2016 Planning Webcast Series

Below are the announced sessions for the 2016 Planning Webcast Series

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at www.ohioplanning.org/planningwebcastCM credits have been approved and can be claimed by looking up the event by name, date, or event number




Event #


Smart Growth and FAST Act Bill (Part I)

Transportation Planning Division



Where We Want to Live

Transportation Planning Division



Airport Land Use and Noise Compatibility

Virginia Chapter



From Opportunistic to Strategic Green Infrastructure

County Planning Division



Forging Neighborhoods for all Generations

Private Practice Division


Distance Education – these webcast recordings are approved for CM credit for viewing throughout 2016: Housing for People with Disabilities: A Civil Rights Lens - 1.5 CM LAW Credits (#e.9008313) To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Northern New England Chapter Ethics of Private Practice Consulting - 1.5 CM ETHICS Credits (#e.9016910) To locate this event for CM credit, click here or search by the provider, APA Private Practice Division

Walk [Your City] Founder to Speak in Albany on May 18th (1 CM)

Last fall, Albany deployed 100 Walk [Your City] signs at 16 intersections to promote the city’s heritage and walkability. In May, the Albany Roundtable will welcome Matt Tomasulo, the founder of Walk [Your City], as its Visiting Speaker. The event is open to the public, and will be held at the National Register-listed University Club of Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The meeting will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and will feature a social hour with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a short update on the Albany Roundtable Civic Luncheon Series, and a talk by the Visiting Speaker. Tickets are $40 and include light fare and open bar.

Planners should note that this event has been approved for 1.0 AICP certification maintenance credits.


2016 NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association Board Elections: Call for Nominations

 The Upstate Chapter Board is seeking nominations of individuals who are interested in serving on the Board. While the Board currently only has a vacancy for the Secretary position, all seats are up for re-election this year and we encourage you to consider running for a (2-year) position.

The general role of the Board is to supervise the affairs of the Chapter, with each officer having a set role they provide to the Board/Chapter. The Board meets at least 6 times per year (typically alternating in-person and via teleconference call with one meeting occurring in conjunction with the Annual Conference) and shall perform duties as specified in the Chapter Bylaws or customary to a Board. You can find a copy of the duties of Officers in the recently updated and adopted Chapter Bylaws: http://nyupstateplanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Bylaws-2015-Final-Adopted.pdf

A nomination committee consisting of individuals from Eastern NY, the Southern Tier, Genesee Finger Lakes Region and Western NY has been established to run the nominating process. Their role, per the bylaws, is to nominate at least one and no more than two candidates for each Chapter Office.  For the first time ever elections will be conducted on behalf of the Chapter by APA National. You will be receiving information from APA National regarding the election process later this year.

 If you are interested in a position on the Board, you must be both an APA and New York Upstate Chapter member (in good standing). Please review the bylaws section regarding the duties of officers to determine the position of interest to you. Please email your statement of interest (in MSWord format) to James Levy, AICP – Interim Board Vice President (& Secretary) at jlevy@planning4places.com. The statement must contain your full name, full contact information, the leadership position you are interested in, and a bio/candidate statement (limited to 500 words or less). APA National is also asking all candidates to provide a headshot (this isn’t mandatory but highly encouraged – a separate jpg is preferred). If you are AICP and want this noted on the ballot, please make sure to include this on your statement of interest.

All nominations must be received by May 26th, 2016 – no exceptions.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact James Levy – jlevy@planning4places.com

City of Newark, Principal Transportation Planner

The City of Newark, Division of Traffic and Signals seeks a Principal Transportation Planner to join a team of professional planners and engineers. Responsibilities may include but are not limited to; review, interprets and analyzes complex statistical and transportation systems data; coordinate transportation planning activities with other state and local planning efforts; conduct studies and surveys; prepare maps, charts and graphs; provide technical advice and consultation; review and analyze technical reports ; participate in meetings with government officials and other parties; serve as project manager transportation planning studies and design projects; serve as a liaison with the local MPO the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA); and apply complete streets principles to roadway and streetscape design projects with a focus on improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility and access.

