Dec. 1: Development Committee Kickoff

APA Pennsylvania Southeast section is kicking off a Development Committee to help with the growth of the organization. The first phone call to help set the priorities of the group will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 10:30 am. Any interested section members are welcome to join by calling 1-866-245-0351 passcode 605275.

The call will set the scope and priorities for the newly created Development Committee. The committee will look at ideas to create sponsorship opportunities and develop membership in the APA Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section. If you’re unable to attend the call, but still have input you’d like to include, please contact with any thoughts, ideas, or interest in participating in future meetings.

Dec. 3: Connecting With the King



Thursday, December 3, 2015 l 8-10:00am

Sheraton Valley Forge

480 N Gulph Road

King of Prussia, PA

Tickets: $25 in advance; $35 at the door


Home to approximately 50,000 jobs, King of Prussia is the largest employment center in our region outside of Philadelphia. Mixed-use development projects slated or underway promise additional jobs and residences at King of Prussia, but traffic congestion and limited transportation options make accessibility a challenge and limit long-term growth potential. The proposed extension of SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line will expand access by creating a critical transit link between King of Prussia and Philadelphia as well as Norristown and other destinations in Montgomery and Delaware Counties.

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Dec. 10: Planning for Sign Code Success


Planning for Sign Code Success
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Breakfast/registration: 8:30 AM
Event: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Coming up with reasonable and enforceable sign codes can often be a complex and controversial process. With so many community stakeholders caring about sign codes, it is important to get the most accurate, up-to-date information and expertise as possible. The seminar will present modules that educate on the technology within signs, sign code issues, understanding electronic message centers, and the importance of signs to business. In light of the new challenges imposed by the recent Supreme Court Reed ruling, attendees will be presented with important interim and permanent policy changes to bring municipal ordinances into compliance with the Court’s new precedents. Local planners will present on the development and implementation of the Montgomery County Model Sign Ordinance.

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Dec. 3: Vision Zero Philadelphia Conference


On Thursday, December 3, 2015, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are co-hosting Philadelphia’s first Vision Zero conference. Vision Zero is based on the concept that road crashes are not accidents, but are preventable events. Road deaths, currently totaling nearly 100 per year in Philadelphia, can be reduced to zero through education, engineering, and enforcement.

National experts in safety design, engineering, education and enforcement from both the public and private sectors will share their expertise and experience to help lay the groundwork for a goal and action plan that is tailored to Philadelphia and employs best practices. Join us for a day of speakers, panels, and break out-sessions focused on this crucial safety issue. The American Planning Association Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast section (APAPASE) has requested a total of 6.75 CM credits for this event. The cost to attend this all-day conference at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia is $60 ($75 includes a discounted Bicycle Coalition membership). For more information and to register, visit

Join QUE on November 19 at Garage Philly!


Queer Urbanist Exchange (QUE) is invites you to join our monthly meet up at Garage Philly (1231-1233 E Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) on Thursday November 19 at 6:00 pm.

We’re going to do brief updates on all of our projects. If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our Meeting Notes from our last meeting. We created a summary for each project which included a description and highlights of what the next steps are. We will also look at the happy hour and say what we liked and what could make it better next time and start planning the next large mixer.

Can’t make it?  You can sign to the group and find out more on Facebook at and on Google Groups at You can also see Meeting Notes in our Files.

Need CM Credits Before the End of the Year?

As the year draws to a close, many certified planners find themselves scrambling to get their last few CM credits before the reporting period ends at the end of the year. If you find yourself in this boat, here is a list of several events in the Greater Philadelphia region that are offering CM credits.

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Oct. 26: Walk Montco Kickoff

Join the Montgomery County Planning Commission for its kickoff for Walk Montco.  This meeting will feature guest speakers from around the country as we discuss ways that communities can make walkability improvements in their downtowns, around their schools, and near transit facilities.


DATE:    October 26, 2015

TIME:    10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

(Registration & continental breakfast begins at 9:00 a.m.)

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Oct. 21: “The Landscape” with Marilyn Jordan Taylor & Karen Thompson


“The Landscape” with Marilyn Jordan Taylor & Karen Thompson

October 21st at 6:00 PM

Cost: Free—with Eventbrite registration

Fisher Fine Arts Library—4th floor

220 S. 34th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19104

The building is opposite 34th St. and the entry faces the College Green.

Have you ever listened to a presentation and wondered how this person got their job? What projects are they most proud of? What are their biggest regrets? When they log onto the internet, where do they go first? Did they ever consider giving up and why? Who is their spirit animal? APAPASE’s Landscape series asks these questions.

We’re honored to have Dean Taylor as our 2nd speaker in the Landscape speaker series. Karen Thompson from the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation will be asking her all of this and more.

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Nov. 12: Bimonthy APAPA-Southeast Council Meeting

APAPA-Southeast Section Council meeting
the second Thursday of every other month
5pm (sharp!)
The Reinvestment Fund (TRF)
1700 Market Street, 19th Floor
Calling in?  Please use the following:
Toll free:  (866) 245-0351
Passcode: 605275
Please direct any questions to
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RSVP Today! 2015 APAPA-SE Annual Event: Wed. Oct. 28, at 6:30pm


Please join fellow planners in the Southeast Section of the APAPA at our 2015 Annual Event!  For this year’s event, we are inviting you to check out Mural Arts’ Open Source, a citywide celebration of art and innovation! This experiential and educational program created a new series of public artworks that explore and illuminate Philadelphia’s diverse urban identity, and encouraged artists to engage in community-centered explorations, addressing a variety of topics, including immigration, recycling, mass incarceration, the environment, community reinvestment, and displacement—all of which inform Mural Arts’ long-term artistic and social practice.

Location: Mural Arts Open Source HUB, 30 S. 15th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

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