Western Planner News
Welcome to 2019! I begin the year as the not so new president of Western Planning Resources, the publisher of Western Planner, having served in this capacity several years ago. Many thanks to Angela Parker, our outgoing president, who has relocated from Alaska to Wyoming and remains on the board.
As part of Western Planner’s mission to be a resource for planners in the West, we are pleased to offer all WP articles published since 1980 FOR FREE. That is over 2,223 articles covering 37 years of planning issues in the West!
Beginning in January 2017, interesting, relevant and informative articles related to Planning in the West will be available online for free. In fact, the WP website is now entirely reformatted for this purpose – check it out at www.westernplanner.org. The website will be funded through sponsorships. Depending on the sponsorship level, certain benefits are offered. When I, for example, donate $100 per year, I become a “Friend of Western Planner.” If I had a business, I would be entitled to two advertisements and recognition on the website for six months. Please note that the donation is tax deductible.
State Planning News
The 2019 Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association State Planning Conference was a huge success. The following awards were presented and celebrated: Comprehensive Plan Award - Sitka 2030 Comprehensive Plan; Award for Planning Leadership - Planning Advocate of the Year—Sara Jansen; Award for Planning Team - Municipality of Anchorage Long-Range Planning Division; and Award for a Leader, Planner of the Year - John Czarnezki, Director of Economic Development and Planning for the City of Soldotna, AK. by Jon Cecil, AICP, Anchorage, AK
The North Dakota Planning Association (NDPA) hosted its annual conference this year in Grand Forks on September 13, 2018. See photos and the presentations from the conference.
Join APA Colorado in Keystone, Colorado for the 2018 APA Colorado State Conference as attendees work towards "Defining the Keystone of Planning." Planning for this annual event has just begun so check http://www.apacolorado.org/2018-conference for updates.
WYOPASS's spring conference will be held in Riverton on May 10 & 11.
The American Planning Association Alaska Chapter presented several awards at its conference in November 2017. Congratulations to the winners!
The 2017 APA Arizona Conference is now behind us and we want to extend a warm thank you to our 328 attendees and 24 sponsors!
The 2016 APA Colorado State Conference will be held in downtown Colorado Springs beginning September 28, 2016.
Last year Colorado Senate Bill 15-008 became a law concerning the promotion of water conservation in the land use planning process.