January 2016 Edition

New Look for the Palmetto Planner

The SCAPA Executive Committee is kicking off a new layout and schedule for the Palmetto Planner!  As a SCAPA member, you will now receive bimonthly news with relevant, timely, and interactive content.  Not only do we want to share information with you via the Planner newsletter, but we also want to communicate with our members.  We encourage you to send feedback to us by email or social media (check out the links below).  We want to hear your suggestions for improving membership in SCAPA, planning success stories or struggles, or simply questions or topic suggestions to guide future content.  We hope you enjoy the new format!

CPAT Application Deadline

Extended to Feb. 8, 2016
The application deadline for communities to apply for CPAT assistance has been extended to Feb. 8, 2016.  
2016 SCAPA Conference Dates
Winter/Spring Conference: 
March 18 in Beaufort, SC
Summer Conference:
June 15 in Greer, SC 
Fall Conference:
September 20-23 in Augusta, SC*
*Joint conference with GA APA Chapter

South Carolina Planning Spotlight
Downtown Greenville, South Carolina has been at the epicenter of an urban revitalization for the last 20 years. With the right mix of public and private investment, it has become a beacon for growth and design in the upstate. In acknowledgement of this growth, and the design catalyst at its core, Greenville was recently awarded the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal Award for Urban Excellence.  This award served as a catalyst for Development Dichotomies – Concentrated Urban Renaissance and the Rest of the Community, a design forum hosted by the City of Greenville.  Read more about this interesting planning event here.
Downtown Greenville, SC
Urban Studies students stay busy in Fall 2015 - click here to read about their accomplishments!
The Fall 2015 SCAPA Conference, held on the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, SC, was a great success with over 150 attendees.  Click here to view the conference photo gallery.
Trends & Topics in Planning
Why aren't Urban Planners ready for Driverless Cars? --Citylab

Utah Reduced Chronic Homelessness by 91 Percent, Here's How --NPR

Planners Need to Be Less Polite Sometimes --Planetizen/California Planning & Development Report

Renters Across the Country Are Spending Over 30 Percent of Income on Housing --ESRI

Can Cars That Park Themselves Reduce Traffic in Somerville, MA? --Governing

When Infrastructure Doubles as Public Art --The Atlantic

How Cities Became Heroes of the Environment --Citylab
Did you know?
The American Planning Association offers tons of interesting podcasts on a variety of interesting planning topics and trends. Click here to download and listen to current and past podcasts.
SCAPA Conference Session Videos Available Now!
Select SCAPA conference sessions have been recorded and are available to watch for state CE credits.  Check out the available videos here.

Note: Access to the videos requires logging into the "Members Only" section of the SCAPA website.
AICP Exam Scholarship Opportunity

If you are an aspiring American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) candidate, and you are experiencing a financial hardship (including a hardship caused by a budget cutback in a firm or agency) that would cause you to defer taking the AICP exam, you may qualify for the 2016 AICP Exam Fee Scholarship.  Deadline to apply is February 19, 2016.  Click here for more details.

Building Healthy Places: Coastal
January 28, 2016 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
College of Charleston
Sponsored by: Urban Land Institute | South Carolina

Disaster Recovery Symposium
January 29, 2016 from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel
Sponsored by: City of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce,
and Horry County Emergency Management
Useful Links
Fall 2015 SCAPA
Conference Presentations
Now Available HERE

Need CM/CE credits?
Check out the
Planning Webcast Series
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