APA Arkansas Chapter Fall Conference - Emerging Issues

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, September 5, 2013, 8 a.m.
Friday, September 6, 2013, 1 p.m. CDT

Fayetteville, AR, United States


Many large issues affect how we must plan our places. We shall look and discuss a few: Safety/Crime; Disasters/Preparation; and Sex/Free Speech. While issues such as safe design and crime opportunity mitigation are vitally important to effective neighborhood planning, research has shown that few urban planners are familiar with these concepts and even fewer are capable of assessing design proposals for their impact on neighborhood crime levels. This session hopes to bridge this gap by first providing a discussion of the importance of considering crime in creating sustainable communities and the impacts of planning decisions on neighborhood crime levels. Planners will be provided with practical guidance on how to effectively build crime prevention concepts into everyday planning as well how crime prevention can be integrated into smart growth, form based codes and other planning theories. A full discussion of government regulation of sexually-oriented businesses will be provided by the attorney for the Arkansas Municipal League. In order to regulate such a business, a government cannot prohibit the lawful speech associated with it; rather, it may only seek to avoid/remedy “adverse secondary effects” associated with such businesses. Evidence of such adverse secondary effects into their regulation can occur in the form of studies, even studies by other governments and researchers. The presentation will highlight the varying ways Courts have looked at this issue. Mr. Mosley will review whether a regulation is constitutional will depend on what jurisdiction you’re in, and a host of other factors that you must stay current on. This presentation will bring attendees current with the federal and state rules, legislation and court proceedings on this matter. The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management (ADEM) is governments working in partnership with local businesses to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards that affect a jurisdiction. ADEM’s planning division, plus the local Offices of Emergency Management mentioned above are available to assist your cities in preparing to keep your citizens safe. The presentation will provide an overview of how in Arkansas communities work together during an emergency makes sense. Resources will be identified and methods to access them will be provided. The presentation will provide attendees with an overview on the statewide network and what we should be doing locally to prepare.