APA Kansas Chapter

Lawrence, KS,

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Monday, February 13, 2017, 12:21 p.m. CST

Bus Tour: Innovation and Reinvention: An Orientation Tour of Kansas City

5

Incredible, hands-on tour of KC.

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:01 a.m. CST

Walking Tour: Downtown Development Tour

5

insightful! engaging! well-organized

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:59 a.m. CST

Effectively Translating Master Plans to Zoning

5

love these guys! innovative!

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:57 a.m. CST

Layered Financing: The Who, What & When behind the Dollars

5

i think we provided a good variety of examples and engaging material

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:55 a.m. CST

A Holistic Approach to Neighborhood Revitalization: Tulsa’s Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood

5

great presenter! relevant case study for KC! impressed

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:53 a.m. CST

Scenario Planning Ins and Outs: A User’s Guide - Community & Transportation Futures

4

Great tools but still not creating a completely integrated approach to sustainable community planning - we need the hard sciences in this conversation!

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:50 a.m. CST

Museums and Community Building

5

Loved this! Please come talk every year!

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:49 a.m. CST

Best Practices When Regulating Temporary Signs after Reed Vs. Town of Gilbert (Law Session)

4

This group made a dry subject engaging. Thanks team!

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:45 a.m. CST

Make Many Little Plans: Grassroots Activists and Creative Planners Take the Reins

5

fantastic line up of community doers!

Thursday, December 15, 2016, 6:44 a.m. CST

What is the Color of the Sky in Your World? Planner and City Manager Ethics (Ethics Session)

3

i enjoyed the variety of perspectives!

Monday, November 21, 2016, 1:48 p.m. CST

Site Specific Art - Law & Planning Considerations, Deep Dive

5

This was one of the best law presentations I have seen. The presenter was very knowledgeable about the topic and was a great storyteller! It opened my eyes to the legal implications of site specific art and the need to document everything in contracts!!

Monday, November 14, 2016, 9:54 a.m. CST

Tribal Water Law and Policy

5

I was afraid this session might be a little boring, but I like to venture into areas I'm not familiar with at conferences. I was very pleasantly surprised! The presenter was very knowledgeable and made the topic very interesting. There was considerable discussion back and forth, as many attendees (like myself) knew little about the topic originally.

Friday, November 4, 2016, 11:36 a.m. CDT

Site Specific Art - Law & Planning Considerations, Deep Dive

5

One of the best law sessions I have attended!

Thursday, October 20, 2016, 9:02 a.m. CDT

Site Specific Art - Law & Planning Considerations, Deep Dive

5

Well, well done presentation. Excellent points and insight provided in the event by the speaker.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5:04 p.m. CDT

Taxation Policies and Financing Streets and Maintenance

4

Very interesting approach to determine the equitable collection of tax dollars to finance street maintenance.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 5 p.m. CDT

Alternative Land Division Processes, Case Study

4

Excellent case study of land division practices of two different counties.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:59 p.m. CDT

The Ethics of Contracting Student Community-Based Projects

4

Very interesting presentation regarding the ethical obligation of planners to facilitate the education of planning students as well as understanding what to expect with contracting for student project teams.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:54 p.m. CDT

Public Meetings: To Meet or Not To Meet?

3

It was interesting and demonstrated that you had to tailor your public engagement plan to the type of project and to your constituency.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:45 p.m. CDT

Higher Standard Floodplain Regulations: Going Above and Beyond What FEMA Requires, Case Study

4

Highly relevant to floodplain management work in my county.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:44 p.m. CDT

Climate Change in the Heartland - Risks and Opportunities, Case Study

4

Interesting study of climate change patterns and implications for planning.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:42 p.m. CDT

The Way Forward is Not Behind Us - The effect of changing demographics and budgets, Conference Theme

2

Although interesting, dealing with population change affecting western Kansas counties was not necessarily relevant to me. It did demonstrate that working with state and local elected officials regarding community change fosters partnerships and can direct resources to address those changes.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 11:10 a.m. CDT

The Way Forward is Not Behind Us - The effect of changing demographics and budgets, Conference Theme

1

From a firm that advertises itself as "futurists" a session that over simplified demographic challenges in Kansas communities simply as rural-urban migration was disappointing. Even more disappointing were the state officials absolving themselves of the need to direct resources and provide informed leadership for this state-level problem.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 10:52 a.m. CDT

The Ethics of Contracting Student Community-Based Projects

5

This was so applicable to working as a planner in a university town.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:34 a.m. CDT

Leadership Training by the Kansas Leadership Center - Why Intervening Skillfully Matters, The Mission 'Driveway Tax',  Conference Theme, Deep Dive and Case Study

5

Interesting topic! It was good to break up into groups and really discuss the City's approach and how they could perhaps better addressed the driveway tax issue.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:32 a.m. CDT

Queer and the Conversation

5

Great discussion and presentation about the role of the LGBTQ community and how planners can be more inclusive. I believe our Code of Ethics needs to include more explicit language regarding this topic.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:30 a.m. CDT

When Disasters Hit Home: Post-disaster Housing Recovery and How Hurricane Katrina Impacted Local Housing Markets

4

Academic presentation followed by a couple of student presentations. Interesting discussion that occurred on the day that another Hurricane was making landfall.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:28 a.m. CDT

Site Specific Art - Law & Planning Considerations, Deep Dive

5

Very interesting topic about the role of public art, especially as more and more communities include public art in their infrastructure.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 9:27 a.m. CDT

Climate Change in the Heartland - Risks and Opportunities, Case Study

5

Great presentation and conversation about climate change and it's impacts. It's good to see folks who aren't afraid to take this sensitive topic on in our area!!

