AEP

Palm Desert, CA, United States

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Monday, January 13, 2020, 3:19 p.m. CST

Urban, Interface, and Wildland Forest Management: Current Trends in California

5

excellent breadth and depth of information for all types of communities in CA

Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:34 a.m. CST

Keynote Luncheon

5

Excellent speaker with an amazing story.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:33 a.m. CST

The Ethics are Right!

5

A great deal of fun as well as a learning environment. The laughter helped drive the lessons home.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:30 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote

5

Interesting and informative.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:28 a.m. CST

Making Sense of Architectural History

5

Helping bring sense to the historic lists and reports for buildings.

Monday, January 6, 2020, 10:27 a.m. CST

Data Alone is Not CEQA Analysis

5

Excellent overview of how to apply technical analysis to the CEQA thresholds.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 1:11 p.m. CST

Keynote Speaker

5

Very good Speaker

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 1:08 p.m. CST

Keynote Luncheon

5

Great Speaker!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 12:44 p.m. CST

Implications of NEPA Streamlining

5

It was great being a part of presentation team

Wednesday, December 11, 2019, 12:01 p.m. CST

Opening Keynote

4

no comments

Monday, August 19, 2019, 1:04 p.m. CDT

Venice Dual Force Main Environmental Compliance Program for Construction Activities

5

This was one of the most memorable sessions from this conference. The stories about the on-site mitigation/public relations team really showed how to successfully implement a complex project in an urban setting that was sensitive to surrounding people/land uses.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:38 a.m. CDT

Panel 4: Addressing Fire Resiliency in CEQA Documents

5

This was the most influential and educational panel of the day. Too bad it was the last session. I would recommend, in the future, of switching up panels 3 and 4.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:37 a.m. CDT

Panel 3: Planning for Resiliency: How Agencies are Addressing Resiliency in Management Plans

3

I would suggest, and recommend, in the future that the connection between CEQA and NEPA documents; and moreover, the relationship between the state and federal regulations is explored in more depth.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:33 a.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

5

The lunch time Keynote speaker provided important and applicable information that planners can utilize in our disaster planning efforts. I am immediately implementing several of their ideas; which were provided for during this session.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:31 a.m. CDT

Panel 2: Legislative Activity

3

Learning about legislative updates is always a critical element of continuing education. I do wish more time was dedicated to the LA updates and less time to the drone panel. These new laws are immensely critical to the functionality of a municipal planning organization and deserve time for both an in depth analysis and robust question and answer platform.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:29 a.m. CDT

Panel 1: Climate Change & Fire Resiliency

3

I did not feel this panel discussion was well thought out or screened as to its applicability to the information provided throughout the rest of the day. The speakers had trouble relating the technical aspects of drone work to the overall topic of CEQA.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 10:27 a.m. CDT

Opening Keynote

4

Interesting introduction to the topic. The speaker was well versed in his subject matter expertise and set a decent tone for the day.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:13 a.m. CDT

The Ethics are Right!

5

Very informative, but also entertaining format.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:11 a.m. CDT

AEP White Paper: Best Practices in Climate Action Planning

5

Extremely knowledgeable speakers on this topic!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:09 a.m. CDT

CEQA Streamlining, Wildfire Risk, & Active Forest Management: Avoiding the Lorax's Outcome

5

Very topical discussion on wildfires and management of risk.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:04 a.m. CDT

How to Prepare for Extreme Sea Level Rise: Keeping up with the Science on Rising Seas

5

Excellent data related to sea level rise that can be used in upcoming discussions with my local decision makers.

Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:02 p.m. CDT

Panel 1: Climate Change & Fire Resiliency

5

Fascinating look at the role of emerging technologies and data can play in wildfire planning. Curious to see how this new data can be woven into environmental analysis in CEQA documentation.

Friday, May 17, 2019, 12:14 p.m. CDT

2019 CEQA Update

5

This was the most enriching part of the conference for me! The reporting on which of the SBs and ABs (relevant to planning) were passed and on the State court rulings was extremely informative and helpful as a planning practitioner in the public domain. I'm still downloading all the great info to my colleagues!

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7:16 p.m. CDT

CEQA Streamlining, Wildfire Risk, & Active Forest Management: Avoiding the Lorax's Outcome

3

There was a lot of information presented, but I feel like I gained knowledge for the sake of knowledge. I don't understand yet how to implement what I learned. I'm a planner in a County with considerable WUI and I don't know which tools are appropriate for our community to "increase pace and scale". Do we seek out the Board of Forestry to learn about CalVTP or does BofF come to us? How does the community qualify for low-cost retrofitting in the WUI by HCD and CalFire? County Planning already requires the 30 and 100 foot landscape buffers, but is there more that can be done? I suppose I'd like a session with similar information presented to planning practitioners.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7:17 p.m. CDT

One Year Implementing SB 743 VMT Policy in San Jose

4

This was a great session that covered how SJ used their model to analyze project proposals for impacts to transportation using VMT. They have challenge common with permitting development: municipalities want to provide incentives for infill development, and concurrently, fund increased multimodal systems. There are many questions as to how best to adapt an existing model to our County, whether to apply absolute or efficiency metric, how to mitigate for increase in VMT, and the most appropriate forum to address LOS since it is still in the GP. Lots to discover.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:46 p.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

5

I am biased since Ms. Prevetti is one of my Planning mentors. I am impressed with how she is able to balance the work in the public sector as a Town Manager and her advocacy for the environment. Not all of us can be environmental planners, scientists, lawyers, or legislators wherein, the work is the cause and the cause is the work. Most others, such as myself, have to compartmentalize the work from the cause. It's good to have a mentor who shows how to do it with aplomb.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:14 p.m. CDT

