Conferences

State Planning Conference 2018

October 3 - 5, 2018 Shreveport

The Face of Planning - State Planning Conference 2018 logo

The theme for this year's state planning conference will be The Face of Planning, where we can take a "deep dive" into examples of how our profession affects everyone and showcase methods to reach, engage, and equitably address the needs of special populations. Click the button below to learn more.

2018 Conference Info

Past Conferences

Information and files from previous Louisiana APA annual planning conferences are accessible from the links below.

2012 Annual Conference

Description of the 2012 Annual State Planning Conference in Lake Charles

2013 Annual Conference

The 2013 Annual State Planning Conference was held in Monroe.
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2014 Annual Conference

Description of the 2014 Annual State Planning Conference in New Orleans

2015 Annual Conference

2015 conference logo

Evolving Communities:
Planning for Investment and Impacts in Louisiana

...is the theme for this years Annual Planning Conference. It will include subtopics such as sustainability, environment, mobility, measuring success and more. The venue will be Baton Rouge's historic Heidelberg Hotel - now the Hilton Capitol Center. We would like to thank Mr. Andrew Kepper - a student at LSU's Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture and employee at Baton Rouge's City-Parish Office of the Planning Commission for designing this year's logo.

headshot of logo designer Andrew KepperThe vertical bars on the top and bottom signify a graph over time, representing positive outcomes for positive planning and regulatory approaches. They also measure success, shown through the increase in size over time. The curved background shapes signify great, simple spaces, and their swooshing motions suggest mobility. The bars under the text represent "strong foundations", which will lead to resiliency and sustainability, which would help Louisiana "prepare for impact". The green color was chosen to remind people it is important to keep the environment in mind, and the gold symbolizes investment and success.        -- Andrew Kepper

 

Sessions & Speakers

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup of topical sessions and keynote speakers scheduled for this year's conference. We will cover new approaches to zoning, dealing with brownfields and hazard mitigated properties, public involvement approaches, urban redevelopment success stories, and many others - 16 lecture sessions to choose from! Guest speakers include our new APA Executive Director Jim Drinan and AICP Commissioner Bob Barber who will describe for us the “Ethics Case of the Year”. Also Bill Anderson - President of APA - will give us the national perspective during Thursday's breakfast. Click "View Program" for mobile and printer-friendly versions of the program and schedule.

Fees & Registration

iconThree-day registration is well under $100 per day including lunches. Discounts for APA members, for planning commissioners, and for full time students. Early-bird discounts end January 9th. Mobile workshops, Fellowship Dinner, lodging and parking fees are in addition to conference registration. No refunds after January 9th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website, then register online through planning.org's event portal. We understand that some will need to use paper registration, but please understand that processing of hard copy registration forms costs the Chapter $25 per registrant.

 

Mobile Workshops

images iconProgress is being made in Baton Rouge and we have five mobile workshops for you to choose from. (Additional fees apply.) See first hand the infill and redevelopment projects both planned and underway along Government Street; roll around in a big pile of raw sugar at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge; walk the downtown with the DDD for first-hand knowledge of transformative investments; ride a bike through Old South Baton Rouge for close-up views of new murals; or try out your acting skills at Celtic Studios. So many choices, so little time! Click the "Preview" button for full descriptions and photos of what you will likely see on these tours.

 

Sponsors & Exhibitors

iconPlease consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2015 Annual State Planning Conference. Exhibit your services, products, and capabilities; or showcase your work on a table-top display in the hallways on the ground floor of the Hilton Capitol Center positioned between our three meeting rooms guaranteeing you repeated daily exposure to all attendees. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. For more information and to download a sponsorship or exhibitor packet click the "Sponsorship Opportunities" button.

 

Photo Galleries

Images from the conference have been collected, renamed, and processed to reduce their resolution for web display. You may view them on the photo galleries page.

 

Fees & Registration

Conference Fees

Category "Early Bird"
by Jan. 9th
After
Jan. 9th
APA / APA LA Member $225 $275
Non-Member $275 $325
Planning Commissioner
Conference + Training
$175 $225
Planning Commissioner
Training (Friday) Only
$75 $100
Student (full time) $75 $100

 

Special event and mobile workshop fees are in addition to above. See Mobile Workshops for descriptions of these options, and read through Sessions & Speakers for a description of special events (meals). 

Click to download a printable registration form (PDF).  Please be aware that processing paper registrations costs the Chapter an additional $25 per registrant. We urge you to take advantage of online registration where possible. See link below...

 

Online Registration

Online Registration is provided via APA's www.planning.org events registration portal. 

Online Registration is a multi-step process which requires your login credentials for planning.org. If you are not a member and do not have a username and password, you may create a non-member account by clicking "My APA". Once logged in, you will proceed through several screens:

  1. First you select your role: APA Member, Planning Commissioner, Friday Only, or Student.
  2. Second you confirm your contact information.
  3. Third you select which additional events such as Mobile Workshops or the Fellowship Dinner you may wish to attend. Extra tickets are available for purchase for spouses. Be sure to cycle through the three tabs at the top of this screen representing the three conference days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  4. Lastly you review your choices in the shopping cart and make your purchase with your credit card.

 

Lodging

Hotel reservations can be made directly with:

Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
201 Lafayette St, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
(800) 955-6962  or  www.hiltoncapitolcenter.com

by midnight Sunday December 21, 2014 for blocked room pricing. Mention group code "APA".

Room Single Double
Traditional King or Double/Double $139 $139

 

 

Mobile Workshops

All tours meet for departure in the Hilton hotel lobby.

 

MW #1 Government St. Revitalization

Date:  Wednesday afternoon, 1/21/15
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm  2.5 hour tour 
Maximum: 20

Tour a historic Baton Rouge artery, scheduled for a road diet in the near future. Visit the former Entergy (a.k.a. Gulf States Utilities) site, soon to be transformed into a mixed-use development by the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority, and see the Model Block project, which is turning a blighted block into a shining example of what Government Street should be. Ride a CATS trolley for the tour and end with a drink at Radio Bar.

$30

 

MW #2 Port of Greater Baton Rouge

Date:  Thursday morning, 1/22/15 
9:30 – 12:00 pm    2.5 hour tour
Maximum: 25

Learn the history of the farthest inland deep-water port on the Mississippi River, and see it in action. Visitors will gain a better understanding of the port's role in the nation's transportation network on a tour guided by Director of Public Affiars Karen St. Cyr. A tour of the Port Allen Locks are also included.   Partially outdoors; comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended. Government-issued photo ID is required. 

$30

 

MW #3 Downtown Walking Tour 

Date:  Thursday morning, 1/22/15 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm    2 hour tour
Maximum: 25
Weather Permitting - In the event of rain, Mr. Rhorer will present a slideshow at the nearby DDD offices. The event will not be canceled.

Hear about the history and future of downtown Baton Rouge on a walk with Davis Rhorer, Executive Director of the Downtown Development District, which has helped galvanize over $1 billion in investment since 1987. Outdoors; comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended. 

$10

 

MW #4 Celtic Media Centre Tour CANCELED

Date:  Thursday afternoon, 1/22/15
1:00 pm – 3:30pm     2.5 hour tour
Maximum: 25

Step aboard a CATS motor coach for a ride to the studio and then walk the production and sound studio on a tour led by Director of Studio Operations Patrick Mulhearn. This studio was developed in 2006 by the Celtic company which  purchased a shell of an abandoned music recording studio located between Airline Hwy and I-10 in Baton Rouge. This area of the Baton Rouge was experiencing economic downturn. The partially-completed building soon evolved into the O’Connor Building, the operational hub of the Media Centre that housed Stages 1 and 2. In 2008, Celtic’s first large sound stage, Stage 8, opened for business. After acquiring neighboring properties, the planned studio grew to more than 23 acres.

$30

 

MW #5 Bike Tour-Public Art in Old South Baton Rouge CANCELED

Date:  Friday morning, 1/23/15
10:00 am- 12:00 pm     2 hour tour
Maximum:  15
Weather Permitting - We regret that we have canceled this mobile workshop due to predicted poor weather conditions.

Join us for an interactive bicycle tour of community inspired murals throughout Old South Baton Rouge. The Museum of Public Art is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the creation of community inspired murals in the Old South Baton Rouge community. See how artists from all over the globe used imagery, text, and symbolism to transform structures into beacons of hope for a community. Price includes bike rental provided by Front Yard Bikes and a community guide. Please note: Tour is weather permitting. Registrants will be transported to museum site and an abbreviated tour will be walking only if temperature is below 50 degrees F.

$15

 

Event: Soirée at De La Ronde Hall

6:00 pm     Date:  Thursday, 1/22/15 

All are welcome to register for this event featuring a 3-course dinner at De La Ronde Hall catered by Ruffino's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy a Sensation Salad, followed by your entree choice of Fish Picatta, Chicken Parmesan, or Lasagna; all capped off with a White Chocolate Bread Pudding desert. How can you go wrong?
Maximum number of guests: 75

All are welcome to come and mingle with friends new and old.

$65 before Jan. 9th
$85 after Jan. 9th

Photo Galleries

Below are reduced resolution versions of photos taken by a professional photographer during the conference. If you need the original high resolution versions please contact the Chapter Public Information Officer.

General Conference Images

 

Venue Photos of the Hilton

 

Mayor's Roundtable on Blight

 

Planning Awards Ceremony

Sessions & Speakers

Conference Program

Below is the conference session information as of January 13, 2015.
A PDF file of the hardcopy conference program is available via the link at right.
The [CMs] listed below are those applied for.


DAY 1 - Wednesday, January 21

10:00 AM - On-Site Registration Opens

10:30 - Chapter Business Meeting

Riverview Ballroom "A"

Member attendance is strongly encouraged for this annual meeting of the full membership of APA LA. Chapter President Lydia Z. Jemison will introduce the new Executive Director of the APA, Mr. Jim Drinan, review critical events of 2014 and present possible changes in 2015 for discussion with the membership. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your voice heard!

11:30 - Opening Luncheon - Welcome Addresses

Riverview Ballroom "A"

This official start of the 2015 APA Louisiana Conference will include welcome to Baton Rouge and to the conference. Welcome addresses will be received from APA Louisiana Chapter President Lydia Z. Jemison, AICP, from City of Baton Rouge Council President Pro-Tempore and District 3 Councilmember Chandler Loupe, and from APA Executive Director Jim Drinan.

1:00 PM, Wednesday

Session 1: Place-Based Zoning in New Orleans - Evolving Regulatory Approaches

Governors Room, [1.5 CM]

When the city considered regulatory approaches to implement its adopted Master plan, it recognized varied development patterns in conflict with particular zoning methodologies. New Orleans decided to apply the right approach for each situation, whether conventional (Euclidian), performance based or form based. The community decided to create a hybrid ordinance based on development characteristics of various and unique places – utilizing a “place-based” approach, with districts designated/grouped related to specific community needs. This hybrid code provides regulatory controls responding to established community values, the form and design of each “place,” and unique neighborhood conditions through use and performance standards.

  • Moderator: Leslie T. Alley – Deputy Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission
  • Panelist 1: Robert D. Rivers – Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission
  • Panelist 2: Stephen D. Villavaso, FAICP, JD – Principal, Villavaso & Associates, Lead Local Consultant on the New Orleans Master Plan and Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance project.
  • Panelist 3: Paul Cramer – Planning Administration, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Session 2: Fat City Redevelopment & Revitalization

Capitol Room, [1.5 CM]

A booming entertainment district in the 1970’s, Fat City precipitously declined and was stuck in a seedy stage of inertia for decades despite numerous revitalization attempts. Fat City has a new energy and is now positioned for the goal of lasting revitalization. Adult uses have closed. Five former late-night bars have been redeveloped into new restaurants, an office and wellness center, and the parish has issued over 40 permits for renovations since revitalization efforts began and the new zoning ordinance took effect. New mixed-use zoning, amortization of non-conforming signs and public streetscape investments have fostered private investment.

