Conference Location: 

Waco Convention Center

100 Washington Avenue

Waco, TX  76701

APA-Texas Website:

www.txplanning.org

Friday, Nov. 8 Schedule & Breakout Sessions

 

Subject to Change

APATX19 | WACO, TX | NOV 6-8, 2019

OPENING PLENARY

8:30-10:15am

Public Engagement: The Vital Leadership Skill in Difficult Times
Chisholm Hall

11 Breakout Sessions and 2 Short Course Sessions

Lunch and Keynote Address
APA President Remarks
Keynote Speaker: Candy Chang

"Making Space for Creativity & Innovation
Chisholm Hall

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4

10:30-11:45am

11 Breakout Sessions and 2 Short Course Sessions

awards luncheon

12:00-1:45pm

APA-Texas Chapter Planning Awards Luncheon and Introduction of new Chapter Officers

Mobile Workshop 5 | 8:30am-11:30am | Healthy Neighborhood Revitalization

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 5

2:00-3:30pm

7 Breakout Sessions

FEATURED SESSION

2:00-3:30PM

"Form-Based Design Standards for Smaller Communities"

Speaker: Randall Arendt 

END OF CONFERENCE

We're ending the conference early this year to allow attendees to travel back home. 

New APATX Chapter and Section Officer Onboarding and Training | 3:45PM-5:30PM

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 4
10:15-11:45am

2:00-3:30pm

3:45-5:15pm

Facilitated Round-table Discussion - Development Processes and Building Material Ordinances after the 86th Legislature

CM LAW

During the 86th Texas Legislature, two bills were passed that will require cities to amend their development review processes and ordinances. House Bills 2439 (Building Materials and Methods) and 3167 (Plat/Plan Approval 30-day Shot Clock) have sparked concerns around the state, and numerous cities are trying to develop strategies on how to amend their ordinances and procedures to offset the negative impacts of the new legislation. This session will feature two case studies and a open discussion among attendees on how cities across the state are dealing with these changes. 

Speakers: Abra Nusser, AICP, President & CEO, Ideation Planning; John Lettelleir, FAICP, Director of Development Services, City of Frisco; Matt Jones, AICP, CPM, MPA, Director of Planning and Development, City of Bastrop; Alan Lathrom, JD, Partner at Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P.

LAW/ETHICS
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Brazos North

Comprehensive Planning in a Fast Growing Region: San Antonio and New Braunfels

The San Antonio/New Braunfels region is one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Projections show that the region will grow by well over a million and a half new residents. In order to keep up with projected growth in Central Texas, both cities developed new comprehensive plans designed to guide future growth and development. This session will provide a comprehensive overview of the development of both plans, from start to adoption and post-adoption, and will show how these plans are complementary and consider the region at-large.

Speakers: Rudy Nino, Jr, AICP, Assistant Director, City of San Antonio - Planning Department; Christopher J. Looney, AICP, Director, City of New Braunfels - Department of Planning and Community Development, Jay Renkens, AICP; Principal and Director of Denver Area Operations and the Director of Firmwide Planning and Design Services, MIG, Inc.

Moderator: Krystin Ramirez, Senior Project Associate, MIG, Inc.

VISION DEVELOPMENT
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Brazos South

Activating the Brazos River and Connecting the Community

 

The City Waco of was founded on the banks of the Brazos River but only recently have heavy investments begun to pay off to bring together multi-modal transportation, tourism, and downtown activity. This session will bring together members of the City of Waco Parks and EDC staff to discuss economic development benefits from the City's extended hike and bike trail along the Brazos as well as opportunities to connect pedestrian and bicycle facilities from the riverfront to Downtown, the Silo District, and beyond. 

Speakers: Tom Balk, RLA, Waco Senior Park Planner; Randal Endsley, Jr., P.E.Project Manager, Halff Associates; Jordan Maddox, AICP (Moderator), Planning Team Lead, Halff Associates

PLACEMAKING
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas North 113

Who, Me? Biased? - Avoiding Unconscious Bias at Work, and in Work

Unconscious bias, formed from unconscious beliefs about a particular category of people, can affect not only the way we behave in our work environments and interact with others in our field, but also how well we acknowledge and accommodate differences within the communities we are responsible for planning. This session intended to openly discuss and dissect the theory of unconscious bias and the role it plays in planning - both within the profession itself and the communities in which planners seek public engagement.

Speakers: AJ Fawver, AICP, CNU-A, CPM, Verdunity; Shai Roos, AICP, Senior Urban Planner, Stantec

EQUITY & ENGAGEMENT
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas North 114

Walk Audit Toolkit
APATX PARTNER SESSION: AARP


This session will be a demonstration of the AARP Walk Audit Toolkit. A walk audit is a great way to engage and organize the residents of a neighborhood around walkability. A walk audit it a tool that requires residents and advocates to walk in their community and assess the quality of the sidewalks and streets. The assessment can then be shared with planners, elected officials, and other local leaders to advocate for sidewalk improvements, safer streets, and other community features. We would like to take a group and conduct an actual walk audit in an appropriate location near the conference and then produce a sample report for the participants.

