APA Interact June 5, 2019

This week at APA
Be a planning thought leader

Share your expertise at the 2020 National Planning Conference in Houston by presenting on an important, current, or cutting-edge planning topic. Take this opportunity to shape the educational content of next year's premier planning event attended by thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials, and students.

See where your proposal fits among NPC20's tracks and topics, then check out session types and formats. The proposal page outlines all the required steps.

APA offers ample tools to help you build your best proposal: tips, templates, and a short video that demonstrates the submission process step by step. All proposals will be peer reviewed to ensure that sessions chosen reflect innovation and diversity in planning research, practice, education, and professional development.

Don't delay — the proposal submission deadline is July 1.
APA launches new policy tools for equity, housing, and transportation

Today, APA released specific, actionable policy guidance that arms planners with tools to sharpen their advocacy. The new three guides address:
  • Equity in all planning;
  • Accessible, affordable, and available housing; and
  • Transportation policies that mitigate the effects of climate change, improve safety, and broaden accessibility at local through federal levels.
APA's Planning for Equity Policy Guide, Housing Policy Guide, and Surface Transportation Policy Guide reflect the association's official positions on these timely issues.
The Planning for Equity Policy Guide — our first-ever public-policy position on equity in planning — presents valuable insights on how planners can apply the lens of equity to all of their work. Each guide is the product of a two-year, member-led process that elicited hundreds of comments from APA chapter and division leaders and rank-and-file members that influenced the final policy endorsements. Each was debated, amended, and approved by more than 100 APA chapter representatives at the NPC19 Delegate Assembly in April and ratified by APA's Board of Directors in May.
Petition candidate

APA announced nominated candidates for leadership positions on May 29. Candidates who were not nominated can petition to appear on the ballot. Through July 1, APA members may sign these petitions: Roger Lentz, AICP, for APA Board President-Elect, and Susan Wood, AICP, for APA Board Member Elected at Large.
Washington chapter's teen-themed graphic novel

The APA Washington Chapter is working on a new approach to interest and engage young people from diverse backgrounds in community planning: a graphic novel to be used statewide by teens, schools, and others at no cost. Find out more at the project's Kickstarter campaign page.

New! June 12 – "Planning in the Wildland/Urban Interface" webinar on tackling wildfire and related challenges in the wildland-urban interface. Sponsored by APA and the U.S. Forest Service. (free) CM | 1

Interested in this topic? Download the free PAS report.

New! June 17 – "Affordable In-Law Suites and Backyard Bungalows: Capturing Opportunities in Accessory Dwelling Units" interactive livestream hosted by AARP, an APA partner in addressing housing challenges. (free, registration required)


Turn to Planning's June issue for the latest on transportation. Discover how curbs become transportation hubs as automobile parking declines. Learn why communities need to act soon on the new federal Opportunity Zone program. Check out bus rapid transit in mid-size cities with small-size budgets. Then, for a change of pace, travel with "The Commissioner" to Barcelona's winter festival of lights.
People Behind the Plans: Dan Parolek

Dan Parolek has a solution for local resistance to denser housing: the "missing middle." He coined the term in 2010 to identify housing types — duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and more — that provide more dwelling units than a single-family home but fewer than a midrise apartment building. They increase density while maintaining neighborhood scale and character. His firm, Opticos Design, helps communities implement form-based coding to permit these structures.
Learn more about missing-middle housing and Parolek's successful career as both architect and planner in the latest episode of the People Behind the Plans podcast series.

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APA Learn: "Density Bonuses for Affordable Housing"

Explore the diversity of density bonus programs, their opportunities and limitations, and ways to engage the community once a program has been implemented. CM | 1.25
Uncovering JAPA

"New Directions in Cognitive-Environmental Research," in the Autumn 2018 issue of the Journal of the American Planning Association, sheds new light on Kevin Lynch's The Image of the City. The article's authors delve into recent research in psychology and neurobiology that supports Lynch's notions of mental mapping and imageability and call for increased collaboration among urban planning, design, and cognitive-environment research.
From APA's Planning History Timeline

In 1948, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially restrictive covenants that prohibit people of a certain race from renting or owning real property in a specific area are unenforceable in court. The court found that although such covenants did not violate the 14th Amendment, their enforcement by state courts did. Visit the Timeline.
APA scholarships

Students: Apply for the APA Foundation Scholarship and the Charles Abrams Scholarship by June 20.
AICP certification

Apply this month to be eligible for the November 2019 AICP Certification Exam. Members who apply by June 10 may re-submit during the same application window, which closes on June 27.

APA resources can help you prepare a successful application. Follow our Application Tips and use the AICP Criteria Checklist to review your application before submission.
Exemption from CM requirements

AICP members in certain life and career situations may be eligible for temporary or permanent exemption from the requirement to earn Certification Maintenance credits. There are two exemption categories:
  • Active (permanent or temporary, maintain active membership status, pay dues, may use AICP credential). Available to retired, life, and unemployed members.
  • Inactive (temporary for up to four years, do not pay dues, may not use AICP credential). Available for parental leave, military service, ill health, caregiving, and foreign residency. Other situations will be considered case by case.
Apply for a CM exemption by December 31.
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