The Aftermath of Wildfires

4

The issues Mr. Brown presented resonated with me. As a planner in the land use division, I am especially interested in the topic of impacts to landfills to accommodate cleanup. I wonder if there is data on communities that have confronted this issue.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 5:56 p.m. CDT

Pure Water Monterey: Sharing Challenges & Successes from Project Design through Environmental, Permitting, & Construction

5

Wow! De-sal, wastewater, cross-cutters! Oh, my! Aside from these big three, I am intrigued by potential issues of social justice and brine for PWM that would be provided by de-sal. So much to ponder. All of the speakers had excellent contributions to the topic.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 5:14 p.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker

4

I get intimidated in the face of one such as Mr. Laird who has been successful in so many environmental stewardship endeavors, but keynote was a great reminder to me as an individual, to focus efforts rather than dissipate energy across too many issues.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 4:53 p.m. CDT

Addressing Stormwater Quality and Supply Augmentation in the Urban Environment

4

The second part of this session was way over my head. However, the first part worked well in laying the groundwork of how complexities of this topic begin with water rights. Does captured stormwater belong to the one who captured it or is it being stolen before it gets to those who have the rights to that water? I find it difficult to understand the planner's place in equitable and sustainable water availability.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 4:31 p.m. CDT

Safety First: San Clemente Dam Removal

5

I was impressed with the presentation of the difference between "design-build" and "bid-build" project. This dam removal is a great example of a design-build project that was successful.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 4:11 p.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

5

Dionne's keynote was the perfect reminder to stay healthy, optimistic, and grounded in order to keep fighting the good fight. She planted the seed of the "blue mind" in my mind, and I am grateful.

Friday, April 12, 2019, 5:25 p.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

4

Inspiring story, good advice.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:22 a.m. CDT

The Ethics are Right!

5

This was a lively and engaging session covering the AICP Code of Ethics in a very relatable way. Downright awesome. Why is this session not eligible for AICP Ethics credit? (Not that I need it, I already did my Ethics obligation for this AICP cycle, so yes, I chose to attend an ethics session for fun... but still, it should be eligible for credit.)

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:20 a.m. CDT

GHG Analysis Part 1: GHG Firing Line - A Dialogue Between Litigators & Practitioners

4

Really interesting discussion on several cases/projects that have better defined how to analyze GHG.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:18 a.m. CDT

Keynote Speaker

5

Hearing the perspective from an environmentally-focused elected official on both the local level and State level was incredibly helpful to frame the work we all do as environmental professionals. Great choice for a speaker and John did a wonderful job.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:17 a.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

5

This was a great uplifting speaker about finding a purpose, sticking to it, and making progress one step at a time. I really admire Dionne Ybarra for making such a difference in the lives of young women, with a focus on environmental consciousness and sustainability.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:15 a.m. CDT

Simplifying CEQA: A Tale of Two Cities

5

An awesome panel on the application of CEQA streamlining techniques. The speakers focused equally on the law, practice, and the best of all, perspectives from two different public agencies. It was so helpful. I loved this panel.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:14 a.m. CDT

Toeing the CEQA Line: Preparing Defensible CEQA Documents for Linear Projects

3

This was an interesting session, since I have started to work on pipeline projects that span different jurisdictions. While I did find the panel content interesting, it was very process driven and generically described. I had hoped there would be more situation-specific examples, which would better illustrate the application of the processes being described.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:12 a.m. CDT

Opening Keynote

5

This was a great opening keynote! The talk really resonated with the attendees and was very relevant to the overarching purpose of AEP.

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:09 a.m. CDT

The Ever-Changing Effects of Climate Change on Land Planning

5

Enjoyed speaking on this panel!

Monday, April 8, 2019, 11:07 a.m. CDT

Addressing Stormwater Quality and Supply Augmentation in the Urban Environment

4

This was a great panel. Wayne Rosenbaum is AWESOME! I gained knowledge about creative ways to capture stormwater as part of several different projects.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 3:16 p.m. CDT

The SGMA/CEQA Connection

5

This session was great for giving concepts to ponder about reckoning between the Groundwater Sustainability Plan and the General Plan buildout, the update of sustainable management thresholds endangering valued vested (land use) interests, and competing interests between development, agricultural, and environmental water uses. OH MY!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 2:22 p.m. CDT

Lower Carmel River Flood Control and Restoration: Opportunities and Challenges for Multi-Benefit Projects

5

This was a great session in which the speakers and moderator explained the difference between two flood control projects in the Lower Carmel River. The balance between protecting property and the ecosystem that is both physically and fiscally sound poses the greatest challenge for the Flood Control project. The Environmental Enhancement project has immense public support, but not a clear funding pathway. Hopefully, both projects can be completed before another flood of the 1995 and 1998 magnitudes inundates the Lower Carmel River.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:47 a.m. CDT

2019 CEQA Update

5

Scott Morgan is a genius...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:29 a.m. CDT

The Ethics are Right!

5

Most entertaining ethics session I've attended!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 11:12 a.m. CDT

Keynote Luncheon

5

Inspirational and made me feel like I need to do more with my life!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:02 a.m. CDT

Addressing Stormwater Quality and Supply Augmentation in the Urban Environment

4

NOTE: This seminar was rescheduled and occurred on March 25, 2019.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 10:01 a.m. CDT

Fair Treatment & Meaningful Involvement: Implementing Environmental Justice in Planning & Compliance

5

Note: the date of this seminar was March 26, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2:30 p.m. CDT

2019 CEQA Update

5

Very comprehensive and in-depth discussion. It was great to get to hear directly from OPR on so many guideline changes.

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