Ethics: Navigating the Grey Matter

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APA member
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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.

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About the Speakers

Tareq Wafaie
Tareq Wafaie, AICP, is a Senior Associate with Clarion Associates’ Denver office with more than ten years professional planning experience. Tareq works on projects including land development codes, natural hazard mitigation plans, urban renewal, and comprehensive plans. In addition to his work in the private sector, Tareq has experience working in state and local government. Tareq integrates solutions that address changing demographics, sustainability, infill and redevelopment, and other emerging planning issues into development codes across the nation. Tareq received his Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a B.S. in Land Use from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Tareq is a member of APA, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and is a frequent speaker on ethics, natural hazards, and zoning solutions at state and national conferences.

Abram Barge
Abe has over ten years of experience preparing regulatory updates, drafting downtown and neighborhood plans and managing public participation programs. As a consultant, Abe was closely involved with area plans in Davenport, Iowa, Galveston Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as zoning updates for Denver, Boulder Fort Collins, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Since joining the City of Denver, he has managed form-based zoning and design review updates for the downtown area, helped develop short-term rental regulations and drafted incentive systems to promote affordable housing. Abe has a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver. He lives next door to Denver’s revitalized Union Station.

Erica Heller
Erica Heller, AICP is vice president with P.U.M.A., provides expertise in strategic planning, urban renewal and revitalization, market-based planning, neighborhood involvement, healthy food financing, sustainability, alternative energy, and tailored district development standards. Erica has nearly twenty years of experience in economic development and planning. Prior to joining P.U.M.A., she worked for Clarion Associates, a planning and zoning consulting firm, assisting communities to craft land use policies, plans and regulations. Erica has published and spoken on numerous topics including neighborhood involvement strategies, market-based planning, and development regulations for alternative energy. She recently served two elected terms as a Board member of the Colorado Chapter of APA. She 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.