The American Planning Association's New York Metro Chapter addresses planning issues that concern the physical, social, and economic environment in the metropolitan region encompassing New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. The Chapter represents some 1200 practicing planners and other people involved in the planning and design of the region's communities.


New York Metro Chapter Annual Conference

Please join us at the APA- New York Metro Annual Conference on October 17th at Scandinavia House located at 58 Park Avenue! CM credits will be available.  Below is our current schedule of panels, followed by our evening awards ceremony and cocktails from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Excited to see you all there!


Registration (Victor Borge Hall) 8:00–8:45 am
Keynote Panel (Victor Borge Hall) 9:00–10:30 am

Vicki Been, Commissioner, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development
Kyle Kimball, President, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner, New York City Department of Transportation
Carl Weisbrod, Chairperson, New York City Department of City Planning
Thomas Wright, Executive Director, Regional Plan Association (MODERATOR

Resilience Panel (Victor Borge Hall) 10:30–11:45 am

Ariella Rosenberg Maron, Principal, Happold Consulting
James G. Mueller, PE, Assistant Commissioner, Planning and Capital Projects, Bureau of Wastewater Treatment, New York City Department of Environmental Protection,
Bill Nathans, Senior Project Manager, HDR
Stephen Whitehouse, AICP, Principal, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners PLLC
Carter Strickland, Vice President, HDR

Lunch (Volvo Hall) 11:45-12:45 pm     
Green Infrastructure Panel (Victor Borge Hall) 12:45-2:00 pm

Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President, The Trust for Public Land
Damon Rich, Planning Director & Chief Urban Designer, City of Newark
Renee Schoonbeek, Vice President of Planning & Capital Projects, Hudson Square Business Improvement District
Margot Walker, Director of Green Infrastructure Partnerships and Capital Planning, Office of Green Infrastructure, New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Julie Stein, LEED AP BD + C, ENV SP, Northeast Stormwater Lead, HDR

Energy Panel (Victor Borge Hall) 2:00–3:15 pm

David Gahl, Director of Strategic Engagement, Pace Energy and Climate Center
Norman Mah, Con Edison Competitive Services
Raya Salter, Senior Utility Advocate, Natural Resources Defense Council
Melissa Wright, Deputy Director, City Energy Project, Urban Program

Law Panel (Victor Borge Hall) 3:15–4:45 pm

Frank Fish, FAICP, Principal, BFJ Planning
Christopher J. Smith, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP
John R. Nolon, Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law

Awards (Volvo Hall) 5:00–6:00 pm
Networking (Volvo Hall) 6:00–8:00 pm

APA-NYM Planning Priorities Letter to Mayor de Blasio

Below is the American Planning Association- New York Metro Chapter's planning priorities submission to Mayor William de Blasio. The Chapter would like to thank all our members who responded to our survey and submitted comments. We specifically want to thank the sub-committee who helped organize this letter:

Michael Levine, AICP
Hilary Papineau, AICP
Robert Balder, AICP
Larisa Ortiz
Kovid Saxena, AICP

We also recognize our partner advocacy organizations: American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Legal Services- NYC (LS-NYC), and New Yorkers for Parks (NY4P), for their input.

View Letter.

APA-NYM Testimony Before the New York State Assembly on Risk Mitigation after Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene, and Tropical Storm Lee (testimony starts at 2:27:30):

APA- New York Metro Chapter Statement Regarding the East Midtown Zoning Amendments View Statement

Position Paper: Letter to Senator Skelos - S.5138 - Consideration of Future Climate Risk

Position Paper: Letter to Senator Klein - S.5138 - Consideration of Future Climate Risk

APA- New York Metro Chapter Presents to RDRC
“Getting Back to Business: Addressing the Needs of Rockaway Businesses Affected by Superstorm Sandy”

Press Release
View Press Release | View Report

Statement Regarding the New Penn Station Alliance
View Statement
APA- New York Metro Chapter Position Statement on the Proposed Neighborhood Improvement District for Hudson River Park.
Letter of Support for Manhattan Core Parking Amendment
View Letter
Post-Sandy Testimony to New York State Senate
View Testimony


Upcoming Chapter Events

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Non-chapter Events

10/23/2014 - 10/24/2014
MAS Summit for NYC
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10/30/2014 - 11/02/2014
ACSP 54th Annual Conference
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ASLA NY Presidents Dinner
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