From North Carolina to England
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT
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The APA has an International Exchange Program through its International Division where interested American planners can be matched up with planners in the UK who are members of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). Participants will learn about this process as well as the experience of a North Carolina planner who visited England in April 2017 for two weeks and gained insight into the English planning system by shadowing several professionals as part of the program. Topics discussed will include the English planning approach to new housing and employment developments, historic preservation, the relationship of local plans to regional and national planning, transportation and public rights of way, governmental structure (two-tier and unitary) and the public participation process. Participants will learn that the planning issues faced by the English are not so different from our own, but they may seem harder to grasp due to the differing terminology, culture, and geography.
Participants will come away with a better appreciation for the American planning process, as well as a basic understanding of various aspects of the English planning process. The speaker will share lessons learned and potential takeaways for North Carolina planners in their own professional work. This session is intended to be educational but also fun and intriguing, providing a different perspective on urban planning outside of the United States.
Daniel Amstutz, AICP
Benjamin Howell, email@example.com