Letter from the President, September 2019

September 18, 2019

Letter from the President

Planning for Fall at OAPA

It’s that time of year again, and I’m not talking about PSLs*. I’m talking about the annual Oregon APA Conference next month! But before I get ahead of myself, let’s take a moment to consider a few other important planning-related news items…

Up first: I’m thrilled to announce the results of our Chapter elections below. Thanks to everyone who submitted nominations for board positions and to everyone who voted. The 2-year terms for these newest board members begin January 1, 2020.

  • Vice President: J.D. Tovey, AICP
  • Secretary: Matthew Davis, AICP
  • Treasurer: Serah Breakstone, AICP
  • At-Large: Nancy Ferber, AICP, and Dana Nichols

Up next: More voting results! Shout-out to all y’all who took the time to consider the updated Chapter Bylaws and cast your vote. We surpassed the 10% membership voting threshold and I’m happy to report that the updated Bylaws passed by an overwhelming majority. You can view our new Bylaws here. Yeah, I know, the formatting is lame. We’ll bring that up to par with our more polished Strategic Plan and Annual Reports, but wanted to get the content posted ASAP.

One more announcement: October is National Community Planning Month (NCPM). Planners, rejoice! Our Education and Outreach Committee provides fantastic resources and support for any Oregon community that wants to celebrate. Get more info here [old link], including this handy-dandy NCPM [old link] resource packet and some inspiration from Oregon communities that participated last year.

Okay, back to the annual OAPA Conference: Eugene, October 23-25. Be there. Registration is LIVE. Secure your spot today at the early bird rate and check out the fantastic lineup organized around the theme “Local Livability.” To help plan your conference experience use the session tracks, which are programmed to fit a whole slew of needs and interests (and CMs!)

And don’t forget, OAPA’s event page is overflowing with opportunities to learn from and mingle with other planners! Some highlights include OAPA/DLCD Central Oregon Planners Network Meeting (The Dalles), and OAPA Campus Planning Mobile Workshop (Portland). There are also new podcasts in the works, so pay attention to future newsletters for details on those.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out—even if it’s just to say, “Ahoy, matey!**”


Kirsten Tilleman, AICP

* that’s “pumpkin spice latte” … or, perhaps, “planning spiced lives” ???
** wow, you made it to the end of the letter!