Thanks to SPD 2017 Attendees!

Thank you to everyone who attended Planners Day at ESF. We had great presentations and interaction by attendees.

We want to extend a special thanks to our speakers:

  • Darren Kempner, NFTA
  • Andrew Ramsgard, Ramsgard Architectural Design
  • Victoria McGarril and Brian Roy, Energetics
  • Owen Kerney and Heather Lamandola, City of Syracuse
Planner's Day Attendees taking part in Andrew Ramsgard's 3D modeling activity.

Planner's Day Attendees taking part in Andrew Ramsgard's 3D modeling activity.

Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, Sullivan County

Sullivan County is seeking an ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER OF PLANNING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

Sullivan County is a largely rural county just outside the New York City metropolitan area.  Encompassing  nearly 1,000 square miles, it includes the old “borscht belt” summer resort area as well as stretches of farmland, the southern portion of the Catskills Park, and the Upper Delaware River National Park.  Currently, more than $1 billion is being invested into the development of the Montreign-Adelaar casino resort which will feature a 5-star luxury hotel, large indoor water park, and other lodging and recreation facilities.  Bringing an estimated 4 million visitors annually and 2,000 new jobs, the project provides opportunities to support community revitalization through increased demand for housing and services, as well as ancillary new development. 

The Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Community Development is a new position that will contribute to the growth of a division currently having five professionals.  The position will enlarge the scope of division operations, primarily through the development of new projects to support housing rehabilitation, infrastructure improvements, neighborhood stabilization and downtown redevelopment.  The incumbent will be responsible for the identification and pursuit of funding opportunities to support these activities.

Supervision is exercised over subordinate personnel including professional, technical and clerical staff engaged in community development and grant application activities. Work is performed under the general direction of the Commissioner of Planning and Community Development in accordance with policies prescribed by the County Legislature with considerable leeway for the use of independent judgment.  Work will involve collaboration with local officials from Sullivan County’s 15 towns and six villages, as well as partnerships with allied organizations and institutions including the newly established Sullivan County Land Bank Corporation.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Either: 

(A) Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents with a Master’s Degree orhigher in Community Development, Economic Development, Planning, Housing, Sustainable Development or a related field and three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in these areas, including one (1) year of supervisory experience; or

(B)  Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents with a Bachelor’s Degree higher in Community Development, Economic Development, Planning, Housing, Sustainable Development or a related field and five (5) years of experience as stated in (A) above, including one (1) year of supervisory experience; or

(C)  An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (B) above.

Professional certification (e.g. AICP, PCED) and/or post-graduate certificate programs in community and economic development, affordable housing, green and sustainable development, etc. preferred.  

This position is a competitive class position subject to Civil Service Examination.

Salary: $64,500.00/year.

Submit application and resume to Sullivan County Personnel Department, 100 North Street, Monticello, NY 12701.

Please visit our website at co.sullivan.ny.us  for an application form.

Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Rensselaer County Hudson River Access Plan

The Rensselaer County Hudson River Access Plan will provide an inventory of existing public access sites on the Rensselaer County Hudson River shoreline, conduct outreach and research for additional potential sites with shoreline communities, and make recommendations and design suggestions for improving access for people of all abilities, improved storm resiliency, and adequacy of facilities for user groups.

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Kudos to successful AICP examinees!

Almost 400 APA members passed the AICP Certification Exam last November — a professional achievement that offers profound and positive career impact.

From the NY Upstate Chapter, we would specifically like to congratulate the following 3 members:

  • Andrea Smith
  • Kailee Van Brunt
  • Megan Wilson

If you are interested in taking the AICP Exam, the NY Upstate Chapter has compiled the information you need on dates, requirements, costs and study help: http://www.nyupstateplanning.org/aicp-exam-1.

To both new and existing members, make sure to keep up on your Certification Maintenance (CM) credits! For information on  Certification Maintenance (CM), go to http://www.nyupstateplanning.org/certification-maintenance.

Village of Lakewood NYMS-TA Grant Application and Main Street Master Plan

The Village of Lakewood, Lakewood, NY is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to prepare a grant application through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) for a New York Main Street Technical Assistance grant intended to fund a new Main Street Master Plan for the Village of Lakewood, and to prepare and complete a new Main Street Master Plan in preparation for a subsequent New York Main Street grant application.

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Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual

“The NY Upstate Chapter has procured 10 copies of the Chapter President’s Council AICP Study Manual on CD. The purpose of this self-study manual is to help review basic planning concepts and to practice skills that are necessary for taking a multiple-choice test. The manual includes information on the following:

1. Introduction — Important Dates
2. Exam Structure
3. Getting Started — Contacting your Professional Development Officer (PDO)
4. Study Materials
5. Written Examination Scoring from 1977 to 2002
6. Question Format And Construction
7. A Notation System
8. Defusing Some Myths
9. History
10. Planning Theory
11. The Law
12. Environmental Planning
13. Citizen Participation
14. Developmental Regulation
15. Transportation Planning
16. Basic Guide to the Concepts of Quantitative Methods
17. Population Estimates and Projections
18. Local Area Employment Projections
19. Shift-Share Analysis
20. Comparing Alternatives with Unequal Lives
21. Budgeting
22. Finance and Cost Analysis
23. Benefit/Cost Analysis
24. Test Areas 1990 to 2002
25. Personal Test-taking Tips

Please contact Rich Guarino (rguarino@gbnrtc.org) if you would like to purchase one. The cost is $15 (includes shipping).”

