May 18: Stormwater Management: Compliance, Coordination & Cost

APA-PA’s Central Section is hosting a full day workshop May 18th in Harrisburg on various aspects of stormwater management.  Attendees will learn why stormwater regulations have continued to evolve, how one county is leading a successful collaborative regional effort to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance, and what a municipality can expect if EPA comes knocking. A presentation on stormwater best management practices will demonstrate how implementation of such projects can maximize both environmental and economic returns. Additionally, a municipality and its consultant will share their experience with creating a stormwater authority to address planning, funding, design, implementation, and maintenance of stormwater infrastructure.  Registration details are on the attachment.

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Planning Commission Assistant Director Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Chester County Planning Commission Assistant Director David Ward has always appreciated the uniqueness of communities. That passion started when he was young.

 

That’s why it’s fitting that he has worked for the Planning Commission — an organization that assists communities with future growth and preservation — for four decades. He celebrated his 40th anniversary with the agency on April 4. 

 

“Around the state and region, David is not only known as a great planner and leader of the profession, he’s also known as Mr. Chester County,” said Planning Commission Executive Director Brian O’Leary. “When people think of the Chester County Planning Commission, they think of David and his leadership on a wide range of planning issues during his 40 years at the agency.”

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May 5-7: Jane’s Walk Through Philadelphia

Looking for something fun to do on May 5th, 6th or 7th, 2017? Check out a new Philadelphia neighborhood with Jane’s Walk, a global movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs to get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with their neighbors. PlanPhilly is organizing four tours in Philadelphia. Check out full details at: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/philadelphia/

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Register Today for the Course in Subdivision and Land Development Review

The Delaware County Planning Department is sponsoring the Course in Subdivision and Land Development during the evenings of April 27, May 4 and 11. This course deals with the work of planning commissions in the subdivision and land development review process- from pre application meetings through project completion. Extensively revised in 2005, the course emphasizes the MPC as the source of authority to regulate development. Planning commissions have a central role play in the land development process which is an integral part of a community’s comprehensive planning program. New in the course are flexible design concepts and options for better project design.

Topics covered in the course include:
· Administering the review process
· Reviewing Plans
· Calculating impacts of development

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Three Walkability Webinars for the Philadelphia Region

Join DVRPC and the Montgomery County Planning Commission for three webinars about walkability.
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Survey: UrbanEyes 3D Mapping

We are a group of NYU students who are researching the feasibility of a brand new technology called UrbanEyes. UrbanEyes is a unique algorithm that processes cloud point data from LiDAR for 3D imaging. It is unlike anything out there and can improve accuracy of images to one inch. We invite you to participate in our survey to help us on our project.

To participate in our survey click here.

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Call for Aspiring Future City Mentors: Mentorship Info Session April 18!

Photo: 2017 Future Cities Regional Winner: Lionville Middle School, Source: futurecityphilly.org

If you are interested in becoming a Future City mentor for one of your local schools, or you would simply like to learn more about the program, please tune into our webinar on April 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Mike McAtee, an experienced mentor, will be making a detailed presentation. He will also be taking attendee questions toward the end.

The program also offers other great opportunities for professionals to get involved in their local community by volunteering as a judge, general volunteer, or steering committee member.

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April 4: Planner Happy Hour

Join your fellow planners for a fun happy hour at Barra Rossa on Tuesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30 pm, sponsored by LRK Philadelphia! You can catch up with colleagues and meet new people as we play Heads Up! Urbanist.

HEADS UP! URBANIST – Join us to play LRK’s version of the latest game sensation – HEADS UP!, which is based on the “old-time” game – Twenty Questions. You will get three HEADS UP! cards on which there is a person, place or thing with importance to the urbanism and the planning profession. In order to win drink tickets, you will pair up and play the game. And… we won’t have easy cards like Ed Bacon or Rittenhouse Square! Come have fun with us on April 4th at Barra Rossa – 10th and Walnut.

Register here!

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April 13: Events Committee Meeting

Would you like to meet other Philadelphia-area planners? Would you like to organize events like walking tours, happy hours, or educational events related to planning? Then join the APAPASE Events Committee, and help us plan fun events! Our next meeting is Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM at Michael Baker, 1818 Market Street. Please RSVP so we have a list of names for security: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apapase-events-committee-meeting-april-2017-registration-30264861014?aff=es2.

No special skills needed–we love all volunteers! You can help with any (or all) aspects of the event-planning process, from brainstorming event ideas, coordinating with venues, ordering food/beverages, inviting speakers, advertising/marketing events, working the registration table, speaking at events, and conducting event follow up. No worries if you’ve never done anything like this before–we’ll show you the ropes.

Join the APAPA Southeast Section Council

The Pennsylvania Chapter Southeast Section Council of the American Planning Association is accepting nominations for new Council members!

Interested in getting more involved?  Meeting other planners from the region?  Expanding our profession?

Self-nominations encouraged!

All nominations are due NO later than May 1st.

Taking nominations for Chair, Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary, 6-7 Professional Planners, and 2-3 Citizen Planners.

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