APA Pennsylvania Chapter

Harrisburg, PA, United States

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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.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 2:22 p.m. CST

M2. The Slab Cabin Run Initiative: A Landscape Level Approach to Source Water Protection, Stream Restoration and Ag Land Preservation

5

Great site visit and tour of facilities to explain local conservation efforts.

Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:21 p.m. CST

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

What a great session! Mr. Jacisin was able to present the ethics act in a clear, concise manner that was extremely easy to understand. He used multiple situations and scenarios to share the information but to also encourage more critical thinking on the part of the attendees. I definitely feel the session was valuable and that I learned a lot from it.

Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:19 p.m. CST

F7. Freight Planning in Pennsylvania: Featuring a Case Study of the Harrisburg MPO

5

Session offered a good summary of the current FAST ACT as it relates to Freight planning. Presenters provided good real-world examples of what State DOTs and MPOs can do to better plan for freight and comply with federal regulations. I appreciated the tiered approach to the presentation going from national level, to state to local.

Monday, November 6, 2017, 1:14 p.m. CST

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

5

Great overview and some in-depth analysis of medical marijuana in Pennsylvania and some insights on how to appropriately plan for it. Definitely beneficial!

Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:34 a.m. CST

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

4

Very committed and dedicated speaker

Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:33 a.m. CST

D2. Overcoming Obstables to Municipal Cooperation: The Wissahickon Creek Water Quality Improvement Plan

5

Very informative

Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:32 a.m. CST

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

5

Intresting and engaging speaker

Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:29 a.m. CST

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Engaging speaker. Lots of good ideas

Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:43 a.m. CST

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

5

Excellent

Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:40 a.m. CST

M4. A Brief Campus Sustainability Tour and Potential Tools to Support Sustainable Community Projects

5

Mostly Excellent!

Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:38 a.m. CST

C4. Buses Are Not Just For Big Cities:A Discussion of Transit Planning for Small and Rural Communities

5

Very good!

Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:37 a.m. CST

B1. Images and Ethics

5

Excellent!

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:21 a.m. CDT

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

A thought provoking presentation filled with good information.

Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:18 a.m. CDT

E6. Repurposing Stranded Real Estate Assets as a New Form of Transit Oriented Development

5

Todd's presentation on repurposing underperforming shopping centers into mixed use development was extraordinary. In my opinion this was the best session at the conference.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 3:27 p.m. CDT

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

1

The speaker was out of touch with reality.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:49 p.m. CDT

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

2

Not sure what the takeaway was supposed to be.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:48 p.m. CDT

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

1

While I really wanted to learn what the description had and a refresher on financing terms, process and sources; this was more showing why mid-density is better than low or high density.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:45 p.m. CDT

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

3

While a relevant topic, I thought there was little to learn.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 1:44 p.m. CDT

F1. Transitioning to Management: The Ups and Downs

4

Nice to have break out sessions,

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 8:31 a.m. CDT

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

Interesting perspective of how planning intersects with other disciplines.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:57 p.m. CDT

E6. Repurposing Stranded Real Estate Assets as a New Form of Transit Oriented Development

5

Excellent info from someone who works in the field with real world info about real estate and how developers make their decisions. Great! need more sessions that bring a perspective other than from planners.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:40 p.m. CDT

G1. The PA Ethics Act and its Relevance to Planners

5

Excellent and interesting presentation of what could be a very dry subject.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:38 p.m. CDT

F5. Workshops with Results

4

Good overview with some overlap of popular practices over past few years.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 2:35 p.m. CDT

Plenary: Medical Marijuana

5

Good overview of subject, including status of permits, appeals, etc.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 12:58 p.m. CDT

E4. Approaches to Align Plans and Market Demand

5

The speakers in this session were phenomenal and complemented each other well. The case study highlighting Erie County was enlightening, insightful, and most importantly, relatable, especially for many of us planners working in more rural communities with complex and intricate political circumstances and very few financial resources at our disposal.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 9:26 a.m. CDT

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

1

I was hoping that the speaker would have told stories related to Jane Jacob's impact on planning; however, basically it was a generic overview of her life. I would like to see future speakers, particularly for the Pitkin Lecture, more inspiring as to the importance of planning as instrumental to changing communities.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 8:58 a.m. CDT

Opening Keynote: Transforming Towns into Changemaker Communities

5

excellent speaker. very excited about his topic. energizing.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 8:52 a.m. CDT

B4. Mechanisms for Cultivating Collaborative Relationships Between Town and Gown

5

good information for those of us working in college towns.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 4 p.m. CDT

B3. The Legal Aspects of Medical Marijuana in Pennsylvania

4

Very helpful, good interaction

Monday, October 30, 2017, 3:57 p.m. CDT

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

4

Interesting story teller with a great message

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