Community Development Director, Fitchburg, MA

Master’s Degree in Urban Planning preferred. Master’s Degree in Public Administration,or Public Policy or related field will also be considered - 5+ years progressive management experience in urban planning or community/economic development, including staff oversight and direction - A Bachelor’s degree in the above disciplines with at least 10+ years of progressive management experience in these fields may be considered - Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills working with public officials, business and community leaders, developers, non-profits and the general public - Prior experience in Master Plan development a plus - Working knowledge of municipal zoning and planning programs and procedures - Ability to prepare and analyze reports and data and have skills necessary to operate required tools and equipment (ie: word processing, spreadsheet software, etc.) Resumes to HR, 166 Boulder Dr., Fitchburg, MA 01420. Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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Certified Land Planner

Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers and Surveyors, LLC is seeking a qualified Land Planner. Must be prepared to travel and attend public meetings, some of which will occur at night. A Bachelor’s Degree in planning or related field with five (5) years’ experience, and AICP certification preferred.

Knowledge and experience to include: feasibility studies and assist in the preparation of submittal documents to obtain permits. Planning Board advisor for code compliance of land development projects, provide guidance through SEQR process and provide input on code modifications. Please email resume to


There is a great opportunity right now for your community to get recognition from the American Planning Association for its Comprehensive Plan. A pilot recognition and scoring program kicked off last week that will evaluate how plans incorporate sustainability principles and practices, and applications for plans to be considered this year are due on June 17. More information about the program can be found here on the APA website.

The first step is filling out a short application to join the pilot – viewable here: This application tells the committee about the context of your plan, and helps them get a range of plan types to work with during the pilot. If your plan is selected for the pilot, you will be asked to submit additional information about the plan later this summer to score/recognize it. I would be happy to answer questions from folks about the information needed for either step.

 Please consider submitting an initial application by Friday, June 17!

WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT: The State of Sustainability Programs in the Northeast


Title: The State of Sustainability Programs in the Northeast

Date: Friday, June 24, 1-2:30pm EDT (10-11:30am PDT)

Description: This webinar will feature speakers from New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire speaking on sustainability programs and planning support for local governments offered in each state. Attached is a full announcement for the webinar.

Anyone can register here:

 Please share the webinar announcement with your networks – we would like broad participation so as to kick-start our dialogue on sustainability in planning in the northeast.

Zoos, Botanical Gardens and Aquaria and Land and Water Conservation Fund Program Assistant in Albany, NY

The primary responsibilities of this position are to develop, review, and process grant applications, contracts, and payments. The incumbent will also be required to monitor the status of individual projects, including impending deadlines.

Specific duties include: preparing and submitting grant applications through the Federal website, developing grant opportunities through the State’s Grants Gateway, recommending funding levels for grant opportunities, developing contracts for funding, preparing vouchers for payment, coding contracts, amendments and vouchers through the State Finance System (SFS) portal, reviewing payment documentation to determine appropriate payment amounts, review reports to determine compliance with contract requirements, prepare reports on the status of individual projects and provide written and oral reports on program overview.

For more information, see the Attached Document

Senior Landscape Architect/Project Manager in Saratoga Springs, NY

Saratoga Associates Landscape Architects, Architects, Engineers and Planners, one of New York State’s most respected professional design firms, is seeking a full time Senior Landscape Architect/Project Manager in our Saratoga Springs, NY office. This office is a client-centered, business casual, friendly, but fast-paced environment to work in.

We will hire a Senior Landscape Architect, RLA, as a member of a multi-disciplinary design team including landscape architects, architects, engineers and planners. Candidates should have 8+ years of professional experience, and will lead design teams with site analysis, concept design, production of construction documents, project presentation graphics, and construction administration efforts. This position is ideal for candidates who are looking to enhance their professional skills and desire to advance to a senior management position in the near future.

For more information, see the Attached Document

County of Orleans, Planner

DISTINGUISING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is an entry level professional position involving responsibility for exercising independent judgment in the direct undertaking of professional planning work and related research. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Director of Planning and Development, and requires independent responsibility and a high level of professional performance in planning, assigning, reviewing, coordinating, facilitating and undertaking a variety of complex planning tasks. The incumbent is either assigned to lead major projects or complete phases of projects. Does related work as required.

