Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Marvin Collins Awards

Authors: Craig N. Benedict, AICP, Chair – APA-NC Awards Committee (East) Meredith Kern, Orange County Planning & Inspections Department The APA-NC Awards Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Marvin Collins awards. The Marvin Collins Planning Awards program recognizes agencies and students who have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects, or made notable contributions to the planning profession. Each year the Awards Committee receives nominations in specific categories, which are then reviewed by a panel of independent planners representing eastern and western portions of the state. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina. Recipients will be recognized at an awards luncheon on Thursday, September 13, 2018, at the APA-NC annual conference in Winston-Salem. And the award goes to… Outstanding Planning Award – Comprehensive Planning (Small Community) Transylvania County 2025 Comprehensive Plan   Outstanding Planning Award – Comprehensive Planning (Large Community) Plan Chatham County   Robert Reiman Award Scott Shuford   Student Awards              Appalachian State University – Abie Bonevac (Outstanding Student Award) East Carolina University – Plan 4096: Planning Studio (Undergraduate Student Project) University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Carly Hoffman (Outstanding Student Award)   Outstanding Planning Award – Special Theme Award: Multidisciplinary Project   Carolina Thread Trail Greater Charlotte Regional Freight Mobility Plan (multijurisdictional)   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation (Small Community)   Town of Hillsborough Churton Street Access Improvement Project   Outstanding Planning Award – Implementation (Large Community) Wake Forest Renaissance Plan (Honorable...

APA-NC Executive Committee Welcomes New Legislative Committee Chair

Author: Pete Sullivan, AICP, Communications Committee The APA-NC Executive Committee welcomes (back) Chad Meadows, AICP, as Chair of the Legislative Committee. Chad served as Chair from 2014-2016. Former Chair Amy Nelson, AICP, served in this role for the past two years, and is thanked for her service to the committee. The Legislative Committee influences North Carolina land use legislation on behalf of the chapter by monitoring planning-related bills, advocating for positions with support from the chapter’s lobbyist, and initiating planning-related legislation. Chad is excited to return to the role of Chair. One of his first priorities will be to administer the committee’s recent grant award from the American Planning Association (APA). In 2018 the chapter received a $3,000 grant from APA to fund the preparation of a white paper detailing successful legislative programs from other state chapters and to develop a strategic plan for the committee. Chad hopes the committee can further assist NC planners in adapting to new legislation and tracking legislative issues. Planners attending the APA-NC annual conference in Winston-Salem are encouraged to attend the Legislative Committee session on September 12 to learn more about the committee’s initiatives. Chad is founder and principal of CodeWright Planners, LLC, and has over 25 years of professional experience in planning, zoning, and growth management. He has been a member of the chapter since 2001, and has been involved with the Legislative Committee for the past six years. Past Chair Amy Nelson and has been a chapter member since 2000. She served as Legislative Committee Chair from 2016-2018, and during this time she was pleased to see planners and other groups...

Meet Savannah Newbern, Our 2018 APA-NC Summer Fellow!

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association selected Savannah Newbern as the 2018 Summer Fellow. Savannah Newbern is a mother, wife, and student living in Greenville, North Carolina. She is pursuing a degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a minor in Political Science from East Carolina University. Savannah’s passion for urban planning stems from the profession’s unique opportunity to engage with underserved communities and catalyze positive change. Savannah’s area of interest is food justice and she advocates for increased economic and geographic accessibility to fresh produce through the practice of community gardening. In Savannah’s personal time she enjoys exploring new cities, listening to educational podcasts, and caring for her urban garden. These activities occur when she is not chasing around her joyfully active 1-year-old son, Sebastien. Savannah is grateful and looking forward to the work the APA-NC Summer Fellowship will entail. She is certain this experience will deepen her understanding of the connections between policy and local action. The Summer Fellowship program was created to increase diversity within the planning profession by fostering the professional development of a student whom is interested in pursuing a professional planning career. The $2,000.00 fellowship is open to a graduate or undergraduate woman or a person from an under represented ethnic group who is majoring in urban planning or planning related at an accredited university in North Carolina. Savannah will be completing a policy research project this summer that will be posted on the Chapter blog in early...

