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 League Letter, October 11, 2016 

League Letter | Volume 37 | Issue 41

Ep. 9 of Municipal Equation: ”Reshaping Suburbia”

Register Now for Cell Wireless Technology Forum

The Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

The Future of Urban Open Space: A Workshop for NC Parks Professionals

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

Performance Management 201

Positive Problem Solving

Budgeting in Local Government

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

In the News: Hurricane Matthew Leaves Behind Historic Flooding in North Carolina

Job opportunities

Calendar 

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Ep. 9 of Municipal Equation: ”Reshaping Suburbia”

A question dangles before populous states that grew with low-density development in the 20th century: What do we do now? Planning and development preferences aren't what they used to be. Today they favor higher-density, walkable, mixed use layouts, and local governments far and wide are wondering how to best reshape the traditionally spread-out suburban spaces. "What is the local government’s role in this transition? Listen Ep. 9 of Municipal Equation and find out here.

Register Now for Cell Wireless Technology Forum

Demand is rising for next-generation wireless infrastructure, which is bringing faster Internet speeds, broader access -- and new challenges for local government. That's the focus of a League educational forum scheduled for Oct. 12, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in the Quorum Center (323 W. Jones St., Raleigh). Click here to register and please indicate whether you will participate in person or remotely, as this event is accessible via webinar.

The Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners

The North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association Section 6 will host The Plat: Land Subdivision in NC for Planners workshop on October 12 from 2-4 PM at the Cape Fear Council of Governments in Wilmington. The workshop will provide a background of the history of land records, their place in the land development process, and a broad range of administrative, statutory, and legal considerations related to land subdivision and the role of the plat. Please RSVP with Allen Serkin if you’d like to attend.

NLC Leadership Positions and Application Available

Serving in an NLC leadership position or getting engaged through one of NLC’s member councils or federal advocacy committees is one of the most rewarding ways for you as a municipal leader to bring your expertise to the service of cities and towns at the national level. Now is the time to submit applications if you'd like to serve on the NLC Board of Directors, the seven Federal Advocacy Committees, the six NLC Member Councils, and on the Board for four Constituency Groups. The application deadline for leadership positions is October 14, 2016, and the application deadlines for Federal Advocacy Committee membership is November 23. If interested in applying, please email Paul Meyer, Executive Director of NCLM.

The Future of Urban Open Space: A Workshop for NC Parks Professionals

Join featured speaker Dr. Gil Penalosa, a renowned expert on open public spaces, as well as park leaders from metropolitan North Carolina cities, to discuss and generate ideas on using public spaces to make cities better for citizens of all ages. This workshop will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (EDT) at The McKimmon Conference and Training Center at NC State University. CEU credits available; American Planning Association Credits courtesy of APA-NC. Click here to register.

2016 Regional Board Workshops for Planning and Development Regulation

What are the rules for land subdivision in North Carolina? Which divisions are regulated and which are exempt? What’s the legal review process? And can the government really require the developer to dedicate land? Join the UNC School of Government for a half-day Subdivision Workshop this fall to get answers to these and other questions about land subdivision. The workshop will be offered in four locations across the state from October 18 thru November 16. Click here to learn more.

Performance Management 201

Once your local government has its performance measures, then what? How can measures be used to help improve the quality and efficiency of services? What tactics have proven successful? This UNC School of Government workshop held October 28, in Chapel Hill is designed for city and county managers, department heads, and other local government officials who have previously completed Performance Measurement 101 or another introductory performance measurement class. Click here for more information.

Positive Problem Solving

Too often, we approach challenging situations as deficits—not enough of this, no resources for that. We can make situations worse by viewing them only as problems and overlooking opportunities present. This one-day course held November 4, in Winston-Salem uses common public sector scenarios to introduce you to the ideas behind Appreciative Inquiry. You will learn to notice and elicit positive emotions that, in turn, allow you to build on the assets you have rather than those that are missing. Click here to register.

Budgeting in Local Government

Make plans today to attend this Budgeting in Local Government course November 8-11, in Chapel Hill. This course fulfills one of the core requirements for the Local Government Finance Officers Certification Program. Perfect for city and county managers, finance officers and staff, budget administrators and analysts, and others who have responsibilities for annual budget preparation will benefit from this course. Click here to learn more.

Nominations Now Being Accepted for Source Water Protection Awards

Source Water Protection Award nominations are being sought for candidates that demonstrate innovative and collaborative solutions to protect North Carolina’s drinking water and the watersheds that support it. The six award categories include: Planning (surface water), Planning (groundwater), Implementation (surface water), Implementation (groundwater), Education and Leadership. Nominations are due by December 1st and award winners will be announced at the 2017 North Carolina Water Resources Annual Symposium in association with the Water Resource Research Institute Conference. Applications and additional information, including award criteria, are now available here or by contacting Rebecca Sadosky at 919-707-9096 or Rebecca.Sadosky@ncdenr.gov.

In the News: Hurricane Matthew Leaves Behind Historic Flooding in North Carolina

The after-effects of Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina hard and will be felt for the rest of the week as the state's eastern communities brace for downstream flooding. The Sandhills, which was still recovering from flooding rains from a week earlier, was among the hardest hit areas of the state. Click here to read more about this and other stories in the news this week.