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Wednesday, October 12, 2022

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Overcoming NIMBYism: The Planning, Law, and Politics of Getting Housing Built  .75 CM
NIMBYism—“not in my backyard” sentiment—is an ever-present feature of American housing politics, and one with increasingly high costs. In some areas, NIMBYism has led to an overall housing shortage and ever-mounting housing prices; in others, local opposition erects walls of exclusion around high-opportunity locations. This session will discuss the harms and causes of anti-housing activity and explore the efforts to embrace new housing development, with a focus on state and local legal reforms.
Noah Kazis, JD, University of Michigan

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Awards Reception and Scholarship Fundraiser
Join your colleagues to honor distinguished leaders in the planning field as we celebrate outstanding planning projects
in a casual format. Participants will enjoy networking and hor d’oeuvres. Our Scholarship Committee will expand their fund-raising opportunities during this event. Support our Memorial Scholarship Program by purchasing a raffle ticket for your chance to win an overnight package in Michigan. Cash bar starting at 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 13, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Session - Navigating Federal Infrastructure and Recovery Programs | 1.25 CM
The landmark bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and the American Rescue Plan Act have dramatically altered the federal landscape for planners and communities. Dozens of new programs with billions in funding are being established with new opportunities for investments in planning and plan implementation. At the same time, accessing and competing for these funds will place new demands on planners. Take a look at what’s ahead on the housing and infrastructure front as Washington shifts into campaign season. This session will explore what has changed with the passage of IIJA and ARPA, what’s ahead, and how planners can successfully compete for and use federal funds to drive local recovery and reinvention.
Jason Jordan, American Planning Association

11:45 a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Keynote Lunch - The Healing Energy of Urban Forests | .75 CM
Urban Forests, a Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape, tells the stories of the founders of urban forestry. One of nature’s largest and longest-lived creations, trees play an extraordinarily important role in our communities; they are living landmarks that define space, cool the air, soothe our psyches, and connect us to nature and our past. Today, a majority of Americans live in or near cities, surrounded by millions of trees and urban forests containing hundreds of species. Author Jill Jonnes examines the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping has on commerce, crime, and human well-being. As planners seek remedies to repair the damage we have wrought on nature, and explore ways to mitigate the effects of climate change, urban forests offer an obvious, low-tech solution.
Jill Jonnes is a journalist and a writer who has written about American society from various perspectives

Citizen Planner Program
$125 in addition to the conference registration fee Complete the Michigan State University (MSU) Extension
Citizen Planner Program in only three (3) days. All sessions will be available beginning on Wednesday morning, October
12, 2022, and ending Friday afternoon, October 14, 2022.