Increasingly, federal and state elected officials are debating how to use planning to tackle complex problems of housing and persistent poverty. Planners must be prepared to advocate for approaches and policies that lift disinvested communities and create equal access to affordable housing, transportation options, and jobs. A new suite of APA tools can help you understand and influence housing and inclusive-growth decisions at all levels of government:
Use APA's new Housing Policy Guide to inform your advocacy for policies that promote housing choice, affordability, and availability. The guide lays out specific, actionable policy direction on housing finance, resiliency, zoning, and more, and builds on the principles that underlie APA's Planning Home initiative.
The free June issue of Zoning Practice examines local and state legislative responses to housing affordability challenges. ZP discusses how states increasingly talk about housing affordability vis-à-vis local zoning and highlights examples of related state legislative efforts. If you're interested in zoning issues, consider subscribing to Zoning Practice for monthly updates on trends and innovations in local land-use and development regulations.
This month's Planning asks whether Opportunity Zones are living up to their promise. Find out what planners can do to advocate for impactful investment opportunities that promote economic growth and revitalize low-income communities.
NATIONAL PLANNING CONFERENCE
Don't delay NPC20 session proposals
Grab your opportunity to speak at NPC20 as a planning thought leader. APA has added new conference session formats designed to actively engage attendees and maximize participation. Learn more about all the new and classic session formats.
Submit all session proposals by noon (CT) on July 1.
As an APA member, you have access to great resources like the newest PAS Report, A Planner's Guide to Meeting Facilitation. Review basic principles and identify specific techniques for facilitating productive meetings that contribute to the public-input, consensus-building, and conflict-resolution aspects of community planning and other public policy-making projects.
Diversity and inclusion in planning
During Pride Month, APA celebrates American society's evolution in understanding and accepting LGBTQ people and ensuring that their voices are included, valued, and empowered in shaping the nation's communities. To highlight the role of the LGBTQ community in creating places that expand opportunity for all, APA and the LGBTQ and Planning Division share Planner Profiles of some national LGBTQ leaders in planning. This week meet Petra Doan, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University; John Parsons Douglas, Senior Project Manager for the New York City Council; and John Parsons Douglas, Planning Projects Manager for Richardson, Texas.
People Behind the Plans: Donald Shoup, FAICP
Donald Shoup's ideas and advocacy for progressive parking policies have earned him a cadre of fans, the "Shoupistas." He is an AICP Fellow, Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at UCLA, author of the seminal High Cost of Free Parking, and editor of the recently published Parking and the City.
In this episode, he tells host Courtney Kashima, AICP, of his career-long efforts to advance equitable parking policies and correct market and government failures. The two discuss the basic tenets of The High Cost of Free Parking, new parking-payment technologies, curb space management, and more.
Tip: For more on curb space management, read "Curb Control" in the June issue of Planning.
APA Learn: "Inclusionary Housing: Tales from the Front"
Inclusionary housing is an important affordable-housing tool for many cities. In this course, identify steps that can be used to develop inclusionary-housing policies and learn how to connect with other professionals to address those needs in your community. CM |1.25
APA's Planning History Timeline: The G.I. Bill and post-war housing
On June 22, 1944, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Serviceman's Readjustment Act — better known as the G.I. Bill — which provided a variety of benefits to World War II veterans, including access to guaranteed loans to buy a home, farm, or business, which contributed to suburbanization because many more people could afford to buy new houses. Visit the Timeline.
From our blog
Learn how Enterprise, an APA partner, is developing essential tools that help communities and planning practitioners find resources and key data in their efforts to improve economic mobility and housing affordability.
We congratulate the recipients of APA's 2019 APA Outstanding Student Awards. These 49 graduates from Planning Accreditation Board-accredited programs are honored for their outstanding attainment in the study of planning during the 2018–19 academic year.
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