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September/October 2012

First Word

by Wendy Moeller, AICP
President of APA Ohio

Thank you to all of our members who attended the successful 2012 OKI Regional Planning Conference. I personally would like to thank our local host committee for all of their hard work. For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, you can still take a look at some of the presentations that have been posted to the APA-Ohio website under the “Professional Development” tab. As the conference wrapped up, the chapter was already in the process of planning for the 2013 state conference that will be in Cleveland next fall. Stay tuned for more details.

As you are aware, APA-Ohio recently held their biennial elections. This year we held elections for half of the board positions and bylaw amendments. This year, we say goodbye to several of our members including Norman Krumholz, FAICP, Aaron Sorrell, AICP, Dan Kennedy, and Roxyanne Burrus. They have contributed greatly to our chapter as board members and I am sure they will continue to assist with chapter activities and promoting planning in Ohio. As we say goodbye to some members, I want to extend a welcome to the newest board members as they take their seat on the board in December:

• Chris Ronayne, President of University Circle Inc.
• Lavea Brachman, Executive Director of Greater Ohio
• Rachel Ray, Planner with the City of Dublin
• Jordan Yin, Associate Lecturer at Cleveland State University

In addition to the board elections, the membership voted to approve the bylaw amendments the board recommended earlier this year. The amendments included a number of positive changes including updating our list of committees to reflect our current needs and plans; modifying language that allows all members, regardless of fee level, to vote in our elections; and changes to our election schedule to synchronize our leadership changes with APA nation. The board chose to have board members take their seat in December of the election year instead of immediately so they may meet and elect our officers, as we will do this December. The officers will then take their seat on January 1st of odd numbered years, in-line with APA national and the majority of other chapters. This will provide an opportunity for the outgoing president (myself) and the incoming president (our current vice-president, Ann Klavora) to participate in APA’s fall leadership training opportunities as we tested this year when both Ann and I attended APA’s Fall Leadership Meetings in Washington D.C. in late September. This has resulted in a much better leadership transition, particularly related to national APA policies and efforts. We made the changes to language relating to who can vote because there are so many chapter membership types today (full member, retired, student, unemployed, etc.) that limiting who can vote to only our full members who pay the $45 dues seemed unfair and not completely representative of our chapter. Thank you for your support in these changes that will allow us to be far more effective in our work on behalf of the chapter.

As a final note, please check the APA-Ohio website ( frequently. There are a number of upcoming events including at least four day-long planning and zoning workshops across Ohio, which may be of interest to planners, planning officials, and elected officials. We are also working on keeping our site as up to date as possible as a benefit to our membership. If you have any questions or comments concerning the site, the elections, or other chapter issues, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Wendy Moeller, AICP is Principal and Owner of Compass Point Planning and APA Ohio President.  She can be reached at  

Shaker Boulevard Added to Great Places in America

by Ann Klavora, AICP

The American Planning Association designated Shaker Boulevard as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 as part of APA’s Great Places in America program. 

APA singled out Shaker Boulevard for its enduring design, multi-modal transportation options, engaged citizens who have fought to preserve the street’s integrity, and surrounding community uses.

This 6.75-mile stretch, which traverses Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, has carried millions of travelers over its 100-plus year history.

The American Planning Association designated Shaker Boulevard as one of 10 Great Streets for 2012 as part of APA’s Great Places in America program.

APA singled out Shaker Boulevard for its enduring design, multi-modal transportation options, engaged citizens who have fought to preserve the street’s integrity, and surrounding community uses. This 6.75-mile stretch, which traverses Cleveland, Shaker Heights and Beachwood, has carried millions of travelers over its 100-plus year history.

“Shaker Boulevard is an outstanding example of planning’s ability to add lasting value to communities that plan, design and build thoroughfares that are both functional and beautiful,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP.

Shaker Heights has a rich history as one of this country’s premier planned communities. The city was developed as Shaker Village in the early 20th century by brothers Oris Paxton and Mantis James Van Sweringen, who envisioned a suburban residential community based on the principles of the English Garden City Movement.