Closing date is 5/25/2016

For more information, see the Attached Document

Secretary to the Director of Planning and Economic Development

Chautauqua County Department of Planning and Economic Development seeks qualified applicants for Secretary to the Director of Planning and Economic Development. Position provides administrative assistance to the Director. Candidates should have an understanding of the planning and economic development functions of the Department and be detail oriented. Preference will be given to candidates with growth potential. Position is full time with benefits.

Applications and more information regarding the position can be found at:



Planner and/or Urban Designer Position at Ingalls Planning & Design

Ingalls Planning & Design is a small, progressive community planning and design practice specializing in comprehensive planning, urban design, zoning, and waterfront planning. Current projects include comprehensive plans, waterfront plans, corridor studies, zoning updates, and active transportation plans throughout New York State. They are currently accepting resumes for a part-time or full-time planner and/or urban designer position with up to five years experience.

For more information, see the Attached Document

RFP: Poughkeepsie City Center Connectivity Project

The Poughkeepsie City Center Connectivity Project (Connectivity Project) is a long-term transportation planning initiative closely linked with the city’s broader efforts to revitalize its downtown and promote transit-oriented economic development.  As part of this initiative, the City of Poughkeepsie (City) is seeking a qualified engineering firm to assist the City by performing traffic engineering analysis for a complete streets initiative in the City Center. This includes preparation of existing traffic conditions analysis; scenario development; alternatives selection; impact analysis; financial analysis; design and installation of soft demonstration measures along Market; and public outreach. This phase of the project has been funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency under the New York State Consolidated Funding Application process. The City received authorization for preliminary engineering and demonstration for this project in 2014.Through this project, the City of Poughkeepsie in partnership with the selected consulting firm and in coordination with New York State Department of Transportation, would redesign Market Street as a “complete street” in which all transportation users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders, are sufficiently accommodated. This project will require the expertise of a multidisciplinary team consisting of transportation planning, civil and environmental engineering and other disciplines, necessary to bring the project into a demonstration design phase. The consultant shall structure a proposal which accomplishes the objectives of the project. This project is linked to the City’s ongoing initiative of restoring the City’s Main Street as the primary economic core of the region.

The City is seeking a qualified traffic engineering firm to analyze and demonstrate soft approaches for converting Market Street into a complete bi-directional street. This reconfiguration would improve vehicular circulation throughout the City Center and also enhance pedestrian safety by reducing the speed of vehicles. Prior engineering and design studies have already developed schemes for Market Street that would include rearrangements of parking as well as reconfigurations of intersections in order to enable improved pedestrian crossings. However, these preliminary schemes do not fully transform Market Street into a multi-modal corridor. Given Market Street’s dimensions, it is possible to design Market Street in a way that would allocate a larger share of the right-of-way to alternative transportation modes, including better landscaped sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes. Moreover, the intersections of Market Street with regional arterials could be redesigned to facilitate the introduction of Complete Streets concepts, not only on Market Street, but also on the arterials themselves. Redesigning Market Street is not only an opportunity to enhance the street’s performance itself, but also enable better connections between the city and Mid-Hudson Bridge approaches.

For more information see the Attached Document

Two jobs at LaBella Associates

Environmental Planner LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is consistently ranked by its employees as one of the Rochester’s Top 2016 Workplaces. We are headquartered in Rochester’s historic High Falls District with offices across New York and in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and an office in Madrid, Spain. We are a multi-disciplined architectural and engineering firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust.

LaBella Associates seeks an Environmental Planner to join our Downtown Rochester office. The Planning Division at LaBella Associates provides environmental review, planning and permitting services to a variety of municipal, private and utility clients in addition to serving internal LaBella divisions.

Under general supervision of the Planning Division Director and Principal Environmental Analyst the successful candidate will help prepare various environmental documents and related technical studies pursuant to the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other regulatory programs. The candidate may also participate in a broad range of other planning, economic development and engineering services offered by LaBella Associates including planning, grants, permitting and GIS mapping. Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the position.

