Strengthening local economies, managing water resources, and planning for an uncertain future will be among the issues explored by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in Phoenix April 2-5, 2016.
The Lincoln Institute’s forthcoming book Nature and Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning will also be previewed at a reception with editors Frederick R. Steiner, George F. Thompson, and Armando Carbonell, FAICP, senior fellow and chair of the department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 2. The book features essays by leading landscape architects, planners, and urban designers who are advancing the integration of nature more fully into cities.
Also making its debut at APA in Phoenix is a new book by senior fellow Joan Youngman, A Good Tax: Legal and Policy Issues for the Property Tax in the United States, underscoring the need for stability in funding local government, as part of the Lincoln Institute’s ongoing initiative to promote municipal fiscal health.
As part of a partnership with APA and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design that brings planning directors from the nation’s largest cities to the Lincoln Institute each year, Armando Carbonell will moderate a panel, Big City Planning Directors on Innovation Districts for Economic Development, which will explore economic development issues discussed at the fall 2015 convening. The panel is from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Monday, April 4 and will include David Rouse, FAICP, American Planning Association; Donald Roe, city of St. Louis; Scott Andes; and Steven Schoeny (Room 128).
And as Western states continue to struggle with historic drought conditions, Peter Pollock, Manager of Western Programs for the Lincoln Institute, will moderate a panel, Water and Growth: Planning as if Water Matters, exploring the water-land use nexus, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 4. The panel will include Josh Ellis of the Metropolitan Planning Council in Chicago; Donald Elliott, FAICP, of Clarion Associates; and Jeffrey Allenby of the Chesapeake Conservancy (Room 128).
The Lincoln Institute will be engaged in a number of other discussions on key planning issues, including the following:
- Flowing Rivers: The Natural Connection, from 9 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, April 2, will explore innovations and challenges in restoring waterways in the Colorado River Basin, with Summer Waters and Francisco Zamora of the Sonoran Institute; Gregory Hoch, city of Durango, Colo.; John Jordan, Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Work Group; and Keiba Crear, Southern Nevada Water Authority (Room 224).
- Consider the Future With Scenario Tools, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 2, will cover strategies and technologies to help plan for an uncertain future, featuring Ken Snyder, PlaceMatters; Ray Quay, FAICP, Arizona State University; and Arnab Chakraborty, AICP, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Room 229).
- Large Landscape Conservation: East and West, from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, April 2, will compare the successes and obstacles in preserving large landscapes in the eastern and western United States, with Scott Campbell of Innovative Conservation Solutions; John Wright of New Mexico State University; and Tom Daniels at the University of Pennsylvania (Room 128).
- Taking a Career Break to Renew, from 10:45 a.m. to noon Sunday April 3, will be moderated by Armando Carbonell, exploring how to bring new excitement and energy to a planning career by taking a break, with Carolyn Torma, American Planning Association; Eric Eidlin, AICP, Federal Transit Association; and Jason Claxton, AICP, U.S. Navy (Room 127).
- Planning Directors’ Perspective on the Region, from 2:45-4:00 p.m. Monday, April 4, will be moderated by Peter Pollock, who will lead a conversation about planning in the southwest, with planners from the cities of Phoenix, Ariz., Boulder, Colo., Flagstaff, Ariz., Mesa, Ariz., Tucson, Ariz., Colorado Springs, Colo., Las Vegas, Nev. and Salt Lake City, Utah (Room 225).
- Oil and Gas Development: Local Responses, from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 5, moderated by Tushar Kansall from the Consensus Building Institute, a Lincoln Institute partner, will look at how communities are responding to the challenges of oil and gas development (Room 122).
In addition, the Lincoln Institute and Next City will host a reception at The Vig Fillmore, Sunday, April 3, from 5 to 6 p.m. And finally, the Institute will celebrate Armando Carbonell’s induction into the AICP College of Fellows at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 3.