To strengthen the appeal of their new suburb, the Van Sweringen brothers opened a rapid transit line in 1913, expanding it two years later. To attract wealthy Clevelanders, the Van Sweringens acquired the right-of-way from the New York, Chicago and St. Louis Railroad in order to provide efficient rail service to downtown Cleveland. They replaced the existing Cleveland Interurban trolley line in 1920 with their faster Shaker Heights Rapid Transit, which they ran along the unobstructed median. Today, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority light rail utilizes those lines.

Anchoring the boulevard toward the west is Shaker Square, a charming, octagonal-shaped commercial district within the Cleveland city limits. Intersecting Shaker Boulevard at North Moreland Boulevard, it was developed in 1927 by the Van Sweringen brothers as a gateway to their new Shaker Heights suburb.  Shaker Square was renovated and enhanced in 2000, and is now a regional destination for fine dining, specialty shopping and a weekly farmers’ market.

A 1973 proposal to build a high-rise apartment building over one of the boulevard’s light rail stations galvanized Shaker Heights’ residents. They successfully argued that the building would be inappropriate. Residents later fought a proposal to build low-density housing along the boulevard’s median, citing several negative impacts and the potential of such a precedent to open the median up to additional development. More recently, Beachwood and Shaker Heights residents supported development of parks and trails in the median.

Today, Shaker Boulevard runs through two landmark areas – the Shaker Square Historic District and Shaker Village Historic District, added to the National Register in 1976 and 1984, respectively. Major north-south thoroughfares intersect Shaker Boulevard every half mile, minimizing traffic congestion and contributing to its park-like environment.

An old advertisement from the Van Sweringen Company says, “Most communities just happen; the best are planned.” The same can be said for the firm’s signature roadway, Shaker Boulevard.

Shaker Boulevard is the fourth Ohio location to be recognized as a “Great Place in America.” In 2008, APA designated Cleveland’s West Side Market a Great Public Space. Three other Great Places designations in Ohio include the Village of Mariemont as a 2008 Great Neighborhood; Cincinnati’s Hyde Park as a 2010 Great Neighborhood; and Columbus’s German Village as a 2011 Great Neighborhood.

The nine other APA 2012 Great Streets are: Duval Street, Key West, FL; Ward Parkway, Kansas City, MO; Main Street, Bozeman, MT; Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY; Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY; Wall Street, Kingston, NY; Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA; Broad Street, Charleston, SC; and Gay Street, Knoxville, TN. Visit for additional information.
 Ann Klavora, AICP is a Principal Planner at the City of Shaker Heights, APA Ohio President Elect, and APA Cleveland Section Director.  She can be reached at

Ohio Development Services Agency Brownfield Action Plan Program: Spotlight on Piqua & Ravenna

by Sarah Lawson & Diane Alecusan, AICP, LEED AP

The Ohio Development Services Agency’s (DSA), previously Department of Development, new Brownfield Action Plan Program (profiled in the January/February 2012 OPN issue) has been moving forward under the direction of Diane Alecusan and is working toward revitalization plans for six Ohio communities. The six awardees (Piqua, Fairborn, Xenia, Newark, Ravenna, and Tiffin) are each receiving state technical assistance to create a comprehensive action plan addressing their individual needs for brownfield redevelopment in an area of their community. These plans will include executable actions to continue with the implementation stage of the program, funded by a $50,000 DSA grant.

Although many Ohio communities struggle with the complexities of brownfields within their borders, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Each of the awardees is evaluating their specific existing conditions, unique assets and challenges, and is working on a vision for their project area. These conditions and visions vary wildly from one town to another. Some cities, like Piqua, have an industrial history based around their downtown riverfront, with existing strengths in recreation space and bikeways. Others, like Fairborn, are dealing with neglected auto-centered commercial strips within unique contexts, such as Fairborn’s neighboring Air Force base.

This issue will highlight the approaches of two cities, Piqua and Ravenna, to the planning stage of the Brownfield Action Plan (BAP) Program.

