Ethics: Navigating the Grey Matter

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Certification Maintenance

CM | 1.50
E | 1.50

You'll learn about:

  • Refresher on the AICP Code of Ethics. (What is it?)

  • Why the Code of Ethics is important. (Why should we care?)

  • How to effectively apply the AICP Code of Ethics and steer clear of situations that could damage your career. (How does it affect my work?)

Planners face ethical challenges frequently, often unbeknownst to them. Navigating the somewhat murky waters of “right vs. wrong” can only be made easier through life experience and regular discussion. This session meets a planning objective of providing a refresher to existing AICP members on the importance of the AICP Code of Ethics, and deeper consideration of potential day-to-day ethical issues in the planning field. The information provided in this session is unbiased, based loosely on real-life scenarios or hypothetical situations that best illustrate important ethical planning issues.

The proposed method for delivery is to demonstrate ethical challenges through a series of skits, with substantial audience interaction at critical teachable moments during the scenarios. In addition to questions about each scenario, the audience often presents unique challenges not contemplated by the panel or scenario (either verbally into the microphone or on notecards collected from the audience), providing an opportunity for open discussion on how the AICP Code of Ethics should apply. The planner-actors are seasoned planning experts with both public- and private-sector experience and are able to quickly respond to questions related to the Code of Ethics. This unique approach delivers a clear message regarding the relevance of the Code of Ethics, and has been a highlight at APA Colorado’s state conference. This session is not intended to overlap with APA’s Ethics Case of the Year, which is typically discussed in a separate session.

About the Speakers

Tareq Wafaie
Tareq Wafaie, AICP, is a Principal in Clarion’s Denver office. Mr. Wafaie focuses on land use and zoning code diagnosis and reform, and natural hazard mitigation planning and implementation. His recent work includes projects for a variety of clients across the country from Sedona to Syracuse, as well as several cities and towns in his home state of Colorado such as Aurora, Buena Vista, Glenwood Springs, and Northglenn. Before joining Clarion he worked in both the private and public sectors as a development review planner and spent two years in state government providing technical assistance and training on land use issues to communities across Colorado. Mr. Wafaie is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is a frequent speaker on planning ethics, among other planning topics, at local and national conferences. Tareq is a born-and-raised Coloradan and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children hiking, skiing, fishing, playing soccer, and exploring Colorado’s unique communities and terrain.

Abram Barge
Abe Barge, AICP is a Principal Planner with the City of Denver. He has over ten years of experience drafting community plans and regulatory implementation strategies, including consulting work for communities around the country, such as Pittsburgh, PA, Fort Lauderdale, FL and Tacoma, WA. Abe is currently developing design standards and density bonus systems for areas around Denver’s downtown and new rail stations. He has a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver.

Erica Heller
Erica Heller manages and provides support for economic development, planning, healthy communities and reinvestment projects at P.U.M.A. She brings passion, perspective and nearly two decades of experience to her work in urban renewal and revitalization, neighborhood involvement, sustainability, retail food access, alternative energy and tailored district development standards. Erica joined P.U.M.A. in 2010, following work as both a consultant and a city planner. Erica has published articles and spoken at conferences throughout the U.S. on numerous topics, including neighborhood involvement strategies, market-based planning and development regulations for alternative energy. She currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association. Erica holds a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University.