Houseal Lavigne Associates in Seattle

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We look forward to seeing everyone in Seattle for the 2015 APA National Conference April 18-21. Be sure to stop by the exhibit hall to see the Houseal Lavigne Associates booth and chat with our Team. We are always excited to catch up with old friends and meet new faces. Also be sure to visit the sMap booth. sMap is now available for individual licensing and is being used across the country by communities, agencies, and consultants for a variety of planning, economic development, and outreach initiatives. Drop by the both to get all the info.

As part of the 2015 Seattle conference, members of the HLA Team will be involved in various sessions and events. We are excited to bring our passion for planning to the national conference and share some of the unique experiences and insights we have gained over this past year as we have worked throughout the country. Houseal Lavigne Associates staff members will be involved in the following:



Effectively Translating Master Plans into Zoning

John Houseal, Doug Hammel, and Brandon Nolin | Saturday, April 18, 1:00-2:15pm
Zoning is where the rubber hits the road between planning and implementation, but the path isn’t always smooth. How can zoning be used to implement planning most effectively? Examples from five communities in four states demonstrate various levels of intervention, from minor tweaks to complete transformation.


Fast & Funny Planning Presentations

Session 1 includes Comprehensive Pan Mistakes

Devin Lavigne | Saturday, April 18, 4:00-5:30pm
When planners make mistakes in documents, it’s often under public scrutiny that can derail otherwise sound planning. This session includes a humorous review of common pitfalls from typical typos to layout mishaps and provides tips for avoiding those mistakes.

Session 3 includes A Pedestrian’s Ped-Peeves

Nikolas Davis | Monday, April 20, 4:15-5:45pm
Everyone is familiar with the frustrations of driving, however; this session is designed to shed light on some of the experiences Nikolas Davis has that ultimately contribute to what he refer to as “ped-peeves.”



AICP Exam Pre Workshop

John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Saturday, April 18, 8:00am-Noon

Prepare for the AICP exam with this four-hour workshop. It starts with a 30-minute tutorial on the application process, followed by an overview of the six sections of the exam. Fifteen minutes at the end of the workshop are set aside for Q & A.

Starting and Running a Successful Planning Firm

John Houseal and Devin Lavigne | Sunday, April 19, 1:00-2:15pm
Whether by choice or consequence, starting a firm or venturing out on your own can be frightening. Highlighting last year’s award-winning Emerging Planning and Design Firm, this session will show what worked and what didn’t and the strategies, tools, software, and techniques utilized to grow during one of the nation’s worst economic climates.


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