APA is requiring all Chapters to move to a percentage based dues structure by 2017. Currently, APA Missouri dues are $25 per member (tied for lowest of all Chapters). APA Missouri has not raised dues since 1984 ($25 in 1984 = $58 in 2016) so the Chapter Board is assessing an appropriate dues level to best serve our membership. The Chapter, in collaboration with the KC, STL and Ozark Mountain Sections, has worked hard over the last few years to expand our services to members, but we are limited by our current dues levels. We will be collecting feedback from members over the next few months before the board makes a decision. Any changes that are made would not go into effect until January 2018.
For information that the Chapter board has compiled thus far, click here.
The 2016 APA Missouri Statewide Planning Conference will be October 5-7 at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield, MO. This year's theme is "MO Planning, Less Problems" a fun take on how Planning can solve problems for Missouri's communities of any size while including all citizens in the Planning process. "The more Planning we come across, the less problems we see."
The 2016 Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Tom Daniels, author of The Small Town Planning Handbook and The Environmental Planning Handbook. Dr. Daniels teaches Graduate-level courses in Land Use and Environmental Planning at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
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The University of Missouri Kansas City has achieved Candidacy Status for Planning Accreditation from the Planning Accreditation Board. We are undergoing review for full accreditation in Fall 2016. The UMKC BA Program in Urban Planning + Design Self Study (UMKC Final SSR Part I-III 2016.pdf) explains how we meet the accreditation criteria for professional planning education. These criteria are available on the Planning Accreditation Board’s website: http://www.planningaccreditationboard.org/.
Successful professional accreditation of the UMKC program will support the planning profession in Missouri. Professional accreditation means the UMKC program is committed to standards developed and accepted nationally by members of the planning profession. It means that our curriculum undergoes continuous assessment and guarantees review of academic efforts by planning professionals in APA and AICP.
On January 13, 2016, APA Missouri recognized the 2015 Great Places in Missouri at a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City. The 2015 awardees include: Citygarden, St. Louis; Park Central Square, Springfield; Katy Trail (statewide); and South Grand Boulevard, St. Louis.
The Great Places in Missouri program was started in 2014 to recognize neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces throughout Missouri that demonstrate exceptional character, quality and planning – attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire residents and visitors alike. To learn more about the four awardees, CLICK HERE.
The City of Lansing, Kansas is requesting proposals from interested and qualified individuals and firmsto be the lead project manager and author of a Unified Development Ordinance for the city.
If you would like to become a member of the Missouri American Planning Association, please fill out a member application at http://www.planning.org/join/. Once National APA approves your application, it will be forwarded to MO APA. If you would like to become a member of APA-St. Louis Section, Click here.
The Missouri APA Board is made up of eleven voting members, ten of which are elected to office. The eleventh member is the Immediate Past-President. There are also five non-voting members of the Board. These positions are appointed by the President. View the current Board Member list.
You now only need ONE log in for Missouri Chapter and your regional Section. If you are a Saint Louis Metro Member, please register then click here or visit the membership page to pay your dues and register your account with us.