Planning in Reality

A series of conversations about the triumphs, pitfalls, challenges, rewards, limitations, and oddities of a career in urban planning.

About the conference

The 2017 MO APA state conference will be held in downtown St. Louis from October 18 to 20. The main conference venue is the Drury Plaza Hotel St. Louis at the Arch, but the conference programming will invite attendees to explore our downtown setting. The conference schedule is below:

  • Wednesday, October 18: Check-in begins at noon, and the day culminates with a happy hour from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 19: Our breakfast keynote speaker will kick off the day at 8:00 a.m., and the day will end with our riverboat reception from 6:45 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • Friday, October 20: Our breakfast plenary with a special guest speaker will commence at 8:00 a.m., and the conference will end at 12:30 p.m.

Continue checking this website, MO APA emails, and SLMS eblasts for up-to-date information about conference speakers, programming, and activities.

What you will learn

For the 2017 conference, the conference committee carefully selected proposals addressing skills, tools, and programs that planning practitioners will find particularly useful, including those outside the planning profession’s normal skill set or comfort zone. Rather than speaking to what planners should be doing, presenters have been invited to show how planners can bring practical results to communities across Missouri and the Metro East region. The conference program includes sessions that will appeal to planners at all stages of their career, from entry-level to late-career professionals.

Where we will go

Hop on Dolly the Trolley for a tour of two St. Louis breweries that have made a big impact on their neighborhoods!

Enjoy a tour and sample beer at Urban Chestnut’s Brewery and Bierhall in the Grove and at Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street.

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Mobile Workshops

Plus General, Law, and Ethics Credits

Keynote Speaker


Urban Planning Advocate, Novelist, Social Critic, Journalist

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Featured Speakers

Aimee Nassif, AICP

Chief Planning and Development Officer for the City of Olathe, Kansas

    Dr. Thomas J. Campanella

    Associate Professor, Cornell University

    James Peters, FAICP

    Ethics Officer for APA/AICP

      Mara Perry, AICP

      Director of Planning and Development, City of Webster Groves

        Peter W. Salsich, Jr.

        McDonnell Professor of Justice in American Society Emeritus, St. Louis University

        Session Speakers

        Adrienne Heflich

        Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

          Alecia Kates

          Mid-America Regional Council

            Amy Haase, AICP

            RDG Planning & Design

              Beth Letscher, AICP

              Cortex Innovation Community

                Beth Quindry

                Shockey Consulting Services, llc

                  Bobbilynne Koepke, RG

                  Environmental Works, Inc.

                    BRIAN EADS, PE,, PTOE

                    Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

                      Brian Hurd

                      Rise Community Development

                        Carlos Trejo, AICP

                        City of Olivette

                          CASSIE REITER, PE, ENV SP

                          Crawford, Murphy & Tilly

                            Chris Naffziger

                            St. Louis Patina

                              Dean Scott Burns, AICP

                              Gundaker Commercial Group

                                DONALD L. ELLIOTT, FAICP

                                Clarion Associates, LLC

                                  Ellen Rottjakob, AICP

                                  Shockey Consulting Services, LLC

                                    Gabe DuBois

                                    THD Design Group

                                      James Smith

                                      Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates

                                        Jenny Connelly-Bowen

                                        Community Builders Network

                                          Jeremy S. Snow, RMP

                                          Environmental Works, Inc.

                                            Jill Mead

                                            Development Strategies

                                              John Cruz

                                              Rise Community Development

                                                John Langa

                                                Bi-State Development

                                                  John Wagner, Ph.D.

