National Community Planning Month » 2013

Oakland Park proclaimed October

Posted November 14, 2013

Oakland Park, Florida

The City Commission of the City of Oakland Park in Broward County proclaimed October as Community Planning Month on October 2, 2013.


From left to right: Mayor John Adornato III; Rick Buckey, AICP, Senior Planner; Harris Hamid, Engineering & Community Development Director; Christopher Gratz, AICP, Senior Planner; and Harvey Rambarath, AICP, Assistant Engineering & Community Development Director.

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Great County Places

Posted November 01, 2013

Orange County, California

The APA California Chapter – Orange Section celebrated National Community Planning Month by recognizing great places within the county. Expanding upon APA’s Great Places in America program, the section added unique categories such as Great Civic Center, Great Ethnic Enclave, and Great Place to Meet to Someone Interesting. Planners throughout the county were asked to submit their ideas and 44 great places were selected! Section members were then challenged to visit and photograph as many of the great places throughout the month of October for a chance to win prizes.


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Scavenger Hunt

Posted October 31, 2013

Burbank, California

The Burbank planning department is hosting a scavenger hunt to help its residents learn about the community. Scavenger hunt maps are available through the planning department’s webpage. The hunt takes participants to 15 different locations around the city. Participants will have a question to answer or collect a special sticker to complete their map. Completed maps will be entered in a drawing for fun prizes with the winners selected November 15.  The hunt goes from October 1 – November 8.


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Bicycle Tour

Posted October 31, 2013

Burbank, California

The Burbank planning department is hosting a self-guided 20-mile bicycle tour. Some stops include the Rock House, Lovejoy Castle and the Centennial House. Maps can be downloaded from the planning department’s website.


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Youth Art Contest

Posted October 31, 2013

San Marcos, Texas

Local elementary students are participating in an art contest, depicting their favorite place in San Marcos. The winner will be recognized October 24 at the Commissioner Mixer.

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Favorite DeKalb People and Places

Posted October 28, 2013

DeKalb, Illinois

DeKalb’s Planning and Development Division is hosting a photo contest in conjunction with National Community Planning Month, asking for residents to send in images of their favorite places and people. Selected photographs will be featured on the city’s website, Facebook page and displayed at City Hall. The contest runs through November 15.

Read about the contest in the Northern Illinois University’s NIU Today publication.

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Fire Expo Presentation

Posted October 28, 2013

El Cajon, California

El Cajon’s Planning Division participated in the Fire Expo on Saturday, October 12. The Fire Expo is a community-wide event celebrating Fire Prevention Week and addresses important issues such as fire safety and disaster preparedness. The Planning Division had an informational poster at the Fire Expo, highlighting several planning documents and programs, as well as the work of the division. The poster will continue to be on display throughout October at City Hall.


Picture (L to R): Planning Manager Manjeet Ranu, AICP; Senior Planner Tony Shute, AICP; Assistant Planner Eric Craig; Associate Planner Noah Alvey, AICP; Code Compliance Officer Jeff Taylor; Planning Intern David Welch; and Secretary Patricia Hamilton.

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Planning for the next 20

Posted October 28, 2013

Longboat Key, Florida

The Town of Longboat Key hosted an advisory panel from the Urban Land Institute this month, with the goal being to help Longboat Key plan for the next 20 years. The town also issues a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

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Oldsmar proclaims

Posted October 28, 2013

Oldsmar, Florida

Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis proclaimed October as Community Planning Month. The community shared this news via its Twitter and Facebook feed.


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Neighborhood Beautification

Posted October 23, 2013

Lake Worth, Florida

The Lake Worth Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) holds monthly neighborhood community meetings to help address the needs of residents living in the most economically distressed areas of the city. The CRA staff and the team of community representatives conducted a neighborhood litter cleanup across a 14-block section of the city.

Nearly 60 volunteers helped pick up and remove over 120 bags of garbage and debris. Volunteers also mowed overgrown grass in various vacant lots. These successful cleanups are a result of neighborhood planning efforts coordinated by CRA staff. The CRA also provides the financial contribution necessary to making these events possible.

Lakeworth High School students help with neighborhood cleanup day

Students from Lake Worth High School assist with the Lake Worth CRA’s neighborhood cleanup day on October 12, 2013.

Residents in Lake Worth, Florida, cleanup day

As part of National Community Planning Month, more than 60 residents and community leaders from the City of Lake Worth, Florida, take part in another neighborhood cleanup day.

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Proclamation and Honors

Posted October 18, 2013

Grenada, Mississippi

Mayor Billy F. Collins and the city council proclaimed October as Community Planning Month during the October 14 council meeting. The North Central Planning & Development District (the local PDD) and the city’s Planning Commission also were honored during the meeting.

