Candidates Wanted for 2017 APA-NC Election!

It’s time for the 2017 APA North Carolina election. As a result, the APA-NC Nominating Committee is seeking candidates with the leadership, energy, and commitment to serve as officers for APA-NC. There are five positions that are up for election. These include: President-Elect/President/Past President  (4-year term) Vice President for Chapter Development  (2-year term) Vice President for Professional Development  (2-year term) Treasurer (2-year term) Secretary  (2-year term) To be considered for nomination by the Nominating Committee, prospective candidates must: Have been members of APA in good standing for at least 12 months by the time they take office (Jan. 1st, 2018) The Vice President for Professional Development shall be a member in good standing with APA and AICP Be committed to accepting nomination and running for the position requested If elected, agree to devote the necessary time and energy to carry out the duties of their position Agree to work in service to the organization and avoid any conflicts of interest To be considered, prospective candidates must submit a Position Statement of up to 600 words to Chapter Administrator, Bonnie Estes, at estes.bonnie@gmail.com by 5 PM on Friday May 5th. The Nominating Committee will then review the qualifications of the prospective candidates and nominate two candidates for each officer position. Prospective candidates who are not slated may seek listing on the ballot through a member petition process. Additional information on the Nominating Committee, Election Schedule, and Officer Responsibilities is provided below. If you have questions or comments about the election and/or your potential candidacy, please don’t hesitate to contact me at jmorck@nc.rr.com. We hope you’ll consider serving the Chapter! Sincerely, John Morck, AICP Immediate Past President APA North...

Opportunity to Participate in 2017 APA National Planning Conference Session

Author Pete Sullivan, AICP Co-Chair, APA-NC Communications and Public Affairs Committee Are you planning to attend the National Planning Conference in New York, May 6-9, 2017? Read below for details on how you can help facilitate a conference session on diversity in planning. The organizer of one of the confirmed conference sessions, Cultural Competency in Planning, is seeking volunteers to help facilitate the interactive session. The purpose of the session is to help attendees plan for cultural competency in their local communities. The format will include 16 rotating stations, where attendees pose questions to subject matter experts on a range of diversity-related topics. The organizer, Diana Hasrouni, is seeking volunteer subject matter experts for the following topics: Affordable Housing Urban Design Arts, Culture, and Placemaking Community Development Crime Prevention Diversity in the Planning Profession and Education Economic Development Education Environmental Justice Ethnic Enclaves Food Insecurity Planning at the Local Level and Inclusive Engagement Public Health Public and Active Transportation Urban Design Zoning/Ethics/Law If interested, send an email to Diana Hasrouni at hasrounidana@gmail.com. Include your name and contact information, and indicate three topics from the list above that you would be interested in leading. Volunteers should have some professional experience in their chosen topics. The deadline for responses is Friday, February 24, 2017. About the session Cultural Competency in Planning is scheduled for Saturday, May 6, 2017, 2:30pm – 3:45pm. The session will be held at the main conference location below. 1.25CM credits are available. Jacob K. Javits Convention Center 655 W. 34th St. New York, NY 10001 More information on this session is available in the #NPC17 conference program...

2016 Planning Webcast Series – Upcoming Webcasts

APA-NC is excited for the opportunity to be a part of the APA Planning Webcast Series! Take note of the July 29th Webinar featuring APA-NC’s Planning For Prosperity and the focus for this year, Local Foods. Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET. Click on the title links to register. You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast. CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider. July 15 – Sustainable Communities Division – Regenerative Urbanism Rising: Next-Generation Practice –Speakers: Scott Edmondson, AICP; Joshua Foss; and Charles Kelley, AIA This webcast characterizes the current sustainability challenge as a necessary pivot from ad-hoc greening and net negative mitigation to net positive, regenerative urban planning across multiple scales. These new places will form a fundamental, operational part of a new ecological (sustainable) economy, which further underlines their importance. This pivot is already “in play” through innovation occurring across the planning, design, and build professions. Two practice cases will illustrate this pivot. Participants will gain the understanding and resources needed to begin exploring the potential and advance the innovation and practice of next-generation regenerative urban planning in their own cities. The first case is the innovative, turnkey, revenue-generating, integrated utility system (IUS) which is one method of implementing the Restorative City Standard (RCS). The RCS is a whole systems framework used to formulate strategies to achieve city goals that go beyond ad-hoc or net zero sustainability—that would achieve the systems performance imperatives of restorative, net positive, urban sustainability. This approach illustrates the higher value arising from a whole systems approach to engineering and urban planning. This breakthrough innovation will be...

