APA Virginia Chapter

Richmond, VA, United States

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Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 12:41 p.m. CDT

2018 Legislative Update

5

Great approach to the subject matter - loved the point/counterpoint.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 3:16 p.m. CDT

Equity in the Market and in Design: Housing Strategies

5

Good Case Studies

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:22 p.m. CDT

Turning Heads: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Memorable Stories

5

Most of my projects require a supporting narrative for Conngressional funding authorization. Crafting a story that explains why a project is needed is extremely useful. I enjoyed getting a framework from which to start.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 1:20 p.m. CDT

Planning Better Together: Examples of Regional Partnerships and Support in Local Planning

5

Very useful as a DoD planner coordinating with the community.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 11:46 a.m. CST

Turning Heads: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Memorable Stories

5

Andy is always one of my favorite speakers. This was an incredibly useful session and something that APA needs to push more.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019, 11:43 a.m. CST

Plenary - The City With The Planned Future

4

Interesting topic and decent presentation

Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:15 a.m. CST

Building Support for Walking and Bicycling in a Rural County: the Rockingham County Experience

4

Interesting look at Rural county - liked discussion programs

Friday, October 5, 2018, 11 a.m. CDT

Forceful, Accessible, and Natural: The Strategy Behind Waynesboro's 2018 Comprehensive Plan

4

Good overview of renewal efforts since recession of small community

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 2:49 p.m. CDT

Dominion Energy Electric Transmission: Meeting Virginia’s Energy Needs

4

Presentations from utility companies are very helpful to planners. They handled some tough questions well.

Monday, September 10, 2018, 8:20 a.m. CDT

Building Support for Walking and Bicycling in a Rural County: the Rockingham County Experience

5

An excellent presentation all the way around. These folks have done a great job to expand regional bicycling facilities and promote bicycling to local youth.

Monday, September 10, 2018, 8:15 a.m. CDT

UDA's: The Next Generation

1

The information provided by the Virginia Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment to Virginia planning professionals during this session has proven to be completely wrong and, I suspect, may have been intentionally misleading. Six weeks after announcing that the UDA program would continue during this fiscal year, that funding to eligible localities was "definitely" available, and that the grant program would be announced later in the fall, my locality was recently notified that funding, in fact, was not available and that there would be no UDA Grant program in 2018. This begs a number of questions, not the least of which is why the state is announcing a grant to local government officials for transportation/land use planning and then rescinding that promise mere weeks later. Also, there is either funding available in the state budget for this purpose or there is not. If funds have been budgeted, what are they now being spent on, and if not, why did the state announce that there were? Finally, why would the state send a newly-hired, staff-level state official to speak in place of the higher-ups that actually make these decisions. Did they want that person to be the one to take the blame once those individuals later reversed themselves on the availability of funding? They need to step up, face the localities, and be the ones to deliver the news (good or bad) themselves. I know for a fact that these funds have been wasted in the past by certain localities that will remain nameless, localities that have used the money to develop UDA plans that were later never implemented (most likely there never were intended to be). Now I work for a locality that can actually utilize these funds to address the very real transportation issues that have arisen from rapid growth within a worsening (from a traffic perspective) regional transportation system. I am very disappointed in the inaccuracy of the information provided at this session and the APA for creating a platform for this. The APA needs to do a better job of vetting the speakers and, most importantly, the information they present at the annual conference so that this situation doesn't reoccur.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 3:35 p.m. CDT

Quick Takes (20x20)

4

The presenters were all very energetic. My only quibble is the tendency to try and cram too much material into 20 slides and then talk much too long. It's better to come with less material and more fun focus.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 3:32 p.m. CDT

2018 Legislative Update

4

Not much substantive material covered. The debate was fun.

Friday, September 7, 2018, 3:29 p.m. CDT

Mobile Tour - Adaptive Reuse – Blackburn Inn Tells a New Story at the old Western State Hospital

4

While not the focus, it would have been useful to spend 10 minutes on the main shopping street just steps away.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 3:03 p.m. CDT

SMART SCALE - Lessons Learned

4

Good to see Chad Tucker again. I worked for PWC/DOT at my previous job and it was interesting to see some of the projects they were submitting for Smart Scale evaluation. Many of the projects I was familiar with.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 2:58 p.m. CDT

Beyond Theory: Project Planning for Emerging Mobility

4

The exercise was educational, seeing how folks addressed the problem differently.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 2:47 p.m. CDT

Turning Heads: A Step by Step Guide to Creating Memorable Stories

4

Innovative and modern approach for presenting planning issues.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 2:41 p.m. CDT

Plenary - The City With The Planned Future

3

Very passionate presentation, plenary for VAPA conference.

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 2 p.m. CDT

Keynote - Chuck D'Aprix

3

A little on the boring side. Restated things many planners already know about downtown. More an advertisement for his business. Good to know about his business, but not what I expected.