Chris Schmiesing, Piqua’s City Planner, explained that the Miami County city has seen some recent improvement in their under-utilized and partially vacant downtown area. “If downtown looked like it did ten or twelve years ago, there wouldn’t be any investment,” he says. Their principal hurdles for redevelopment have been financing and prioritization.

To address prioritization, the public engagement activities done for their 2007 Comprehensive Plan and their subsequent “Re-Do” Plan brought residents into the focusing and prioritizing process.  Piqua residents, or “Piquads”, are now pleased with the focus of the City’s economic development and downtown restoration. Chris says there is “definitely a heightened awareness of the problems associated with brownfields.”

Success stories encourage the residents and catalyze future buy-in. The successful redevelopment of an iconic historic building, the Fort Piqua Plaza, “created good will” says Bill Lutz, the City’s Development Program Manager. This “demonstrated that the City has the capacity [to complete similar projects],” says Lorna Swisher of Mainstreet Piqua Inc. Because of the substantial input and prioritization by the public, she explained that really the “community demonstrated it to themselves.” The success of one downtown project firmly established that redevelopment works and that the community, as a whole, is capable of undertaking such monumental tasks. Chris exclaimed that “you can’t find any [redevelopment] naysayers now!”

Renovation & Reuse of the Historic Fort Piqua Hotel

This openness to change and willingness to discuss new projects came through in two recent BAP public workshops in Piqua, in which stakeholders explored visions for future use in and around the brownfield planning area. In the first workshop, residents brainstormed ideas for what they would like to see in their downtown. A recurring theme was utilization of their riverfront as an amenity: enhancing it as a recreation spot, building upon their bike path, and developing the surrounding brownfield properties as complimentary businesses. Through a property-specific prioritization process, residents ultimately identified key brownfield properties (based on development potential, incongruity, urgency, and public relations) that should be addressed to further their vision. Using the feedback from this first workshop, the planning team returned with three redevelopment scenarios and a series of design options for the planning area, which were discussed and voted on in the second public workshop. Feedback from this workshop helped inform the direction of the final plan document.

The next step for Piqua is to identify specific actions needed to implement the plan, with the goal being to leverage the $50,000 grant as much as possible. Action items could be in the form of commissioning a conceptual design or market study, street enhancements, providing match dollars for other grants and loans, or other activities. The flexibility of BAP allows communities to choose the best and most strategic use of their award.

On the other end of the state, in Portage County, Ravenna is seeking to revitalize its Main Street Corridor. This corridor includes two major gateways to the city and several zoning districts. In the middle of Ravenna’s planning area, which runs from the CBD and Historic District to a light Commercial Business Zone, sits a massive abandoned industrial site with an unused rail line. The five-acre former concrete plant has become an attractive nuisance and is out of character with the surrounding residential and dense commercial spaces. In addition to this large site, the corridor also is impacted by many small, mostly auto-centered properties that have fallen into severe decline and vacancy.

Ravenna’s Main Street and surrounding area has a rich history and still retains some of its compact, walkable, small-town character. But the complexity and fragmentation caused by brownfields have been contributing to the downtown’s loss of businesses, residents, and tax base. The City’s Economic Development Director, Kerry Macomber, has requested BAP assistance to help identify brownfields, educate stakeholders, identify development scenarios, and examine funding sources for remediation and redevelopment.

Macomber finds that building partnerships with existing institutions is a good strategy for determining potential solutions. Nearby universities can be good partners; Hiram College will be using a site acquired by the Ravenna Community Improvement Corporation as an Arts Business Incubator. Macomber says that through BAP stakeholder meetings, “one of our downtown property owners is now…considering a similar arrangement.” Macomber also has reached out to Kent State University as another potential partner. Since this pilot round of BAP is designed to be flexible, the amount and method of community engagement varies. While Piqua’s needs were initially in visioning and prioritization, Ravenna’s needs have been in technical assistance and targeted education on brownfield identification and liability.

