APA Interact August 19, 2020

This Week at APA
August 19, 2020
Many regions and cities are stuck with infrastructure portfolios that are no longer affordable, no longer fit the needs of a community, or both. This is where right-sizing transportation comes into play, particularly now as planners work toward economic recovery from COVID-19. From Planning magazine, discover attainable strategies on how to maximize transportation investments, even on a postpandemic budget.
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Centering planning in the federal surface transportation debate

The next transportation bill is poised to take a planning-led approach to issues ranging from climate change and resilience to new mobility and social equity. Although steps have been taken to renew the nation's federal transportation law, there is still much work to be done, and gaps to be filled. Congress needs to hear from planners about the importance of acting now and how carefully planned infrastructure can set the foundation for recovery.
Build for lasting change at the Policy and Advocacy Conference

That's where APA comes in — we help you find your voice and equip you with resources. With deadlines looming, the coming weeks will make an enormous difference for the future. At the Policy and Advocacy Conference, hear from experts on the ever-changing state of play on transportation and ask congressional leaders to embrace APA's priorities for transportation reauthorization in the next bill.
PAS Memo
Equity-oriented performance measures in transportation planning

People of color and those with lower incomes experience worse transportation outcomes, often having to travel farther for work and other critical places. Planners must work proactively to improve communities that have historically experienced disinvestment and negative impacts. This PAS Memo offers guidance to planners for evaluating and improving equity considerations in their jurisdictions' transportation planning practices.
Uncovering JAPA
Lowering institutional barriers for immigrant entrepreneurs

Immigrant entrepreneurs face many challenges in starting their businesses and are underrepresented in capital-heavy industries. How can local planning and policy efforts better support these business endeavors? A Journal of the American Planning Association article reviews 20 local business development policy types geared towards immigrant entrepreneurship to discover if any policy gaps exist.
Zoning Practice
Communities explore nuanced approaches to nonconformities

As the pandemic continues to shutter local businesses occupying nonconforming structures or sites, updated classifications and standards for nonconformities can remove barriers for new small businesses to open.

The August issue of Zoning Practice surveys the creative ways that local governments are addressing nonconformities in their communities.
APA Learn
Scenario Planning for Managing Transportation Unknowns

This course explores the role of scenario planning in supporting confident transportation planning decisions and working out a responsive, dynamic, and comprehensive approach. Learn how scenario planning can clarify a community's transportation vision despite uncertainty. CM | 1.25
Introducing the APA Food Systems Division

APA is proud to introduce its 22nd division, the Food Systems Division. The division's goal is to advance food systems planning at all levels and help planners build stronger, equitable, and self-reliant food systems.
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Congratulations, students!

The 2020 Student Design Competition is part of APA's ongoing effort to raise interest in the need for equitable, responsible, sustainable, and resilient communities for all among the leaders of tomorrow in the fields of planning and urban design. After presenting virtually, Team RES from Columbia University was awarded first place.

The APA Outstanding Student Awards recognizes outstanding attainment in the study of planning by students graduating from Planning Accreditation Board programs. View the list of outstanding students.
Call for proposals: World Town Planning Day

APA's International Division invites planners and urban aficionados to submit proposals for the online World Town Planning Day on November 8. This year's conference is focusing on equity, diversity, and inclusion in the era of COVID-19.

Proposals are due September 4.
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Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance Update
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Hermosa Beach, CA
Visioning Study
City of Glendale
Glendale, CA
Transit Design Study
Mason City
Mason City, IA

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