National Community Planning Month
2009 Local Events
Below are brief descriptions of local events that were held during October 2009.
Facts about planning
Arapahoe County, Colorado
Arapahoe County created a fact sheet about the benefits of community planning. It also highlights how residents can get involved.
The City of Henderson, Nevada, hosted a special breakfast, poster contest, community development class, and more.
Video emphasizes comprehensive plan update
City of Southlake Mayor John Terrell proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.
The Planning & Development Services Department produced a public service announcement video to publicize Southlake 2030, the city's comprehensive plan update.
Southlake's planners held four youth focus group meetings with high school juniors and seniors to discuss current planning issues in the city and how they would like to see the community develop over the next 20 years. The community also celebrated its achievement in receiving the 2009 Project Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for its Urban Design Plan.
Engaging students in planning
Buffalo, New York
The University at Buffalo's Graduate Planning Student Association recently partnered with the Buffalo Public Schools and local construction firm LP Ciminelli to create BuffaloUP (Buffalo Urban Planners) which introduces 7th and 8th grade students to the field of planning and more specifically community development and revitalization.
The ultimate goal is to illustrate the connection between the health of school and the health of the neighborhood. The objectives of the program are:
- Provide an exciting opportunity to engage youth as stakeholders and participants in a neighborhood planning project.
- Make students more aware of community planning issues through activities that require them to observe and record the physical and social characteristics of the neighborhood surrounding their school.
- Magnify the link between the health of the school and the health of the neighborhood to students, parents, school administrations and public officials.
The students are introduced to planning and design in the context of their own neighborhood and discuss the implications of design. They learn about common features and services within a neighborhood and discuss what they like and don't like, as well as what their neighborhood has or may be lacking. This all culminates in a community presentation of a service or project they would like to see implemented in their neighborhood. This presentation will be in front of numerous community stakeholders as well as the general public and families of the students involved. The goal of the BuffaloUP program is to encourage students to get involved in neighborhood revitalization strategies, motivate collaboration between community leaders and their residents, and invite small scale action that can lay the groundwork for neighborhood improvement.
October declared as National Community Planning Month
Los Angeles, California
A Los Angeles City Council member has declared October as National Community Planning Month in the City of Los Angeles.
Woodland Park, Colorado
The Planning Department in Woodland Park is hosting a Customer Appreciation Week October 26-30 in conjunction with National Community Planning Month.
Farmers market outreach
The Medford Planning Department set up a booth at the farmers market to celebrate National Community Planning Month. A variety of maps were on display and literature was available.
Governor Patrick signs proclamation
Massachusetts Governor Patrick proclaimed October as Massachusetts Community & Regional Planning Month.
Learn more at the APA Massachusetts website.
Department tours and planning favorites
Maryland Heights, Missouri
Mayor Michael Moeller proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.
Residents of Maryland Heights can arrange for a tour of the Department of Community Development to learn about day-to-day operations and the city's comprehensive plan. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a department tour.
Staff identified their favorite planning books and planning websites.
Gloucester County Board of Supervisors declared October as National Community Planning Month.
The government's cable channel will feature a National Community Planning Month PowerPoint presentation throughout the month.
Planning staff coordinated with the county's libraries to set up displays about planning. Each library branch display features flyers, bookmarks, department brochures, the Gloucester County Comprehensive Plan and books about planning.
To encourage citizen participation in the county's comprehensive plan update, planning staff in conjunction with other county offices created bookmarks.
Resolution of appreciation
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mayor Lionel Riviera signed a Resolution of Appreciation in honor of National Community Planning Month on October 13, thanking the planning commissioners, citizens, and local planning professionals for their ongoing commitment to the sustainability of the City of Colorado Springs. A reception was held following the council meeting.
Planning displays are located in the city administration building, city hall, and the regional building department that highlight some of the city's current projects.
Learn about planning
Liberty Lake, Washington
Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 6.
Residents can request a tour of the Planning & Building Services section of city hall to learn about day-to-day operations and more about the city's comprehensive plan and development code.
An article about National Community Planning Month ran in the city's October issue of Liberty Link Newsletter.
City of Lakewood community events
The City of Lakewood has events planned throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The mayor read a proclamation declaring October as National Community Planning Month at the September 28 city council meeting. Articles about National Community Planning Month are running in local publications including Looking at Lakewood and Your Hub.
Planning displays are posted for viewing in the Planning & Public Works Building throughout October illustrating a planning history timeline of the U.S. and the City of Lakewood.
The brown bag film event features a planning-themed movie each Wednesday throughout the month.
DRCOG MetroQuest Vision Workshop on October 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. will illustrate how different policy decisions could impact what the Denver metropolitan area will look like in 2040.
Pine City planning open house
Pine City, Minnesota
Pine City is holding an open house at City Hall on October 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. Residents can view vintage photographs from Pine City's history and design illustrations of Pine City's future. Meet local planning commissioners and learn how to get involved in local planning efforts. Following the open house, the planning commission will hold its regular meeting.
Governor Parkinson signs proclamation
Governor Parkinson of Kansas declares October as National Community Planning Month.
Events in Valdosta, Georgia
The City of Valdosta, Georgia, is hosting tours, discussions, and a bicycle rodeo during the month of October. City planners also will be visiting local schools to discuss the importance of sustainable community planning. Reservations are required for some events.
Discussion about Homer Hoyt
The Arlington County Department of Libraries is hosting a discussion of the works and the life of Homer Hoyt with Dr. Terry Holzheimer, Director of Arlington Economic Development and Michael Hoyt, the son of Homer Hoyt on October 27.
Dr. Hoyt's contributions to planning and real estate analysis are major and multiple. He developed economic base theory as the principal explanation for regional economic growth. He also introduced Sector Theory relating to the evolution of the form of cities. He then later developed the methodology still used today for residential and commercial market analysis. Dr. Hoyt worked with the Federal Housing Administration and with regional planning agencies in Chicago and New York.
The event will be held in the Main Auditorium at the Central Library.
Screening of "Make No Little Plans"
The Arlington County Department of Libraries is hosting a screening of Make No Little Plans, the film about the life and work of Daniel Burnham on October 26. This will be the film's first screening in the Washington area.
The event will be held at the Main Auditorium at the Central Library.
Favorite planning books
Staff at Arlington's Economic Development office highlight their favorite planning books.
El Cajon mayor signs proclamation
Mayor Lewis declares October as National Community Planning Month in the City of El Cajon.
Water-thrifty gardens presentation
El Cajon, California
The City of El Cajon, California, is hosting an information workshop called "Strategies for Designing Water-Thrifty Gardens" on October 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. Reservations required.
Governor Pawlenty signs proclamation
Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota declares October as National Community Planning Month.
Take a tour on the 'Plan Van'
Fort Collins, Colorado
Take a tour on the "Plan Van." Free Plan Van tours will be held throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. Participants can have one-on-one conversations about projects, past and present.
City of Minneapolis holds an open house
The City of Minneapolis will hold an open house on October 14 to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The open house will highlight the past, present and future planning in the city. Games, a raffle and other treats will be available.
County hosting neighborhood gaming nights
Charlotte County, Florida
The county is hosting neighborhood gaming nights at local libraries every Wednesday throughout October. Activities include providing a history of planning, access to online planning games, and engaging students in planning education using Box City curriculum, Legos, and Junior Achievement activities.