Next steps for Ravenna are to continue fostering relationships and building consensus, which will help create a foundation for a draft action plan. More information about DSA’s Brownfield Action Plan Program can be found at

Sarah Lawson is a Graduate Intern at the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Redevelopment.  She can be reached at

Diane Alecusan, AICP, LEED AP is an Urban Revitalization Specialist at the Ohio Development Services Agency, Office of Redevelopment.  She can be reached at

2012 OKI Conference: A Recap

by Amelia Costanzo

The 2012 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Planning Conference was held in Columbus, Ohio September 20-21, with a pre-conference Professional Development Workshop attended by almost 70 people on September 19. The conference brought together speakers from the tri-state region to present on case studies demonstrating how to facilitate and nurture the relationship between communities and their residents, visitors, and businesses to produce the elements that result in an exceptional quality of life. Attendance at the conference exceeded our expectations with over 360 public and private sector professionals from across the field of urban and regional planning and related professions participating.

Conference highlights included a welcoming introduction by Columbus Mayor, Michael Coleman, who welcomed the region’s planners and thanked them for the important role they play in the creation of exceptional places for our communities’ citizens. The plenary speaker, Charles Marohn, Executive Director of Strong Towns, gave a thought-provoking address, asking questions like, Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth? Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure? Mr. Marohn discussed the causes and impacts of the current economic crisis and examined case studies on the finances of America's development pattern, as well as proposed strategies for adjusting to the new realities our communities are facing.

This year’s conference keynote speaker, Peter Kageyama, community development expert and co-founder/producer of the Creative Cities Summit, urged planners to resiliently reshape their messages and create partnerships with the private sector and untapped resources such as community health organizations and public art foundations, in order to meet present day challenges.

The conference coincided with Columbus’ Bicentennial and sessions highlighting this commemorative occasion included:

  • A roundtable session which brought together thought leaders from the city of    Columbus to speak about the visioning, planning and engagement process underway as the city celebrates its bicentennial.
  • Planning for Arts and Culture – creating the spaces for artists and the creative class to thrive which highlighted the East Franklinton Creative Community District Plan.  A Mobile Workshop where participants toured the riverfront on bikes to learn about Columbus’ riverfront renaissance.

  • Arena District Mobile Workshop where participants will toured the district to learn how the city and county leveraged public infrastructure improvements into more than $1 billion of private investment.

During the course of this two-day conference, participants also had a chance to explore downtown Columbus during the Opening Reception, which was held on the Interstate-670 Cap and at the Conference Reception held at the Huntington Park in the Arena District.

We wish to thank all of the conference sponsors and exhibitors, especially MKSK, 200Columbus, and ACP Visioning + Planning for their generous support of OKI 2012.

Don’t forget to log your CM Credits at and check out the OKI Columbus 2012 Facebook page for more photos.

Amelia Costanzo is a Senior Planner with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.  She can be reached at

Learning More Together: NEOSCC's Conditions & Trends Platform

by Jeff Anderle & Joe MacDonald

Have you ever had a question about your region – its communities, housing markets, economy, or infrastructure, or how these pieces fit together – and didn’t know where to start? Have you ever wondered how your region was doing but didn’t know who to ask? Northeast Ohioans and those interested in learning more about Northeast Ohio now have a place to go. It’s called the Northeast Ohio Conditions and Trends (CAT) Platform at

The CAT Platform was produced by the Northeast Ohio Sustainable Communities Consortium (NEOSCC), a collaboration of 33 organizations from across a 12-county region that is working to create a more resilient Northeast Ohio. During the first eight months of 2012, NEOSCC staff assembled over 200 planning, policy and research documents from across the region. NEOSCC staff and more than 150 subject-matter experts mined these and other sources for information about how Northeast Ohio has changed over the past few decades, where things stand and where it seems to be heading. The result is the CAT Platform, an online tool providing access to a first-of-its-kind collection of information, data and maps that can inform Northeast Ohioans’ decisions about the region’s future by providing an honest view of our yesterday and today.

The CAT Platform features the Northeast Ohio Community Asset Map, a searchable library of Community Plans and Planning Initiatives, and Northeast Ohio Map Atlas. The CAT Platform’s purpose goes beyond just answering questions. It’s meant to provide insight. Part of NEOSCC’s mission is to study how Northeast Ohio can use land more wisely, to the greatest benefit to our economy and quality of life. NEOSCC is exploring how Northeast Ohioans can become better stewards of our natural resources without sacrificing local values.

