Conference 2008

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast
Location: Room 101

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

APA Arizona Annual Business Meeting
Location: Room 101

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Mobile Tour Hunter’s Hole Concept Plan/East and West Wetland
CM Credits: 3.5

Experience the before and after effects of riparian restoration along the Colorado River through this evocative mobile tour. The tour begins by traveling to the Hunter’s Hole/Limitrophe area. The Hunter’s Hole Concept Plan is an ongoing collaboration between the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA), local and federal law enforcement, wildlife agencies, and private land owners. The attempt is to develop an innovative solution to the issues surrounding illegal border crossings and rampant crimes in the area. The strategy is to design and implement a riparian and wetland restoration “pilot project” to subdue some of the illegal activities that occur along the U.S./Mexico border, while retaining valuable wildlife habitat. The second portion of the mobile tour will take participants to the West and East Wetlands. The wetlands after six years have been restored to natural and sustainable habitats that benefit both wildlife and visitors to the area. The restoration of the Yuma East Wetlands (YEW) is a compelling story the YCNHA will like to share and promote as it has reduced crime, improved the environment and access to the river, and provided jobs for both skilled and unskilled laborers. The YCNHA and its partners in this project seek to replicate the successes of the YEW and expand beyond the local area into border-cross environmental restoration. It is our shared vision that these lands can be safe, beautifully restored, provide recreational opportunities, and that we can only achieve these goals through a bi-national effort. It can perhaps also lead to a new dynamic in border relations. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to visit and learn from a wonderful ongoing wetlands restoration project.

Separate registration fee of $40 includes refreshments and transportation.

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

9:00 – Noon

Conference Registration/Information
Location: Riverfront Conference Center

9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mobile Tour
Living in Harmony Along The Colorado River
CM Credits: 5

How do a military operation, a leisure resort, and a wildlife refuge coexist? Take a fun and fact-filled trip to see how the Yuma Proving Ground, the Martinez Lake Resort, and the Imperial Colorado RiverWildlife Refuge work together in close proximity, sharing access to the Colorado River in this varied and beautiful part of Yuma County. You will see the outskirts of a vast military operation where equipment and people are put to the test in extreme conditions. Then on to Martinez Lake Resort to observe a mix of compact development, luxury homes, and RV Parks all focused on boating along the Colorado River. The final stop is the breathtaking Imperial Wildlife Refuge to see habitat restoration, spectacular views and some surprising natural wonders. This fast paced four-hour tour will cover a lot of ground. Your tour host will be Bob Blevins, Senior Planner, with the City of Yuma.

Separate registration fee of $40 includes lunch and transportation. Register early, as seating (max 20) will fill quickly.


Concurrent Sessions- Riverfront Conference Center

Inclusionary Planning: An Introduction to the Americans with PaddlesDisabilities Act
Track: Boating Basics
Location: Room 104
CM Credits: 1.25

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) outlaws all discrimination against persons with disabilities. In particular, Title II mandates that local and state governments ensure that persons with disabilities have access to programs and services on an equal basis with those who do not have disabilities. Not only must all programs and activities of government be accessible, but persons with disabilities are to be included in their development. This affects community planning efforts, the development of parks and trails, the provision of public transit, implementation of redevelopment programs, etc. In this session, you will learn about Title II, its effect on governmental programs and procedures, and what your agency must do to comply with its provisions. In addition, we will introduce and discuss Barden et al v. City of Sacramento, the 9th Circuit Court decision that applies specifically to sidewalks and public rights-of-way.

Presenter: C. Jeffery Evans, AICP, Evans Consulting Services LLC

Floodplain 101Anchor
Track: Protecting the Waters
Location: Room 103
CM/CFM Credits: 1.25

This session will present an overview of floodplain modeling, mapping and regulation specifically targeted to planners. Topics to be covered will include:

a) flooding facts, history and statistics;
b) hydrology overview;
c) hydraulic modeling overview;
d) FEMA requirements and Firm Maps and;
e) public outreach and info for floodplain management.

Presenters: Maureen Towne, CFM, Arizona Department of Water Resources; Jon Fuller, P.E., R.G., P.H., D.WRE, M.S., CFM, JE Fuller Hydrology & Geomorphology, Inc

Municipal Relations with Military Installations Anchor
Track: Protecting the Waters
Location: Room 102
CM Credits: 1.25

Yuma has a population of 92,000. Four times a year the Marine Corps conduct military aviation and ground training within the City of Yuma limits. This session will discuss how the City of Yuma and the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma work together to allow this critical military training to occur within the City urban developed area. In addition, this session will address the impacts of encroachment at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.

