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AICP Scholarship
(updated Jul. 11, 2014)


SCAPA Releases Updated Session Proposal Form for 2014 Conferences
(updated Jun. 19, 2014)


 Registration is Open for the SCAPA Summer 2014 Conference
(updated Jun. 18, 2014)


2014 AICP Exam Preparation Information
(updated Jun. 2, 2014)


2014 SCAPA Elections Call for Nominations
(updated May. 28, 2014)


Food Systems Planning Survey Reminder
(updated May. 22, 2014)


Beaufort Historic District a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for 2013
(updated Oct. 9, 2013)


Small Town and Rural (STaR) Planning Division Awards
(updated Sep. 5, 2013)


2012 Neighborhood Planning Conference Award
(updated Jun. 3, 2013)






AICP Scholarship

If you are planning on taking the AICP exam in November, APA offers an exam scholarship to those experiencing financial hardship.  For instance, if your employer will not pay for you to take the exam due to budget restraints or whatever the matter, and therefore you have deferred taking it or cannot take it because of the cost, the SCAPA Chapter has been allotted one AICP exam scholarship for the November 2014 exam.   For anyone interested, please submit to Kendra Cobbs ( by July 16th  your full name, APA ID number, mailing address and an essay of up to 250 words stating your financial hardship.  Special consideration will be given to those who have taken or are currently signed up for the SCAPA AICP Exam Class.  If you can demonstrate financial need, and meet the following guidelines, your contact information may be forwarded to APA.

Reduced AICP Exam Fee Scholarship Selection Guidelines

  • Members of ethnic or racial minorities shall be given preference.

  • The applicant(s) selected will be otherwise unlikely to take the exam without the reduced fee.

  •  The applicant’s employer will not subsidize the exam fee.

If you are selected, first time AICP applicants receive the reduced rate of $135 (combined $70 application and $65 exam fee) and previously approved AICP applicants receive the rate of $65 (exam fee only).  

For any questions, please contact Kendra Cobbs at or (843) 665-2047.


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SCAPA Releases Updated Session Proposal Form for 2014 Conferences

The deadline for submitting session proposals for SCAPA's Fall 2014 Conference has been revised to July 15, 2014. Please fill out a separate form for each session proposed and submit to Ernie Boughman at The length of each session is 75-90 minutes. Completed forms must be submitted by the proposal deadline to be considered. As soon as selections are made, the time slot and dates will be provided.

SCAPA Session Proposal Form JUN2014


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Registration is Open for the SCAPA Summer 2014 Conference

When: Tuesday, July 15 - Wednesday, July 16

Where: Rock Hill, SC

What: Plan now to attend the SCAPA Summer 2014 Conference at Brakefield at Riverwalk in Rock Hill, South Carolina.  This is sure to be an informative day with sessions on developer relationships, planning for roads, aging populations, and sports tourism. Additionally, there will be a Young Planners Group breakout session and candidates seeking election to SCAPA's Executive Committee will present their position statements.  SCAPA one-day conference offer affordable opportunities for achieving continuing education, certification maintenance, and networking within the planning and design community. Come join more than 100 planners, managers, engineers, architects, landscape architects, and allied professionals at the SCAPA 2014 Conference.

Online registration closes on July 9.

Register today by visiting


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2014 AICP Exam Preparation Information

To become a certified planner and use the AICP designation, one must be a current member of the American Planning Association, submit an application meeting certain education and experience requirements, pass an examination, and be a fully paid member of APA and AICP. 

For the November 2014 and May 2015 exams SCAPA is offering training sessions to help individuals prepare themselves. For more information about these training sessions see the AICP Exam Prep Brochure below or contact Kendra Cobbs at (843) 665-2047 or
SCAPA 2014 AICP Exam Prep Brochure.pdf


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Dear SCAPA members,

The 2014 SCAPA Elections is calling for nominations. We highly appreciate every member's participation and support. Your nominations are of great importance and value to us. The Nominating Materials can be found below. 

SCAPA 2014 Call for Nominations.pdf
SCAPA 2014 Candidate Position Statement.pdf

Available Positions

  • President-Elect

  • Secretary/Treasurer

  • Director-at-Large (3 seats)

Please complete the Candidate Position Statement and return it to Ernie Boughman, President-Elect/Program Chair, via email no later than June 4, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ernie.

Thank you in advance.


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Food Systems Planning Survey Reminder

Dear APA members,

Recently, APA invited you to participate in a brief online survey and share your ideas on food systems planning. We want to make sure that members from all APA chapters are well represented so we are sending out this direct survey reminder request. Even if you or your organization does not currently work in food systems planning, we still want to hear from you. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes. Your responses will provide important insight into the current state of food systems planning in the United States.  

Take the survey:

This survey is part of the Growing Food Connections project. With funding from the United States Department of Agriculture, this five-year initiative will build the capacity of planners and policy makers to support community food systems. Project partners include APA, American Farmland Trust, Cultivating Healthy Places, Ohio State University, and the University at Buffalo.  

Questions? Please contact Jeanne Leccese, Project Coordinator, Growing Food Connections at, or Anna Ricklin, Manager, APA Planning and Community Health Research Center at

Thank you in advance for your participation.  

*This survey is voluntary and your responses will be recorded anonymously. It has been approved by Institutional Review Board at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. You will receive no monetary compensation for participation.


