Fall 2016 Chapter Newsletter
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October is Community Planning month! This year’s theme is Civic Engagement and we, as Planners, know that good city planning cannot take place without the valuable input of those who live and work in the places which are striving to improve. In order to truly succeed at public engagement, planning must work to include citizens at all levels, from children to professionals to our city leaders. Reaching out to such a broad spectrum of individuals and truly engaging them in the planning process is a challenging task. We must employ a range of tools and strategies, as well as ensure that the public understands that their input is valued in the planning process. By providing transparency in the planning process and inclusion and respect of all citizens during and after public meetings and workshops, we can hope for thoughtful input and a better, more comprehensive planning process. For more information and resources, please visit:

As a kickoff to Community Planning Month, the APA highlights a list of Great Places in America. This year, Louisville’s “city within a city”, Old Louisville, was chosen as a 2016 Great Neighborhood. The APA recognized Old Louisville for not only it’s historic value, being one of the first residential neighborhoods in the city and also one of the largest collections of Victorian homes in the country but also for its diversity, access to public transit, and its proximity to colleges and nightlife activities. Old Louisville has also played host to the St. James Art Show for the past 60 years. The St. James Art Show, which started as a fundraiser for the St James grounds and fountain, has become one of the country’s largest events of its kind. The Garvin Gate Blues Festival, Shakespeare in the Park at Central Park, and the Old Louisville Holiday Homes Tour are just a few more of the community festivities that Old Louisville offers.

Old Louisville’s success can largely be attributed to its Historic Preservation District Designation in 1974 and placement on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975, which has preserved the integrity and character of the neighborhood and protected it from development pressure. The Local Historic Preservation District designation, as well as Old Louisville’s unique zoning classification contributes today to preserving the traditional design and uses within the neighborhood. The neighborhood’s proximity to downtown as well as the University of Louisville has also been a part of attracting home-buyers and businesses to the area. This combination of preservation and community planning has made Old Louisville the Great Neighborhood it is today. 
The 2016 OKI Planning Conference was held October 5-7 in Indianapolis. This year's theme was Planning to Live, Living to Plan, with an emphasis on sustainability. The highlight if the Conference was undoubtedly the Planning Olympics. As attendees enjoyed the conference social at the NCAA Hall of Champions, the hosts announced the start of the Planning Olympics, but Kentucky didn't have a team.  With the hosts about to make Kentucky forfeit, Soumi Basu pulled together a team at the last second. 

Osei Amo-Mensah, Soumi Basu, and John Bucher represented APA-KY in the first event, Cards Against Urbanity. Team APA-KY needed a win on the last hand to edge out Ohio, but still took second place behind Indiana.   

Event number two was the Public Meeting Set-Up. Soumi Basu and John Bucher represented APA-KY. After all three teams were finished, Team APA-KY was over 90 seconds slower than Indiana, but several minutes faster than Ohio. There was still hope. The rules required time additions for mistakes. Team APA-KY had only made one mistake, meaning just 5 seconds in penalties. Team Indiana made several mistakes and skipped several items altogether. Before the judges could add up the penalties, the NCAA staff closed the building and forced everyone to leave. The judges, all from Indiana, informed the teams that they would add up the penalties later and announce the winner at the final lunch session on Friday.

Despite having the smallest number of conference attendees and being seconds away from forfeiting, Team APA-KY was announced as the winner of the Planning Olympics thanks to a dominating performance  in the Public Meeting Set-Up. A special thanks is due to Soumi for not letting us forfeit and leading us to victory.
Region 4 Update

