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Welcome to the Maryland Chapter of the American Planning Association's Website. Our mission is to make great communities happen in Maryland by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We advocate for excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing our members with the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change. We hold a bi-annual conference, produce a quarterly newsletter, offer continuous opportunities to network, and experience new and varied educational opportunities across the state.

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APA's 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference


September 23-25 | Washington, D.C.

Connect with planners and officials on important planning policy issues and expand your network.

Advocate for stronger communities by speaking out on legislative issues that affect planning.

Learn how to address planning policy issues at both the federal and local levels.

  • Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  9:15 AM - 10:30 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

 

  • Get up to speed on the latest in advocacy and communications with this year's optional pre-conference training selections.

    Activity ID: #9153131 

  • Training (three concurrent sessions)

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  10:30 AM - 11:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

  • Get up to speed on the latest in advocacy and communications with this year's optional pre-conference training selection.

    Activity ID: #9153132 

  • All Leadership Luncheon and Planning Home Training

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  12 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Learn how to effectively communicate to a variety of stakeholders that planning is a part of the solution to the nation's housing affordability crisis.

    Activity ID: #9153133 

  • Delegate Assembly

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 4 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Delegates from across the nation will convene to craft new policy guides addressing some of planning’s most pressing and essential concerns: social equity, transportation, and housing. Attend to contribute to APA’s policy positions and advance efforts to achieve universal access to opportunity.

    Activity ID: #9153135 

  • Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas: Land Value Capture for Infrastructure Finance

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  4:30 PM - 6 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    An expert panel will review land value capture as a tool for municipal infrastructure finance. Learn what land value capture is, understand how states and localities leverage select land value capture instruments, and hear examples of effective use of land value capture tools. Presented in partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

    Activity ID: #9153136 

  • Opening Reception

    Date:  Sept. 23, 2018 Time:  6 PM - 7 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Network with colleagues, partners, and staff as we celebrate the opening of the 2018 Policy and Advocacy Conference. The reception is open to all conference attendees.

    Activity ID: #9153137 

  • Monday, Sept. 24, 2018

  • Federal Partner Breakfast

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  8 AM - 9 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Hear from and network with representatives from the federal agencies whose programs planners rely on locally every day. Breakfast will be provided.

    Activity ID: #9153142 

  • Plenary: Understanding Our Housing Crisis

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  9 AM - 10 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Housing affordability and other challenges are among the most pressing issues facing planners, policy makers, and local governments. This plenary session will examine the status of housing in the United States, with a close look at housing market trends ten years on from the Great Recession.

    Activity ID: #9153143 

  • Plenary: Impacts of Tax Reform on Housing and Economic Development

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  10:15 AM - 11:15 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    In late 2017, Congress enacted the most sweeping reform of the federal tax code in a generation. An expert panel will evaluate the tax law’s new Opportunity Zones, examine the impact on existing tools like Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and discuss where tax and tax-credit policy related to community and economic development may be headed.

    Activity ID: #9153145 

  • New Policy Frontiers for Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    This session will examine the state of federal AV legislation as well as ongoing rulemaking and guidance from U.S. DOT. Experts will discuss state-level activities and their likely impacts on both communities and the AV industry. Panelists also will highlight state and federal initiatives to help communities adopt and implement new smart cities and connected infrastructure technologies.

    Activity ID: #9153147 

  • Planning Home: State Housing Reform

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    From state statutes enabling local planning tools to vital funding and finance programs, states play a critical, and growing, role in housing policy. Increasingly, states are looking at changes to zoning and other local regulations with an eye toward addressing housing issues. This session will examine recent high-profile state legislative campaigns, and how housing will play a role in 2019.

    Activity ID: #9153146 

  • Luncheon Plenary: Pathways to Prosperity

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  12:30 PM - 1:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Our luncheon keynote will examine critical questions: How will we expand access to opportunity and prosperity in our cities, towns, and communities? What role can planning and new policy solutions play in driving inclusive growth, fueling equitable development, and building more just and prosperous places?

    Activity ID: #9153148 

  • Advancing Federal Resiliency and Hazard Policy

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 3 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Panelists will detail the status of critical federal issues ranging from reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program to the Digital Coast Partnership. Find out how state hazard-planning statutes stack up and where policy innovation is happening. Experts also will discuss advocacy approaches for advancing smarter policies and funding resiliency and hazard planning.

    Activity ID: #9153150 

  • Planning Home: Local Innovation

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  2 PM - 3 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Another key component of APA’s Planning Home action agenda is promoting innovations in local planning, codes, and policies. Cities are responding to housing challenges in new and important ways and this session will explore the landscape of local innovation. Attend to hear what communities are doing to make local plans and codes part of the housing solution.

    Activity ID: #9153149 

  • Planning Home: Funding, Finance, and Inclusive Growth

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    This session will feature in-depth discussion of how state, local, and federal policy makers are approaching housing-program issues that include funding, ensuring universal benefits from new development, and financing incentives and policies that support smart planning in both weak and strong housing markets. Examine the state of federal fair-housing policy and the future of HUD’s AFFH rule.

    Activity ID: #9153151 

  • What’s Next for Infrastructure Policy?

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  3:15 PM - 4:15 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    In Washington, recent funding bills have substantially expanded key infrastructure programs, and water and aviation bills have progressed. This session will examine what has changed, what might lie ahead in terms of funding and policy, and what states and localities are doing to fund infrastructure initiatives.

    Activity ID: #9153152 

  • Evening Plenary: Planners as Legislators and Leaders

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Celebrate leadership with a panel of planners who have gone on to serve as elected officials. Find how what motivated them, how planning inspired their work, and the lessons they have learned about influencing elected officials, changing policy, and electing champions for good planning.

    Activity ID: #9153153 

  • Evening Reception on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 24, 2018 Time:  6 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Join planners, elected officials, and their staffs on Capitol Hill to honor the planning stories in state and districts nationwide through APA's Great Places in America program. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.

    Activity ID: #9153155 

  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018

  • Breakfast Orientation

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  7 AM - 8 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Start the most important planning advocacy event of 2018 with a breakfast orientation on the day’s activities. Pick up your final meetings schedule, coordinate with meeting participants, and get helpful information for making your day on Capitol Hill easy and successful.

    Activity ID: #9153172 

  • Great Places in America Announcement

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  9:30 AM - 9:45 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Share in the exciting moment outside of Capitol Hill when APA President Cynthia Bowen, FAICP, announces the 2018 Great Places in America.

    Activity ID: #9153175 

  • Group picture on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  9:50 AM - 10 AM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Gather with your fellow advocates for a group photo behind the Capitol building before Planners’ Day meetings get underway.

    Activity ID: #9153176 

  • Meetings on Capitol Hill

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  10 AM - 4 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    APA will provide customized meeting itineraries for all participants to meet with their congressional representatives throughout the day. Participants also will have access to a mobile app programmed with full meeting details and support.

    Activity ID: #9153177 

  • Congressional Luncheon

    Date:  Sept. 25, 2018 Time:  12 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

    Cost Included in Registration

     

    Join fellow Planners’ Day participants for a special Capitol Hill luncheon featuring remarks by members of Congress and a special announcement.

Earlier Event: September 17
Planners' Trivia Night
Later Event: September 23
The 104th ICMA Annual Conference