The CAT Platform will help further these goals in two crucial ways:

  1. In the coming months, it will be the foundation of Vibrant NEO 2040, NEOSCC’s region-wide planning and engagement effort to spur the development of a regional vision and the creation of tools that will help Northeast Ohio build a more sustainable future.
  2. In the coming years, it will become a living, breathing compendium of what Northeast Ohioans know about our region.

The heart of the CAT Platform is a comprehensive set of Findings that are organized into five overarching “Themes”:

  1. Northeast Ohio has significant regional assets and resources.
  2. Northeast Ohio has built out into the region even as its population has slightly declined.
  3. The spreading out of Northeast Ohio’s population has had a significant impact on the region.
  4. Northeast Ohio’s understanding of the region and its needs continues to evolve.
  5. Northeast Ohio has work to finish and emerging challenges to meet.

NEOSCC believes these Themes and Findings tell an important story about our region and are relevant to a host of issues affecting Northeast Ohio. If you have a question about Northeast Ohio, are concerned about a specific issue or our region’s future, or just want to know more about what makes Northeast Ohio tick, visit the CAT Platform at

Jeff Anderle is the Manager of Communications & Engagement at NEOSCC.  He can be reached at

Joe MacDonald is the Program Manager for the Environment at NEOSCC.  He can be reached at

How Planners are Using Apps

by Brittany Kubinski & Jennifer Evans-Cowley

Mobile apps are paving the way for planners to interact in real time with the public and receive more feedback than had ever been imagined. Mobile apps can be used to collect data and share data with the public, making information readily available for eager developers to enhance and build on. This era of open data and crowdsourcing is an exciting time for planners who are beginning to take advantage of the power of mobile apps to improve planning projects and help make communities more sustainable and efficient. From July 11th to July 26th we set out to survey planners on their use of mobile apps in the planning profession, what types of mobile apps they would like to see developed in the future, and what mobile apps they are currently working on developing.

We heard from a total of 108 planners from across the country, the majority of the planners (55%) that responded were located in the Midwest, and about 20% and 14% from the Northeast/Atlantic and Pacific regions, respectively. In addition, most of planners that responded work in the public sector and 42% stated that they have been working in the planning profession for 10-20 years. Of the planners surveyed, 96% either own a smartphone or plan to purchase one in the future. Planners who responded that they own a smartphone were asked about various types of apps that they might use and the frequency of their use, shown in the matrix here.

From the survey we found the most commonly used apps by planners are social media apps, like Twitter and Facebook. Note taking apps are also a popular app to use daily and apps like Photoshop, PowerPoint and Prezi that are used more for productivity and for giving presentations are used on a monthly basis. The above matrix shows us which types of apps are the most popular and are being more fully utilized by planners, and which apps planners may not be taking full advantage of. In the survey we also wanted to find out about how planners are using smartphones and mobile apps at work. Seventy eight percent of those surveyed use their smartphone for work purposes. More than 40 percent responded that they are using tablets for work and this may correlate with the answers to the matrix as many productivity and presentation apps are more easily used on a tablet.

One of the goals of this survey was to identify apps that planners are currently using to support their work. We asked planners whether or not their organization has created an app or discussed creating an app and 15 percent responded that their organization has or is creating an app, and 37 percent responded that their organization is discussing creating an app in the future. We asked planners to give specifics on the apps they are using for planning, and if their organization has created an app what that app is.

Click here for a table that lists the apps planners said they are using as well as a description of the apps purpose.

Mobile apps have the potential to enhance planning efforts and make it easier for planners to communicate with the public, share ideas and engage. It is necessary for planners to be aware of what is available and how these apps can be used. It is also beneficial for developers to know what planners need and what they would like to see in the future. We heard responses from planners in the survey that included items like access to census data in a mobile app, locations of healthy food stores, or APA awarded sites locations. Planners know best what they need in a mobile app, and developers can take a cue from this. The future of mobile apps is bright, perhaps soon we will see some of these ideas become a reality, but for now planners can take advantage of a number of interesting mobile apps that can support their planning work.

