2019 Montana Association of Planners Conference Partners

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About MAP The Montana Association of Planners (MAP) is an association of professional planners, from public and private entities; planning board members and interested citizens. Though most often associated with guiding future land use and development, local planning efforts also include planning for public facilities and service needs, historic preservation, environmental protection, transportation, parks and recreation, and economic development. Planning provides options and tools for communities to achieve their vision of the future. MAP takes no position for or against growth, but rather promotes planning as a positive and proactive way to address change in our communities. Contact us: mtplanners.org@gmail.com

Thursday, September 26

7:45 AM – 9:15 AM

Room - Knowles

Everyday Ethics for Planners

Using the AICP Case of the Year as an example, this session will explore how we interpret and apply ethics to situations we encounter in our daily job.
Andrew Hagemeier, AICP
Andrew Hagemeier is a Land Use Planner for Missoula County and project manager for the Missoula Area Mapping Project. His career in the public, private and non-profit sectors of the planning profession has taken him across the state of Montana.  Most recently, Andrew worked as a consultant for public sector clients, writing long range plans, downtown master plans, and developing regulations for rural and urban communities. In 2014, Andrew worked with the Bullock Administration to draft the Main Street Montana Project Report, a central part of Governor Bullock’s economic agenda. While working for the National Parks Conservation Association, Andrew was essential to creating, organizing and initiating the Whitefish Range Partnership, a collaborative effort with a diverse membership whose mission was to create a shared vision for forest management on the Flathead National Forest. Andrew is an AICP certified professional planner and is currently President of the Montana Association of Planners.
Robert L. Barber, FAICP
Robert is a founding partner of the Orion Planning + Design, having retired after 25 years of public service, most recently as Director of Planning for Hernando, Mississippi from 1996 to 2012. Hernando was selected as one of the 100 best small towns in America by Forbes Magazine in 2012. His planning practice focuses on community design, preservation, place making and smart growth principles and productive community engagement to create communities of lasting value. Bob served as Region III Commissioner for the American Institute of Certified Planners, is a two-time past president of the Mississippi Chapter of APA, and formerly served as chair of APA’s Chapter Presidents Council, chair of the AICP College of Fellows, executive board member of the Memphis District Council of the Urban Land Institute, and board member of the Mid-South Regional Design Center.
1.5 CM Ethics

8:00 AM – 9:15 AM

Room - Townsend

Cooperation and Collaboration Opportunities with MDT

MDT administers many funding and planning programs to help local governments meet their transportation needs.
This presentation will provide an overview of the programs at MDT of local interest, from planning and technical
assistance to transit information. Additionally, successful collaborative efforts will be presented. The objectives
of this presentation are to provide local planners with more familiarity of project and program opportunities for
collaboration with MDT, as well as available funding programs.
Sheila Ludlow
Sheila has worked for MDT for over 17 years and is currently a Transportation Planner within MDT’s Planning Division.
Sheila works with federal, state, city, county, and other stakeholders to implement transportation planning for the
Great Falls District and is the State’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Sheila provides technical assistance and
outreach to local, state, public, and MDT district staff related to safety education awareness and facility design training
for bicycles and pedestrians. She is a Technical Advisor for the State Trails Advisory Committee.
Katie Potts
Katie has worked for Montana Department of Transportation for 11 years. Katie is currently the urban planner for both
the Butte and Billings Districts at MDT. In addition to providing technical assistance and guidance to these Districts,
she has managed numerous Planning and Environmental Linkage corridor studies across the state.
Vicki Crnich
Vicki has been with Montana Department of Transportation for 5 years. Prior to her starting at MDT, she worked as a
transportation professional for the Texas Department of Transportation and as an environmental consultant in Texas.
As a planner for MDT, Vicki provides technical guidance and assistance for the Missoula MPO and the communities
that make up MDT’s Missoula District in western Montana. Additionally, Vicki is a member of the rest area committee
and manages the city park rest area program.
1.25 CM 

