Hot Planning Topics for Planning Commissioners

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CM | 1.25

You'll learn about:

  • Topics that are current or emerging in the planning field

  • How communities are addressing these emerging latest issues

  • How to keep your understanding of planning and community development up to date

Effective planning requires a strategic look at past and present trends in a way that helps offer reasonable predictions of future growth patterns. In our fast-paced, ever-changing world, this task can be daunting.

What are the hot topics and current trends in the profession that influence your work as a planning commissioner? This session will look to address a series of topics, including housing and affordability, climate change, hazards, new methods of public facilitation and participation, recent legal developments, new approaches to zoning, and economic development. Planning commissioners and planners will present this session.


About the Speakers

Stan Archie
Stan Archie, M.ED, MA. LPC. SATP-C, NCC, BCPC Successful Edge LLC. 6301 Rockhill – KCMO Email Address: Stan has served as a city plan commissioner in Kansas City, Missouri since the 1995 and currently serves as its Vice Chair. Stan received a degree in Divinity with an emphasis on biblical language and urban planning from Carver Bible College in Kansas City, Missouri. Continuing his education at Calvary Bible College Stan earned his bachelors degree with a double major (Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Development) with a minor in bible. He also holds a Masters in Education from Mid-America Nazarene University and a Masters in Counseling also from Mid-America Nazarene University and has completed his Ph.D. (ABD) from Walden University. Stan has also studied law at Boston University and is certified as an instructor and consultant in Character Counts, Ethics and Character on Public Boards and Administrators and formally served on the Governance Board of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. He is also a certified trainer with the National Church Adopt A School Initiative and has participated and coauthored on several national study teams with NASBE (National Association of School Boards of Education). He served as the Natural Area Director representing the central region of the United States and also served 6 years on the Missouri State Board of Education. Stan also serves as a regular speaker in a number of workshops, seminars, colleges and universities and a national executive consultant in the profit and not-for-profit industries. He is married to Evelyn Archie and together they have three daughters, Stanisha, Elisha, and Talisha and a number of grandchildren.

Jennifer Henaghan
Jennifer Henaghan, AICP, is APA's Deputy Research Director.

William Anderson
Bill Anderson, FAICP, is Director of City & Regional Planning in the Americas for AECOM. Previously he chaired San Diego's Planning Commission, helping formulate the "City of Villages" strategy. Anderson served as Director of San Diego's City Planning & Community Investment Department between 2006 and 2011, where he oversaw planning, economic development, redevelopment, urban form, and facilities financing. During this time, he led the preparation of San Diego's General Plan, which received APA's Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Plans. He was inducted into the AICP College of Fellows in 2006, and served as APA President from 2013 to 2015. He has a BA in Economics and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College and his Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University.