For more information, see the Attached Document


LaBella Associates, D.P.C. is consistently ranked by its employees as one of Rochester’s Top Workplaces. We are headquartered in Rochester’s historic High Falls District with offices across New York and in Maine, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and an office in Madrid, Spain. We are a multi-disciplined architectural, engineering and planning firm dedicated to client satisfaction through teamwork, respect, and trust.

LaBella Associates Planning Division seeks a mid level Planner to join either our Downtown Rochester office or our Downtown Buffalo office. The Planning Division at LaBella Associates provides planning, environmental, economic development and funding services to a variety of municipal, private and utility clients in addition to serving internal LaBella divisions.

Under general supervision of the Planning Division Director the ideal candidate will have an appreciation and understanding of economic development including downtown revitalization, brownfield redevelopment and regional economic development.  The candidate may also participate in a broad range of other planning and engineering services offered by LaBella Associates including land use planning, agricultural planning, zoning, grants, environmental reviews and GIS mapping. Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills are essential for the position.

For more information, see the Attached Document

2016 NY Statewide Preservation Conference

 The 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference will take place May 5-7th in Albany and Troy. We’re moving east to the Capital Region to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

 This year’s Conference theme is Preservation50: NYS. Preservation50 is a nationwide effort to celebrate, learn from, and leverage the NHPA’s first five decades to assure historic preservation’s vibrant future in America. The 2016 Statewide Preservation Conference will be all about celebrating our past achievements and planning for the future of historic preservation in New York State.

This Conference is the only event of its kind in the state—a multi-day gathering for anyone involved in preservation and community revitalization. It’s an opportunity to learn, network, become inspired and, yes, have fun!

WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR?  Grassroots preservationists in villages, rural towns, and cities throughout New York; professionals working in the field or allied fields (architects, planners, landscape architects, developers, etc.); elected officials and municipal board members; city neighborhood leaders/activists; students in preservation and allied fields.

CONFERENCE FILM:  The Neighborhood That Disappeared  - A documentary by Mary Paley

 In 1962, one of the most massive urban renewal projects in American history sterilized the cultural and ethnic heart of Albany, New York. An arrangement made by first term Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller and longtime Albany Mayor, Erastus Corning the 2nd, displaced almost eight percent of the City’s diverse population, razed more than a thousand buildings, dislodged 3,600 households, and closed 350 businesses.

 More information available at http://landmarksociety.org/conference/

Or contact: Daniel McEneny, Public Outreach, Division for Historic Preservation, 518.268.2162, Daniel.McEneny@parks.ny.gov Caitlin Meives, Preservation Planner, The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., (585) 546-7029 x27, cmeives@landmarksociety.org.

Montgomery County Culinary Incubator RFP

Montgomery County will engage an economic development consultant, possibly in conjunction with an engineering firm to conduct a feasibility study of the proposed culinary incubator. The consultant team will report to and be guided by the Advisory Committee. The consultant’s work will include an analysis of comparable culinary incubator models; interviews with potential tenants and partners; site identification and evaluation; an analysis of the funding necessary to develop and operate the incubator; and the development of a strategic plan for the facility with concise recommendations with respect to ownership, management, financing, marketing, and operations.

Each Proposer must submit three (3) hard copies of the proposal to: Scott Surento, Purchasing Agent 20 Park Street Fonda, NY 12068 Proposals will be accepted until Wednesday, May 4, 2016 4:00 pm Questions are to be submitted in via email to: William Roehr, Senior Planner E-mail: wroehr@co.montgomery.ny.us Phone: (518) 853-8334

For more information see the Attached Document

Three Free Webinars on Watershed Management

The Syracuse Environmental Finance Center is hosting "Rural Water Resiliency: Infrastructure and Watershed Management, Regulatory Environment, and Financial Preparedness" a free spring webinar series.

Webinar 1

Rural Water Resiliency through Watershed and Roadway-Stream Intersection Management

Thursday, April 21st, 1pm-2pm EDT

Description: Proper watershed and streamway management can decrease both the probability of flooding and drought and community vulnerability to these problems, protect roadway infrastructure, and prevent soil erosion, all of which help with cost savings for local governments. This webinar will cover watershed functions, including the effect of tiling and roadside ditches, demonstrate strategies to improve resiliency through streamway management, adjustment of ordinances and roadway drainage practices, and highlight re-engineered solutions, including relocation of infrastructure, phased retreat, and floodplain buyout. The webinar will also discuss the Climate Change Resiliency Act and how to utilize available money for municipal budgets.

