APA Virginia Message from the APA Virginia President
Welcome to Spring everybody!
We have had a busy start to 2023 with many amazing and some not so amazing things happening around the Chapter. On the amazing front, our inaugural leadership program is mid-session and has a very engaged and energized group of planning professionals learning some tips and tricks to help them advance in the planning world. We have a thriving mentor partnership underway with Virginia Commonwealth University making connections between students and practicing planners. We've also been able to offer numerous webinars and training opportunities to our members through our own webinar series as well as those we host for the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration. And finally, the preparation for our annual conference is well underway with the call for session proposals out and the conference host committee hard at work.
Sadly though, as I mentioned, there have been some not so amazing events that have occurred as well. Earlier this year APA stripped a former board member of their FAICP and AICP designations due to harassment (of various natures, including sexual) of multiple planners, some of which occurred while the individual was acting in their capacity on the APA Virginia Board. What has emerged from this situation, as more of the victims' experiences have been shared with me in particular, is the need for the creation of a safe place for the reporting and sharing of these experiences as well as a way for the Board to be able to address it. To that end, we are proposing, through an amendment to the Chapter Bylaws, to create three new Member Advocate positions that will serve outside of the Chapter Board as a resource for our members who may be experiencing an issue in relation to the Chapter or behavior at Chapter events. These advocates are not intended to be the adjudicators of incidents, but rather a safe place that a chapter member can turn to learn about resources, options for next steps as well as a potential voice for the member in relaying an issue to the Board. Attached to this email are the complete draft bylaws which we are submitting to the membership for input and comment before we finalize the draft for a vote by the membership at the annual Chapter meeting at the conference in Roanoke in July. If you have any comments, concerns, questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to me to share them. I will be working with fellow board members Tammy Holt, Brian Wegener, Tevya Griffin and Lorna Parkins to incorporate all feedback into the final draft for consideration later this year. That final language will be shared at least 30 days prior to the Chapter's Annual Meeting (anticipated to occur on July 17, 2023) to the whole membership, with the final vote occurring at the Chapter's Annual Meeting.
In addition to the proposed bylaw amendment, the Board has pledged to undergo harassment training at least once during every two-year Board cycle. Also, the Board has reinstated a policy of every Board member annually submitting an Attestation of Independence which includes a robust ethics section that references and applies the AICP Code of Ethics to all Board members, regardless of whether they are certified or not.
I want to personally assure all of our members that this is an issue that we take very seriously. There is no place in society, let alone our Chapter, for any sort of harassing behavior. Please don't hesitate to ever reach out to me with any concerns that you may have as we want everyone to feel comfortable and welcomed within our Chapter. I sincerely hope that this sort of behavior does not occur within the Chapter again, but in the event it does, I want to make sure that there is a way for Chapter members to safely report it and be supported in learning what their potential options are without fear of recrimination. Nobody deserves to be harassed and no harasser should ever be able to hide behind their position to avoid consequences.
So to reiterate, please do take a look at the proposed bylaws amendment and let me know of any questions, comments or concerns at email@example.com by April 30, 2023. I will be sharing all feedback with the Board members mentioned earlier as we finalize the language for consideration later this year. Please also don't hesitate to let me know of any other questions or concerns that you may have of me or of the Board.
All the best,
Your Hour With APA Virginia Next Up With "Your Hour With APA Virginia" Webinar Series
"Your Hour With APA Virginia"— What's Next Is Now: Managing Disruption in a Rapidly Changing World
Monday, March 27th
CM Credits Pending
From cryptocurrency to climate change, the world is changing before our very eyes. How can we track emerging issues and better prepare our communities to successfully manage disruption? This session will help planners recognize and understand drivers of change and learn how to address them to create more equitable, healthy, and resilient communities.
The speakers will begin by presenting a scan of current trends and emerging issues, and then share a practical approach to incorporating a future focus in their work. The session will include audience polling to find out what emerging issues participants are experiencing in their work, as well as case studies of communities that are finding innovative ways to manage change.
Our future depends on our ability to respond quickly and thoughtfully to disruptive emerging issues. This session will equip planners to help their communities get started.