                                                  Bi-State Development Research Institute

                                                    Jonathan Roper

                                                    City of Olivette

                                                      Josh Ward

                                                      Missouri Department of Conservation

                                                        Julie Cooper

                                                        Development Strategies

                                                          Kevin Corwin, PE, PLS, PMP

                                                          AMPM Consulting, LLC

                                                            Lauren Garrott

                                                            Shockey Consulting Services, LLC

                                                              Liza Farr

                                                              Bi-State Development

                                                                Luisa Calumpong

                                                                Wilson & Company, Engineers & Architects, Inc

                                                                  Mary E. Madden, AICP

                                                                  Ferrell Madden

                                                                    MaryAnn Taylor Crate

                                                                    Added Dimension,LLC

                                                                      Matt Brandmeyer, AICP

                                                                      Madison County, IL

                                                                        Matt Wetli, AICP

                                                                        Development Strategies

                                                                          Matthew Bernstine

                                                                          Washington University

                                                                            Mayor J. Gregory Carl

                                                                            Mayor of Olivette, MO

                                                                              Megan Riechmann, AICP

                                                                              Great Rivers Greenway

                                                                                Meridith Perkins

                                                                                Davey Resource Group

                                                                                  Micah Starr

                                                                                  Wilson & Company, Engineers & Architects, Inc

                                                                                    Mitchell S. Elliott, AIA

                                                                                    RDG Planning & Design


                                                                                      Nick Godfrey

                                                                                      Environmental Works, Inc.

                                                                                        Patrick Zenner

                                                                                        City of Columbia, MO

                                                                                          Peter Hoffman

                                                                                          Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO)

                                                                                            Robert M. Lewis, FAICP, CEcD

                                                                                            Development Strategies

                                                                                              Ronda Headland

                                                                                              Missouri Department of Conservation

                                                                                                Sal Martinez

                                                                                                North Newstead Association

                                                                                                  Scott Hanson

                                                                                                  President - APA Missouri St. Louis Metro Section

                                                                                                    Sean Spencer

                                                                                                    Tower Grove Neighborhoods Community Development Corporation

                                                                                                      Shannon Jaax, AICP

                                                                                                      Kansas City Public Schools

                                                                                                        Sheila Shockey

                                                                                                        Shockey Consulting Services, LLC

                                                                                                          Shelby Ferguson

                                                                                                          Shockey Consulting Services, LLC

                                                                                                            Steven M. Lucas

                                                                                                            Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C.

                                                                                                              Quick-View Schedule

                                                                                                              Wednesday, October 18
                                                                                                              Conference Activities: Noon – 5:00 PM
                                                                                                              Happy Hour: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

                                                                                                              Thursday, October 19
                                                                                                              Breakfast Keynote Speech: 8:00 AM – 9:30 PM
                                                                                                              Conference Activities: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
                                                                                                              Awards Luncheon at Ballpark Village: 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM
                                                                                                              Riverboat Cruise Reception: 6:45 PM – 9:15 PM

                                                                                                              Friday, October 20
                                                                                                              Breakfast Plenary with Guest Speaker: 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
                                                                                                              Conference Activities: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

                                                                                                              Take a trolley ride to Urban Chestnut and Earthbound Brewing!
                                                                                                              Enjoy a tour led by the founder of each brewery.
                                                                                                              Sample the delicious offerings!
                                                                                                              Along the way see South Grand Boulevard—a MO APA Great Place!

                                                                                                              12:45-2:15 PM
                                                                                                              Planning and the Constitution: Application of the Due Process and Takings Clauses to Land Use Regulations (LAW 1.5)

                                                                                                              Peter W. Salsich, McDonnell Professor of Justice in American Society, Emeritus Faculty, St. Louis University

                                                                                                              This session identifies the components and the fundamental considerations for the development of stormwater management facilities on residential and commercial land developments. Speakers will also provide guidance for practical post-construction stormwater management solutions for smaller projects and infill redevelopment.

                                                                                                              Jonathan Roper, City of Olivette, Gabe DuBois, THD Design, and Steven W. Polk, P.E., Stormwater STL, LLC

                                                                                                              What is behind the NOT in NIMBY? And what can we do about it?
                                                                                                              Sales training tells you the average person says “No” 5 times before they say “Yes!” Is it the same for planning? • When planners propose a change in land use or zoning, why is it often so controversial? • Why are new developments often opposed? • Why do neighbors often speak out against neighbor in Board of Zoning Appeal hearings? We’ve done some research with psychologists and there is something more behind the NO in NIMBY. We will share the underlying reasons why people say NO and how to break through to understanding so that you can deter and resolve conflict and community consensus can be reached.

                                                                                                              Successful Digital Community Engagement (and how to avoid internet trolls)
                                                                                                              It’s never been easier to use digital tools to engage the community. But digital choices can seem overwhelming (do I need Snapchat?) and the dread of out-of-control negativity can damper enthusiasm for digital outreach. In this session learn about digital engagement techniques that will effectively engage your community while avoiding those dreaded internet trolls!

