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What a difference AICP and APA leadership can make in the national conference. This is a track from the 2004 conference that came about due to the direction set by the progressive planners elected to the AICP Commission and APA Board of Directors.

Sponsored by the American Institute of Certified Planners, this new track is part of your AICP Commission‘s efforts to implement the APA/AICP Development Plan by helping to build a climate conducive to sound, ethical, inclusionary, and discrimination–free planning. We hope that this track will be institutionalized and included in all future APA national conferences and that APA chapters will also include sessions dealing with these and related subjects. What follows is conference program’s description of the track and its sessions held in April 2004. Admittedly, a large number of sessions were devoted to housing. As folks at the wrap–up session urged, we hope that future conferences will expand this track to cover such subjects as the social impacts of different transportation options, economic development decisions, physical planning choices, and comprehensive planning decisions.

Socially–informed planning identifies the probable social impacts of proposals and plans. Planners need to review all forms of planning: physical, comprehensive, transportation, economic, and environmental, from the perspective of sound, ethical, and inclusionary planning. This track seeks to look at challenges faced by minority, low-income, or disadvantaged community members and propose planning solutions to solve ongoing problems. This track places a special emphasis on how to achieve genuinely accessible, affordable housing.

Inclusionary Zoning in the Nation's Capital
Sunday, 10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
The economic renaissance and neighborhood reinvestment in Washington, D.C., has increased housing costs. Inclusionary zoning, whereby a portion of units in market-rate developments are reserved for lower-income residents, is one response under consideration. Learn what's being proposed and how it compares with other such programs nationwide.

Equitable Development in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Community visioning, local organization capacity building, and the development of housing cooperatives are a few of the tools that have been successful in empowering poor minorities in gentrifying neighborhoods. Learn how planners in Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C., are approaching the issue of equitable development at the macro and micro levels.

Growth Management and Affordable Housing
Sunday, 2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Discover what research shows about the impact of state and local growth management systems on housing price, housing affordability, and housing supply. Hear about practical problems in implementing growth management systems at the state and local level. Learn whether changes to the New Jersey body that oversees the state's fair-share housing program are likely to increase the supply of affordable housing.

Impact of Brown v. Board of Education
Sunday, 4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
Fifty years ago this landmark decision declared racial discrimination in public schools to be unconstitutional. While there is no empirical evidence that suburbanization flourished as a result, there were subsidized policies that made white flight easier. Examine the connections and the issues of how to support equality today.

Are Planners Relevant?
Monday, 8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
The challenges of planning have never been greater. Social equity depends on the creation of places that work seamlessly. Codes are useful, but new planning strategies for integrating people across the spectrum are needed. Learn from experts at one of the nation's leading think tanks about the latest trends affecting cities, and assess how planners are responding to these trends.

Real Solutions for Affordable Housing
Monday, 10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Learn about the causes of the affordable housing crisis. The solution is simpler than many half-hearted bureaucratic programs suggest. Putting low-income households into conventional owner-occupied housing they cannot afford is not the answer. Reviving low-equity cooperatives and implementing mandatory inclusionary zoning can make housing affordable at little cost to the taxpayer. Hear about American and Canadian case studies.

Implementing an Inclusionary Housing Program
Monday, 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Inclusionary housing programs expand access to the ever-tightening housing market through creative and cost-effective regulation. Learn about the tools available to implement regulation and the legal defensibility of the programs as they vary from state to state. Discuss political issues that may affect support for inclusionary housing.

Practical Solutions for Unethical Planning
Monday, 2:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m.
The planning process requires planners to juggle various interests and work among competing claims and concerns. Promoting inclusionary policies, raises numerous ethical issues. Join the panel in a lively, open, and unscripted forum.

HOPE VI—Lessons Learned
Tuesday, 8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
HOPE VI is now 10 years old. Hear about this program's success as a catalyst for economic development. Case studies from a large city, small town, and suburban environment demonstrate innovative planning processes, community participation strategies, applied principles of New Urbanism, universal design, mixed finance, program management, and project delivery.

Equitable Development in the Rural South
Tuesday, 10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
What are the real impacts of "industries of last resort" prisons, poultry plants, waste dumps, and casinos for rural communities? Drawing from the experiences of national policy and growth experts, learn how rural communities are adopting a more sustainable and equitable approach to economic development.

Housing Discrimination
Wednesday, 8:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Locating group homes and affordable housing are contentious issues. Understand the legal mandates under which local governments must make locational decisions. Examine conflicting demands of local politics. Learn the requirements of the ADA, FHA, and the federal and state constitutions, as well as practical pointers for compliance and predictions on new directions.

Creative Planning for Affordable Housing
Wednesday, 10:15 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
The affordable housing crisis has arrived. Learn about two successful redevelopment models in Washington, D.C. One model utilizes a "first time used" financing plan to renovate a multifamily complex; the second model utilizes the skills of a coalition of nonprofit developers to preserve affordable home ownership in gentrifying neighborhoods.

AICP Socially Informed Planning Track Wrap-Up
Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Hear panelists reflect upon the track sessions and the ideas that emerged on how to do socially informed planning. Gain insight on tools, techniques, and policies that really work.

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AICP Pro Bono Charrette
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
In this community planning activity, planners, working with community residents and other local stakeholders, will examine the redevelopment and planning possibilities of the Lower Pennsylvania Avenue/Capitol Hill East Neighborhood. The neighborhood has many assets, including high quality transit service, attractive housing stock, regional connectivity, and proximity to downtown, but it is underserved by retailers, has public safety issues and affordable housing and gentrification concerns. The multi-disciplinary charrette will recommend strategies for place-making and environmental safety, innovative regulations for transit areas, and economic development to attract commercial amenities. The charrette will produce a report of recommendations that the community or city can use immediately and later for the longer term. Charrette participants will meet at the Hilton Washington and ride the Metro to the Potomac Avenue Metro Station located in the Capitol Hill East Neighborhood.

Minority Planning Summit
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.–noon
Our nation and communities have become more diverse. Yet minorities have historically represented less than 5 percent of APA's membership. Why are so few people of color in the planning profession, and what can be done to change this? Offer your insight and help APA develop a strategy that will allow it to become more inclusive, diverse, and equitable. APA members and non-members are welcome.