The panel will discuss the successes and failures of the strategic plan and zoning amendments, public outreach, public outreach, capital improvements, creative financing, and attempts to spur development and attract private investment with limited funding.

  • Moderator: Juliette Cassagne – Assistant Director, Jefferson Parish Planning Department
  • Panelist 1: Terri Wilkinson, PhD, AICP – Director, Jefferson Parish Planning Department 
  • Panelist 2: Michael Lauer, AICP – Principal, Planning Works
  • Panelist 3: Tiffany Peperone Pitre, JD – General Counsel and Policy Analyst, TMG Consulting
  • Panelist 4: Jerry Bologna – Executive Director, Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO)

3:00 PM, Wednesday

Session 3: Area-Wide/Multi-Lot Neighborhood Brownfield Surveys

Governors Room, [1.5 CM]

This session will present the concept and application of area-wide/multi-lot neighborhood brownfield surveys and how they can support redevelopment planning. Two such surveys have been completed in the Baton Rouge urban core. Another is under way in the city of Shreveport, with funding from an EPA grant specifically intended for these types of brownfield planning activities. This presentation will feature descriptions of the surveys from the two lead authors of these three projects as well as a discussion of how they can be utilized support neighborhood revitalization. The presentation will be designed to help practitioners decide if a multi-lot brownfield survey could be useful in their communities.

  • Panelist 1: Barrett Chaix – Coordinator, Economic and Environmental Research, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission
  • Panelist 2: Melanie Hanks – Site Evaluation and Remediation Group Manager, Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC
  • Panelist 3: Jennifer Schatzle – Environmental Scientist, Risk and Remediation Group, CK Associates, LLC

Session 4: Housing Needs Assessments: Best Practices at the State and Local Level

Capitol Room, [1.5 CM]

The panel will examine the role of housing needs assessments in planning for community change.  Housing needs assessments are a powerful tool for determining current demographic, economic and housing conditions and making recommendations for future investment. The panel will explore housing needs assessments at the state (Louisiana) and city level (New Orleans), present best practices from around the country, and discuss innovative data sources, community engagement strategies, and planning for implementation.

  • Panelist 1: Nathan Cataline – Senior Housing Planner, GCR, Inc.
  • Panelist 2: Andreanecia Morris – Vice President of Homeownership and Community Development, Providence Community Housing
  • Panelist 3: Roy Heidelberg – Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University’s Public Administration Institute.

5:00 PM Opening Reception & Social

Heidelberg Ballroom, 10th Floor, Hilton Capitol Center

The storied Heidelberg Hotel (aka Hilton Capitol Center) was once the favorite haunt of legendary politician Huey P. Long, "the Kingfish." Construction on the Heidelberg Hotel began in 1927, with just a sketch on a napkin by architect Edward Nield. Nield's napkin plan lay the foundation for his vision to create a luxury hotel fit for Louisiana's capital city and the dynamic, controversial politicians of the era.

It seemed fitting to open our conference with a reception in the Heidelberg Ballroom, located on the tenth floor of the historic Hilton Capitol Center overlooking the Mississippi River. This grand room provides the perfect atmosphere conducive for attendees to mix and mingle while enjoying the view and light refreshments.

Dinner is on your own following the reception.

 


DAY 2 - Thursday, January 22

7:30 AM - Breakfast with Bill Anderson

Riverview Ballroom "A"

Talk to the President of APA, Mr. Bill Anderson, on what’s happening in planning on a national level. Breakfast is included in the conference fee.

9:00 AM, Thursday

Session 5: Comprehensive Plans: Successful Implementation

Governors Room, [1.5 CM]

Comprehensive plans have been adopted at a record pace across Louisiana in recent years. But how are those plans being monitored and measured for success? What defines successful implementation? This discussion will highlight methods for identifying relevant indicators, for reporting that information to the public and for utilizing the results in adapting/updating the overall planning documents.

  • Panelist 1: Lael Holton – Manager, Advance Planning and Research, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission
  • Panelist 2: Mukul Verma – Director of Communications, Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Panelist 3: Honorable Murphy McMillin – Mayor, Town of Jena

Session 6: P3 - Leveraging Partnerships to Boost Public-Private Partnership

Riverview Ballroom, [1.5 CM]

Public-private partnerships (P3s) are now widely used by local governments as a method for implementing real estate, urban infrastructure and economic development projects, after a community plan is completed. But what about the benefits of bringing P3s early into the planning process itself?

Involving the private sector (corporate, non-profit, philanthropy, etc.) in carrying out a public outreach and engagement strategy has several advantages. Private sector partners offer access to specialized skills, can increase efficiency and may be able to offset restrictions that prevail in the public sector. Because of this, they often can come up with and carry out creative solutions. And of course, they can generate resources.

Participants in this session will learn how to effectively create and use alliances between local governments and different segments of the private sector to expand public outreach and increase levels of citizen engagement in a planning process. They will learn the “do’s and don’ts” from the diverse perspective of several non-planner panelists involved in the recently completed PlanLafayette effort.

  • Panelist 1: Silvia Vargas, AICP, LEED AP – Senior Associate, Wallace, Roberts, & Todd, LLC
  • Panelist 2: Kevin Blanchard, JD – Director of Public Works, (formerly Chief Development Officer), Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG)
  • Panelist 3: Carlee Alm-Labar – Chief Development Officer, Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG)
  • Panelist 4: Bruce M. Conque – Chair, Lafayette Planning Commission; (Retired) Vice President of Community Development, Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Panelist 5: Steven J. Oubre, AIA, LEED AP BD+C – Principal, Architects Southwest

 

10:45 AM, Thursday

Session 7: 2015 Mayors’ Roundtable on Fighting Blight in Louisiana

Riverview Ballroom, [1.25 CM]

Ronnie Harris, a former Louisiana mayor and Executive Director of the Louisiana Municipal Association (LMA), will moderate a roundtable of Louisiana mayors on their successes and failures at combating blight in their respective communities. The panel will also examine recent efforts by the LMA to shepherd measures through the Louisiana legislature process to address blighted property. Acts 436 and 871 are proposed constitutional amendments on the November 2014 ballot aimed at streamlining procedures for local governments to recover expenses for blighted, abandoned or tax-delinquent property. Addressing the cost of clearing such property could encourage redevelopment and improve the quality of land uses.

  • Moderator: Ronnie Harris – Executive Director, Louisiana Municipal Association
  • Panelist 2: Honorable Belinda Constant – Mayor, City of Gretna
  • Panelist 3: Honorable Hyram Copeland – Mayor, City of Vidalia
  • Panelist 4: Honorable Kenneth Boudreaux – Councilman, Lafayette City-Parish Council

Session 8: St. Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Properties: Methodologies for Determining What to Do with Hazard Mitigated Properties

Governors Room, [1.25 CM]

Following several storms – most recently Hurricane Isaac – St. Tammany Parish was left with numerous parcels now taken out of commerce and placed in the public domain as a result of flood hazard mitigation programs. These properties vary widely in size and are distributed across the parish with a concentration along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and along bayous flowing into it. The study identified the properties, and developed a methodology for deciding the best utilization for them going forward, since their return to commerce is not possible. Specifically, the use of these lands to enhance wildlife habitat, aquifer recharge, outdoor recreation and tourism were examined in detail.

  • Panelist 1: Dayton Crites, LEED GA – Designer/Planner, Design Workshop
  • Panelist 2: Conners Ladner – Associate, Design Workshop
  • Panelist 3: Risa Mueller – Vice President, Franklin Associates 

 

 

Noon: State Planning Awards Luncheon

Riverview Ballroom "A"

Each year our Chapter recognizes the achievements of agencies, companies, groups and individuals as they strive for excellence in the planning profession. General award categories include Planning Excellence (Plan/Implementation/Process/Education or Advocacy), Planning Achievement (for an individual), Student Project Award and Great Places in Louisiana recognition. A presentation of winning submissions will be shared as well as the official ceremony in which winners will receive a personalized award.  Click for awards winners.

2:00 PM, Thursday

Session 9: Legislative Roundtable

Riverview Ballroom, [1.5 CM]

Please join Jason Jordan, the APA Director of Policy and Communications, for a workshop on how to organize and energize the current APA LA legislative process, overview of national legislation pertinent to planners and national policy initiatives of the APA, the communication of these policy initiatives to elected officials, staff and the media on Capitol Hill, and how the APA LA can translate these actions on the state and local levels.  Dialog and participation with the audience will be strongly encouraged.

  • Moderator: Lydia Z. Jemison, AICP, CFM – President, APA LA and President, Jemison & Partners, Inc.
  • Primary Speaker: Jason Jordan – Director of Policy and Communications, APA
  • Facilitator 1: Ed E. Elam, III, AICP, PTP – Associate Planner, Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc.
  • Facilitator 2: Stephen D. Villavaso, FAICP, JD – Principal, Villavaso & Associates
  • Facilitator 3: Tim Jackson, AICP – Senior Research Associate, UNO Transportation Institute

 

Session 10: The Envision Rating Systems: Sustainable Rating Systems for Public Improvement Projects

Governors Room, [1.5 CM]

This session provides a review of sustainable rating systems for public improvement projects with a focus on Envision. The Envision system is more than just LEED for public works. It includes assessment of planning, community involvement and livability.  Session participants will learn:

  1. The different rating systems (STARS, Greenroads, INVEST, LEED ND) the merits of each and possible planning applications.
  2. The basics of Envision, with a focus on the following categories: Quality of Life, Leadership (including planning), Climate and Risk.
  3. How to use the Envision tools to enhance planning projects, even when not fully pursuing project certification.
  • Panelist 1: Derek Chisholm, AICP, ENV SP, LEED GA – Senior Planner/Project Manager, URS New Orleans; Envision Sustainable Professional
  • Panelist 2: Malay Ghose Hajra, Ph.D., P.E., ENV SP – Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of New Orleans

3:45 PM, Thursday

Session 11: Shreveport Common: Using Hard Numbers to Validate and Implement the Vision

Governors Room, [1.25 CM]

Shreveport Common, a 9-block art and culture district adjacent to the Central Business District, was conceived after a devastating fire engulfed the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s headquarters in 2009. The panel will describe Shreveport Common’s unique history and the vision for it to evolve to an arts and cultural district.  This vision was reported by the Massachusetts’ Institute of Technology as a leader in “creative placemaking.”

The panel will discuss obtaining grant funding for a planning audit and market assessment, the market assessment’s methodology and analysis, the market assessment’s projection of the potential utilization of the Shreveport Common’s housing and commercial uses, the validation of the vision, and how the plan strengthened stakeholder commitment and interest from developers. The panel will describe using the market assessment in its planning implementation and creative placemaking to stay true to its vision as an uncommon cultural community.

