Planning Skills Workshop – Focus on Implementation

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Date(s) - Thursday, May 18, 2017 - Friday, May 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue 252

252 Lawrence Street
Eugene, Oregon

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Thursday, May 18 | 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm
OAPA Member/Non-member:
$55/$85 Thursday only | $145/$195 Thursday and Friday
3 CM pending

  1. Legislative Update – Curious about what’s happening in Salem? Get an update from OAPA’s Legislative and Policy Advisory Committee (LPAC) Chair and learn what your chapter is doing to advance planning in Oregon.
  1. Public Involvement – Learn about statewide public opinions from past polling efforts, some of the most recent thinking on getting your message across (and why it’s so hard) and then turn your attention to best practices in the field of public involvement and engagement. It’s not just a Goal 1 requirement, across private practice and public agencies, public involvement is essential to our success, is ever changing, and cuts across generations and various media.

Professionals from Cogan Owens Greene and the City of Eugene Parks and Recreation (you can check out the little red bus!) will highlight best practices in their recent projects.

  1. Comprehensive Plans – Is your comprehensive plan responsive? Is the plan relevant for decision makers? Do you evaluate its effectiveness and correct course? Across Oregon, communities are faced with dated plans and the need to update, revise, and respond to a constantly changing environment.

Planners from Wasco County and the Cities of Hillsboro and Eugene will share their experiences in making their plans living documents.

We’ll conclude Day 1 with a brief walking tour of downtown Eugene, the East Skinner Butte historic district, and the future Willamette riverfront redevelopment site, before stopping happy hour at a local establishment.

Friday, May 19 | 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
OAPA Member/Non-member:
$125/$155 Friday only | $145/$195 Thursday and Friday
5 CM pending

  1. Legal and Ethical – This session will cover two tracts: daily planner activities and the role you play in service to Planning Commissions and City Councils. We’ll dive into the legal issues around defensible findings and criteria-based decision making. Then, we’ll turn attention to the issues our councils and commissions encounter, such as ex parte communications, recusals, and legislative v. quasi-judicial matters.

Principal legal counsel for the Lane Council of Governments leads the morning session.

  1. Code Writing – Is your development code delivering your community vision? Our aspirational visions are often translated into beautiful renderings and general policy. This session will take you the last step of the way: code writing to deliver the vision.

Hear from Springfield, Wilsonville, and Central Point planners that have made an effective leap from vision to action!

  1. Economic Development – It often feels like the economy is changing faster than comprehensive plans and zoning codes. Our economic development session will focus on making your plans relevant in a fast changing environment. Are you using the EOA as an economic development plan for the community?

Learn from Canby, Milwaukie, and Salem’s examples as they explore ways to build a more robust and stable economy for their residents.

  1. Natural Hazards & Resiliency – Is your community planning for risks? Let’s build a more resilient Oregon! Hear about recent projects that employed best practices in hazard mitigation. Then consider how the analysis is integrated into your comprehensive plan, means to improve hazards literacy across your organization, and the impacts on capital budgeting priorities.

Staff from the Oregon Partnership for Disaster Resilience and the City of Cottage Grove will present.






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