Conference Location: 

Waco Convention Center

100 Washington Avenue

Waco, TX  76701

APA-Texas Website:

www.txplanning.org

Thursday, Nov. 7 Schedule & Breakout Sessions

 

Subject to Change

APATX19 | WACO, TX | NOV 6-8, 2019

OPENING PLENARY

8:30-10:15am

"Big State. Big Mobility Plans"

Panel Discussion
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 1

10:30-11:45am

11 Breakout Sessions and 2 Short Course Sessions

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

12:00-1:45pm

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

"Making Space for Creativity & Innovation"
Chisholm Hall

Mobile Workshop 2 | 7:30am-11:30am | Small Cities: Big Impact - Belton & Temple Tour

Mobile Workshop 3 | 8:30am-11:30am | Biking the Brazos

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2

2:00-3:30pm

11 Breakout Sessions and 2 Short Course Sessions

BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3

3:45-5:15pm

11 Breakout Sessions and 2 Short Course Sessions

EVENING RECEPTION

7:00-10:00PM

Creative Waco Cultural District

Waco Hippodrome - Austin Street

Mobile Workshop 4 | 2:00pm-5:00pm | Growing Up Waco: Downtown's Pains/Gains

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 1
10:15-11:45am

3:45-5:15pm

AICP Ethics Case of the Year

CM ETHICS
This year's "case of the year" is a series of ethical scenarios based on real-life planning issues from the past year. It was developed by the AICP Ethics Committee with the assistance of AICP Ethics Officer James Peters, FAICP. The ethics topics discussed include: discrimination, expert witness testimony, gifts, inadequate information, political contributions, professional comments, taking improper credit, and workplace harassment.

Speakers: Debbie Alaimo Lawlor, President of the AICP Commission; Wendy Shabay, Region III Director APA

LAW/ETHICS


THURS 11/7
10:15AM
1.5CM

Brazos North

Building Bastrop: A Journey to Fiscal Sustainability
Building Bastrop is a City of Bastrop initiative to guide responsible development that honors our authentic past and prepares for our sustainable future.Taking a comprehensive approach, Building Bastrop was launched to create a new set of tools that will support the community in a responsible manner for generations to come.What’s happening in Bastrop isn’t unique; many vulnerable cities throughout Texas and the U.S. are confronting similar issues as a result of decades-old policies and land-use regulations. The difference, however, is that Bastrop chose to do something about it. Hear different points of view from elected officials, staff, legal counsel, and consultants who collaborated to turn Building Bastrop from policy to reality.

Speakers: Connie Schroeder, Mayor of Bastrop; Lynda Humble, MBA, CPM, Bastrop City Manager of Bastrop; Matt Jones, AICP, CPM, MPA, Bastrop Director of Planning; Matt Lewis, CNUa, President, Simplecity Design; Alan Bojorquez, Attorney at Law, Bojorquez Law Firm, PC

VISION DEVELOPMENT


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
1.5CM

Brazos South

The ROI of Healthy Urban Trees

The fact that mature trees provide a range of benefits to our cities is widely recognized. But at the end of the day, it’s putting a dollar value on those benefits that counts. If we can prove that an investment in healthy urban trees pays off, we can change what is so often the uphill battle of trees on urban landscape projects. This presentation examines the cost of best-practice urban tree planting and the return-on-investment provided by the benefits of healthy urban trees. 

Speakers: Matthew Werle, Consultant; GreenBlue Urban; Jeremy Bailey, Senior Consultant; GreenBlue Urban

PLACEMAKING


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas North 113

Zoning for Equity
Acknowledging the recent APA initiatives regarding affordable housing in the context of the current rapid growth of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex that is applying historical pressure for housing supply and affordability, we are proposing a session that will bring into discussion the readiness of the traditional zoning codes to respond to housing affordability demand, including City of Dallas’s most recent initiative, the Mixed Income Development Bonus. 

Speakers: Andreea Udrea, PhD, AICP, Senior Planner, City of Dallas; Flora Alexandra Brewer, MPA, President, PF Residential and Paulos Properties LLC; Pam Thompson, Housing Policy Taskforce Manager, City of Dallas

EQUITY & ENGAGEMENT


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas North 114

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Balanced Mode Share, Can't Lose
Fast-growing communities in Texas face many mobility challenges. Austin is addressing these challenges in its new Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, the City’s first locally-focused multimodal transportation plan. The plan sets a bold vision to become a “50-50” city by 2039, where 50% of Austinites drive alone to work, and 50% use another means of travel. The project team spent over two years engaging communities across Austin that have historically been underserved or underrepresented, creating a diverse array of opinions and goals to inform the plan’s content. Attend this session to learn how the plan was crafted, the policies and actions it sets out for the future, and how the team got buy-in from the community and elected officials. 

Speakers: Liane Miller, AICP, CNU-A, Program Manager, Austin Transportation; Warner Cook, Planner III, Austin Transportation; Dan Brooks, Planner III, Austin Transportation

MOBILITY


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas North 115

AARP Livability Index

APATX PARTNER SESSION: AARP
The Livability Index website provides resources to help consumers and policymakers use livability scores to effect change in their communities. It is the first tool of its kind to measure livability broadly at the neighborhood level for the entire country, and it is intended to inform and encourage people to take action to make their communities more livable. In this session we will demonstrate how to use the Livability Index site as a neighborhood assessment tool, spur ideas to improve livability scores, and advocate for policy changes.

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

COMMUNITY HEALTH


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas South 116

Market Realities of Revitalizing Aging Commercial Corridors
Many communities manage miles of declining commercial corridors with older, under-performing retail, lack of walkable infrastructure, and a varied market for redevelopment. In some contexts, reinvention of the corridors may result in true, walkable mixed-use boulevards. In other contexts, there may be key nodes identified for denser, mixed use development. In some other contexts, there may be a handful of catalytic sites for redevelopment given limited market opportunities. Regardless, it is critical to understand how market realities and opportunities should inform our plans for these aging commercial corridors. Planners, engineers, and economic development professionals provide their insights into approaches to revitalizing commercial corridors.

Speakers: Richard Luedke, AICP, Planning Director, City of Lewisville; Jason Claunch, President, Catalyst; Tom Grant, PE, PTOE, Vice President, Kimley-Horn Associates; Jay Narayana, AICP, Principal, Livable Plans and Codes 

URBANISM


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas South 117

How to Beat Scarcity Thinking in Placemaking
Scarcity thinking and the fear of not having enough are detrimental to building strong communities and to crafting extraordinary places. While geographic location, environmental impacts, access to capital, and population demographics can make collective strategies seemingly impossible to mobilize, the real culprit is the limiting belief that there is not enough, and it is WRONG! Learn what scarcity thinking looks like and how it impacts small and marginalized communities in particular. This session will demonstrate how Planners and Placemakers can introduce a more powerful narrative to their communities and will provide examples of what can happen when you think and act abundantly. 

Speakers: Sarah O'Brien, Principal, Collaborative Development Collective LLC; Britin Bostick, Principal, Stewardship Strategies LLC

IMPLEMENTATION TRENDS & CHALLENGES


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Texas South 118

Big Storms, Even Bigger Challenges: Rockport's Future
Downtown Rockport is a cultural and historic hub, but its proximity to the coast makes it prone to flooding and vulnerable to other environmental hazards. Hurricane Harvey highlighted the need for improved environmental and economic resilience. Existing ordinances did not address environmental and economic challenges exposed post-Harvey. With a grant from the APA Foundation, a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) worked in Rockport developing alternatives that can apply to small communities vulnerable to environmental change anywhere in Texas. This work was done in partnership with Texas A&M University and the Texas Sea Grant Program. Learn about the opportunities and challenges while seeing what the CPAT recommended. And plan to volunteer to help somewhere in Texas the next time.

Speakers: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, Pro Bono Planner; Jeewasmi Thapa, AICP, Program Coordinator, Texas Target Community Program, Texas A&M University; Ashley Bennis, Hazard Mitigation Planning Specialist, Texas Sea Grant Program

HAZARD MITIGATION


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Lone Star 103

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project
Freedom Colonies are historic black settlements founded by African-Americans after emancipation. Today, many FCs are unmapped and many disappeared from public records, maps, and memories and no comprehensive, statewide planning study of these settlements exists. This Project is an evolving, social justice initiative, aiming to document historic black settlements names and locations as well as gathering information about community origin stories, cultural practices.The Texas Freedom Colonies Atlas is a web-based platform comprise of a participatory mapping tool and online survey forms aiming to map Texas freedom colonies, collect their related information by the help of descendants and develop a publically shared database of FCs and make them recognized. 

Speakers: Andrea Roberts, PhD, Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning; Melina Matos, MPA, Ph.D. Student in Urban and Regional Science at Texas A&M University; Mohammad Javad Biazar, Graduate Student, Graduate Research Assistant, Texas A&M University, Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

TECHNOLOGY & STORYTELLING


THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Lone Star 104

Low Cost High Impact Historic Resources Survey
APATX PARTNER SESSION: TEXAS HISTORICAL COMMISSION
Does your city lack critical information about historic buildings? Are you having trouble working with developers interested in historic tax credits? Is it difficult to convince city leadership to find funding for historic resource survey projects? You are not alone! This session will introduce participants to survey features for DowntownTX.org, a software platform that helps cities manage and market historic buildings. The cities of Corsicana and Corpus Christi completed a pilot project in 2019 through the Texas Historical Commission’s Certified Local Government program resulting in tools that allow cities to organize complex data in a user-friendly and publicly available format, and the ability to expedite and complete at a lower cost formal historic resources surveys. Participants will hear from the cities, view the new survey tools and and learn how to access them.

 

Speakers: Emily Koller, AICP, Planning Manager, City of Amarillo; Lorelei Willett, Certified Local Government Program Coordinator; Texas Historical Commission; Craig Garrison, Planning Technician, City of Corpus Christi; Karie Denny, Main Street Director and Historic Preservation Officer, City of Corsicana

PLANNER'S TOOLKIT
 

THURS 11/7

10:15AM
​1.5CM

Ranger 2

Introduction to Planning: A Historical Perspective 

Hear about the history of planning and development regulation in the United States since 1492.  This session will  describe how planning has evolved, the origins of zoning and subdivision regulation, and recent trends in planning.  Attendees will better understand why we do some of the things we do in planning and development.

Speaker: Dave Gattis, Retired Deputy City Manager, Planner and Occasional Consultant

SHORT COURSE TRACK 1

THURS 11/7
10:15AM

Lone Star 105

So… You Have a Comprehensive Plan—now what?

Comprehensive plans are guides to decision making and should be used on a daily basis to consider applications and cases.  We’ll discuss pitfalls and stumbling blocks to implementing these types of plans to better understand how best to use these plans as a long term blueprint for your community’s success.


Speakers: Jackie Reyff, AICP, Principal Planner, City of Colleyville and Clayton Husband, Principal Planner, City of North Richland Hills

SHORT COURSE TRACK 2

THURS 11/7
10:15AM

Ranger 1

 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 2
2:00-3:30pm

Redevelopment Challenges Facing Cities in the 21st Century

CM LAW
Texas cities face numerous planning, legal, political and development challenges in redevelopment. As Texas cities continue to expand and age, these challenges will increase. Causes include the need to revitalize deteriorating and neglected communities, gentrification, and the desire to attract business. This session will discuss these challenges and how the City of Plano, which has been characterized as both a ring suburb and an urban area unto itself, has addressed them. 

Speakers: Bill Dahlstrom, FAICP, JD, Partner, Jackson Walker, LLP;  Christina Day, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Plano; Michelle D’Andrea, JD, Assistant City Attorney, City of Plano

LAW/ETHICS
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Brazos North

How to Finish the Plan when Your Plan Falls Apart
Sugar Land began an 18-month effort to update its Land Use Plan in 2013. Five years later, the Plan was finally adopted. The City set out to address difficult policy issues – like multi-family and redevelopment – through the update, knowing it wouldn’t be easy. But along the way there were obstacles that took everyone by surprise. After a restart 3 years in, the Plan successfully tackled the difficult political issues and found middle ground. Project leaders had to balance what’s best for the community in the long-run with current community vision; recognize incremental change is better than no change; and learned that the process is as important as the outcome. Learn how planners overcame obstacles to get the Plan across the finish line – and even ended with skeptics supporting the Plan. 

Speakers: Lisa Kocich-Meyer, AICP, Director of Planning, City of Sugar Land; Ruth Lohmer, AICP, City Planner - Long Range, City of Sugar Land; Christof Spieler, PE, LEED AP, Vice President, Huitt-Zollars; Taylor Landin, Planning & Zoning Commission and Land Use Advisory Committee Member, City of Sugar Land

VISION DEVELOPMENT
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Brazos South

On Food & Culture: The Texarkana Cultural Food's Program
In 2018, the USDA awarded the City of Texarkana a FMPP grant for the creation of a Cultural Foods Program linking together and highlighting various food cultures of the region. This award, the only one received in the state of Texas, has established an ambitious plan to expand the market, create a mobile ordering system, and to explore how of a culture's foods can help create an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse market, accessible to all. 

Speakers: Holden Fleming, Texarkana City Planner; Annemarie Sullivan, Texarkana Cultural Food Coordinator

PLACEMAKING
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 113

Elevating Planning Through IAP2
APATX PARTNER SESSION: INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The panel of 5 speakers offer a wide and diverse perspective of public participation. Because this session is focused on the partner track, we will begin with a brief overview of the IAP2 organization and the foundations that are inherent in good public participation. Then each speaker will provide an example of how they incorporated those principles to facilitate good planning decisions. Specifically, through case studies, we will examine making a plan, selecting appropriate engagement tools and evaluation. The point is not to go for the cheapest option, but to be thoughtful about purpose and develop a strategic approach that invests dollars where they are needed the most.

Speakers: Tina Geiselbrecht, Research Scientist and Program Manager at Texas A&M Transportation Institute; Doise Miers Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Community Outreach Manager; Shuronda Robinson, President/CEO of Adisa Communications; Cara Welch, Community Engagement Consultant at City of Austin; Celso Baez, Assistant Director of Community Engagement & External Communications at Austin ISD

EQUITY & ENGAGEMENT
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 114

Fixed Route Fixer Upper: Developing Rapid Transit in Waco
Waco Transit Systems and the Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization conducted a feasibility study to develop a rapid transit corridor (RTC) and bus service enhancements for the City of Waco. The revamped system would offer residents enhanced mobility and provide improved access to jobs, medical and social services, and education facilities. Running 13 miles from north to south and through the heart of downtown, the corridor is located along one of the busiest traffic corridors in the region. The RTC would be implemented in conjunction with realigning the current hub-and-spoke system to improve service. Following extensive public engagement and technical analysis, a locally preferred alternative was selected that will reimagine transit in the region. 

Speakers: Chris Evilia, AICP, Director, Waco Metropolitan Planning Organization; Allen Hunter, General Manager, Waco Transit System; Brad Brey, AICP, Transportation Planner, Alliance Transportation Group; Paulette Vander Kamp, Project Manager, AECOM

MOBILITY
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas North 115

How to Stabilize Housing? An Anti-Displacement Pilot Policy
In October 2018, the City of San Antonio adopted its year-long endeavor of “Housing Framework” report overseen by the taskforce member appointed by the Mayor. The panel will discuss one of the framework priorities known as Risk Mitigation Policy. As strategized in the framework recommendations, the panel will highlight the intent and operationalization of the policy from proposed actions to technical advisors and community engagement input towards a final policy document and implementation’s impacts. An overview of data and findings utilized to shift the policy and expand its scope to cover mitigation and emergency components will be presented. Concluding remarks will highlight stakeholders’ role in expanding housing affordability agenda and a broader displacement prevention policy.

Speakers: Jim Bailey, Associate Principal, Alamo Architects, and Member of the Mayor Housing Policy Taskforce; Leilah Powell, Executive Director, LISC, and Chair of Risk Mitigation Technical Working Group; Azza Kamal, PhD, LEED AP ND, Housing Policy Coordinator, City of San Antonio, and Lead of Risk Mitigation Policy; Cosima Colvin, Community Activist and Co-founder, Tier 1 Neighborhood Alliance (T1NA)

COMMUNITY HEALTH
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 116

Building Timeless Places
APATX PARTNER SESSION: CONGRESS FOR NEW URBANISM

CNU Building Timeless Places Partner Session will focus on the work the Congress for New Urbanism is doing at a local, state, and national level to advance building places that foster community, allow for diversity in population and housing stock and promote interaction between neighbors. The New Urbanism is a design movement toward complete, compact, connected communities—but it is also a generator of ideas that transform the landscape. Communities are shaped by the movement and flow of ideas, and the New Urbanism has been a rich—maybe the richest—source of innovative thoughts that have directed planning and development in recent decades.

Speakers: Matt Lewis, CNU-A, CEO, Simplecity Design; Amanda Popken, CEO AP Development; Leah Bojo, Senior Land Use & Policy Manager, Drenner Group and President, CNU - CTX

URBANISM
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 117

Getting Missing Middle Through Mixed-Income Development: A Prototype for Right-Sized Housing
The Bel Air on Abram development is a catalytic project in the New York Avenue Corridor in the East Arlington Neighborhood. It is the first major new development within a revitalization area promoted by the City and area has seen over $40 Million in public reinvestment in public infrastructure, education and wellness/library functions.The development sits on 4.4 ac, contains .5 ac of programmed open space, 1 ac of commercial/neighborhood services and 2.9 ac of mixed-income residential. Funded by New Market Tax Credits and Community Reinvestment dollars from an exceptional banking partner, the Bel Air on Abram project will be an innovation to mixed-income, mixed-use development in Tarrant County.

Speakers: Brad Lonberger, LEED AP, CNU-A, Senior Project Manager, Kimley-Horn; Donna VanNess, President, Housing Channel; Kerby Smith, Founder and Principal, KRS Realty Advisors; Bryan Isham, Principal Planner, Planning and Development Services, City of Arlington

IMPLEMENTATION TRENDS & CHALLENGES
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Texas South 118

Balancing Risks: Lessons from the Harvey / Sandy Dialogues
Planners are charged with helping communities envision a future of growth and prosperity. To accomplish this, our profession develops demographic and economic projections based on analysis of data trends. Recent disasters have highlighted that risks more commonly considered by the insurance industry should also be a key element to incorporate in traditional planning practices. In this session, we will discuss how recent experiences from Hurricane Sandy and Harvey have shaped planning practices on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts to incorporate risk into planning practice, better preparing communities for a future of resilience and prosperity. 

Speakers: Jaimie Masterson, Associate Director, Texas Target Communities; Kimberly M. Miller, AICP, Principal Planner for Resilience, Halff Associates; Amanda Torres, CFM, City Planner, City of Rockport

HAZARD MITIGATION
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Lone Star 103

Four Important Emerging Planning Technologies

Technology fundamentally changes how we think about and engage in the practice of planning. In this fast-moving session, we will discuss the four most important emerging planning technologies for 2019: Personalization, the Internet of Things (IoT), Virtual Reality (VR), and Open Data and Online Mapping. Come learn how cities, including the City of San Antonio and the City of Dallas, are using these technologies to 1) convert planning documents into personalizable interactive websites with a focus on the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan website; 2) enable innovative and cost-effective municipal and community service delivery through smart city strategic initiatives and interconnected smart devices; 3) profoundly enrich stakeholder participation and engagement through the use of real-time virtual reality; and, 4) empower community and neighborhood leaders through online training with the use of the "PolicyMap" datasets and online mapping tool.    

Speakers: Steve Kokotas, AICP, Director of Technology at MIG, Inc.; Rudy Nino, Jr. AICP, Assistant Director of the Planning Department at the City of San Antonio; Luis Tamayo, AICP, Chief Planner of City of Dallas Strategic Planning Division; Moderator Krystin Ramirez, Senior Project Associate at MIG, Inc.

TECHNOLOGY & STORYTELLING
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Lone Star 104

Underrated Small Town Collaboration
Texas is well-known for its small, historic downtowns, but how have these unique, charming destinations survived what most quintessential, American small towns experienced: economic decline, aging population and housing stock, and vacant historic buildings. The process and framework created for revitalizing a downtown, no matter the size, varies from one community to the next, and depends on the institutional tradition of the community. Listen in on a Q&A session between four distinct organizations who approach their small downtown problems differently. Main Street programs, Economic Development Corporations, elected officials, and city staff will discuss their experience organizing and managing downtown revitalization.

Speakers: Brianna Frey, Planner, Asakura Robinson; Christian Fletcher, CEcD, Director, Marble Falls EDC; Kim McAuliffe, Downtown Director, City of Georgetown; Cynthia Hernande, Executive Director of the Belton Economic Development Corporation; Andrea Barefield, Executive Director, Texas Brazos Trail; Rhett Parker - City Manager of Cameron, Texas.

PLANNER'S TOOLKIT
 

THURS 11/7

2:00PM
1.5CM

Ranger 2

Come Meet The Future Planning Thought Leaders
City Lab High School is a new, innovative high school in Dallas that focuses on architecture, planning, and environmental systems in a project based learning environment. Invited by APA Texas, students and their teachers share their curriculum  and projects and have the opportunity to share the conference experience.

Speaker: Peter Goldstein, AIA founder and principal teacher, CityLab and Students of CityLab High School

SHORT COURSE TRACK 1

THURS 11/7
2:00PM

Lone Star 105

Right-sized Active Transportation Planning & Emerging Mobility Choices
More and more municipalities across Texas are embracing the health, recreation, and transportation benefits of facilities that support bicycling and walking.  This Short Course session will provide an introductory overview of active transportation planning and design in Texas and the opportunities and implications of alternate forms of emerging active mobility (e.g., bike share, scooters, motorized carts, etc.) choices.

Speakers: Matt Bucchin, AICP, LEED Green Associate, Director of Planning and Christian Lentz, AICP, Principal Planner, Halff Associates, Inc.

SHORT COURSE TRACK 2

THURS 11/7
2:00PM

Ranger 1

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019
BREAKOUT SESSIONS 3
3:45-5:15pm

 

Well That Was Rough...The 86th Texas Legislature Wrap-Up and Next Steps in Planning Advocacy
CM LAW

Planners often find themselves at the mercy of the State Legislature when it comes to implementing local plans and administering regulations. Panelists will discuss the effects of recently passed legislation including limited places on local control, tax-related bills, attacks on home-rule authority, annexation, building materials, shot clocks, public hearings for residential replats, among others. Attendees will learn what local codes may have to be modified based on recent legislation enacted by the State. 

Speakers: Chance Sparks, AICP, Project Manager at Freese & Nichols; Craig Farmer, FAICP, Municipal Planning Services, LLC

LAW/ETHICS
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Brazos North

Engaging the Extremes
For decades, planning has emphasized the inclusion of diverse people and stakeholders affected by planning decisions. It assumed that participants would join the process according to common expectations about why and how they participate. But in today's political and cultural environment, those assumptions aren't necessarily true. In this session, we will use interactive dialogue, presentation, role-play and other techniques to explore ways to engage effectively with people who hold varied beliefs about planning and government. Bring your own experiences and look forward to active participation, with practical lessons and tools you can take back to your own community.

Speakers: Karen S. Walz FAICP, Principal, Strategic Community Solutions LLC; Mark L. Bowers ASLA, AICP, Project Manager, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

VISION DEVELOPMENT
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Brazos South

Uniting Ecology and Community through Sustainable Reclamation
APATX PARTNER SESSION: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS - TEXAS CHAPTER

Austin, Texas is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. The metropolitan area, primarily consisting of Travis, Hays and Williamson County were listed as three of the top twenty fastest growing counties in the nation. As a result, transportation and growth challenges have surfaced creating a profound impact to the region. Ranching and agriculture land is being consumed for development. Housing prices have increased significantly due to supply and demand. As an alternative, Austin Green, a 2,122-acre sand and gravel quarry located only eight miles east of downtown Austin and along three miles of the Colorado River, is envisioned to be reclaimed to integrate ecology and community, through expansive open space networks intertwined with a new town center. The panelist, made up of a developer, landscape architect and planner, and an ecologist discuss the unique process, surprises, lessons learned and outcomes of this profound reclamation effort that will create an intense mixed-use town center that integrates community and ecology at its core.

Speakers: Rebecca Leonard, FAICP, PLA, LEED AP, CEO of Lionheart Places LLC; Kevin Ramberg, aci Chief Operating Officer; Steven Spears. FASLA, PLA, AICP, Principal at GroundWork Development Company

PLACEMAKING
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas North 113

Communicating Climate Change for Equitable Outcomes

The SA Climate Ready action and adaptation plan recognizes that increased heat and flooding will disproportionately burden those living in poverty, the elderly, children, people who work outside, and those who are disabled or chronically ill. Technical working groups have been engaged in difficult conversations around climate change and its impacts on infrastructure, land use, transportation, waste and natural resources. The most complex and passionate discussions have been around the impacts to vulnerable communities in San Antonio. This session explores the challenges and opportunities with "communicating climate," ensuring equity, and planning for a resilient future. 

Speakers: Julia Murphy, AICP, Sustainable Special Projects Manager, City of San Antonio;  Murray Myers, Municipal Sustainability Manager, City of San Antonio; James McGuire, James McGuire serves as the Director of Department of Environmental Quality and Sustainability

EQUITY & ENGAGEMENT
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas North 114

Bike Planning & Funding for Small Cities in Metropolitan Suburbs

Planning for and funding bike infrastructure in America’s largest cities is a hot topic, but small communities also aspire to improve their cycling and walking environments to provide a better quality of life for residents. Small communities, however, often face greater challenges to cycling than large cities due to less dense land use patterns, large proportions of out-of-town work commutes, lack of cycling infrastructure, and insufficient resources. This is especially true of small Texas communities in metropolitan suburbs. This session presents the recently completed bicycle master plan for Georgetown, TX and shares lessons learned through the planning process, bicycle network plan development, designing for critical nodes, and analyzing funding sources for implementation. 

Speakers: Dr. Ming Zhang, AICP, PhD, Professor of Community and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin; Ray Miller, AICP, Transportation Planning Coordinator, City of Georgetown; Octavio Garza, PE, CPM, Public Works Director, City of Georgetown; Nat Waggoner, AICP, PMP, Long Range Planning Manager, City of Georgetown

MOBILITY
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas North 115

Live Well Waco
APATX PARTNER SESSION: TEXAS PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION


Learn how the City of Waco leverages partnerships across sectors to plan and develop healthy living opportunities for the community and its visitors. Incorporating a public health lens can offer a non-traditional framework to the planning perspective, and positively impact health outcomes. Presenters will discuss the process that integrates stakeholder engagement, and health equity to influence innovative solutions that provide low cost fitness opportunities within the built environment. These collaborations strive to promote an active and safe community in Waco, TX.

Speakers: Dr. Melissa Oden, Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education, MSW Program; Tarleton State University; Emily Green, CHWI, Public Health Education Specialist, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District; Ashley E. Williams, MSEd, Public Health Education Specialist, Waco-McLennan County Public Health District; Tom Balk, LA, Senior Park Planner, City of Waco; Clint Peters, Director of Planning for City of Waco

COMMUNITY HEALTH
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas South 116

Meeting the Market: Urban Solutions for New Neighborhoods

As buyers seek a more urban aesthetic and lifestyle in suburban settings, builders and developers must work with cities and municipalities to provided integrated solutions. Join a panel of experts in neighborhood planning, homebuilding and market analysis for a strategic and comprehensive look at creating an urban experience in suburban infill and fringe settings. Learn emerging strategies for neighborhood planning, incorporation of attainable housing and how development standards influence approvable solutions. Understand how open space and amenities meet market expectations and benefit the overall quality of life for the municipality. 

Speakers: Jerry Rusthoven, Acting Director, City of Austin Planning and Zoning Department, Chris Moore, RLA, Principal and CEO, DTJ DESIGN; Todd La Rue, Managing Director, RCLCO; Steve Walkup, Vice President, Land Development, Milestone Community Builders

URBANISM
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas South 117

City Checkups: Assessing and Designing for Community Health

Health and access to green space is a key component of thriving and equitable communities. How can planners use both new technologies and tried and true methods to assess and quantify how the built environment is impacting community health? After assessment, what evidence-based planning strategies can be used to improve health outcomes for the vastly different communities in Texas? This session will provide assessment and design tools for planners to identify opportunities for improving community health outcomes directly affected by the environment, such as diabetes, heat-related illnesses, and chronic stress. Panelists will discuss how their work nationally and in central Texas builds upon the science and evidence of how urban design and access to nature improves health outcomes.

Speakers: Kari Spiegelhalter, ASLA, Asakura Robinson; Jane Futrell Winslow, PhD, FASLA, PLA, AICP, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning, Texas A&M University; Sara Hammerschmidt, Senior Director of Content, Urban Land Institute; Amy Belaire, PhD, Urban Conservation Scientist & Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

IMPLEMENTATION TRENDS & CHALLENGES
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Texas South 118

Creative Planning Tools for Reaching Resilience

Reaching resilience is a complex long-game issue for planners. Holistically tackling this challenge is a daunting prospect and the mission is often set aside for more urgent priorities. Rather than starting by writing a “Resilience Framework”, other planning tools exist that push the needle forward to enhance a community’s resilience. Our panel gathers three cases from Texas where communities utilize existing planning tools to focus on enhancing resilience, including: a pre-disaster recovery plan in Plano, a hazard mitigation plan at the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County (METRO), and an after action report in Austin. These tools have allowed focus to be given to enhancing resilience, evading traditional barriers that exist from being limited to a top-down approach.

Speakers: April Geruso, Director of Resilience, Hagerty Consulting; Carrie Reyes, CEM, Director of Emergency Management, City of Plano Department of Emergency Management; Marc Coudert, Environmental Conservation Program Manager, City of Austin Office of Sustainability; Tim Kelly, Executive Vice President, Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

HAZARD MITIGATION
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Lone Star 103

Geo-Tracking Sales & Use Tax: City of Frisco Case Study

This session will provide a practical guide and real-world case study (The City of Frisco) to better understand, track, and report on their sales and use taxes city-wide, and to provide Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone Compliance through special district reporting. Using GIS technology to map sales tax generators, the City was able to identify anomalies, enhance revenue, and prepare accurate special district reports quickly and efficiently.

Speakers: Suhag Kansara, President & CEO | ViewPro GIS; Jason Gray, President & CEO | JDGray Group; Anita Cothran, CGFO , Director of Financial Services for the City of Frisco

TECHNOLOGY & STORYTELLING
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Lone Star 104

ABCs of RFPs (and Qs)

A veteran public agency planning leader and a longtime community planning consultant will guide attendees through the mechanics and nuances of consultant selection processes. Then, interacting in small groups, attendees will complete step-by-step exercises and exchange information and opinions to come away with a better understanding of how to prepare for and successfully carry out RFP and RFQ processes. The session leaders will utilize and direct attendees to related resources available through APA, along with pointers for identifying and recruiting consultants to respond to RFPs/Qs. Through this interactive session, attendees will also make professional acquaintances and gain new contacts for ongoing networking and seeking peer guidance on consultant selection procedures.

Speakers: Gary Mitchell, AICP, President of Kendig Keast Collaborative; Jennifer Prochazka, AICP, Director of Planning and Development Services, City of College Station; Joe Cantalupo, AICP, Senior Vice President with K Friese & Associates

PLANNER'S TOOLKIT
 

THURS 11/7

3:45PM
1.5CM

Ranger 2

The Future of Downtowns
Planning and implementation for the revitalization of Downtowns is becoming increasingly important for Texas communities. How can cities effectively align the vision with the market opportunities and the range of zoning tools available to cities including historic preservation ordinances, design overlays and form-based codes to ensure that their plans are implemented?
Speaker: Jayashree Narayana, AICP, CNU-A, Principal, Livable Plans and Codes

SHORT COURSE TRACK 1

THURS 11/7
3:45PM

Lone Star 105

Development Review Essentials
Come to this interactive session to get real, practical tips on reviewing a development proposal. Participants will learn the “Perfect 10” of a quick development review by reviewing a real project. Basics, lessons learned, tips, and tricks of each of the development review components will be shared as the group moves through the exercise.
Speaker: Abra R. Nusser, AICP, President and CEO, Ideation Planning

SHORT COURSE TRACK 2

THURS 11/7
3:45PM

Ranger 1

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