  • Panelist 1: Suzanne Perilloux Leckert, AICP – Director of Gaming, Feasibility and Land Use Analysis TMG Consulting
  • Panelist 2: Liz Swaine – Executive Director, Shreveport Downtown Development Authority and Downtown Shreveport Development Corporation
  • Panelist 3: Eric Melancon – Associate TMG Consulting
  • Panelist 4: Pam Atchinson – Executive Director Shreveport Regional Arts Council

Session 12: Shreveport Brownfields - Leveraging Financial and Technical Assistance to Implement a Plan: An EPA Brownfields Area-Wide Planning grant and AICP Community Planning Assistance Team Coordinate to Stimulate Urban Revitalization in Downtown Shreveport

Riverview Ballroom, [1.25 CM]

This presentation should provide insight into how these types of opportunities might be used in other communities to help implement or otherwise stimulate investment in a current comprehensive plan. Moreover, the two coordinated efforts provided resources to address problems that would otherwise undoubtedly remain ignored for the foreseeable future.

Topics and issues addressed in the two efforts include: walkability, urban transportation alternatives and enhancements; environmental assessments and remediation; urban waterfront development; livability principles; historic preservation; sound urban design and environmental justice.

In addition, these efforts are already attracting additional funding and technical assistance opportunities from other federal agencies and their non-profit partners. Insights regarding successful applications for assistance and the successful provision of professional planning services will be shared.

  • Panelist 1: Mart Black, AICP – Lead consultant, Brownfields Area-Wide Plan, Providence Technical Services, LLC
  • Panelist 2: Aron Chang – Waggonner & Ball Architects
  • Panelist 3: Roy Jambor, AICP/PA – Senior Planner, Long Range Planning Metropolitan Planning Commission, City of Shreveport

 

6:00 PM, Thursday - Soirée Dinner

De La Ronde Hall: 320 3rd Street. ~ a block east of the Hilton; north of Florida Street.

All are welcome to register for this event featuring a 3-course dinner at De La Ronde Hall catered by Ruffino's Italian Restaurant. Enjoy a Sensation Salad, followed by your entree choice of Fish Picatta, Chicken Parmesan, or Lasagna; all capped off with a White Chocolate Bread Pudding desert. How can you go wrong?

Optional event; additional fee applies.

 


DAY 3 - Friday, January 23

7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast

Riverview Ballroom "A"

8:30 AM, Friday

Session 13: Ethics Case of the Year

Riverview Ballroom, [E 1.5 CM]

“The Ethics Case of the Year” is focused on practicing professionals; helping us all to be aware of situations where extra care is warranted. It fulfills the 1.5 CM Ethics credits required for AICP certification maintenance.

  • Panelist 1: James Drinan, JD – Executive Director, American Planning Association
  • Panelist 2: Robert Barber, FAICP – AICP Commissioner elected from Region III; Founding Partner, Orion Planning Group

Session 14: Topics in Professional Development

Governors Room, [0 CM]

This session is geared toward students and young professionals with key topics including internships, job hunting, professional certification and continuing education, and professional societies and volunteering.

  • Panelist 1: Sean Daly, AICP – Senior Transportation Planner, Iteris. Inc.; Professional Development Officer, American Planning Association, Louisiana Chapter
  • Panelist 2: Frank Duke, FAICP – Director, Baton Rouge City-Parish Planning Commission

10:15 AM, Friday

Session 15: Planning Law

Riverview Ballroom, [L 1.5 CM]

The law session for 1.5 Certification Maintenance credits will review the current status of the major zoning and land use case law in Louisiana, including an update on the Palermo case. Specific topics to be reviewed include local government’s authority in relation to land use matters as applied to “fracking projects”; recent rulings regarding the definition of a “family”; and new definition issues for code writers, such as: “growlers,” “commissary kitchens” and “food trucks.” This presentation is focused on practicing professionals; helping us all to be aware of existing and proposed legislation and issues pertinent to our profession.

  • Panelist 1: Stephen D. Villavaso, J.D., FAICP – Principal, Villavaso & Associates; Adjunct Professor at both the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans and the School of Law at Loyola University teaching Land Use and Zoning Law.

Session 16: Community Foundation - Hands-on Workshop Demonstration of a Reprogramming and Remodeling Exercise

Governors Room, [1.5 CM]

This presentation and hands-on workshop will demonstrate how a community foundation used the reprogramming and remodeling of an iconic downtown building to revitalize downtown, build community, and incentivize a new economy founded in the values of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity. While this project took place in central and rural Wisconsin, the robust and authentic engagement can be applied in any community. Over 700 community residents and stakeholders have engaged in this work. The project was collaboratively designed and has proven to be transformational for the community and the region.

Following a presentation, we will engage participants with an activity that illustrates tools and methods for active engagement.

  • Panelist 1: Bobbie Hill – Principal, Concordia, LLC
  • Panelist 2: Philip Denning – Planning Project Manager, Concordia, LLC
  • Panelist 3: Connor McManus – Planner, Concordia, LLC

Noon Friday: Closing Luncheon

Riverview Ballroom "A"

As a wrap up to the conference, we will hear from keynote speaker Kristin Gisleson Palmer - New Orleans City Council, Councilmember District C - speaking to us about transportation issues affecting the Metro area and the state as a whole.

 

1:15 - 5:15 PM, Friday

Session 17: Planning Commissioner Training

King Room

This session is intended for newly appointed planning commissioners and citizens appointed to similar positions, such as boards of zoning adjustment and historic district commissions.  The session serves as an introduction to the principles of planning and zoning and key court cases for which every commissioner should be familiar. Louisiana Act 859 adopted by the Louisiana Legislature in 2004 requires citizens appointed to such commissions and boards to receive a minimum of 4 hours of training in the "duties, responsibilities, ethics and substance of the position..." This session will fulfill the requirements established in Act 859.

  • Panelist 1: Mart Black, AICP – Senior Planner, Providence Technical Services, LLC
  • Panelist 2: Joanne Poret, AICP  – Director of Planning & Zoning, City of Monroe

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Speaker Presentations

Session presentations have been converted to PDF format and posted in the Chapter's Google Drive repository organized by session number. You are especially encouraged to review the sessions you missed as all were very informative. Video and audio from several sessions is still being processed and will be posted as soon as possible. All of these are Adobe Acrobat (PDF) files which will be displayed by Google's document viewer - no download, software install or Google login is necessary.

 

2015 State Planning Conference Sessions

Wednesday, January 21

Annual Chapter Business Meeting & Opening Luncheon
Session 1 — Place Based Zoning in New Orleans
Session 2 — Fat City Revitalization and Redevelopment
Session 3 — Area-Wide/Multi-Lot Neighborhood Brownfield Surveys
Session 4 — Housing Needs Assessment - New Orleans 10-Year Plan
Opening Reception — Heidelberg Ballroom

Thursday, January 22

Breakfast with Bill Anderson
Session 5 — Comprehensive Plans, Mayor of Jena's Presentation
Session 6 — P3: Public Private Partnerships
Session 7 — Mayors Roundtable (audio only) - pictures
Session 8 — St. Tammany Parish Hazard Mitigation Properties
State Planning Awards Luncheon - pictures
Session 9 — Legislative Roundtable (audio only)
Session 10 —  Envision Rating System
Session 11 — Shreveport Common
Session 12 — Shreveport's Cross Bayou Redevelopment

Friday, January 23

Session 13 — Ethics Case of the Year (not available)
Session 14 — Topics in Professional Development
Session 15 — Planning Law
Session 16 — Community Foundation Hands-On Engagement
Closing Luncheon — Kristin Gisleson Palmer
Session 17 — Planning Commissioner Training

Last Updated 2/19/2015

Sponsorships & Exhibitors (2015)

2015 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (LA APA) will hold its 2015 Statewide Planning Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana from January 21 – 23, 2015. This year’s theme is “Evolving Communities: Planning for Investment and Impacts in Louisiana.”

This statewide planning conference presents a unique forum for direct contact and interaction between municipal planning departments, private planning consultants, and allied professionals within APA's membership. Conference attendees will attend informative sessions, mobile workshops, networking functions, and social events. Planners will also meet renowned speakers and leaders, especially those whose technologies and approaches are on the cutting edge of the planning profession. Many of our state’s certified planners also use the sessions of the annual state conference as an opportunity to acquire their necessary continuing education credits.

A sponsorship of the 2015 LA APA Planning Conference is an excellent way to showcase your organization. Participation can occur in several ways. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2015 LA APA Planning Conference, please download and complete the sponsorship registration form by December 31, 2014, so that we can assure advertisement in the program and on-site. A member of the Local Host Committee will be contacting you soon afterwards.​

There is always significant interest and participation when the state conference is held in Baton Rouge, and this year's event will be no exception. We appreciate your support and participation and hope to see you at the 2015 LA APA Planning Conference! Should you have any questions or require additional information, feel free to contact Jessica Keasler.

Sponsorship Levels

Being a Sponsor for the Louisiana APA Annual Conference is a valuable means to show support for the planning of our future. By participating as a Sponsor you can help advance the planning profession and, in the process, improve the quality of life for our state. Plus, take advantage of a range of benefits specially designed to promote your company or organization. APA LOUISIANA CHAPTER welcomes our many returning partners and future new sponsors! As partners, we are committed to the future of Louisiana. Please consider one of the sponsorship opportunities listed below and contact Jessica Keasler jrkeasler@terracon.com or (225-239-2628) for more information. Thank you!

DIAMOND SPONSOR: $5,000 or more

  • Hotel room for two nights of the conference
  • Five Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Reception sponsor with ability to have table alongside check-in for Reception
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR: $2,000-$5,000

  • Two Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Lunch Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

GOLD SPONSOR: $1,000 - $2000

  • One Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Half Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Breakfast Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

SILVER SPONSOR: $750

  • 1/4 Page Ad in Conference Program
  • One Complimentary Awards Luncheon Ticket
  • Break sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

BRONZE SPONSOR: $500

  • Business Card Sized Ad in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

BUSINESS SPONSOR: $250

  • Listing in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

Conference Exhibitor Opportunities

Another opportunity is to join us as an EXHIBITOR at the APA LOUISIANA CHAPTER 2015 Annual Conference and gain maximum exposure for your company or organization with professionals in planning and related fields. This is a great opportunity to market innovative products, educate participants (and the readers of our conference material) about your interests and establish excellent contacts for the future in a high-traffic area during the conference. Space is limited, so early reservations are required to guarantee availability.

A diagram of the conference venue at Baton Rouge's downtown Hilton has been prepared and is posted at the buttons below. The letter-sized sheet is drawn to proportion, but not at a set scale. The tabloid-sized sheet is drafted to 10 scale. Vendor display locations are approximations. Exact location will be determined by hotel staff. All display tables will be within the hallways between lecture rooms and the Riverview ballroom - ensuring repeat pedestrian traffic.

 

 

Exhibitor Displays and Tables ($200)

  • Exhibitors will be in a prominent location within the conference area. (Locations depicted on diagram are approximations only.)
  • Tables provided by hotel are 6 feet in length and include a tablecloth.
  • Electrical power is available to many (but not all) positions along the hallway walls.
  • Exhibitors will receive verbal and on-screen acknowledgment at APA Louisiana Conference.

Exhibitors, please note the following:

  1. Exhibitors are not required to register for the APA Louisiana Conference. However, if you wish to attend any professional or social functions, including keynote addresses, break-out sessions, lunches or receptions, conference registration is required.
  2. Exhibitor Tables are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is limited and sells out quickly. Therefore, cancelation refunds will be given in full provided the space can be sold to another exhibitor.
  3. An exhibitor information sheet will be provided to you and will include information on exhibit hours, setup and teardown, and loading, unloading, and shipping.
  4. An exhibitor registration packet will be provided to you at your exhibit booth or table. It will contain badges for all unregistered exhibitors (if names are provided in advance of the conference). Name tags for registered exhibitors will be provided in conference registration packets.

