National Community Planning Month

2009 Local Events

Below are brief descriptions of local events that were held during October 2009.

Facts about planning

Posted 12/07/2009

Arapahoe County, Colorado

Arapahoe County created a fact sheet about the benefits of community planning. It also highlights how residents can get involved.

View the fact sheet.

Monthlong celebration

Posted 12/07/2009

Henderson, Nevada

The City of Henderson, Nevada, hosted a special breakfast, poster contest, community development class, and more.

Learn about Henderson's activities.

Video emphasizes comprehensive plan update

Posted 11/05/2009

Southlake, Texas

City of Southlake Mayor John Terrell proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

The Planning & Development Services Department produced a public service announcement video to publicize Southlake 2030, the city's comprehensive plan update.

View the video.

Southlake's planners held four youth focus group meetings with high school juniors and seniors to discuss current planning issues in the city and how they would like to see the community develop over the next 20 years. The community also celebrated its achievement in receiving the 2009 Project Planning Award from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association for its Urban Design Plan.

View the plan.

Engaging students in planning

Posted 11/05/2009

Buffalo, New York

The University at Buffalo's Graduate Planning Student Association recently partnered with the Buffalo Public Schools and local construction firm LP Ciminelli to create BuffaloUP (Buffalo Urban Planners) which introduces 7th and 8th grade students to the field of planning and more specifically community development and revitalization.

The ultimate goal is to illustrate the connection between the health of school and the health of the neighborhood. The objectives of the program are:

  • Provide an exciting opportunity to engage youth as stakeholders and participants in a neighborhood planning project.
  • Make students more aware of community planning issues through activities that require them to observe and record the physical and social characteristics of the neighborhood surrounding their school.
  • Magnify the link between the health of the school and the health of the neighborhood to students, parents, school administrations and public officials.

The students are introduced to planning and design in the context of their own neighborhood and discuss the implications of design. They learn about common features and services within a neighborhood and discuss what they like and don't like, as well as what their neighborhood has or may be lacking. This all culminates in a community presentation of a service or project they would like to see implemented in their neighborhood. This presentation will be in front of numerous community stakeholders as well as the general public and families of the students involved. The goal of the BuffaloUP program is to encourage students to get involved in neighborhood revitalization strategies, motivate collaboration between community leaders and their residents, and invite small scale action that can lay the groundwork for neighborhood improvement.

October declared as National Community Planning Month

Posted 10/26/2009

Los Angeles, California

A Los Angeles City Council member has declared October as National Community Planning Month in the City of Los Angeles.

Open house

Posted 10/26/2009

Woodland Park, Colorado

The Planning Department in Woodland Park is hosting a Customer Appreciation Week October 26-30 in conjunction with National Community Planning Month.

View event flyer

Farmers market outreach

Posted 10/26/2009

Medford, Oregon

The Medford Planning Department set up a booth at the farmers market to celebrate National Community Planning Month. A variety of maps were on display and literature was available.

Governor Patrick signs proclamation

Posted 10/26/2009

Boston, Massachusetts

Massachusetts Governor Patrick proclaimed October as Massachusetts Community & Regional Planning Month.

View proclamation

Learn more at the APA Massachusetts website.

Department tours and planning favorites

Posted 10/19/2009

Maryland Heights, Missouri

Mayor Michael Moeller proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

View the proclamation

Residents of Maryland Heights can arrange for a tour of the Department of Community Development to learn about day-to-day operations and the city's comprehensive plan. E-mail to request a department tour.

Staff identified their favorite planning books and planning websites.

Check out staff recommendations.

Bookmark planning

Posted 10/19/2009

Gloucester, Virginia

Gloucester County Board of Supervisors declared October as National Community Planning Month.

View the proclamation

The government's cable channel will feature a National Community Planning Month PowerPoint presentation throughout the month.

Planning staff coordinated with the county's libraries to set up displays about planning. Each library branch display features flyers, bookmarks, department brochures, the Gloucester County Comprehensive Plan and books about planning.

To encourage citizen participation in the county's comprehensive plan update, planning staff in conjunction with other county offices created bookmarks.

View the bookmark

Resolution of appreciation

Posted 10/14/2009

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Mayor Lionel Riviera signed a Resolution of Appreciation in honor of National Community Planning Month on October 13, thanking the planning commissioners, citizens, and local planning professionals for their ongoing commitment to the sustainability of the City of Colorado Springs. A reception was held following the council meeting.

Planning displays are located in the city administration building, city hall, and the regional building department that highlight some of the city's current projects.

Learn about planning

Posted 10/09/2009

Liberty Lake, Washington

Liberty Lake Mayor Wendy Van Orman proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 6.

