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National Community Planning Month 2016

Celebrate Community Planning Month

National Community Planning Month 2016 Logo

The achievements of planners and planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year’s theme is civic engagement, underscoring the necessity of engaging the public, elected officials, and key leaders in discussions that shape the future of our cities. Use the resources in APA’s National Community Planning Month Resource HUB to share with your community, elected officials, and local media the positive impact planning has had on your community. Visit the American Planning Association to learn more about the exciting world of planning. 



 National Community Planning Month 2016 Quote


Ways to Celebrate National Community Planning Month 

Have a planning commission, city council, or elected officials proclaim October as National Community Planning Month. APA offers sample proclamations.

Visit the Great Places in America Story Map and go explore great neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets.   

Interested in learning more about how planning affects you and your community? Ask a local planner to speak on specific planning topics at your community event. Email Jonathan Roper at jroper@olivettemo.com for inquiries. 

Hang a planning poster on a community board.

Incorporate #PlanningMonth when sharing your planning experiences on social media.


St. Louis Metro Section List of Events

October 5-7: APA State Conference, Springfield MO

October 6: Design+Plan+Build –St. Louis Design Week and Socialize with Allied Professionals

October 19: APA Luncheon: Gateway Greening - Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens in St. Louis

Come join the APA St Louis Metro Section and Matt Schindler, Executive Director of Gateway Greening, to learn about the organization’s great work and how community gardens and urban agriculture can add value to your city, neighborhood, or next development project. Following the lunch and presentation, join Matt and Rachel Deffenbaugh, Gateway Greening’s urban farm manager, for a tour of their urban farm right next door to the Pear Tree Inn.

October 19: UMSL Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning: Module 1 Planning and Placemaking 

Why is good planning important to the future of the St. Louis region? This session will illustrate the impact of planning and zoning decisions made at the municipal and county levels on developing and maintaining healthy, sustainable communities. It will demonstrate the importance of creating a sense of place and will explore the history of planning and emerging planning trends.

October 20: SLU Urban Planning Association & APA Happy Hour

Join the Planning Happy Hour at Pappo's Pizzeria & Brew Company in Midtown St. Louis. The event will be hosted by the APA St. Louis Metro Section and the St. Louis University Urban Planning Association.

October 26: Annual Citizens Planners Workshop: Free training event for elected and appointed officials O'Fallon, IL Public Safety Building

October 26: UMSL Fundamentals of Planning and Zoning: Module 2 Developing a Comprehensive Plan

Learn about the major components of the comprehensive plan including the requirements of state statutes and local ordinances. Understand the comprehensive planning process, the steps for developing a comprehensive plan, the commission’s responsibilities, and how they vary from city to city. Learn about the inclusion of historic and other types of special districts.


2017 Spring Workshop

Economic Development Outlook For St. Louis Region

Wednesday March 29, 2017
Forest Park Visitor's Center
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112

Sessions from 2 pm to 6 pm

Reception from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Sessions at the Forest Park Visitor's Center

The Keynote & Awards Reception at the Missouri History Museum


$75 for the whole day, $50 for the reception only


Workshop Schedule

2:00 PM

2:30 pm
“Regional Chamber’s Strategic Plan”
Jim Alexander, St. Louis Regional Chamber

“Navigating Change in a Suburban Community” 
Greg Prestemon, St. Charles County EDC Business & Community Partners

3:30 pm
1st Break

3:45 pm
“Southwestern Illinois – America’s Center of Transportation”
Ronda Sauget, Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois

“Q&A with Municipal Economic Developers”
Julie Powers, City of St. Peters
Libbey Tucker, City of Chesterfield
David Leezer, St. Charles City
Andrea Riganti, City of University City
Julian Jacquin, City of Wildwood
Gary Carter, City of Clayton

4:45 pm
2nd Break

5:00 pm
“Transportation-Related Economic Development”
John Langa, Bi-State Development Agency

“Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy”
Bob Lewis, Development Strategies
Beth Quindry, Shockey Consulting

6:00 pm
Break for Reception

6:30 pm
Reception Start

Keynote from Wendy Timm, Enhanced Value Strategies, Inc.


