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North Central Texas Section of the American Planning Association

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM (CST)

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The North Central Texas Section of the

American Planning Association

Announces the 7th Annual 


Planning Symposium


Featuring Keynote Speaker;

Sgt. Leroy Quigg, Dallas Police Department

Founded the gang intervention program and works closely with at-risk youth to 

develop trust and create a sense of community.


Sessions (times subject to change):

Session 1 - 8:30 to 10:00 am

Sign Codes Following Reed v Town of Gilbert – Daniel Santee and Brian James
Public Policy and Community Engagement – Lee Battle, Rebecca Vice, and Kathryn May
Mixed Use Zoning for Every City – Brad Lonberger, James Frye, Mark Goode, and Jason Claunch
Multi-Modal Streets – Rob Rae, Dave Carter, and Catrine Machi
Leadership Strength-Based Teams – Kevin Shepherd and Kristen Green

Session 2 - 10:15 to 11:45 am

Planning Law Update – Kim Mickelson and William Dahlstrom
Removing Barriers to Community Engagement – Esmerelda de la Cruz, Craig Fisher, Cathy Brock, and Janet Moos
Beyond Code Enforcement to Building Community – Lori Schwartz, Scott Lussier, Shanette Brown, Tiffany Tononi, Dusty McAfee, and Mike Green
PIDs, TIRZs & Other Financing Tools – Julie Fort
Using Mixed Use Techniques – Jay Narayana, Jennifer Arnold, and Theresa O’Donnell

LUNCHEON - 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Session 3 - 1:45 to 3:15 pm

Ethics for Planners – Ann Bagley and Connie Cooper
Active and Engaged –Alexis Jackson, and Karen Walz
Resilient Cities – Theresa O’Donnell and Steven Duong
Creative Zoning & Entitlements – William Dahlstrom, Brad Lonberger, and Brandon Palanker
Municipal Financing 101 – Kevin Shepherd, Becky Brooks, and Ashley Shook

Session 4 - 3:30 to 5:00 pm

Ethics Case of the Year – Craig Farmer
Faith-Based Community Engagement – Kala Krishnan, Jim McGuire, James Donaldson, Dwaraka Iynegar
Comp Plans – Getting the Community Engaged with the Process - Abra Nusser, Wendy Shabay, Jackie Reyff
Selling Your Ideas – John Lettelleir and Kevin Shepherd
Disaster Response after the First Responders – Marc Kurbansade


Courses Specifically Designed for Elected and Appointed Officials:
8:30 to 10:00 am Planning 101 – What Your Staff Wants You to Know About Planning
10:15 to 11:45 am Planning 102 – Open Meetings and Other Rules to Live By as a Commissioner or Councilmember

AICP Exam Prep Class – 1:45 to 5:00 pm – Richard Luedke

After the sessions, unwind with us at Matt’s Rancho Cantina (located across the parking lot from the Culwell Center and adjacent to the Hyatt Place Hotel).

**Refund policy, full refund allowed before 1/06/16. After that date, a substitute may be made, but no refund. Last minute absences due to sickness or other emergencies will be given a credit for next year’s event. Refund requests and questions, please send to Alexis Jackson.

***Any additional questions please contact Brooks Wilson.


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Garland, TX 75040

Friday, January 20, 2017 at 8:00 AM (CST)

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North Central Texas Section of the American Planning Association

The North Central Texas Section of the Texas APA Chapter is located in 11 counties, to the north, east and south of Dallas County. The two biggest counties, in terms of population, are Dallas and Collin Counties.  Rockwall County has the distinction of being the smallest county in land mass in the state.

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