Ben Hitchings, FAICP, CZO
Principal of Green Heron Planning, LLC & APA Board of Directors
Arlova Vonhm, AICP
Zoning Administrator and Zoning Division Chief, Arlington County, VA
APA Virginia Newsbrief Newsbrief Editor Opportunity!
APA Virginia Chapter Opportunity! Are you passionate about planning, have a knack at writing, and would like to become more involved with the Chapter? We have a Newsbrief Editor vacancy. Consider this position! For more information, email our VP of External Affairs, Julie Chop, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration Next Up With MAPC Webinar Series
The Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration presents the Maryland Department of Planning's Compatible Use and Development with Military Installations: Volume II Webinar
April 6th, 2023
The Mid-Atlantic area is home to numerous military installations that play a part in carrying out
the Department of Defense’s National Defense Strategy and provide significant economic
benefits to their host states and surrounding communities. Successful compatible use planning
helps ensure that existing and planned land uses/activities of military installations and their
surrounding communities are carefully considered to lessen or eliminate adverse effects on one
another. Military and community representatives become effective partners when they develop
a shared vision and pursue it collaboratively.
Throughout the region, local and state governments continue to partner with the Department
of Defense and other federal partners to develop tools and resources in support of compatible
use that both advances community development and preserves mission readiness and
operations. The second installment of the Compatible Use and Development with Military Installations
webinar will feature a diverse discussion of the tools, studies, and data that Mid- Atlantic states have developed to foster collaboration,
coordination, and shared interest in the success of defense communities and military missions.
The Maryland Department of Planning will be partnering with Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic
experts in the area of compatible use, from both sides of the fence, to discuss best practices
and resources for collaboration. In addition to an introduction of Maryland’s first of its kind
Compatible Use Website and Handbook, webinar topics will include:
• Recent success of Charles County, Maryland’s Military Installation Resilience Review
and regional collaboration forums.
• Compatible Use Study development at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
• Federal planning efforts of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission,
Virginia, including Compatible Use Studies, Military Installation Resiliency Reviews,
and project implementation strategies.
This webinar is presented in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration. 1.5
AICP CM credits are pending.
To learn more about this collaboration between Planning and Commerce, please visit the Maryland
Military Community Compatibility website. For more information on compatible use planning in Maryland, contact Sarah Diehl, AICP,
Southern Maryland Regional Planner, at email@example.com.
APA Virginia 2023 Conference SAVE THE DATE: July 16-19, 2023
Stay up to date with 2023 Conference details at apavirginia.com!
From the Executive Committee of APA Virginia: A Message from the Executive Board of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association
The Executive Board of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the behavior of a former board member, which led to the permanent revocation of their AICP and FAICP credentials. There is no place in the planning profession or society in general, for any form of harassment. APA Virginia applauds the courage and bravery of those who participated in and informed the Committee’s investigation. The harassment they endured was wrong and unacceptable. The Chapter prides itself on being an open and welcoming organization and wants to ensure that all interactions we have with individuals are positive and productive.
APA Virginia prioritizes the safety and security of all members when participating in Chapter-related activities. The Board of Directors will direct its resources toward enhanced measures to foster a safe and secure environment for these activities. Further discussion to facilitate the development of these measures will occur at the Board’s March 17th quarterly meeting in Roanoke, and will continue to be a focus of the Board’s work through the remainder of the year and beyond. If you have any concerns in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact Chapter President Andrew Hopewell (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ralph Willmer, FAICP, the Ethics Officer for the American Planning Association at (312) 786-6360.
Newsbrief Check Out APA Virginia's Winter 2023 Newsbrief!
HOT OFF THE PRESS! Winter 2023/Volume 21 Newsbrief
The Newsbrief is the flagship publication for the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, and serves as a robust repository for in-depth analyses of issues and events that are relevant to Virginia Planners.
Read it HERE now!
