2017 February Luncheon

"What Planners Need to Know about the Building Code"

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

11:30 AM Registration and Networking

12:00 PM Presentation


A panel of building code officials will discuss building code issues pertaining to planning and zoning, and they will take questions from the audience. 


The panel includes Steve Unser (Creve Coeur), Bart Alspaugh (Clayton), Jeff Center (Ellisville), and Dan Waldemer (St. Louis County). 

If you have questions you’d like to submit or items you’d like the panel to discuss, please send your suggestions to matt.brandmeyer@gmail.com. 

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2016 November Luncheon

Short-term Rental

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11:30 AM Registration, Networking and Lunch Buffet
12:00 PM Presentation
Description: The practice of short-term/vacation rental of residential property has recently exploded in popularity and appears to be here to stay.  This program will discuss the challenges associated with defining and regulating the various types of short-term/vacation rentals, including: a review of St. Louis County and Maplewood municipal regulations of short-term rentals, efforts by the Missouri legislature to limit municipal regulations, and tips for drafting legislation that will comply with proposed state law.  Cindy Parnell and Anthony Traxler will focus on:

  1.  Introduction to short term rentals – different types of short-term rentals, what types of zoning/occupancy/building/business license regulations apply
  2. Maplewood’s ordinance and experiences with short-term rentals
  3. The state legislature bill introduced last term – potential impacts on ability to impose restrictions if is reintroduced, what restrictions would/would not pass muster


Anthony J. Traxler-City of Maplewood

Cynthia L. Parnell-Restovich & Associates, LLC



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2016 October Luncheon

Gateway Greening-Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens in St. Louis

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
11:30 AM Registration and Networking
12:00 PM Presentation
1:00 PM Urban Farm Tour (optional)

Description: For more than 30 years, Gateway Greening has been working to educate and empower people to strengthen their communities through gardening and urban agriculture. In addition to overseeing a network of 230+ community and youth gardens, Gateway Greening works empower homeless clients from St. Patrick Center, educate youth through their Dig It program, and expose hundreds of volunteers each year to urban agriculture. 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.

Garage parking available behind Pear Tree Inn. The venue is also accessible via a short ½-mile walk from the Union Station MetroLink Station via 18th and Market Streets.

Speaker Bio: Matt Schindler is the Executive Director of Gateway Greening, which he joined in the fall of 2015.  Gateway Greening is a not-for-profit that uses the power of growing food to promote community development.  Gateway Greening has the second largest network of community gardens in the US and the largest downtown urban farm in the US.  Prior to Gateway Greening, Matt worked for eight years in community development at Downtown STL, Inc. (formerly the Partnership for Downtown St. Louis). Previous to Downtown, Matt worked for seven years at the International Institute of St. Louis in business consulting and also spent two years in the US Peace Corps in Armenia as a business volunteer.  Matt has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and German and a master’s degree in International Relations


1 CM Credit for the Presentation

0.5 CM Credit for the Urban Farm Tour

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September 2016 Luncheon

The State of Freight
Joint APA/APWA Event

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The APA is pleased to partner with the St. Louis Branch of the American Public Works Association to host our annual joint luncheon. Mary Lamie, Executive Director of the St. Louis Regional Freightway, and Christopher Michael, Multi-Modal Transportation Planner with East West Gateway Council of Governments, will discuss the efforts, initiatives and resources in the St. Louis region to support freight, including the 2014 St. Louis Regional Freight Study, the FAST Act, and the St. Louis Regional Freightway. Established as the St. Louis region’s go-to source for coordinating freight activity, the St. Louis Regional Freightway provides site selection and other assistance to manufacturing, logistics, and multimodal transportation companies and their service providers.


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