for Everyone (Routledge, June 2017) collects, organizes, and reviews much of the current research available on creating economic development in low-income communities: both the challenges these communities face in the current environment, as well as diverse ideas and opportunities for sustainable economic development.
Webcast: June 16 – Private Practice Division – A Road Map for Age-Friendly Communities – Speakers: Mildred Warner, Ph.D.; Jana Lynott, AICP; Alan Dela Torre, Ph.D.; Ramona Mullahey
America is aging: The most dramatic change is in the 65-74 year old age category with the age wave of the Baby Boomer generation with far-reaching economic and socio-political consequences. Population aging is viewed as a challenge and burden, especially, for communities unprepared for this demographic change. Real progress will occur when challenge is transformed to opportunity. APA’s Aging in Community Policy Guide can help frame planning solutions that foster new conversations, new coalitions, and new shared strategies that link the generations successfully to build livable communities for all. In this session, planners will explore a community's capacity to foster aging-in-community in transportation, housing and community supports and connections: three of the six Guiding Policies in the Policy Guide.
Webcast: Women and Planning Division – Women in Planning: Leadership & Empowerment – Speakers: Corrin Hoegen Wendell; Kimberly Albano; Monica Tibbits, AICP, LEED AP BD+C
Join the APA Women and Planning Division for an exciting and inspiring conversation focused on leadership and empowerment within the workplace. This webinar will provide an opportunity for female planning professionals to learn more about the fundamentals of becoming an effective leader, strategies for advancement within your career and how to create a culture of supporting and empowering other female leaders. A panel of experienced female professionals will discuss a wide range of important topics including career growth and development, how to gain a valuable planning network, and share their own experiences and stories. Students, emerging and mid-career professionals, and seasoned planners alike will enjoy this collaborative and supportive webinar.
THE FUTURE OF PLANNING (PDF ONE SHEET)
The Maryland Chapter of APA invites you to join us for our annual meeting and one day conference on Friday, June 2, 2017. The event will be held at the Moyer Community Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane in Annapolis.
This all day event will offer 5.5CM credits.
It is free to attend the annual meeting portion of the event. However, if you wish to stay for the sessions the fee is $25 which includes lunch.
REGISTER VIA PAYPAL or SNAIL-MAIL (Please note PayPal only accepts one registration at a time):
Payments can be made via check by mailing them to Lauren at the following address:
c/o KCI Technologies, Inc.
614 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
8:00 am to 8:45 am
Registration/ Continental Breakfast
8:45 am to 9:00 am
Greetings and Introductions – Mike Pantelides, Mayor of Annapolis
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Annual meeting of the membership – vote on changes to by-laws and dues
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Planning & Engineering Consultants - Friends or Foe?
11:15 am to 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Tackling Ethical Challenges
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
PALS In Action
3:15 pm to 4:15 pm
Innovations in Planning Technology
4:30 pm to ?
Happy Hour with the Emerging Planners – location to be determined
The day will begin with the MD APA Chapter Annual Meeting. During the meeting, amending the bylaws, changing the dues, and the election cycles for some of the officers will be voted on. Additional information on the specific changes will be sent to chapter members.
Planning & Engineering Consultants - Friends or Foe?
Debbie Pfeil & Lauren Good: KCI Technologies
Learn a consultant's role on projects and ensure they are working efficiently for YOU - the Client! Hear how a consultant can help you and learn whether they can hurt you. We will also discuss lessons learned from both the consultant and client perspectives.
PALS in Action
Uri Avin, NCSG & Pete Gutwald and Sally Nash City of Annapolis
The Partnership for Action Learning in Sustainability (PALS) is a University of Maryland program to help Maryland communities become more environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable by teaming up students, teachers and planners. PALS is designed to provide innovative, low-cost assistance to local governments while creating real-world problem-solving experiences for graduate and undergraduate
Tackling Ethical Challenges
Our “thespians” will use skits to make ethics fun! The skits will explore the ethical challenges faced by professional planners. The scenarios will address the challenges of transitioning from public to private sector employment and the conflicting obligations planners face when balancing fair housing goals and public opinion. Through facilitated discussion, the AICP Code of Ethics will be explored as it relates to actions taken by the planners. Audience participation is required!
Frederick Rising: Trailblazing Towards Balanced, Sustainable and Economically Resilient Communities in and Around the Clustered Spires of Frederick
A panel of planning pioneers, strategic planning experts and community innovators will explore two separate and groundbreaking 21st century planning initiatives currently underway in Frederick, MD: East Frederick Rising and Livable Frederick. These two planning initiatives are bringing into practice a variety of innovative planning practices and techniques that broaden the capability and range of possible outcomes in municipal and county plans. The panel will explore both processes along with the tools & techniques that are or will be used to sound a different note in development of these two projects.
Innovations in Planning Technology
Megan Griffith, Mahan Rykiel & Aviva Brown, SHA
The technology and tools used for enhancing the planning process and interpreting our communities are evolving at a rapid pace. In this session, we will explore how planners can navigate these new innovations with both intention and caution
What was once a futuristic concept, often associated with pop culture, is not only possible, but is coming very soon to a roadway near you. Autonomous cars are precisely what the term “disruptive technology” describes. It is technology that will fundamentally change much of what we know about personal transportation—changing our habits, our preferences, and our opportunities, and nothing will be more impacted by these changes than our cities. As city planners, we must be on the forefront of understanding this technology and how we can prepare for the potential impacts. This presentation will include modeled scenarios for potential impacts to roadway networks, neighborhood development, and site design. Specific planning tasks such as comprehensive planning and zoning code revisions will be discussed as well, as they will be instrumental in preparing for, and adapting to, this emerging technology.
