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AICP Examination Preparation Course

Friday, March 2, 2018

Registration/Continental Breakfast: 8:00 - 8:30 AM
Workshop: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Lunch: 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Workshop: 1:00 - 4:15 PM

Flood Control District of Maricopa County
Adobe Conference Room
2801 W. Durango Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85009

Sponsored by the American Planning Association, Arizona Chapter


Are you planning to take the AICP examination anytime in the next couple of years? If so, attending this AICP Exam Preparation Workshop will significantly increase your ability to succeed and pass it. If you want to improve your chances of passing the exam, it is highly recommended that you attend this session. A panel of highly esteemed presenters including planners and a land use attorney will provide an excellent framework for preparing for the examination.

This one-day workshop concentrates on the structure and make-up of the exam (which is new starting with the May 2018 examination), and the reasons why questions are asked. Major topic areas are explored and reinforced with several sample questions. The goal of the workshop is to provide a thorough overview of the exam and to help candidates become aware of the format and organizing principal of test questions, and to provide strong, focused direction for individual preparation and group study.

Workshop Presenters

Roger Eastman, AICP, has over 25 years of broad-based land use planning experience in Arizona with an emphasis on writing effective land development codes, reviews of new project applications, the preparation of long range planning documents, and code compliance. He served as Senior Planner for the City of Sedona, AZ for 15 years before working with the City of Flagstaff as Comprehensive Planning and Code Administrator. He recently retired from local government to join Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc., a California-based planning, zoning and economic development consulting firm as the Director of Development Codes and Planning. Roger has received several Arizona chapter awards for his work, including for the comprehensive update of the City of Flagstaff Zoning Code, and was recognized by his colleagues in the Arizona chapter as the Distinguished Professional Planner of the Year in 2012. Roger has completed many professional development training opportunities over the years and is a frequent attendee and speaker at national and chapter conferences and professional development workshops. In August 2006 he completed the inaugural Form Based Codes Institute (FBCI) training, now teaches several form-based code classes a year and was recently appointed to the FBCI Board. Roger served on the Board of the Arizona Planning Association as the Director at Large, Membership from 2015 – 2016 and currently serves as the Arizona Chapter’s Vice President for Professional Development.

Jerry Stabley, AICP
, retired in June of 2014 after 30 years of service in Arizona local government. He was with Pinal County for eleven years, of which he was the Planning and Development Director for six years. During this time his staff was responsible for Current and Long-Range Planning, Code Compliance, Addressing and Minor Land Divisions. He also oversaw the creation of an award winning Comprehensive Plan and a rewrite of the Zoning Ordinance to implement the new Plan. Prior to working for Pinal County, Jerry spent 19 years with the City of Scottsdale where he managed the Project Coordination Group, Downtown Planning, the Waterfront Project and the Scottsdale Visioning Project.

Jerry holds a Masters Degree from Arizona State, and a Bachelors from Penn State. He has been a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 1989. He served as the Vice President for Professional Development for the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA AZ) in 2013 and 2014. Jerry served as a co-chair for the Mobile Workshop Committee of the 2016 American Planning Association National Conference, which was held in Phoenix. He and his committee managed over 50 tours throughout Arizona. He was recognized by his colleagues in the APA AZ as the Distinguished Professional Planner of the Year in 2013. Since his retirement, he volunteers with the American Red Cross and is a reading tutor for elementary school children in south central Phoenix.

Jon Froke, AICP, has over 31 years as a planner/project manager in both the public and private sector. Jon is recognized as a leader in planning and implementing policy and programs throughout the Southwest. His career has focused on public administration, zoning entitlement, current and long-range planning, and land development. Jon earned a Bachelors Degree in Planning from Arizona State University and a Masters Degree in Education from Northern Arizona University. He has served as Arizona Planning Association (APA) Chapter President from 2009 to 2013, and served on the APA Board of Directors for two terms. In November 2017, Jon was named the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Planning Pioneer award from the Arizona Planning Association. Jon recently retired from the City of Glendale where he served as Planning Director for many years. He now works as a consult with Matrix Design Group.

Douglas A. Jorden is a founding member of the Jorden Hiser & Joy law firm in Phoenix, Arizona. His practice emphasizes land use and zoning, municipal law, environmental regulation, real estate transactions and Indian law. Mr. Jorden served as Town Attorney for Paradise Valley, Arizona, from 1978 to 1982, and as a Zoning Hearing Officer for the City of Phoenix. He currently serves as a Hearing Officer for Maricopa County. Mr. Jorden served on the Regional Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute based in Denver, Colorado for over 20 years, and has also served as Chair of the City of Phoenix Environmental Quality Commission and Chair of the State Bar of Arizona Continuing Legal Education Committee. Mr. Jorden is admitted in Arizona, Arkansas, California, and Colorado, is the co-author of Arizona Land Use Law published by the State Bar of Arizona and has lectured extensively on land use and environmental issues. Mr. Jorden has been recognized by his peers for his achievements in the fields of land use, zoning, real estate, and Native American law by his selection to Best Lawyers and to Super Lawyers.

Jill Hegardt, AICP, is the Vice President of Entitlements at DMB Associates, Inc. In this capacity, her responsibilities include directing and coordinating entitlement activities for all DMB projects in Arizona. Jill spend the first half of her career in the public sector working as the Planning Director for Maricopa County and the Town of Cave Creek, Arizona. Jill is active with the professional planning and in the community serving in leadership positions on many boards and is currently on the Board of Valley Partnership. Jill recently co-chaired the committee to plan the 2016 National American Planning Association Conference held in Phoenix. She previously served on the Boards of the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce, East Valley Partnership and the Child Crises Center. She has also served as President, Treasurer, North Central Section Director and on the Board of the Arizona Planning Association. Jill received her Bachelor of Science degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Southern California 1984.

Tentative Workshop Agenda

8:00 - 8:30

Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:40

Intro Remarks/General Information

8:40 - 9:00

Overview of the Exam and Available Resources

9:00 - 10:15

Nature and Basis of Exam Questions and Answer Strategies Memorize vs. Understanding Principles/Process

10:15 - 10:30

Morning Break

10:30 - 12:00

Primary Topic Categories Overview and Strategies History (Know the "Fathers"); Plan Making and Implementation; Functional Areas of Practice, Spatial Areas of Practice

12:00 - 1:00

Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 2:30

Law Overview, Cases and Amendments (1st, 5th and 14th); History and Planning Theory

2:30 - 2:40

Afternoon Break

2:40 - 3:40

Overview of Ethics; Leadership, Administration, and Management;
Public Participation and Social Justice and APA Policies

3:40 - 4:10

Wrap-up and Final Thoughts; Participant Q&A

Registration Cancellation Policy

All registration cancellations must be received in writing by February 23 to be eligible for a refund less a $25 administrative fee. Cancellations after this date and no-shows the day of the event will be responsible for the full amount of the registration because food/beverage and workshop material costs will have already been incurred. You may send a substitute in your place in the event you are unable to attend not able to cancel in time.


Early Registration Fee:
(On or before 2/23/2018)

Late/On-Site Registration Fee:
(After 2/23/2018)

Fee includes all study materials, breakfast, and lunch.

Please register by:
Friday, February 23, 2017

For more info call / e-mail:
APA Arizona




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