APA MN June 2013 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - June 2013

Upper Midwest Planners Conference

This year, APA MN will be hosting the Upper Midwest Planners Conference. It will take place on September 18-20, 2013, at the Rochester Civic Center. This conference welcomes planners from across the Upper Midwest, including Minnesota, the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, and Illinois. The conference theme, "Operation: Plan! Prioritizing Community Vitals" takes a playful spin on Rochester's health industry. This theme provides a foundation for a conference program that emphasizes how communities are tackling their planning needs in a new era. Please visit the conference website at to learn more.

EDAM Summer Conference

Early-bird registration for the EDAM Summer Conference has been extended to Wednesday, June 5. The conference will be held in Duluth June 26-28. APA continuing education credits are pending. For additional information or to register online, visit

Pedestrian and Bicycle Planning Webinar

A webinar on pedestrian and bicycle planning will be offered on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 3:00-4:30 PM at SRF, One Carlson Parkway North, Plymouth, MN. Bicycling has evolved from a recreational activity to an important mode of commuting. Learn about the latest plans and successful programs that are making streets work for all users. Please RSVP to Steve Peterson at by Monday, June 3, 2013. CM | 1.5

Wireless Facility Webinar

A free webinar entitled “Impact on Local Control of Wireless Facilities of New Federal Law, FCC Guidance and State Legislative Proposals” will be offered Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. Recent federal legislation could dramatically impact your community's planning authority and local zoning of wireless facilities towers. This webinar will provide an overview of the challenges and opportunities facing local governments as they attempt to protect local interests while complying with federal requirements. To register, go to CM Pending

Learning from Failure Webinar

A free webinar entitled “What NOT to do: Lessons Learned from the Failure of Others” will be offered Friday, June 14, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. Unfortunately, in the world of economic development there are plenty of examples of poorly-designed projects, terrible advice, real estate fads, and clear fraud. In this webinar we examine a few failed projects that damaged the financial position of the municipality that undertook them and consider what lessons we can learn from these unfortunate situations. To register go to CM Pending 

Transit Access Webinar

A free webinar on transit access will be offered Friday, June 21, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. This webinar is sponsored by the APA’s Transportation Planning Division. To register go to

2013 Planning Law Review Webinar

A free planning law review webinar will be offered on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 3:00-4:30 PM in the South St. Paul City Hall Training Room, 125 Third Avenue North, South St. Paul, MN. It is time to take stock of the Court’s rulings in this annual legal roundup. Hear about federal district court rulings and significant state court decisions. Whether it is First Amendment issues, housing challenges, environmental actions, or important amicus filings, the panel of legal experts will bring you up to date on critical planning law. Please RSVP to Pete Hellegers at by Monday, June 24, 2013. CM | 1.5

LEED for Neighborhoods Webinar

A webinar entitled “Utilizing LEED for Neighborhood Development to Strengthen Your Municipal Sustainability Efforts” will be offered Friday, June 28, 2013, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT. USGBC and the Land Use Law Center at Pace University have recently launched two new, free resources to help municipalities utilize the LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system to support their sustainable planning goals. These two resources explore in great detail the ways in which the rating system can be utilized translating those into direct action for planners complete with numerous case study examples. To register go to

Nominations for AICP College of Fellows

Chapters, divisions, current Fellows, members of the AICP Executive Committee, and other AICP members may submit nominations for the 2014 Class of Fellows of AICP. The nomination deadline is November 5. For more information go to:

Need Planning Assistance?

AICP–sponsored Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) serve communities faced with limited resources by helping them address planning issues such as social equity and affordability, economic development, sustainability, consensus building, and urban design. APA is always looking for new projects and welcomes applications for the next cycle. Visit to find out more about past projects and information on how to apply for a CPAT.

New Hazard Mitigation Resource

This spring, FEMA released "Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning: Case Studies and Tools for Community Officials," which provides practical guidance on how to incorporate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes, and programs. One of the main objectives of the guide is to help community planners make the business case for mitigation. This guide, together with other resources, is available on the FEMA website at

New Census Report Shows Daytime Population

The concept of the daytime population refers to the number of people who are present in an area during normal business hours, including workers. This is in contrast to the “resident” population, which refers to people who reside in a given area and are typically present during the evening and nighttime hours. This report presents daytime population estimates for States, Counties, MCDs, and Places. To access this information, go to

Minnesota State Highway Investment Plan

MnDOT is hosting a series of public meetings and webinars statewide in June to provide an opportunity for input on the 20-year State Highway Investment Plan (SHIP). The draft plan itself will be released at the end of June. For more information, visit the SHIP website at and click on the "Participate" link.

Job Opportunities and RFPs

Job listings and RFPs can be found on the APA MN website at Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • Minnesota Department of Health - Senior Planner (June 3)
  • Hennepin County - Transit Oriented Development Planner (June 7)
  • City of Waconia - Planning Director (June 21)
  • City of North Mankato - Comprehensive Plan RFP (June 28)
  • City of St. Cloud - Environmental Assessment Worksheet RFP (July 1)
  • University of Minnesota – Assistant Director (Open Until Filled)

Upcoming Events

Bicycle and Pedestrian Webinar

Wireless Webinar

APA WI Annual Conference

Learning from Failure Webinar

Transit Access Webinar

Planning Law Review Webinar

EDAM Summer Conference

LEED for Neighborhoods Webinar

Upper Midwest Planners Conference
American Planning Association Minnesota Chapter
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