Today is the deadline to register for Saturday’s Livable Neighborhood’s Program, a project of the Municipal Art Society‘s Planning Center. The program’s goal is to provide communities with the knowledge, tools, and training needed to transform local vision into effective plans. The program provides participants with in person training, a take home comprehensive community planning toolkit and access to a web-based network for ongoing to discussion.

After the jump, a list of workshops and more info about how to register.

Public Involvement in Planning: The first step to creating any community based plan is to effectively involve the public. This welcome session will provide you with an overview of how organize, inform and engage your community in the planning process while ensuring diversity and an encouraging genuine participation. Facilitator: Suzanne Nienaber/ACP Visioning

Using Data for Planning Part I: Maps and data are two critical pieces of information necessary for creating community-based plans. This session will provide participants with an overview of the principles of GIS (Geographic Information Systems), provide insight for how to best use it as a tool in the community planning process, and provide guidance in using census data for planning. Conducted in a computer lab, the session will also provide you with live hands-on training in basic mapping via the MAS Planning Center’s MYCITI website. Facilitator: Micaela Birmingham/New Yorkers for Parks

Using Data for Planning Part II: A continuation of Using Data for Planning Part I (see above), this course will explore how data and maps can be used to better illustrate community concerns and advance in their advocacy and planning efforts. This workshop will cover some of the basic questions faced by community planners as part of their engagement in GIS mapping projects, and will introduce some of the most common tools and resources available to them. Facilitator: Juan Camilo Osorio/MAS

ULURP and EIS: Learn more about the city’s official process for making land use decisions: the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and how to participate effectively. Learn about how to use Environmental
Impact Statements (required for large-scale developments) to emphasize neighborhood concerns.
Facilitator: Tom Angotti/Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development

Sustainability: Since the announcement of PlaNYC 2030, sustainability has become the buzzword. Learn more about the elements of sustainability and how you can use them to plan more holistically, effectively, and equitably for neighborhood growth and development. Facilitator: Rob Crauderueff/Sustainable South Bronx

Economic Development: Small neighborhood business and local jobs are a priority for most communities. This workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of economic development and the tools
needed for addressing economic issues at the neighborhood level. Facilitator Sideya Sherman/MAS

Affordable Housing: Almost every NYC community grapples with how to best address the need for quality affordable housing. This workshop will provide participants with a basic understanding of how to create,
preserve and advocate for affordable housing. Facilitator: Catherine Herman/Pratt Institute

197-a Planning: What do you do after you’ve done the community organizing, collected the data, identified the planning issues, and are ready to take it to the next level? The official New York City process for neighborhood planning is Section 197-a of the Charter—a long, complicated process that
ultimately makes your plan into city policy. You may want to pursue 197-a planning, or you may
want to think about different ways to document and pursue your planning goals—both options
are addressed in this workshop. Facilitators: Mercedes Narciso/Pratt Center for Community Development
and Betty Mackintosh/NYC Department of City Planning

Zoning: Zoning is a basic tool for planning. Learn how your community can take best advantage of the
City’s zoning designations to make informed decisions about what works and doesn’t work in your
neighborhood. Zoning in NYC is complex—this “Zoning 101” workshop will help you to
understand the fundamentals. Facilitator: Anthony Borelli/Manhattan Borough Presidents Office

Historic Preservation and Protection of Cultural Assets: Preserving and protecting neighborhood character while balancing growth and development are two essential elements of neighborhood planning. You’ll learn about both the basic tools of historic preservation and innovative approaches to maintaining neighborhood character and sites of cultural significance. Facilitator: Marci Reaven/Place Matters and Vicki Weiner/Pratt Center for Community Development

Using the Livable Neighborhoods Network (lunch): The easiest way to exchange information, ideas, images, and documents these days is through the internet. We have designed an internet-based network that is easy-to-use, monitored, and, we hope, will become an important way for you to gather and share more information as you undertake planning initiatives. The Livable Neighborhoods Network will provide documents, extra resources such as information on additional planning topics, photographs, videos of the
training workshops, and a forum for discussion. At this workshop, you’ll receive special
instruction in how to use the Livable Neighborhoods Network. Facilitator: MAS Planning Center

Date and Time: Saturday May 10, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 7
Who Can Attend? Registration is open the public, however priority is given to members of grassroots organizations and community boards.
What Is The Cost? Participation in the program is free.
Where Is The Training? The training will take place at Hunter College with special assistance from Hunter College’s Center for Community Planning and Development (CCPD). Hunter College is located at 695 Park Ave (Manhattan). Corner of 68th Street and Lexington Ave.
Will Food Be Served? Yes. We will provide breakfast and lunch.
Can I Bring My Child? Yes. The LNP is designed to be as convenient for participants as possible. We will have a supervised children’s activity room available on both days of training for children school age and up.
How Do I Register? For more information and to register online, please click here. If you would like to register by fax or mail, please click here to download the registration form.

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