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Planning Minnesota December 2016 E-Update
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E-Update - December 2016

New APA MN Online Forum

APA MN has a new discussion forum! It’s available on the APA MN website now. We’ve chosen Google Groups as a platform, since it’s fairly simple and intuitive to use. Anyone can view posts and replies, but only people with a Gmail account will be able to post. If you don’t have an account, it’s free and easy to set up – the site will walk you through the steps if needed.

We need you to help make this forum a success by:

  • Posting questions and replying to others (there are already a couple questions there now...)
  • Visiting periodically to check on new content
  • Letting other planners know about the forum

Let us know if you have any problems, questions, or suggestions.


Professional Development Officer

The Professional Development Officer has an integral position in the chapter and on the board. The PDO does much of the work putting together programs and getting those programs approved for AICP credit, as well as conducting sessions to help members pass the AICP exam. However, one of the PDO's, Rita Trapp, has submitted her resignation. More help is needed.

Jane Kansier and Elise Durbin, the other two PDO's, would like to find a third person to join the team. You may visit the website or contact either Jane or Elise to learn more about the position. We encourage all AICP planners to give thought to filling this important role.


FAICP Nominations

The call for nomination for the 2018 Class of the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners is now open. To be eligible, individuals must have at least 15 years as members of AICP. If you have any nominations for potential FAICP members, or would like to serve on the FAICP Nominating Committee, contact Carissa by January 15, 2017.


APA MN Holiday Party

The annual APA MN Holiday Party will be held on January 18, 2017 in Minneapolis, after the holiday rush is over. It will include a tour of the new US Bank Stadium at 4 PM, followed by a social time at a nearby spot at 6 PM. 1.5 CM credit is being applied for. Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for more details as the date approaches.


APA MN Conference 2017 Planning

APA Minnesota is pleased to announce Conference 2017 to be held in Mankato on Sept. 27-29. To those of you who are interested in serving on the Conference Committee for 2017 in Mankato, mark your calendars!! The Kick-off meeting for Conference 2017 will be on Friday, January 6th, from 12-2 PM at the WSB offices in Golden Valley. Co-chairs Michael Palermo and Raya Esmaeili, who will be hosting this meeting, hope many of you will attend. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP your attendance to Raya. Come prepared with great ideas for a theme, tracks, sessions, and mobile tours. An agenda will follow later for those who indicate an interest.


PlanIt Comp Planning Conference

The Metropolitan Council will sponsor a daylong conference for local planners on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at the Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Park. The conference will include a dozen sessions, with topics such as: Strategic Housing Plans; Integrating Sustainability and Resilience Planning; Collaborative Planning through Multi-Jurisdictional Partnerships; Walkability/Active Living; and Sustainable Water Supply Management. Registration is free and CM credits will be provided.


Small Scale Manufacturing

Smart Growth America, in partnership with U.S. Economic Development Administration and Recast City, has announced a series of new, free technical assistance workshops designed to help communities incorporate small-scale manufacturing into their neighborhood revitalization work. Selected communities will receive a professionally facilitated two- to three-day workshop and a customized action plan that will outline how to leverage existing assets to make small scale manufacturing work toward their goals. Applications will be accepted until January 6, 2017.


Livable Conference Call for Papers

The 54th International Making Cities Livable Conference on Public Places for Community, Democracy, Health, and Equity has issued a call for papers. The conference will be held October 2-6, 2017, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Paper proposals are invited from elected officials, scholars and practitioners concerned with the following issues: Public Places for Community & Democratic Dialogue, Public Places for Health, and Public Places for Increasing Equity. The deadline is January 31, 2017.


Planning & Zoning for Health

A new APA resource collects background resources and how-to guidance on integrating health issues into policies and regulations that help shape the built environment. This extensive compilation includes examples of ordinances that have successfully assimilated public health into planning and zoning documents and regulations.


AICP Exam Signup

The window to apply for the May 2017 AICP Certification Exam closes on December 30. Submit your application by December 7 for an early decision and the chance to reapply if your application is denied.


2015-16 AICP Reporting Deadline

Kudos to almost 82 percent of AICP members in the 2015-16 Certification Maintenance reporting period who have logged more than half their required CM credits. All AICP members: your CM credit tally appears on your CM log. Enter all earned credits in your CM log by December 31, 2016, to avoid entering the January–April grace period. Need a few more credits? Check out some free options below.


Planning and Elections Webinar

There will be a free APA webinar entitled Planning and the Elections: A Breakdown of Election Results and Look Ahead to the Lame Duck on December 1, 2016, from 1-2 PM CST. CM I 1.0


Subdivisions and Flooding Webinar

The Planning Information Exchange is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas on December 2, 2016, from 12-1 PM CST. Join three professionals as they dive into APA’s new PAS Report, Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas, covering issues relevant to both planners and homeowners associations. CM I 1.0


Planning and Health Webinar

There will be a free webinar entitled December 14: "New Resources from APA's Planning and Community Health Center" on December 14, 2016, from 12:00-12:30 PM CST. Join APA's Planning and Community Health Center for a discussion of recently released resources to strengthen in the integration of planning and public health. Research department staff members will introduce the latest PAS Essential Info Packet on health-related topics, a suite of Health Impact Assessment resources, Plan4Health toolkits--and more! CM I 0.5


Faith-Based Development Webinar

The Planning and the Black Community Chapter of APA is sponsoring a free webinar entitled Faith-Based Development: Neighborhood Anchors as Community Builders on December 16, 2016, from 12:00-1:30 PM CST. Faith communities and their leaders have long been powerful voices for improving quality of life and the built environment. For this webinar, community builders will discuss how faith based institutions were reversing untenable practices in housing, land use, and infrastructure long before the fiscal levers that are now used to advance redevelopment were put in place. It will reveal faith based institutions are improving ‘emerging markets’ as well as encouraging solutions to local problems that would have been labeled as intractable. CM I 1.5


Job Opportunities and RFPs/RFQs

Job listings and RFPs/RFQs can be found on the APA MN website. Current listings (and application deadlines) include:

  • City of Columbia Heights - Comprehensive Plan Update RFP (12/2)
  • ATE Management of Duluth, Inc dba Duluth Transit Authority - Director of Planning & Grants (12/16)
  • Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board - Senior Planner (12/21)
  • City of Lake Elmo - Comprehensive Plan Update RFP (12/22)
  • Town of Thomson - Zoning Official/Ordinance Enforcement (12/29)
  • Benton County - Department of Development Director (until filled)
  • Northwest Associated Consultants Inc. - Planner/Designer (until filled)
  • Cuningham Group Architecture Inc. - Urban Designer and Planner (until filled)
  • Sambatek Inc. – Part Time Planner (until filled)
  • Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission – Transportation/Community Development Planner (until filled)
  • Upper MN Valley Regional Development Commission – Community Development Planner (until filled)
  • Vierbicher – Economic Development Planner / Senior Planner (until filled)
  • Johnson County, IA – Assistant Planning Development & Sustainability Director (until filled)
  • Hometown Planning – Assistant Planner (until filled)
Upcoming Events

12/1
Planning and elections webinar

12/2
Subdivisions and flood hazards webinar

12/7
AICP early decision deadline

12/13
PlanIt Comprehensive Planning Conference

12/14
Planning and community health webinar

12/16
Faith-based development webinar

12/30
AICP exam deadline

12/31
AICP 2015-16 reporting period ends

1/6
APA MN Conference 2017 kickoff

1/6
Small-scale manufacturing assistance

1/15
FAICP committee participation

1/18
APA MN holiday party

1/31
Making Cities Livable call for papers

9/27-9/29
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