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As a Chapter service, Washington planners are invited to attend a series of webinars to be offered in 2018 by various APA Chapters. All sessions are free, offer CM credits, and will begin at 10:00 a.m. PST (1 p.m. ET).

Upcoming Webinars:

International Perspectives on Urban Planning in the United States 
March 16 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Marc Lewis-DeGrace et al.

Planning practitioners regularly learn from the experiences of other professionals working in varying contexts. Understanding how different professionals approach similar challenges can inspire and improve techniques to address critical issues. Learn from the experiences of several U.S. based planners who grew up outside of the United States and learn about planning in their home countries. Planners from China, Brazil, the Philippines and Haiti. Learn about what constitutes planning in developed and developing countries. Understand what these countries have learned and can learn from the U.S. and what the U.S. can learn from these countries. Register Now!

Big House, Little House, Back House...ADU?
March 30 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Ben Frost

Accessory Dwelling Units are in the news! Though hardly a new idea to planners and builders alike, ADUs are developing a new following as their popularity increases and a new market for them has formed. Baby boomers are trying to find a place for their own aging parents to live (before they themselves need such a place too) and millennials are seeking a place they can afford that's close to where they work. What are the practical implications for planners as they seek to adjust their local zoning ordinances to accommodate this demand? Learn from the experience of New Hampshire, which recently adopted legislation requiring municipalities to allow ADUs. Ben Frost, AICP was one of the principal authors of this legislation. As legal counsel at New Hampshire Housing, Ben is an advocate for practical, flexible housing policy. Register Now!

Planning for Broadband
April 6 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Erik Frederick

Broadband is an essential infrastructure for residents, businesses, institutions, and communities to participate in a global digital economy. Broadband isn’t a new topic of discussion, and while much of the densely populated areas of the country enjoy quality wired and wireless connectivity, the United States still lags behind much of the developed world in broadband penetration, speed, and adoption in rural areas. While those without access to broadband infrastructure are unable to enjoy its many benefits, current research suggests the United States also has a broadband adoption and use problem. To benefit from broadband and related technologies, a community must take a comprehensive planning approach and address access, adoption, and use simultaneously. Communities across the country are taking part in local broadband and technology planning efforts, and technology planning closely follows the format of traditional planning. Stakeholders are gathering to assess the local technology landscape, gathering input from the public, identifying gaps, creating action plans, and implementing projects to increase technology access, adoption, and use with great success. This session will make the case for local broadband planning and provide a model for engaging local stakeholders, and deliver information and examples for how to begin broadband and technology planning in your community.  Register Now!

Hurricane Matthew - Finding the Silver Lining through Mitigation and Disaster Recovery
April 13 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Mari Radford, Charlie Baker, Michelle Diamond, Kevin Snyder, and Robbie Coates

Disasters in the United States result in billions of dollars in damage and disrupt millions of lives each year. While different areas are susceptible to different types of disasters, all communities can take steps to be more resilient and prepared to begin a comprehensive, whole-community recovery effort immediately after a disaster strikes. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to ensure that communities have the tools needed to make informed decisions to reduce risks and vulnerabilities and to effectively respond and recover. While the Hampton Roads area did not receive a direct hit from Hurricane Matthew, a month of rain prior to the tropical storm’s landfall led to devastating damage across the region from tidal, riverine, and stormwater flooding. With an unusually high number of flooded structures well outside of the mapped floodplain, Hurricane Matthew provides a fascinating case study of the diversity of communities impacted, the varying capacity of local officials, and the complexities of navigating federal programs after a disaster. This training highlights the case study of Hurricane Matthew and its impacts on the Hampton Roads area and the Commonwealth at large. It is designed to provide planners with a better understanding of how to address flood risk through a variety of tools and resources, and how to engage stakeholders and utilize best practices to address both pre-and post-disaster recovery challenges.  Register Now!

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CM credits can be claimed by looking up the sponsoring Chapter or Division as a provider. 

Distance Education – These two recorded webcasts from 2017 have been selected for AICP CM DE credit for viewing anytime during the 2018 calendar year. 

