Become an Upstate NY APA Sponsor!

It's a new year, and we are inviting you to become an Upstate NY APA Sponsor! Chapter sponsorship enables your organization to be recognized by our members in the Chapter website, which advertises events, job postings and RFPs, and The Upstate Planner, our electronic newsletter sent to members three times annually. On average, the website receives over 1,100 hits per month. NEW this year, as a sponsor, your organization will be recognized during the Spring Planners Day and on promotional materials used that day.  View the full 2016 Sponsorship Letter at the link.

Historic Preservation & Neighborhood Planner, City of Binghamton Planning Department

This is a specialized professional planning position with primary work assignments focused on the areas of historic preservation, neighborhood planning, and urban design. in addition to those responsibilities, the incumbent performs general professional planning duties in the office and the field. General direction and office assignments are received from the Director of Planning, Housing, and Community Development, and details of the work are independently planned and carried to completion.Work is performed independently with other planners both as support and lead staff. Supervision may be exercised over consultants, interns, and student assistants. Does related work as required. More details on the attached document.

 

Sustainability Champions Committee

“Sustainability Champions” for APA’s Sustainable Communities Division promote planning for sustainability in APA chapters within their regions. Sustainability Champion for NY State, Joanna Nadeau, AICP, invites you to share your ideas for how we can build and enhance a regional network (i.e. northeast U.S./eastern Canada) of practitioners focused on planning for sustainability. To start the conversation, the first phone meeting for this network/committee is being held Thursday, February 4 at 1:00-2:00pm. If you are interested in attending this call, please RSVP to Joanna Nadeau (joanna@auduboninternational.org) and you will receive call-in details (if you have not already). If you cannot attend this call but have ideas for connecting, send them to Joanna as well.

Junior Planner, Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development

The Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Junior Planner. Employees of this class are responsible for specific phases of moderately difficult planning projects or may be in charge of a phase of a complex study. Work performed involves office work and field assignments, including; researching, analyzing and developing planning programs, policy development and grant writing/administration in connection with municipal, regional, or community planning. Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Economic Development. Supervision may be exercised over technical and clerical staff. This position will be filled on a provisional basis pending the outcome of a future dated Civil Service examination for this title.

A description of the duties and minimum qualifications is listed below.

Interested Candidates should complete the Chautauqua County Application for Examination or Employment (available on this Website) and send it to:

Chautauqua County Department of Human Resources Gerace Office Building, Room 144 3 North Erie Street Mayville, NY 14757

Equal Opportunity Employer

JUNIOR PLANNER

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Employees of this class are responsible for specific phases of moderately difficult planning projects or may be in charge of a phase of a complex study. Work performed involves office work and field assignments, including; researching, analyzing and developing planning programs, policy development and grant writing/administration in connection with municipal, regional, or community planning. Work is performed under the general direction of the Director of Planning and Economic Development. Supervision may be exercised over technical and clerical staff. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: Assists the Director of Planning and Economic Development and other staff as requested in

preparing the various elements of municipal, regional and community planning

projects; Prepares and completes various elements of planning processes such as State Agricultural

District Reviews; environmental reviews of county and local projects; farmland

protection plans; policy development; feasibility reports and related plans and reports; Represents Planning and Economic Development Department at meetings;

Interfaces with, and works collaboratively with, county departments, boards, and agencies on planning projects;

Assists localities, developers and individuals in dealing with planning aspects of their programs;

Assists in the review of referrals consisting of comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances and local laws, special use permits, site plans, and use or area variances;

Researches, collects and analyzes data necessary to complete elements of planning process and related policy development;

Writes grant applications and assists in the administration of awarded grants; Develops and assists with presentation of educational and informational programs on current planning and zoning issues and various phases of development to local governments,

agencies and individuals.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS: Good knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in environmental, municipal, regional or community planning; good knowledge of current methods for collecting, analyzing and interpreting statistical data; good knowledge of research methods and techniques; working knowledge of zoning and subdivision practices; working knowledge of state, county, and municipal laws and guidelines related to the field; working knowledge of current problems and literature in the field; familiarity and ability to use common office and graphics software and Geographic Information System programs; ability to understand complex oral and written directions; ability to assign and check the work of others; ability to communicate and deal effectively with others; initiative and resourcefulness; good judgment; tact; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

OPEN COMPETITIVE - Either:

  1. Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited college or university

    with a Master's degree in Architecture, Economics, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geography, Planning, Political Science, Public Administration or a field closely related to the aforementioned list, OR

  2. Graduation from a New York State registered or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in the fields listed in (A) above and two (2) years of technical and/or administrative work experience in municipal, county or regional planning.

