APA Pennsylvania Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, United States

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Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:37 p.m. CST

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

5

Speakers were extremely knowledgable and frank about the challenges in administering a state program. Learned much to bring back to local area.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:35 p.m. CST

F2. Putting "Implementable" Comprehensive Plans into Practice

4

Lycoming County presentation was excellent and innovative approach to multi-municipal planning using implementable plan format was very interesting.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:33 p.m. CST

E5. How to Create an Overlay Zoning Ordinance to Provide Strong Source-Water Protection for Groundwater Quality

3

Speaker was well qualified to present the topic, and did a nice job of engaging his audience, but model had yet to be adopted locally.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:28 p.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Great speaker, very unique perspective and ideas. Local application.

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 12:26 p.m. CST

B1. Images and Ethics

5

Nice presentation and good frank discussion with audience with regard to questions. Could have been used to satisfy legal credits as well!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 2:58 p.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

Very Interesting

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:34 a.m. CST

F5. Workshops with Results

5

Good presentation.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:33 a.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

Very good presentation.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:31 a.m. CST

Pitkin Lecture: Small Town in the Big City: Jane Jacobs of Pennsylvania

5

Great presentation ! Interesting speaker and topic.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:29 a.m. CST

B3. The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

5

Very interesting presentation about a particularly present issue.

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:27 a.m. CST

E7. Implementing Tactical Urbanism/Placemaking in a Pennsylvania 3rd Class City: A Model for Better Community Engagement

5

Great presentation !

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10:26 a.m. CST

D6. Connecting a Community through Collaborative Economic Development

5

Good discussion and ideas about public engagement.

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:21 a.m. CST

C5. Aging in Place: New Government Mandates and the Effects on Local Communities of the Coming Wave

5

Interesting presentation regarding elder care and the innovative topics with specific examples.

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 11:19 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Very interesting discussion with very local implications !

Monday, January 8, 2018, 10:45 a.m. CST

F1. Transitioning to Management: The Ups and Downs

5

Excellent session that better prepared me for my current position, and future positions. I have already implemented some techniques that the speakers shared.

Monday, January 1, 2018, 6:19 p.m. CST

Economic Ecology-Pollution Removal & Flood Reduction at a Regional Scale

5

Kelly and Mark from Landstudies blend sound community planning principals with environmental regulations to achieve success. They provide numerous examples of successful projects as proof that this approach works.

Monday, January 1, 2018, 6:15 p.m. CST

Stormwater Management: Big Picture & Regional Initiative

5

I was a co-presenter with Lee McDonnell for this topic. He covered the state regulations to meet water quality requirements which are based on municipal boundaries, and I offered an alternative approach to meeting the obligations through regional collaboration. The regional collaboration approach has been successfully implemented in York County, PA. I think we offered a good balance of regulations and an innovative approach to meeting them.

Monday, January 1, 2018, 3:34 p.m. CST

Stormwater Management: Big Picture & Regional Initiative

5

I co-presented with Lee Mc Donnell, PA DEP on how to approach MS-4 compliance on a regional basis. The state permitting regulations are based on municipal boundaries, but the most effective way to improve water quality is through a regional approach. He offered the big picture from the State perspective and I offered a regional option.

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 1:26 p.m. CST

F2. Putting "Implementable" Comprehensive Plans into Practice

5

Many excellent comments received from participants of this session. Very informative from a municipal, multi-municipal and county level.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 8:44 a.m. CST

A1. Legal Updates

5

Great information was provided regarding the Reed v. Town of Gilbert case pertaining to Signs, as well as Dunn v. Middletown Twp. ZHB pertaining to a de Minimus Dimensional Variance.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 8:30 a.m. CST

E2. Land Use Law Update: Annual Review of Federal and State Court and Agency Decisions

5

One of the best and most informative sessions I have attended all year. Thank you, Susan!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 2:50 p.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

engaging speaker on a usually dull topic. Good information with real world examples.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 2:49 p.m. CST

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

5

really eye opening issues with the way the legislation in PA to legalize medical marijuana was written. Good examples of a planners role in this issue and different approaches to prepare your community for this new use. Legal experts spoke in terms that were understandable to planners.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 2:45 p.m. CST

E7. Implementing Tactical Urbanism/Placemaking in a Pennsylvania 3rd Class City: A Model for Better Community Engagement

