APA Interact July 29, 2020

This Week at APA
July 29, 2020
Negotiations on a new wave of federal emergency assistance are underway in Congress — but direct support for states and communities has not yet been included.

As communities are forced to make financial cuts for the new fiscal year, many planners and services — playing a vital role in recovery and resilience — are increasingly being terminated due to lack of funding. Without another immediate injection of federal relief, a long-lasting recovery will be out of reach for communities forced to cut the planning jobs that will help them rebound from this crisis.

Hear how this is affecting planners across the country, and
share your story for impact with APA and members of Congress.
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A critical moment: 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference

Join APA to gain the tools you need to effect change on today's most consequential issues facing planners.

The 2020 Policy and Advocacy Conference is a unique, hands-on space to learn how to advocate for planning, be a part of the conversation around recovery, meet with legislators, and hear from experts on critical planning policy issues.

Early bird registration opens today, but it won't be here forever! Register before September 1 to get the best deal and a guaranteed meeting with a legislative office.
Member Voices
"It's for these reasons that I urge your support for prioritizing more funding and flexibility for localities of all sizes and states in the next wave of coronavirus relief aid. I also urge you to make sure that such funding can be used for the salaries of community planners and other expenses of planning functions."
- Susan Trevarthen, FAICP, writes to Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida about the critical need for flexible resources.
Contribute to the national climate position  

As momentum behind climate action grows, now is the time to reinvent communities to incorporate climate mitigation and adaptation. Doing so requires the right policies at the federal, state, and local levels. The APA Climate Change Policy Guide is being updated to incorporate the latest science and policy approaches, and to reflect the growing recognition of climate's impact on planners' work. This guide will represent APA's official position on climate issues and tools to arm planners to advocate for equitable, effective policies at all levels of government.

Review the working draft and contribute your feedback to ensure that your perspective is captured in the final guide. Final comments must be submitted by August 26.
Resource Page
Topical COVID-19 resources for planners

Finding important resources that can help you and your community — simplified. APA's COVID-19 resource page is sorted by topics that are at the forefront of planners' minds such as federal and state support guidance, online public engagement collection, transportation shifts, and more. Head to the page, choose which topic you're interested in, and dive into a podcast, blog, or APA Learn course.
From Planning
Planners must drive a just, resilient recovery

"The creativity, wisdom, and analytic capacity of planners is essential to guide scarce resources to advance resilient, equitable planning goals." In July's Perspectives column, Kate Collignon contends that planners need more funding to continue paving the road to recovery.
Six ways planners can help communities bridge the racial wealth gap

The city of Asheville, North Carolina, unanimously passed a resolution on July 14 to reinvest in its Black Asheville community. This effort, and others like it, illustrate the recognition by community leaders that policies have created and perpetuated wealth and economic opportunity gaps — and that it is their responsibility to correct them. Read six things you can do to advance more equitable outcomes in your community.
Centering racial and social justice in planning practice

How can planners working in more technical fields address systemic racism and injustice? Richard Willson, FAICP, suggests starting with three steps.
APA Learn
How Planners Can Collaborate With Public Health During a Pandemic

COVID-19 has intensified preexisting conditions and radically transformed life in our cities. As we move through the response and recovery the collaboration between planners and public health departments is more important than ever. CM | 0.75
Housing for Diversity: Ending Segregation Through Zoning

Single-family zoning regulations have perpetuated historical patterns of segregation. Tomorrow, Thursday, June 30, at 12 noon CT, a panel of experts will examine and discuss federal and state fair housing and nontraditional living regulations, and dive into preparing and implementing more modern zoning codes. CM | 1.5 | Law
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Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy
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Unified Development Code Update
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Fremont, NE
Zoning Code Update
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Brainerd, MN

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