View the proclamation.

Residents can request a tour of the Planning & Building Services section of city hall to learn about day-to-day operations and more about the city's comprehensive plan and development code.

An article about National Community Planning Month ran in the city's October issue of Liberty Link Newsletter.

Read the newsletter article.

City of Lakewood community events

Posted 10/09/2009

Lakewood, Colorado

The City of Lakewood has events planned throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The mayor read a proclamation declaring October as National Community Planning Month at the September 28 city council meeting. Articles about National Community Planning Month are running in local publications including Looking at Lakewood and Your Hub.

Planning displays are posted for viewing in the Planning & Public Works Building throughout October illustrating a planning history timeline of the U.S. and the City of Lakewood.

The brown bag film event features a planning-themed movie each Wednesday throughout the month.

DRCOG MetroQuest Vision Workshop on October 20 from 6:30-8 p.m. will illustrate how different policy decisions could impact what the Denver metropolitan area will look like in 2040.

Click here to view the full calendar of events.

Pine City planning open house

Posted 10/09/2009

Pine City, Minnesota
October 28

Pine City is holding an open house at City Hall on October 28 from 5-6:30 p.m. Residents can view vintage photographs from Pine City's history and design illustrations of Pine City's future. Meet local planning commissioners and learn how to get involved in local planning efforts. Following the open house, the planning commission will hold its regular meeting.

Governor Parkinson signs proclamation

Posted 10/07/2009


Governor Parkinson of Kansas declares October as National Community Planning Month.

View proclamation.

Events in Valdosta, Georgia

Posted 10/07/2009

Valdosta, Georgia

The City of Valdosta, Georgia, is hosting tours, discussions, and a bicycle rodeo during the month of October. City planners also will be visiting local schools to discuss the importance of sustainable community planning. Reservations are required for some events.

View Valdosta's events.

Discussion about Homer Hoyt

Posted 10/07/2009

Arlington, Virginia
October 27

The Arlington County Department of Libraries is hosting a discussion of the works and the life of Homer Hoyt with Dr. Terry Holzheimer, Director of Arlington Economic Development and Michael Hoyt, the son of Homer Hoyt on October 27.

Dr. Hoyt's contributions to planning and real estate analysis are major and multiple. He developed economic base theory as the principal explanation for regional economic growth. He also introduced Sector Theory relating to the evolution of the form of cities. He then later developed the methodology still used today for residential and commercial market analysis. Dr. Hoyt worked with the Federal Housing Administration and with regional planning agencies in Chicago and New York.

The event will be held in the Main Auditorium at the Central Library.

Screening of "Make No Little Plans"

Posted 10/07/2009

Arlington, Virginia

The Arlington County Department of Libraries is hosting a screening of Make No Little Plans, the film about the life and work of Daniel Burnham on October 26. This will be the film's first screening in the Washington area.

The event will be held at the Main Auditorium at the Central Library.

Favorite planning books

Posted 10/07/2009

Arlington, Virginia

Staff at Arlington's Economic Development office highlight their favorite planning books.

Learn about their favorite planning books

El Cajon mayor signs proclamation

Posted 10/07/2009

El Cajon

Mayor Lewis declares October as National Community Planning Month in the City of El Cajon.

View the proclamation.

Water-thrifty gardens presentation

Posted 10/07/2009

El Cajon, California

The City of El Cajon, California, is hosting an information workshop called "Strategies for Designing Water-Thrifty Gardens" on October 13, 2009, at 1 p.m. Reservations required.

View the workshop flyer.

View the event press release.

Governor Pawlenty signs proclamation

Posted 10/07/2009


Governor Pawlenty of Minnesota declares October as National Community Planning Month.

Take a tour on the 'Plan Van'

Posted 10/07/2009

Fort Collins, Colorado

Take a tour on the "Plan Van." Free Plan Van tours will be held throughout October to celebrate National Community Planning Month. Participants can have one-on-one conversations about projects, past and present.

Click here for full schedule, sign-up and self-guided tour information.

City of Minneapolis holds an open house

Posted 10/07/2009

Minneapolis, Minnesota

The City of Minneapolis will hold an open house on October 14 to celebrate National Community Planning Month. The open house will highlight the past, present and future planning in the city. Games, a raffle and other treats will be available.

Open house flyer

County hosting neighborhood gaming nights

Posted 10/07/2009

Charlotte County, Florida

The county is hosting neighborhood gaming nights at local libraries every Wednesday throughout October. Activities include providing a history of planning, access to online planning games, and engaging students in planning education using Box City curriculum, Legos, and Junior Achievement activities.