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National Community Planning Month 2017

National Community Planning Month 2017 Logo

The achievements of planners and planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This year's theme — Innovation in Planning — underscores the important role planning plays in addressing and adapting to challenges faced by communities in the 21st century. Use the resources in APA’s National Community Planning Month Planning Materials 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. 

Celebrate 10 Years of Great Places

October 4th | Ritz Park, South Grand St. Louis

Kick off National Community Planning Month at Ritz Park on South Grand St. Louis.  Discover the transformative planning behind South Grand with Rachel Witt, executive director of South Grand. South Grand is a 2015 Missouri APA Great Place designee. Breakfast shall be served at Rooster (3150 South Grand Boulevard) at 8:45 AM. Once breakfast concludes, please join the APA for the big announcement happening 10:00 AM at Ritz Park (a pocket park at 3147 South Grand Boulevard).  RVSP Jonathan Roper at jroper@olivettemo.com.

SWAP St. Louis Design Week Social

October 10th | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Grove Brewery & Beirhall

St. Louis Design Week inspires and promotes the practice of design. Members of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Landscape Architects, International Interior Design Association, and the American Planning Association shall celebrate design week.  Share the S.W.A.P. Design Flyer. Join us at Urban Chestnut located at 4465 Manchester Avenue. St. Louis, MO 63110.  

UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning

October 12th | University of Missouri – St. Louis

Module 1 | Planning and Placemaking: Developing and Maintaining Healthy, Sustainable Communities

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. Following the presentation from the trainer, there will be a Q&A panel featuring planners with diverse perspectives on the profession. For additional information on the Certificate

Trainer: Matt Wetli, AICP, principal, Development Strategies

Panelists: Justin Carney, AICP, director, Department of Planning, St. Louis County | Paul Wojciechowski, AICP, principal, Alta Planning | Ada Hood, director, Planning and Community Development Department, City of Ellisville

Saint Louis University Urban Planning Association Happy Hour

October 12th Civil Life Brewing Company

A monthly review of educational events and professional development opportunities sponsored by the Urban Planning Association (UPA), followed by a drink social. Meetings and socials are open to all. Happy hour will follow a short meeting discussing the month's doings. Join us at Civil Life Brewing Company located at 3714 Holt Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116, on Thursday at 8 pm.

Contact:  Luke Henson, luke.henson@slu.edu

Celebrate Planning By Bike Ride

October 14th- 10:30 AM |South City Bike Tour

What better way to explore local neighborhoods and see good planning at work? Missouri State Representative Donna Baringer Mo (D) District 082 will help us kick off the ride at Francis Park  at 10AM and give various planning news from the neighborhood, park efforts and more. Todd Antoine of Great Rivers Greenway will meet us at the River Des Peres Greenway to talk about GRG, their current planning efforts and projects. Liza Farr of Bi-State Development will discuss transit oriented development, as well as bike/transit travel connections at the Shrewsbury Metrolink station. We will ride 7.5 miles, while we experience various features in South City with three stops, and presentations by local elected officials, agencies and information on current planning efforts, as well as planning success. Stops include Francis Park, the Christy Greenway and River Des Peres Greenway, and the Shrewsbury Metrolink station. The tour culminates at Francis Park in conjunction with Brew in the Lou (http://conta.cc/2jKCOsU). Tour participants can participate at Brew in the Lou if they are interested in joining that event (note: tickets should be purchased in advance). Please RSVP if you plan on attending. For RSVPs and questions, contact Jacque Lumsden at JLumsden@cbbtraffic.com or (316) 609-9271. Click for Bike Tour Map.

Saint Louis University Urban Planning Discussion Group:  The Color of Law

October 15th- 7:00 PM |Planning Discussion Group

A bi-monthly discussion, hosted by yours truly, about The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein. The group will explore the historic relationship between race and planning law and the professional implications of that history today. Participation is open to students and professionals interested in the subject. Information about scheduling and topics discussed will be shared on 10/15, after which the group will meet every other week to discuss chapters covered.  Sunday, October 15th at 7pm. Location at 1515 S. 39th Street, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Contact:  Luke Henson, luke.henson@slu.edu

Missouri Planning Conference

October 18th – 20th | Missouri Planning Conference

Join fellow planners for a series of conversations about the triumphs, pitfalls, challenges, rewards, limitations, and oddities of a career in urban planning.  Over the course of three days, engage with 70 speakers at the Drury at Arch in Downtown St. Louis.

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We are pleased to announce James Howard Kunstler, urban planning advocate and author of The Geography of Nowhere, as our keynote speaker. Registration is open now at WWW.MOPLANNINGCONFERENCE.COM. Students conference fee is $30. While registering, keep an eye out for our mobile tours to the newly renovated Arch Grounds, brewery place-making trolley tour, or explore history throughout the centuries with the historic architectural walking tour.


UMSL Chancellor’s Certificate in Fundamentals of Planning & Zoning

October 26th | University of Missouri – St. Louis

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. For additional information on the Certificate

Trainer: Hilary Perkins, AICP, GISP, planner, City of Maryland Heights


APA Ambassadors 2018

I Love Planning

Interested In Being An APA Ambassador?

 The APA Ambassador Program is a volunteer activity led by members of the American Planning Association with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of the power and value that the planning profession brings to communities. Particular emphasis is placed on reaching audiences of diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds.  Help shape the future of planning. 

 Application is open until December 31, 2017!

  1. Attend the Ambassador Orientation Webinar, whether live or as a recording
  2. Conduct at least two activities during the year of commitment (January thru December)
    1. Each activity should be at least one hour
    2. Each activity should include a presentation, activity and Q&A
  3. Administer Participant Surveys for each activity
  4. Complete an Ambassador Activity Report Form for each activity
  5. Complete one Ambassador Evaluation Report after completing all activities
  6. (Optional) Write a blog story for APA’s website
  7. Proudly share with your Chapter

Information Sheet For Ambassadors. For more information please contact Jonathan Roper at jroper@olivettemo.com. 

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.


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