Brittany Kubinski is a Senior studying City & Regional Planning at The Ohio State University.  She can be reached at

Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration in the College of Engineering & a Professor of City & Regional Planning.  She is also the APA Ohio Professional Development Officer.  She can be reached at

APA Ohio Election Results

by Joyce Braverman

APA Ohio Board of Trustee elections took place between August 6th and September 6, 2012. 14.9 percent of our membership voted. This year 2 citizen planner seats and 6 professional planner seats were up for re-election. There were 13 well-qualified candidates for these seats. In addition, several bylaw changes were on the ballot.

Congratulations to the new Board of Trustee Members:

Citizen Planners:
• David Edelman, FAICP, School of Planning at the University of Cincinnati
• Jordan Yin, AICP, College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University

Professional Planners:
• Todd Kinskey, AICP, Director of Regional Planning, Hamilton County
• Wendy Moeller, AICP, Principal and Owner, Compass Point Planning
• Kris Hopkins, AICP, Principal Planner, Cuyahoga County Planning Commission
• Chris Ronayne, President, University Circle Incorporated
• Lavea Brachman, Executive Director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center
• Rachel Ray, AICP, Planner, City of Dublin, Ohio

The bylaw changes were also approved. Per the new bylaws, the new Board will take their seats at the December, 2012 meeting and officers will also be elected at that meeting. Officers will take office January 1, 2012.

Thank you to the members of the Nominating and Teller Committee and to all who participated in the election.

Joyce Braverman is the Planning Director at the City of Shaker Heights & Chair of the Nominating & Teller Committee.  She can be reached at  

AICP Certification Pass Rates & Study Aids 

by Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP

AICP recently released the pass rates for candidates who graduated from accredited planning programs between 2004 and 2007. The mean pass rate for all examinees during this period was 72%. Ohio's universities did well. Ohio State University had a pass rate of 75%, while the University of Cincinnati and the Cleveland State University had pass rates of 64%.

Best wishes to our candidates taking the exam in November. For those considering taking the exam in the spring, AICP has not yet released the application dates; the application window will open by the beginning of 2013. More information about the AICP Exam can be found at

Preparing for the AICP exam is a time consuming effort and candidates are often looking for supplemental resources to aid in their studies. At the national APA conference in Chicago in April there will be an exam prep session. AICP offers an exam prep package, as do a number of outside providers. Below are a number of resources that may help in your studies.

American Planning Association
• Subject matter outline (overview)
• Recommended readings
• AICP Exam Prep 2.0
• Exam Candidate Bulletin
• APA Policy Guides
• AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

Timeline of American Planning History (through 2000)

APA Chapter Presidents Council Study Manual (Order from APA Ohio Professional Development Officer Jennifer Evans-Cowley)

Online Flashcards (search AICP)

APA Pennsylvania


Jennifer Evans-Cowley, PhD, AICP, is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Administration in the College of Engineering & a Professor of City & Regional Planning at The Ohio State University.  She is also the APA Ohio Professional Development Officer.  She can be reached at

Section News

Akron Section

After a brief hiatus at the end of summer, the Akron Section renewed its bi-monthly lunch presentations September 27 at the Spaghetti Wehouse in downtown Akron enjoyed by 19 attendees. Featured at the lunch were presenations by two major design firms from the area, Hasenstab Architects and the Environmental Design Group.

The meeting also included a report by Christine Dersi, APA Ohio Executive Director, on the recent tri-state OKI Planning Conference in Columbus attended by several members at the luncheon. Patrice Theken, Section Vice-President, announced the start of preparations for a Planning & Zoning Workshop for area officials in May 2013. A first meeting will be November 1 at 4:00 pm at the Akron Summit County Main Library. Jeff Kaiser, Section Treasurer, announced the availability of two scholarships for students from the five-county area engaged in planning programs of study in Ohio. Application information will be sent to Ohio university programs in October, with a deadline of late November.

Next up, a tour of downtown Wooster on Thursday afternoon October 25 with a social hour to follow.