                                                                                                              Sheila Shockey, Lauren Garrott, and Ellen Rottjakob, AICP of Shockey Consulting Services, LLC / Stephen Ibendahl, ASLA, AICP, The i5Group, LLC, Beth Quindry, Shockey Consulting Services, LLC, and Mary Ann Taylor Crate, Added Dimension, LLC
                                                                                                              12:45-2:15 PM
                                                                                                              PANEL: Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities / Applying Green Infrastructure in your Community: Problem Solving with a Systems-Based Approach

                                                                                                              Conservation Planning Tools for Missouri Communities
                                                                                                              Attendees of this session will receive an overview of planning tools that can be used to enhance natural resource conservation efforts in Missouri communities. Speakers from the Missouri Department of Conservation will discuss practical applications of a wide range of tools from zoning codes and ordinances to design standards, development regulations, and more.

                                                                                                              Applying Green Infrastructure in your Community: Problem Solving with a Systems-Based Approach
                                                                                                              The MARC Green Infrastructure Framework is developing a regional strategy that redefines green infrastructure to incorporate the use of integrated nature-based solutions to realize multiple benefits and solve community challenges. This interactive workshop aims to spark a creative approach to applying green infrastructure solutions to a variety of challenges by facilitating an in-depth problem-solving exercise.

                                                                                                              Ronda Headland and Josh Ward of the Missouri Department of Conservation / Nicolette Wallis and Christina Hoxie of BNIM Architects,

                                                                                                              Learn how Great Rivers Greenway is implementing new Project Management techniques and technology. After this session, you will be resourced to implement these tools into your own work reality! Using the Cliff Cave Greenway expansion project as an example, learn the particular importance of risk management and how it’s used to communicate internally, with the public, and with elected officials.

                                                                                                              Megan A. Riechmann, AICP, Great Rivers Greenway and Kevin Corwin, P.E., PLS, PMP, AMPM Consulting, LLC

                                                                                                              Transit Oriented Development Planning and Implementation in Kansas City
                                                                                                              Come learn about planning and implementing Transit Oriented Development in Kansas City at the regional, city, corridor and site scale. The session will discuss TOD as it relates to the City’s new streetcar and Bus Rapid Transit transportation corridors; TOD policy planning and implementation for the City and Region; and current development projects initiated by the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority.

                                                                                                              Innovative Approaches to TOD in St. Louis
                                                                                                              In this talk, leaders from Bi-State Development will give insight into delivering real-world transit solutions. Bi-State envisions a transit system that is seamlessly woven into the community fabric and the daily lives of transit riders. The panel will detail Bi-State’s successes in increasing transit ridership opportunities, encouraging biking, and supporting community health through access to healthy food and medical appointments.

                                                                                                              Tom Gerend, Kansas City Streetcar Authority, Christina Hoxie, AICP, BNIM, Kyle Elliott, AICP and Gerald Williams, AICP, Kansas City, MO / John Langa, Elizabeth Farr, and John Wagner, PhD of Bi-State Development
                                                                                                              12:45-2:15 PM
                                                                                                              PANEL: Public Input & Technology: Planning in the 21st Century / Using Multimodal Propensity Modeling to Discover Gaps in the System

                                                                                                              Public Input & Technology: Planning in the 21st Century
                                                                                                              This session will provide a base understanding of the web application tools available through Esri. The presentation will uncover the reason web applications are valuable in gaining public input, the process involved in the creation, and allow participants a hands on experience to view the tool first hand and watch it in action.

                                                                                                              Using Multimodal Propensity Modeling to Discover Gaps in the System Cities needing to determine the efficacy of existing facilities use different ways to measure progress, such as public involvement input, growth metrics, etc. To discover if facility locations match current needs, one method is to take specific demography and location of goods and services and use spatial analyses to reveal the highest concentrations of both.

                                                                                                              Micah Starr and Drew Pearson of Wilson & Company

                                                                                                              Community Engagement processes often miss the richness and diversity of the place and instead captures concerned thoughts from a small portion of neighborhood residents. Often those are the vocal or time-rich citizens. This presentation will highlight two examples that gathered robust data and meaningful narratives from multiple perspectives within two St. Louis neighborhoods.