2

too specific to the certain community. speakers went into the weeds on unimportant details and didnt leave time for questions or more broad discussion. learned a good deal about the approach, but could have been more effective.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 2:44 p.m. CST

D3. Local Actions, Regional Results: Prioritizing Municipal Strategies for Improving Water Quality

4

good use of technology. interested in learning more as the project progresses

Friday, December 15, 2017, 9:12 a.m. CST

B1. Images and Ethics

5

This was a great presentation and brought up ethical issues I had never considered related to using images in planning documents, and in social media.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:08 p.m. CST

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

5

Very informative. Good discussion

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:06 p.m. CST

E2. Land Use Law Update: Annual Review of Federal and State Court and Agency Decisions

5

Excellent presenter. Susan Smith always presents a good session and explains the pertinent components of cases very well.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 3:04 p.m. CST

Pitkin Lecture: Small Town in the Big City: Jane Jacobs of Pennsylvania

4

Learned a lot about Jane Jacobs

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 2:59 p.m. CST

B1. Images and Ethics

5

Great session. Very informative.

Monday, December 11, 2017, 12:57 p.m. CST

G4. 2-D Maps to 4-DThinking: The Building Block Approach to Floodplain Planning

5

Better planning for buildings in floodplains is a statewide concern.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:38 a.m. CST

G7. Nature-Based Placemaking: Using Natural Assets as Economic Generators

5

Well attended and relevant to major regional strategic initiatives in PA.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:16 a.m. CST

E2. Land Use Law Update: Annual Review of Federal and State Court and Agency Decisions

5

Speaker is a true planning law expert!! She provided an important perspective on the 6/20/17 Ruling by the PA Supreme Court on the PA Environmental Rights Amendment!!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:11 a.m. CST

D1. PennDOT Connects: Pennsylvania's New Program Supporting Active Transportation

4

Important change of PennDOT policy = opportunity for greenway and trail development!!

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 10:01 a.m. CST

C6. Municipalities and Water Resources: Planning for the Long-Term

3

Timely and relevant for my volunteer work with the County Planning Directors association of PA.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:51 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Spud Marshall was a VERY stimulating speaker and his dedication to enabling community change was inspiring!! I relate to this because I also try to facilitate change in our Susquehanna River towns.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 9:46 a.m. CST

B3. The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

4

Useful for PA municipalities

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:55 p.m. CST

E3. MPC Refresher: Key Provisions, What's New, Tips for Users

5

Informative - liked the informal-ish format, which worked well for something that could've been deadly dull.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:53 p.m. CST

D7. Bicycling Beyond the Big Cities: Enhancing On-Road Cycling in Small Towns and Suburban Communities

5

So good! Loved the approach, implementation - and using the LIBRARY as a bike-rental point! Genius!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:51 p.m. CST

C2. Placemaking Using an Economic Development Study: A Data and Market Based Approach

5

Really liked this one - not only was this a great success story, but I left thinking, "Hey, I could do that..."

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:49 p.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

3

Spud was amusing, but got to be annoying. While it may be true that "you can break any rule if you're wearing an orange vest," that approach doesn't work when you ARE the government...

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:45 p.m. CST

B2. Two Sides of the Same Coin: Plan Implementation through Zoning and P3s

4

Not much I can apply in my own community, but a GREAT presentation of how the Boro is addressing persistent housing issues and how to make/implement plans that are specific and practical.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 3:42 p.m. CST

A3. Community Living: One Big, Happy Non-family

4

interesting to think what will happen to all of these CCR's when the boomer really start dying off...

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 8:13 p.m. CST

B1. Images and Ethics

4

Interesting and informative with a perspective that wasn't obvious

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 10:58 a.m. CST

C3. Real Estate Finance for Planers: A Very Short Course

4

Interesting topic. I would like to learn more about this.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 10:57 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Funny guy and great presenter.

Monday, November 13, 2017, 12:56 p.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

Best session of the conference. Please get him back next year.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:57 p.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

valuable clear explanation of PA ethics act and how to remain in compliance

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, 1:51 p.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

inspirational approach to tapping into your community's creative potential

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2:30 p.m. CST

G4. 2-D Maps to 4-DThinking: The Building Block Approach to Floodplain Planning

5

Great mix of lecture and visual aids. Ample opportunity to ask questions and delve into issues.

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