Cincinnati Section

Call for Proposals – David J. Allor Planning & Zoning Workshop

Friday, February 1, 2012
Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road
Cincinnati, OH 45230

If you would like to submit a session proposal, please go here to download the Session Proposal Form.


 Cleveland Section

Registration is now open for the APA Cleveland 24th Annual Planning & Zoning Workshop on Friday, November 16, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Cleveland. Sessions are designed for local officials, zoning board and planning commission members, planners, community development professionals, attorneys, architects, and other interested citizens. Joe Marinucci, President and CEO of Downtown Cleveland Alliance, will speak about the transformation of downtown Cleveland over lunch. Registration for APA Ohio members is $85 before October 26. Visit the workshop website for more information or to register.

We hosted our annual Fall Happy Hour and Networking Event on Wednesday, October 17 at Market Avenue Wine Bar in Ohio City. Guest speaker Eric Wobser, Executive Director of Ohio City, Inc., discussed strategies for Making the Market District and provided an update of all the exciting projects going on in the neighborhood. Please contact Michelle Johnson if you have ideas for future happy hour/networking events.

 Central Ohio Section

The Central Ohio Section has had a busy few months planning and hosting the OKI American Planning Association Regional Conference, which was held in Columbus on September 20th and 21st. In conjunction with the Conference, the Section held a Professional Development Workshop on the 19th. Both the Conference and Professional Development Workshop were well attended. A special thank you goes out to the Host Committee and Conference Co-Chairs Christine Palmer and Rachel Ray for the countless volunteer hours and resources that it took to present such a successful conference.

The Section is in the process of planning future events, including a Pecha Kucha Mixer on November 8th and a Planning and Zoning Workshop in the Spring. We are always interested in ideas for future events! Please contact Kelly Brooker Scocco with any educational or social event ideas @

Miami Valley Section

26th Annual Miami Valley Planning and Zoning Workshop

After a one-year hiatus, we will return to our traditional place on your event calendar, the first Friday in December. We have yet another excellent program lined up for you, including our featured guest Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns ( presented by the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. New this year we will have two mobile displays parked just outside the Great Hall: the Greater Dayton RTA’s ‘On the Road’ Community Outreach Bus and the UD Rivers Institute’s RiverMobile. In total, the Workshop offers 28 sessions on planning, zoning, law, economic development, and water resources; free parking; lunch; two mobile displays; the ever popular door prizes; and an after-hours social…all for only $50! In addition, for you AICP members, all sessions have been submitted to APA for AICP Certification Maintenance credits.

Please be sure to register by Friday, November 30th. For registration information, navigate to If you have any questions, please contact Kjirsten Frank at 937-531-6524.

As always, we would like to thank our generous sponsors for their continued support: Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority; Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission; Michael Herrlein & Associates; Kleingers & Associates; Oberer Residential Construction LTD.; Pickrel, Schaeffer, & Ebeling; and the Miami Conservancy District. You guys and gals rock!

Thank you and, on behalf of the entire workshop planning committee, we are looking forward to seeing you on December 7th!

 Northwest Ohio Section

The 2012 NW Ohio Section of APA-OH will hold its Annual Planning & Zoning workshop on Thursday November 8th with registration from 8:30 AM-9:00 AM and sessions from 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM at the Owens Community College located at 30335 Oregon Road in Perrysburg, Ohio 43551. All sessions will be one hour in length, and we will have a luncheon event with a featured speaker (TBA). The event will be registered with the AICP Continuing Maintenance (CM) education credits program. The breakout sessions will take place concurrently with one tract focused on Planning topics and the other tract on Zoning topics. We are always in need of sponsors for the workshop to maintain a low cost event for those attending. If you would like to attend or become a sponsor for the workshop, we are this year handling all registrations and sponsors online at:

Please see the above link for more details on workshop topics and also on sponsorship levels. If you have any questions about attending the workshop or becoming a sponsor, please contact Patrick Etchie. Also, if you would like to be added to our email notification list of our local events and workshops, please email your contact information and I will add you to our distribution list.



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