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Presenting Community Planning

Posted October 18, 2013

Holly Springs, North Carolina

The Holly Springs Town Council presented a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month during its October 15 meeting. Gina M. Clapp, AICP, director of Planning & Zoning, gave a presentation to the town council about planning. The Town HollyFest on October 26 will have a planning information tent.


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Winter Haven Proclaims October

Posted October 18, 2013

Winter Haven, Florida

The City Commission of Winter Haven adopted a resolution proclaiming October as Community Planning Month.


Image: (back row) City Commissioners Pete Chichetto, Brad Dantzler, Steve Hunnicutt, Nat Birdsong, and Mayor James H. “J. P.” Powell, Mayor; (front row) City Planning Commissioner Tess Dull, CRA Manager Jeanne Sobierajski, Senior Planner Sean Byers, AICP, Growth Management Director Merle Bishop, FAICP, Planning Manager Erin Tilgham, AICP, and Planning Commisison Vice-Chair Lauren Schwenk.

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Chipley Proclaims October

Posted October 18, 2013

Chipley, Florida

Mayor Linda Cain has signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of Chipley.

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Century Proclaims October

Posted October 18, 2013

Century, Florida

Mayor Freddie W. McCall signed a proclamation declaring October as Community Planning Month.

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Lights, camera, planning!

Posted October 14, 2013

Pensacola, Florida

The West Florida Regional Planning Council created a photo board to illustrate the work of planners and planning throughout the year.


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Tulsa Hosts Open House

Posted October 14, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The City of Tulsa’s Planning and Economic Development Department are hosting an open house on Wednesday, October 16 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the City Hall, 10th Floor Conference Room.

In the news story about the open house, Dawn Warrick, Planning and Economic Development Director said, ““This event will provide Tulsans an opportunity to visit with our staff and learn about the diverse activities that our department is engaged in and the impact planning has on our community and the daily lives of our citizens.”

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Hutto Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

Hutto, Texas

Mayor Pro Tem Ronnie Quintanilla-Perez proclaimed October as Community Planning Month during the city council’s regular meeting on October 3.

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Jordan planners head back to school

Posted October 14, 2013

Jordan, Minnesota

The City of Jordan is hosting a number of activities to engage the community in awareness and participation of National Community Planning Month:

  • Mayor Mike Shaw proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month on October 7
  • Scott County Library display features the history of Jordan, city planning books and children’s activities
  • Poster displayed in the city hall lobby
  • Planner’s Day in School at the Jordan Elementary School on October 24 to educate third graders about the importance of city planning, its history and asking them to draw what they would like their city to look like in the future
  • Posting regular Facebook updates to their page (City of Jordan Planning) throughout October about planning
  •  Information posted on the Planning and Zoning Department webpage.


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Valdosta Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

Valdosta, Georgia

The City of Valdosta and Lowndes County proclaimed October as Community Planning Month on October 8.


County Chairman Bill Slaughter and Mayor John Gayle, along with Valdosta planners, present the proclamations.

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Virginia Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

The Commonwealth of Virginia has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

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Northwest Florida Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

Pensacola, Florida

The West Florida Regional Planning Council proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month.

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Bedford Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

Bedford, Texas

The City of Bedford has proclaimed October as National Community Planning Month during its city council meeting on October 8.


Pictured from left to right: Yolanda Alonso, Planning and Zoning Coordinator; Jim Griffin, Mayor; Jacquelyn Reyff, AICP, Planning Manager.

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Gloucester County Proclaims October

Posted October 14, 2013

Gloucester County, Virginia

The County of Gloucester has proclaimed October as Community Planning Month during the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 1.

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On the Radio

Posted October 09, 2013

Valdosta, Georgia

Monday mornings throughout October, local planners will be on the radio (92.1 FM) to discuss interesting projects that are shaping the Lowndes-Valdosta area.

Additional National Community Planning Month events include a river and stream clean up, walk to school day, and a lunch and learn session.

See all of the month’s activities online.

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2nd Annual Photo Contest

Posted October 09, 2013

South Salt Lake City, Utah

South Salt Lake City Community Development Department is holding its 2nd annual photo contest in conjunction with National Community Planning Month. The theme of the contest is “Great Places in South Salt Lake.”

Winners will be announced at the city council meeting on November 13, and the winning photos will be displayed in South Lake city hall and featured in the South Salt Lake Valley Journal.

The SSL City Council also passed a resolution for the city recognizing the importance of city planning during the month of October.

