Celebrate Community Planning Month
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
Hang a planning poster on a community board.
Incorporate #PlanningMonth when sharing your planning experiences on social media.
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.
Wednesday March 29, 2017
Forest Park Visitor's Center
5595 Grand Drive
St. Louis, MO 63112
Sessions from 1 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
“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
“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
“Transportation-Related Economic Development”
John Langa, Bi-State Development Agency
“Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy”
Bob Lewis, Development Strategies
Beth Quindry, Shockey Consulting
Break for Reception
Keynote from Wendy Timm, Enhanced Value Strategies, Inc.
Keynote Speaker: Wendy Timm of Colliers International & Enhanced Value Strategies
Wendy is the Senior Vice President of Colliers International & Executive Vice President of Enhanced Value Strategies. Wendy is a real estate industry leader with advanced expertise in owner representation and advocacy from start to finish. She has worked in all aspects of real estate ownership and investing, including asset acquisition and development, partnership structure and management, designing and procuring debt and equity financing, negotiation of state and local economic incentives, valuations and appraisals. Her professional experience extends to advisory and consulting services, appraisal and valuation, as well as brokerage and disposition services.
Wendy was previously the COO/CFO of Conrad Properties. In addition to her real estate experience, Wendy serves on several economic development commissions in the City of St. Louis including the Land Clearance for Redevelopment Authority (LCRA), the Enhanced Enterprise Zone Commission, and the Planned Industrial Expansion Authority. Wendy has also served on the Creve Coeur Planning & Zoning Commission.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 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:
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.