Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Marvin Collins Awards!

Drumroll please…. The 2017 Marvin Collins Planning Awards were announced at the APA-NC annual conference in September. In case you missed it, here is the list of recipients. Congratulations to all, and thank you for your contributions to North Carolina communities and the planning profession. Click here for more information about the Marvin Collins Award program. Student Awards Outstanding Students East Carolina University—Damiere Powell Appalachian State University—Lauren Andersen University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill—Taylor McAdam   Outstanding Planning Awards Comprehensive Planning—Large Community City of Charlotte—Charlotte WALKS Pedestrian Plan City of Fayetteville—Cape Fear River Plan City of Greenville—Horizons 2026:  Greenville’s Community Plan (Honorable Mention)   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation Small Community Town of Davidson—Rural Area Plan   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation Large Community Burke County—Fonta Flora State Trail—Lake James Section Plan City of Hickory—Inspiring Spaces Plan Town of Cary—The Cary 2040 Community Plan (Honorable Mention)   Special Theme Award –Innovations Town of Garner—Garner Forward Public Outreach Video City of Newton—Newton Streetscape Demonstration Project   Individual Awards Robert Reiman Professional Achievement Award Roger S. Waldon, FAICP   Recognition of APA-NC’s 2017 Great Places Kelly Bennett, AICP, 2017 Great Places Program Chair   Professional’s Category: Great Main Street Evans Street, Morehead City   Professional’s Category: Great Main Street in the Making Clay Street, Mebane   Professional’s Category: Great Transformation Mooresville Mill, Mooresville   People’s Choice: Great Historic Rehabilitation R.J. Reynolds Building, Winston-Salem   People’s Choice: Great Public Space Shallowford Square,...

Introducing the North Carolina Main Street & Rural Planning Center

Author: Donald R. Belk, AICP, Community Economic Development Planner, North Central Prosperity Zone The Main Street & Rural Planning Center is a recently-created agency of state government dedicated to improving the economy and quality of life of North Carolina’s small towns and rural communities through planning for people-focused, asset-based development. In 2016, the North Carolina Department of Commerce expanded the scope of its nationally acclaimed Main Street Program to create a new entity, the Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The Center has only recently become fully staffed and operational throughout the State’s eight Prosperity Zones and is not yet well-known throughout the NC Planning community. The Center works to assist small towns and rural communities with planning for economic development. The Center’s mission is to inspire innovation and placemaking through building asset-based economic development strategies that achieve measurable results in investment, business growth and jobs. The NC Main Street and Rural Planning Center provides services in the following categories: ·     Strategic Economic Development Planning ·        Administer the Main Street Americatm Program in NC ·     Implementation Services ·        Main Street Solutions Fund Grant Program ·     Local and Regional Market Analysis ·        Downtown Design Services ·     Small Area Planning for High Impact Areas ·        Economic Development in the context of Historic Preservation ·     GIS and Custom Mapping   The Prosperity Zone structure is key to the effectiveness and success of the Center, and by extension, the Department.  Each Prosperity Zone acts as a ‘one-stop shop’, with the purpose of bringing together multiple state functions for greater collaboration and better customer service at the regional level. Commerce has an economic development planner in...

Plan4Health NC Featured at the 2017 Planning for Healthy Communities Conference in Mooresville, NC

The 5th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference took place on November 2 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina. The conference featured an array of breakout and plenary sessions on topics at the intersection of planning and public health. This year’s conference attracted seventy-five participants from across North Carolina and neighboring states, representing the fields of planning, public health, parks and recreation, and local government management. Tim Schwantes from Active Living By Design was the morning keynote speaker and gave an engaging presentation on operationalizing health equity. As demonstrated within his presentation, health equity is providing everyone with the particular resources he or she needs in order to live a healthy and productive life. For example, instead of giving everyone the same bicycle regardless of height or physical ability providing them with a specific bicycle that will meet their individual needs.   The afternoon plenary panel featured Plan4Health managers Mike Thompson from Tennessee and Katherine Hebert from North Carolina, who shared their experiences with leading a statewide effort to promote healthy community planning work and grow cross-sector collaborations. The three-year Plan4Health project of the American Planning Association has leveraged planners’ roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes across the nation. Although North Carolina and Tennessee have taken different approaches to implement Plan4Health, they have both benefited from the resources provided by and professional relationships fostered during the program. Breakout sessions on innovative health department initiatives, the impact of transportation, housing, and economic development on health, promoting access to healthy foods, and supporting active living provided participants three chances to focus on an aspect of...