For more information, see the Attached File


The Town of Islip, Long Island, New York, consists of 160 square miles and a population of 360,000 residents.  The Deputy Commissioner assists in the management of five divisions – Planning, Building, Engineering, Economic Development and Zoning Board of Appeals.  The department oversees a $5.4M budget with 77 staff members. 

Salary range $90,000-110,000 commensurate with experience.

 Please email cover letter, resume and three professional references to Ron Meyer, Commissioner of Planning & Development at

Planning Webcast Update, 5/31/2016

Upcoming Webcasts – all at 1 p.m. ET:

June 3 – County Planning Division – Be Project Ready: Go from Opportunistic to Strategic Green InfrastructureSpeakers: Lauren Long, Tashya Allen

With limited budgets, communities must prioritize options for addressing flood hazards and the costs of those options. Coastal green infrastructure is a strategy for reducing impacts from storm surge, sea level rise, and precipitation and includes approaches across different scales. This presentation will highlight resources to help communities go from opportunistic to strategic green infrastructure planning: Considering Climate Change in Coastal Conservation Planning – an online resource that provides six succinct steps, key resources for each, and links to the full guidance developed; Green Infrastructure Mapping Guide – an online tutorial to help spatial analysts use GIS to prioritize green infrastructure to help reduce storm surge and sea level rise impacts; A Guide to Assessing Green Infrastructure Costs and Benefits for Flood Reduction - a six-step watershed based approach to documenting the costs of flooding due to precipitation, projecting increased flooding and associated costs under future land use and climate conditions, and calculating the benefits and costs of reducing flooding with green infrastructure over the long term; Green Infrastructure Protective Services Animation - helps community members and local decision-makers better understand the storm protection benefits from green infrastructure. 

June 10 – Virginia Chapter – Airport Land Use and Noise Compatibility – Speakers: Mary Ashburn Pearson, AICP, Roy Lewis 

This session will address land use compatibility around the airport in your community, and will touch on the following topics: (1) Land Use – How to plan for land use around airports/how to measure incompatibility; Compatible land uses that can spur economic development; Integrating airport planning and development with the municipality’s Comprehensive Plan/Land Use Plan  (and vice versa); Other incompatible land uses- object height, visibility reduction, wildlife attractant- but keep the presentation focused on land use; (2) Noise – How is noise measured by FAA? What does a flight track look like, and how do I learn about the flight tracks/aircraft approaches to my airport? How to prevent/plan for noise impacts from airplanes on surrounding communities; (3) Land Acquisition – Why does the airport require so much land; Explanation of select safety and protected surfaces; and of the FAA airport design criteria resulting in necessary land acquisition; Does the airport sponsor have the power of eminent domain?  Definition of aviation easement; Land acquisitions associated with FAA-approved Noise Compatibility Programs. 

 June 17 – Transportation Planning Division – Where We Want to Live – Speaker: Ryan Gravel

 Ryan Gravel, author of the original thesis for the Atlanta Beltline, will discuss the topics of his new book, “Where We Want to Live – Reclaiming Infrastructure for a New Generation of Cities.” This fresh take on the future of cities investigates the cultural side of infrastructure, describing how a more thoughtful design for the construction of our lives can illuminate a brighter path forward. By invoking examples as wide-ranging as the small and elegant High Line in New York City to the revitalization of the vast and unruly Los Angeles River, Ryan will describe how people everywhere are already reclaiming obsolete infrastructure as renewed conduits of urban life. More than individual projects, he argues, they represent an emerging cultural momentum that allows us to forget tired old arguments about traffic, pollution, blight, and sprawl, and instead leverage those conditions as assets in the creation of something far more interesting than anything we’ve seen so far.

 June 24 – Upstate NY Chapter – The State of Sustainability Programs in the Northeast – Speakers: Dazzle Ekblad, Alicia Hunt, Joanna Nadeau, Jennifer Czysz, Donna Drewes

 This webinar will feature speakers from New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New Hampshire speaking on sustainability programs and planning support for local governments offered in each state. They will describe the results of state programs that have encouraged sustainability planning as well as the status of current initiatives, including the Clean Energy Communities and Climate Smart Communities Programs in NY; Massachusetts’ Green Communities program, climate change vulnerability assessments, and coastal zone green infrastructure planning grants; Sustainable Jersey; and NH’s Granite State Future project. An update on efforts to build a national network of state-based sustainability programs will be highlighted.

