Learn about the Fourth Regional Plan at the National Planning Conference this Weekend

Thousands of urban planners are descending on New York City this weekend for the annual American Planning Association conference, exploring our public spaces and transportation system, and discussing some of the nation’s urgent planning problems. And RPA will be there in full force, offering a “deep dive” into our fourth regional plan, A Region Transformed.

On Saturday, Chris Jones, Pierina Ana Sanchez, Moses Gates, Melissa Kaplan-Macey, and Vanessa Barrios will offer an overview of RPA’s progress on the fourth regional plan and share how RPA has approached different challenges including integrating health into regional planning and engaging a diverse group of community partners in the planning process.

A Region Transformed: The Fourth Regional Plan NY-NJ-CT
Saturday, May 6, 2017 – 1 PM – 5:15 PM
Javits Convention Center – Hall 1A06

This deep dive session will be divided in three parts which will explore the following:

  • Types of long-term planning decisions that communities can make to improve citizen health outcomes
  • Policies and strategies to address the housing affordability crisis in the New York metro region
  • Techniques to engage stakeholders traditionally left out of the planning process, especially lower-income communities of color and how to incorporate the input of all stakeholders into a regional comprehensive plan.

On Tuesday, RPA’s Vice President for Energy and Environment Rob Freudenberg will host a session on the potential for buy-outs to address rising sea levels in certain communities.

Weighing the Future of Buyouts
Tuesday, May 9, 2017 – 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Javits Convention Center – Hall 1E15

You’ll learn about:

  • Insights into the structure and function of buyout programs, including their social and economic impact
  • How and where to use buyout programs in flood-prone communities
  • What improvements can be made to buyout programs for program managers, municipal leaders and planners, and residents alike.

We hope to see you there!


Photo: Troy Jarrell 


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