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:52 a.m. CDT

Queer and the Conversation

5

Very important and useful discussion - the poor speakers almost couldn't get a word in edgewise with all the engaged planners! What a great way to end the conference. I really think the Kansas Chapter should think about creating some materials to guide these discussions in neighborhoods, cities, townships, etc. so that we can all think about what makes an inclusive community. A good model for materials come from the "resilience circles" (http://localcircles.org/) to help community leaders stimulate these conversations.

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:48 a.m. CDT

Tribal Water Law and Policy

5

This was one of the best speakers I have ever heard - she made law approachable and interesting. She's obviously very intelligent and knowledgeable, but she is entertaining and says it like it is.

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:42 a.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop: Bicycles – “Lawrence Loop” Bicycle Tour

5

Wow what an experience! Was good to be able to navigate the bike trails and public infrastructure connections myself to see the world from a bicyclist's view. It's a sometimes stressful experience with fast-moving traffic and walnuts on the pavement! But this is why dedicated infrastructure is so important - for safety, reliability, and being inclusive of people of all ages, talents, experience and interests. Now I'll be able to better address that public official that suggested that planners need to educate officials about why they should invest in more bike trails when there are so many other needs.

Saturday, October 8, 2016, 9:33 a.m. CDT

Queer and the Conversation

5

A truly outstanding presentation and thought provoking conversation. This was the best ethics session I have ever attended. Appreciate the coordination and conversation.

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 7:59 p.m. CDT

Local Food and Urban Agriculture, Case Study

4

One speaker did not have a backup plan for her presentation or I would have given this one 5 stars.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 2:11 p.m. CDT

Ethics Jeopardy (Ethics Session)

5

Loved doing this event. Attendees were very engaging.

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:43 p.m. CDT

Induced Seismic Activity and a Planner’s Guide to Oil and Gas

4

An intriguing and controversial subject, especially for agricultural communities. Gained a better understanding of the science, available data or lack thereof, and potential impacts of oil extraction efforts on hydrology - very critical in light of recent demand for energy production on productive ag lands.

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:33 p.m. CDT

Historic Preservation: A Placemaking Tool

4

Good to see regional successes in use of historic tax credits, especially Casey Woods' advice for rural communities to have a solid economic narrative to tie together the small victories in building support among a skeptical property owners. The identified lack of good data in rural communities also rang very true.

Sunday, June 12, 2016, 11:22 p.m. CDT

Tools for Land Use and Green Infrastructure Planning

4

It was great to see that professionals in the area were attempting to quantify ecosystem services and use GIS as a tool for analysis and presentation for development project scenarios.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 3:13 p.m. CDT

Best Practices When Regulating Temporary Signs after Reed Vs. Town of Gilbert (Law Session)

4

Was a good discussion about speech and signs in a political environment.

Monday, May 9, 2016, 8:12 a.m. CDT

Bike/Ped Planning – Changing the Transportation Paradigm

5

Great speaker. I appreciated the tips and insight into working with multi-departments and the importance of public engagement.

Monday, May 9, 2016, 8:11 a.m. CDT

Bicycling Tour of Bike/Ped Projects

5

Great tour of on-street and bike paths in an urban community. I learned a lot practically from the tour.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:47 a.m. CDT

Walking Tour of Project Downtown

5

One can see so much more when walking on a downtown tour with two very knowledgeable planners and community development specialists. A lot to see in downtown Wichita and extremely interesting to see how they have developed strategies to encourage development.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:45 a.m. CDT

Bike/Ped Planning – Changing the Transportation Paradigm

5

Enjoyed the presenter's experiences with this planning project from the highest level of developing community support to the details necessary to make things work as they should.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 9:43 a.m. CDT

Project Downtown – A Billion Dollar Success Story

5

Enjoyed learning about the overall planning effort and the details that pulled it together to make for an ongoing but successful project.

Monday, May 2, 2016, 8:42 a.m. CDT

Walking Tour of Project Downtown

5

Excellent tour!

Thursday, April 28, 2016, 12:14 p.m. CDT

Bike/Ped Planning – Changing the Transportation Paradigm

5

Scott is passionate, enthusiastic, and what every community needs!

Friday, April 15, 2016, 5:01 p.m. CDT

Downtown Bentonville: A Vision Come to Life

5

Excellent presentation!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 11:36 a.m. CDT

What is the Color of the Sky in Your World? Planner and City Manager Ethics (Ethics Session)

4

Fun comparison, City Manager to Planning

Monday, March 7, 2016, 12:18 p.m. CST

After the EF5 Tornado, Recovery, and Resilience: Learning from Joplin, MO and Moore, OK

5

Best one of the conference.

Friday, February 5, 2016, 2:25 p.m. CST

Best Practices When Regulating Temporary Signs after Reed Vs. Town of Gilbert (Law Session)

5

Mark White was very knowledgeable and informational.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 11:55 a.m. CST

Complete Streets: Planning, Policies & Performance

4

Nice to hear from Scott Allen about walkable communities work I helped advance in Blue Springs, MO.

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