APA MN August 2013 Email Update
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Minnesota Planner - August 2013

The APA MN Blog Needs You

The APA MN website has a blog at, It is available for members to post questions and responses to planning challenges. Your thoughts and expertise are needed to tackle some of the questions posted there right now – from sign spinners to solar regulations – and to add your own. Your participation makes this a valuable and interesting feature, so check it out today!

Early Registration for Planners Conference

The Upper Midwest Planners Conference will be in Rochester on September 18-20. Early registration is now available through September 3. For more information and to register, visit the conference website:

Calling All Mentors

The Humphrey School Alumni Mentor Program needs mentors for domestic policy/planning mentor opportunities. If you would like to introduce a Humphrey student to your professional world, please go to For full details on the Alumni Mentor Program, go to

Minnesota Design Team Seeks Volunteers, Applications

Minnesota Design Team (MDT) is seeking volunteers for a visit to the City of Frazee Visit September 12 -14, 2013. Frazee is a small town of 1300 located in the middle of a popular summer recreation area. The Frazee team needs volunteers with experience in trail development, affordable housing, downtown improvement, or just a keen interest in helping preserve and strengthen small-town Minnesota. To volunteer, contact co-team leaders: Andrew Mack, AICP at or John Barbour, AIA at

In addition, MDT is currently accepting visit applications for fall 2013 and 2014. For more information about a future visit, please contact Paul Mandell, 2013 MDT Chair, at

St. Paul Saints Tailgate Party

APA MN is going to the Saints game the evening of August 21 to see them beat the Winnipeg Goldeye. Let’s get one more look at Midway Stadium before it is torn down. If 20 people commit to attending and tailgating beforehand, Mark Grimes will provide the hot grill and the mustard and ketchup. Bring your own stuff to grill and anything else you want to eat or drink. Each person will buy their own general admission tickets at the game and then we will try to sit together in the bleachers. Send Mark an email ( if you want to come and tell how many are in your party. If there is not enough interest, he will send you an email a couple days before the game to tell you it is cancelled. 

Low Impact Development Symposium

The 2013 International Low Impact Development Symposium is coming August 18-21 to the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This conference will bring together over 1,000 professionals to share their research, implementation, policy, financing, and education strategies to build and restore cities while protecting our environment. For more information, visit the conference website:

Interchange Brown Bag Lunch

A brown bag lunch on the Interchange project will be held from 2-4 PM on August 23 at the Interchange Field Office at 6th Ave N and 7th St N, Minneapolis. It will provide an overview of the Interchange Project, the new multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis. Please RSVP your attendance to Matt Parent

2014 National Planning Awards

Award nominations are open for the 2014 National Planning Awards. Aim for national recognition by nominating your plan or project for a 2014 National Planning Award. APA is accepting nominations in 19 award categories through August 27. Winners will be honored at next year's National Planning Conference in Atlanta. For more information 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:

Chicago Skyscrapers Presentation

Preservation Design Works is hosting a presentation by Thomas Leslie, Professor at Iowa State University College of Design, on August 20, 5-7 pm at the Handicraft Guild Building. Tom recently published his book “Chicago Skyscrapers” in which he reveals the daily struggles, technical breakthroughs, and negotiations that produced these magnificent buildings. This is a free event. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Meghan Elliott at

Planning Skills Survey

In cooperation with the American Planning Association, Dr. Casey Dawkins at the University of Maryland, College Park, is conducting a survey of the APA membership to ascertain which skills learned in graduate school are most highly valued by planners and their employers.  We anticipate that the survey will yield useful information for planning educators seeking to tailor their programs to the evolving needs of the workplace.  All respondents will be placed into a random lottery to win a free iPad. We have extended the deadline for participation to August 15 to allow those who have not yet responded a chance to complete the survey.  To access the survey, click on the following link:

Koontz Panel Discussion/Web Conference

A brown bag lunch on the Supreme Court’s Koontz decision will be held August 1 from 11:30 AM – 1 PM at Stantec offices, 2335 Highway 36 W, Roseville (or conference call-in number: 1-866-398-2885 Passcode 324151 #). Could Koontz affect your community or your project? Did the Supreme Court extend “takings” to asking for monetary payment? When is a government “coercive” in wetland mitigation requests? Ask a panel of local experts about the potential impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. RSVP to

LGBT Seniors Webinar

A free webinar on addressing the needs of LGBT seniors will be held August 2, from 12-1:30 PM. Seniors in the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community face a unique, and significant, set of obstacles to aging comfortably, including discrimination, lack of certain legal protections, and an absence of a family support system. Examine current trends in addressing the needs of LGBT seniors as well as innovative programs and services to help them age in place. To register, visit:


Planning for Climate Change Webinar

The free webinar Planning for Climate Change in New Jersey: Tools for Planners will be held August 9 from 12-1:30 PM. New Jersey’s leading experts in Climate Change have been busy creating an assortment of tools to help us visualize the potential future impacts of climate change. They will present the leading best practices in climate change preparation.  The session will also feature a presentation about available tools that can assist Planners in addressing Climate Change at the local and regional levels. To register, visit:


Beyond LID Webinar

The free webinar Beyond LID: Density and Form-Based Zoning Codes for Watershed Health, will be held August 16 from 12-1:30 PM. This presentation will demonstrate a small historic Connecticut town's efforts to create a form-based code that enables a significant amount of context-sensitive development within the existing town center. Issues common to many smaller towns will be discussed as will the approach taken to establish compact, walkable development patterns as a framework for watershed health. To register, visit:

Success Stories in Sustainability Webinar

The free webinar Success Stories in Sustainability: The Common Ground Program will be held August 23 from 12-1:30 PM. The Common Ground Program is a community gardening and urban agriculture program created by the city of Lawrence, Kansas. This webinar will provide an overview of the program, an outline the goals of the project goals, community benefits and lessons learned. The webinar will also provide insight on funding sources and potential partnerships that other communities or organizations may utilize in pursuing similar efforts. To register, visit:

Mapping Free Urban Snacks

A map and website developed by PhD student Ethan Welty and friend Caleb Philip catalogs the cornucopia of edible trees found in the "urban orchards" of two dozen cities around the world. In Minnesota, it includes data from the Twin Cities, Duluth, and Rochester metro areas – as well as other locations statewide. To access the interactive map, visit:


Job Opportunities and RFPs

Job listings and RFPs can be found on the APA MN website at Current listings (and application deadlines) include:
  • City of Shakopee - Planner 1 (August 9)
  • St. Cloud Area Planning Organization - Stearns County Transportation Plan RFP (August 15)
  • City of Aberdeen - Planner (August 16)
  • City of Ashland - Planning and Development Director (August 16)
  • Upper Minnesota Valley RDC - Community Development Planner (Open Until Filled)

Upcoming Events

Koontz Panel Discussion

LGBT Seniors Webinar

Planning for Climate Change Webinar

Beyond LID Webinar

Low Impact Development Symposium

APA MN Saints Tailgate Party

Interchange Brown Bag Lunch
Success Stories in Sustainability Webinar

Deadline for APA Planning Awards

Early Registration Deadline for Planners Conference

Design Team Visit to Frazee

Deadline for Planning Skills Survey

Upper Midwest Planners Conference
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