2023 Annual Conference Presentations

The following presentations have been approved to be on our website. The Pennsylvania Chapter is not responsible for the materials or opinions presented during the conference.

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Final Program






Presentations are below:

Main Sessions

  • Opening Session | Wake Up with the Arts Breakfast Talk | 1.00 CM
  • Plenary | Dream Play Build: Hands-on Community Engagement for Enduring Spaces and Places | 1.25 CM
  • Pitkin Lecture | The Land-Climate Connection | 1.25 CM (view presentation)

Mobile Workshops

  • M1. Cultivating Community: A Tour of Elm Street Neighborhoods | 2.75 CM
  • M2. Walking Tour (Audit) of Scranton | 2.00 CM
  • M3. From Lemons to Lemonade: Transforming a Remediated Industrial Site Into an Urban Public Space | 2.75 CM
  • M4. Wilkes-Barre’s River Common: Using Flood Control to Reclaim a Downtown Riverfront | 2.75 CM
  • M5. Luzerne County Transportation Authority Headquarters Location Planning and Development | 2.75 CM
  • M6. Pittston Downtown Tour and Art Walk | 2.75 CM

Concurrent Session A

  • A1. Advocate & Inspire: Planning with the ASCE PA Report Card | 1.00 CM ethics
  • A3. Local Government Housing Affordability and Inclusionary Zoning Toolkit | 1.00 CM
  • A4. An Innovative and Equitable Vision for Pittsburgh’s Riverfront | 1.00 CM
  • A5. Investing in Our Future: A Synopsis of Lackawanna County’s Innovative Planning and Economic Development Grant Programs | 1.00 CM

Concurrent Session B

  • B1. The Pivot: Comprehensive Planning in the time of COVID19 | 1.25 CM equity
  • B3. Tackling the Housing Crisis: Perspectives and Solutions | 1.25 CM
  • B4. Preservation Jeopardy! | 1.25 CM
  • B5. The Value of Public-Private Partnerships: A Deep Dive into the Revitalization Planning Efforts in the McGuffey Area, from Inception to Planning to Implementation | 1.25 CM
  • B6. The Bright Side of COVID: Increased Demand for Outdoor Recreation Has Led to New Civic Investments | 1.25 CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session C

  • C1. It Takes a Village: Tools and Partnerships in Developing Affordable Housing | 0.75 CM (view presentation)
  • C2. Ins and Outs of Multi-Municipal Zoning from Creation to Implementation (view presentation)
  • C3. Protect and Preserve through A Broadened Approach to Integrating Historic  Resources and Human-Caused/Technological into Hazards Mitigation Planning | 0.75 CM
  • C4. Action Plans and SS4A: Aligning Planning Efforts to Implementation (view presentation)
  • C5. Adopting Plain Language in Zoning: An Interactive Exploration of the Benefits and Challenges | 0.75 CM (view presentation)
  • C6. Managing Conflict in a Public Meeting | 0.75 CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session D

  • D1. The Chester Pike Master Plan: Multi-municipal Cooperation Paves the Way for Success in a Historic Transportation Corridor | 1.00 CM
  • D2. What should Complete Street 2.0 be in 2050? | 1.00 CM
  • D3. Improving Walkability and Bikability in Small Boroughs | 1.00 CM (view presentation)
  • D4. Getting Connected: Pennsylvania Broadband Program Update | 1.00 CM
  • D5. Actions Municipalities Can Take to Increase Housing Supply and Affordability | 1.00 CM (view presentation)
  • D6. Fast Fun Fervent: Urban Planning Practice | 1.00 CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session E

  • E1. Ethics Cases of the Year : 2023 | 1.25 CM ethics (view presentation)
  • E2. 2023 PA Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan Update | 1.25 CM
  • E3. When a Place Reaches Its Breaking Point: Mending 100 Years of Development Abuse | 1.25 CM (view presentation)
  • E4. The Unique Evolution of Open Space Preservation Programs in Three Southeastern Pennsylvania Counties | 1.25 CM (view presentation)
  • E5. A Tale of Two Comprehensive Plans (And What They Teach Us About the Keys to Successful Implementation) | 1.25 CM (view presentation)
  • E6. Thinking Outside the Park: Why Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plans Need to Address Pedestrian Connectivity | 1.25 CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session F

  • F1. Land Use Law Update | 1.00 CM law (view presentation)
  • F2. Better Together: Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreements in PA | 1.00 CM
  • F3. From Idea to Reality: A Tool for Planning for and Codifying Active Transportation | 1.00 CM
  • F4. Transforming Flighted Properties into an Urban Greenway in Erie, PA: Lessons Learned and Partnership needed to Get it Done | 1.00 CM
  • F5. New Zoning for Old Towns | 1.00 CM (view presentation)
  • F6. AICP: Is This Certification For You? | No CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session G

  • G1. Being the Bookends: Municipal Approaches to Addressing Homelessness | 1.25 CM equity (view presentation) (questionnaire results)
  • G2. From Courtship to Commitment and Beyond: Continuing the Discussion of Creating Healthy Relationships and Successful Projects Between Local Agencies and Consultants | 1.25 CM
  • G3. The County Planning Agency Review Letter: What is This Thing? | 1.25 CM (view presentation)
  • G4. You Didn’t Get the Grant: Now What? | 1.25 CM
  • G5. Changing Hearts and Minds: How to Talk About Housing Affordability | 1.25 CM (view presentation)

Concurrent Session H

  • H1. PRDs, Impact Fees, Accessories, and Financial Securities: A Deep Dive into the MPC | 1.25 CM law
  • H2. The New Planner: Finding Your Way in the Field | 1.25 CM
  • H3. Setting Equitable Boundaries for Zoning Districts | 1.25 CM (view presentation)
  • H4. Public Private Planning Partnerships: Strengthening Rural Planning Capacity | 1.25 CM
  • H5. Incorporating Data-Driven Energy Decision-Making Into Communities with Diverse Priorities | 1.25 CM