More than 5,000 planners, elected officials and others will attend the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Boston April 9-12, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy will be there contributing expertise on the public finance crisis, regional planning, and planning for climate change.
Gregory K. Ingram, president of the Lincoln Institute, will introduce a major session on municipal and development finance, which will include a presentation on budgets and revenue sources by Jeffrey Chapman, professor at Arizona State University and a researcher at the Lincoln Institute. He will also talk about the imbalance between revenues and increasing costs and the restrictions states are placing on local revenues and expenditures, in a session on the severe strains on local government amid economic turmoil. That panel also includes the University of Utah's Arthur C. Nelson, Martin A. Bierbaum from the National Center for Smart Growth at the University of Maryland, Dowell Myers, professor of urban planning and demography at the University of Southern California, and Robert W. Burchell, professor and co-director of the Center of Urban Policy Research at Rutgers University.
Armando Carbonell, chairman of the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute, will lead discussions on climate change and coastal cities; keeping planning education current; recent planning initiatives in London; and sustainability in comprehensive plans, Carbonell will also be on a panel of big city planning directors, many of whom gather at the Lincoln Institute each fall, including Joseph A. Horwedel, AICP, director of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement, San Jose, California; William R. Klein from APA, Minneapolis planning director Barbara L. Sporlein, and Washington DC planning director Harriet Tregoning.
Planners from the New England region will talk about the challenges of the day, from sustainability to fiscal strains, at a retreat at the Lincoln Institute followed by a panel organized by Peter Pollock, FAICP, a fellow at the Lincoln Institute, that will that will include Alexander Jaegerman (Portland, Maine) Frederick S. Taintor (Portsmouth, N.H.), Thomas E. Deller (Providence, R.I.), Wayne Feiden (Northampton, Mass.), David E. White, (Burlington, Vermont), Jo Anne Miller Buntich (Barnstable, Mass.), Jeffrey R. Levine, (Brookline, Mass.), Susan Glazer (Cambridge, Mass.) and Jonathan J. Reiner (North Kingstown, R.I.)
An additional highlight will be a panel on regional planning in America, with Timothy Beatley, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture, University of Virginia; Frederick R. Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin; Kathryn A. Foster, director of the University at Buffalo Regional Institute; and Ethan P. Seltzer, Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University, and co-author, with Armando Carbonell, of the newly published Lincoln Institute book Regional Planning in America.
A dialogue of journalists and planners on communicating climate change impacts on cities will include Anthony Flint, fellow and director of public affairs, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy; Tracy Metz, Journalist, NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands; Cristine Russell, Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School; and Will Travis, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
The Lincoln Institute is also hosting the Saturday evening networking reception April 9, and will provide coffee and refreshments at a Meet the Authors event for Regional Planning in America Monday April 11 at the Lincoln Institute’s exhibit booth in the Hynes Convention Center main exhibit hall.
APA’s annual four-day conference addresses the challenges communities face today as well as looking forward to the future – bus rapid transit, urban agriculture, economic development and shrinking cities. Top speakers include Raphael Bostic, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Harvard professors Michael Sandel and Edward Glaeser. Nearly 200 sessions and 60 mobile workshops have been scheduled to provide information and resources for planning practitioners, educators, citizens, business leaders, planning commissioners and elected officials. The entire conference program can be viewed at: www.planning.org/conference/program/index.htm.