BOOK REVIEWS | DEMOGRAPHICS AND TRENDS | CONSERVATION | DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION | ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | EMPLOYMENT & CAREER | ENERGY DEVELOPMENT | ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING | ETHICS | FINANCE | FEATURED PLANNERS | HAZARD MITIGATION & DISASTER RECOVERY | HISTORIC PRESERVATION | HOUSING & SUBDIVISIONS | LAND USE | LEGAL ISSUES | PLANNERS TOOLBOX & TECHNOLOGY | PLANNING COMMISSIONERS' CORNER | PUBLIC PARTICIPATION | SCHOOLS | SUSTAINABILITY | TRANSPORTATION | TRIBAL PLANNING | URBAN DESIGN | ZONING & CODE
NOMINATIONS FOR 2017 WESTERN PLANNER AWARDS DUE AUGUST 18
Don’t let all your hard work go unnoticed or your best people go unrecognized! Step up and shout out! Western Planner has a number of awards designed to spotlight great accomplishments, outstanding people – even stories that could be classified under, “you can’t make this stuff up.” In 2017, the WPR Board will be seeking nominations for the Western Planner of the Year, Citizen Planner of the Year, the Sheldon D. Gerber Special Merit Award for Excellence in Environmental Planning, the Rural Innovation Award and while we’re at it, the Lester Award! All of the awards will be presented during the 2017 Western Planner Conference in Spearfish, South Dakota September 13-15, 2017. LEARN MORE & GET THE APPLICATION
News about 2017 SDPA/WP Conference
It is our pleasure to see all of you join your peers, colleagues and business partners in Spearfish, SD, for the 2017 Western Planners and South Dakota Planners Association annual conference, being held September 12-15, 2017. The conference theme is “Partners in Progress.” We have worked hard to design an agenda which will inspire and educate all of you! We pulled from AK, CO, FL, ID, MN, MT, ND, OR, SD, WY, OR, and even Nairobi, Kenya to bring you some amazing speakers and create a well rounded agenda!
The conference theme is “Partners in Progress” …… working together to create community. We want this conference to provide an excellent opportunity for you to make contacts with professional planners from throughout the western United States and support the communities we are striving to create!
This year's event will take place September 13-15, 2017, at the Spearfish Holiday Inn, Spearfish SD. The theme of this year’s conference is “Partners in Progress." Register online or via mail today!
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
Ten years ago, the Urban Land Institute published Ten Principles for Successful Public/Private Partnerships. That publication set forth core principles essential for the successful accomplishment of joint development by the public and private sectors, benefiting both, that neither could achieve independently. Those ten principles remain as applicable today as they were then, but the challenges facing urban development have changed dramatically. by Deb Sydenham, FAICP
Some things stand out for me at this conference. First, this is a conference at a law school, so there is more of a legal, real estate and development take. I also think the conference always does an excellent job trying to address water in the West which does not happen very often at planning conferences. by Brandon Cammarata, AICP
If you have a limited time and budget and want to earn lots of AICP CM credits, then RMLUI is the venue for you! It is truly impressive what you can learn and who you can network with over two full days with 40 concurrent panels in six tracks, three plenaries, two lunches and an evening reception. by Dan Pava, AICP
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
Zoning and Code
The residents in and around the City of Sierra Vista, Arizona value their dark skies and the ability to observe celestial phenomena, so much so that this area has attracted numerous amateur astronomers from all over the country. When a local business owner requested a code amendment to allow Electronic Message Center (EMC) signs, which had been prohibited, the city created a sign task force to develop Sign and Outdoor Light Control amendments. Carefully crafted ordinancesgo a long way to protecting this important regional asset. by Jeff Pregler, AICP
The City of Williston, North Dakota needed a larger overhaul of sign regulations that truly took into account the wide variety of development types occurring in Williston as well as modernizing regulations. Education was a huge component of the ordinance effort. In the end, the city ended up with an ordinance that allows for more permanent signage for most properties, allows for more temporary signage, creates allowances for non-residential residentially zoned properties such as churches, creates flexibility for large commercial and campus-style properties, and represents and accommodates the needs of stakeholders. by Rachel Laqua
Small towns face enormous hurdles in enforcing code. This article highlights the importance of small towns having strategies that work for their unique situation. Although this article is directed to small-town leaders, the principles inherent in code enforcement strategies can benefit leaders, planners, and code enforcement officers in any community. by Kyle Slaughter