Click on the title links to register.  You can see the current listing of all webcasts at 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 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

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. 

Town of Middlebury VT - Assistant Zoning Administrator/DRB Coordinator

The Town of Middlebury is accepting applications for a full time Assistant Zoning Administrator/DRB Coordinator to fill an important role in the Department of Planning and Zoning.  This position reports to the Director of Planning and Zoning, who also serves as Town Zoning Administrator.  This person will assist the Zoning Administrator in the day-to-day operations of the local permitting and DRB review process, including assisting customers, responding to zoning inquiries and taking-in applications. For more information, see the Attached Document

Display Booth for Sale

FOR SALE by peter j. smith & company, inc., display booth. See attached images. Lightly used, minor repair to one end panel. Newer “cool” replacement lights. Assembled dimensions: 7’7”W x 1’5.5”D x 7’5”H. End panels each add 10 inches to the width. Comes with wheeled storage and shipping barrel.

Also for sale: tradeshow panel case. Also lightly used, excellent condition. Size/dimensions: 43"L x 32"W X 9"H, internal dimensions: 40.25" L x 30.25"W x 6" H. Made of high density polyethylene. Molded handles, webstraps, wheels, removable lid, telescopes to 8 inches. UPS approved, weighs 30 pounds, dimensional weight 66 pounds.

Buy both: $500: booth, $350, panel case, $150.

 Items are located in Buffalo. Cash & carry. For more information and to make an appointment to inspect: Peter Smith, peter j. smith & company, inc.,

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The Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), a regional planning agency serving Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga and Schenectady counties in upstate New York, seeks an experienced leader who will oversee the development, coordination and administration of programs and services through a professional staff of eight.  In addition, this individual will be responsible for developing and maintaining working relationships with public officials, not for profit community organizations, and private sector stakeholders throughout the Capital Region. Candidates should have a demonstrated ability in analytical and writing skills, organizational leadership, and effective administration skills along with a minimum of fifteen years of relevant planning experience.  A Master’s Degree in Planning or a related field from an accredited college or university is required, AICP certification is preferred.

Excellent opportunity to lead a highly regarded and essential agency that supports the overall sustainability of the Capital Region.  Email resumes by June 30th to JR Allen at  For more information, go to for a detailed job description and qualifications.

RFP for a Port Chester Mobility and Parking Management Study with a Recommended Plan of Action

The Village of Port Chester and Port Chester IDA are seeking a consultant or team of consultants to study the vehicular and pedestrian traffic efficiencies, access to the Village’s downtown, circulation within the downtown, parking management strategies, and to recommend ways that the Village can make improvements, both in the short- and long-terms.

For more information and a copy of the RFP, please visit the PCIDA’s website:

 Proposals must be received by June 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM.

 All correspondence, including questions and proposals, should be submitted to:

Constance Phillips, Secretary Port Chester Industrial Development Agency 222 Grace Church Street Port Chester, NY 10753 Email:

Elevating Erie: An Exhibition of Big Ideas

In the Fall of 2015, the City of Syracuse and Town of DeWitt launched Elevating Erie, a competition to identify innovative ideas that could stimulate and guide the future development of the Canalway corridor within both the Town and the City. This jointly-sponsored solicitation, made possible with funding from the New York State Department of State and the Central New York Community Foundation, solicited ideas from the international design community through an open call for ideas. 64 different proposals were received representing ideas from 16 different countries.

The Town of Dewitt and the City of Syracuse are showcasing the Elevating Erie proposals during a public exhibition at the Erie Canal Museum in Downtown Syracuse from May 5 – August 14 2016. The ELEVATING ERIE: Exhibition of Big Ideas opens Thursday May 5th at 4:30pm. At 5:45pm a panel discussion featuring national experts Chris Reed of the design firm Stoss of Boston and Jeff Olson a principal with ALTA, one of the premier alternative transportation planning firms in North America will discuss these ideas and their application along the Erie Boulevard East corridor. 