NOTE: Qualifying technical/administrative planning experience must have been a primary component of the job in the preparation of long-range comprehensive development plans connected with municipal, regional, and community planning. Work activities must be closely related to planning activities such as land use analysis, environmental issue analysis, capital programming, economic analysis, grant writing/administration, fiscal analysis, recreation planning, waterfront planning or transportation planning. Qualifying experience may also include legal research, consultative or college level instructional experience in these fields.

Senior Research Planner, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress ("Pattern"), the Hudson Valley's premier planning and research organization is seeking a Senior Research Planner to assist with a multitude of projects including one of two signature initiatives - the Urban Action Agenda (UAA).

In the fall of 2014, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress started a multiyear effort focusing on the revitalization of the region's urban centers. The project initially focused upon the research necessary to understand the growth potential and related impediments of these centers, then it embarked on assisting 25 targeted municipalities in creating and implementing plans that will change the trajectory of each. Seeking to focus growth where there is existing infrastructure, transit and amenities that may prove attractive to primarily, but not limited to, millenials in an effort to create a resurgence of growth in these areas and yet avoid prior patterns of sprawl while protecting the region's environment.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive planning and/or research experience; preferably a Master's degree in one of the following : planning, public administration, sociology or a closely related field and should possess proficiency in standard computer applications(Office). Additionally computer skills that are desired are knowledge and skills using ESRI software, including ArcGIS for Desktop with the knowledge of mapping and ability to apply it to research.

The desired candidate should be equally comfortable working as part of a team and independently, including being in the field. In addition, the candidate should possess strong written and oral communication skills; solid analytical and organizational abilities; ability to meet deadlines; demonstrated interpersonal skills and comfort in working with elected officials and senior government officials. Knowledge of the Hudson Valley is essential.

SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •   Working independently and with Pattern staff, continue the implementation of urban revitalization plans for targeted urban centers by analyzing and integrating factors related to land use, zoning, design, historic preservation, housing, demographic, social and economic factors, crime, and education as well as other areas that are determined through research as it relates to each municipality
  •   Lead Pattern's GIS programming including mapping, data creation, editing and required manipulation
  •   Determine and obtain the public's input as it relates to project goals
  •   Work with regional and municipal leaders under the guidance of Pattern staff
  •   Research, collect and analyze data; prepare reports and present recommendations and
  •   Ability to post and collect comments to social media to enhance the public's

    participation in the development of the planning and implementation components of

    the project as well as to raise the awareness of Pattern's activities

  •   Willingness to work in a fluid environment which often requires to addressing multiple

    projects at once.

  •   Grant writing skills and a willingness to engage in fundraising to support the

    organization are a plus. Salary: Dependent on qualifications

    Benefits: Very Competitive Package

    SUBMISSIONS:

    Your submission package should include the following items:

  •   Resume
  •   2 writing samples - one, a short memorandum and the other a longer example of

    research skills

  •   3 references
  •   Salary and benefit requirements

    Please send COMPLETE application package to:

    Robin DeGroat Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress

    3 Washington Center, 2nd fl Newburgh , New York 12550 rdegroat@pfprogress.org

    To learn more about our work, please visit our website www.Pattern-for-progress.org

    Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress is an equal opportunity employer. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply

Innovative Housing & Community Support for Adults with Autism Prize Challenge

Autism Speaks is currently working on a project to empower adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder to move out of their family home and live as independently as possible, while remaining connected to the larger community. Currently, more than 3 million individuals in the U.S. are living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and around 500,000 of these individuals will be entering adulthood over the next ten years.

