July 2016
Legislative Update
By: Josh Stephens, SCAPA Director-At-Large and Legislative Liaison

The 2015-2016 Legislative Session 121 has come to a close.  Bills were passed while others languish in the legislative process, vetoes were issued and overridden and a budget was adopted.  Six bills that were adopted have been identified as being of interest to SCAPA members.  The bills have been compiled here.  There is one bill that needs to specifically mentioned.  H 3972 “Clarifies that a Land Use Plan is not Required to Execute or Record a Deed.”  It is recommended that each jurisdiction assess how this bill may or may not impact existing policies and procedures. Continue reading here

Stay informed of state and federal policy decisions that affect planning.  Attend MASC Regional Advocacy Meetings (scheduled throughout the state) or join the APA's Planners' Advocacy Network.

By: Cliff Ellis, PhD, MCRP Program Director
Graduation day at Clemson University was May 7 and ten MCRP students received their diplomas. The May 2016 graduates are William Brewer, Brennan Hansley, Ashley Kale, Ryan Krueger, Brittni Olesen, Austin Rutherford, Thomas Trawick, Ryan Treleven, Allison Wright, and Nelson Yaksic Vera.  Five more students are expected to receive their diplomas in August. Continue reading more MCRP Updates.

Planning to take the AICP Exam?
Sign up for SCAPA's Prep Course by July 8, 2016!  The first class begins on July 22, 2016.
The Summer 2016 SCAPA conference, held in Greer, SC, was a great success with over 140 attendees!  Select session presentations may be downloaded here

Upcoming Fall Conference:

September 20-23 in Augusta, SC*

*Joint conference with GA APA Chapter
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Call for Session Proposals | Fall 2016 GPA-SCAPA Conference

The Georgia Planning Association (GPA) and South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (SCAPA) are seeking session proposals for their joint Fall 2016 Conference scheduled for Sept. 21 - 23, 2016 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center (2 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA). The session proposal form can be found on-line at  It is a digital form that you will fill out and submit on-line.  Note: session presentations do not need to be complete until the conference. The submittal deadline has been extended to 5:00 PM Friday, July 8, 2016.  Following this deadline, a Programs Committee made up of representatives from both GPA and SCAPA will review all submitted session proposals and determine which to include in the conference agenda.  We will notify all those that submit proposals by July 15.  Please feel free to pass this information along to colleagues, etc. that you think might be interested in submitting a session proposal form.  Please contact Andrea Pietras, SCAPA President-Elect/Programs Chair, at with any questions.

CM Credit Now Available for Pro Bono Planning Service

Starting April 1, 2016, AICP members can earn CM credits for pro bono planning service. Credit for pro bono planning service is a component of the self-report option, which allows members to claim up to eight credits per reporting period. One credit can be claimed for each hour of eligible pro bono planning service. More information about CM credits for pro bono planning service can be found here. In order to claim credits for pro bono service, members must watch a web-based tutorial and complete a self-reporting form to document what they learned.  A great way to provide pro bono planning service is to participate in a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT).  Learn about the SC CPAT Program here.

Planning Toolkit: Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook

The Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: A Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, and Health Practitioners is a quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development and improvement of a park or trail. This tool can help start collaborative discussions about the health benefits of parks and trails and prepare for a health impact assessment (HIA). You can find the workbook at:
The tool includes information to help users find health data and learn about completed HIAs that included parks, trails, or greenways. It also includes case studies that pilot its use in Whatcom County, Washington and a Mescalero Apache tribal area in New Mexico. The workbook consists of five sections:
  •        Community health profile.
  •        Site information.
  •        Site planning (includes subsections on physical health and social and mental wellness).
  •        Park and trail system planning.
  •        Monitoring and evaluation. 
The workbook was jointly developed by the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative ( and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program ( Have questions? Contact Dee Merriam ( and Attila Bality (
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