2019 Marvin Collins Planning Awards Program

Submitted by APA-NC Awards Committee The nominating period is now open for the 2019 Marvin Collins Planning Awards program. The Call for Entries form is available here, and the deadline is March 30, 2019. Nominations will be reviewed by mid-June and awards will be presented during the 2019 APA-NC Conference in Wilmington, October 8-11, 2019. Entering its 41st year, this awards program recognizes agencies and individuals that have completed outstanding plans, programs, and projects, as well as students and others who have made notable contributions within the planning profession.  The awards represent the highest standards of achievement in the planning profession in North Carolina. We look forward to another year of outstanding entries that reflect so positively on the great planning underway in North Carolina....

Most at Risk for Erasure from Climate Change

By: Amanda Martin, AICP, PhD Candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of City and Regional Planning Up and down the coast of the Carolinas, the iconic seaside towns are facing a brutal storm. Their residents, restauranteurs, and local government staff are holding their collective breath to see what will be left after Hurricane Florence. They know what we all know now—the storm’s waves and wind will likely bring large scale destruction. Local and national media are covering Florence by breathlessly reporting from the water’s edge, while we nervously watch the waves crash behind them on the screen. Ironically, small, rural communities further inland may have more to lose in the changing climate. The drama of the destruction at the coast overshadows the deep vulnerability of communities that lie in the inner coastal plains of both the Carolinas – flat expanses of agricultural land and swamps that many people only see on their way to or from the coast itself. These areas sit downstream of large watersheds further upland. Their financial and political resources pale in comparison to coastal communities. Seven Springs, a tiny town in Wayne County, North Carolina, is such a town. Located on the Neuse River, it boasts natural springs it was named after. It was the site of a Civil War battle, and later home to two private resorts built over the springs.  Hurricane Floyd flooded almost every home in town in 1999, and as much as a third of the original population did not return to rebuild. In 2016, floodwater returned with Hurricane Matthew. Painstakingly, some houses have come back online....

Busting Stereotypes One Wheel at a Time

Submitted by: Tory Gibler, Masters Student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of City and Regional Planning The following is derived from an interview with Athena Wollin, a bicycle mechanic at Oak City Cycling Project, graphic designer, and board member of Oaks & Spokes, a bicycle advocacy nonprofit in Raleigh, NC. Originally from central Oregon, Athena has lived in Portland, Boulder, and now Raleigh. She loves bikes and the bicycle’s form and movement inspired her early graphic and animation work. This led to a fascination with the bike’s mechanics, and the happiness bikes provide while riding. What does a regular day at the bicycle shop look like for you? Each day is completely different, but as soon as I’m in the shop I’m ready to help people fix their bikes or help them feel more confident on a bike. I’m ready to help them find their future bike or help them figure out where to go on their bike. It usually starts by putting a bike in the stand and wondering where the day will go. As some background, I’ve been at Oak City Cycling Project for almost two years, and back in January I received a scholarship from Quality Bike Products (QBP), a large parts distributor, to attend the United Bicycle Institute. Every year the scholarship is offered for FTW (Femme/Trans/Women) folks, and helps these individuals feel more confident with their mechanic abilities and become certified technicians. [The institute is] great, very challenging, fascinating and fun. You’re also involved with Oaks & Spokes, Raleigh’s bike advocacy nonprofit. You do some community focused work through the...

Call for Applications — ForEveryoneHome: City Solutions for Housing Equity

Author: Matt Weber, State and Local Policy Senior Specialist, Grounded Solutions Network   Grounded Solutions Network—a national nonprofit organization that cultivates equitable and inclusive communities through innovative affordable housing solutions—is seeking applications for a new affordable housing initiative. Applications are due by February 28, 2019. “ForEveryoneHome: City Solutions for Housing Equity” is an 18-month program that will help a select group of cities chart a path to inclusive growth through lasting affordability. This initiative targets mixed-market cities where changing conditions threaten to displace low-income communities of color. Our goal is to “get ahead of the curve” in these communities, catalyzing action to protect affordability and diversity in changing neighborhoods before displacement pressures become too great. Thanks to substantial underwriting from the Ford Foundation, ForEveryoneHome provides a 2-to-1 match of local funds committed to this effort. This is a real opportunity for communities to stretch their limited policy-making dollars for maximum impact.   For more details on the initiative and application instructions, please see the ForEveryoneHome webpage. Further questions should be directed to Matt Weber, State and Local Policy Senior Specialist, mweber@groundedsolutions.org.  ...

Great Places Welcomes New Co-Chair

Author: Kelly Bennett, Co-chair Jessica Rossi, a planner with Kimley-Horn in Charlotte, is joining the APA-NC Great Places initiative as co-chair with Kelly Bennett, a project planner for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Department. Before joining the Great Places team, Rossi previously supported APA-NC as a vice chair of the communications committee and a leader of the YPG group for the Charlotte region. She replaces Tiffany White, a project planner for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning Department, who served as Great Places Co-Chair for the last two...

Expanding Affordable Housing in NC

Author:  Leigh Anne King, Principal at Clarion Associates This summer, the APA-NC Affordable Housing Task Force was launched with the mission of developing a clearinghouse of information and case studies to assist planners, elected officials, and other housing advocates to expand affordable housing in NC. The Task Force is comprised of a broad array of disciplines and perspectives that work daily to achieve affordable housing in communities across our state. Affordable housing is being defined in the broadest way possible by the Task Force to include a variety of housing needs for residents of NC living in rural, suburban, and urban contexts. Earlier this fall the Task Force asked planners to participate in an online survey to better understand the types of information that planners and other housing advocates need to support their work. Thank you to the nearly 100 planners that filled out the survey! If you did not fill out the survey, but think you have an important strategy or tool to share with NC planners, please contact Leigh Anne King, APA-NC Task Force Co-Chair at laking@clarionassociates.com We look forward to sharing future updates on the progress of the Task Force work. Happy...
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