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There will be a large presence of APA Texas Chapter members on the program for the APA National Conference in Atlanta.  More than 150 APA Texas members will be attending the conference.  Here is an extract of the Conference Program listing the sessions and activities that have a Texas connection:



Kai Wu, TAMU College Station

S315: Community-Based Hazard Recovery and Mitigation


Jessica Weitzel, Austin, TX

S368: A Rail Decommissioning Project in the Heartland


Walter B. Council, Texas Southern University, Houston

S305:  Air-Rights Development in D.C.


Liza Powers, Houston, TX

S321: Decommissioned Shipyards and Economic Decline


Raha Pouladi, City of Arlington, TX

Mohammadreza Sardari, UT-Arlington

S951:  Environmental and Land Use Suitability Analysis


Joel Mendez, TAMU College Station

S347: Light-Rail Effects on Housing and Employment


Patrick Doty, TAMU College Station

S333: Gulf Coast Community Mitigation Response


Siyang Zhang, TAMU College Station

S336: Impacts of Light Rail on Property Values


Edna Ledesma, UT-Austin

S351: Measuring Microeconomic Development Success


Maria K. Watson, TAMU College Station

S360: Post-Hurricane Business Recovery Financing


Alexandra L. Marler, TAMU College Station

S385: Traffic Congestion and Flooding Patterns


Koly Sengupta, TAMU College Station

S370: Restoration of a Small, Rural Community


Benjamin Ettelman, TAMU Transportation Institute, Austin

Kristi Miller, TAMU Transportation Institute, Dallas

S327: Virtual Open House and Public Participation


Md. Yousuf Rega, TAMU College Station

S378: Sustainable Planning: Rivers and Bank Erosion




Arrie B. Porter, San Antonio Housing Authority

S422: HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods

Saturday, 1:00 to 2:15 p.m., GWCC-C208/C209/210


HUD’s new Choice Neighborhoods program emphasizes collaboration and coordination of scarce resources.  Get an overview and a blueprint for successful inner-city revitalizations.  Case studies are from New Jersey, New York and Texas.


Connie B. Cooper, FAICP, Cooper Consulting Co., Inc., Dallas, TX

S440:  Tattoo Parlors, Pawn Shops, and More

Saturday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


See how a combination of design standards, performance standards, and supplementary business licensing can help regulate these businesses in a way that traditional height, bulk, and density controls can’t do alone.


Rebecca Leonard, AICP, Design Workshop, Austin, TX

Andrew J. Linseisen, City of Austin, TX

S446:  Getting the Engineer to Say ‘Yes”

Saturday, 4:00-5:00 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


Planners and engineers work against each another much too often.  This session examines each profession’s viewpoints and shares techniques for making planner-engineer encounters more successful and productive.


Karen S. Walz FAICP, Principal, Strategic Community Solutions, LLC

S462: Sustaining Places with Comprehensive Plans

Sunday 10:45 to noon, GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


Local comprehensive plans are critical tools for sustaining places, one of the most defining planning challenges of our times. Hear about APA’s “Sustaining Places” initiative and learn how it can help you integrate sustainability into local comprehensive plans. What does it take to create comprehensive plans that sustain places? What tools can help you achieve plans with a sustainability dimension? Find out.


Ann C. Bagley, FAICP, Bagley Associates, Dallas, TX

S802: Discussion: Planning Commissions and Historic Preservation

Sunday, 10:45-Noon, GWCC-C207


Not all preservation decisions are easy, nor do they always have complete community support.  Planning commissioners and preservationists lead a discussion on how to develop good relationships and incorporate good preservation decision making into planning.


William K. Baumgardner, SWA, Houston, TX

S467: Transforming America’s Cities with Infrastructure

Sunday, 1:000-2:15 p.m., GWCC-C110


What are the short- and long-term impacts of large-scale infrastructure transformations?  Hear results from a range of projects, from the Atlanta Beltline and Philadelphia’s Rail Park, to the Los Angeles River Revitalization and Buffalo Bayou in Houston.


Connie B. Cooper, FAICP, Cooper Consulting Co., Inc., Dallas, TX

C476: Redeveloping Grayfields: The County Government Role

Sunday, 1:00-2:15 p.m., GWCC-C302


What are the market barriers to redeveloping retail grayfields?  Consider successful county and private initiatives that have reinvigorated failing retail centers.  Host:  County Planning Division.


Veronica Rosales-Soto, AICP, El Paso, TX

S805: Division Discussion: Immigration Trends for Development

Sunday, 1:00-2:15 p.m., GWCC-Hall C1, Divisions 1


Latino-owned businesses in the United States are growing at twice the national average.  In case studies from around the county, you’ll hear about the challenges and successes faced by these businesses.  Host: Latinos and Planning Division.


Danielle D. Pieranunzi, Sustainable Sites, Austin, TX

S481: Three Shades of Green Certification

Sunday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


LEED-ND (Neighborhood Development).  The Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES).  The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP).  Learn how these popular green-development certification programs are similar, how are they different, and discover which is the best fit for you.


Connie B. Cooper, FAICP, Cooper Consulting Co., Inc., Dallas, TX

S494: Working with Planning Consultants

Sunday 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-C206


Hear about the Planners Advisory Service report.  Learn what to include in your request for proposal, how the manage the project once your consultant is on board, and how to handles issues of payment, ethics, and dispute resolution.