Thursday, August 23, 2018, 1:44 p.m. CDT

Plenary - The City With The Planned Future

5

This presentation emphasized to me the need to educate the public about the history of urban renewal and what we as planners can do help improve the places that have been so negatively effected by it and continue to be.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 1:48 p.m. CDT

Keynote - Chuck D'Aprix

2

Sadly, this presentation felt very "mailed in." There was little that was new. There was no depth to issues discussed.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 1:35 p.m. CDT

The Language of Equity

5

This was one of the best sessions that I've ever attended at a planning conference. All planners could benefit from this presentation because the lessons can be extended beyond issues of equity.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9:18 a.m. CDT

APA Ethics Cases of the Year

5

I enjoyed the format. It was wild hearing everyone's views.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9:14 a.m. CDT

Influencing Community Design Through the Use of Corridor Enhancement and Historic District Overlay Zoning

5

This was my favorite session. The presentation - particularly the PowerPoint- was exceptional.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 9:05 a.m. CDT

Quick Takes (20x20)

5

This was a lot of fun!

Tuesday, August 21, 2018, 8:58 a.m. CDT

Keynote - Kathy Galvin

5

This presentation was a great reminder of our roles as professional planners to be advocates for those who have been harmed by past policies and as a reminder that we have a great responsibility to plan responsibly.

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:40 p.m. CDT

Keynote - Chuck D'Aprix

3

Didn't give me a whole lot that I didn't already know, but still somewhat interesting.

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:38 p.m. CDT

Holzheimer Memorial Economic Plenary - Fiscal Stress in Virginia Localities

3

Instead of such a great focus on numbers, maybe more anecdotal would have been appropriate, with data serving as accessory to the topic, much like the speaker from Marion.

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:36 p.m. CDT

Quick Takes (20x20)

4

Some of it seemed rushed. Tough to get all the info within a couple mins. Probably a little more practice from the speakers and it would have went a little more smooth.

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:33 p.m. CDT

Rewriting a Zoning Ordinance - Lessons Learned

5

These guys were spot-on with their analysis of "how to..." with a zoning rewrite. Since our locality experienced the same ups/downs. The presentation flowed nicely with good change in topics throughout.

Monday, August 20, 2018, 12:30 p.m. CDT

Planning Better Together: Examples of Regional Partnerships and Support in Local Planning

2

Little too much of a history lesson from Wayne. Some decent ideas. I thought there was going to be more collaboration amongst the audience. I guess I was misled by the description.

Friday, August 17, 2018, 8:41 a.m. CDT

The Language of Equity

5

Excellent: informative, interesting, interactive.

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 6:18 p.m. CDT

APA Ethics Cases of the Year

5

Well done!

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 4:16 p.m. CDT

Holzheimer Memorial Economic Plenary - Fiscal Stress in Virginia Localities

5

This was one of my favorite discussions. Each speaker brought such a wealth of knowledge and insight.

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 4:13 p.m. CDT

2018 Legislative Update

4

I enjoyed the discussion - especially how each speaker focused on a different side of the argument. My only comment is that, as a new grad, I was not necessarily "in the know" as I'm sure most of the planners we're about these issues. For this reason, I think, most of this discussion kind of went over my head. I was able to latch on to key subjects that I studied but only at a very high level. Maybe in the future a brief of the issues discussed in this format can be available for pre-conference research.

Friday, August 10, 2018, 11:03 a.m. CDT

Lighting the Way: Solar Facilities in Virginia and Guidance for Public and Private Planners

5

an emerging area and localities need to be prepared to address these issues and not fall behind the industry trends

Friday, August 10, 2018, 11:01 a.m. CDT

Keynote - Chuck D'Aprix

5

Like the opinion expressed about the issues we are facing in the profession

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:30 a.m. CDT

Mobile Tour - Smokestacks and Scenic Views

5

great approach to show how communities have transformed themselves

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:29 a.m. CDT

SMART SCALE - Lessons Learned

5

A new approach to solve and gain funding for transportation projects - a needed topic to explore

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:28 a.m. CDT

Rewriting a Zoning Ordinance - Lessons Learned

5

Always a good topic to explore to keep in mind the pitfalls and sucesses

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:27 a.m. CDT

Community Conversations: Creating Natural Pathways for Citizen Engagement

5

new ways to stimulate citizen participation always a hot topic and a challenge

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:25 a.m. CDT

Beyond Theory: Project Planning for Emerging Mobility

5

emerging issue with our aging populatioin

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:24 a.m. CDT

Planning Better Together: Examples of Regional Partnerships and Support in Local Planning

5

demonstrates how regional planning can work successfully for communities here in VA

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:22 a.m. CDT

Keynote - Kathy Galvin

5

Interesting ideas and perspectives

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:21 a.m. CDT

The Language of Equity

5

interesting aspects and concepts explored

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:20 a.m. CDT

UDA's: The Next Generation

5

This is an evolving pieces of legislation - could be useful or not so useful

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:19 a.m. CDT

Plenary - The 202 Census and Federal Data Collection

5

its coming so we better be ready

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:16 a.m. CDT

APA Ethics Cases of the Year

5

I liked this format - the role play scenario basis raised interesting aspects - always remember it the appearance of the action

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:14 a.m. CDT

2018 Legislative Update

5

Good format - I liked the opposing views/debate style

Friday, August 10, 2018, 10:13 a.m. CDT

Plenary - The City With The Planned Future

5

Had interesting viewpoints with how urbanization changes the unique character of an area

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