Your Hour With APA Virginia Webinar Series, Sponsored by The Berkley Group

Next Up With "Your Hour With APA Virginia"

Monday, September 25, 2023


"Mapping Suitability for (Sub)urban Agriculture and Planning Local Food Systems"

Urban agriculture is becoming increasingly common in many areas across the Commonwealth. However, individual instances of urban agriculture, especially non-commercial forms (i.e., community gardening) are often short lived. In many cases, political jurisdictions often approach urban agriculture development without intentionality and do not have the internal agricultural knowledge needed to proactively plan local food systems. The presenters will
discuss their geospatial research within the Greater Richmond Area identifying prime (sub)urban agricultural land to mitigate the issues surrounding site selection. Examples will be provided of how partnering localities have utilized the results and the implications for their zoning modernization processes.

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Welcome to Your Hour with APA Virginia Chapter, sponsored by The Berkley Group. This is a free webinar series happening on the fourth Monday of each month from Noon - 1 p.m. and is currently open to everyone; including members and non-members. 

Members can receive 1 CM credit for watching live. All webinars are recorded and posted to our YouTube channel within 24 hours. 

Members can now also take advantage of On-Demand Education and watch past webinars for CM credits thru December 31, 2021. View the comment sections of each individual webinar for CM info. 

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Past Webinars

August 28th, 2022: 12pm-1pm

Planning for the Infrastructure of the Digital Age

As the digital age continues to flourish with incredible amounts of information available at the click of a button and data intensive machine learning programs becoming widely available, the infrastructure to make it all possible is resulting in major land use changes and infrastructure expansions. While growth within the major data center hub of northern Virginia continues at a fast pace, communities throughout Virginia are now starting to see more proposals for data centers. We are at a critical point in this global transformation and planners will have a key role in this transition to a digital future. This session will cover trends in data center development, forecast for energy demand in Virginia, and land use impacts and externalities of data center development such as transmission lines, substations, and energy generation facilities along with recommendations for proactive collaboration with the local utility on data center planning, establishment of clear policies that minimize land speculation, zoning language and conditions to help mitigate impacts on communities and environment, and practices that can help maintain the public trust.

Speaker: Julie Bolthouse, AICP, Piedmont Environmental Council

November 28th, 2022: 12PM-1PM

Advancing Resiliency Series: CBPA Guidance—New CBPA regulation, guidance, and its rollout


Justin Williams, Director

Office of Watershed & Local Government Assistance

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022: 12pm-1pm

MAPC: Guns, Lawyers, & Land Use Webinar

The Second Amendment Right to Bear Arms is implicated by local zoning and land use regulations. State and federal courts have decided an increasing number of cases that limit the scope of land use regulation on firearms. This presentation first provides and overview of considerations in regulating firearms and related activities in zoning, then discusses ways in which the states have preempted certain local land use regulations. Finally, the presenters discuss recent case law applicable to zoning and firearms, including the latest United States Supreme Court decision.


Jared Anderson, Land Use Attorney
Whitney Morgan, Clinician
Jesse Richardson, Land Use Attorney

of the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Clinic

West Virginia University College of Law

Tuesday, October 18, 2022 : 12pm-1pm

MAPC: Ethics Case of the Year


Scott Duncanson, Senior Environmental Planner and Project Manager at Gannett Fleming, Inc.,
of Planning and Zoning.

Leah Kacanda, Senior Project Planner with Whitman, Requardt & Associates, LLP

Lauren DeVore, Senior Planner within Sussex County Government’s Department

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

APA Virginia Awarded Plans Webinar ​

This webinar had three 30 minute parts with topics covering plan details, challenges overcome, and implementation of: Alexandria's Arlandria-Chirilagua Plan, Alexandria's Landmark Mall Redevelopment, & Chesterfield's Rockwood Special Focus Area 

Monday, August 22, 2022

Your Hour With APA Virginia: Planning for Resilience Series- Updates to the Stormwater Management and Erosion & Sediment Control Programs

1CM: 9254542

2 new SWM Guidance documents (Design Guidance: Solar and Streamlined Process) being published in VA Register on August 1st for 30 day comment

Startup of SW Handbook SAG and RFP (out for contractor). 

Restart of the SWM.ESC Reg. consolidation RAP

Speaker: Mike Rolband, Director of DEQ

Monday, May 23rd, 2022 12pm-1pm

Project Pipeline: Performance-Based Transportation Planning and Project Development

Project Pipeline is a performance-based planning program to identify cost-effective solutions to multimodal transportation needs in Virginia. Through this planning process, projects and solutions may be considered for funding through programs, including SMART SCALE, revenue sharing, interstate funding and others. Project Pipeline aims to implement a statewide look at needs and formalize the connection with planning, funding and programming transportation solutions for Virginia. The objective of the program is to focus on the Commonwealth Transportation Board-adopted VTrans priority locations and corridors. The program, led by the Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, is built around a performance-based planning process. The goal is to develop projects and investment strategies that can be considered for funding.


Chad Tucker

Nathan Umberger, P.E.

Blake Ailor, AICP

Rob Prunty, P.E.​

MONDAY, April 25th, 2022 12pm-1Your Hour With APA Virginia: One Path to AICP Overview - Tips and Pointers for Earning your AICP Certification

Monday, April 25, 2022 12pm-1pm 

Have you heard? The process for earning your AICP certification has evolved to provide greater flexibility and simplicity. New for 2022 and known as One Path to AICP, this process allows planners young and old to earn their AICP certification in a way that meets them where they are. This webinar will review the new process in detail and provide some tips and pointers for those looking to begin the process, including taking the AICP exam and submitting the experience assessment. 


John M. Harbin, AICP

Professional Development Officer, APA Virginia