APA MN April 2015 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - April 2015

Legislative and Law Update

Now available on the APA MN website is a summary of bill and legislative activity to date in the 2015 session. Each bill category includes the short description, bill number link back to the state web page so you can see real time what the status of the bills are in either the House or Senate.

We are awaiting decisions by the Minnesota Supreme Court on three cases of primary importance to our profession, argued before the state's high court last year. We anticipate these decisions soon and look forward to providing our membership with information on these and other cases of interest for the planning profession.

Public Participation Skills Symposium

The International Association for Public Participation USA’s 2015 Skills Symposium is a five-day training event is coming to Minneapolis. This will be a great way to hone your public participation skills, and you can self-report these classes for CM credit (up to 8 hours per reporting period). The symposium will be held May 27-31, 2015, at the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Register now for this event.

Spring Seminar: Save the Date

Save the date for the APA MN 2015 Spring Seminar: Community Food Systems Planning Seminar. It will be held May 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM, at Silverwood Center in St. Anthony, MN. 6.0 AICP Credits pending. More information and registration links coming soon.

New State Planning Collaborative

The APA Regional and Intergovernmental Planning Division is supporting a new initiative called the National Collaborative of State Planners. The effort is designed to bring together practitioners, academics and advocates of state planning. The effort has become a forum to collaborate, inventory and promote state level planning best practices, provide support for the continued operation and appropriate expansion of state level planning functions and support continuing research and education targeted to this group. For more information, contact Peter Conrad.

APA MN Conference: Save the Date

Mark your calendars for the APA MN 2015 state conference. It will be September 23-25, 2015 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji. The conference theme is Heading North: Crossing the Currents of Planning. The conference theme focuses on advancing Minnesota – paying tribute to the efforts to reposition the state as the North, instead of the Midwest – and reflects the host community’s location and role as a regional center in northern Minnesota. 

HUD Healthy Homes Awards

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association, is pleased to announce the first annual Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes. Nominations for activities or policies that show measurable benefits in the health of residents and are available to low and/or moderate income families will be accepted via email until April 30, 2015. To apply, click here.

Redevelopment Symposium

Minnesota APA and the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) are teaming up for the first time to convene a Redevelopment Symposium. Join us at for the Redevelopment Symposium as part of Minnesota NAHRO’s Spring Conference May 20-22, 2015 at Madden’s Conference Center in Brainerd, Minnesota. This one and a half day symposium features an all- star cast of Minnesota community development professionals who will examine the importance, value, and procedures for redevelopment initiatives in a community. 7.25 AICP credits have been requested. Register now on the NAHRO website.

Reshoring Webinar

The topic of reshoring - defined as the act of returning previously offshored manufacturing, IT, and service jobs to the company's home country - is prevalent in the American media today. Join IEDC on Tuesday, April 21, for a free webinar, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, to discover the opportunities that reshoring can offer American communities. During the webinar, you will learn the who, what, when, where, and why of reshoring and hear the preliminary responses from IEDC's nationwide assessment of reshoring activities..

Private Practice Handbook Now Available

APA Private Practice Division has produced an award-winning 49-page publication that will be of value to all private planning consultants, the “Private Planning Practice Handbook.” Led by Mentoring Committee co-chairs Ramona Mullahey and Carol Thomas, and edited by division member Jerry Weitz, FAICP, the Mentoring Committee initiated the creation of this publication as a substantive response to a flurry of member queries about business practices. The Private Practice Planning Handbook and the Private Practice Division will be honored with the APA “Best Practices Award” at the 2015 National Planning Conference in Seattle. This publication is offered as an exclusive Private Practice Division member-only benefit. To receive your PDF copy, please send an email. Not a member yet? Join today! Annual division membership is only $25 for APA members, or $40 for division-only membership.

Airport Webinar

The Virginia Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar entitled 10 Things You Need to Know About Airports on Friday, April 10, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. This webinar is geared toward planners who would like to understand the basics about airports and why it is important to include the local airport in their planning efforts (and what can happen if it is not). The 10 topics to be included are: (1) Why are airports important to our communities? (2) Airport Master Plans (What is involved and what is the process? How can the public be involved?) (3) Aircraft noise basics; (4) Airport geometry standards; (5) Airport funding basics (Are my taxes paying for that runway extension?) (6) The NEPA (environmental) process; (7) Airspace basics and airspace requirements (Why are there so many height restrictions?) (8) A pilot’s perspective of the airport; (9) Land use planning best practices; (10) Sample language for a zoning ordinance.

Downtown Signs Webinar

The County Planning Division Chapter of the APA is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Signs and the Downtown Experience, on Friday, April 17, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30 PM. This presentation will review how signs can improve downtown communities including economic development and tourism. The presentation will include the International Sign Association’s (ISA) latest research, Signs and the Downtown Experience, and trends in downtown sign development. By reviewing the status and importance of different attributes, we can compare the effectiveness of different approaches, and by comparing them to different strategies and economic trends, we can create a clearer picture of how effective signs both enhance commercial institutions, but also play an important role in enhancing the community and environment.
Job Opportunities and RFPs/RFQs
Job listings and RFPs/RFQs can be found on the APA MN website. Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • Pine County - Land and Resources Manager (April 1)
  • Metropolitan Council - Planning Analyst - Parks (April 2)
  • Todd County - Conservation Technician (April 3)
  • City of Baxter - City Planner (April 3)
  • City of Hopkins - Economic Development Intern (April 6)
  • Blue Earth County - Land Use Planner (April 8)
  • City of Blaine - Planning/Landscape Intern (April 10)
  • City of Eden Prairie - Planning Intern (April 10)
  • City of Golden Valley - Planning Intern (April 12)
  • City of Eau Claire - Associate Planner (April 12)
  • St. Croix County - RFQ for St. Croix County, WI, Comprehensive Bike and Pedestrian Plan (April 12)
  • Minnehaha Creek Watershed District - Planner-Project Manager (April 15)
  • Hometown Planning - Assistant Planner (April 15)
  • City of Ashland - Comprehensive Plan Update 2015-2035 (April 17)
  • Todd County - Planning and Zoning Specialist (April 30)
  • Stantec Consulting - Senior Planner/Project Manager (N/A)
  • Hennepin County – Real Estate Supervisor Leasing and Land Management (open until filled)
  • University of Minnesota Extension – Extension Educator Aquatic Invasive Species (open until filled)
  • WSB & Associates Inc. – Senior Transportation Planner/Federal Environmental (N/A)
  • Dunwoody College of Technology - Adjunct Instructor - Land Use Planning (N/A)
  • Stonebrooke Engineering - Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Manager (N/A)

Upcoming Events

Planners Day at the Capitol

Airport Webinar

Downtown Signs Webinar

APA National Conference

Reshoring Webinar

APA MN Spring Seminar

Redevelopment Symposium

IAP2 Skills Symposium

APA MN State Conference
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
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