Upcoming CM Opportunities

Date                      CM#                      Event (Section)

10/18/2018         9160952                CDPA Fall 2018 Speed Networking Event (CAP)

11/14/2018         9159340                UB Fall ‘18 Lecture Series – “Indigenous Planning" (WNY)

11/14/2018         9157320                Fall 2018 Regional Government Workshop (GFL)

12/6/2018            9160066                Essentials for Effective Public Engagement (GFL)


Ohio Chapter Webcast Series (http://www.ohioplanning.org/aws/APAOH/pt/sp/development_webcast)

10.19 Transportation Corridor Planning for Improved Land Use Outcomes

10.26 How to Mobilize and Turn Volunteers Into Leaders in Your Community

11.9 Innovative Financing for Transportation Projects

11.16 Reserved, Hazard Mitigation & Disaster Recovery Division

12.14 Reserved, Planning & the Black Community Division

Job Opening: Data Collector, Cayuga County Real Property Tax Services

This class involves the performance of specialized work involving responsibility for the collection and recording of data that forms the basis for the determination of assessments of real property. The work is performed under the immediate supervision of the Assessor or other official. Does related work as required.

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Job Opening: Planner, Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development

The Cayuga County Department of Planning & Economic Development is a multi-disciplined Planning & Economic Development Office with a staff of eight professionals committed to providing assistance to the 23 Towns and 9 Villages within the County, improving the quality of life in our communities and protecting our natural resources.

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RFQ: Quantitative Analysis of Energy Strategy Proposed Actions

Tompkins County is seeking Statements of Qualification from consultant(s) to evaluate actions to be included in the Tompkins County Energy Strategy: Second Report. The energy consultant will perform quantitative analyses on financial feasibility, energy savings, and greenhouse gas emissions reductions of specific proposals generated by focus groups and other sources during the development of the Energy Strategy: Second Report

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Job Opening: Planning Specialist, Oneida County Department of Planning and the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study

Oneida County Department of Planning and the Herkimer-Oneida Counties Transportation Study (HOCTS) are jointly soliciting applications for the position of Planning Specialist. HOCTS is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Herkimer and Oneida County. The MPO is hosted by Oneida County and is cooperatively housed within the Oneida County Department of Planning.

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WSP – Senior Planner, Buffalo, NY

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our future-focused business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach- and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Senior Planner for our Buffalo office.

The successful candidate will

  • function entrepreneurially within the team, the firm, and with corporate leadership;

  • manage tasks as part of overall project development and execution; and, lead discussions with clients, stakeholders, and teams, as well as lead public meeting

Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges. If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in Urban Planning; five (5) to ten (10) years of relevant work experience in Urban Planning;

  • Strong understanding of planning matters across New York State

  • Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work in a corporate environment and communicate with a wide range of professionals

Preferred Qualifications

  • Understanding of project budgets, administration, contracts and project management responsibilities

  • Proficiency in use of Adobe Creative Suite, (Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design) and GIS

  • Professional registration (e.g., AICP)


WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 7,000 people in 100 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com/usa

WSP provides a progressive mix of benefits including medical, dental 401k and long term disability focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges, are you ready to get started?

Apply at www.wsp.com/usa , position 38767; or contact Anne Wilkinson at Anne.Wilkinson@wsp.com.

WSP USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

CNU New York Chapter: Re-imagining the Suburbs

Registration is NOW OPEN for this year’s CNU New York Chapter event, Re-imagining the Suburbs, focusing on “new towns” and emerging transit corridors in Amherst. Events take place all day Friday, October 12, 2018 and part of the day Saturday, October 13, 2018. You will meet in Williamsville, a 200 year old mill town, for a weekend of expert speakers, tours, and charrettes aimed at unique retrofit opportunities. Speakers from around the country will interact with local professionals to provide their input and expertise on a variety of locations and situations occurring in Amherst.

