It is helpful to understand the social and environmental impacts associated with community development by reading historical accounts of the built environment. And, if the opportunity arises, traveling and experiencing environments transformed from the native countryside to buildings and roads and the social and visual impacts associated with that change. by Bill Detweiler, A.S.L.A.
The tech sector is finding new ways to make food efficient, and natural systems and cultural heritage across the country stand to be left behind. But food production is not the same as technology. Good food is inefficient, and that’s the point.
Do you ever find yourself sitting at your computer - hanging up the phone from the most bizarre conversations? Here are some calls a Western planning office has receivedin 2017 so far and some tips on how to handle those unusual questions. by Amber A. Vogt
The public sector is different than the private sector and, therefore, requires a different approach to managing projects. Terry A. Clark, AICP, PMP, who wrote Project Management for Planners, briefly reviews some concepts that he will present at the 2017 SDPA/Western Planner Conference.
Although the Internet and social media have made it possible to obtain input from virtually everyone in the community, summarizing input from hundreds or thousands of residents responding to a project website questionnaire is not an easy task, nor is the process of educating the public about the issues facing the community. And the scope of a comprehensive plan has expanded over the years to include sustainability, resiliency, active and healthy living, mobility and livability. Addressing these topics takes time, effort and creativity. by Alan White, AICP, Arapahoe County, Colorado
GIS Tech Nancy Katkin with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Community Planning in Alaska had many adventures in the field. Her work allowed the Borough GIS technicians in the office to use the collected points, along with existing subdivision plats, to redraw the parcel layer to approximately the same accuracy level as the aerial photography layer. by Angela Parker, AICP, CFM, and Nancy Veitch Katkin
Onsite inspection is a critical part of the project review process, and there are several important points to keep in mind in order to make this a successful endeavor. by Brad Stebleton