APA Region 1 Chapter Webcast Series

The New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to partner with other Region 1 Chapters in offering a webcast series which will address a variety of timely topics offered from the convenience of your computer. The goal is to provide timely and relevant virtual content to our members in this unique part of the country during COVID-19.

This page will be updated with information about the webcasts organized by our partner chapters throughout the Northeast, so check back often!

Webcast: A Resilient NY Metro Area in the Face of Crisis: Best Practices & Lessons Learned for the Planning Profession
Monday, August 24 | 6:00 PM – 7:30pm
Presented by APA NY Metro Chapter
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1.5 CM Credits pending

Capacity is limited. Registration is open to members of APA Region 1 Chapters only.

Session Description:

The NY Metro Area has experienced and bounced back from several generational crises over the past two decades. From September 11th to Superstorm Sandy, our region has time and again displayed resiliency in both the immediate response and longer-term recovery to a wide range of crises. The planning profession and the APA have both played a pivotal role in shaping and facilitating efforts to address these challenging times, and we once again have both an opportunity and responsibility to support local communities in the face of crisis. This webinar will impart best practices and lessons learned for our members, our profession, and our communities as we grapple with how to address the dual crises of a health pandemic and economic downturn due to COVID-19 through an equity lens.

Daphne Lundi, Diversity Committee Vice-Chair, APA NY Metro Chapter; Senior Policy Advisor, NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
James Rausse, AICP, Past-President, APA NY Metro Chapter; Director, Planning & Development, Office of the Bronx Borough President
David W. Woods, PhD, FAICP, PP, Past Board Director, APA Region 1; Deputy Director of Planning, City of Stamford

Moderated by Tiffany-Ann Taylor, Diversity Committee Co-Chair and Candidate for President, APA NY Metro Chapter; Deputy Director, New York City Department of Transportation

Prior Webcast: Webcast: The Color of Law in Rhode Island
Tuesday, August 4 | 12:00 PM
Presented by APA Rhode Island Chapter
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Note: Due to capacity, this webinar is limited to APA Region 1 members only.
APA Membership ID is required at registration.

Inspired by Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, APA-RI’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee is sponsoring a roundtable discussion about the legacy of past federal housing and land use policies on Rhode Island communities today. Our panelists will offer insights from their experiences on these impacts and how their organizations work to reduce inequities. Discussion with the audience will focus on how we continue to move forward and consider the roles of planners in ensuring equity in Rhode Island, throughout the region, and across the country. This has been approved for 1.5 regular CM credits.

Angela Ankoma, Ex. Vice President, Director of Community Investment, United Way of RI
Brenda Clement, Director, HousingWorksRI
Raymond Neirinckx, Coordinator, RI Office of Housing and Community Development
Jennifer Wood, Executive Director, Center for Justice

Prior Webcast: Economic Resiliency through Economic Opportunity Response Team (EORT)
Monday, July 27 | 1:00 PM
Presented by APA Northern New England Chapter

The Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) will highlight a new model of economic assistance blending traditional community and land use planning with new and unique economic development services and process, to provide for long-term integrated community-specific success using examples from four counties in rural Maine. The training will identify key partners and outline the creation of a community road map that details goals, actions, and responsibilities to keep the planning process moving forward.  Attendees will learn about this new model and its success in Easter Maine. Please join Vicki Rusbult, EdD, MPA, Director of Community Initiatives at EMDC to learn more about this novel new approach with Economic Opportunity Response Teams.

Prior Webcast: Phased Re-Planning and Legal Challenges in a COVID-19 World
Thursday, July 16 | 1:00 PM
Presented by APA Connecticut  Chapter

With phased reopening underway, planning and zoning departments across the country are trying to accommodate new methods of operation in a COVID-19 world, as well as how those changes will carry over once we are out of the pandemic. Many planners are now armed with new tools authorized by executive order. But are these planning tools enough? Are there legal barriers that could impede their success? This program will focus on legal and planning issues which are likely to arise as businesses reopen and the pandemic concludes. Topics to be discussed will include legal issues with executive orders, virtual hearings (and whatever hybrid form they may soon take), relaxation of zoning regulations and local codes, expedited permitting processes, and actions that can be taken now to be better prepared for the next pandemic. The program will also address equity considerations related to these issues. Each panelist will offer a different perspective on this topic as a law professor, mayor, and land use attorney representing private developers and municipalities. The discussion and best practices shared are intended to assist planners in other disaster situations.

Prior Webcast: Planning for the New Normal – Post COVID-19 Planning and Zoning Discussion
Thursday, June 25 | 2:00 PM
Presented by APA New York Upstate Chapter

This session explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on planning, zoning and design. The presenters attempted to investigate what the “new normal” will look like and how the pandemic will impact future planning and zoning decisions in addition to changing the way we think about public spaces and the ways people interact with one another.
Speakers: John E. Steinmetz, FAICP, Ted Kolankowski, RLA LEED AP

Prior Webcast: COVID-19 Effects on Real Estate Demand
Tuesday, June 30 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Presented by APA New Jersey Chapter

As the Metro New York economy begins to reactivate through phased reopening, uncertainty remains as to the lasting effects on real estate demand.  At the root of this question is whether initial reports of households relocating to the suburbs are just a short-term blip or part of a continuing trend. Additional questions include the potential for a rebound in the homeownership rate (and a corresponding decrease in rentership), financial feasibility and optimal program mixes for apartment projects already in the development pipeline, and the long term viability of retail and office uses.

This event featured Jeffrey Otteau’s forecast for the near- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on real estate demand.  Mr. Otteau is a 40-year valuation expert who has lectured across North America and is followed more than 10,000 real estate professionals, developers and bankers who rely on his forecasts to provide forward guidance on emerging real estate trends.  He has been recognized as one of the most influential people in the real estate industry with television appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, NBC News and Fox 5 News and frequently quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  When Jeffrey Otteau talks, it’s worth listening to what he has to say.