The cost is $89 for both days, with the option for an extra $30 tour on Saturday afternoon tying back to CNU 22 which took place in Buffalo. For a full program of events, visit the CNU NY webiste here: http://www.cnunewyork.org

To register, click the following link:


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Senior Planner, Bethlehem New York

The Town of Bethlehem, New York is seeking a professional Planner. Candidate should have knowledge of the principles, terminology and practices involved in town-wide planning; including thorough knowledge of zoning, site plan and subdivision review practices, environmental regulations, economic development and comprehensive planning. The preferred candidate has considerable experience working with the public, public officials, professional, and civic organizations and has strong written and oral communication skills.

The Senior Planner position works under the supervision of the Director of Planning. Roles and responsibilities of the Senior Planner position include providing assistance to the Planning Board during review of subdivision, site plan, and special use permit applications; working with Planning Department staff and Town Committees on various planning initiatives; collecting, analyzing and presenting data; and preparing grant applications. Working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems practices is a plus.

Graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in City & Regional Planning, Sociology, Economics, Urban Geography, Government, Public Administration, Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, Architecture or other similarly related field and four (4) years of experience in municipal, regional or community planning. A Master’s Degree in the fields listed above can account for two (2) years of experience.

The Town of Bethlehem offers a competitive salary and a benefits package including paid vacation, holidays, sick leave, medical and dental insurance, and New York State Retirement.

Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume by October 12, 2018 to: Mary Tremblay-Glassman, Director of Human Resources at mtremblay@townofbethlehem.org. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.townofbethlehem.org.

Transportation Analyst, Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study

The Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study (BMTS) is seeking a transportation analyst. BMTS is the federally-required Metropolitan Planning Organization for Broome and Tioga County. This position involves collecting and analyzing transportation and land use data. This position is also responsible for the analysis of traffic operations for existing and proposed roads, streets, and highways. This position may assist in the development, modification, maintenance and operation of the Binghamton Regional Travel Model, a computer-based travel demand model and for the maintenance and application of a Geographic Information System (GIS). This is a Civil Service tested position.

Typical work activities:

  • Conduct short-range traffic studies involving the review of traffic capacity and safety measures.
  • Analyzes accident statistics and recommends remedial measures;
  • Analyzes data to find means to improve transportation safety and minimize environmental impact;
  • Prepares traffic or usage estimates for proposed projects;
  • Prepares preliminary technical material in support of long and short-range transportation plan development;
  • Assists in the development, calibration, and operation of the BMTS Regional Travel Model, a computer-based travel demand model;
  • Develops, maintains and utilizes transportation applications for Geographic Information
  • Systems to store, manipulate and analyze data;
  • Uses GIS and travel demand software to produce travel forecasts for use in the development of transportation plans, study development activities and land use planning activities;
  • Prepares various reports and correspondence relative to GIS;
  • Designs, creates and/or updates a variety of maps;

Required skills and abilities:

  • Good knowledge of the concepts, practices and techniques related to developing, maintaining and operating a GIS;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and techniques used in transportation planning;
  • Good knowledge of techniques used to gather data for statistical analysis and reports;
  • Working knowledge of standard GIS and travel demand modeling software;
  • Working knowledge of the practices and techniques of developing and maintaining databases;
  • Ability to operate a personal computer and utilize software programs including word processing, spreadsheets and databases;
  • Ability to analyze and organize data, draw conclusions and use data to prepare records and reports;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others;
  • Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position

Minimum Qualifications:

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 transportation planning, transportation engineering, urban planning, geography or closely related field; OR

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 Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, transportation engineering, geography, economics, statistics, urban planning, or closely related field and one year of experience in transportation planning which shall have involved the use of Geographic Information System software (GIS); OR

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

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT AT TIME OF APPOINTMENT: Possession of the appropriate level Motor Vehicle Operator’s License.

Salary: $43,223

Jennifer Yonkoski, Director Binghamton Metropolitan Transportation Study 60 Hawley Street, PO Box 1766
Edwin L Crawford Bldg., 5th Floor Binghamton, NY 13902

Regional Planner, Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission

The Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission (TRORC) is a dynamic and accomplished regional planning agency possessing a very talented staff and a supportive Board of Directors.  We are seeking an energetic Regional Planner as part of our team of professional staff.  The term of employment is one year, with a strong possibility of becoming permanent. 