Upcoming Webcasts

March 10 – Northern New England Chapter – The Comprehensive Planner: Taking a Systems Perspective – Speakers: Christopher Parker, AICP and Steve Whitman, AICP
Steve Whitman and Chris Parker will explore the many problems facing communities of all sizes, and the underlying issue of ecosystem services. They will explore how thinking holistically and using a systems perspective can provide a new way forward for communities. While planning documents may take a systems perspective, land use regulations seldom do. This integrated approach provides for the regeneration of lost ecosystem services, and the resulting projects will help your community become more adaptive and resilient over time. Case study examples will be shared to highlight how to apply this approach, and to serve as a call to action so more planners become part of this collaborative effort.

March 17 – Sustainable Communities Division – A Dozen Tools for Accelerating Local Sustainability Leadership – Now More Than Ever – Speaker: Eliot Allen
Over half of the world’s population now lives in cities, where built environment decisions endure for decades, impacting social and economic prospects for generations. In response, a new class of sustainability appraisal tools has emerged that gauge equity, resiliency, and resource efficiency at neighborhood, city, and urban component scales. These tools can provide stakeholders with inclusive and transparent systems that support and accelerate local leadership on critical issues of sustainability. In the face of a faltering national commitment, the use and advocacy of these tools by communities takes on even greater significance and urgency. The webinar will examine major U.S. tools for assessing the sustainability of neighborhoods, cities, and their components, including: 2030 Districts, APA Sustaining Places, EcoDistricts Protocol, Enterprise Green Communities, Envision for infrastructure, LEED for Neighborhoods, LEED for Cities & Communities, Living Community Challenge, STAR Community, Sustainable SITES, and WELL District. Each tool will be reviewed in terms of assessment scope, intended users, rating procedure, costs, and output. And a set of evaluation criteria will be presented for judging and selecting the best tools for community and neighborhood needs. Webinar learning objectives include: understanding the value of urban sustainability assessment, recognizing the qualities of an appraisal tool, learning the range of available tools, and knowing how to select a tool.

March 24 – Pennsylvania Chapter – Taxation, Zoning & Licensing for Short-Term Residential Rentals – Speakers: Michael Fink, Marisa Waxman, Eleanor Sharpe
In 2015, with the Pope and tons of visitors heading to town, Philadelphia became the largest city in North America to legalize short-term residential rentals (such as ones listed on AirBnB, HomeAway.com, and through other booking agents).  With changes to the city’s zoning and tax code, a system was put into place that addressed the interests of property owners renting spare rooms and entire units, the guests they hosted, neighbors and traditional hotel operators.  An interdisciplinary group worked together to ensure local legislation matched the reality of activity already occurring and the needs of the community.  This session will cover the challenges faced and policy options considered, plus a comparison to other cities and counties across the United States.  

March 31 – Urban Design and Preservation Division – Enabling Access to Public Spaces to Advance Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits: and the UN’s New Urban Agenda – Speaker: Patricia O’Donnell, FASLA, AICP
Culture, tradition, sustainability and many aspects of contemporary quality of life are intertwined in uplifting old, shaping new, and bringing increased resilience to inclusive public spaces. An integration of approaches to inclusive public spaces is required as social, environmental, spatial and economic dimensions of equity are entangled. A driving force in global development, increased urbanization targets many cities for continued rapid growth, challenging the need to secure inclusive public space. The UN Sustainability Design Guidelines relate to this reality. With the burgeoning growth of population, it is critical to: recognize and broadly articulate the values of public space for quality of urban living; encourage local advocacy for public space quality, quantity, care and use; safeguard and improve existing urban public space; integrate green best practices; and plan for and create new open spaces, particularly in low-income areas. The application of good governance recognizes and acts on the linkage between public spaces and sustainable development, respects the legacy of public spaces, seeks to improve existing space, adds new vibrant public spaces and benchmarks local public space quantity, quality, distribution and access, so that inclusive public space is available to all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, focused on ‘inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities’ (United Nations, 2015), provides a core target for inclusive public spaces and many other aspects of human settlements. Urban public spaces address all three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society.

April 7 – Transportation Planning Division – BikeShare: Beyond the Plan – Speakers: Lindsey West, Scott Tillman
Bikeshare systems require planning, proper funding, manpower, and a whole lot of public-private coordination to properly implement and operate. Hear the real story of two professionals (MPO Director and BikeShare Operator) that were in the trenches together, and the best practices and lessons learned from their experience launching and operating Zyp BikeShare.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcast.  

CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as provider