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    American Planning Association’s National Conference April 2018

    18 Apr 2018

    Later this month I am attending the American Planning Association’s national conference in New Orleans with the Minister for Planning and Land Management, Mick Gentleman MLA.

    Each year the conference brings together, from around the world, thousands of planners, planning commissioners, appointed and elected officials and students. Over several days, there will be more than 250 expert-led sessions, mobile workshops and dynamic exhibits that relate directly to the work we’re undertaking here in Canberra.

    We can learn a lot from our international counterparts, and the New Orleans setting is particularly significant. It is populated by a community which, faced with the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, rallied to rebuild and reshape the city. I hope to hear from heads of planning about how their city navigated the vulnerabilities of its community while planning and delivering critical infrastructure and sustainable housing solutions.

    As ACT Chief Planner I often talk of the urban built environment and the need to integrate innovative planning policies with transport and climate change challenges. New Orleans is a city that shares our focus and commitment to finding that balance to create an adaptable, resilient and prosperous city.

    Many of the conference topics support our current focus and engagements within our local community, including climate change, managing change in communities (affordable housing and the ‘missing middle’), the role of transport and development as well as the natural environment.

    It will be great to look at planning through an international lens with the view to presenting some fresh ideas to our planning priorities when I return.

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