Room - Broderick

Planning in Gateway Communities: Results from a Regional Study

Gateway communities (towns and rural areas outside of national parks) and amenity communities (such as ski resort
towns) throughout the western United States and nationally face a variety of concerns associated with rapid growth
and increases in tourism. Over the last two years a collaborative research initiative has been striving to compile data
on the processes, changes and challenges affecting gateway and natural amenity communities in the rural western
United States. This data has been compiled through a multi-pronged research approach, which has included: An
online survey of hundreds of planners and other key public officials throughout the west; 33 in-depth interviews with planners and other key public officials from 20 communities; and 4 in-depth case studies. This presentation will be sharing some of the findings of this research and discussing the valuable potential this information could have in
influencing rural planning and development.
Lindsey Romaniello
Lindsey is a master student of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Arizona with a specific
interest in rural planning. Coming from a background in the field of archaeology, her introduction into the field of
planning was through an internship in rural Colorado for the Town of Ridgway. Her student career has been focused
around the study of gateway and amenity communities in the western United States. Lindsey will graduate next year,
distinguished from her peers by 2 years of collaborative research on rural community planning.
1.25 CM 


9:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Room - Knowles

Health and Equity and Inclusion in Community Planning in Lewis and Clark County

Our Mission at Lewis and Clark Public Health is to improve and protect the health of all Lewis and Clark County residents.  We recognize that an individual’s health is dynamic and is impacted by all core determinants of health.  The only way for us to reach our mission is through partnerships with those who have direct impact on each of those core determinants of health.  About 25% of Americans will live with a disability at some point in their lives whether it is from birth, due to an injury, illness, aging, temporary or permanent. People living with disabilities are at higher risk for secondary chronic illnesses when their primary disability combined with the physical environment limit access to healthy eating options, physical activity and connection to the community.  Through partnerships with the City of Helena, Lewis and Clark County, Montana Independent Living Project and The Montana Disability and Health Program, Lewis and Clark Public Health is cultivating a culture of inclusiveness throughout the community with the goal of making the healthy choice the easy choice for all people in areas where they may live, learn, work, play, and receive care.
Jacqueline Isaly
Jacqueline has spent most of her live in Montana and enjoys all that this big beautiful state has to offer. As the Community Health Promotion Division Administrator for Lewis and Clark Public Health she has the opportunity to impact the health of the community through both direct services and through population based prevention and health promotion.  Jacqueline has a strong commitment to self-care and balance in life and spends time running, practicing yoga, biking, hiking, skiing and is a true believer in the power of coalition work as the driver for community change.
1.25 CM

Room - Townsend

Active Transportation and Micromobility: Trends in Montana and Beyond

People all over the world want their cities to be more bikeable and walkable, and Montana is no exception. Bicycling and walking are not only critical elements in transportation systems, but are essential to a city's sustainability, economic prosperity and public health. We will explore successful strategies from the country's best bicycling and walking cities and how these are being applied in our state, including some ideas from the bicycling mecca of the Netherlands that are getting on the ground in Montana. We'll also look at how land use effects transportation choices, and venture into the world of micromobility and dockless systems (also known as the scooter apocalypse).
Linda DuPriest, AICP
Linda DuPriest, AICP has worked in city transportation planning for 20 years, specializing in active transportation and transit. She has conducted bicycle and pedestrian master planning and planning-level design all over the U.S. as a consultant, and at the city staff level as the bicycle and pedestrian program manager for the City of Austin, Texas. In addition to urban planning work, Linda worked in government relations in the bicycle industry for 10 years, focusing on public lands policy for mountain biking, and legislative campaigns to increase funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.
1.25 CM