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American Planning Association Designates

Beaufort Historic District a Top 10 Great Neighborhood for 2013

Noted for Aesthetics, Sustainability, Preservation, Planning 

BEAUFORT, SC – The American Planning Association (APA) today announced the designation of the Beaufort Historic District as one of 10 Great Neighborhoods for 2013 under the organization’s Great Places in America program. Each year during National Community Planning Month, APA’s Great Places in America program names 30 exemplary public spaces,  streets and neighborhoods to highlight the role planning and planners play in adding value to communities, including fostering economic growth and jobs.

APA singled out the neighborhood for its well-preserved architecture, sustainable design, natural features and focus on planning. The neighborhood’s beauty and history engender a strong sense of place -- and even stronger sense of community.

“For more than 300 years, Beaufort has maintained a remarkable and renowned ‘hometown’ feeling and character that have always been anchored in the Historic District,” Beaufort Mayor Billy Keyserling said. “For a lot of those years I think many who live here have taken it for granted. It wasn’t until the 1970s that a small group of determined people took a stand to protect Beaufort’s history,” he  continued.

“Today, their hard work, and the hard work of hundreds of others since then, is paying off. Not only is the Beaufort Historic District a ‘Top 10 Great Neighborhood,’ but it’s also an essential part of what keeps Beaufort living and growing. It’s not a museum, it’s a living neighborhood and functioning community,” Mayor Keyserling added.

“The neighborhood’s design reminds us of nature’s powerful impact on the built environment,” said APA Chief Executive Officer Paul Farmer, FAICP. “Streets were laid out not only to provide scenic views, but to capitalize on their inherent capacity to heat and cool,” he said, adding, “Nature isn’t always kind. Still, neither hurricane nor fire could permanently destroy this neighborhood or residents’ esprit de corps and perseverance to rebuild that continues to this day.”

Defining the neighborhood are not only scenic vistas and outstanding architecture, some of which dates to Colonial times, but also planning principles, precedents that defined the district upon its inception in 1711, and contemporary practices such as form-based zoning. In response to an 1893 hurricane and 1907 fire residents slowly rebuilt in a way that reinforced the neighborhood’s unique sense of place and community. Redevelopment has continued through the years and today is focused on Bladen Street in the Northwest Quadrant, a traditional African-American settlement.

APA’s Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets and Great Public Spaces feature unique and authentic characteristics that have evolved from years of thoughtful and deliberate planning by residents, community leaders and planners. The 2013 Great Places have many things Americans say are important to their “ideal community” including locally owned businesses, transit, neighborhood parks, and sidewalks. They illustrate how the foresight of planning fosters communities of lasting value.

The nine other APA 2013 Great Neighborhoods are: Chinatown, San Francisco, CA; Downtown Norwich, CT; Downtown Decatur, Decatur, GA; Central Street Neighborhood, Evanston, IL; Downtown Mason City, Mason City, IA; Historic Licking Riverside Neighborhood, Covington, KY; Kenwood, Minneapolis, MN;  West Freemason, Norfolk, VA; and Williamson-Marquette Neighborhood, Madison, WI.    

For more information about these neighborhoods, as well as APA’s top 10 Great Streets and top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2013 and previous years, visit For more about National Community Planning Month taking place throughout October visit


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Small Town and Rural (STaR) Planning Division Awards

The Small Town and Rural (STAR) Planning Division invites nominations for its Planning Awards to recognize outstanding individuals and projects for their contribution to planning excellence in small town and rural communities. The program is open to any individual, organization, or consulting firm involved in planning for small town and rural areas. Members of the Awards Committee (and their organizations) are not eligible for an award. Nominated plans, projects, programs and studies must have been completed within two years of the nomination submittal date. For Comprehensive Plans and Special Project Plans prepared by consultants, the award recipient shall be the client for whom the planning activity was conducted.

For More Information Click Here

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2012 Neighborhood Planning Conference Award

Each year the American Planning Association (APA), County Planning Division (CPD) and its sister organization, the National Association of County Planners (NACP) gives out County Planning Project Awards.  There are two types of awards, Awards of Excellence and Awards of Merit.  In addition, there are seven categories of awards; Planning Project, Comprehensive Plan – Large Jurisdiction, Comprehensive Plan – Small Jurisdiction, Best Practices, Grass Roots Initiative, Small Area/Special Area Planning and Special Focus Planning Initiative – Senior Livability. 

Richland County Accepted the Award at the County Planning Division's Annual Business Meeting conducted at the APA National Conference in Chicago, IL on April 14, 2013

Award of Merit

Left to Right: CPD President, Tim Brown; Richland County Neighborhood Planner, Tiaa Rutherford; Richland County Planning Director, Tracy Hegler

This year, Richland County, South Carolina is the recipient of an Award of Merit in the Grass Roots Initiative category for the 8th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference.  The Richland County Council and the Planning and Development Services Department has made it a priority to address the struggling nature of urban communities and rural neighborhoods throughout the County and created the Neighborhood Improvement Program to address those challenges head-on. “The Neighborhood Planning Conference" emerged from this effort as a grassroots level conference that extends beyond the traditional scope of planning, broadens public understanding of the planning process, provides neighborhood outreach initiatives and fulfills unique educational programs designed for special populations. The 8th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference provided an unparalleled service to over 200 participants.

Please Save-the-Date for the 9th Annual Neighborhood Planning Conference on Saturday October 12, 2013 at the Columbia Convention Center, author and professor Ellen Dunham-Jones will be the keynote speaker.

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