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Authors can claim 8 CM credits with a maximum of 16 credits per two year reporting period for double-blind peer reviewed articles.
The Western Planner accepts short articles to highlight projects and plans in process.
We are looking for planners to feature in our digital journal. Send us the information and we will craft the article.
Columns should have widespread applicability to the West and offer solutions. Length: A good length is between 500 and 1,200 words.
Feature articles should be about successful planning techniques and projects that work or may work in the West, and address the problems Western Planners face. You can earn AICP CM credits.
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
A Growth Policy is inherently comprehensive and should support orderly growth. Neither of these objectives, however, considered the fiscal implications of growth and what pattern of growth is most cost-effective. To accomplish this, the City of Billings planners employed scenario planning to evaluate the cost and revenue effect of different residential growth patterns. by Candis Millar, AICP
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
As part of the North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative effort, the City and County of Denver created the Mobility Master Plan in March 2016 that was led by HDR, Inc. The plan included developing layered multimodal transportation networks within these complex and historic neighborhoods to make travel easier and more convenient for people walking, biking, and taking transit. by Drew Parker
Spearfish, South Dakota spent the last year discussing options for the renovation of a key street, Jackson Boulevard, beginning with an expansive (and expensive) new vision for the street, and ending up with something significantly different. by Jayna Watson, AICP, RLA
Without a bike-sharing system already in place, the city of Aurora set out to create a Bike Share Permit Program that would reduce travel time and congestion, provide multi-modal mobility to a wide range of users, and increase transportation access and options in Aurora. Realizing the potential that bike sharing can provide for short-distance, point-to-point trips, including last-mile connections to public transit, the city of Aurora launched the first dockless bike-sharing permit program in Colorado in early October 2017. by Brenden Paradies
Demographics and Trends in Planning
Alphabet Inc.’s (Google) Sidewalk Labs has formed a partnership with Waterfront Toronto. While Toronto is far away from the American West, some of these technologies and building methods may soon find their way to places like Denver, Boise, Jackson Hole, and Missoula. by Aaron Kloke, Casper, Wyoming
This article provides important insight into the demographics and trends in planning associated with the millennial generation. by Richard Brockmyer, AICP, and Julia Collins
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
Columnist Bill Detweiler examines how rapid growth as led to newer planned developments being perceived as dense, compact housing in Castle Rock, Colorado.
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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