Annual Conference 2012

View presentations from the PA Chapter of APA 2012 Annual Conference below.
Please note that materials will be added as they become available. Most conference proceeding materials should be available by November 30, 2012.



2:20pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Sessions – Series A

  • Capturing the Sun: A Standardized Zoning and Permitting Approach for Solar (A3)
  • Design Guidelines for Historic Districts (A1)
  • Planning with Google Earth (A2) – Presentation

4:15pm – 5:30pm Concurrent Sessions – Series B

  • Integrating Comprehensive Plans and District Plans (B1) – Presentation
  • Partnering for Conservation: Stretching Funds and Results (B3)
  • Planning with Host Communities and Institutions of Higher Learning (B2) 


8:30am – 9:30am Opening Keynote
Deep Travel, Deep Planning
Presented by Tony Hiss, Author, In Motion: The Experience of Travel

10:15am – 11:30am Concurrent Sessions – Series C

12:15pm – 1:15pm Pitkin Lecture
Planning in a Time of Uncertainty … Again
Presented by Steve Craig, AICP, Lawrence County Commissioner and Jack Lynch, Crawford County Commissioner

1:15pm – 1:30pm State of the Chapter Address
Presented by Brian O’Leary, AICP, APA PA Chapter President – President’s Address OptionFinder Results 

1:45pm – 3:00pm Concurrent Sessions – Series D

  • America in Bloom as a Planning Tool (D7)
  • Integrating ECM and GIS to Provide Planners with New Tools (D1)
  • Shale Gas Industry’s Role in Sustainable Community Development (D3) – PresentationClearfield County Case Studies
  • Strategic “Positioning” for the Planning Professional: Catalyst for Change (D5) – Presentation
  • Using Social Media in Planning and Civic Engagement (D2) 
  • Young Planners, Big Ideas (D6)
  • Please note Wellness for Planners: Tips to Reduce Stress, Eat Better, and Stay Healthy at Work (D4) was cancelled. Attendees may access information by contacting UPMC Hamot Health Connection. 

3:30pm – 5:00pm Concurrent Sessions – Series E

  • Act 13 and Local Government Regulation of the Oil and Gas Industry (E1)
  • Charting Downtown Revitalization in the Flagship City (E3) – Presentation
  • Good Design Doesn’t Just Happen (E2)
  • LEED-ND as a Planning and Zoning Tool (E4)
  • Local Governments Meeting the Growing Demand for Local Food (E5) – Presentation
  • PA’s New Statewide Historic Preservation Plan (E7) – Presentation
  • Providing Data to Inform Plans and Assess Performance: PLANPGH and Philadelphia2035 (E6) – Presentation


8:30am – 9:45am Plenary Session
Investing in Freight Futures
Presented by John R. Elliott, PE, President/CEO, Economic Development Corporation of Erie County

10:15am – 11:30am Concurrent Sessions – Series F

12:15pm – 1:15pm Plenary Session
Planning in the 21st Century – What’s Next?
Presented by Mitchell Silver, AICP, President, American Planning Association
Please note that Mr. Silver’s presentation is not available for viewing post-conference due to a variety of restrictions. 

1:15pm – 2:00pm Annual Awards Presentation
Presented by Denny Puko, APA PA Awards Committee Chair – Presentation

2:30pm – 3:45pm Concurrent Sessions – Series G

  • Active Allegheny: Active Transportation & Economic Development (G6) – Presentation
  • AICP: Is It For You? (G4) – Presentation
  • Filling the Gaps Between Zoning Ordinances and the PA Uniform Construction Code (G5) – Presentation
  • How Sustainability Can Spur Development: A Smart City Case Study (G3)
  • Inviting Them In: Storytelling as a Community Planning Tool (G2)
  • Shale Gas: Fueling Innovation and Utilization (G1)

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Planning Association is not responsible for the materials or opinions of conference speakers