November 2014 Luncheon

The St. Louis Regional All-Hazard Mitigation Plan 
What it is and Why Planners Should Care

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
11:30am – 1:30pm

Gary Pondrom, Sustainability Planner - East-West Gateway Council of Governments
John Pyron, Director - Disaster and Emergency Services Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
Ina McCaine-Obenland, Operations & Training Coordinator - St. Charles County Division of Emergency Management

EWG staff will discuss the planning process, ask for input regarding county and municipal pre-disaster all-hazard needs, and cover mitigation actions which would be most beneficial —safe rooms, buyouts of flood-prone structures, citizen education/awareness campaigns or other funding-eligible activities. Taking actions to minimize exposure to natural disasters can save lives and prevent tens—perhaps 100s of thousands—of dollars of damage to public infrastructure and properties.

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September 2014 Luncheon

Lambert St. Louis Airport - Past, Present & Future
Joint APA/APWA Event

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Daniel L. Rust, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL)
Mr. Jerry Beckmann, Deputy Director of Planning/Engineering, Lambert St. Louis International Airport

Join us as we team up with the St. Louis Section of the American Public Works Association (APWA) to learn about and discuss the past, present and future of the Lambert St. Louis International Airport. The event will be held on Wednesday, September 24 (11:30-1:00), at Orlando's Banquet Center in Maryland Heights (2050 Dorsett Rd., Maryland Heights MO). Dr. Daniel Rust, Ph.D., will discuss the historical aspects of the airport, including what it is, where it is, where it's been, and how it became what it is today.  Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the 30th busiest airport in the U.S.  The Airport has spent the last decade expanding its airfield and runway capacity and completing the largest interior renovation of the historic Terminal 1 and connected concourses.  What’s ahead for Lambert? Deputy Director of Planning & Engineering Mr. Jerry Beckmann will detail progress, campaigns and strategies for Lambert to further develop aviation and non-aviation business development around the airport (including the expansion of cargo operations and facilities) that will help grow and sustain the Airport’s impact on the region.  This will be a very exciting topic that will provide key information for people in the St. Louis region and directly impact those neighboring communities in St. Louis County. Don't miss out on this great opportunity.

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August 2014 Luncheon

Commercial Sign Regulations

Thursday, August 28, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Travel to Edwardsville’s Leclaire Room on the historic Lewis and Clark Community College N.O. Nelson campus (622 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL) on August 28, 2014 to hear a presentation and panel discussion on one of the most requested SLMS-APA lunch topics: Commercial sign regulations! Commercial signs are always rife with controversy. Sign technology moves fast while local ordinances are often slow to change. Meanwhile, planners must remain aware of court decisions that can change public policy and result in your community being vulnerable to legal challenges.

Creve Coeur Community Development Director Paul Langdon, AICP, Collinsville Community Development Director Mitch Bair, AICP, and Edwardsville City Planner Scott Hanson, AICP, will be joined by Creve Coeur City Attorney Carl Lumley and Edwardsville City Attorney Jeff Berkbigler for a discussion on how St. Louis Metro Area communities address “Electronic Message Board” signs, provide MO and IL legal perspectives on concepts such as Creve Coeur’s new “content neutral” approach, and give overviews on recent commercial sign court decisions in both states.

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May 2014 Luncheon

Form Based Codes in St. Charles

Wednesday, May 21, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Join us for a discussion on the use of form based codes in the City of St. Charles.  The City of St. Charles has three form based codes in various parts of the City.  Learn how this approach to zoning and design has been applied for new development and as a tool for redevelopment of an aging commercial corridor.  Hear from City planning staff and the developer of the Streets of St. Charles, a multi-phased mixed use development being built from a form based code.

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