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2017 Planning Webcast Series


Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:


On large complex mixed-use projects, how is “placemaking” orchestrated to provide variety, meaning, and unity? What are the considerations in selecting artists and what principles are transferable to other settings? Paula Rees, a Seattle-based designer, will present her philosophy of makes a “place” and the integrated details of her team’s work into mixed-use developments across the U.S. Places that have been exceptionally successful due to creating, or recreating dynamic streetscapes, vibrant retail and memorable public space. Current projects to be shared will include Pike & Rose, the new 24-acre neighborhood in Montgomery County, MD, as well as Assembly Row, a 55-acre “best new neighborhood” emerging in Boston, MA, and Interbay, a flex-industrial neighborhood Rees helped rezone near downtown Seattle. Rees will clarify the role of public art in placemaking, and the connection between providing environmental experiences, and the synergy with retail and attracting people.


This session will showcase a GIS-based food access tool that is part of Rhode Island’s leading-edge State Food Strategy.  The map will allow practitioners, officials, and advocates to develop stories about how different neighborhoods experience shopping for and eating food on a day to day basis.  Speakers will provide examples of how the map can be used to effectively set the stage for policy reform and talk about its future role in the broader food movement in Rhode Island.  The project was funded through the American Planning Association’s Planners4Health initiative and is led by the local APA Chapter and the Rhode Island Food Policy Council.


This webinar seeks to strengthen the ties between hazard mitigation planning and other local planning and regulatory land-use processes. It introduces hazard mitigation as a vital area of practice for planners and provides practical steps on how to integrate hazard mitigation strategies into local plans, including comprehensive and functional plans.  It also shows where hazard mitigation can fit into zoning and subdivision codes. Best practices and practical applications, including the APA Safe Growth Audit, are provided. The presenters have valuable experience at both the national and local levels and can offer a variety of effective strategies and methods on incorporating mitigation into local plans.


  • July 28 – open date; propose a session!


Communities everywhere are recognizing a greater value in how trees serve their areas well beyond beautification.  This webinar will focus on trees as green infrastructure and will briefly take the viewer through the many benefits of urban tree canopy and how small investments in planning for, planting and maintaining trees can lead to impactful rewards.  A majority of the webinar will then explore a few different green infrastructure planning case studies in South Carolina and Virginia.  The case studies will range from projects already complete and well into successful implementation plans and adopting new codes, all the way to a project currently in process that is also grappling with sea level rise. 


  • August 11 – Transportation Planning Division – information forthcoming


  • August 18 – open date; propose a session!


In 2016, Massachusetts planners and members of the American Planning Association’s Sustainable Communities Division partnered with Groundwork Lawrence on a volunteer service project to measure the health benefits of a tree planting initiative that was part of a Green Streets Program. To promote the program and achieve the goal of planting 2,400 trees, APA-SCD worked collaboratively with Groundwork Lawrence and residents in Lawrence to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to analyze the potential health benefits of street tree planting in the City. Speakers will provide an overview of the Green Streets Program HIA process, and a summary of findings, recommendations, and the resources that were developed by the APA-SCD team to achieve the Green Streets Program goals.

Presenters:  Angela Vincent, AICP; Neil Angus, AICP CEP, LEED AP BD+C & ND; Brad Buschur, Groundwork Lawrence


  • August 25 – County Planning Division – information forthcoming



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CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider


Distance Education – These 2016 webcasts are available for viewing throughout 2017 for CM Distance Education credits: