APA OH, APA KY, and APA IN are pleased to announce a call for conference sessions for the 2016 Regional Planning Conference on October 5-7, 2016, in Indianapolis.
The theme for the conference is Planning to Live, Living to Plan. We anticipate selecting at least 20 conference sessions. Regular conference sessions will be 1.25-1.5 hours. Session focus areas/tracks include:
Sustainability, including tiny houses, water resources, life cycle communities, etc.
Enhancing planning practice, including citizen planner appropriate sessions
Miscellaneous, including law and ethics
Session proposals are due June 15 at 5 pm EDT. For more information and instructions for submitting proposals, click here.
PLANNING TO LIVE, LIVING TO PLAN
OKI 2016 FALL CONFERENCE
Wednesday, October 5-Friday, October 7 2016
Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, IN
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2016 OKI Conference click here for the sponsorship form.
Planning to Live, Living to Plan: Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI) Regional Planning Conference 2016
October 5-7, 2016
Submit your logo art (EPS, PDF, or JPEG format) to Jill Ewing (email@example.com) by 5 PM EST May 13, 2016.
A logo will be selected from the submissions by the steering committee. The winner will receive a complimentary conference registration.
March 24, 2016
Kenton County’s new comprehensive plan—Direction 2030: Your Voice. Your Choice—is the 2016 recipient of a national Award of Excellence in the Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction category. The award is one of several accolades granted to planning projects from across the nation by the American Planning Association (APA) County Planning Division and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners. The award will be presented on April 4 during the APA National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
“This recognition was a nice surprise,” said Dennis Gordon, FAICP, executive director of Planning and Development Services of Kenton County (PDS). PDS provides professional staff support to the Kenton County Planning Commission, the board ultimately responsible for crafting and adopting the comprehensive plan.
“Being acknowledged with the respect of your peers is outstanding. In this case, though, it recognizes the fact that this plan was the result of hard work by members of the planning commission, citizens and interest groups from across the county, and of course our staff. This plan was truly a collaborative effort,” said Gordon.
Direction 2030: Your Voice. Your Choice. was crafted through an aggressive three-year public engagement process. The plan was grounded in research provided by a national market analyst, most of it from sources bankers use for reviewing development-financing strategies.
Planners and technical experts from PDS’ GIS team then went to work crafting an entirely new concept for content delivery. The final plan (direction2030.org)—there is no printed product—documents its creation, delivers guidance to anyone anywhere 24/7/365, and incorporates GIS technologies to entice users to interact with its contents.
Shortly after the plan’s adoption, PDS planners and GIS professionals created a second website (action.direction2030.org) to keep participants and stakeholders up to date with information from the various implementation efforts being undertaken by the planning commission and others across the community.
This national award follows an Award of Merit for an Outstanding Comprehensive Plan given last year by the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Each year the American Planning Association’s County Planning Division and the National Association of County Planners gives out County Planning Project Awards. Only one Award of Excellence and one Award of Merit may be granted per category each year. If the awards jury finds that none of the nominations in a particular category meets the desirable standards, they may withhold the award in that category for that year.
“This recognition, without question, goes ultimately to the countless residents who came out to express their hopes and dreams for Kenton County’s future. Much more than merely a title, Direction 2030: Your Voice. Your Choice. really did represent the ultimate goal for our process and our final product,” concluded Gordon. “We couldn’t be prouder that our collaborative efforts are being held up as a model.”
“Thank you Kenton County!”
Now is the time to submit nominations for APA-KY's annual awards. The Chapter gives awards in the following categories:
Nominations are due April 20, 2016. Click here for the 2016 awards nomination form
Call for Presentations Announced for the May 18-20, 2016 Spring Conference in Bowling Green. Click here for the proposal form.