Room - Broderick

Watersheds and Land Use Planning: Opportunities for Better Coordination

Watersheds Coordinators statewide have had development and planning arise as a priority issue for their communities. Despite the inherent connection between watershed issues and local planning, there are relatively few examples of coordinated activities between watershed organizations and local governments. Please join the Montana Watershed Coordination Council and local watershed coordinators in the Madison and Upper Yellowstone to discuss opportunities for better coordination and support between our professional networks.
This presentation will cover the following:
Overview - Planning for and managing environments to sustain healthy water supplies at the city and county level
Watershed groups:  Overview of purpose and activities
Watershed Management in the Madison and Upper Yellowstone River Basins:  opportunities for better coordination and tips for integrating into local government land use frameworks
Anne Cossitt, AICP
Anne Cossitt, AICP, has practiced land use planning for a variety of venues and purposes including state and federal EIS analysis, community development, city and county growth policies and disaster mitigation planning. Ms. Cossitt has provided facilitation for the US Forest Service, National Park Service, US BLM, and Montana FWP. She has worked in more than 40 of Montana’s 56 counties and six of Montana’s seven Indian reservations. Prior to joining WGM Group in 2017, she was Chief of the Planning Bureau at the Montana Department of Commerce. For most of her career, Ms. Cossitt operated her own consulting firm, Cossitt Consulting.
Ethan Kunard
Ethan came to the Madison Valley in 2013 where he began working with the Madison Conservation District. Throughout this time, his work has been centered around community engagement in natural resource management. In addition to developing educational programs, working with volunteers to monitor nearby waterways, and promoting various conservation initiatives, he has also worked to create a community dialogue to develop locally-driven resource planning efforts. Ethan serves on the board of the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, and has served as a member of the Madison County Planning Board for the past 5 years. These connections provide a unique insight into the opportunities for planning and conservation to work together in the Madison Valley.
Dr. Jeff Reed
Dr Reed's career blends together technology innovation, people and project management, strategy formulation and implementation, and marketing and communications. He is currently VP of Microsoft Global Alliance at Arrow Electronics, focused on strategic initiatives for Internet of Things, Analytics/ML, and Supply Chain & Sustainability services. Arrow is a global provider of solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a solution aggregator and engineering support team for over 125,000 OEMs, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries.
Jeff lives in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in southwest Montana, where he and his wife own Reedfly Farm (www.reedflyfarm.com), leveraging and inventing sensor and software technology for regenerative agriculture. With a PhD in linguistics and history, Jeff continues to publish works on early Judaeo-Christian history and linguistic theory. He donates his time and money to any activity or group that uses education to pass on the appreciation and hence conservation of wild places in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and the Upper Yellowstone watershed (www.upperyellowstone.org). Jeff is a member of the Upper Yellowstone Watershed Group Steering Committee, and is very involved in local watershed issues and projects.
Erin Farris-Olsen
Erin Farris-Olsen is the Executive Director of the Montana Watershed Coordination Council, a network of community based conservation organizations across Montana. Erin is a graduate in Environmental Studies and Communication from Carroll College and Natural Resources Law at the University of Oregon. Prior to joining MWCC, Erin’s work included assisting local governments, strategic natural resource litigation, and smart growth policy initiatives at the Montana legislature. Erin enjoys actively promoting the role of community based conservation in ensuring the resiliency of Montana's landscape for future generations.
1.25 CM


11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Room - Knowles

Women in Planning Roundtable

The purpose of the session is to connect, inspire and promote women in the field of planning in Montana.  Our panel includes long time planners and those just starting in the field. We have planners who are on the private side, government, started their own firms/businesses and are general pioneers in western planning.  We will provide valuable stories, discuss disappointment, answer questions and talk about the opportunities for women to succeed in this field.  It’s a time to join together and enjoy each other’s company.  This session is welcoming to all who believe in the future of women in the planning field - female-identifying, non-binary persons, and men.
Mayana Rice, AICP
Currently the Assistant Planning Director for Gallatin County, Mayana has worked in both the private (consulting / engineering) and government (regional, city, county) side of planning.  She has gained a wide variety of experience in Florida, Montana, and Minnesota.  She has and undergraduate degree in Soil and Water Science and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning and if fascinated by the connection between development and the natural environment.
Joanne Garnett, FAICP
Joanne has more than 40 years of professional planning experience in the public and private sector with experience relating to urban, rural, and regional planning issues. She has specialized in assisting local governments with short term and targeted planning needs including review and consolidation of planning documents into strategic, implementable executive summaries; guidance and advice to local governments in ongoing current planning activities; comprehensive plan development assistance; land use plans; and public outreach support. She is a past president of both the American Institute of Certified Planners and the American Planning Association and served the planning profession in many other roles at the local, chapter and national levels including MAP president. Joanne routinely speaks at national, regional and state planning conferences and provides planning commissioner training seminars. When she is not busy with work, Joanne volunteers her time and resources in her community and in countries around the world.
Allison Mouch, AICP
Allison has over twelve years of professional planning and design experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of specialization include comprehensive plans, public engagement, code development, project management, mapping and analysis. Her leadership as Planning Bureau Chief at the Montana Department of Commerce resulted in greater collaboration in planning, economic development and resilient strategies between state agencies and local governments. She has wide-ranging experience working with private developers in project planning and design; facilitating collaboration between stakeholders on policy and planning decisions; and a deep understanding of the plan-code relationship.  Allison sits on the Montana Association of Planners Board of Directors and is Immediate Past President of the Western Central Chapter of the American Planning Association.
Lauren Miller
Lauren Miller is a Land Use Planner for Missoula County and was recently promoted from a Planner I to a Planner II position. Her professional career started in the private sector working as a Geographic Information System Technician for onXmaps, a Missoula based tech company. Throughout her undergraduate career she was involved in the University of Montana’s geography club and served on the ASUM transportation board. Through her climate change studies program at the University, Lauren traveled abroad to Vietnam and studied the impacts of climate change on the country, specifically their transportation network. She interned with the City of Missoula Development Services transportation department assisting in expanding their bike share program for employees. Her interest in community and environmental planning and making an impact on her community and working with the public led her to her current position at Missoula County Community and Planning Services Department. Lauren holds a BA in geography with an emphasis in community and environmental planning along with a geographic system information certificate and minor in climate change studies.
1.25 CM

