APA National Interact: Planning During a Pandemic, Resources for Planners

Interact, the weekly email newsletter available to APA National members, recently featured resources to aid planners in adjusting to a different way of working, gathering, and communicating caused by the outbreak of COVID-19. These resources are also valuable for APA Hawaii Chapter members and are discussed below.


1. Public Meetings in a Time of COVID-19

Read this article from ICMA about how one Seattle-area community quickly transitioned critical public meetings to Zoom and YouTube.

2. Planning and the Digital Divide

Not all communities are equipped with the broadband infrastructure needed to support a shift to online community engagement, remote work, and digital-first public communications. This article from Planning outlines steps planners can take to help bridge the digital divide in rural communities.

3. Online Tools for Public Engagement

This PAS QuickNotes offers four recommendations to consider if you are looking to begin or expand your use of online community engagement tools. QuickNotes, available free for APA members, are easy-to-digest overviews of planning issues that are great for sharing with public officials and other non-planners.

4. Rethinking One-Size-Fits-All Public Engagement

Traci Sanders, director of civic impact for WXY Studio, and podcast host Courtney Kashima, AICP, share their thoughts on how certain urban planning spheres view public versus private backgrounds, the public dimension of design, and why the community engagement process should be tailored to each client.

5. Web-based Platform for Citizen Participation

Lakewood, Colorado, increased participation in planning commission meetings through a web-based platform, LakewoodSpeaks.org. Residents can review materials, ask questions, and comment on proposed actions in advance of the in-person meetings.

6. Keep Those Kids Busy! Teach Children About Planning

People all over the country are adjusting to working remotely and juggling childcare at the same time. Metropolis is a curriculum developed by John Martoni, a planner and third-grade teacher in the Bay Area. Share with friends and family looking for activities for their children.