 

2016 Annual Conference

2016 conference logo

Planning on the Edge

...is the theme for this years Annual Planning Conference. The venue will be the Courtyard Mariott Hotel in Houma, Louisiana. We would like to thank our friend Mr. Jim Parker of Lafayette Consolidated Government for designing this year's logo.

 

Sessions & Speakers

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup for this year's conference. Nineteen topical sessions are offered, plus Planning Commissioner Training and AICP test prep. Guest speakers include Jeff Carney, Director of LSU's Coastal Sustainability Studio; Terrebonne Parish President Gordon Dove; and Congressman Garrett Graves serving on the House Transportation Committee.

Registration & Fees

iconThree-day registration is again well under $100 per day including lunches. Discounts are offered for APA members, for planning commissioners, and for full time students. Early-bird discounts end February 11th. Mobile workshops, Bayou Bash, lodging and Thursday evening dinner are in addition to conference registration. No refunds after February 18th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website and print the downloadable form for a worksheet, then register online through planning.org's event portal.

 

Mobile Workshops

images iconAn in-depth GIS training and three mobile workshops are offered during the 2016 State Planning Conference. The GIS workshop on Monday-Tuesday precedes our conference. Wednesday offers highlights of implementation of the Terrebonne Parish Comprehensive Plan. Thursday afternoon you must choose to go "Up da Bayou" or "Down da Bayou" (Bayou Terrebonne) to see developments, industry, and physical changes of great impact to Terrebonne Parish. Click "Mobile Workshops" for details.

 

Sponsors & Exhibitors

iconPlease consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2016 Annual State Planning Conference. Exhibit your services, products, and capabilities; or showcase your work on a table-top display in the hallways on the ground floor of the Courtyard Mariott in Houma, guaranteeing you repeated daily exposure to all attendees. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. For more information and to download a sponsorship or exhibitor packet click the "Sponsorship Opportunities" button.

 

Photo Galleries

Images from the conference are being collected, categorized, and optimized for web display. Click below to view this year's conference photos in a Google gallery.

2016 Conference Host Committee

  • Christopher Pulaski, PLA
  • Carlotta Askew-Brown
  • Mart Black, AICP
  • Jane Brooks, FAICP
  • Martha Cazaubon
  • Arianna Choudhuri
  • Alan Clarke
  • Whitney Cooper, AICP, LEED AP
  • Sean Daly, AICP
  • Ed Elam III, AICP, PTP
  • Deborah Fagan, AICP
  • Linda Henderson
  • Timothy Jackson, AICP
  • Taylor Marcantel, AICP
  • Jim Parker
  • Joanne Poret, AICP
  • Bruce Richards, AICP
  • Cheri Soileau
  • Jennifer Stenhouse, AICP
  • James Taylor, ACIP
  • Bridget Tydor
  • Stephen Villavaso, JD, FAICP

Mobile Workshops

Coastal Inundation GIS Mapping Workshop (2/29-3/1)

Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC) - Offered by NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, this two-day instructor-led course offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to give students a better understanding of coastal inundation issues and mapping methods using a geographic information system (GIS).

Overview

This two-day instructor-led course offers a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises to give students a better understanding of coastal inundation issues and mapping methods using a geographic information system (GIS). The course is designed for certified floodplain managers and county, state, and municipal officials, including planners, emergency managers, and coastal resource managers. Lecture topics include the different types of coastal inundation, the applications and limitations of various types of inundation products, elevation data sets and datums, and the spatial methods used to map flood areas in coastal environments. In hands-on GIS exercises, students connect to Web map services, access elevation data, convert between vertical datums, create and manage digital elevation models, map inundation model output, develop inundation zones, and map sea level rise using modeled tidal surfaces.

This training also offers 16 hours of continuing education credits for the GIS Professional (GISP), American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), and Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) professional certifications.

What You Will Learn

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the different types of coastal inundation
  • Learn about mapping products and terminology
  • Access topographic and bathymetric data
  • Perform datum conversions
  • Understand interpolation methods and create digital elevation models
  • Explore water level data
  • Map coastal inundation using a GIS

Participant Requirements

  • Basic GIS skills (minimum six months to one year)

 

Around da Bayou Tour: Terrebonne Parish Comprehensive Plan Vision 2030 Implementation Highlights (March 2)

Overview of Terrebonne Parish Comprehensive Plan & Terrebonne Parish-Implementation For The Future | Join Chris Pulaski, Terrebonne Parish Planning and Zoning Director, and other officials for a tour of the Houma-Terrebonne region highlighting the implementation of the Vision 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan, recipient of the 2015 APA LA Award for Excellence in a Plan. See and hear about the Parish’s strategies, successes and works in progress. 2.25 CMs

 

Up da Bayou Tour (March 3)

No need to paddle up the bayou!  Join us for a mobile tour from Houma up the bayou to Thibodaux and back to the conference hotel along some of the major growth corridors in both Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes. As residents and business look for higher ground in which to invest and build, many former agricultural and rural uses make way for increased development. US Hwy 90 has been designated as the future I-49 corridor which also serves to attract big business and transportation opportunities. See how communities like Houma and Thibodaux have addressed these concerns and anticipated future growth. 2.75 CMs

Stops along the tour will include:

  • Bayou Country Club: lush green golf courses and areas for family fun events are located within miles of downtown Houma.
  • Acadia Plantation: dense residential neighborhoods of this new subdivision make new again the forgotten principles of land use and urban design – smaller lots, narrower streets and amenities to build a walkable community.
  • Shriever Railroad Crossing: a former AMTRAK station that has been reduced to a flag stop – see and hear how local officials and Amtrak and BNSF executives have been discussing means to improve the frequency and facilities. Suggested improvements include incorporating multi-modal opportunities such as regional public transit and Greyhound bus service.

 

Down da Bayou Tour (March 3)

We goin down da bayou!  This mobile workshop will take attendees from the conference hotel, through downtown Houma, past Chauvin along LA Highway 56, across the inland marsh near Cocodrie and back thru Dulac along LA Hwy 57.  Communities along these highways indeed do live on the edge – the water’s edge, among the numerous bayous and small inlets of the Gulf of Mexico.  Balancing economic development and survival with issues of flooding and salt water intrusion has been a way of life for these communities for generations.  Along Hwy 56, the sights and stops relate to structural stormwater protection and coastal restoration, while along Hwy 57, the attention is concentrated on non-structural protection projects.  Inter-twined with all this is the need for improved infrastructure and continued economic growth.2.75 CMs

Stops along the tour will include:

  • Boudreaux Canal Floodgate: be one of the few people who get the opportunity to stand on the lock structure itself as the Levee District opens and closes the lock system!
  • LUMCON facility: take a short tour of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and learn about LUMCON’s efforts in the education and research of Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts.
  • Cecil Lapeyrouse Grocery: need a fishing license? Or a quick snack? You can get both at this quaint and historic grocery store, not only the one of its kind in the area, but the ONLY grocery store for the community.

 

Registration & Fees

Online Registration

Online Registration is provided via APA's www.planning.org events registration portal. 

Online Registration is a multi-step process which requires your login credentials for planning.org. If you are not a member and do not have a username and password, you may create a non-member account by clicking "My APA". Once logged in, you will proceed through several screens:

  1. First select your role: APA Member, Planning Commissioner, Friday Only, or Student.
  2. Second, confirm your contact information.
  3. Third, select which additional events such as Mobile Workshops or the Bayou Bash you may wish to attend. Extra tickets are available for purchase for spouses. Be sure to cycle through the three tabs at the top of this screen representing the three conference days: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
  4. Lastly you review your choices in the shopping cart and make your purchase with your credit card.

 

A printer-friendly PDF version of the conference program is being finalized. Please be aware that processing paper registrations creates additional work for our volunteers. We urge you to take advantage of online registration where possible.

 

Conference Fees

Category "Early Bird"
by Feb. 11th
After
Feb. 11th
APA / APA LA Member $225 $275
Non-Member $275 $325
Planning Commissioner
Conference + Training
$175 $225
Planning Commissioner
Training (Friday) Only
$75 $100
Student (full time) $75 $100

 

Special event and mobile workshop fees are in addition to above. See Mobile Workshops for descriptions of these options, and read through Sessions & Speakers for a description of special events (meals). 

 

Lodging

Hotel reservations can be made directly with:

Courtyard by Marriott in Houma - typical queen room photoCourtyard by Marriott - Houma
142 Library Boulevard, Houma, Louisiana 70360
(985) 223-8996  or  www.marriott.com

by midnight Thursday, February 23, 206 for blocked room pricing. Mention group code "APAN".

Room Rate
Standard Room $119/night (plus tax)
Executive Suite $119/night (plus tax)

 

Sessions & Speakers

2016 State Planning Conference logo
NEW!  A printer-friendly conference program is available.
cover image of the 2016 conference program document

Monday, February 29 and Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Time

Event/Activity

All day

Coastal Inundation Mapping GIS Workshop offered by NOAA

details on Mobile Workshops page  16 CM

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Time

Event/Activity

10:00-5:00

Registration

11:00- 12:00

Chapter Business Meeting

12:00-1:15

Lunch

        Lydia Jemison, Conference Welcome

        Jeff Carney “Battle of the Boot”

 

 

1:30-4:00

Mobile Workshop

 

"Around da Bayou" - Overview of Vision 2030 Terrebonne Parish Comprehensive Plan 2.25 CM

 

 

1:30-2:45

 

A     Communicating Environmental Change 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Jeff Carney, Panelists: Traci Birch, Melissa Daigle, Brant Mitchell)

B     Planning For Health in the Diabetes Belt 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Frank M. Duke FAICP, Panelists: Lael Holton AICP, Basak Alkan AICP LEED AP BD+C, John Spain, Risa Mueller)

3:00-4:15

A     Port Planning: Managing the Water’s Edge 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Meredith Soniat, Panelists: Amelia Pellegrin AICP LEED AP, Joni Tuck, Karen Parsons AICP, Clair Hebert Marceaux PCED)

B     Managing Stormwater in New Orleans 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Brooke Perry, Panelists: Danica Adams, Bridget Tydor, Tyler Antrup)

5:30-8:00

Bayou Bash

Ticketed Event (Dinner)

Networking and meet-up

 

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Time

Event/Activity

7:00-5:00

Registration

 

 

7:30-8:30

Breakfast with Gordy

Gordon Dove, Terrebonne Parish President

General Announcements

8:45-10:15

A     Who Are You Calling Arbitrary? [1.5 CM law]
(Moderator: Neil Erwin J.D., Panelists: Susannah O. Stinson J.D., Caroline E. Mladenka MPA, Carlotta Askew-Brown MURP)

9:00-10:15

A     Damned If We Hadn’t 1.25 CM
(Jeff Leuenberger AICP, Panelists: Windell Curole, Joni Tuck, Amanda Voisin)

B     Edging Ahead in Suburbia: Jefferson Parish Bicycle Master Plan 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Karen Parsons AICP, Panelists: Terri Wilkinson, Matthew Rufo AICP, Mark Drewes)

10:30-11:45

A     South Central Multi-Modal Extravaganza 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Leo Marretta, Panelists: Adam Tatar, Jeff Leuenberger AICP, TBD)

B     Do The Best Laid Recovery Plans Often Go Astray? 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Jane S. Brooks FAICP, Panelists: Steve Villavaso FAICP, Clair Hebert Marceaux PCED, Tim Jackson AICP)

C     Street Smart Neighborhoods 1.25 CM
(Panelists: Lauren Marschall, AICP, Ryan Benton)

12:00-1:30

Awards Luncheon

1:45-5:00

Mobile Workshops   2.75 CMs each

A     Down da Bayou: Travel through downtown Houma, past Chauvin along LA Highway 56, across the inland marsh near Cocodrie and back thru Dulac along LA Hwy 57.