Legislative Agenda View the APA Virginia 2023 Legislative Agenda
View the 2023 Legislative Agenda
Members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Virginia) are committed to supporting economic prosperity for all residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. Planning provides opportunities for all Virginians to look into the future and work towards a long-term vision for their communities. Planners are reliable and trusted sources of information and committed to the communities they serve. The Chapter supports sound and legal planning efforts that enable localities to address needs in their communities. Annual updates to this legislative agenda do not negate previous years’ priorities.
Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities APA Virginia Toolkit
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Managing Growth and Development in Virginia: A Review of the Tools Available to Localities
Newsbrief Check out APA Virginia's Fall 2022 Newsbrief
The Newsbrief is the flagship publication for the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, and serves as a robust repository for in-depth analyses of issues and events that are relevant to Virginia Planners. Use the button below to access the PDF.
Mark Your Calendars 2023 APA Virginia Annual Conference
Mark your calendars and plan to join us in Roanoke next year for our annual conference!
July 16-19, 2023 - Hotel Roanoke
APA VA Member Spotlight
APA VA wants to hear from you! As in every community we plan, there are stories to its citizens. As a community of planners, we would like to highlight some of our amazing planners across the Commonwealth. If you or someone you know has a great planning story to tell, please reach out to Robert Narvaez, AICP, Director of Inclusion or anyone on the APA VA Board. We can’t wait to hear from you!
2022 Legislative Agenda APA Virginia Legislative Agenda
Members of the Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) are committed to supporting economic prosperity for all residents and businesses in the Commonwealth. Planning provides opportunities for all Virginians to look into the future and work towards a long-term vision for their communities. Planners are reliable and trusted sources of information committed to the communities they serve. Annual updates to the legislative agenda do not negate previous years’ priorities. The Chapter supports good and legal planning efforts that enables localities to address need in their communities.
The Chapter supports legislative and administrative actions, which are outcome-based and incorporate a review of return on investment, in order to ensure efficient expenditures of resources.
The Chapter opposes legislation that focuses only on the short-term economic benefit of actions without considering potential impacts, long-term economic or otherwise, on residents and businesses in the Commonwealth.
The Virginia General Assembly convenes January 12. The Chapter’s Legislative Committee will begin the weekly 1-hour virtual meetings at Noon on Friday, January 7th. These meetings will continue throughout the session each Friday at Noon. For Zoom meeting credentials email us at email@example.com
Planning Resources COVID-19 Resources
Planners continue to play an essential role in community response to the pandemic. From holding online public meetings, to positioning your community for economic recovery, to using data analysis to ensure the recovery is equitable, you need information to help you serve your community. Visit our COVID-19 resources collection, organized by topics that are foremost in your mind.
Below is a link to the Department of Labor's COVID-19 resources and guides.
What the Chapter Offers
The APA Virginia Chapter gets you involved in APA close to home. We're your local source for networking and professional development. You'll share experiences with colleagues and broaden your perspective beyond your commission or office.
We provide a variety of services that show the real value of membership, providing opportunities that allow planners to grow their careers, networks and skills. Specifically, our services include:
- The Annual Conference
- Annual Symposiums
- Networking Events
- Training Opportunities
- Preparation for the AICP Exam
- The Chapter's Legislative & Policy Program
- An Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Program
- Section Events
- Student Resources
- A Regular Newsletter
- Social Media, and
- Leadership Opportunities
Our mission is to make great communities happen in Virginia by offering continuing professional development and other valuable services to our members that will enable them to excel in their practice. We are committed to raising awareness about the many benefits planning offers as a foundation for effectively addressing the physical, economic, and social changes that take place in Virginia, and to providing effective leadership in planning advocacy reflective of a diverse geography and population.
Virginia Chapter Reddit Page
Ever have a planning question that you'd love to receive the input of your colleagues on but don't know who to reach out to? Now you do! The Virginia Chapter has started a Reddit page to allow planners from across the Commonwealth to connect and respond to one another on issues, events and trends that they're experiencing.
Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration
The Mid-Atlantic Planning Collaboration is a joint venture of the Maryland, National Capital Area, Virginia and West Virginia Chapters along with the Maryland Department of Planning, Maryland Planning Commissioners Association, Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia and West Virginia University's Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic. The intent is to address topics that may be of interest to people involved in planning at all levels across multiple regions.
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