Autism Speaks is inviting people from around the world, from any background, to submit innovative, breakthrough ideas in the following three home and residential support solutions:

  • For individuals who require 24/7 support
  • For individuals who require daily support
  • For individuals who require weekly support

Prize details: The best solution in each of these categories will receive a $50,000 USD prize. The total prize purse is $150,000 USD.

Application Instructions: Last date for submission is March 1, 2016. No entry fee is required.

Challenge Guidelines/Registration Link: You may visit the Autism Speaks House to Home Prize challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator.

Accountant, Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board

Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board (STC) is seeking an experienced Fiscal Officer/Accountant. The full time position involves the performance of computerized double‑entry accounting for a wide variety of governmental accounts involving grants accounting, working with numerous programs and funding sources, and the generation of financial reports. The work is carried out in accordance with sound, accepted governmental accounting principles and GAAP. Typical work activities include:

Budget management and processing

Grants management, including financial reports

Processing of accounts payable and accounts receivable

Maintenance of financial database and use of multiple spreadsheets

Annual audit processing

Work with county, state, and federal funding sources

Preparation of financial correspondence

Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in accounting and one year of experience in accounting or

Associates degree in accounting and three years of full-time experience in accounting or

Five years of full-time experience in accounting or

An equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience with financial accounting software and Microsoft Excel

All STC employees are required to pass a Civil Service test that will be offered at some point during their employment.

Resumes should be sent to jobstc@stny.rr.com

Digital Coast Act of 2015 (S.2325)

Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) recently introduced the Digital Coast Act of 2015 (S. 2325), a bipartisan bill that would make it easy for hazard and mitigation planners to access coastal management data from a consolidated pool from federal, state, local, and non-governmental sources. Join APA in supporting this bill by urging your legislators to co-sponsor or introduce a companion bill in just a few quick steps: http://bit.ly/1IA44eg Receive regular detailed updates on the Digital Coast Act and other legislative priorities by joining APA’s Planners’ Advocacy Network today.

PSO Conference Fundraising Competition

As you know, many APA Planning Student Organizations raise money throughout the year to support their members’ attendance at the APA conference. This year APA is encouraging their efforts by sponsoring a 2016 National Planning Conference PSO Fundraising Competition to receive as much as $500 in matching funds from APA. All funds raised from April 23, 2015, through February 29, 2016, for the purpose of attending the 2016 National Planning Conference can be counted. APA will announce the winning PSOs by March 15, 2016. The winners may use the money raised and APA match to defray any costs of students’ conference attendance: registration, travel, lodging, meals, or other conference-related expenses.

And please consider making a generous chapter donation to improve their chances to win matching funds!

Upcoming Webcast Lineup

Upcoming Webcast Lineup (on Friday at 1 p.m. ET, unless noted otherwise):

This webcast will feature a series of compelling presentations on successes in active transportation.  The first presentation will be by John Paul Shaffer, “MEMFix: A Model for Reimagining Neighborhood Streets.” Since 2010, community leaders, activists, and city officials have collaborated on a series of events aimed at revitalizing tired neighborhood commercial areas. Inspired by “The Better Block,” MEMFix mixes tactical urbanism, creative placemaking, and an innovative approach to infrastructure, economic development, and municipal service delivery. MEMFix is a low-cost, stakeholder-led trial design showcasing the potential for dynamic neighborhood spaces, with renewed economic activity and bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets. MEMFix events feature temporary or intermediate roadway and intersection redesigns, many of which receive funding for permanent implementation. One such project is the Hampline – a two-way protected bike lane project with broad community support – for which a gap in design funding was raised by the community using the ioby (in our backyard) crowd-funding platform. The second presentation will be by Cynthia L. Hoyle, FAICP, “Mode Shift Revolution:  Creating Active Communities where bicycling, walking, and using transit are safe, fun, and normal daily activities.” Communities face a big challenge as we strive to provide mobility and access that is efficient, equitable, and sustainable. A transportation system built almost exclusively around the single occupancy vehicle does none of these things and costs cities and their residents, money, time, and opportunity. However, how we transition to a multimodal system is not clear. Some communities are succeeding in making this transition. This presentation will highlight: Key steps that communities can take to begin the transition; What planners can do to support the transition; and Examples of plans and projects from communities achieving mode shift. The third presentation will be by Brooke DuBose, AICP, “Innovative Design Solutions for Pedestrian and Bicyclists. The landscape of pedestrian and bicycle design has changed tremendously over the past 5-10 years. As more innovative facilities are being built, communities are recognizing the increase in comfort and safety benefits they offer. This session will provide an overview of current design standards, new guidelines and other resources that have recently come online, and best practices in pedestrian and bicycle design innovation. 