Call for Entries for the 2018 Marvin Collins Planning Awards

The 2018 Marvin Collins Planning Awards program is the 40th such program of the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association. The awards recognize agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects, have excelled as planning students, or have made notable contributions to the planning profession. The awards represent the highest standards of achievement in the planning profession in North Carolina. The nominating period begins November 10, 2017 and will close on January 31, 2018. Nominations will be reviewed by mid-June and awards will be presented during the 2018 APA NC Conference in Winston Salem. We look forward to another year of outstanding entries that reflect so positively on the great planning underway in North Carolina.   Download the 2018 Marvin Collins 2018 Call for...

Putting the Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan into Action

Author: Jessica Hill, Senior Planner-Sustainability, Centralina Council of Governments A safe, efficient, and reliable freight transportation network is absolutely critical to the greater Charlotte region’s economy. The region’s freight transportation network is under pressure to provide safe, efficient, reliable and sustainable mobility with the reality of additional vehicles, aging and under-sized infrastructure, changing vehicle technologies and connectivity gaps. In December 2016, the region completed its first Freight Mobility Plan which identified needed infrastructure, policies, and programs to meet the region’s future freight mobility needs. The region took a three-prong approach to planning for freight mobility – transportation planning, land use planning, and economic development. By examining freight mobility not just from the movement of freight (transportation), but also from the creation of freight (land use) and the region’s high growth industries (economic development) we have a more comprehensive and robust planning document. Since the plan’s completion, CCOG has led our freight project partners to initiate implementation activities. Beginning in January 2017, Centralina COG started to bring the freight mobility plan to life through various activities, including: Lead an Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)/ Traffic Incident Management (TIMS) Champion Group to develop recommendations for the region, Developed a public awareness video on the value of freight which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dITD-nNeJwU&t=9s, Presented to program and policy boards for five transportation planning organizations, Held regional meetings to inform land-use and economic development officials about how they can use the plan, Held a freight summit to celebrate the completion of the plan and generate momentum for implementation activities, and Continuing to convene the Freight Advisory Committee comprised of private sector freight related...

APA Launches AICP Candidate Pilot Program in November

Submitted by: Hanna Cockburn, AICP If you are in or have recently graduated from one of North Carolina’s two planning programs accredited by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB), you can join the AICP Candidate Pilot Program, beginning this November. The new AICP Candidate Pilot Program provides a pathway to earn the prestigious AICP Certification in a new format. Planners who join the program have the opportunity to sit for the AICP Certification Exam following graduation – when you’re still in the test-taking mindset – THEN completing the required professional experience. . The criteria to become AICP remain the same, but the order of the steps are different: After passing the Certification Exam, participants may use the “AICP Candidate” designation on their resume, LinkedIn profile, and anywhere else. The designation demonstrates to potential employers your commitment to the mastering of planning skills and the highest standard of ethical practice. Once you’ve earned your requisite professional planning experience, you’ll complete the certification process and secure the AICP credential. While the total cost is the same as the traditional route to AICP credentials, the candidate program spreads the costs associated with becoming AICP out over a longer time period. Enrolling in the program is only $20, followed by the $100 exam fee. The remaining fees are paid AFTER you earn your professional planning experience – when you (or your employer) are in a better position to cover the cost. Program enrollment begins this November. If you’re a recent graduate, you can register for the May 2018 exam in December 2017. Visit the AICP Candidate Pilot Program webpage for additional details, including sample...