MRSC Webinars

Preparing an Effective and Legally Defensible Staff Report
March 21, 12 PM - 1:30PM
This webinar dives into the key elements of a good staff report, offering tips on how to make them legally defensible and providing practical examples. These issues are discussed from the perspective of all relevant parties, including the applicant, decision-maker, local government officials and staff, and the general public. Register Now!

Strategic Long-Term Budgeting
March 28, 10 AM - 11 AM

This webinar will review how (and why) local governments can create a comprehensive financial plan that covers operating and capital budgets aspects, addresses long-term financial planning, closes the loop with performance assessments, and creates and carries out evaluations to determine success. Register Now!

Other Webinars

Climate Adaptation Policy at the State and Local Level
April 16,  2:30 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

Short Course on Local Planning

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association is a partner in Department of Commerce’s Short Course on Local Planning program that brings basic planning education to communities around the state, every year. Please visit the Short Course web page for the most up-to-date list of all short course offerings.


Planning Schools in Washington State

Distance Planning Education at Ohio State University

The Planning Education at a Distance program is brand new and offers online continuing education classes for planning practitioners and public officials.
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University of Washington Professional & Continuing Education

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Graduate Certificate in Climate Science

The Program on Climate Change amplifies the University of Washington’s range of expertise in climate-related fields. The Graduate Certificate in Climate Science (GCeCS) was created to provide an interdisciplinary training in methods, research issues, and communication of climate science that enhances the scientific breadth and professional employability of GCeCS awardees. The certificate combines the PCC courses, specifically designed to address the cross-linkages in the earth system that disciplinary curricula are not able to do, with a capstone in Climate Science Communication. Learn more

Certificate in Construction Management (online)

Master the fundamentals of construction management. Learn the principles of commercial cost estimating, including methods for developing a personal estimating manual and cost estimating techniques for the medium-sized general contractor. Explore the principles, practices, and techniques of planning, scheduling and controlling construction projects. Focus on accident prevention through construction safety techniques. Analyze and debate case studies depicting actual events in construction project management. Developed in partnership with UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Certificate in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Design and Management (online or Seattle)

Expand your technical skills with training in green infrastructure practices that improve water quality by using the natural environment, soil, and vegetation to reduce pollution caused by untreated stormwater entering our waterways. Learn more

Certificate in Sustainable Transportation: Planning and Livable Communities (online)

Examine the important issues involved in sustainable transportation planning. Review policies and programs that encourage mixed-use and higher density levels designed to promote transportation modes other than the single occupancy vehicle. Study the impact that transportation options have on the quality of service, the environment, and sustainability. Explore the movement of goods, various freight options and the strategies for making them more sustainable. Learn about the legal and legislative issues surrounding sustainable transportation policy. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 
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Master in Geographic Information Systems: Sustainability Management (online)

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) can be an integral part of a design process to develop sustainable solutions, which balance economic, social and environmental considerations, for the world's most challenging problems. Graduates of this master’s degree program will learn how to design a sustainable world with GIS by modeling complex land, transportation and resource problems using geospatial technologies and sustainability management workflows. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Geography. Learn more

Master in Infrastructure Planning & Management (online)

Protect, Prepare, Adapt. Students in the Master’s in Infrastructure Planning and Management degree program will learn a blend of skills in analysis, strategic planning, and emergency management to implement plans that increase infrastructure resilience. Explore how threats such as extreme natural events, climate change, accidents and terrorism impact interconnected and complex infrastructure systems. Developed in partnership with the UW College of Built Environments. Learn more

Master of Sustainable Transportation (online)

Explore sustainable transportation planning and policy, and analyze the growing interest in transportation’s environmental, social, energy and economic impacts on our society. Developed in partnership with the UW Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Learn more


Building Permit Survey

Research and survey findings of building permit turnaround times.

Conducted by the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC) of Washington in October 2001. Contact John W. Carpita, P.E. if you have questions.

Unified Development Code

How To Write a Unified Development Code Incorporating Regulatory Reform by Steve Ladd, AICP.