2015 Spring conference - Shaping Resilinet Communities

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, March 12, 2015, 8:30 a.m.
Friday, March 13, 2015, 12:30 p.m. CDT

Eureka Springs, AR, United States


Three Sessions will address statewide transportation issues with CAP (Connecting Arkansas Program), new Statewide Bike-Ped Plan and GIS mapping of all roads in the state. The session will describe the strategies expected from the final Arkansas Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan as well as identify potential economic development opportunities through bicycle and pedestrian enhancements. In response to a federal mandate for an all public roads linear referencing system (LRS), A statewide road map is being created with road data maintenance and road funding in every jurisdiction. When completed, local, state and federal transportation planners will have an accurate method for determining mileage of paved versus unpaved roads by jurisdiction and a systematically determined route, section, and log mile in the database for all public roads. An ethic training session will focus on ethics for the staff planner and the planning commissioner. The information will be based the APA Ethics Toolkit. The presenter will also touch on the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act as it related to ethical behavior from planning staff and planning commissioners. The participants will be exposed to the following: The AICP/APA Ethical Principals in Planning; The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct; Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. The session will feature lecture and interactive questions and answers for different scenarios. The remainder of the conference will address ‘green’, smart or sustainable development concepts. Through the session attendees will learn how grassroots planning and implementation can build places that people desire. Strategies for implementing city-wide and site specific regulations related to green infrastructure, complete streets, mixed-use development, public outreach and public engagement. Key strategies used through the Jump Start Initiative are intended to be replicable to other communities throughout Central Arkansas and throughout most of the United States. The keynote will begin with a brief overview on the issue of sustainability, and will then discuss two aspects of this topic in further detail. These aspects have been selected for their relevance to practicing planners, in their daily work. The first aspect of sustainability involves reclaiming and redeveloping existing highway commercial strips and underutilized downtown sites for mixed uses. The second involves practical methods for using land more efficiently for residential construction. This part of the talk will touch on new urban solutions for infill areas with public water and sewer, and then describes “conservation subdivision design” as a common-sense tool for use in less urbanized areas that will most likely continue to be zoned for new development, at least within the foreseeable future.