News Release: Centralina Health Solutions Coalition Receives Funding from the American Planning Association to Combat Chronic Disease

WASHINGTON, DC – The Centralina Health Solutions Coalition has received a $140,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Plan4Health is a multi-year program that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships, specifically through leveraging skills and evidence-based strategies. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “We are pleased to offer a second year of funding to local coalitions working to improve each of their community’s health,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, which manages the Plan4Health program. “The funding provides fuel to address existing health concerns to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all.” Seventeen coalitions were selected for the Plan4Health program after a competitive review process. The program is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy. Centralina Health Solutions Coalition Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Centralina Health Solutions Coalition is working to increase physical activity among residents of Mecklenburg County, NC by implementing action plans that support a health in all policies approach.  By identifying and communicating...

Decoding the Minds of Traffic Engineers on the Final Day of the APA-NC Annual Conference

Day 3 Re-cap: 2015 APA-NC Conference: Growing Stronger Together, Raleigh, NC Written by Paul Black, AICP, GISP, Communications Co-Chair The last day of the conference is always a challenge. Your brain is full. You are hoarse from all the talking and catching up with folks you haven’t seen since last year and meeting new people. You start thinking about traffic and getting back to a routine. And then the last breakout session has multiple topics you want to hear about, but you can only pick one. I can only speak from my experience, and I finally settled on the one I thought would benefit my employer the most. I would have just dithered in the hall otherwise, undecided and drinking too much coffee. I got to see Dean Ledbetter decode the crazy minds of traffic engineers. He guided us through the thought process of an engineer and helped demystify why things that seem intuitive often are not. Things like stoplights, crosswalks, and signal timing were all covered. Roger Henderson followed Dean, with a cursory look at some of APA-NC Great Main Streets winners. Roger started breaking down the winners into common elements to see what they had in common. His initial study looks turned up some basic elements that include a grid network, typical length for ground level commercial, typical block length, speed limits, cross-sections, and crosswalk spacing. Ideally the outcome will help inform a more custom menu of elements that make up the anatomy of a great street. The ethics session followed, with the Ernie Boughman of Toole Design Group and Brian Carter from the City of West Columbia (SC) giving...

Why Urban Design Still Matters and More from the APA-NC Annual Conference

Day 2 Re-cap: 2015 APA-NC Conference: Growing Stronger Together, Raleigh, NC Written by Paul Black, AICP, GISP, Communications Co-Chair   How do you follow up a great first day of APA-NC?  With more perfect weather and an even more full day of presentations, lightning rounds, deep dives, and seeing past colleagues and far away friends.   In spite of the heavy attendance at the previous evening’s social and Young Planners Group event, folks were in their seats at 8 AM to get the legislative and legal updates from Chad Meadows, Dave Owens, and Adam Lovelady.  In spite of Dave’s preference for a not-so-early time slot, we all know he is one of the few speakers with the power to get folks into seats in the morning.   He did not disappoint. With a very active legislative session the the General Assembly, there was a lot for planners to know. From broader, philosophical changes like the prohibition on residential design controls to small nuances of building code changes, Dave hit the highlights from the past session. He then told us to keep an eye on House Bill 548 in the next session. It is the reorganization of the city and county planning statutes into a single chapter.   Adam followed with the review of changes arising from case law, including the US Supreme Court case that dealt with sign regulation, Reed vs. Town of Gilbert. While it was narrowly defined for the specific case, it left the door open to some broad re-interpretation. For more information go to tinyurl.com/SOGplanning. Stay tuned.   The keynote session followed, with the President of APA national, Carol...