APA-NYM 2016 Annual Conference – Friday October 21, 2016

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Friday, October 21, 2016
8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Scandinavia House, New York, NY

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American Planning Association – New York Metropolitan Chapter

APA-NYM 2016 Annual Conference

Friday October 21, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Scandinavia House | 58 Park Avenue | New York, NY 10016

This year’s conference will feature sessions and discussions about exemplary planning initiatives in the New York Metro area, plenty of opportunities to catch up with colleagues and meet other planners, and a chance to earn AICP credits.

Registrations are now closed for this event
We have exceeded the capacity limitations of our venue and apologize that cannot accept walk-ins

8AM – 8:45AM | Registration

Attendees should arrive at Scandinavia House between 8AM and 8:45AM for registration and continental breakfast.

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome Remarks

  • Kovid Saxena, Conference Chair
  • James Rausse, President APA NY Metro Chapter

9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Crisis of Housing Affordability: Creating Housing Options and Stemming Displacement

  • Commissioner Vicki Been: HPD
  • Pierina Ana Sanchez: RPA
  • Honorable Brad Lander
  • Prof. Peter Kwong: Hunter College
  • Moderator:  Jessica Yager, Exec. Director, Furman Institute

NYC’s population and housing costs continue to rise as most household incomes stagnate or decline.  Approximately one third of New York City tenants pay over 50% of their income in rent and some face overcrowding, displacement and homelessness.  NYU Furman Center’s State of NYC’s Housing and Neighborhoods in 2015 substantiates and elaborates on these trends, especially in the 15 neighborhoods identified as gentrifying.

Key elements of Mayor De Blasio’s Housing Plan such as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Policy and targeted neighborhood re-zonings were recently approved by the City Council.  The NYC Council is considering legislation to increase tenant protections from harassment and displacement. The panel will discuss New York’s changing neighborhoods, the impact of recent and proposed NYC interventions and suggest further policies to maintain and increase neighborhood stability and housing choices for all New Yorkers.

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: All Aboard the High Speed Ferry Service: Nyack-Tarrytown- NYC-Hudson Valley!

  • Hon. Jen White, Mayor, Nyack, N.Y.
  • Frank Fish, FAICP, Partner, Buckhurst, Fish, Jacquemart (BFJ)
  • Dr. Floyd Lapp, FAICP, Adjunct Professor, Columbia University
  • Columbia graduate students from the urban planning studio (Patrick Li and Taylor Young).

Since 2000, lower Hudson Valley high speed ferry services between Haverstraw-Ossining and Newburgh-Beacon have been providing connections to the Metro North Rail Road. However, an exciting ferry-rail proposal has been advanced which has the best of everything. This concept makes new waves by providing  an innovative approach in not only promoting transit choices for the  work week but opportunities for exploring the historical wealth and economic development potential of the Hudson Valley on weekends! Get your ticket for this journey and offer your assistance in navigating the opportunities……..all aboard!

11:45 PM – 12:45 PM: Lunch

Provided by Scandinavia House and included in registration.

12:45 PM – 1:30 PM: Recruiting and Retaining Diversity in Planning

  • Leo Vazquez, National Consortium of Creative Placemaking
  • Giovania Tiarachristie, Co-Chair of the NY Metro Chapter Diversity Committee

Where are we in the state of diversity? The planning field in the NY Metro Area has not reflected the diversity of people nor the complex realities in neighborhoods that they serve. Through presenting quantitative and qualitative data collected through a metro-wide survey from the NY Metro Area with 303 responses, and more than 30 hours of focus groups and interviews with planners of color and employers, this presentation analyzes the current state of diversity in the profession today in the New York Metro Area, particularly related to the experiences and opportunities for people of color, with intersectional analysis on gender. The study introduces a ten-dimension framework to understand the barriers to recruitment, retention, and advancement of people of color in the profession, and proposes a set of strategies with tangible recommendations for various actors to overcome these barriers.

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM: A Discussion with FAICPs: Reflections on the Current State and Future Trajectory of the Planning Profession

  • Introduction by Frank Fish, FAICP and Floyd Lapp, FAICP
  • Discussion with Linda Cox, FAICP; Dwight Merriam, FAICP; Ethel Sheffer, FAICP

Election to Fellow is one of the highest honors that the American Institute of Certified Planners bestows upon a member. Fellows of AICP are honored in recognition of their achievements. This unique session will feature a discussion with several FAICP members of the APA NY Metro Chapter about emerging themes in the planning profession.

2:15 PM – 3:30 PM: East Harlem Neighborhood Plan: A New Model for NYC?

  • Adam Lubinsky (moderator)
  • George Sarkassian (Office of City Council Speaker, Deputy Director, Community and Economic Development)
  • Betsy MacLean (Executive Director, Hester Street Collaborative)
  • Calvin Brown (Department of City Planning)
  • Daniel Hernandez (Housing, Preservation and Development)

When the City announced that East Harlem was to be one of the first neighborhoods to be rezoned as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Housing Plan to construct and preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing by 2025, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Community Voices Heard, Community Board 11 and the Manhattan Borough President’s Office came together to form a new kind of planning process that would inform the City’s rezoning approach. This panel will reflect on both the East Harlem planning process – including the “Process Guide” that established its protocols and the visioning workshops that were held – and the resulting Plan, with its holistic set of recommendations.

3:30 PM – 4:45 PM: New York City’s Arts & Culture Master Plan

  • Tom Finkelpearl, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Julie Burros, Chief of Arts and Culture for the City of Boston

Following the lead of cities like Houston, Denver, and Chicago, the New York City Council approved – and Mayor de Blasio signed into law – a requirement to develop a comprehensive, city-wide cultural plan; the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) will release the plan in July 2017. DCLA is developing the plan to bolster New York City’s cultural landscape, by ensuring affordable studio and living space for artists, and allowing New Yorkers to have easy access to city-supported cultural institutions.

Join a moderated discussion among leading voices in arts and culture urban design – with a specific focus on how the city-wide cultural plan will impact the work of urban planners.

For more about the cultural plan – and the intersection of urban planning + arts and culture – see the Voices of Urban Design medium post: Can We Plan for Arts & Culture?

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Annual Awards Ceremony


 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Cocktails & Networking

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