Across the Rocky Mountain region, creating spaces that work for diverse populations—rich and poor, young and old, newcomers and natives—is a central challenge of our times. The theme for the 2017 Western Places/Western Spaces conference, Creating Inclusive Communities, focuses on the challenges and strategies available to cities—large and small—to plan for and build communities in which everyone can find their place.
The South Dakota Planners Association (SDPA) and the Western Planner are seeking speakers and sponsors for the 2017 Joint Conference. This year’s event will take place September 13-15, 2017, at the Spearfish Holiday Inn, Spearfish SD. Around 200 participants including planning professionals, consultants, exhibitors, students, and elected officials are anticipated.
February 2017 Articles
Heavenly Mountain Resort was the first Lake Tahoe resort to propose activities under a federal bill that allows the Forest Service to review and accept non-ski-related activities. by Nick Exline, AICP, Zephyr Cove, Nevada
More frequent and intense climate events result in increased demand on our emergency response systems, greater financial impacts, and greater public health impacts. The challenge is to effectively communicate the ever-increasing demands these events place on our communities and get individuals, communities, and government to prepare. by Katherine Mortimer, Santa Fe, New Mexico
This article looks at the methods and tools available to help cities become resilient for the imminent changes ahead. by Gretel Follingstad
The 25th anniversary of Washington State’s Growth Management Act (GMA) was celebrate in late 2015. Adopted in 1990, the Growth Management Act has helped guide development in Washington’s cities, counties, and other jurisdictions. Twenty-nine Washington counties containing 177 cities are required to use the principles of Growth Management.
Land trusts are non-governmental organizations with a mission to protect key private land from subdivision and development. A review of land trusts’ varied success in the Western Planner region. by Dr. John B. Wright
While interest in fostering walkable communities in Utah has grown in recent years, the longer-term trend is showing that people are walking less. This article describes an analysis of the factors that impact walking. The principle data source for this analysis was the 2012 Utah Household Travel Survey (UTHS). by Jonathan Larsen, PE, Andy Li, Ph.D., and Callie New
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has entered into a data-sharing partnership with Waze to arm residents with information about current road conditions and construction projects to ease their commutes around the valley.
Demographics and Trends in Planning
Employment & Career
Housing and Subdivisions
Nothing in the current housing discussion has created the same stir like the tiny house movement and Spearfish, South Dakota has wrestled with trying to understand where this option fits into the menu of choices for housing in the city. The bottom line is that although they are not for everyone, the people who seek the tiny house lifestyle need the same amount of help and assistance to realize their dream as those who are building traditionally constructed homes. by Jayna Watson, AICP
Cappie recently built the first straw bale/cob home with a state-approved gray water system and composting toilet. by Jayna Watson
A case study in Douglas County, Colorado that highlights why a planner should be nimble enough to work through the twists and turns of a contentious and long running land use application. by Katherine E. Rider, AICP
The article discusses Albuquerque’s efforts to overhaul its development review process with an Integrated Development Ordinance. by Andrew Webb and Mikaela Renz-Whitmore
Since the passage of TEDD legislation in 2013, three TEDD districts have been established in Montana. by Janet Cornish and Lanette Windemaker, AICP