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March/April 2021 Volume XXXV, Issue 2

April 22, 2021 

2021 Joint Virtual Conference - Call for Sessions

The Washington and Oregon chapters of the American Planning Association invite you to submit your session proposal(s) for the 2021 Joint Virtual Conference, to be held October 13-15, 2021.

Looking for interesting learning opportunities? Check out the APA Washington Events Calendar or the chapter’s Facebook page for upcoming planning-related events and activities!

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President's Message

Chapter President, Nancy Eklund, AICP

Spring is here at last, after what has seemed like a year of winter.  The harbingers of this spring are very welcome: children walking to school, restaurants open again, and long lines of people at COVID vaccine stations around our communities.  If it means that we are returning to “normal”, it’s almost great to get stuck in traffic again!

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Nominate an Officer by May 15

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association has opportunities to get involved by nominating yourself or others for three different open positions on the Chapter Board. Your involvement will help guide the state Board of Directors on a variety of key issues and actions.

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FAICP Applications

Application Period Now Open for the APA College of Fellows

The APAWA application process for nomination by the Chapter is now open. Please submit the completed Statement of Interest form by May 9th if you would like to be considered for nomination.

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Legislative Committee Update

By the writing of this article in mid-March, we are into the second half of the legislative session and the first several rounds of cutoffs have passed. Only bills that have passed one or the other chamber are still alive for this session; bills that didn’t advance past their House or senate committee this year will still be eligible to move forward in 2022 though.

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2021 Planning Awards Program

Call for Nominations

The Washington Chapter of the American Planning Association (APAWA) and the Planning Association of Washington (PAW) are pleased to announce the 2021 Awards Program. 

For the 35th year, the associations will jointly honor outstanding contributions to the field of planning in Washington State.

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Housing in Cowlitz County: An interview with Long-Range Planner George Winn

Nick Fazio (interviewer) and George Winn (interviewee)

A former long-range planner sits down with his successor to talk about the County’s approach to Housing Action in the COVID era. Take a peek behind the planning curtain and hear the personal story of a planner’s relationship to his work.

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Healthy Community Planning: A Planning Response to the Pandemic

Amy Pow, MCIP

Our planning practices must change to address root causes of health inequities uncovered by Covid-19. Many principles and best practices behind “healthy community planning” offer solutions to address health disparities and promote equity.

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Passenger-only Ferry Service Study Complete

Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington

PSRC has finalized its feasibility study of passenger-only ferry service across 12 counties in Western Washington. The Washington State Legislature commissioned the study, directing PSRC to examine opportunities to expand passenger-only ferry service on Puget Sound, Lake Union and Lake Washington. Find out about the year-long study, including the potential routes and terminals reviewed, ridership demand, costs and use of alternative fuels, and electrification of the ferry fleet.

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Second Virtual Transportation Forum focused on post-COVID transportation

Michael Hintze, AICP and Patrick Lynch, AICP, Chapter Transportation Planning Division Liaisons

On February 25th the Transportation Planning Division’s second Virtual Transportation Forum was held with over fifty participants from across the state. A panel shared perspectives on how transportation has changed as a result of COVID. Read some of the key takeaways.

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Planner Spotlight: Matt Parsons

Meet Matt Parsons

Senior Planner with the City of Wenatchee’s Department of Community Development

Total Years in Planning: 7

Hobbies: Playing with my son, hiking, cycling, camping, reading, cooking, spending time with family

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2021 Joint Virtual Conference - Call for Sessions

The Washington and Oregon chapters of the American Planning Association invite you to submit your session proposal(s) for the 2021 Joint Virtual Conference, to be held October 13-15, 2021.

Interested in submitting an article for the next newsletter? Contact the APA WA Communications Committee, Laura Benjamin and Andrea Harris-Long, at [email protected].

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