A jury of local and national experts reviewed the submissions and awarded winners based on the project sites of BLVD, BLOCK, BRANCH, and BRIDGE. The winner of the BLVD received $3,000, and the others were awarded IPad Pros.

While the original Erie Canal has been paved over for 100 years, the corridor has remained significant to the region by transporting people and goods. It now has the potential to become part of the longest continuous bicycle and pedestrian trail in North America. The Canalway Trail is a network of approximately 400-miles of multi-use trails across upstate New York. The Canalway Trail follows the towpaths of both active and historic sections of the New York State Canal System, as well as adjacent abandoned rail corridors. Major portions of the Canalway Trail follow the legendary Erie Canal route from Buffalo to Albany.  Along the way, the Erie Canalway Trail links the cities of Rochester, Syracuse, and Utica.  Over 75% of the Erie Canalway Trail is completed off-road. 

The Canalway Trail is not only a long-distance bicycling destination, but also a recreational resource for biking, walking, jogging, and other types of seasonal trail activities.  In Syracuse the Canalway Trail has an entry point in DeWitt heading east and an entry point in Camillus heading west with a roughly 14-mile gap between them. Arguably the most challenging section of that gap, and the area with the most opportunity, is the segment of Erie Boulevard in question.

Bicycle tourism is one of the fastest growing forms of tourism in North America. When cyclists come to town, they do so seeking good food, drink, sightseeing, a good place to sleep, and a safe place to store their bike(s). According to a recent study conducted by Park and Trails NY, the Erie Canalway Trail gets more than 1.58 million visits per year. Spending by those visitors generates $253 million annually in economic impact and $28.5 million in sales and income taxes. Trail traffic also supports 3,440 jobs in the local economies within the trail corridor.

Additional information on the competition, as well as the submissions, are available to be viewed through the competition website The website also includes a link to a public survey to solicit feedback on the ideas that were submitted, as well as to help to gauge community priorities for the corridor.

CityAge: The New American City Event in Rochester NY

America’s original cities are building its future. That’s why CityAge will hold the next edition of the Summit on The New American City in Rochester, New York on June 7th, 2016. An evening reception will be held prior the Summit on June 6th An urban renaissance is underway in mid-sized cities across the United States, driven by new partnerships among business, university and city leaders. Downtowns are growing again, and a new urban economy is taking shape, driven by the new engines of an innovation economy. Cities have an opportunity to take the lead in in this new economy through smart partnerships with business, academic and philanthropic leaders, and new investments in the infrastructure and technologies tomorrow’s companies need to grow. Hosted by Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren, and building on prior editions in Kansas City, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and Seattle, CityAge will gather a regional and national audience to address how the business of city-building can contribute to building The New American City.

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Rutland Regional Planning Commission hiring Transportation Planner

Rutland Regional Planning Commission (RRPC) is hiring a full-time Transportation Planner, who will be part of a diverse and fun team of regional and urban planners.  The right person for this position will thrive by working with a team of professionals who promote smart growth principles and will understand how transportation planning shapes our local communities.

 The Transportation Planner will have a core understanding of urban design, town planning and economic development. A deep understanding of transportation planning concepts is essential and a land use planning background or advanced degree is preferred. 

 The position requires the ability to work cooperatively with people from diverse backgrounds, to organize and facilitate public meetings, to write in a clear and compelling manner, to write and administer grants and to oversee program budgets.  Evening meetings, public hearings and field visits come with the territory. 

 The RRPC is located in The Opera House, a historic building located in the epicenter of downtown Rutland, Vermont.  The RRPC is 50 years strong and full of energy to make a lasting difference in the region.

 The Rutland Region is dynamic and thriving.  It is home to three major ski areas; four colleges; a vibrant local food, craft beer, and arts scene; and world-class recreational opportunities.  There is a can-do community spirit that sets the region apart – from entrepreneurial support to record-breaking blood drives.  The high quality of life in the region draws people from all corners of the world.  Each season brings ever-changing vistas of beauty throughout the scenic valleys, mountains and byways. The region is large enough to entertain a thriving economy yet quaint enough for individuals to enjoy the peace of the green mountains and to make a lasting impact in the community. Rutland is evolving and you can be part of the change.

The salary is approximately $50K per year, plus generous health care, retirement options and vacation time.