                                                                                                              Matthew Bernstine, Washington University in St. Louis, Amanda Colón-Smith, Dutchtown South Community Corporation, David Rodgers, Tower Grove East Neighborhood Association, and Wendy Campbell , Dutchtown South Community Corporation

                                                                                                              Market Value Analysis; A Data-Driven Approach to Assessing Residential Market Strength
                                                                                                              The Market Value Analysis provides cities with a data-driven analysis of current residential market conditions that policymakers can use for the targeted allocation of limited fiscal resources. Attendees will learn about Kansas City’s experience conducting and implementing the findings identified in the 2016 Market Value Analysis.

                                                                                                              Community-Based Solutions to Address Problem Properties
                                                                                                              How can neighborhood-based organizations tackle vacant and problem properties in their service area? This session will be a moderated discussion on best practices that community development leaders in St. Louis have used to address blight and negligent property owners which negatively impact a neighborhood’s economic vitality and quality of life. Finally, speakers will address tools and barriers in this fight that are impacted by state and local policies.

                                                                                                              Brian Jackson, City of Kansas City, MO / Jenny Connelly-Bowen, Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, Sean Spencer, Tower Grove Neighborhoods CDC, Peter Hoffman, LAWMO, and Sal Martinez, North Newstead Association
                                                                                                              8:00-9:30 AM
                                                                                                              Keynote Speaker: James Kunstler

                                                                                                              James Howard Kunstler had already built a successful career as a novelist and journalist when the scene outside his window, on his street—on most of the cities and streets in America—caught his attention. He calls it “the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.”

                                                                                                              Stunned by the pervasiveness of this all-fronts assault, he wrote his first critique of American architecture and urban planning, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise and Decline of America’s Man-Made Landscape, published in 1993. The book launched him into the spotlight as a commentator on America’s man-made landscape—a topic that he treats with great urgency. “A land full of places that are not worth caring about will soon be a nation and a way of life that is not worth defending,” says Kunstler. Reminding us that we are where we live, he writes, “The future will require us to build better places, or the future will belong to other people in other societies.”

                                                                                                              James Kunstler

                                                                                                              Since winning the City Arch River competition in 2010, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates has been working on the planning and design of projects at the Arch Grounds in St. Louis. MVVA landscape architects James Smith and Adrienne Heflich will describe how recent improvements resolve longstanding urban-scale challenges and make new connections across downtown, the park, the Arch, and on to the Mississippi River. They’ll share how early concepts developed through to construction via a multi-agency planning and review process. Following the presentation, James and Adrienne will lead a walking tour to three project areas on the Arch Grounds – The Park Over the Highway, The East Slopes, and the North Gateway – that have been crucial to the Project’s success.

                                                                                                              MVVA landscape architects James Smith and Adrienne Heflich

                                                                                                              A walking tour to three project areas on the Arch Grounds – The Park Over the Highway, The East Slopes, and the North Gateway – that have been crucial to the Project’s success.

                                                                                                              MVVA landscape architects James Smith and Adrienne Heflich

                                                                                                              Join us for the Awards Luncheon at Ballpark Village. The luncheon will be held at the Fox Sports Midwest Live! area of Ballpark Village. At the event, the 2017 State Planning Awards will be presented and projected onto the 40-foot LED screen. A lunch buffet with classic ballpark food – hamburgers, hot dogs, and nachos – and soft drinks will be served. Ballpark Village

                                                                                                              Join us for the Riverboat Cruise Reception. The reception will feature a 2-hour riverboat tour of the St. Louis riverfront and nearby communities aboard the “Becky Thatcher” riverboat. While taking in the sights, you’ll have the chance to mingle with planners and enjoy the sounds of the Dixieland Duo, banjo and piano accompaniment. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Becky Thatcher Riverboat

                                                                                                              9:45 -10:45 AM
                                                                                                              When a Good Vision Stalls: Getting a Plan Off the Ground through Catalyst Projects

                                                                                                              Sometimes, a great vision can stall in its implementation. The reasons for this can be many, and requires an understanding of markets, economics, politics, and place--and engaging community leaders with realistic expectations. This session provides an overview of the city of Olivette's efforts to jump start its vision for a revitalized Olive corridor by focusing on two catalyst sites.

