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Seeking sponsors and speakers for 2017 SPDA/WP Conference
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. Learn more
January 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
Western Planner News
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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
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.
How the City of Sierra Vista in Arizona had to establish a Metropolitan Planning Organization in order to continue to receive federal transportation dollars. by Daniel R. Coxworth
Demographics and Trends in Planning
Employment & Career
Housing and Subdivisions
Cappie recently built the first straw bale/cob home with a state-approved gray water system and composting toilet. by Jayna Watson
Redevelopment of mobile home parks can cause challenges if the residents cannot afford to move or find affordable replacement housing. by Shelby Sommer in collaboration with Don Elliott, Ken Waido, and Ishbel Dickens
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