B     Up da Bayou: Travel to Thibodaux and back along some of the major growth corridors in both Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes.

 

 

1:45-3:00

A     Blurring the Curb Lines 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Matthew Rufo AICP, Ramiro Diaz LEED AP, Melissa Lee, Kurt Weigle)

B     Planning on the Edge of Professions 1.25 CM
(Panelists: Dana Nunez Brown ASLA AICP LEED AP, Jessica L. Watts PE CFM D. WRE, Jennifer C. Roberts)

3:15-4:30

A     Edge of the Road: Moving Walking and Biking off the Margins 1.25 CM
(Moderator: TBD, Panelists: Ellen Soll AICP, Tara Tolford, Adam Tatar, Stosh Kozlowski)

B     Redirecting Markets to Realize Community Visions 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Alexandra Miller, Panelists: Jonathan Leit, Zakcq Lockrem, Seth Knudsen)

5:15-6:15

Conference Reception

6:30-

Dinner on Your Own

 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Time

Event/Activity

7:00-9:00

Registration

7:30-8:30

Continental Breakfast

 

 

8:30-10:00

A     Ethics on the Edge [1.5 CM ethics]
(Sean Daly, AICP)

8:45-10:00

A     Strategies-Funding Infrastructure Reconstruction 1.25 CM
(Presenter: Kate Gillespie AICP)

B     MMLOS: How Many Bike Lanes Are Enough? 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Derek Chisholm AICP LEED GA, ENV SP, Panelists: New Orleans RPC, New Orleans Public Works, TBD)

10:15-11:30

A     Interstates and Fault Lines: I-49 (south through Lafayette) 1.25 CM
(Moderator: David Mann, Panelists: Stephen Wallace, Carlee Alm-LaBar, Harry Weiss)

B     Vacant Land: Empowering Stakeholders, Creating Opportunities 1.25 CM
(Moderator: Alexandra Miller, Panelists: Bryan C. Lee Jr, Colleen McHugh, Liana Elliott, Zakcq Lockrem)

 

 

11:45-1:15

Lunch

Congressman Garrett Graves, House Transportation Committee

Closing Conference Remarks

Intro of 2017 Conference

1:30-5:30

A     Planning Commissioner Training
(Mart Black, AICP)

B     AICP Test Prep
(Sean Daly, AICP)

 

Sponsorships & Exhibitors (2016)

APA Louisiana’s Mission

Our mission is to promote the practice of community and regional planning in Louisiana by enhancing the effectiveness of planners in impacting public policy.

Who does APA Louisiana serve?

Planners Local Governments
Engineers Regional Governments and Agencies
Transportation Planners/Engineers Water Management Agencies
Environmental Planners/Engineers Land Development Attorneys
Architects/Landscape Architects Many other regulatory agencies statewide
Developers  

2016 Conference Information

Courtyard by Marriott – Houma, LA
March 2-4, 2016
 
2016 Conference Theme: Planning on the Edge

2017 Annual Conference

conference logoPlanning Healthy Communities is the theme for the 2017 State Planning Conference for APA Louisiana. It will be held March 7-8 in the Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park. It will be a 2-day "mini" conference because much of our efforts will quickly shift to assisting with the 2018 National APA conference also to be held in New Orleans. Use the buttons below to find additional information, register, and plan your visit. Register by Valentines Day to avoid the late registration penalty, and register online to avoid the paper processing fee.

We would like to thank Host Committee Chair Alexandra Gelpi Carter, AICP—Planning Director for St. John the Baptist Parish and Metro Section Director—and her husband Jared for designing this year's logo. 

 

Speaker Bios

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup for this year's two-day conference. We welcome Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH of the University of Washington - Seattle as our keynote speaker. Dr. Dannenberg teaches in both the Urban Design and Planning curriculum and also in the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences. Click Speakers to see who will be sharing their expertise with us.

Registration & Fees

iconAPA member rate two-day registration is $100 per day including lunches. Discounts are offered for planning commissioners and board of adjustment members, and for full time students. Early-bird discounts end February 14th. The evening reception at Popp Fountain is included! Choice of a mobile workshop and lodging is in addition to conference registration. No refunds after February 14th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website and print the downloadable form for a worksheet, then register online through planning.org's event portal.

 

Venue

images iconOur conference will be held in beautiful New Orleans City Park. The Pavilion of the Two Sisters is the main venue where all lectures and luncheons will occur. Wednesday evening's reception will be held in the Arbor Room at Popp Fountain. Parking is available at no charge.

 

Program

iconThis year's two-day conference offers six educational sessions including LAW and ETHICS, a keynote luncheon, state planning awards luncheon, and choice of a mobile workshop. Click the Program button to review these in detail and to download a printer-friendly PDF.

 

2017 Conference Host Committee

  • Alexandra Gelpi Carter, AICP
  • Derek Chisholm, AICP, LEED GA, ENV SP
  • Mart Black, AICP
  • Jane Brooks, FAICP
  • Alan Clarke
  • Whitney Cooper, AICP, LEED AP
  • Sean Daly, AICP
  • ​Melissa Guilbeau, AICP
  • Timothy Jackson, AICP
  • ​Lydia Z. Jemison, AICP, CFM
  • Taylor Marcantel, AICP
  • ​René C. Pastorek
  • Bruce Richards, AICP
  • Jennifer Stenhouse, AICP
  • James Taylor, ACIP
  • Bridget Tydor
  • Stephen Villavaso, JD, FAICP

 

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!

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Event Photos

 

 

 

Program

2017 Conference Program

View and download the Program of Sessions and Speakers via Google Docs (updated March 4, 2017)

Or, direct download the PDF - if you cannot access Google Drive.

 

Cover of 2017 Conference Program  

Registration

Register Online at Planning.com, or

Download the Registration Form

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Speakers

Below are speaker bios for the 2017 State Planning Conference, generally listed in order of their appearance on the conference agenda. Additions and revisions are actively being made to this list as available.

Marianne Cufone
Director of Recirculating Farms Coalition

Marianne is an environmental attorney and long time conservation and healthy affordable food advocate. She works in natural resources management, focused on threatened species, oceans, fisheries, food and farming. Over the past 17 years she has challenged and helped write and pass many significant federal, state and local policies and laws. As founder and Executive Director of the Recirculating Farms Coalition, Marianne promotes innovative, eco-efficient farms USING naturally-cleaned water to grow accessible, affordable, fresh food.

Brooke Boudreaux
Circle Food Store

Brooke serves as the Operating and Business Development Manager of her family's business, the Circle Food Store. Established in 1938 as the first African-American owned full service grocery store in New Orleans, the Circle Food Store is dedicated to providing fresh food and service at reasonable prices. Located in the meeting of Treme and Gentilly neighborhoods, Circle knows the “old” New Orleans and, though closed for eight years by Katrina, has reopened and is embracing the “new” New Orleans like no other grocer in town. Ms Boudreaux has a BA in Media Studies and a MA in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Mike Kantor
Grow Dat Youth Farm

A native of New York’s Hudson Valley, Mike grew up with a single growing season and a pair of ice skates. Mike is a fundraiser, marketer, and most importantly, an anti-poverty and food justice advocate. At Grow Dat, he works to build a community of participants and investors in a vision for youth leadership development grounded in the meaningful work of growing food.

Traci BirchTraci Birch, PhD, AICP
Assistant Professor - Research, Coastal Sustainability Studio

Traci works with the Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS) at LSU as an Assistant Research Professor, and leads projects related to strengthening coastal and environmental planning. Her particular focus is ecosystem management and facilitating local implementation of regional planning efforts. Traci completed her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and her Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Environmental Management, both from the University of New Orleans. She also holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree with concentrations in graphic design and media production from Baldwin-Wallace University. Before joining CSS, Traci spent 10-years+ in the private sector as a practicing planner in Louisiana and the Gulf South. Her teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate studios and seminars in coastal, sustainability, and environmental planning.

Bob RiversRobert D. Rivers​, J.D.
Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Bob Rivers has been the Executive Director of the New Orleans City Planning Commission since 2013.  During this time, Mr. Rivers has overseen the completion, approval and implementation of the City’s new Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, including new storm water management regulations, as well as various planning studies on such topics as Main Street Resiliency, Short Term Rentals, Inclusionary Zoning, Riverfront Development, Alternative Street Naming, Neighborhood Participation, and Adult Live Entertainment.  He is currently managing overhauls of the City’s Master Plan, Subdivision Regulations, Administrative Rules and Procedures, and Design Review processes.  Mr. Rivers also served as Chief Deputy City Attorney in the City’s Law Department, overseeing transactional and regulatory matters, was a Special Counsel in the Real Estate Section of Jones Walker’s New Orleans office, and was the Administrator of the Nantucket Historic District Commission. Mr. Rivers has also held  planning positions in New Orleans, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland, and has taught Urban Planning and Historic Preservation courses at the University of New Orleans. Mr. Rivers holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Princeton University, a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from George Washington University, and a JD with honors from the Tulane University School of Law.

Kelly RabalaisKelly Rabalais
Executive Counsel, St. Tammany Parish

Ms. Rabalais is Executive Counsel and Director of the Legal Department for St. Tammany Parish where she serves as chief legal advisor and provides legal representation to the Parish President, Parish Administration and other departments. Since she began working in St. Tammany Parish in 2007, Kelly has endeavored to rethink government structures, improve processes and help grow the parish. Facilitating the parish’s purchase of the state-owned Southeast Louisiana Hospital is one of Ms. Rabalais’ most significant accomplishments. She is currently leading the parish’s efforts to ensure there is an on-campus crisis center, known as Safe Haven.

Beverly HaydelBeverly Moore Haydel
Director of Civic Initiatives, The Bridge Center

As director of Civic Leadership Initiatives for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Ms. Haydel is overseeing development of The Water Campus, a 30-acre gathering place for scientists and engineers working on deltaic issues; spearheading an effort to create a treatment center for people with mental illnesses and substance abuse problems; and leading an initiative to introduce new mobility and transportation options such as bike share in Baton Rouge. Beverly served as Special Counsel for Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, was a lead attorney for the Mitt Romney presidential campaign, worked for a top Washington, D.C. law firm, and also for Goldman Sachs. Ms. Haydel has degrees from Harvard and from Stanford Law School.

Seth KnudsenSeth Knudsen
Director of Real Estate Development at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Seth Knudsen is the Director of Real Estate Development & Planning at the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA).  Previously, Mr. Knudsen served as a planner and project manager at the Housing Authority of New Orleans, the City of New Orleans City Planning Commission, Office of Recovery Management, and Chief Administrative Office, as well as the non-profit City-Works. Mr. Knudsen currently directs NORA’s Commercial Corridor Gap Financing Program which has invested in catalytic economic development projects across the city, including the South Broad Community Health Center. The clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) located at the intersection of Washington Avenue and South Broad Street and is owned by the non-profit South Broad Community Health and operated by Access Health Louisiana.

Dr. Andrew DannenbergDr. Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH
Professor, University of Washington

Our Keynote Speaker is an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he teaches courses on healthy community design and on health impact assessment. Before coming to Seattle, he served as Team Leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research and teaching has focused on examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment.

Sean DalySean Daly, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner, Iteris

Mr. Daly is a senior transportation planner in Iteris, Inc.’s Mobility Services division.  He has over 15 years of public sector and professional consulting experience in a range of planning activities at the local, regional, state and federal level. He presently serves as Professional Development Officer for the Louisiana Chapter, organizing AICP test prep opportunities for exam candidates, coordinating certification maintenance sessions, and presenting professional ethics sessions at Chapter conferences.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is a Professional Transportation Planner (PTP).

