A Note from APA-NYM Chapter President on NPC17

I hope you share my excitement as we approach the upcoming National Planning Conference (NPC). So much has changed both in our region and our profession in the nearly two decades since APA-NYM last welcomed thousands of planners from around the country for our industry’s premier event. There is no better way to highlight all that is taking place in our 14-county Chapter region than through a combination of engaging mobile workshops, topical panel discussions, and a sold-out networking reception at the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

While we are all looking forward to learning about case studies from around the country, we are also in the unique position to showcase best practices and transformative projects within our region. Local sessions at the NPC will cover a broad spectrum of topics, including—but not limited to—the Regional Plan Association’s (RPA) Fourth Regional Plan, New York City’s Vision Zero initiative, the Hudson Yards development, post-Sandy resiliency planning, the BQX project, the link between public space and public health, the Parks Without Borders and Community Parks Initiatives, and several transportation and land use projects on Long Island and in the Lower Hudson Valley. Dozens of mobile workshops will enable conference attendees to visit a number of neighborhoods and sites throughout the region and learn first-hand about ongoing efforts ranging from storm recovery and community planning to transit-oriented development and historic preservation. Additionally, our co-hosts from the New Jersey and Connecticut Chapters will also be well represented through many tours and sessions at the NPC. With so much to do, NPC17 is truly captured in the conference’s tag line Location: Unrivaled. Learning: Unbeatable. Connections: Invaluable.

I look forward to celebrating all that is great about our region with you and our colleagues from around the country in just a few short days. Don’t forget to stop by the Local Host Committee booth at the Planning Expo (Booth #120).


Maxwell L. Sokol, AICP
APA New York Metro Chapter