2018 National Planning Conference

Incorporating Schools in Growth Management Strategies

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198084

Location: 2008

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  • Gain knowledge of how school districts and local governments can collaborate on a regular basis and plan for educational facilities and services in communities experiencing growth or decline.
  • Learn about Florida's and Washington state's growth management laws on local land use and school planning.
  • Identify how to evaluate local government and school district coordination efforts using collaboration checklists developed by the APA Public Schools Interest Group.


Schools are often referred to as the heart of a community but the siting of schools is not often considered in the planning process. Learn how two regions from opposite corners of the country are collaborating on schools and land-use planning. Hear from the perspective of a local government planner in a fast-growing region where schools are being directed to cities and away from rural areas and from the perspective of a school district planner balancing school capacity with new development and redevelopment. The message from these two regions is universal: Local governments and school districts can collaborate for effective community building and quality schools whether in a fast-growing or a declining region. Discover the keys: collaboration and the role planners can play in bringing the agencies, elected officials, and community members together on a set of shared goals.

Hear how planners have made great strides in collaborative efforts with public health officials and now, as school reform efforts dominate national and state policy agendas, it is time to turn our attention to schools to ensure that we are building complete, healthy, and vibrant communities.

Session Speakers

Candace H. Stowell, AICP
City of South Lake Tahoe, CA
South Lake Tahoe, CA

Saralee L. Morrissey, FAICP
Volusia County School District
Daytona Beach, FL

Karen Wolf, FAICP
King County Council
Seattle, WA