Warren KronWarren Kron, GISP
GIS Manager, EBR City-Parish

Warren's 18 years of public service experience has been focused on the development of an enterprise GIS program. This effort has involved being part of multi-disciplinary projects, developing the data model, building web applications, and playing a key role in East Baton Rouge City-Parish's shift to Open Data. He earned a bachelor's degree of landscape architecture from the Louisiana State University Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture and serves as chairman of the Louisiana GIS Council.

Lael HoltonLael Holton, AICP
Planning Manager

Mr. Holton, currently the Planning Manager with AECOM's Baton Rouge, LA office, has over 15 years of professional experience in the areas of affordable housing, grant administration, growth management, long range planning, neighborhood planning and disaster recovery. In his professional career, he has managed several programs ensuring the successful development and implementation of comprehensive plans, as well as the management of multiple affordable housing programs such as the HOPE VI Redevelopment program, State Housing Initiatives Partnerships (SHIP) programs, Homeowner Down-payment Assistance Programs and CDBG Disaster Recovery.Most recently, Lael served as the Public Outreach and Information Officer for the Louisiana Shelter at Home Program, a GOHSEP disaster recovery program for temporary housing assistance in the wake of the August 2016 Flood.

Chris SwilinskiChris Swilinski, AICP, GISP
Dewberry, LA MapMod Project

Mr. Sliwinski works on FEMA flood studies for the National Flood Insurance Program, watershed restoration and management plans, community engagement and outreach initiatives, and disaster response efforts. Mr. Sliwinski has 20 years of experience with GIS and holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) from the University of New Orleans.

 

 
 
 

 

 

Tonia PenceTonia Pence
FEMA Community Planning and Recovery

Ms. Pence is a Community Planner with FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Support division, who leads planning teams that work with municipalities and community leaders in disaster recovery mode. Her role provides unique opportunities to build coalitions and partnerships with the ultimate goal of successfully leveraging Federal, State, Private and NGO resources to strengthen social infrastructure and build resiliency at the local, state and national level. Ms. Pence is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, skilled cultural dialogist and storyteller, and was named Louisiana's "Money Hero" by Money Magazine for community organizing and activism work in New Orleans. She earned her MS in Sustainable Development and Organizational Management from the School for International Training in Vermont.

Mathew SandersMathew Sanders, AICP
Resilience Policy & Program Administrator, OCD-DRU

Mathew is the resilience program and policy administrator for the State of Louisiana’s Office of Community Development. The state has received a $92.6M award in conjunction with the HUD-funded National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), including a $40M award to support its resilience policy framework, Louisiana’s Strategic Adaptations for Future Environments (LA SAFE), and a $48.3M award to resettle the Isle de Jean Charles community in Terrebonne Parish. Mathew was the state’s project team lead for the NDRC application and currently leads the development of the two awarded projects.

Mark SweeneyMark Sweeney, AICP
Director, Shreveport-Caddo MPC

Mr. Sweeney became the Executive Director of the Shreveport / Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission in 2014. His previous professional experience is in Texas, where he served as Director of Regional Services for the Capital Area Council of Governments in Austin, Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Whitehouse, Director of Regional Development & Services for the East Texas Council of Governments, and others. In Shreveport, Mark has guided the creation of a mixed-use PUD, paving the way for Camp Forbing Market Place. He has also streamlined the site plan review process and is seeking to have the revised Unified Development Code adopted soon.

Frank DukeFrank Duke, FAICP
Director, EBR City-Parish Planning Dept.

Mr. Duke has more than 30 years of experience, including serving as the Planning Director in Norfolk, Virginia; Durham, North Carolina; and Palm Beach and Bay counties in Florida. In each of these local governments, Frank was responsible for the development of a new comprehensive plan and major revisions to land development regulations. He was named by three Florida governors as their representative on the Federal Working Group on Everglades restoration. In 2014 Mr. Duke was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners where he was described as “one of the most effective planning directors in the Southeast.”.

Lydia JemisonLydia Z. Jemison, AICP, CFM
President, Jemison & Partners

Lydia Z. Jemison is a native of the New Orleans area with three decades of experience in planning.  She owns Jemison & Partners, Inc., a small, certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise in which the clients operate as partners.  The firm specializes in transportation and port planning, environmental assessments, stakeholder outreach and expert witness services in land use and zoning. Lydia is Chairman of the APA National Planning Conference Local Host Committee for the upcoming planning conference to be held in New Orleans, LA in 2018. Lydia served as APA LA President from 2014-2016, and as New Orleans Metro Section Director, VP of Public Information and Co-Chair of the Planning Commissioner’s Council.  Lydia was also the Chairman of the Jefferson Parish Planning Advisory Board for 5 years of her tenure on the board.

Dana BrownDana Brown, ASLA, AICP, LEED AP
Dana Brown & Associates

A New Orleans resident, Dana has practiced landscape architecture and planning for 37 years with firms in Boston, Orange County, California, and now back home in New Orleans and Baton Rouge. She holds a BLA from LSU and an MLA from Harvard School of Design. As President of Dana Brown & Associates, she pioneered design of green infrastructure throughout Louisiana, focusing on best management practices for stormwater and revisions to municipal and parish development codes. Dana is the author of “Using Plants for Stormwater Management: A Green Infrastructure Guide for the Gulf South,” LSU Press, April 2014.

Walter BrooksWalter Brooks
Director, New Orleans Regional Planning Commission

After working for the City of Boston as a transportation planner in the early 1970’s, Mr. Brooks returned to his native New Orleans and was hired as a senior planner with the Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes (RPC). He was eventually named RPC deputy director and became executive director in 2004. He has worked for the RPC for approximately 40 years. In his position as RPC’s chief executive Mr. Brooks serves as the point person and public face of a 44-member board consisting of elected officials and citizen members from eight member parishes. He also directs a staff of planners that supports the RPC board.

Meg Adams, P.E.
New Orleans City Park

Meg Adams is the Chief Construction and Resilience Officer at New Orleans City Park, joining after Hurricane Katrina. Meg holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Tulane University. In 2013 she founded the Green Team and has instituted a number of environmental programs including recycling, composting, energy assessments and conservation, an annual Earth Day celebration, and was awarded a Sustainable Sites Pilot Project certification for her coordination of the Festival Grounds project. Previous experience includes project management at the Audubon Zoo, the NOMA Sculpture Garden, Riverwalk Marketplace, Port of New Orleans cruise ship terminal, Harrah’s Casino, and the Clearview Mall.

Jennifer RobertsJenifer Roberts
Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans

Jennifer Roberts is a leader in water quality planning with expertise in research, environmental monitoring and assessment, and community outreach and engagement with water resources. Mrs. Roberts holds a BS in Ecology and a MS in Earth & Environmental Sciences, is a certified EPA QA/QC Manager, a Water Environment Federation Leadership Fellow and serves on the Louisiana Environmental Education Commission. Jennifer specializes in stormwater management, watershed planning, community engagement, vegetative restoration, nonpoint source pollution prevention and monitoring. Jennifer’s currently employed as a Sr. City Planner at the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans.

Tim JacksonTim Jackson, AICP
New Orleans City Planning Commission

Tim is a Planning Administrator with the New Orleans City Planning Commission and previously has worked as a planner for the City of Kenner and was Planning Director in Mandeville and Slidell, Louisiana. He has served as a Research Associate with the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans. Tim has spent 14 years in private practice as a planning, land use and zoning consultant. In 2001 Tim was appointed by the Mayor of New Orleans to the New Orleans City Planning Commission and served eight years, including three years as Chairman. Tim is very active in the American Planning Association (APA) and is a Past President of the Louisiana Chapter.

Kelsy HeargainKelsy Yeargain
Tulane/ Canal Neighborhood Development Corp.

Ms. Yeargain is the Executive Director of the Tulane/ Canal Neighborhood Development Corporation, a non-profit organization providing affordable housing and community development in the Tulane Gravier Neighborhood. Kelsy currently co-chairs the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance’s Disaster Preparedness and Outreach and Advocacy committees, and is part of the New Orleans Evacuteer leadership team.

Brent Yantis
NASA RAC Lafayette
Ava Himes
Common Ground Health Clinic
Dr. Nana Anoa Nantambu
Common Ground Health Clinic

Venue

New Orleans City Park

City Park website

Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park

Map of Venue and Lodging Options

 

2018 Annual Conference

Photo of Shreveport skyline, night time

The Face of Planning

2018 conference logoPlanning is a broad profession, with individuals practicing in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Some focus on code and law, others on design issues. Some focus on improving the natural environment while others seek solutions to urban issues such as transportation or housing or economic development. As many of these overlap, most of us wear several hats during our careers, if not during a single work day. What does "planning" look like to you? And who are the populations directly impacted by your work? To begin to answer these questions, this year's conference theme is "The Face of Planning". As we again gather to renew friendships and begin new ones, we will hear from our peers what "planning" means to them and how our work serves others.

The 2018 State Planning Conference for APA-LA has been shifted to October this year and will be held in Shreveport at Sam's Town Hotel on the riverfront. The timing coincides with Shreveport's Red River Revel Arts Festival. Make plans to attend and click through the links below to learn more about professional education sessions, speakers and to register online!

Carpool to the Conference!

Use the Ride Pro Web app to organize or join an existing carpool to the state planning conference. This free service is made available by the Capital Region Planning Commission and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. Click and give it a try. It works for other destinations too.

RidePro App

 

Program & Speakers

Microphone iconWe have an exciting lineup for this year's conference ranging from "cool tools" to trails, flood recovery housing programs to preservation. Fourteen topical sessions are offered, plus Pecha Kucha presentations, Awards Luncheon, AICP test prep and Planning Commissioner Training. Guest speakers include Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser; Mayors Ollie Tyler of Shreveport and Lo Walker of Bossier City; and Paul Farmer, FAICP - past CEO of the American Planning Association.

Registration & Fees

iconThree-day registration is again well under $100 per day including lunches. Discounts are offered for APA members, for planning commissioners, for full time students, and for early-birds. These early-bird discounts end September 14th. Mobile workshops, a Chapter Dinner, and of course lodging are in addition to the conference base registration. No refunds after September 14th. We encourage you to first read through the information on this website and perhaps print the downloadable registration form for reference, then register online through planning.org's event portal or mail in your check.

 

Venue, Locale and Mobile Workshops

images iconSam's Town Resort will be our conference venue and they offer a reduced rate using Group Code SH10APA. The Shreveport - Bossier City's river fronts are energized with attractions and activities. At Sam's Town you'll be close to everything, including the annual Red River Revel arts festival featuring music, food and more. And mobile workshops during this year's conference include trips to the Port, to Bossier East Bank, and to downtown sites including Texas Street and Shreveport Common. Click "Venue" for details.

 

Sponsors & Exhibitors

iconPlease consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2018 Annual State Planning Conference. Exhibit your services, products, and capabilities; or showcase your work on a table-top display in immediate proximity to our conference session rooms and ballroom, guaranteeing you repeated daily exposure to all attendees. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. For more information and to download a sponsorship or exhibitor packet click the "Sponsorship Opportunities" button.

 

Photo Galleries

Images from the conference are displayed as thumbnails below. Click to enlarge.  Higher resolution versions of these photos are available in this Google Album. Also, you may contribute your photos from this event in this Google album!

