2017 Community Planning Workshop Briefing Booklet

Since 2001, APA’s professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), has organized the Community Planning Workshop in each National Planning Conference host city. The workshop allows planners attending the conference the chance to assist and work with a community on a focused planning issue.

This year, APA partnered with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). IBTS managed many recovery efforts following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. IBTS identified Howard Beach as a coastal community struggling with persistent flooding and where the Community Planning Workshop could help advance their efforts. APA and IBTS worked with area stakeholders, the NYC Department of City Planning and Department of Environmental Protection, national experts, civic groups, and others to organize a workshop to focus on specific issues and goals. The workshop pulls planners and other experts from around the country together with residents and Howard Beach stakeholders to identify problems and collaborate to find policy, planning, and design-related solutions.