Nominations Open for Marvin Collins Planning Awards

APA-NC’s annual awards program has changed its submittal deadline. Due to conflicts with APA’s annual National Conference and other awards programs that happen in the spring, the Awards Committee has decided to accept 2017 applications from mid-November, 2016 through January 31, 2017 instead of late spring as has been the case in the past. The 2017 Marvin Collins Planning Awards program is the 39th such program of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NC) recognizing 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 late Marvin Collins developed the idea of an awards program in 1975 for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Planners, which preceded the NCAPA. He gained approval and assumed responsibility for establishing the program. Marvin received a Distinguished Professional Achievement Award from the NCAPA just prior to his death in 1998. In 2001, the NCAPA Executive Committee named the program in Marvin’s honor to recognize his service to the Chapter. The Outstanding Planning Awards for Small Communities are named in honor of the late Brian Benson, who was a strong advocate of planning for small communities. Brian served as NCAPA Vice President for Professional Development in the early 1990s. Download the nomination form for 2017. Award Nominations Must Be Postmarked by January 31, 2017. Award Categories Outstanding Planning Awards Comprehensive Planning To a plan, program or process of unusually high merit adopted or enacted in the current or past...

The Envelope Please! APA National and APA-NC Chapter Election Results for 2015!

Results from the 2015 APA-NC Election The chapter is pleased to announce the results. Thanks to everyone who voted. The newly elected officers include the following (from left to right): President-Elect: Ken Bowers, AICP Vice President for Chapter Development: Benjamin Howell, AICP, CZO Vice President for Professional Development: Hanna Cockburn, AICP Treasurer: Roger Bardsley, AICP Secretary: Shelley DeHart, AICP When you next see them, please take a minute to congratulate them and thank them for stepping forward to serve the Chapter. This team will take office on January 1, 2016, and will join current President, John Morck, as well as nine committee chairs and the student representative to serve as the APA-NC Executive Committee. Special thanks to Cherie Jzar, Chad Meadows, Kelly Bennett, and Laurie Mitchell for standing for election, and for their continuing contributions to the Chapter. Results from the APA National Election We’re proud to announce that one current APA-NC member and one former member have been elected to leadership positions at the national level: Rodger Lentz, AICP, (left) and Fleming El-Amin II, AICP (right). Rodger Lentz, AICP has been re-elected to serve on APA’s Board of Directors, representing Region II. A past APA-NC President, Rodger continues to serve his local chapter on the legislative committee and as an active member in the organization. The APA-NC Chapter thanks Rodger for his continued dedication to the organization and looks forward to working with him throughout his next term. Please visit this page for more information about the APA Board of Directors. Past APA-NC President Fleming El-Amin II, AICP (was also elected to the AICP Commission as a Director At Large. Fleming’s...

APA National Update

Written by Rodger Lentz, ACIP, APA Board of Directors, Region II Sadly summer has come to an end. While fall is one of my favorite seasons, I really love the family time during summer. I hope you enjoyed your summer and are getting ready for the chapter conferences and the APA Policy and Advocacy Conference that come each fall. This summer, the APA Board’s Development Plan and Budget Committee has been working on the updated strategic plan for our organization. We have revamped the way we are doing this process and I hope you have had an opportunity to participate. First, the Board had a strong desire to hear from members as well as chapter, student, and division leadership. As a result, we sought direct input from those leaders and used surveys and other electronic means to receive input from a wider audience. Several hundred people participated in various ways and that input drove the direction of the organization’s strategic plan. The second change has to do with the plan itself. The initial document is long-term oriented and looks beyond the two year window that had been the time horizon in the past. To complement this work, we have also developed an implementation document that lays out projects and initiatives for APA to take on over the next 1-2 years. As this is implemented, we will be able to track what we have accomplished and report back so members can see what has been achieved. The other part of this work is developing a budget to implement the plan. The change members will see here is a more detailed and accessible...

Planning for Prosperity kicks off 2015 season with Small is Big!

On June 17th, 180 planners and manufacturing innovators from across the state gathered in Greensboro to learn more about the emerging trends associated with small scale manufacturing. The session served as the kick-off event for NCAPA’s 2015 Planning for Prosperity initiative. Following a welcome from NCAPA President John Morck, the day-long session featured nationally recognized small scale manufacturing expert Ilana Preuss of Recast City. Ms. Preuss shared a national perspective on the changing nature of manufacturing, and examples of successful strategies cities are using to support the new production economy. The presentation highlighted the importance of integrating local policies and programs to focus on housing, workforce development and economic development in a cohesive manner. Best-selling author Beth Macy provided the lunch keynote about her book, Factory Man. Her presentation focused on the real life characters that influenced the writing of the book and the long-lasting community impacts that off-shoring has had in southern Virginia that resonated with many participants facing some of the same challenges in North Carolina. Panel sessions focused on the support system of programs and spaces and a group of small manufacturers. Panelists addressed their experiences, barriers they encountered, and shared ways the planning community can play a positive role in supporting smaller scale manufacturing, and what they need planners to know about the changing nature of work spaces. The day wrapped up with a cross-section of planning directors from the Piedmont region reflecting on what they heard over the course of the day, and how they are positioning their communities to prepare for this shift in manufacturing. Thank you to Action Greensboro, Piedmont Together, and...

Godschalk Receives APA President’s Award

David R. Godschalk FAICP, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the UNC Department of City and Regional Planning, has received the 2015 President’s Award from the American Planning Association. Professor Godschalk was recognized for his recent Sustaining Places publications: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan (2012) and Best Practices in Comprehensive Planning (2015), along with his lifetime of advancing the best ideas in planning Created to honor extraordinary achievements in the field of planning, the award is given once every two years. Godschalk is the third recipient. The previous recipient was the former Ambassador of the Netherlands to the United States. Photo caption: David R. Godschalk receives the APA President’s Award from APA Executive Director James Drinan...

Development Reaches Critical Crossroad

Written by Tom Low What makes a good city? How well is Charlotte handling today’s challenges of growth? Every month for the last 10 years at Levine Museum of the New South, the Civic By Design Forum gathers citizens, planners, architects and interested folks to talk. It’s free and open to the public — a place in this fast-growing metropolis where cross-discipline community conversations regularly take place. Our 10th anniversary is an appropriate time to look back — and ahead. Here are some opportunities for making Charlotte better: Our center city has its swagger back. In two to three years, we will have a substantially new city core — one we all hope we can enjoy and be proud to showcase as equal to or better than competing cities. But too much of the street level is being built with blank “decorative” walls devoid of human activity. And too many buildings are excessively large with monotonous egg-crate-on-end facades that obscure daylight. Other popular cities don’t tolerate blandness and zombie streetscapes. We need better civic design for our public realm if we expect to have a competitive, beautiful city with an active urban street life in the near future. The University Area is booming, and this time leaders hope to get out in front of the development by using time-tested urban design rules for increasing the area’s A+ urbanism. Block structure is not something you hear about a lot in Charlotte’s development community, but it’s one of the most important rules for great urbanism and successful retail. We need better walkable site design to retrofit passé suburban apartment complexes, office...
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