PennDOT: Access Management Trainings

PA Chapter of APA and PennDOT Present:
Integrating HOP Coordination into Access Management Programs

Approved for 2 CM Credits
Cost: Members are FREE
Non-members $25

Recognizing key county and municipal roles in managing roadway access, the Department has recently updated Pub 574, Access Management Handbook, containing three tiers of access management techniques and model ordinance language for use by Pennsylvania counties and/or municipalities.  Training participants will be provided with an overview of the handbook, several case study examples, and a review of the model ordinance contents.

The second half of the training will contain a short section on the Highway Occupancy Permit (HOP) component of managing access, which has recently been updated as an online “e-permitting” system (“EPS”). This new system includes a “Municipality Portal” that provides local governments with direct access to key HOP information as permit applications are submitted. The training will provide municipal managers, planners and engineers with hands-on instruction on this new tool that they will need to be working with for their municipalities.

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Call for Mentors for Planning Students


Remember when you were a planning student and weren’t sure which concentration to choose or how to navigate the job market? 

For the seventh year, the American Planning Association of Southeast Pennsylvania (APAPA-SE) is launching a mentor program to connect professionals in the planning field and local city planning graduate students. The program will include students from the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University. This program has helped students to learn about an array of planning jobs and day to day work responsibilities of planners as well as to receive advice for navigating the job and internship search.

If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor, please fill out this form and email your resume to  We are asking mentors to submit materials by Wednesday, September 10th. 

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Sept. 30: Integrating HOP Coordination Into Access Management Programs

The American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter and PennDOT are hosting a training entitled, “Integrating HOP Coordination into Access Management Programs” at DVRPC on Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (Registration starts at 9:00 AM). The training is free for APAPA members and $25.00 for non-members. If you are interested in attending, please use this link to register:


DVRPC is located on the 8th Floor of the American College of Physicians Building at 190 N. Independence Mall West (corner of 6th and Race), Philadelphia, PA 19106. For directions,

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Registration Open for the APA DE/MD Regional Planning Conference

The APA DE and APA MD chapters will be holding their annual conference “Planning for Healthy and Sustainable Places” October 28th -29th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark, Delaware.  The conference will showcase efforts to create healthier and more sustainable neighborhoods, campuses, towns, cities and regions in Delaware, Maryland and beyond.  Register at:

Click here for more info.

Sept. 24: Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate

Post-Disaster Recovery in a Changing Climate (1.5 CM credits)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

3:45 – 5:30 PM

Chester County Planning Commission

601 Westtown Road, Suite 270, West Chester, PA 19380

This event is free, but registration is required:

Demographic shifts and climate change are making disasters bigger and costlier. Gradually, the nation is moving toward more effective long-term recovery, while communities are working to become more resilient. But greater resilience calls for more sophisticated planning. Do you have the tools for a safer, stronger community? Learn about the next generation of post-disaster recovery planning from the people who wrote the book — and the new edition. This program is also suitable for planning commissioners. Cosponsored by FEMA.

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Professional Development Scholarships Deadline: August 29

There are two Professional Development Awards being offered by APA-PA at this time.  These are great opportunities to grow your planning skill set without making such a dent in your wallet.  The deadline to apply is August 29, 2014.

  1. Jerry S. Walls, FAICP Planning Professional Development Award -  $2000.00 will be awarded to the Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates commitment in the field of community planning, involvement in public sector planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.
  2. Irving Hand, FAICP Excellence in Planning Professional Development Award - $2,500.00 will be awarded to an outstanding Pennsylvania applicant who demonstrates excellence in the field of community planning, and a desire to enhance their expertise and/or develop new skills.

More detail on both awards and the applications can be found at: 

Oct. 11: Leigh Gallagher at the Collingswood Book Festival

Leigh Gallagher

America is tired of sprawl!  Leigh Gallagher, author of The End of the Suburbs­–a fascinating look at the changing mindset and demographics affecting where we want to live–will be reading and signing her book on Saturday, October 11 at 1pm at the Collingswood Book Festival (

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Sept. 3: Environmental Governance as a System

Environmental Governance as a System: Individuals, Organizations, and Stewardship Networks

Erika S. Svendsen and Lindsay K. Campbell

The next presentation of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast (CCRUN) Green Infrastructure, Climate and Cities Seminar Series will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd at 4pm at Drexel University.  Come join the discussion about the risks and opportunities presented to our urban communities by climatic extremes, and what decision makers, researchers, and practitioners are learning about how to address these issues.

Space is limited, so please RSVP for both in-person and webinar attendance at

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Sept. 25: Cooperative Marketing: A Workshop for BIDs and Planning Practitioners (2 CM Pending)

Organizing, designing, agreeing…and the dreaded collecting. Join DVRPC, the Collingswood BID, and Leigh Minor Nagy from Minor Bird Retail Therapy, on how to make cooperative marketing effective, smart, and as pleasant as possible.

Thursday, September 25,2014

8:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Presentation by Leigh Minor Nagy, Minor Bird Retail Therapy

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Register to Reserve Your Spot at the APA-PA Annual Conference in Philadelphia!


Registration for the APA PA Annual Conference is now open!  Register online here by September 12 to enjoy the early bird rate.

View the preliminary program here. This year’s conference includes over 50 sessions and 6 mobile workshops.

Reserve your hotel room at the Society Hill Sheraton at the group rate of $169 (plus taxes) per night.  Hotel reservations must be made by September 15 to receive the rate. However it is recommended you register sooner as it is anticipated the hotel will sell out.

Also, SEPTA is offering free 5-day Independence Transit Passes to conference attendees.  If you would like to take advantage of the pass, you must check the appropriate box on the conference registration form.  There is an additional $1 to receive your pass in the mail in advance of the conference or it may be picked up at the SEPTA booth at the conference.

See you at the conference!