Planners and designers are often called upon to translate complex concepts into concise, accessible guidelines and planning documents. Organizing a clear, strategic process directly impacts a team’s ability to effectively communicate analysis, process and design recommendations. This session discusses how planners should capture comprehensive project analysis and metrics research and integrate it into written project documentation to narrate  a compelling document. A seasoned professional with experience in research, writing, and editing will present their firm’s best practices for moving from project start up through project completion to improve a planner’s ability to convey process and solutions in a compelling manner.

The session will give an overview of the Florence Neighborhood Revitalization Plan completed in December 2014, which presents steps toward the stabilization and redevelopment of three residential neighborhoods surrounding Downtown Florence. The Plan aims at guiding and leveraging the initial investment of $3 million in the neighborhoods by the city. The session will also include how the city has begun the implementation of the recommendations in the plan. Attendees in the session will learn about: (1) the challenges of urban redevelopment, including physical challenges (blight removal, land acquisition, infrastructure); financial constraints (lender financing for mortgages, construction loans, appraisals, etc.); regulatory hurdles; marrying sustainability, preservation and affordability; and managing community change; (2) An innovative spin on neighborhood redevelopment guided by the efforts of city government and the vision of a community; (3) Visioning plans (Neighborhood Action Plans) that have been done for urban neighborhoods, and how they are used to develop a strategic neighborhood implementation plan that can spur sustainable revitalization and redevelopment; (4) Specific tools and processes needed to develop urban neighborhoods revitalization strategies from leading experts in neighborhood revitalization; (5) Decision making process to select and evaluate projects to align with goals/objectives for neighborhood’s revitalization; (6) Revitalization plans that result in implementation strategies that are ready to be implemented within a short time frame with community buy-in and stakeholder input; (7) The realities and complexities within the implementation of proposed strategies with planning staff and director.

  • Then we’re taking the rest of November off for Thanksgiving.  You should, too!

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

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

Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing during the 2015 calendar year:

Note that the DE CM credits have a different event number than the original live webcast, so the event number in the recording will not work for DE credit.  Use these event numbers above to log your DE CM credits.

NPCR's Annual Brownfield Opportunity Summit - Albany, NY

NPCR Registration is Open WHEN: December 2 & December 3

WHERE:  The Hilton Albany - 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY 12207

This is NPCR's annual meeting for communities throughout New York State that are struggling with revitalization issues posed by the presence of multiple brownfield. The focus on this two-day summit will be on implementing your brownfields plan and identifying the resources and tools needed to attract development and make the plan a reality.

NPCR is collaborating with the Center for Creative Land Recycling to discuss funding opportunities, technical assistance and other resources available to municipalities, community-based organizations and developers.

With several official BOA designations and new incentives for developers to work with BOAs, the conference will also feature a panel of public officials and other experts to address the question of what BOA designation can mean for your community and how to leverage that designation and implement your plan.

The BOA summit will include important policy discussions and opportunities for networking, information sharing, and exploring new ideas for your community revitalization efforts.

Register today!

Elevating Erie: International Ideas Competition

ELEVATING ERIE: INTERNATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION TO SOLICIT PROPOSALS FOR THE FUTURE OF ERIE BOULEVARD IN CENTRAL NEW YORK The Town of Dewitt and the City of Syracuse will be making an exciting announcement about a joint initiative to solicit ideas for the future of the Erie Boulevard East corridor in Central New York. Considering the upcoming bicentennial of the Erie Canal in 2017, the City of Syracuse and Town of DeWitt are launching Elevating Erie, a competition to identify innovative ideas that will stimulate and guide the future development of the Canalway corridor within both the Town and the City. This jointly-sponsored ideas competition–made possible with funding from the New York State Department of State–invites proposals for connecting one of the most urbanized areas of the Erie Canalway Trail. While the former route of the Erie Canal through DeWitt and Syracuse (e.g., Erie Boulevard East) has been mostly paved over for 100 years, the corridor has remained significant to the region by transporting people and goods, and has the potential to become part of the longest continuous bicycle and pedestrian trail in North America.