Room - Townsend

In the Zone with Montana’s Largest City: What Billings is and isn’t ready for in land use regulations

The City of Billings and Yellowstone County have recently undertaken a comprehensive update to the zoning code which hasn't been updated in nearly 45 years. This presentation will provide an overview of the nearly two year process, the unexpected struggles, lessons learned and major accomplishments.
Monica Plecker, AICP
Monica Plecker is the Planning Division Manager for the City of Billings and Yellowstone County. Specifically, the Division is part of the Planning and Community Services Department and she is responsible for overseeing daily operations related to current, long-range and transportation planning in Billings, Broadview and Yellowstone County. Monica graduated with a degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She has experience as both a public and private sector planner. Her interest includes tax increment financing, public policy and long-range planning. Monica is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and is serving her second term as member of the Board of Director's for the Montana Association of Planners (MAP).
Wyeth Friday, AICP
Wyeth Friday is the Director of the Planning and Community Services Department in Billings. The Department provides code enforcement, building and community development services to the City of Billings, and planning services to Billings and Yellowstone County. He oversees four division managers with a department of 34 staff. Wyeth has worked for the City of Billings and Yellowstone County for 15 years. During his tenure, he has worked on current and long range planning projects, including participation on a complete streets working group to implement the City's Complete Streets Policy, leadership of the City's Annexation Committee to administer the City's Annexation Policy in coordination with the City's Capital Improvement Program, improving public outreach and communication tools, and supporting Project Re: Code - an update to the city and county zoning regulations. Wyeth has been a member of the American Planning Association since 2001 and of the American Institute of Certified Planners since 2006. He has been involved with the Montana Association of Planners since 2005, including a stint as President of the organization.
1.25 CM

Room - Broderick

Community Land Trusts: Partnering for Permanent Affordability

You may have heard that community land trusts are gaining popularity across the country as an excellent tool for addressing the affordable housing crisis. This shared-equity model is equally effective at stabilizing housing markets during a downturn. Hear about successful community land trust partnerships in Montana and other parts of the country. Explore how collaborations between CLTs, governments, and nonprofit developers like Habitat for Humanity can preserve subsidy, strengthen and stabilize the local workforce, and act as stewards for low-income homeowners.
Hermina Harold
Hermina Harold is the Executive Director of Trust Montana, a statewide community land trust. She served as program director at the North-Missoula Community Development Corporation(NMCDC) Montana’s longest-running community land trust organization, for a decade, co-managing the development of NMCDC’s commercial food hub building, establishing Burns Street Center’s neighborhood food programs, and working with home owners in the 54-unit CLT housing program. Along with a statewide group of community land trust experts, Hermina helped to establish Trust Montana.
Kristin King-Ries, JD
Kristin King-Ries is the staff attorney for Trust Montana. She serves on the board of the Northwest Community Land Trust Coalition with CLT leaders from Montana, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. Kristin is also on a national committee developing best practices and legal documents for farm and ranch CLTs.
1.25 CM

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch

Room - Knowles

MAP Membership Meeting

Board Introductions
MAP Board Update
Presentation by Western Planner
Website Update
2020 MAP Conference Location