8:30 pm

Keynote Speaker:  Wendy Timm of Colliers International & Enhanced Value Strategies

Wendy Timm (Bio) will talk about issues the St. Louis region needs to address in order to compete with places that are prospering.  Her address will include the need for planning and economic development leadership, authentic regional branding, the zero growth and zero sum game, and moving away from fragmentation and parochialism.  She will also speak to the region’s core strengths and the talent and energy the region possesses.  Wendy will provide insights from her career in real estate development and serving on various planning and economic development boards while speaking to the economic development planning efforts being undertaken throughout the region.

Click here to register!

2016 St. Louis Metro Section Planning Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2016 SLMS Planning Award Winners.

Click here for full award descriptions.

Award for Outstanding Plan Making
Welston First Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan
This award recognizes written plans representing significant advancement of planning which bring a greater awareness of good planning to the region. The 2016 Award for Outstanding Plan Making is the Wellston First Choice Neighborhoods Transformation Plan, prepared by H3 Studio, Inc.

Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation
Granite City Economic Development Strategic Plan
The 2016 Award for Outstanding Plan Implementation is the Granite City Economic Development Strategic Plan – 2015, prepared by Jonathan Ferry, former Economic Development Director with the City of Granite City and Robert Lewis, FAICP, CEcD – Principal, Development Strategies.

Award for Outstanding Planning Practice
City of Maryland Heights - A Guide to Home Improvements
This award is for a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process that demonstrates how innovative planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value. The SLMS is pleased to present the Outstanding Best Planning Practice Awards this year to the City of Maryland Heights’ “A Guide to Home Improvements,” prepared by Gabrielle Macaluso, J. Wayne Oldroyd, Michael Zeek, Paul Garlock, and Joe Moore.

Dwight F. Davis Award for Outstanding Planning Advocate
Martin Otto Braeske
The Dwight F. Davis Award honors individuals who have advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. The Awards Review Committee is presenting this prestigious award to Martin Otto Braeske.

President’s Award
Daniel R. Mandelker
The President’s Award is unique among the SLMS’s annual awards in that it is awarded solely at the discretion of the SLMS Board and bestowed only when an individual or plan demonstrates the highest level of planning achievement. The 2016 recipient of the President’s Award is Professor Daniel R. Mandelker, Howard A.Stamper Professor of Law at Washington University in St. Louis.


SLMS Section Scholarship Opportunity for APA National 2017 in New York!

One lucky SLMS member will be selected in a random drawing to receive a $1,200 scholarship to aid with the cost of attending the 2017 National APA Conference in NYC! In order to be included in the drawing, please complete this form and submit it no later than December 15, 2016. The drawing will be held at the SLMS holiday luncheon and you must be present to win!

Click here to download the entry form.

Note that you must attach a letter of recommendation from your employer which includes authorization to
attend the conference and verification that employer assistance is not available for your attendance at the National Conference.

2017 St. Louis Section Awards


2017 St. Louis Metro Section Planning Awards

Call for Nominations

Encouraging and recognizing excellence in planning has been an important component of the American Planning Association (APA) since its inception. The St. Louis Metro Section Board of the Missouri Chapter of the APA would like to extend an invitation to all its members to submit nominations for the 2017 APA St. Louis Section Awards.  Several award categories were designed to honor those who create, develop and implement the area’s finest planning documents and development projects.  The awards will be presented at the annual Planning Workshop on Tuesday, March 28. Please note that the submittal deadline is March 3, 2017 at 5PM.

Submittals will only be accepted electronically here:


Award nominations for the St. Louis Metro Section awards may be made in four categories. If the nominations justify doing so, no or multiple awards will be made in each category. To better align with the Chapter and National APA awards, nomination eligibility and criteria has changed slightly from previous years. Please click here for eligibility information and nomination criteria.