Presenter: Rebecca Schneider - Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Webinar 2

Planning for the New(est) Definition of Federal Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

Thursday, May 12th, 1pm-2pm EDT

Description: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have published new regulations defining Waters of the United States (WOTUS) in the Federal Register. This webinar will review and compare the 2007 and 2015 delineations of WOTUS and how those definitions impact delineations and determinations. The webinar will describe the status of the definition within the federal courts. Finally, the webinar will discuss steps municipalities can take to protect their own projects and those projects they are reviewing from potential changes in the WOTUS definition.


Terresa Bakner - Partner, Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP

Barbara B. Beall, PWS - Director of Natural Resource Services, The Chazen Companies

Webinar 3

Financing Resilient Communities

Thursday, May 26th, 1pm-2pm EDT

Description: Flooding can leave a community with damaged roadways, downed transmission lines and uninhabitable buildings. The need to replace or renovate damaged infrastructure becomes an emergency expenditure that many communities simply cannot afford. This webinar will discuss financing strategies and asset management for communities to prepare for flooding and other severe weather events. The webinar will also provide basic resources for communities to generate a resiliency plan and discuss funding programs at the state and federal levels.


Jen Cotting - Research Associate, Environmental Finance Center at the University of Maryland 

Khris Dodson - Associate Director, Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

The Syracuse Environmental Finance Center's annual Local Leaders Conference is also coming up on April 26-28. For anyone who is interested, the draft agenda is available on their website and the program includes stormwater related sessions, as well as disaster mitigation sessions focused on flooding. The target audience is supervisors and mayors, council/board members, clerks, engineers, and other interested community leaders.

In Memoriam

Dear NYU APA Chapter members,

 It is with deep regret to share with you the NY Upstate community has lost a friend and fellow planner.  Art Buckley, AICP whom has been a long standing NY Upstate Chapter Board member and Wyoming County Planner passed away on Monday.  As the Board’s Professional Development Officer Art dedicated his career to serve the community and promote the planning profession.  As a friend to many of you the Chapter Board wanted to share this shocking and sad news with our members.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday 1-3 p.m. in Attica, NY.  Please click on the following link to view his obituary:  http://www.wyomingcountyfreepress.com/obituaries/43680/arthur-j-buckley-iv  On behalf of the APA membership and the Chapter Board a card will be sent to Mrs. Buckley extending our condolences along with a plant arrangement for the funeral service.  To share the words of a Chapter Board member Ben Syden, Art was, and will forever be, a large part of the Upstate Planning Community.  Please keep Art’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. 


Katie Evans, President

New York Upstate Chapter

American Planning Association

Art Buckley pictured with Marcia Kees, Rocky Ferraro, Barbara Johnston, and Ellen Parker at the NYU Chapter Conference on September 17, 2014

Planner, Orange County Department of Planning

Applications are now being accepted for the position of Planner. The nature of this appointment is provisional pending outcome of Civil Service Examination. Examination to be scheduled at a later date.

The work involves responsibility for assisting in the development of plans and programs which provide for utilization of water, land and physical facilities on a municipal, county or regional level as administered through the Orange County Department of Planning and Development. The work is carried out in accordance with established policies and procedures and involves the performance of a variety of planning activities in conjunction with water and land use, public utilities, community facilities, housing and transportation.

Minimum Qualifications: Either:

  1. (A)  Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master’s degree in Community, Regional, Urban or City Planning; OR
  2. (B)  Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master’s degree in Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Government, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration or related field and six (6) months of experience in municipal, county or regional planning; OR
  3. (C)  Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s degree in Community, Regional, Urban or City Planning, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Government, Historic Preservation, Landscape Architecture, Public Administration or related field and two (2) years of experience in municipal, county or regional planning.