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Planners Day 2018 – Another Very Successful Get-Together     

Planners Day was held on Friday, March 9th at SUNY ESF and once again we had a great turnout. We would like to thank our speakers – Andrew Frasier & Aaron McKeon from SMTC, Joe Bovenzi (GTC MPO) & Chris Dunne (Highland Planning), Darren Kempner (NFTA), and Tim Frateschi, Esq. (Frateschi Schiano & Germano, PLLC). We also want to thank our great members – without your interest and attendance we would not be able to continue to put on Planners Day events. We received some great feedback and are looking forward to doing it again next Spring.

Planners Day Legislative Update Follow-up – Opportunity Zone Selection

As promised, our Legislative Affairs Director Darren Kempner was able to reach out and get additional information regarding Opportunity Zone selection – thank you Darren!

He was informed by the Western NY ESD Director that areas are being reviewed based on tax law changes, however, they are looking for local input regarding priorities. If you are interested in the Opportunity Zone selection process and wish to get more information, please visit https://esd.ny.gov/opportunity-zones and reach out to your regional ESD office ASAP if you have not done so already.

President's 2018 Sponsorship Letter

Dear APA Members:

I am writing you to offer you the opportunity to sponsor the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day in 2018. Today, our 600+ members across the region represent professional planners in a wide variety of organizations. The annual website, newsletter and Spring Planners Day sponsorship offers a cost effective way for your organization to reach our professional membership and promote your services and products throughout the year.

Chapter sponsorship enables your organization to be recognized by our members in the Chapter website, annual events, and The Upstate Planner, our electronic newsletter sent to members three times annually. Last year we overhauled the website to make it more user friendly and aesthetically pleasing and user friendly. I encourage you to check it out by visiting www.nyupstateplanning.org. On average, the website receives more than 2,000 visits per month. This year, as a sponsor, your organization will be recognized by sponsorship level during the Spring Planners Day and on promotional materials used that day.

Each year, we strive to offer valuable professional development opportunities. This Fall, the Central NY Section hosted a successful Chapter conference in Syracuse. It was a condensed conference because the National APA Conference was held in NYC in May. Despite having a national conference in our home state the same year. One hundred twenty attendees took advantage of new learning opportunities at the Syracuse conference. In March, we held a Spring Planners Day at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. The one-day event included three sessions providing CM credits at a minimal cost to our members. We are actively planning events to bring planners together including a Spring Planners Day in Syracuse which will take place in March 2018 and are hosting our annual Chapter conference in Ithaca, October 3-5th.

In order to communicate these Chapter initiatives through our website and newsletter sponsorships, we need your support. I hope that you will demonstrate your commitment to the New York Upstate Chapter of APA in 2018, and consider a sponsorship. Please take a moment to look over the attached form to see which level best suits your firm. We are always looking for new ways to promote our Sponsors. If you have suggestions, we would appreciate you forwarding them to us. Furthermore, to make this process easier for you this year we have added a fillable form and the option to send payment though the Chapter’s website. We hope this will be a more efficient way for you to show your support.

If you have any further questions, please contact me or our Chapter Administrator, Jen Topa at 585-354-3214 or jen@highland-planning.com.


Katie Evans
Chapter President

New York Upstate Chapter Comment Period on Percentage-Based Dues is Open

A membership comment period has opened today (October 13, 2017) to gather input on a proposal to index the New York Upstate Chapter of the APA’’s dues at 15% of the dues members pay to the National Association.

All APA chapters are required to transition to percentage-based dues at the end of this year. The 15% index rate dues are summarized in the table below. Please note these are base APA memberships, exclusive of AICP dues.

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Under our bylaws, a dues increase is enacted by a majority vote of the Chapter Board. We are required to hold a formal comment period of a minimum of 30 days. The board will hold its vote on the change at its November 17 meeting.

An article about the change to percentage-based dues was published in our most recent newsletter. The newsletter can be accessed here: http://mailchi.mp/a8d2e871b1e9/ny-upstate-apa-chapter-newsletter

Please provide your feedback using this form: https://goo.gl/forms/bAX49mbvnfGOI7OR2

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this proposed change.