2018 Conference Host Committee

  • Stephen Jean, AICP
  • Alan Clarke
  • Joanne Poret, AICP
  • Carlotta Askew-Brown
  • Adam Bailey
  • Mart Black, AICP
  • Gopika Nair
  • APA-LA Executive Committee Members
  • and special thanks to Marybeth Findley

Program2018

Conference Program

The PDF conference program (link at right) has been finalized as of October 1, 2018. The content below has been updated to agree with the print program. Certification Maintenance (CM) credits listed below each session are those we've applied for.


DAY 1 - Wednesday, October 3

8:00 AM - On-Site Registration Opens

On-site registration will be available the day of the conference but some selections - such as mobile workshops - may be limited and you definitely will have missed the early bird discount. Our volunteer staff will have laptops available to receive your online payments via credit or debit cards, and log your selections with the Planning.org event portal. They can also receive your purchases of additional tickets for your guest or new

8:00 AM - Chapter Business Meeting

Magnolia Room

Members are strongly encouraged to attend this annual meeting of the full membership of APA LA. Chapter President Derek Chisholm will review critical events of the past year and present possible changes in 2019 for discussion with the membership. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear what is going on and to have your voice heard!

- - 15 Minute Break --

9:15 - Conference Welcome and Plenary Session

Magnolia Room

This official start of the 2018 APA Louisiana Conference will include a welcome to Shreveport-Bossier and to the conference. Welcome addresses will be received from Mayors Ollie Tyler of Shreveport and Lo Walker of Bossier City, and also from the APA Louisiana Chapter President Derek Chisholm.

10:15 AM - Wednesday

Session 1: Promoting Inclusiveness in Preservation Planning

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Professional planners must work to develop plans that both acknowledge and respect the wide array of cultures, histories, and identities present in our communities. Learn how planners and community partners in St. John the Baptist Parish are lever aging the power of historic preservation and cultural identity to build social capital and promote inclusive revitalization parish wide.

  • Moderator: René Pastorek – St. John the Baptist Parish Planning & Zoning Manager
  • Panelist 1: LaVerne Toombs - Chief Administrative Officer, St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Panelist 2: Julia Remondet – Councilwoman, District II, St. John the Baptist Parish
  • Panelist 3: Jennie Garcia – Doctoral Student of Design and Cultural Preservation, LSU

Session 2: Cool Tools for Planners

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

The Face of Planning and Planning Organizations increasingly rely on digital solutions to accomplish our tasks. In this session, numerous digital tools will be shared. Applications showcased will include outreach, GIS, data collection, and visualizations. The costs, limitations, and other issues with each tool will be systematically covered.

  • Moderator: Chris Petro, AICP – MPO Deputy Director, Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
  • Panelist 1: Adelee LeGrande, AICP – Chief Strategy Officer, Vice President, Transdev
  • Panelist 2: Adam Bailey – Community Planning & Design Manager, Shreveport-Caddo MPC
  • Panelist 3: Bobby Evans, AICP – Community and Transportation Planner, AECOM

 
 

12:00 noon - Keynote Luncheon

Magnolia Room

Paul Farmer, FAICP, is a native of Shreveport and a graduate of Jesuit High School, where he discovered city planning. He received his B.A. and B.Arch degrees from Rice University before doing his Masters and Doctoral work in city & regional planning at Cornell University. Paul taught planning and architecture at Cornell and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for a decade; practiced city planning for two decades as deputy planning director in Pittsburgh, Planning Director in Minneapolis and Executive Director of Planning and Development in Eugene, Oregon. He was CEO of the American Planning Association for almost fifteen years. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech and the University of Oregon. He has been a consulting planner on six continents. Paul continues to write, lecture and practice from Paris to Singapore and through out the U.S. He is an honorary member of ASLA and RTPI and an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He and his wife, Connie, live in Chicago and they are currently restoring their home in Shreveport which was built in 1908 by Paul's grandfather.

2:00 PM - Wednesday

Session 3: AICP Ethics Session - The Planner of a 1,000 Faces: A Hero’s Journey Through Ethics

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM Ethics]

This session presents the ethical career journey of every planner through review of AICP Code of Ethics, case studies, and breakout sessions. It presents an opportunity for self-reflection and consideration of reactions to situations and scenarios involving ethical dilemmas encountered by planners over the course of their careers.

  • Speaker: Sean Daly, AICP – Chapter Professional Development Officer / Senior Planner, Iteris, Inc.

 

Mobile Workshops [2 - 4 PM]

Meet in lobby, [2 CM]

Tour 1 - Port of Caddo-Bossier (ticketed event)

  • Facilitator: Eric England – Executive Director, Port of Caddo-Bossier

[Port of Caddo-Bossier]

Tour 2 - Texas Street Downtown (ticketed event)

Facilitator: Liz Swaine - Executive Director, Downtown Development Authority

[700 - 800 blocks of Texas Street]

- - 15 Minute Break --

 

3:45 PM - Wednesday

Session 4: Short Term Rentals - Revisiting the Regs in New Orleans

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

New Orleans began regulation of short term rentals a year ago but is considering revising these rules. Proponents and critics of STRs are weighing in now as the City Council and Planning Commission sort things out. This Session will look at the growth in numbers of STRs, their impacts, and what new regulations the City Council will likely adopt.

  • Speaker: Robert D. "Bob" Rivers – Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

Session 5: Promoting Resiliency through Science-based Eco-Engineering in a Coastal Louisiana Parish

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

Terrebonne Parish strives to build a resilient coastal environment through deployment of a “multiple lines of defense” strategy with six components, utilizing both natural and manmade features. While few people in Terrebone actually reside near the Gulf of Mexico, the areas outside the hurricane levee serve to protect the urban environment further inland, as well as the parishʼs vast and vulnerable oil and gas infrastructure.

  • Speaker: Mart Black, AICP – Terrebonne Parish Government, Director: Office of Coastal Restoration and Preservation

 

6:00 PM - Chapter Reception

Marlene Yu Art Museum

Artwork of Marlene YuCome socialize with other members at the Marlene Yu Museum located at 710 Travis St, Shreveport. The museum features work of Tiawanese-born Asian-American artist Marlene Tseng Yu, who's large scale works often synthesize Chinese landscape painting and American abstract expressionism. A complimentary drink ticket is included with your conference registration.

 

 


DAY 2 - Thursday, October 4th

7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast

Magnolia Room

8:00 AM - Onsite Conference Registration Opens

8:30 AM - Thursday

Session 6: Pecha Kucha - A series of 7-minute presentations

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Pecha Kucha is a fast and content-packed presentation format in which each presenter has seven minutes and 20 slides to fully present their topic. We debuted this format at the 2017 conference in New Orleans' City Park and are bringing it back because it expands our capacity to provide public speaking opportunities for our members. Pecha Kucha is perfect for topics that may not warrant a full 1-1/2 hour session, yet are of interest and deserve to be heard.

  • Claiborne Corridor Innovation District: Lydia Jemison, AICP, CFM – Jemison & Partners, Inc.
  • The Healthy Block Initiative: Vivek Shah, AICP – Chief, Planning & Policy, Adaptation Strategies and Felice Lavergne - Project Mgr., Urban Conservancy
  • APA-LA Communications in 2018: James Taylor, AICP and Evelyn Cade Campo, CFM 
  • Port NOLA PIER Plan: Amelia L. Pellegrin, AICP, LEED AP – Director of Sustainable Development, Port NOLA
  • Why Does My Complete Street Feel Incomplete?  Carlee Alm-LaBar - Director of Traditional Neighborhood Developments, Iteris, Inc.
  • Middle Modalism: Ebikes, Scooters, and Truly Complete Streets: Derek Chisholm, AICP, ENV SP, LEED GA – Chapter President
  • Deliveries!  Are you Planning for Them?: Sean Daly, AICP – Iteris, Inc.

Session 7: AICP Test Cram Session

Louisiana Room [no CM]

One month away from the November AICP Certification Exam test window and you're worried about something you missed in your studying? Need some extra studying support? Then come to this session where you and your fellow test-takers can engage in an intensive, detailed session meant to get you prepared for the home-stretch of studying and identify any need areas before you take the November exam.

  • Speaker: Sean Daly, AICP – Chapter Professional Development Officer

 

- - 15 Minute Break --

10:00 AM, Thursday

Session 8: 2018 Mayors’ Roundtable

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

Mayors from north Louisiana will discuss what “faces” they are planning for, what projects have either been proposed or in progress for these different faces of their communities and what successes or failures you have had with these projects. Learn more about who other communities are planning for and how they are planning for them.

  • Moderator: Joanne Poret, AICP – Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Monroe
  • Panelist 1: Honorable Lorenz James "Lo" Walker – Mayor, Bossier City
  • Panelist 2: Honorable James "Jamie" Mayo – Mayor, City of Monroe
  • Panelist 3: Honorable Staci Albritton-Mitchell – Mayor, City of West Monroe
  • Panelist 4: Honorable Ron Walker – Mayor, City of Ruston
  • Panelist 5: Honorable Jacques Roy – Mayor, City of Alexandria
  • Panelist 6: Honorable Lee Posey – Mayor, City of Natchitoches

Session 9: Justice, Knowledge, and Small “p” Planners [starting at 10:15 am]

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

This presentation will focus on how off-radar community groups and emergency entities can emerge with formal planning process and play key roles in the development of sustainability and resilience for their communities and regions. We will consider how planners with a small “p” are transformative leaders for justice and use their knowledge in ways that may sometimes far exceed the expertise of institutional planners.

  • Speaker: Alessandra Jerolleman, PhD, MPA, CFM – Community Resilience Specialist, The Lowlander Center

 

 

 

 

12:00 Noon: State Planning Awards Luncheon

award

Featuring an address by Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser

Magnolia Room

Each year the APA Louisiana Chapter recognizes the achievements of agencies, companies, groups and individuals as they strive for excellence in the planning profession. General award categories include Planning Excellence (Plan/Implementation/Process/Education or Advocacy), Planning Achievement (for an individual), Student Project Award and Great Places in Louisiana recognition. A presentation of winning submissions will be shared as well as the official ceremony in which winners will receive a personalized award. This year's luncheon will begin with an address from Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.

 

1:00 PM: Planning Commissioner Training

Louisiana Act 859 and Revised Statute Title 33, 33:103.1 mandates four (4) hours of approved training for planning commissioners, advisory board members, historic district commissioners, and boards of zoning adjustment before or during their first year of public service in this role. This session satisfies this requirement for these public servants.

Louisiana Room

  • Facilitator 1: Joanne Poret, AICP – Director of Planning and Zoning, City of Monroe
  • Facilitator 2: Mart Black, AICP – Director, Terrebonne Consolidated Government, Office of Coastal Restoration and Preservation

 

1:45 PM - Thursday

Session 10: APA Legislative Advocacy

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM Ethics]

Who better to see the “Faces of Planning” than your elected officials? Learn how to effectively engage elected officials about the 2018 national legislative topics, and what steps the Louisiana Chapter is taking to advocate for planning throughout the state.

  • Moderator: Derek Chisholm, AICP, ENV SP, LEED GA – APA LA Chapter President; Gulf Coast Operations Manager, New Orleans, AECOM
  • Panelist 1: Whitney Hoffman Sayal, AICP – Vice President, APA LA | Downtown Development District of Baton Rouge
  • Panelist 2: Evelyn Cade Campo, CFM – APA LA Outreach & Advocacy Officer | St. John Parish Zoning Administrator
  • Panelist 3: Catherine Hinshaw - APA State Government Affairs Associate, Washington D.C.