APA-NC Executive Committee Welcomes New Chair and Vice Chair to Membership and Diversity Committee

Author: Pete Sullivan, AICP The APA-NC Executive Committee welcomes two new members to the Membership and Diversity Committee, Brendie Vega, AICP, and Eliza Monroe. Outgoing committee leadership, Cherie Jzar, AICP, and Candace Davis, are thanked for their many years of service to the chapter. The Membership and Diversity Committee’s purpose is to expand APA-NC membership and encourage diversity in the planning profession. Brendie Vega, AICP, is the Assistant Director of Community Development with the Town of Wake Forest. She oversees the Planning Division, which covers Current Planning, Historic Preservation, and Transportation & Long Range Planning. Prior to working with Wake Forest, Brendie was Principal Planner with the Town of Apex, managing current planning activities for over 10 years. Brendie earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Urban Planning from the University of Michigan and has been a member of APA-NC since 2006. More recently, Brendie has become a member of the APA Latinos and Planning Division, addressing issues facing underrepresented ethnic groups in the APA. Eliza Monroe is currently a Planning Technician with the Town of Apex. She primarily acts as a Small Business Liaison in helping local businesses find their place in Apex. Eliza earned her Bachelors of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from East Carolina. Eliza is currently a participant in the American Institute of Certified Planners Candidate Pilot Program. She recently accepted a volunteer role as a 2018 APA Ambassador and looks forward to planning events in her community to educate our nation’s future planners about the profession. In her spare time she loves running, reading, writing, and eating. Past Chairs Cherie Jzar and Candice Davis...

Great Places 2018 Announced

Professional’s Category: Great Main Street Main Street, Sylva Main Street in Sylva blends the town’s rich cultural history with a vibrant downtown atmosphere and the surrounding beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Main Street is anchored by the Jackson County historic courthouse, the most photographed courthouse in North Carolina. From its perch 107 steps above Main Street, this Nationally Registered Historic site houses the County library, the Genealogical Society, the Historical Society, and provides community meeting space. Sweeping down the hill from the Courthouse, locals and visitors alike are treated to an eclectic blend of retail shops, restaurants, breweries, cocktail bars, book stores, and residential apartments all located within buildings that are a part of Sylva’s Nationally Registered Historic District. Main Street also serves as the epicenter for Sylva’s annual festivals, parades, and community events. The one of a kind appeal of Main Street Sylva is undeniable, even in Hollywood. Main Street was cast as Ebbing, Missouri in the 2017 Golden Globe and Oscar winning movie “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. Although Ebbing is a fictional town, Main Street is very real and continues to be the cultural center of Sylva’s vibrant downtown. Main Street, Waxhaw Downtown Waxhaw has thrived throughout the years by its ability to evolve. Waxhaw started as a mill town, then reinvented itself as a destination for antiques, and is now becoming Union County’s hub for diverse retail shops, award-winning eating and drinking establishments, local artisans, and cultural events. The downtown is split by the railroad track with Main Street on each side. An overhead pedestrian bridge joins the two, and when trains roll through...

UPDATED: North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association 2018 Summer Fellowship Program

Deadline extended! All applications are due April 18, 2018. See new application form linked below. The APA-NC Fellowship Program was created to increase diversity in the planning profession by fostering increased interest among minority students and women in the field of urban planning. Towards this goal, APA-NC is offering a $2,000 Summer Fellowship for women and minority students pursuing graduate or undergraduate planning degrees or planning related degrees. The fellowship period is from June 1 – Aug 30.  Applications are due by 5PM on Wednesday, April 18th 2018. The majority of Fellows’ work will be performed remotely, from a location of their choosing, as APA-NC does not maintain a permanent office space. Supervision and collaboration will primarily be done over phone/skype/email. There are two exceptions to this.  In-person attendance is required for the fellow orientation and the 1-day APA-NC executive team retreat. Work will require use of a computer, a phone, and the internet, and the fellow must secure these on their own. Fellowship Objectives To gain knowledge about the planning process. To gain knowledge of best planning practices. To build skills for effective communication (written, verbal, presentation) with local governments, state and federal agencies, and the citizens. Conduct policy research on a current topic as assigned, producing a final report (may include an evaluation of how municipalities and counties are handling this policy throughout the state, highlighting successes and opportunities, or how other states are addressing this policy or process). Assist with planning a NC Planning Conference Workshop The $2,00 fellowship is available to graduate and undergraduate woman and minority students majoring in urban planning, urban design, urban...
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