Presenters: Col. Mark A. Werth, Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma; Mark Watson, City Administrator, City of Yuma

Marine Corp Air Staion Yuma

9:00 – Noon

Conference Registration/Information Location: Riverfront

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break
Location: Room 101

9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

AFMA Field Trip: USGS Gauging Program and Gauging Station Tour
Location: Room 106/107
CM/CFM Credits: 3.5

The field trip will begin with a 30-minute presentation. StreamStats will be used to provide an interactive web-based tool for determining streamflow statistics. The web tool will be simple to use and generally available so that the public as well as engineers, scientists, and managers can quickly obtain basin and streamflow information. StreamStats will provide a downloadable set of results that will include a map of the basin of interest, a statistical summary that includes confidence intervals, and an explanation of the results. The outing will include visits to USGS streamflow gauging stations for a demonstration of the latest acoustic instrumentation on the market, which includes Sontek AVMs. USGS has made a change to use acoustic instrumentation to improve the accuracy of their streamflow record. Also, they will demonstrate how to make ADCP measurements in cannels, from the shore, and on the Colorado River in a boat, along with wading measurements using FlowTrackers.

Presenter: Chris Smith, Assistant Director, Arizona Science Center

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions - Riverfront Conference Center

AICP Exam Preparation Paddles
Track: Boating Basics
Location: Room 106/107
CM Credits: 0

Thinking about taking the AICP exam? This session will be a review of AICP exam preparation tips for members taking the exam in the upcoming year. Also learn about recent changes in the exam process, including new computer exams and the two test sessions offered.

Moderator: Farhad Tavassoli, AICP, Chapter Professional Development Officer

Speaker: Michael Davolio, AICP, Region V Representative, AICP Commission, AICP Chairman

Trucking Into the Future–Arizona’s Access Management SailboatPrograms
Track: Tacking into the Wind
Location: Room 102
CM Credits: 1.25

A number of agencies in Arizona (including ADOT) are moving forward with access management programs. These programs connect land use and transportation decisions to provide the best possible roadway system in Arizona. This future roadway system, when managed with sound access decisions, will provide a safer and more effective system.

Presenters: Rick Ensdorff, AICP, URS Corporation; Phil Demonsthenes, Parametrix Consulting; Andy Smith, Pinal County


Citizens’ Roles in Creating Scottsdale’s Downtown Plan UpdatePaddles
Track: Boating Basics
Location: Room 104
CM Credits: 1.25

How do you utilize a public outreach program to engage over 700 residents and stakeholders over eight months to develop a new Scottsdale Downtown Plan? In the first six Community Area Plans leading up to the 2011 General Plan Update, the Downtown Plan team utilized a broad variety of public involvement tools to build a community-driven policy plan. The process, which began with a consensus-building platform using the “Arizona Town Hall,” included the following methods: focus groups, charrettes, workshops, visioning group, café forums, walking audits, web-based surveys and a virtual open house. Learn which tools worked and which didn’t and how the planning staff adapted to change throughout the process to deliver this successful community outreach program.

Presenters: Erin Perreault, AICP, City of Scottsdale, Planning and Development Services Department; Ross Cromarty, City of Scottsdale, Advance Planning; Mary Troyan, City of Scottsdale, Advance Planning

The Process of Developing a Planned Unit DevelopmentSailboat Ordinance
Track: Tacking into the Wind
Location: Room 103
CM Credits: 1.25

This session will demonstrate the process and planning used to develop a new Planned Unit Development Ordinance (PUD). This included the development of PUD workbook to use as an educational tool for the public and decision makers. City of Scottsdale staff will discuss the challenges faced during such a process including addressing public concerns and the city’s philosophy for application of a PUD in today’s environment. Scottsdale is a “built-out” city with a need for new zoning to address small infill and refill mixed-use development, more contemporary uses, sustainable design and new building typologies. This session will show how cities can address conflict between an out-dated zoning ordinance and to the need to implement a more contemporary General Plan. Tools such as community workshops, workbooks, 3D modeling for infill mixed-use development, economic vitality, InDesign and the website will be presented.

Presenters: John Lusardi, City of Scottsdale, Planning and Development Services Department; Kira Wauwie, AICP, City of Scottsdale, Planning and Development Services Department; Nichole Arbeiter, City of Scottsdale, Planning Specialist

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