                                                                                                              Carlos Trejo, AICP, City of Olivette, Matthew Wetli , Development Strategies, and Mayor J. Gregory Carl, City of Olivette

                                                                                                              Vibrant cities need healthy trees to thrive, but this critical green infrastructure can be difficult to incorporate into the limited ROW real estate; sidewalks, utilities, and more compete for space along streets. However, by effectively communicating tree benefits and proactively addressing perceived infrastructure challenges, cities can confidently justify investing in street trees.

                                                                                                              Meridith Perkins, Davey Resource Group

                                                                                                              Being a Planner is tough. You spend time learning the procedures and responsibilities for the job, but no one prepares you for the emotional side. Discover ways for dealing with the emotional politics and not letting it get you down.

                                                                                                              Mara Perry, AICP, City of Webster Groves and Aimee Nassif, AICP, City of Olathe, KS

                                                                                                              This session will provide historical context regarding regulatory takings and exactions. Further, the session will discuss recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that impact land use planning and local government decisions. Finally, some best practices and lessons learned will be discussed.

                                                                                                              Steven M. Lucas, Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C.
                                                                                                              9:45 -10:45 AM
                                                                                                              PANEL: St. Louis County Continuous Strategic Planning / Spark Innovation in your Planning Process

                                                                                                              St. Louis County: Continuous Strategic Planning and Measuring Impact
                                                                                                              Long-range strategic plans are important to set direction for communities, however, often communities struggle with implementation and measuring results. In 2015, St. Louis County made an effort to initiate continuous strategic planning by collaborating with departments and identifying a strategic path forward for the county. The result is a data-driven roadmap with four focus areas: residents; communities; opportunities; and governance.

                                                                                                              Spark Innovation in your Planning Processes
                                                                                                              Spark is St. Louis County’s continuous improvement initiative, which equips employees with the skills and tools necessary to inspire innovations that yield impactful results. “Spark Innovation in your Planning Processes” will introduce the Spark mindset to Planners. Using a combination of examples and hands-on exercises, participants will learn basic continuous improvement tools and ways to implement results back at their respective agencies.

                                                                                                              Amy Humboldt and Andria Nelson , St. Louis County Office of Strategy + Innovation

                                                                                                              Many communities across the United States have discovered that uncontrolled growth of educational institutions can cause issues in their communities. The City of Webster Groves created new Educational Campus Zoning categories to address institutions on property over five acres. Learn about the planning process for the approval of these Zoning Code amendments and their success with the opening of the first construction project using the new codes.

                                                                                                              Mara Perry, AICP, City of Webster Groves and Helmut Starr, Curtis, Heinz, Garrett & O’Keefe P.C.

                                                                                                              When dealing with redevelopment in heavily urbanized areas, there are no shortages of bumps in the road. This case study follows a site in Springfield, Missouri where numerous environmental conditions were discovered during the purchase and construction process, and details how each issue was overcome, resulting in a beautifully redeveloped public transit center which now benefits an entire community.

                                                                                                              Jeremy Snow, Bobbilynne Koepke, RG, and Nick Godfrey of Environmental Works, Inc

                                                                                                              Columbia’s New Hybrid Development Code Takes a Different Approach
                                                                                                              In March 2017, the Columbia City Council adopted a new Unified Development Ordinance that blends new form-based zoning controls for downtown Columbia with more traditional controls for surrounding areas. Staff and consultants will talk about how the project was structured for success, how the controls were drafted and tailored for Columbia, some of the innovative new tools, and what they would do differently in the future.

                                                                                                              Partnerships, Public Buy-In, & the Art of Compromise: The I-55 Corridor Plan and Development
                                                                                                              The I-55 Corridor Plan is a Form Based Code adopted by three local governments in suburban Illinois northeast of downtown St. Louis (Edwardsville, IL, Glen Carbon IL and Madison County, IL) which will combine post-Great Recession housing and employment trends, architectural requirements, and a multi-modal transportation grid to transform 10 square miles that straddle I-55, north of the I-270 interchange. Presenters will focus on the challenges encountered in the lengthy adoption process, including maintaining intergovernmental partnerships, negotiating/compromising with resistant private interests, and working over a period of 7 years to secure public buy-in.