Speakers: Tina Tran, J.D., AARP Texas, Director of Outreach and Advocacy; Shondra E. Wygal, AARP Texas, Associate State Director of Outreach and Advocacy

MOBILITY
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas North 115

Why Connections Matter: Designing for Community Resiliency

Long-overlooked and neglected, the community surrounding Five Mile Creek in South Dallas wanted more. Enlisted by a private foundation, TBG and The Trust for Public Land used participatory, community-driven design to analyze the community’s connections to the city, its existing community assets, & the opportunity for a more resilient, connected, and healthy corridor. The recommendation? A new masterplan for a non-traditional client that addresses future development and equity – and shows how important long-lasting connections are to its success.

Speakers: Mark Meyer, ASLA, Principal, TBG Partners; Molly Plummer, Parks for People Manager, The Trust for Public Land; Taylor Toynes, Dallas Park Board District 3 / For Oak Cliff 

COMMUNITY HEALTH
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas South 116

Getting Granular
APATX PARTNER SESSION: URBAN LAND INSTITUTE (ULI)

This session will present the finding of several recent studies on property value, rent premiums and parking requirements associated with development located in close proximity to passenger rail stations and in neighborhoods with high walk scores. The studies were conducted by the North Texas Urban Land Institute and the ULI Transit Oriented Development Product Council. The findings provide definitive answers to the questions surrounding value capture: does it occur, what is the premium and what are the techniques available to capture some of the premium for the benefit of the public sector? The data confirmed there was a material difference in property value, namely higher, associated with transit oriented or walkable neighborhood development. A companion parking study also demonstrated the parking space requirements were well below parking standards specified by zoning or, in some instance, by lender requirements. 

Speakers: David Leininger, Strategic Advisor – Sasaki Associates and Co-Chair, North Texas Urban Land Institute Transit-Oriented Development Product Council; Travis Liska, AICP, Senor Transportation Planner at North Central Texas Council of Governments; Shea Byers, Director of Real Estate at J Street Companies; Rebecca Tudor, Principal, Twinrose Investments

URBANISM
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas South 117

Trials and Successes in Administering Form-Based Codes

Form-Based Codes have made their way into many cities in Texas. Whether hybrid or general standards within Unified Development Ordinances, these codes have a direct purpose to guide development within special districts. What are some of those lessons learned from some of the oldest form-based design standards? Fort Worth has nine form-based development codes in addition to mixed-use development districts in the urban village districts within the core of the City. With a nimble staff and dedicated professionals, Fort Worth has built a platform of administrative procedure that allows a small staff to facilitate development in these areas, as well as mediate the issues that arise.

Speakers: Laura Voltmann, CNU-A, Senior Planner, Planning and Development, City of Fort Worth; Brad Lonberger, LEED AP, CNU-A, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn

IMPLEMENTATION TRENDS & CHALLENGES
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Texas South 118

Flooding Beyond FEMA

In many communities, flooding hazards extend into neighborhoods and business areas beyond those mapped by FEMA. What approaches address and balance the interests of the residents, property buyers and sellers, local governments and others? How should information about these risks be communicated? Join us to learn about the “Local Floodplains” policy being developed by the City of Fort Worth and related nationwide efforts from the National Academy of Science.

Speakers: Karen S. Walz FAICP, Principal, Strategic Community Solutions LLC; Jennifer Dyke, CFM, Senior Planner, City of Fort Worth, Transportation and Public Works Department, Stormwater Management Division; Ben B. Pylant, PE, CFM, Senior Project Manager, Halff Associates, Inc.; Gilbert Giron, Floodplain Management and Insurance Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency

HAZARD MITIGATION
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Lone Star 103

Assessing Transportation Using Big Data
APATX PARTNER SESSION: TEXAS A&M TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE

This session includes presentations on three on-going TTI research initiatives sponsored by TxDOT. The first presentation will show how origin-destination (O-D) information developed from crowd-sourced mobile device and in-vehicle navigation data is used to provide ‘observed’ travel patterns in Texas communities. The second presentation will introduce the Congestion Management Process Assessment Tool (COMPAT), a new web-based tool created for Texas MPO’s that provides local agencies the ability to monitor traffic congestion levels.  The final presentation will discuss the Texas Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Exchange, a new statewide database of pedestrian and bike count data developed TTI and TxDOT that encourages direct contribution from local and regional agencies.