If you want to make an impact in a growing field and network of 27 communities that will last into the future, then please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references to or mail to: Mary Kay Skaza, Rutland Regional Planning Commission, P.O. Box 965, Rutland, VT 05702.  Deadline is May 31, 2016.  Visit for more information. 

Address questions to Mary Kay Skaza,  You will be contacted before references are called. RRPC is an equal opportunity employer.

Clean Energy Coordinator Series

Start Date June 15th or as soon as practical

The Southern Tier East Regional Planning Development Board is seeking applicants for a fulltime position as Clean Energy Coordinator I and II. The successful applicant will carry out tasks related to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Clean Energy Communities program.

Duties as a Clean Energy Coordinator will primarily include conducting outreach and delivering technical assistance services and guidance to communities interested in pursuing clean energy planning and projects specific to the Clean Energy Communities program. The duties will include:

  • Assist local governments with understanding and completing the required actions to become “Clean Energy Communities” eligible to access associated NYSERDA grant resources.
  • Assist local governments in completing local greenhouse gas emissions inventories, benchmarking the energy use of municipal buildings and assisting communities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects.
  • Assist local governments to become Climate Smart Communities Certified.
  • Assist local governments in adopting model codes and streamlined clean energy permitting processes.
  •  Assist communities in increasing the deployment of alternative fuel vehicles and associated fueling infrastructure.
  • Conduct local on-site training and workshops to groups of interested local officials and community stakeholders on specific clean energy topics.
  • Identify and connect communities with relevant clean energy programs and grant opportunities.

CECI: Minimum qualifications are a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and one years’ experience in sustainability/energy planning, or, an Associate’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and three years’ experience in sustainability/energy planning; must be knowledgeable about clean energy, climate action planning, NY State local government operations, and NYSERDA programs; and must have strong writing and public speaking skills. The position will require travel and include evening meetings. Salary: $35-47k depending upon experience.

CECII: Minimum qualifications are a Master’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and one years' experience in sustainability/energy planning, or, a Bachelor’s Degree in urban planning, environmental science or a related field and three years’ experience in sustainability/energy planning; must be knowledgeable about clean energy, climate action planning, NY State local government operations, and NYSERDA programs; and must have strong writing and public speaking skills. This is a supervisory position. The position will require travel and include evening meetings. Salary: $50,000 - $60,000 depending upon experience.

-This is a term position with NYS Civil Service, not to exceed 36 months.


  • Health Insurance: Blue Cross Blue Shield Individual Health Insurance available with 20% employee copay.
  • NYS Retirement offered
  • Vacation Days 12, Sick days 12, Personal 2

Please submit letter of interest with resume by June 1, 2016 to Lolene Cornish STERPDB 49 Court Street, Suite 22 Binghamton, NY 13901

Village of Buffalo Grove Lake Cook Corridor RFP

The Village of Buffalo Grove is seeking a consultant team to help establish a long-term vision for one of the Village’s key assets, the Lake Cook Corridor. The Corridor represents a gateway into the Village of Buffalo Grove and is developed with over one million square feet of commercial/office space. The Corridor also includes a 140 acre 18-hole golf course and municipal campus, under the ownership and operation of the Village. The underlying goal for the project  is to examine how the Village can best reposition the Lake Cook Corridor to optimize its growth potential.

The RFP’s will be accepted until 10:00 A.M. local time on Friday, June 24, 2016. Below is a link to the RFP on our website. 

RPF Link

Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarships

The AICP Exam Fee Scholarship program was established to offer assistance to individuals who may defer taking or are unable to take the AICP exam because of the cost.

Scholarship recipients pay reduced fees to AICP as follows: First time AICP applicants: $145 (combined $70 application and $75 exam fee) Previously approved AICP applicants: $75 (exam fee only)

Please note that the awarding of a scholarship does not guarantee that a recipient will be approved to take the AICP Exam. The exam application will be evaluated like any other. The NY Upstate Chapter of APA encourages individuals with financial barriers to becoming an AICP member to apply for this scholarship.  If you are interested, please provide your name, APA membership number and a written explanation of financial hardship to Rich Guarino ( by July 1 for the November 2016 exam.

The final scholarship recipient selection rests with the PDO and is final.