                                                                                                              Don Elliott, FAICP, Clarion Associates, Pat Zenner, City of Columbia, MO, and Mary Madden, Ferrell Madden / Scott Hanson, AICP and Matt Brandmeyer, AICP, Madison County, IL
                                                                                                              9:45 -10:45 AM
                                                                                                              A Millenial View on Planning

                                                                                                              The needs and preferences of the Millennial generation are a much discussed topic in planning projects today. Yet rarely does the discussion directly engage the Millennials actually at the table—Millennials in the planning profession. This session will help illuminate the next generation of planners’ approach to the profession, and how that approach is shaped by their unique generational experiences.

                                                                                                              Julie Cooper and Jill Mead, Development Strategies

                                                                                                              From back-to-the city movements of young professionals to driverless cars to innovations in infrastructure and housing, communities are faced with many lifestyle changes in the coming decade. This session will address trends and forces which are current in the news but within the context of how planning policies and procedures can keep up with the times.

                                                                                                              Robert M. Lewis, FAICP, Development Strategies, Dean Scott Burns, AICP, Gundaker Commercial Group, Beth Letscher, AICP, Cortex Innovation Community, and Julie Cooper, Development Strategies

                                                                                                              Recent national dialogue has centered around the ways technology change and globalization have left small towns and middle and working class households behind. One community’s effort to rise above ideological divides to plan strategically for a more diverse, adaptive, and prosperous economy.

                                                                                                              Matthew Wetli and Julie Cooper, Development Strategies, Chuck Bevelheimer, City of Quincy, IL, and Maggie E. Strong, meSTRONG, inc.

                                                                                                              Re:Building Momentum: Ground Up Engagement
                                                                                                              This session will enable participants to step into the life of planning efforts and community engagement in the recovering communities of Ferguson and Dellwood, Missouri. The West Florissant Avenue Great Streets team will share unique approaches employed to deeply engage and build momentum among community residents and businesses including a road show introduction shared with over 50 local community groups and organizations and a tactical pop-up demonstration with real-time analysis and data results.

                                                                                                              Planning the South Side: A community driven plan with a racial equity focus in south St. Louis
                                                                                                              This session will look at the neighborhood master planning work done in south St. Louis.  This planning process was initiated by Rise Community Development, funded by the non-profit sector and driven by residents, unlike traditional planning efforts organized by government.  In doing so, efforts have been in place to keep the process inclusive, and done through a both a racial‐equity and overall inclusive lens. 

                                                                                                              Bonnie C Roy, SWT Design, Cassie Reiter and Brian Eads, Crawford, Murphy, and Tilley (CMT) / John Cruz and Brian Hurd, Rise Community Development
                                                                                                              8:00-9:15 AM
                                                                                                              Plenary Breakfast: The Gavel and the Sledgehammer: Notes on the Death and Life of American Planning

                                                                                                              This talk will provide a bird's-eye view on the American urban planning profession and the challenges it faces in this greatest period of urbanization the world has ever seen. As China feverishly builds its way to a more sustainable urban future, we find ourselves fettered by a web of well-meant chains—redundant environmental laws, inflexible zoning, the glacial pace of approvals and appeals, and a planning process that too often favors local NIMBY self-interest over long-range vision. I will show how much of this was self-inflicted by the planning profession, which—in penance for its urban-renewal errors—virtually purged itself of the authority and speculative courage that was once was its hallmark.

                                                                                                              Dr. Thomas Campanella

                                                                                                              “Ethics Cases of the Year: 2017-18” was prepared by the AICP Ethics Committee, using real-life ethical misconduct cases or inquiries from the previous year. The two panelists will present a series of ethical scenarios and then ask the audience to provide their “answers,” based on the use of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The topics of this year’s cases include: charitable gifts, incomplete information, plagiarism, social media, and special advantages.