Speakers: Michael Martin, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; David Schrank, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Phil Lasley, AICP, PMP, Assistant Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Moderator: Ed Hard, Research Scientist, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

TECHNOLOGY & STORYTELLING
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Lone Star 104

Smart Planning For Small Cells

CM LAW

This session will address the recent FCC ruling on Small Cell deployments in our ROW's and the best practices cities can adopt to effectively deal with the challenges and burdens that this will bring. By examining what's left of cities' rights to restrict and regulate this in light of the FCC ruling, we can maximize their rights and restrictions and minimize the impacts of this new technology and it's infrastructure. This session will bring together the best examples and ideas of how cities are and can be preparing with three goals in mind: Education, Cooperation, and Implementation.

Speakers: Carly Kehoe,  JD, Senior Planner & Program Manager at WSB; Lincoln Avant, City of San Antonio; Michelle D'Andrea, JD, CIty of Plano

PLANNER'S TOOLKIT
 

FRI 11/8

10:15AM
1.5CM

Ranger 2

A Planning Commissioners’ Guide to Good Behavior 
Now that you are an appointed and elected officials, you have roles and responsibilities in your community’s planning process.  Join in the discussion to learn more about your duties and ethical behavior that will help you be an effective and “good” commission member.
Speakers: Ann Bagley, FAICP, Bagley Associates LLC and Gary Mitchell, AICP, President, Kendig Keast

SHORT COURSE TRACK 1

FRI 11/8

10:15AM

Lone Star 105

Economic Development and Development Decisions
How does economic development work with the developments presented for planning and zoning decisions?  This session explores the basics of economic development, and the techniques available in the economic development toolbox.
Speaker: Bill Dahlstrom, FAICP, JD, Partner, Jackson Walker

SHORT COURSE TRACK 2

FRI 11/8

10:15AM

Ranger 1

 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2019
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 5
2:00-3:30pm

Big Ethical Challenges: Confronting Real World Difficulties

CM ETHICS

Planners at work in both the public and private sector confront ethical challenges on a day-to-day basis. Some are small and easily resolved. Other challenges get to the heart of what we believe as ethical individuals and why we chose planning as a profession. This session focuses on those tough ethical issues, and how they were resolved using the AICP Code and other ethical guidance. Speakers will comment on politics, pragmatism, and lessons learned. Attendees will have an opportunity to raise additional topics of concern. Strategies for creating a more ethical climate in the workplace will be reviewed.

Speakers: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, Pro Bono Planner; Sofia Nelson, Planning Director, City of Georgetown; Chance Sparks, AICP, CNU, Project Manager, Freese and Nichols

LAW/ETHICS
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Brazos North

Tools for Successful Streetscape Planning & Projects
APATX PARTNER SESSION: SCENIC TEXAS

Texas municipalities have long recognized that the character of a community is most often defined by its functional, well-designed, vibrant streetscapes and public spaces. The Streetscape Resource Guide supports optimal planning design and construction, illustrates top-flight design standards for successful projects and depicts the unintended consequences that can result from lack of cohesive planning. The recognized planning experts who wrote the Streetscape Resource Guide will describe its usefulness in moving the best possible streetscapes from concept to reality.

Speakers: Bill Odle, President, TBG; Anne Culver, Executive Vice President, Scenic Texas; Marlene Gafrick, Director of Planning, MetroNational; Amar Mohite, Director of Planning and Infrastructure, Harris County Precinct One; Patricia Frayre, PE, Founding Principal, Frayre Engineering & Consulting

PLACEMAKING
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 113

Sunshine, Lollipops & Public Engagement: What’s Not to Love?

Austin’s rapid growth has led to many familiar challenges surrounding land use, transportation, and housing. Recently these important issues have been the focus of several large-scale planning efforts conducted by different city departments. These processes focused on updating an old land development code, replacing an outdated transportation plan, retrofitting existing corridors for multimodal safety and mobility, and creating a blueprint to combat an overall lack of affordable housing. The results of public engagement in each of these processes have been mixed, and vary from wildly successful to “needs more work.” Staff from different departments will discuss the different engagement strategies they used, lessons learned, and how they affected the planning processes and outcomes.

Speakers: Dan Brooks, Planner III, Austin Transportation; Warner Cook, Planner III, Austin Transportation; Matthew Ramirez, Planner III, City of Austin Neighborhood Housing and Community Development Department; Sara Behunek, Communications Manager, City of Austin Corridor Program Office

EQUITY & ENGAGEMENT
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 114

Beyond the 5 E's: Data Driven Planning for an Equitable and Comfortable Pedestrian and Bicycle Network

The City of Fort Worth is planning for a strategic approach to building a network of options for people who choose to bicycle, walk, and use transit instead of a single occupant vehicle. See how the City of Fort Worth took a pioneering approach to plan a multimodal network of transportation facilities suitable for people of all ages and abilities for walking (including accommodations for persons with a disability), bicycling, and access to transit. The City’s Active Transportation Plan identified a network for citywide and regional active transportation travel, placing an emphasis on local, comfortable short trips. Active transportation projects were developed to improve equity, safety, and comfort according to the land use density and context through innovative analysis techniques.

