Message from Creigh Rahenkamp, PP
Vice President of Conference Services
We hope that as you scan our offerings for this year, you complain that there are too many interesting things to see in each time slot! The call for sessions focusing on planning practice has yielded a surfeit of powerful sessions covering an array of practice areas. We make a conscious effort to have sessions covering many aspects of our diverse field, but there are three areas of particular note this year.
First, our sessions are not obsessed with Sandy as an event in our collective past even as recovery keeps many of us very busy. While citizens tend to hold to an unchanging world, the essence of planning has always been change. We have learned our lessons as a profession and daily practice has fundamentally grown to include resiliency and mitigation into everything we do. We have a track on Thursday that runs from climate change to embedding resiliency and hazard mitigation into our zoning codes, and planning policies. Friday includes case studies from around our State and highlights the evolution of best practices as our attention turns to being ready for the next one.
Second, Jeffrey Otteau will share his analysis of the changed demographics, household incomes and housing finance realities that will drive the nature of housing needs in our future as our keynote speaker on Friday. A track on Friday includes nationally acclaimed designers that will share the kinds of mixed uses and buildings that are responding to these realities in other regions. Sessions on form-based codes, redevelopment techniques, and approaches to fostering economic sustainability provide the content that will enable us to create these responsive, great places in our own communities.
Third, all of the talk in the housing subfield is about the latest Supreme Court decision and handicapping what the Administration or Legislature will do. We will leave handicapping to water-cooler discussions, and have focused our conference on an assessment by our profession’s leading academics on what the Mount Laurel doctrine was all about, how do we measure success, have we been successful, and where should we go from here. Our profession owes our elected leaders our best advice, and the assembled expertise is our start for our chapter to formulate our position.
Join us in New Brunswick in January and I guarantee you will learn, you will be challenged, and you will leave energized.
CONTINUING ED. CREDITS
All sessions have been submitted for AICP CM credits which are provided per each credit hour for each session. Continuing Law Education (CLE) credits are expected to receive approvals for attorneys courtesy of the New Jersey Builders Association.
DATES TO REMEMBER
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