                                                                                                              11:15-12:30 PM
                                                                                                              Missing Middle Housing in Mid-Size Cities / Aging in the Right Place: Identifying Needs for Senior Housing & Bringing it to Reality

                                                                                                              Missing Middle Housing in Mid-Size Cities
                                                                                                              Affordable housing has always been a concern across the county but multiple factors over the past decade have raised concerns for housing our workforce. This session will summarize leading trends in regional housing markets, how housing markets have changed and will continue to change in the future, and strategies for addressing communities’ leading housing issues.

                                                                                                              Aging in the Right Place: Identifying Needs for Senior Housing and Bringing it to Reality
                                                                                                              The newest generation of retirees and seniors is more active and mobile than any past generation. Housing for this generation is more important than ever. Learn why providing housing options for seniors is important to the overall housing market and all generations and why aging in the right place means a better quality of life for all.

                                                                                                              Amy Haase and Mitchell Elliott, RDG Planning & Design
                                                                                                              11:15-12:30 PM
                                                                                                              Winning community buy-in through tactical urbanism projects

                                                                                                              Planners and engineers from across the state will come together to share their experiences in implementing pop-up traffic calming demonstrations in Kansas City, Springfield, and St. Louis. Trailnet will lead a dynamic panel discussion on how using tactical urbanism projects win buy-in from the community. Come join us to learn about how Planners4Health impacted the state of Missouri to bridge the connection between planning and public health.

                                                                                                              Taylor March and Alex Devlin, Trailnet, Bonnie Roy, SWT, and Jeremy S. Snow, RMP, Environmental Works, Inc.
                                                                                                              11:15-12:30 PM
                                                                                                              Expansion of School Choice in Missouri: What does it mean to Planners?

                                                                                                              The school choice debate in Missouri includes the expansion of charter schools and the introduction of school vouchers that can be used at private schools. Unfortunately, the planning implications of school choice are rarely discussed/considered. This session is an opportunity to learn from the experiences in STL and KC so that Missouri planners can bring a planning perspective if/when school choice legislation impacts their local communities.

                                                                                                              Shannon Jaax, AICP, Kansas City Public Schools, Robbyn Wahby, Missouri Charter Public School Commission, Don Roe, City of St. Louis, and Walker Gaffney, St. Louis Public Schools

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                                                                                                              Downtown St. Louis Architectural Walking Tour
                                                                                                              • An in-depth look at some of St. Louis's architectural gems with a local historian.
                                                                                                              • Limited spaces available.
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                                                                                                              St. Louis Placemaker Trolley Tour
                                                                                                              • Take a trolley ride to 2 craft breweries that have all made a big impact on their neighborhoods.
                                                                                                              • Includes a tasting sample at each brewery!
                                                                                                              • Along the way see South Grand Boulevard—a MO APA Great Place!
                                                                                                              • ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT!
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                                                                                                              Arch Grounds Walking Tour with MVVA
                                                                                                              • A behind-the-scenes walking tour of the redesigned Gateway Arch Grounds.
                                                                                                              • Limited spaces available.
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                                                                                                               Please consider one of the sponsorship opportunities listed in this brochure. If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, contact Justin Randall (618-622-8783) for additional information or click here to fill out the sponsorship form.

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                                                                                                              2017 State Planning Awards

                                                                                                              Award winners to be announced at conference

                                                                                                              The 2017 Missouri Planning Awards will be announced at the state conference.

                                                                                                              Achievements will be recognized in the categories of:

                                                                                                              Outstanding Plan
                                                                                                              Outstanding implementation
                                                                                                              Outstanding Public Outreach, Program, Project, Tool or Community Initiative
                                                                                                              Outstanding Student Project

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                                                                                                              Conference Planning Committee:

                                                                                                              Jessica Henry, Program Team Rep. Conference Co-Chair
                                                                                                              Matt Brandmeyer, Host & Reception Team Rep. Conference C0-Chair
                                                                                                              Justin Randall, Sponsorship Team Rep
                                                                                                              John Cruz, Marketing Team Rep
                                                                                                              Wes Haid, Marketing Materials Coordinator
                                                                                                              Scott Hanson, Awards Team Rep
                                                                                                              Jacob Trimble, Event Logistics Team Rep
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                                                                                                              Drury Plaza Hotel, St. Louis at the Arch

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