Speakers: Julia M. Ryan, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Fort Worth; Jeremy Williams, Senior Planner, City of Fort Worth; Daniel D. Snyder, Transportation Planner, North Central Texas Council of Governments; 

MOBILITY
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 115

Assessing fair housing across sectors and cities: North Texas Regional Housing Assessment

An unprecedented consortium of 20 North Texas cities and housing authorities partnered with a university to respond to HUD’s required Assessment of Fair Housing. What are the lessons and takeaways, especially after HUD suspended the AFFH rule’s mandated assessment? This session will present North Texas Regional Housing Assessment’s (NTRHA) approach to the challenges and opportunities of furthering affordable fair housing in Dallas-Fort Worth, a widely divided region along social and economic lines, at a time when housing affordability is slipping due to booming real-estate markets and HUD is sending mixed signals as it relates to its responsibility to safeguard the right to fair housing.

Speakers: Dr. Myriam Igoufe, Director, Housing Services, Dallas Housing Authority; Beverly Davis, Director, Equity and Human Rights Office, City of Dallas; Dr. Stephen Mattingly, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Texas at Arlington; Flora Alexandra Brewer, MPA, President, Paulos Properties and PF Residential, LLC; Dr. Ivonne Audirac, Associate Professor, Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture

COMMUNITY HEALTH
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 116

Embracing Density -- the Needed Generational Paradigm Shift

The fear of density is deep rooted in the American psyche and can be traced back to the beginnings of the country. Even the lowest density European city is denser than the highest density American city. In fact, it’s ironic that the things residents say they hate about density – traffic, taxes, and sprawl -- are the very things caused by low density suburbia that ubiquitous to the American landscape. How can we change the conversation about density to confront these deep-rooted fears and start exploring what good density can actually do for our cities? It has to go beyond the oftentimes superficial discussion of design of density, but as cost of and access to goods, services, and most of all, other people. Join the conversation about embracing density as a critical part of the solution.

Speakers: Jay Narayana, AICP, CNU-A, Principal, Livable Plans and Codes; Christina Day, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Plano; Patrick Kennedy, AICP, CNU, Partner, Space Between Design Studio, David Noguera, Director of Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization for the City of Dallas

URBANISM
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 117

Planning from Dusk to Dawn

After the sun goes down cities keep working, often dealing with a different set of issues than they do in the daylight. From urban entertainment districts to rural areas, municipalities are working to ensure their processes serve communities even in the absence of daylight. Using a more casual and interactive “fireside chat” method of discussion, this session will cover a variety of topics related to cities after the sun goes down including noise management, neighborhood and nightlife conflict, dark sky ordinances, 24-hour street life, agent of change ordinances, and more. Come with your questions and ideas, and be prepared to be an active participant in this session.

Speakers: Meghan Skornia, AICP, Senior Associate Planner, Asakura Robinson; Cody Cowan, Executive Director,  Red River Cultural District; Michelle Fischer, City Administrator, City of Dripping Springs; Erica Shamaly, Division Manager, Music & Entertainment, City of Austin Economic Development Department

IMPLEMENTATION TRENDS & CHALLENGES
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 118

Form-Based Design Standards for Smaller Communities

SMALL TOWN AND RURAL PLANNING DIVISION SESSION

Speaker: Randall Arendt
Randall Arendt is a landscape planner, site designer, author, lecturer, and an advocate of “conservation planning”. He is a leading international speaker on the topic of creative development design as a conservation tool. 

 

In recent years, many communities disappointed with the results of conventional zoning – which has often produced ugly strip malls along highway corridors and inappropriate single-story redevelopment in town centers – have turned to new approaches to better control the appearance of new buildings. Unlike typical zoning, these approaches provide criteria and standards governing the physical shape and placement of proposed construction. A new approach that has emerged, called "form-based design standards" employs design standards that are added to existing zoning or “site plan review” ordinances, typically for downtowns and highway corridor areas. These standards can often be created in-house by staff at bare-bones cost or with minimal consultant time. This approach can be a good choice for smaller communities with populations under 15-20,000. 

Attend this APATX19 Special Featured Session to learn more about the elements and applicability of Form-Based Design Standards, and how this new approach could be applied in your community. 

FEATURED SESSION

TICKET REQUIRED

$15.00
 

FRI 11/8

2:00PM
1.5CM

Bosque Theatre

Wednesday