APA Interact August 11, 2021

This Week at APA
August 11, 2021
Planners are at the nexus of community change and influence. This year's Policy and Advocacy Conference is focused on breaking through the noise to create tangible change in the sphere of planning. We're gathering experts to lead the conversations on zoning reform, transportation infrastructure, climate change, and more. 
Plus, as part of conference, you can participate in Planners’ Day on Capitol Hill – where you meet with members of Congress and their staff. We set up the meetings and prep you for the conversations. You bring your community’s stories to life for your representatives on the Hill. This year, we’ll be pushing for federal action on zoning reform as part of the reconciliation package before Congress. 

Register before September 7 to get the most perks and best price.

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its 2021 report yesterday, confirming that climate change is widespread, rapid, and intensifying. Learn how planners in Boston are preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change by prioritizing resilience at the local level.
The mixed use trip generation model known as MXD+ can be a key part of the land-use development and environmental review process. Learn how planners can access and apply this recalibrated tool to accurately estimate a mixed use project's trip generation. Recalibration was necessary given the changes in mobility, technology, and societal behavior. 
Adding ADUs
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) have potential to expand housing options and affordability. Gain background knowledge, policy guidance, and examples of local plan recommendations and zoning standards from across the country to help guide implementation in this Research KnowledgeBase Collection.
Outdated zoning laws are negatively impacting communities by driving up the cost of housing and reinforcing segregation. See how planners, APA, and our partners are working to advance zoning reform through federal, statewide, and local action to help bridge the racial wealth gap and increase economic opportunity for all. 
APA proudly supports the new Coalition for Urban Innovation, an effort to advance federal policies that would empower planners to increase sustainability and equity in our cities through technology and innovation. Read the coalition letter and learn how federal support and investment can transform planning in urban communities across the country. 
AUGUST 20: Voting concludes for the APA Board of Directors and AICP Commission elections.

AUGUST 25: Fellows nomination deadline.

AUGUST 27: Share your sustainability plan with USGBC’s LEED for Cities Program.

AUGUST 30: Comments due on the Planning Accreditation Board’s proposed amendment to its Accreditation Standards.

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