The APA Region 1 Chapter Webcast Series 

With many thanks to the APA New Jersey Chapter for launching this initiative, the NY Metro Chapter is collaborating with our neighboring chapters in APA Region 1 to offer online programming and engagement opportunities to our members in the near term. The goal is to provide timely and relevant virtual content to our members in this unique part of the country during COVID-19.

This page will be updated with information about the webcasts organized by our partner chapters throughout the Northeast, so check back often!

Webcast: Phased Re-Planning and Legal Challenges in a COVID-19 World
Thursday, July 16 | 1:00 PM
Presented by APA Connecticut  Chapter
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With phased reopening underway, planning and zoning departments across the country are trying to accommodate new methods of operation in a COVID-19 world, as well as how those changes will carry over once we are out of the pandemic. Many planners are now armed with new tools authorized by executive order. But are these planning tools enough? Are there legal barriers that could impede their success? This program will focus on legal and planning issues which are likely to arise as businesses reopen and the pandemic concludes. Topics to be discussed will include legal issues with executive orders, virtual hearings (and whatever hybrid form they may soon take), relaxation of zoning regulations and local codes, expedited permitting processes, and actions that can be taken now to be better prepared for the next pandemic. The program will also address equity considerations related to these issues. Each panelist will offer a different perspective on this topic as a law professor, mayor, and land use attorneys representing private developers and municipalities. The discussion and best practices shared are intended to assist planners in other disaster situations.

Prior Webcast: Planning for the New Normal – Post COVID-19 Planning and Zoning Discussion
Thursday, June 25 | 2:00 PM
Presented by APA New York Upstate Chapter

This session explored the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on planning, zoning and design. The presenters attempted to investigate what the “new normal” will look like and how the pandemic will impact future planning and zoning decisions in addition to changing the way we think about public spaces and the ways people interact with one another.
Speakers: John E. Steinmetz, FAICP, Ted Kolankowski, RLA LEED AP

Prior Webcast: COVID-19 Effects on Real Estate Demand
Tuesday, June 30 | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Presented by APA New Jersey Chapter

As the Metro New York economy begins to reactivate through phased reopening, uncertainty remains as to the lasting effects on real estate demand.  At the root of this question is whether initial reports of households relocating to the suburbs are just a short-term blip or part of a continuing trend. Additional questions include the potential for a rebound in the homeownership rate (and a corresponding decrease in rentership), financial feasibility and optimal program mixes for apartment projects already in the development pipeline, and the long term viability of retail and office uses.

This event featured Jeffrey Otteau’s forecast for the near- and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on real estate demand.  Mr. Otteau is a 40-year valuation expert who has lectured across North America and is followed more than 10,000 real estate professionals, developers and bankers who rely on his forecasts to provide forward guidance on emerging real estate trends.  He has been recognized as one of the most influential people in the real estate industry with television appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg, NBC News and Fox 5 News and frequently quoted in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.  When Jeffrey Otteau talks, it’s worth listening to what he has to say.