 

Mobile Workshops [1:45 - 4 PM]

Meet in lobby, [2 CM]

Tour 3 - Shreveport Common (ticketed event)

  • Facilitator: Wendy Benscoter - Executive Director, Shreveport Common

[ShreveportCommon.com]

Tour 4 - Bossier East Bank District (ticketed event)

Facilitator: Mike McSwain - Owner, Mike McSwain Architect, LLC

[Bossier East Bank District]

- - 15 Minute Break --

 

3:30 PM - Thursday

Session 11: We Grow Together! Planning for a Healthy Regional Food System

Arkansas Room, [1.5 CM]

Learn about the stages in the effective planning and implementation of the "We Grow Together! Health Regional Food System" initiative. Emphasis will be given to the interdependent relationship between effective strategic planning and strong vision-centered community collaborations.

  • Panelist 1: Dr. Grace Peterson – Extension Agent, LSU Ag Center
  • Panelist 2: Stephen Jean, AICP – Deputy Director, Shreveport-Caddo MPC
  • Panelist 3: Angie White – Senior V.P. North Louisiana Economic Partnership; Vice Chair, Slow Food North Louisiana
  • Panelist 4: Cookie Coleman – President, Red River Coalition of Community Gardeners

 

5:30 - 7:30 PM - Thursday - Poolside Social Hour

Pool deck at Sam's Town Hotel ShreveportAfter a full day of sessions and mobile workshops, come join us on the 4th floor of Sam's Town Resort for a poolside social. Rumor has it that chapter officers will be performing a cannon ball contest, so you won't want to miss it!

 

 

 

7:30 PM - Thursday: Thrill on the Hill Dinner

Ticketed Event

Ernest's Orleans Restaurant: 1601 Spring Street

Ernest's Oelans Restaurant, Shreveport (logo)All are welcome to register for this event featuring a dinner at Ernest's Orleans Restaurant, which has been a part of Shreveport's history for over sixty years! Sitting on top of the hill, Ernest's features prime steaks, fresh seafood, and Italian eats. Ernest's Famous Marinated Crab Claws and Red Snapper Ernest are just two dishes that highlight our menu. Table side desserts and after dinner drinks await our guests! 

 


DAY 3 - Friday, October 5

7:30 AM - Continental Breakfast

Magnolia Room

8:30 AM - Friday

Session 12: Trails - The Other T.O.D.

Arkansas Room, [E 1.5 CM]

Veteran trails specialists Bud Melton and Lenny Hughes of Halff Associates, Inc. will share their combined experience of more than 5 decades of successes, near misses and very challenging projects ranging from local urban hike-bike paths to area-wide and corridor plans. Their roles in more than 150 trail planing and/or design projects will provide key insights on public-private partnerships. Hear about successes, near-misses, and a range of challenging projects from local urban hike-bike paths to wide areas and extended corridor studies encompassing bikeway connections to key destinations.

  • Panelist 1: Warren J. "Bud" Melton, III – Special Projects Manager, Halff Associates, Inc.
  • Panelist 2: Lenny Hughes – Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture, Halff Associates, Inc.

Session 13: Flood Recovery: The Environmental Process Beneath the Distribution of Federal Funds

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM]

You've seen the news headlines where our elected officials have been instrumental in securing millions of dollars for flood recovery efforts in our state. Do you know what goes on behind the scenes? How does environmental review fit into the process? Come hear about experiences encountered by our members working in this practice area.

  • Panelist 1: Jessica Keasler, AICP – Senior Environmental Planner, Terracon. Inc.
  • Panelist 2: James Taylor, AICP – Planner, Franklin Associates, LLC
  • Panelist 3: Matt Redmond, PE, CFM - Asst. City Engineer, City of Shreveport

 

- - 15 Minute Break --

10:15 AM - Friday

Session 14: Planning Law

Louisiana Room, [1.5 CM LAW]

Join us to find out what has happened in the area of planning law through a review of recent decisions and current cases. During this session, we will review the source of planning in Louisiana, from a legal perspective. This session will build on the basics provided through Louisianaʼs planning enabling legislation and carry through important decisions affecting land use, zoning and eminent domain.

  • Panelist 1: Stephen D. Villavaso, J.D., FAICP – Principal, Villavaso & Associates; Adjunct Professor at both the Department of Planning and Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans and the School of Law at Loyola University.
  • Panelist 2: Ed Elam, III, AICP - Associate & Planner, Burk-Kleinpeter, Inc.

 

Noon - Friday: Closing Session

Session 15: Inclusionary Zoning and Fair Housing

Magnolia Room

This presentation will provide an overview of New Orleans’ efforts to address this housing crisis.  Specifically, it will examine the City Planning Commission’s involvement in developing a “Smart Housing Mix” approach, leveraging the City’s economic growth to create opportunities for affordable housing through density bonuses and mandatory inclusionary zoning. 

Presenter: Robert "Bob" Rivers, Executive Director, New Orleans City Planning Commission

(Note: This is a final lecture session, no meal will be served.)

 

-- 1:00 PM Adjourned --

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Special thanks to all of our sponsors. Without your generosity and commitment to forwarding the advancement of planning in our state and region this event would not be possible.

Registration2018

Full conference registration includes attendance at all sessions, two breakfasts, Keynote Luncheon, Awards Luncheon, Closing Luncheon, Opening Reception, and two drink tickets to the Opening Reception.  Please note that admission to the Chapter Dinner is not included in the basic registration fee and must be purchased separately.

Table of Base Fees

 

Payment Must Be Received By:

Early Bird
September 14

Regular and Onsite
October 5

Full Conference — APA/APA LA Member $225 $250
Full Conference — Non-Member $250 $275
Full Conference — Planning Commissioner $150 $175
Full Conference — APA Student Member $75 $100
Full Conference — APA Retired or Life Member $75 $100
Single Day* — APA/APA LA Member $75 $100
Single Day* — Non-Member $100 $125
Planning Commissioner Training Only (Oct. 4th) $75 $100

Optional Item Fees

Mobile Workshop $35

"Thrill on the Hill" Chapter Dinner at Earnest's Orleans $50

Extra guest ticket for luncheons and awards ceremony $35

Extra guest ticket for opening reception $25

*Single day is only applicable for one day. It may not be doubled for two days. Any attendance more than one day requires the full conference fee.

 

Online Registration

We encourage you to register online via the Planning.org events portal. Use of this portal will require your APA user ID and password. The URL is:

www.planning.org/events/eventmulti/9155739

Mail-In Registration

We understand some must pay by check and are happy to oblige. A printable PDF registration form is available at the following link.

 

Lodging

Arrangements for lodging must be made directly with the hotel, separately from conference registration.

Sam's Town Casino and Hotel Shreveport

Address:   315 Clyde Fant Parkway
                    Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone:       (877) 429-0711

samstownshreveport.com

Nightly Room Rate: $85.00 with Group Code SH10APA  YOU MUST CALL IN TO UTILIZE THE GROUP CODE.

This rate is for Government Employee Exemption when submitting an Exemption Certificate.
http://revenue.louisiana.gov/TaxForms/1376(1_09)F.pdf

The nightly rate for Non-Government Exempt Employees is $98.26.

Sponsorships2018

Be a Sponsor! - Our mission is to promote the practice of community and regional planning in Louisiana by enhancing the effectiveness of planners in impacting public policy. Please consider becoming an organizational, corporate, or individual sponsor of APA Louisiana's 2018 Annual State Planning Conference. Sponsors will have their logo and/or name displayed prominently according to sponsorship level. (Download Sponsorship Packet)

2018 Sponsorship Opportunities

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Planning Association (LA APA) will hold its 2018 Statewide Planning Conference in Shreveport, Louisiana from October 3 - 5, 2018. This year’s theme is “The Face of Planning.”

This statewide planning conference presents a unique forum for direct contact and interaction between municipal planning departments, private planning consultants, and allied professionals within APA's membership. Conference attendees will attend informative sessions, mobile workshops, networking functions, and social events. Planners will also meet renowned speakers and leaders, especially those whose technologies and approaches are on the cutting edge of the planning profession. Many of our state’s certified planners also use the sessions of the annual state conference as an opportunity to acquire their necessary continuing education credits.

A sponsorship of the 2018 APA LA Planning Conference is an excellent way to showcase your organization. Participation can occur in several ways. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the 2018 LA APA Planning Conference, please download and complete the sponsorship registration form and remit payment by September 28. A member of the Local Host Committee will be contacting you soon afterwards.​

Sponsorship Levels

Being a Sponsor for the Louisiana APA Annual Conference is a valuable means to show support for the planning of our future. By participating as a Sponsor you can help advance the planning profession and, in the process, improve the quality of life for our state. Plus, take advantage of a range of benefits specially designed to promote your company or organization. APA LOUISIANA CHAPTER welcomes our many returning partners and future new sponsors! As partners, we are committed to the future of Louisiana. Please consider one of the sponsorship opportunities listed below and contact Stephen Jean, AICP for more information. Thank you!

DIAMOND SPONSOR: $5,000 or more

  • Hotel room for two nights of the conference
  • Five Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Reception sponsor with ability to have table alongside check-in for Reception
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

PLATINUM SPONSOR: $2,000-$5,000

  • Two Complimentary Conference Registrations
  • Full Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Lunch Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

GOLD SPONSOR: $1,000 - $2000

  • One Complimentary Conference Registration
  • Half Page Ad in Conference Program
  • Breakfast Sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

SILVER SPONSOR: $750

  • 1/4 Page Ad in Conference Program
  • One Complimentary Awards Luncheon Ticket
  • Break sponsor with display signage (shared)
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

BRONZE SPONSOR: $500

  • Business Card Sized Ad in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

BUSINESS SPONSOR: $250

  • Listing in Conference Program
  • Acknowledgement at APA Conference and on website

 

Venue2018

The venue for the 2018 State Planning Conference will be Sam's Town Resort in Shreveport overlooking the Red River.

Magnolia ballroom at Sam's Town Resort, Shreveport

Mobile Workshop Destinations

  • Port of Caddo-Bossier
  • Texas Street Downtown
  • Shreveport Common
  • Bossier East Bank

Bossier City - East Bank Mobile Tour

Shreveport Common Mobile Tour

 

Area Attractions

If you find yourself having some spare time - or if a traveling companion will not be attending our conference - the Shreveport-Bossier area offers many things to do beyond shopping and dining. We've listed a few ideas below, and you'll find these and much more on the website of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau - shreveport-bossier.org - including a build your itinerary and mapping portal.

Red River Revel Art Festival

The Revel is a 9-day celebration of art, music and food taking place in festival plaza in downtown Shreveport. Admission is free weekdays before 5:30, evenings and weekends it is $5. As of August 13, the schedule of performers does not seem to be posted, but check back on the Revel's website - redriverrevel.com.

Shreveport Attractions:

  • Riverview Park - 601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
  • Artspace - 710 Texas Street
  • Elvis Presley Statue - 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • James Burton Statue - 705 Elvis Presley Ave.
  • J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Regional Visitor Center - 700 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
  • Louisiana State Exhibit Museum - laexhibitmuseum.org
  • Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College - 2911 Centenary Blvd.
  • R. W. Norton Art Gallery - 4747 Creswell Ave.
  • Shreveport Waterworks and Railroad Museums - 142 N. Common St.
  • Spring Street Museum - 525 Spring St.
  • Walter B. Jacobs Nature Park - 8012 Blanchard Furrh Rd., Shreveport
  • American Rose Center - 8877 Jefferson Paige Rd., Shreveport

 

Bossier City Attractions:

  • Bossier East Bank
  • Barksdale Global Power Museum
  • CenturyLink Center
  • Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
  • Red River Nat'l Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center - 150 Eagle Bend Point, Bossier City