WHAT: PRESS EVENT TO ANNOUNCE THE LAUNCH OF ELEVATING ERIE IDEAS COMPETITION

WHERE: ERIE CANAL MUSEUM 318 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13202

WHEN: WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 28, 2015 12:00pm

CONTACT: Samuel Gordon, Director of Planning and Zoning Town of DeWitt (315)446-3910 ext. 148 sgordon@townofdewitt.com

Owen Kerney, Assistant Director for City Planning Syracuse Onondaga County Planning Agency (315)448-8160 okerney@syrgov.net

Skaneateles Long-Term Flood Resiliency Workshop for Communities: A Watershed Management Approach (3 CM credits pending) October 16th

Friday, October 16, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)

For more info and registration click this link. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/skaneateles-long-term-flood-resiliency-workshop-for-communities-a-watershed-management-approach-tickets-18295009867

*A flood resilient community is one in which residents and institutions have the capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding with minimal outside assistance. Registration Cost: Free. Registration required. Register ASAP to reserve your spot. Lunch will be provided.

Description: The regional trend toward frequent, intense rain events in a short period of time is likely to continue. The results are recurring flooding and erosion issues for communities, which increases financial burden on the municipal budget. This program will explore watershed resiliency strategies to minimize future flooding impacts and minimize the expense of such events. Participants will learn about: - planning tools for identifying risks to their community; - funding sources; and - steps that communities have taken to prioritize risks, take preventive measures, and recover from extreme events.

Who Should Attend: Municipal officials, highway personnel, planners, and engaged community members

Questions: Please contact Brad DeFrees at badefree@syr.edu or 315.558.8046

Partners: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County and the City of Syracuse, American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter

Big Flats Long-Term Flood Resiliency Workshop for Communities: A Watershed Management Approach (3 CM credits pending) October 14th

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 8:30 AM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

For more info and registration click the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/big-flats-long-term-flood-resiliency-workshop-for-communities-a-watershed-management-approach-tickets-18044197681

*A flood resilient community is one in which residents and institutions have the capacity to prepare for, respond to, and recover from flooding with minimal outside assistance. Registration Cost: Free. Registration required. Register ASAP to reserve your spot. Lunch will be provided.

Description: The regional trend toward frequent, intense rain events in a short period of time is likely to continue. The results are recurring flooding and erosion issues for communities, which increases financial burden on the municipal budget. This program will explore watershed resiliency strategies to minimize future flooding impacts and minimize the expense of such events. Participants will learn about: - planning tools for identifying risks to their community; - funding sources; and - steps that communities have taken to prioritize risks, take preventive measures, and recover from extreme events.

Who Should Attend: Municipal officials, highway personnel, planners, and engaged community members

Questions: Please contact Brad DeFrees at badefree@syr.edu or 315.558.8046

Partners: Chemung County Stormwater Coalition and the Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, American Planning Association New York Upstate Chapter

Water Resilient Cities: Climate Change, Infrastructure, Economies, and Governance in the Great Lakes Basin

The Levin College of Urban Affairs is hosting a conference this coming April 2016 focused on cities, water and climate change in the Great Lakes basin. Our framework is water resilience, and we convene this conference to create an opportunity for conversations across academic and professional organizations, and among those working in:· Drinking water · Wastewater · Storm water · Water technology industries, and · Governance of urban water resources.

We are very excited to be hosting a USEPA workshop on water and climate readiness on the two days preceding the conference. You will find a link to their program in the announcement.

The Levin College has a long history conducting research and educating public managers on the most pressing problems facing cities, and the conference is part of our current effort to draw attention to water issues in legacy cities.

Please be sure to check our web site over the next few months for updates. We hope that you will join us next April in Cleveland, which is now ranked as a hot spot for tourism, dining and entertainment.