Photo entry form

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Planning Commission Plans Busy Month

Posted October 09, 2013

Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, Pennsylvania

The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission has a number of events and activities planned throughout the month of October to celebrate National Community Planning Month:

  • Proclaiming October as National Community Planning Month and holding a press conference to draw attention to how planning benefits the Lehigh Valley Region
  • Posting regular Facebook updates (Lehigh Valley Planning Commission) and Twitter tweets (@LVPlanning) on the benefits of planning to the region
  • Holding a Local Government Academy workshop on developing Official Maps to manage growth in your community
  • Holding two workshops for public works officials: planning and the American with Disabilities Act and planning for safe driving
  • Holding a partnership workshop with the local satellite of the American Planning Association – Pennsylvania Chapter 2013-2014 web/audio training series – Planning Ethics and the Law
  • Facilitating our first regional meeting on the new Climate and Energy Plan for the LehighValley
  • Speaking at several events on the benefits of planning: Lafayette College engineering class; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation Broker and Developer Meeting; Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Energy and Environment Conference; the Lehigh Valley Housing Advisory Committee; Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation’s Sustainability Council of Planning; and the Renew Lehigh Valley Smart Growth Symposium.
  • Participating in a number of events to promote planning:  the development of a community-based plan for the new Nitchman Middle School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; the American Planning Association – Pennsylvania Chapter Annual Conference in Harrisburg; Annual Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Planning Partners Meeting; and County Planning Director’s Association meeting on legislative issues in Pennsylvania Planning.

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Sedona proclaims October

Posted October 09, 2013

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Mayor Rob Adams issues a proclamation on September 24, 2013, declaring October as Community Planning Month in the City of Sedona.

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Devons proclaims October

Posted October 09, 2013

Devons, Massachusetts

Devons Enterprise Commission Chairman William Marshall proclaimed October as Community Planning Month.

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“This is Tulsa!” Photo Opp

Posted October 04, 2013

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The city of Tulsa’s Planning and Economic Development Department is asking residents to snap and share photos of their favorite Tulsa landmarks, public spaces, and natural features. Photos may be submitted during National Community Planning Month and will be included in a video that will be shown on the city’s website.

Photo Opp details

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Kirkland, Washington, hosting multiple events

Posted October 03, 2013

Kirkland, Washington

The City of Kirkland is hosting a variety of different events and activities to engage the community its celebration of  National Community Planning Month. Events include:

  • Proclamation by the city council declaring October as Community Planning Month on October 1;
  • City hall lobby display about planning, how planning has shaped Kirkland, and promotion of the city’s comprehensive plan update process;
  • City hall lobby banner display;
  • Community Planning Day open house on October 19;
  • Community visioning small group discussions about the city’s comprehensive plan update in addition to other focus group visioning events; and
  •  An interactive online webpage.



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Complete Streets Informational

Posted October 03, 2013

Tyler, Texas

The APA East Texas Section is hosting a Complete Streets presentation on Tuesday, October 10, from 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The event, “What a Traffic Engineer Wants Planners To Know About Complete Streets” will feature speaker Mark G. Goode, III, P.E. The event will be held at the Tyler Rose Garden. Please RSVP to to Jerry Cuaron at

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Planning department goes to the farmer’s market

Posted October 03, 2013

Medford, Oregon

Medford Planning will have a booth at the local farmer’s market on October 17 to reach out to the community about planning work in Medford and the surrounding region.

Organizers of the event feel the location of the market ties in nicely with the 2013 National Community Planning Month theme of “People and Places” since the market is held in the parking lot of the armory, giving the planners a tangible example of how a nonplace — a vacant parking lot — becomes transformed by the booths and the crowds into a defined place where people want to be.

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Great planning celebrated in Hillsborough County

Posted October 03, 2013

Hillsborough County, Florida

The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission is hosting its 31st annual Planning & Design Awards ceremony on October 17, 2013.

The awards emphasize the importance of great planning within the region and the winning projects serve as models to learn from and emulate in planning and design.

Read more about the awards ceremony or purchase tickets to attend. 

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APA New Jersey Announces Its Statewide Great Places

Posted October 03, 2013

APA New Jersey has unveiled their designations for the 2013 Great Places in New Jersey. Three downtowns and two public spaces were designated on October 1 by the chapter as part of its National Community Planning Month celebration.

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Neighborhood Planning Conference

Posted October 03, 2013

Columbia, South Carolina

Richland County is hosting the 9th annual Neighborhood Planning Conference on October 12 from 8 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

The conference will discuss fair housing, matching grant successes, community gardening, and dealing with difficult neighborhood issues. The event is free and open to the public. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

This year’s keynote speaker is Ellen Dunham-Jones, author of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs. 

For more information or to register call 803-576-2166 or visit

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