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The Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire program (CPAW) provides technical consulting services in the form of land use planning, forestry expertise, mapping and risk assessment. We are excited to inform you that the 2016-2017 CPAW application process is now open. Five communities will be selected based on a competitive application process. Selected communities are not responsible for any direct costs associated with CPAW services provided, but staff time to participate is required. Flyer is attached here.
2015 APA Arizona Planning Award Winners - Click here for complete list.
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Results of the APA Arizona Survey: 800 Responses representing all 50 States!
Are you a recent planning graduate or young professional on the job hunt? Read through the results of our Emerging Planners Survey to get real input from over 800 planning professionals on the topics of the job search, interview, necessary experience and skills, and overall advice for succeeding at work.
The survey targeted all types of planners - representing the broad range of specializations and geographic regions - through APA chapter e-newsletters, executive leadership boards, and networking. Click here to see the survey results.
Check out ADHS’ new General Plan webpage! It provides information on what General and Comprehensive plans are, how they may affect health, and how community members can become involved in their local or municipal process. We’re moving forward towards building healthier communities! All feedback is welcome and should be directed to: Michele Scanze, Michele.Scanze@azdhs.gov, MPH Active Living Specialist at the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The Successful Communities Online Toolkit information exchange (SCOTie) is a repository of best practices and resources from model western communities created by Western Lands and Communities, a joint venture of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Sonoran Institute. At its foundation, SCOTie combines years of planning experience and recognized leadership in capacity building, planning and visioning efforts of the Sonoran Institute with the expertise of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. SCOTie empowers planners and community advocates with tools to make important changes in their communities.
Proposition 207 (Private Property Protection Act) is billed as a measure to fix perceived eminent domain abuses as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision (Kelo v. City of New London, Connecticut). In reality this is an issue about "regulatory takings," a legal concept relating to regulation of property that has been appropriately guided by Supreme Court decisions since 1922. This issue is too complex to address with a sledge-hammer approach that will surely create a whole new series of problems, problems that cannot be addressed, changed or fixed without yet another amendment at the ballot or costly litigation. Once approved, propositions cannot be amended by the Legislature. In the future a new proposition will need to be passed to fix the problems/issues that arise.
In its simplest form, Prop 207 mandates that cities, towns, counties and the state pay a property owner for any reduction in value of private property as a result of a newly approved "land use law." Yes, any reduction, no matter how small will require compensation. Land use law in this case is "any statute, rule, ordinance, resolution or law enacted by this state or a political subdivision of this state that regulates the use or division of land or any interest in land or that regulates accepted farming or forestry practices." There are exclusions for laws that are enacted for public health and safety purposes, limitations concerning public nuisances, regulations concerning illegal drugs, liquor, pornography, nude or topless dancing; utilities; regulations not directly impacting an owner's land; and regulations enacted prior to the adoption of the initiative.
The Arizona Planning Association is a supporter of private property rights and advocates for the balanced and reasonable regulation of property to create a good quality of life for all residents of Arizona. Proposition 207 is not consistent with that guiding principle and as such the Chapter is devoting resources to oppose Proposition 207.
In the interest of professional education (on the potential impacts of Prop 207), please download the additional materials below.
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