National Community Planning Month
2010 Local Events
Below are brief descriptions of the many local events that will be held during October.
Community and school outreach
The department visited local schools including Club View Elementary, Kendrick High, and Columbus State University, to discuss the importance of planning in their community. The planning department also participated in a number of local events: Communities in Motion, Boots on Boardway, Go Green Festival, and Spooktacular Halloween Festival.
A fact sheet was created about the Planning Department.
A local sixth grade student spent the day at the Planning Department as part of the Youth Advisory Council Shadowing Day. She participated in a mock planning situation and learned about the maps and mapping processes that the department uses.
Teaching fifth graders
Morrisville, North Carolina
Staff from the Town of Morrisville's Planning Department went back to school as part of National Community Planning Month. Staffers taught planning to local fifth graders at the Cedar Fork Elementary School. Students were provided with a brief history of the town and then divided into smaller groups to plan their own community. The day concluded with a student visit to the Council Chambers for an overview of a recent development project and the town process that was used to review the project and approve it. This is the fifth year the Town of Morrisville has conducted the educational visit.
Shannan Campbell with the Town of Morrisville Planning Department teaches a class on planning for students at Cedar Fork Elementary School.
Fifth graders plan their own town with the help of planning staff from the Town of Morrisville.
The City of McKinney Planning Department celebrated National Community Planning Month with an informational display table. Various planning documents were available for customers.
A customer appreciation day was held October 25, 2010.
See the Customer Appreciation Day flyer.
Planning town hall
Wilson's Mills, North Carolina
The Town of Wilson's Mills held its first Planning Wednesday meeting on October 20. Local seniors meet with the planning staff and planning board members. The differences between ordinances and community plans were explained and the staff and board members answered questions.
A planner gathering
The City of Valdosta, Georgia, hosted more than 250 planners from around Georgia for the 2010 Fall Planning Conference. More than 30 sessions focused on building a sustainable Georgia.
During the conference, Valdosta Mayor John J. Fretti proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.
The City of Burbank's Planning & Transportation Division sponsored a number of activities throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. A proclamation was signed by the mayor on October 5.
Governor of Kansas signs proclamation
Governor of Kansas Signs NCPM Proclamation
From left: Sara Copeland, Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson, Annie Driver, Erin Ollig.
The day-long Youth Leadership Institute featured all aspects of government with an emphasis on city planning. The teens could develop a vacant downtown lot and present their work at a mock council meeting. There also were sessions on GIS and neighborhood planning.
Washoe County, Nevada
The Washoe County Community Development Department is holding an open house on October 26 as part of National Community Planning Month. Attendees can learn about the department's structure, strategic goals, and ongoing efforts in support of regional collaboration, sustainable communities and customer service.
The event will be held in the Community Development Conference Room in County Building A at 1001 E. Ninth Street.
Honoring business owners and volunteers
Charleston, West Virginia
Business owners and volunteers were honored during a recent City Council meeting as part of National Community Planning Month. The following honors were announced at the meeting: Citizen Planner, Pioneers in Revitalization, Innovation in Small Business Award, Corporate Planner Award, and Leadership in Sustainability Award.
Planning board adding student member
Matthews, North Carolina
The Town of Matthews Planning Board is adding a teen to the board as a non-voting member in recognition of National Community Planning Month. The teen must be a resident of Matthews, enrolled in high school and interested in a career in planning or public administration. The student will serve on the board for the remainder of the school year.
San Luis, Arizona
The city's Planning and Zoning Commission held an open house on October 19. City planners were on hand to share updated goals and policies with residents.
At the expo
El Cajon, California
El Cajon's Community Development Department hosted a table at the Fire Department Exposition on October 2, 2010 at Fire Station No. 6.
Attendees were asked to spin the wheel and answer a question about the demographics of El Cajon for a prize. The contestants were able to refer to a "Cheat Sheet" about El Cajon for assistance. So in addition to winning a prize, they were able to learn something new!
(L-R) Dan Pavao, Building & Fire Safety Official, and Cheryl Wagner, Planning Intern, staff the table at the fire expo.(Photo: Mary Ann Prall)
Planning on display
Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson declared October as Community Planning Month.
Pictured above: Mayor Johnson hands the proclamation to Chatham County - Savannah Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Thomas L. Thomson, AICP.
The Town of Vail Community Development Department will host walking tours on October 21 and October 28 to showcase development projects within Vail Village and LionsHead. Unlike previous walking tours, these tours will showcase both the exterior and the interior of these projects.
The tours are free and will include insights from town planners on each project and their impacts on Vail.
Pine City, Minnesota
Pine City is holding an open house on Wednesday, October 27, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the City Hall rotunda in the Pine Government Center. Residents can meet local planning commissioners and learn how to get involved in local planning efforts. Several committees working on updating the city's comprehensive plan will be on-hand to present their respective goals and take comments. Giveaways and refreshments will be served. Find out which resident will be named "Citizen Planner." Immediately following the open house, the planning commission will hold its regular meeting.
Students and planning
City planners are teaming up with fourth-graders as part of National Community Planning Month. Fourth-graders were asked to submit drawings of what they think Burbank will look like in 2035. The winner will be announced at the City Council meeting on October 19.
Importance of planning
The city council approved a resolution designating October as National Community Planning Month.
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Sioux Falls Planning and Zoning Division is encouraging residents to get involved in planning groups. A list of opportunities for participation was posted on the city's blog.
City of Brainerd Mayor James Wallin issues a proclamation honoring October as National Community Planning Month.
Honoring 60 years of land-use planning
Raleigh, North Carolina
The City of Raleigh Department of City Planning celebrated National Community Planning Month and 60 years of planning in the city with a reception honoring former planning directors Herbert Stevens, A.C. Hall, and George Chapman. The three former planning directors represent 60 years of land-use planning in Raleigh.
The reception was held Thursday, October 14, 2010 in the Meymandi Concert Hall lobby of the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker also signed a proclamation declaring October as National Community Planning Month.
City of Raleigh planning history
Mr. Stevens served as the city's first planning director and established the Planning Department. He is responsible for laying out the vision for a greenbelt and developing the first land-use development plan. He served from 1950 to 1955.
Mr. Hall was instrumental in creating the city of Raleigh Greenway system, historic preservation program, and the city's first comprehensive plan. He served from 1956 to 1980.
Mr. Chapman was the city's third planning director. He led the development of Vision 2020, the sign ordinance, tree ordinance, and the Livable Streets Plan. He served from 1981 to 2005.
Mitchell Silver is the city's current planning director. Silver has led the adoption of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and is overseeing the creation of a new development code.
Community Planning Month Proclamation
El Cajon, California
City of El Cajon Mayor Mark Lewis declared October as Community Planning Month.
City of El Cajon Planning Division displays the Community Planning Month proclamation (L-R): Tony Shute, senior planner; Barbara K. Ramirez, principal planner, Cheryl Wagner, planning intern; Eric Craig, assistant planner; and Noah Alvey, associate planner.
Lakewood's Planning and Public Works Department created a reading list for the month of October and displays illustrating how planning has shaped Lakewood. Visit displays at 480 S. Allison Parkway.
The city is hosting a "brown bag" film series each Wednesday during October. Films are shown from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway. Experts will be available to answer questions and discuss topics raised in the films.
The City of Minneapolis will hold an Open House on October 26, 2010. Learn how city departments and APA Minnesota are working together on Sustaining Places. Games, prizes and treats will be available.