    This category pertains to written plans representing significant advancement of planning and which bring a greater awareness of the benefits of good planning in the St. Louis metropolitan region.  Entries may include, but are not limited to, comprehensive plans, housing plans, capital improvement plans, environmental/resource conservation plans, park & recreation plans, transportation plans, reuse or redevelopment plans, overall economic development plans, and rails-to-trails plans.

    Entries in this category demonstrate successful implementation of a plan. This award is given for an effort that documents long-term measurable results & demonstrates that sustained implementation makes a difference. A nomination should have been in continuous effect for a minimum of three years. Supporting documentation should take the form of reviews of the implementation effort, analysis of the results, newspaper clippings, editorials, etc. Nominations can include, but are not limited to, plans for zoning or growth management, signage programs, farmland preservation, urban de- sign, wetland mitigation, resource conservation, capital improvements, citizen participation, neighborhood improvement, transportation management, and sustained economic development.

    This award is for a specific planning tool, practice, program, project, or process. This category emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and state-of-the-art planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value.  A nomination in this category should be fully adopted and in effect at the time of award submittal and, ideally, will show examples of cases where the Best Practice has resulted in positive change for a community.  Examples including innovative planning regulations and codes, tax policies or initiatives, growth management or design guidelines, transferable development rights programs, land acquisition efforts, public-private partnerships, applications of technology, handbooks, or efforts that foster greater participation in community planning.

    This award honors individuals who have advanced or promoted the cause of planning in the public arena. Those who may be nominated include engaged citizens at the local, regional, or state level; members of planning commissions, board of appeals, economic development boards, environmental or historic preservation councils, or other appointed officials; elected officials holding office at the local, regional, or state level; citizen activists or neighborhood leaders; planners at the local, regional or state government level or within private or non-profit sector.  Nominees will demonstrate outstanding leadership within his or her community for a minimum of ten (10) years. (The SLMS will honor and present this award up to a maximum of three (3) persons annually in this award category).

Awards Review Committee

The Awards Committee is made up of six St. Louis Metro Section members who will review all nominations and make the final decision on award recipients.

Questions may be directed to Scott Hanson at (618) 692-7535 or by e-mail to shanson@cityofedwardsville.com.


Saint Louis Metro

Welcome to the St. Louis Metropolitan Section of the American Planning Association (APA) website. The St. Louis Metro Section is a local organization of professionals and students involved in planning and community building throughout the 8-county, bi-state region. Our members are concerned with the physical, social, and economic impacts of planning on the urban, suburban, and rural environment. The mission of the Section is “To promote a broader understanding of planning through education, communication and networking for the members and other citizen and professional planners in order to improve the social, economic and environmental vitality of the St. Louis Metropolitan Area.”


To become a new member of the St. Louis Section, you must log in. Simply go to the membership page and create an account or log in if you have created an account before. Your User Account will be tied to your Membership. For this reason you must be logged in to complete the membership application. Members receive the monthly e-newsletter, The Planning Zone, e-blasts with timely planning announcements and discounts on monthly luncheons, the Planning Workshop and other St. Louis Section sponsored events.

St. Louis Metro Section Membership Benefits

  • The St. Louis Section e-mail newsletter, published monthly except July and August.
  • Timely notices of regional issues and events.
  • A discount on monthly luncheons and the annual Planning Workshop.
  • The opportunity to participate in St. Louis Metro Section decisions and hold a St. Louis Metro Section elected position.


The Section coordinates various educational and social events that take place throughout the year, including monthly lecture-luncheons at venues throughout the region, audio conferences and an annual spring "Planning Workshop" – a conference designed to educate and equip professional and lay planners - people who serve on Zoning Boards of Adjustment, Planning Commissions, etc.

The Section offers the Chancellor's Certificate Program (pdf) with the Local Government Partnership:

  • UM-St. Louis Departments of Public Policy Administration and Continuing Education
  • East-West Gateway Council of Governments
  • The University of Missouri Extension

To join the St. Louis Section, you must create a new account for this site or login if you have created an account before. The User Account you create will be tied to your Membership so you must be logged in to complete the membership application.

If you have questions about St. Louis Metro Section membership, please contact one of the St. Louis Metro Section Officers.  The current officer listing can be found here.

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