2017 APA NY Metro Chapter Annual Conference
Scandinavia House, New York, NY
Event Type: Conference
APA-NYM is hosting its Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 27, 2017 at Scandinavia House. Sessions will address key technology and innovation issues that affect the practice of planning in the metro area.The focus of this year’s APA-NYM Annual Conference celebrates the theme of National Community Planning Month, Innovations in Planning. For more information, visit https://www.planning.org/ncpm/.
Additional details about the sessions, including confirmed speakers, will be shared in the near future. 7.5 CM credits approved.
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Program and chapter awards
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
RPA Fourth Regional Plan
Over the last generation, the New York metropolitan region has flourished. Job growth has climbed steadily; people are choosing to move here; safety, public health and quality of life have improved. The region has been able to capitalize on global trends that favor places with large concentrations of highly educated workers and walkable, transit-oriented communities.
Yet our success is fragile. There are too many people that haven’t shared in this growth, and the affordability crisis has reached dramatic proportions. Years of neglecting our infrastructure have led to daily disruptions on our transit system, troubles looming in our train tunnels, outdated airports and unrelenting traffic. Five years after superstorm Sandy, we are more vulnerable to disasters than ever before. And above all, our governing institutions are failing to make the hard choices necessary to address these most difficult problems.
This fall, Regional Plan Association will release a long-range, strategic plan for the tri-state area, the fourth in the history of the region. It includes ideas to be adopted today as well as a vision for the next twenty years.
This panel will feature RPA staff that will discuss recommendations from the Fourth Regional Plan that planners and policy makers can harness technology to advance strategies to broaden prosperity and invest in communities; build modern infrastructure that boosts economic competitiveness; and adopt innovative solutions to increase sustainability and resiliency.
Juliette Michaelson, Executive Vice President
Kate Slevin, Vice President of State Programs and Advocacy
Mandu Sen, Program Manager
Allison Henry, Research Analyst, Transportation
New York’s Next Hurricane: A Progress Report on Planning for Coastal Resiliency
Planning for coastal resiliency in New York City has taken on new significance and urgency in light of the impacts on other cities from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Speakers from New York City and State’s public agencies responsible for waterfront planning will present up-to-date progress since Superstorm Sandy, describe efforts currently underway, and explore what needs to be addressed before New York’s next hurricane. This moderated panel will discuss innovations in policy approaches to land uses and development in flood plains, hurricane preparation and evacuation strategies, handling of hazardous materials on the waterfront, waterborne transportation systems, coastal regulations and defenses, and stewardship of federal funds. In addition to providing an overview of New York City’s coastal resilience plans, the discussion will consider if there insights from New York’s experiences with rebuilding and recovery that may be of value to the cities affected by this season’s hurricanes.
Bonnie Harken, AIA & APA, former Co-Chair, Waterfront Committee, NY Metro Chapter, American Planning Association; Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc.
Michael L. Marrella, AICP, Director, Division of Waterfront and Open Space, New York City Department of City Planning
Simon McDonnell, Ph. D., Managing Director of Research & Strategic Analysis, New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Sarah Neilson, Chief of Policy and Long-Range Planning, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
Louise Yeung, Senior Project Manager, Development, New York City Economic Development Corporation
Daring in the Digital: Challenges and Opportunities for Technologies in the Public Realm
Apps, interactive kiosks, live maps, and other web and smartphone technologies have altered how citizens relate to the public realm. These advances have made it easier than ever to engage citizens and solicit feedback for planning efforts. Yet many of these efforts receive short-lived success or become a blip in a widening landscape of ways for people to make tangible impact in the public realm. Panelists will discuss what makes technologies ‘successful’ and will provide learning lessons from their own projects for virtually engaging with the public realm.
Elizabeth Stewart, Civic Hall Labs
Sarah Williams, Civic Data Design Lab, MIT
Jennifer Godenzo, Participatory Budgeting Project
Genevieve Gaudet , NAVA PBC
Value and Innovation in the Air: The legal aspects of “Air Rights Deals” in New York City
Developers of both super tall buildings and more modest commercial and residential towers have increasingly used the purchase of development rights (commonly called Air Rights) to enlarge their projects, bringing ever-taller structures to the City. Development rights deals take place in increasingly complex assemblages, with intricate legal negotiations and arrangements. These deals and the resulting developments are as-of-right, notwithstanding community-based concerns. City rezonings have established height and density controls in some neighborhoods, but many continue to permit towers without an effective height limit – and developers can legally vest from rezonings. Recent City zoning changes such as East Midtown have expanded-upon established multi-site air rights transfer mechanisms (e.g. Theatre District), creating innovative ways to “send” unused development rights to development sites many blocks away. The City’s Landmarks Commission – building upon existing legal tools – and taking advantage of its ever-expanding jurisdiction – is poised to use these new rules to its advantage – and to the benefit of multiple landmarked buildings.
Mitchell A. Korbey, Herrick Feinstein LLP
EVs, AVs and Ride-Sharing: The Short and Long-Term Challenges to Implementing Policy and Designing Infrastructure for Urban Mobility
Cities are grappling with decision-making around policy and infrastructure design that will shape the short and long-term impacts of urban mobility innovations. Each phase of implementation will lay the groundwork for subsequent sets of decisions, and ultimately determine whether these innovations increase mobility, complement public transit, and reduce congestion or create more congestion and chaos. Organized by Adam Lubinsky, managing principal of WXY, the panel will be grouped into short and long-term implementation strategies for decision-makers to consider as the policy, programming and design decisions for urban mobility will have a major impact on the built environment in the coming years and decades.
Adam Lubinsky, Ph.D., AICP, WXY
William Carry, NYCDOT
Robyn Marquis, Ph.D., NYSERDA
Michael Flynn, AICP, Sam Schwartz Engineering
Jack Robbins, AIA, LEED AP, FX Fowle
Ford Chariot (invited)
Networking reception over beverages and hors d’oeuvres.
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