Starting Salary: $28.3084 per hour (35 hours per week)



David E. Church, AICP, Planning Commissioner Orange County Planning Department 124 Main Street Goshen, NY 10924 Phone: (845) 615-3840/ Fax: (845) 291-2533 Email: erussell@orangecountygov.com

Employment applications can be downloaded from Orange County’s website. Please visit www.orangecountygov.com and follow the link to the Department of Human Resources page.



City of Rome, Planner

The City of Rome is currently seeking a full-time Planner within the office of Community and Economic Development. Job Description

This position involves the responsibility to assist professional planning staff in completion of projects and assignments by performing a variety of research and administrative activities with the programs undertaken.  An employee in this class assists professional staff by gathering and analyzing data, writing and preparing reports, and administering programs.  An employee in this class must also have strong public presentation and communication skills.

Department staff members provide consultation and instruction for more complex assignments.  Supervision over the work of others is not a responsibility of employees in this class.  The incumbent does related work as required.  An employee in this class should be self-motivated, goal-oriented, and well organized to assist professional staff.  Work activities include office work and field assignments, including; researching, analyzing and developing planning programs, grant writing/administration, community engagement, and project implementation oversight.

Minimum Qualifications


  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree Urban Planning, Architecture, or other related field. OR
  1. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university with an Associate’s degree in Urban Planning, Architecture, or other related field and 2 years of full-time related professional work experience.

This position is subject to New York State Civil Service open-competitive examination requiring the selected candidate to pass and place within the top three highest scores on an eligible list for permanent appointment.

Interested individuals should submit their resume and cover letter to Jonathan H.  Sears, Secretary to the Civil Service Commission, at jsears@romecitygov.com, or by mail to the City of Rome Civil Service Commission, 198 North Washington Street, Rome, New York, 13440.

This position will remain advertised until filled.

For more information see the Attached Document


Quarterly Meeting & Learning Laboratory: Gloversville, New York

This regional meeting is a chance to convene professionals around common issues faced in our communities & business districts working together to identify solutions.  Our goal is to engage and support business districts across New York State.  As a group, we are a peer based resource to each other, we track innovative programs and innovative communities.  Our goal is to be a go-to source for New York business district needs.  

We have worked very hard to keep this affordable for all of our peers with our budgets in mind.The cost of this gathering is only $ 75 dollars and includes the workshops, tours and meals. 

Registration & Information

Call For Presentations!

The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) and the Western New York APA Section are proud to announce that the 2016 Annual Chapter Conference will be held in downtown Buffalo at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, from Wednesday, September 28 through Friday September 30.
The APA New York Upstate Chapter Conference is an opportunity for planners and community advocates to learn and share successful strategies for revitalization in the Upstate region. The conference theme “Rust Belt Reborn” celebrates a vibrant return to urban centers and the promotion of active community lifestyles. Against the backdrop of former industrial landscapes, communities are being reinvented with new residential, commercial and public uses. As the host for the 2016 conference, Buffalo exemplifies the potential to reintroduce the heritage of the City to the community and welcome visitors to its extraordinary cultural landscape. We will be highlighting many of the exciting changes occurring in the City of Buffalo and the surrounding region.
The 2016 Conference Planning Committee is developing a conference program to bring various planning and allied design professionals together to learn from each other, as well as acquire new skills. We are seeking presentations that fit the conference theme, present cutting edge skills and/or highlight current issues relevant to planners throughout Upstate New York. We are also developing ideas for mobile workshops and ways to encourage involvement of graduate students and citizen planners.
In order to facilitate approval of CM credits for AICP planners, please be sure your session proposals comply with the following requirements:
  1. Sessions must (a) meet a planning related objective, (b) be unbiased and non-promotional, and (c) communicate a clearly identified educational purpose or objective.
  2. Activities must (a) be led by one or more experts on the subject matter discussed, (b) use learning methodologies and formats that are appropriate to the activity's educational purpose, and (c) involve the use of materials that do not include proprietary information.
  3. The session should last for 90 minutes (including Question and Answer period) in order to be eligible for 1.5 credits.
If you have a presentation that you would like to share at the conference, please submit your information on the Session Proposal Form. Please fill out ALL of the information!