Neighborhood parks that are well-designed with diverse facilities and targeted programming plus good marketing initiatives encourage more people to be active, according to the national report called Active Parks, Healthy Cities.
One of the fascinating things about community development is the interaction between residents and municipal government and commercial development teams and municipal government, hereafter referred to as “staff.” Though some may believe those two groups are at odds, residents and commercial developers clearly have similar interests. by Bill Detweiler, Castle Rock, Colorado
The information gained from the Clearwater Lidar Project has both short-term and long-term benefits across a broad spectrum of disciplines, and encompasses project planning, development, implementation, management, and education outreach. It is truly a phenomenal example of how multiple agencies at local, state, and federal levels can cross disciplines and pool resources for a common goal. by Alison Tompkins, Nez Perce County, Idaho
Community partners can be found anywhere we live. Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, or JBER (pronounced JBear), is one of Alaska’s largest employers, and for Anchorage a partner in planning, housing, outreach, and education. Planner Kristine Bunnell participated JBER’s Honorary Commanders Program and discusses how it gave her an opportunity to learn and to share planning knowledge.
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
Most city departments in Minot, North Dakota are using the GIS map on a daily basis and are making requests for new information to be added. by Aleesha Erickson
Communities can have an influence on the development of their community through the adoption of a comprehensive plan. by Larry M. Weil
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
An expert introduces a few software tools that even the casual GIS user may find useful. by Wells Williams, AICP