E-News May 2013 : APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division
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E-News May 2013

by APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division on 05/10/13

RIPD and Latinos & Planning Co-sponsor Webinars on Cross-border Planning


Our division is currently working with the APA Latinos and Planning Division to co-sponsor a series of webinars on cross-border regional planning along the US / Mexico Border.  This webinar series has been endorsed by the APA Divisions Council as a pilot project, which involves the use of APA's webcasting services and electronic registration services to allow smaller divisions like ours to host webinars that will:

  • Provide education and training to a national audience in a webinar setting, including AICP certification maintenance credits;
  • Promote membership in our divisions; and
  • Generate revenues for our divisions.

 The first webinar, which will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 from 11 AM to 12:30 PM (Pacific Time), is entitled Regional Transportation Planning on the California/Baja California Border.  The webinar will highlight the unique cross-border transportation planning efforts that are occurring in the San Diego / Tijuana and Imperial / Mexicali regions, and will include speakers from SANDAG (Elisa Arias, Principal Transportation Planner) and Imperial County Transportation Commission (Mark Baza, Executive Director), along with their state and regional counterparts in Mexico.  AICP planners will receive 1.5 CM credits for the webinar.

The registration fee for the webinar is $35 for general registration (including CM credit) and $10 for APA student members. In addition, members of the Latinos and Planning Division and Regional & Intergovernmental Planning Division will receive a $20 discount on the registration fee for this webinar and future webinars in this series.  Information about joining these divisions will be available on the registration website.  

For more information or to register, please go tohttps://www.planning.org/ecommerce/conference/viewConferenceDetails.aspx?conferenceId=230


RIPD Holds Annual Meeting and Facilitated Discussion in Chicago

The Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division held its annual business meeting during the APA National Conference in Chicago earlier this month.  A new addition to this year's annual business meeting was a facilitated discussion, which brought together three experts to talk about the Future of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Federal program launched in 2009 by the US Department of Housing and Community Development, US Environmental Protection Agency and US Department of Transportation.  Panelists included:

  • Mariia Zimmermancurrently principal of MZ Strategies and former Deputy Director for the Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities at HUD, who helped launch the two HUD grant programs supporting planning work in over 150 urban,  suburban and rural communities to better integrate transportation, housing and economic development.  Mariia provided her perspective on how these programs have evolved and the potential for future federal support for these types of planning activities.  She observed that the programs have evolved and have led to many successful outcomes, but that going forward there is likely to be a greater emphasis on implementation strategies.
  • Ben Bakkenta, a Program Manager in PSRC's Growth Management Planning Department, where he currently manages the region's new Growing Transit Communities project funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program.  Ben discussed the Growing Transit Communities program, which is designed to help make the most of the region's voter-approved $15 billion investment in regional rapid transit by locating housing, jobs, and services close enough to transit so that more people will have a faster and more convenient way to travel. The program will ultimately set forth Corridor Action Strategies that will detail the actions and tools needed to make it easier to develop jobs and housing in areas associated with transit investments.
  • Harrison Rue, a principal with ICF International, and former executive director of the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission in Charlottesville, Virginia. Harrison is currently providing technical assistance to HUD Sustainable Committee Initiative grantees with a focus on performance measures.  Harrison talked about some of the specific initiatives that are focused on enhancing economic competitiveness, and suggested ways in which the federal partner agencies can continue to provide support beyond the initial planning grant funding.  For example, he suggested that in the future it may be possible for the three federal agencies to agree on a single set of grant performance and compliance criteria that if met would be accepted by all three agencies; this would lead to substantial streamlining of grant administration.

The RIPD Board thanks our panelists and those of you who attended our meeting, and we would welcome your feedback regarding this conference activity.


RIPD Hosts National Conference Session on Scenario Planning


The Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division sponsored a well-attended session at the APA National Conference in Chicago on scenario planning in regional settings.  The presenters included:

  • Kate Ange, Principal with Renaissance Planning Group.   Kate is currently completing a study for the Federal Highway Administration on the use of scenario planning by MPOs across the United States, and she presented some of the key findings of that study.
  • Peter Imhof, Deputy Director of Planning for the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments.  Peter described the scenario planning process that was used by SBCAG in formulating its current draft 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, which will significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from passenger vehicles in the Santa Barbara County region.
  • Paul Niedzwiecki, Executive Director of the Cape Cod Regional Commission, provided an overview of the Commission's scenario planning process for addressing water quality planning issues in the region.  Based on its work to date, the Commission was recently designated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to prepare a Section 208 regional water quality plan for the region.

We will make copies of these PowerPoint presentations available on the Division website and provide additional information on these projects in future editions of E-News.


An Invitation to Join the Division 

Attendees at this year's APA RIPD by-right session are receiving a copy of this month's E-news and are invited to join the Division to continue receiving this publication and the Division's E-Journal.  To join the Division, please go to:http://www.planning.org/divisions/

View presentations from the Division's sessions at the 2014 APA National Conference here!

View the Spring 2014 APA RIPD Journal here!
View the proposal to develop an APA Planning Advisory Service Report on regional planning and the design of regions on the Division Documents page.
last updated: 5/19/2014