Gregory I. Guernsey, AICP, City of Austin, TX

S503: Making Space for Food Trucks

Sunday, 4:00-5:15 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 2


As food trucks have evolved, zoning regulations have not kept pace.  Explore key considerations for food-truck regulations.  Examine specific zoning and licensing provisions and how to stay ahead of the Curve:  Host: Zoning Practice.


Rebecca Leonard, AICP, Design Workshop, Inc., Austin, TX

S511: The ‘Creative Class’ and Downtown Renewal

Sunday, 5:30-6:45 p.m., GWCC-C202/C203/C204


The creative class has helped increase building values and a novel approach to urban development.  Experts from San Francisco, Boston, and Austin, Texas, examine this new trend in urban lifestyles.  Host: Urban Design and Preservation Division.


David R. Gattis, FAICP, City of Benbrook, TX

P010: Small Town and Rural Planning Division Dinner:  Ethics for the Small Town and Rural Planner

Sunday, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Hard Rock Café, 215 Peachtree St. NE


Explore the crazy and sometimes scary world of small-town planning and share realistic tips for ethically dealing with your work-related situations.  Includes dinner.  Host: Small Town and Rural Planning Division.


Veronica Rosales-Soto, AICP, El Paso, TX Downtown Management District

Cecilia Giusti, TAMU College Station

S523:  Cross-Border Regional Planning Initiatives

Monday, 7:30-8:45 a.m.,  GWCC-C211/C212/C213


Cross border issues for the United States and Mexico are the focus of recent work of the Latinos and Planning Division and Regional and Intergovernmental Divisions.  Hear about lessons learned.


John W. Reynolds, Dallas

S556: The ABCs of Cap Parks

Monday, 10:30=11:45 a.m.


Increasingly, urban communities are turning to cap parks that sit atop freeways to create open space where none exists.  Explore how to envision, construct, and maintain caps in community.


Jeffrey Carrillo, UT-Austin

S616:  Jobs, Transit, Housing and Dispersing Poverty

Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


Major cities are expanding existing employment centers into “activity centers.”  In these centers, housing for diverse income levels integrates with transportation modes to serve the projected influx of migrants.  What could go wrong?  Host: Latinos and Planning Division.


Ann C. Bagley, FAICP, Bagley Associates, Dallas

S585: Ethics for Planning Commissioners and Officials

Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-C102


Ethical behavior goes far beyond conflict of interest.  Commissioners and officials must consider fair and ethical behavior in the broadest sense.  Examine case studies, ponder ethical dilemmas, and share your success stories.


Shaillaja J. Roos, AICP, Walton Development and Management, Dallas

S825: Division Discussion: Defining Small-Town Character

Monday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-Hall C1, Divisions 1


This discussion attempts to identify and define the term “character” and the elements that go along with it so planners can find solutions to this elusive request.  Host: Small Town and Rural Division.


Shilaja J. Roos, AICP, Walton Development and Management, Dallas

Kurt Schulte, AICP, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Las Colinas

S596: Maintaining Rural Character Through Street Design

Monday, 4:00-5:15 p.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 2


As Burleson, Texas grew, how did it retain its small-town feel?  Learn about the complete street plan that maintained the rural character of this charming (and burgeoning) town.  Host: Small Town and Rural Planning Division.


Robert G. Paterson, UT-Austin

Sylvia Leon Guerrero, City of Austin

S606: Scenario-Planning Innovations

Tuesday, 7:30-8:45 a.m., GWCC-C206


What does smart-growth development cost? Are your community’s current smart-growth zoning practices feasible in today’s market?  Learn more.


Garry M. Walters, City of Austin

S620: Current Neighborhood Planning

Tuesday, 9:00-10:15 a.m., GWCC-Georgia Ballroom 1


Assess the current state of neighborhood planning.  Just as there’s no universal definition of neighborhood, there’s also no single approach to neighborhood planning.  Learn what planners see as the value of neighborhood to planning.


Karla Weaver, AICP, North Central Texas COG, Arlington

S651:  MPO ‘Livable Communities’

Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-C205


Many Metropolitan Planning Organizations provide funds to help government and nonprofit organizations foster mixed use centers and corridors.  Explore how these ‘livable communities’ programs have evolved.  Host: Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division.


Peer F. Chacko, AICP, City of Dallas

James T. Housewright, Omniplan, Inc., Dallas

Scott Beck, Beck Ventures, Dallas

S652:  Reinventing a Regional Mall

Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-C-107


The Dallas Galleria is a competitive regional shopping center, while nearby Valley View Mall has declined.  Learn how Dallas is redeveloping 450 acres of strategic real estate around these two centers.


Rebecca Leonard, AICP, Design Workshop, Austin

Andrew J. Linseisen, City of Austin

S664:  Managing Your Consultants, Managing Your Client

Tuesday, 4:00-5:15 p.m., GWCC-C101


Gain tips for making your future client-consultant relationships more effective and efficient.  Host: Private Practice Division.


Ann C. Bagley, FAICP, Chair, APA Awards Jury

Bagley Associates, Dallas

National Planning Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, Noon-2:00 p.m., GWCC-Hall C2


AICP Student Project Award for Applied Research

Texas A&M University, Master of Urban Planning Program

‘Feasibility of a Bike Share Program on the Texas A&M Campus’

Faculty Adviser, Teresa Qu

Tuesday, 2:30-3:45 p.m., GWCC-Hall C2