2016 is almost in the books and it has been a good year so far.  Planning at our agency is remarkably busy, with two major projects ongoing, a new county-wide plan set to start soon, and numerous map and text amendments coming in each month. I know from conversations with others in our region that they have been equally as busy tackling day-to-day planning, thinking about bigger projects, and working through topics like micro cells and changing technology too.
With all the day-to-day work going on, it’s easy to get bogged down and only focus on projects.  To get you out of your routine, please make plans to join us for our upcoming Holiday Party on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m.  APA-KY Region 4 is again teaming up with our friends in APA-OH’s Cincinnati Section for the event!  Our annual celebration will be here in the Commonwealth this year at Braxton Brewing Company (27 W. 7th Street, Covington, KY). We sincerely hope that you will be able to join us to enjoy the evening and meet fellow professionals from our area. 
I am also developing a free live event (CM credits pending) focused on the future of transportation, how autonomous vehicles might play a role in our daily lives, and how our profession could be impacted. Save the date now for Tuesday, December 13, 2016 from 3:00 to 4:30 for the presentation and discussion. The event will be held at the PDS offices at 2332 Royal Drive, Ft. Mitchell, KY and will be free! Stay tuned for more details to follow soon.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as your Region 4 Representative for these last two terms. I look forward to seeing you at future events soon!
James K. Fausz, AICP
Region 4 Representative
Louisville Metro Comprehensive Plan 2040.
Louisville Metro has begun the process of updating the Comprehensive Plan, which guides public and private investment in our community.  The new plan will guide growth within Jefferson County until 2040. Input from all our citizens, neighborhood groups and businesses is critical to the success of the Comprehensive Plan update and to make sure that Louisville is a connected, healthy, equitable, sustainable and authentic city in 2040. Louisville Metro invites any member of the public to join our work groups, which will help draft the policies that will guide future growth and development.  The work group topics include Mobility (Transportation), Community Form, Community Facilities, Livability & Environment, Housing, and Marketplace (Economic Development). A detailed description of the work groups and a sign up form as well as all other Comprehensive Plan information may be found at  There will be a meeting to kick off the work group process on November 5, 2016 from 9:00 am – 10:30 am.  The meeting will be at Memorial Auditorium (970 South 4th Street).  Please join us if you are able.

Yu "Emily" Liu, AICP
Planning Director
Louisville Metro Planning & Design Services
APA-KY Spring 2017 Conference

Mark your calendars!  We’re returning to Lake Cumberland on May 17-19, 2017 for the APA-KY Spring Conference.  Do you want to get involved on the Conference Committee?  We are looking for a few volunteers to help us with event logistics, outreach, and recruiting new session proposals.  We also ask that all APA-KY members use the following link to offer input on the conference theme and session topics.  Click here to volunteer to help with conference planning.

Please respond by Wednesday, Nov. 9th – that gives you through election day to think it through.  Thanks!
Megan Enyeart Chan, AICP and Lindsay Walker, PE, PTOE, AICP
Special Events Committee Co-Chairs
Owensboro Half-Day Conference

The staff of the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission and the Green River Area Development District will host a half-day training session on December 9th.  Approximately four hours of continuing education credits (AICP CM approval pending) will be available to planners, Planning Commissioners and Board of Adjustment members.  The meeting will be held at the GRADD offices in Owensboro. Specifics related to the session lineup to be announced in the coming weeks via email.
APA-Ohio Cincinnati Section Events

BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF THE CINCINNATI BELL CONNECTOR: Cincinnati’s Streetcar has been a hotly debated topic since it was first proposed in 2007. It opened to the public on September 9, 2016 to record-high ridership numbers, and hopefully you’ve all had the opportunity to experience it. If not, here is your chance! THE DATE FOR THIS EVENT HAS CHANGED to Thursday, November, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.  

WORLD TOWN PLANNING DAY: Please mark your calendars for Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 8:30 to 5:00 p.m. for our 2016 World Town Planning Day Charrette.  At this day-long planning event, we are seeking to test tactical urbanism techniques in the Village of Cleves, Ohio.  Cleves and surrounding areas are on the western growth frontier of Hamilton County.  Recently, Cleves initiated a Main Street plan that looked to refurbish and repopulate historic South Miami Avenue.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to kick start the implementation of this plan through the small-scale, quick, often temporary, cheap interventions known as tactical urbanism.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY: Mark your calendars now! Our annual Holiday Party will be held Friday, December 2, 2016, at 5 p.m. at Braxton Brewing Company, 27 W. 7th Street, Covington, KY. Once again, we will be joining forces with our friends from Northern Kentucky APA! Watch for more details about this event in the coming month.
DAVID J. ALLOR PLANNING & ZONING WORKSHOP: Looking ahead into 2017, the annual Allor Workshop will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017. Mark your calendars now, and watch your email inbox for a Call for Proposals before the end of the year.
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