We Need You to Join the Conversation
Changes in government have created uncertainty around housing policy and funding at the federal and state levels. To respond to these shifts, we need to have an even bolder conversation--one that better explores the potential gaps in affordable housing and digs more deeply into the local ideas that can sustain our progress.
Scroll down to read about the experts and leaders we'll be bringing together for our annual Summit on May 5. Then make sure to register this week to receive our special Early Bird rate.
Expert Panelists, Speakers, and Awardees Include:
-Ben Cardin, U.S. Senate
-Jamie Raskin, U.S. House of Representatives
-Paul Sarbanes, former U.S. Senator
-Rick Padilla, Denver Office of Economic Development
-Nicole Ferreira, New York City Housing Authority
-Ken Holt, MD Secretary of Housing and Community Development
-Adrianne Todman, DC Housing Authority
-Sheila Crowley, National Low Income Housing Coalition
-Chris Estes, National Housing Conference
-Lisa Sturtevant, Regional Demographics Consultant
-Ron Paul, EagleBank
*Note: Realtors and Architects are eligible to receive Continuing Education credits
CulturalDC and the DC Office of Planning have joined forces with residents and businesses of Ward 4 to present “Walter Reed Dreams,” a community-driven arts and culture tribute.
Capturing stories, dreams, and insights from the residents of Ward 4.
Join Mayor Muriel Bowser, Councilmember Brandon Todd, and Ward 4 community members in the celebration of the history and future of the Walter Reed Army Medical Site on April 29, 2017 from 2-5pm.
CulturalDC has joined forces with residents and businesses of Ward 4 to present "Walter Reed Dreams," a community-driven arts and culture tribute, featuring multiple activities as part of the redevelopment of the Walter Reed campus.
In 1904, Major William C. Borden envisioned a complex that would combine medical treatment, research, and education together-- the framework for the future Walter Reed Army Medical Center. It was called “Borden’s Dream” by a doubtful congressman, and the ambitious moniker remained.
Presented by the AIABaltimore Urban Design Committee in collaboration with APA Maryland
2 AIA/CES HSW LUs and APA CMs available
5:45-6:30: Tour of Open Works, a new maker-space with Cho Benn Holback + Associates Architects
Laurie Feinberg, Assistant Director, Baltimore City Department of Planning will give a presentation to AIABaltimore’s Urban Design Committee on Baltimore City’s new ‘Transform’ Zoning Code.
On December 5, 2016, the City Council passed and the Mayor signed into law a new zoning code for the City of Baltimore. This code will replace the 1971 Zoning Code. It is intended to simplify and streamline development review, and provide an easily understood set of rules, while creating a more modern code that fosters growth and development while maintaining neighborhood character.
The new zoning code will go into effect on Monday, June 5, 2017.
More information and details of the new zoning code:
Coming up on April 21: SUP's 2017 research symposium, focused on cities and immigration - featuring presentations by faculty from Dartmouth College; the University of Denver; the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and the University of Pennsylvania:
The event is free and open to the public, so please RSVP and spread the word - we look forward to seeing you there!
The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is once again holding an all-day AICP exam prep session on Saturday, March 4 from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00p.m. This will be held at the Community Room at the Giant Shopping Center, Camp Hill.
The session will review the content outline of the AICP exam, which APA recently updated, and provide details on the different content areas. The May 2017 exam has been updated to reflect the new content outline, and the session will take time to clarify understanding of the revised exam. Questions are encouraged throughout the day. PA chapter members can attend for free and non-members pay $35.
Registration is required.
As seen on ABC's 20/20 last month, Ralph McLaughlin will be at GW's Foggy Bottom campus sharing his perspective as Trulia's Chief Economist during the past 12 months.
Prior to joining Trulia in 2014, Ralph was an Assistant Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at San Jose State University, where he was the Director of the Real Estate Development program. He has also worked as an Assistant Professor in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of South Australia. During his time as an academic, his research focused on housing supply, urban growth, and economic geography. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Geography and Regional Development at the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design with an emphasis in Urban and Regional Economics from the University of California, Irvine.
Please join the Department of Transportation and Environmental Services for an evening of conversation about parking trends across the nation. This event will kick-off the City’s offstreet commercial parking requirement study. Members of the public and professionals are welcome to attend.
DATE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2017 TIME: 7-9p.m. LOCATION: ALEXANDRIA CITY HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 2ND FLOOR, 301 KING STREET, ALEXANDRIA, VA WHO? PUBLIC AND PROFESSIONALS COST: THIS EVENT IS FREE. AICP MEMBERS ELIGIBLE FOR 2.0 CM CREDITS. For more information, please call 703.746.4139 or visit www.alexandriava.gov/76333
The members of the Baltimore/Washington Brick Distributor Council are pleased to present this special annual event for architects. Join them as they host an educational day filled with information, networking, and fun.