February 2005 Newsletter
St. Michael’s Student Center
By Bob Vint
St. Michael‘s Student Center was awarded the ―Best of Tucson – 2004‖ award from the Sonoran
Institute in the category of Public Green Building. Designed to provide a contemporary multi-use
space for the historic Parish Day School of St. Michael & All Angels Church, the Student Center
incorporates components for water harvesting, passive ventilation, and the use of natural
Water harvesting. A rainwater harvesting system captures rain that falls on the building's roof,
and stores it in four large concrete cisterns -- one located at each corner of the building. This
provides an even distribution of storage capacity, and gives architectural expression to the water
harvesting function. The rainwater is used to irrigate landscaping and courtyards on site. This
opens possibilities for environmental education for the school children, as an example of
sustainable means of living in the desert. A water-level indicator displays the volume of storage,
which can be monitored by students for science projects. Data can be charted against regional
averages, other climatic variables, water consumption by plants of different types, and many
other criteria yet to be discovered by St. Michael's students. The Student Center is the largest
public water-harvesting project in Tucson to date.
Passive ventilation. The Student Center is passively ventilated by means of operable clerestory
windows at the north and south sides of the building. Additionally, the east wall of the structure
rolls open to permit breezes coming off of the city park located just east of the Student Center to
rise through the space and cool it by convection for approximately 6 months of each year. A roll-
up door at the west end of the new building permits both through-ventilation as well as stack-
ventilation via the clerestories, and gives an open view from west to east into the park, thus
preserving the sense of openness on the relatively dense campus of St. Michael's.
Natural day lighting. The clerestories also provide natural day lighting. The north and south
clerestories are operable to permit natural convection, while on the east and west they are
translucent insulating Kalwal panels. For daytime operations electric lighting is not required,
which further reduces both electricity use and cooling loads. The south clerestory is fully
protected from direct sunlight by aluminum louvers. No direct sunlight enters the space at any
time of the year, thereby assuring the gym coach that his players will not face glare problems.
The original adobe church and classrooms, located north of the Student Center, were deigned by
the Swiss architect Josiahs Joesler in 1953. Subsequent additions have been in the Pueblo
Revival style of the original. The design of the Student Center contrasts the new with the old,
while relating in terms of design elements. This contrast begins at the entry, where the Student
Center connects with two existing buildings. A diagonal entry way, located at the open corner of
the existing structures, leads visitors to the new building's main entrance. The entry portal is
flanked by concrete columns with a concrete lintel above. This reflects the timber post & beam
tradition of St. Michael's, while introducing a contemporary material. The roof of the entryway is
steel beams and deck, making a transition from old to new.
The high central bay of the gymnasium is surrounded by lower masses of masonry which contain
support spaces (dressing rooms, mechanical, electrical & storage rooms), helping to mitigate the
impact of the large new building on the scale of the historic campus. The new structure is tied in
with the old by a series of connecting covered walkways, designed with steel columns and metal
decking, in contrast with the traditional wood beams and corbels of the old building.
The Student Center is an energy-efficient building with low operating costs, which will serve St.
Michael's far into the future. We hope it will become an example for the community as well.
Bob Vint is Principal at Vint & Associates Architects, Inc. A general practice architectural firm
located in Tucson, Vint & Associates‘ range of experience includes community design, historic
preservation, educational buildings, environmental and alternative design and construction, and
public art. Along with Bob, the office is comprised of Alicia Calahorro, project manager; Christina
Neumann, draftsman/designer; and Paul Briggs, draftsman/designer.
Governor Napolitano Issues Executive Order
To support and promote the wise use of resources, Governor Napolitano issued Executive Order
#2005-05 calling for more energy efficient design and construction in state-funded buildings and
adherence to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. Download the
Governor‘s Executive Order by clicking here.
The Joy Of Planning
By Ron Short, FAICP
Many outstanding planners have made a significant difference to their community and profession
in Arizona. After a distinguished career these planners quietly retire and planning continues.
One planner, who recently retired, deserves to be known by the association membership as to
how significant and special this planner has been to the City of Phoenix, Arizona and the planning
profession. Joy Mee, FAICP retired in December 2004 after a 33 year career with the Phoenix
Joy began her Phoenix career as a Planner I and quickly moved to Planner II and III
accomplishing housing surveys, housing element, community needs assessment and
neighborhood attitude surveys. She was promoted to Principal Planner/Assistant Zoning
Administrator and was responsible for zoning and hearing officer activities. In 1979 Joy authored
the Downtown Framework Plan. Joy was promoted to Assistant Planning Director in 1984. She
guided the development of the Historic Preservation Ordinance and districts. Joy directed the
preparation of the Phoenix General Plan: 1985-2000, Neighborhood Conversion Policy,
Peripheral Area Planning program, city annexation policy, canal banks guidelines, neighborhood
fight back program and downtown housing policy. Joy authored the award winning Downtown
Phoenix: a 25 Year Vision. The crowning planning accomplishment was directing the award
winning update of the Phoenix General Plan.
Joy provided an invaluable service to the City of Phoenix and the planning community through
her strong influence with state planning legislation. Joy was a regular presenter at Legislative
Committee meetings. She authored planning legislation. One billboard lobbyist wrote a letter for
Joy‘s retirement dinner saying he came up against Joy for five years trying to get billboard
legislation. He commented he made enough money off of Joy‘s opposition to buy a retirement
home in Prescott.
Joy was active in the association for many years. She was effective in mentoring other planners
and providing a guiding hand throughout her career.
The major achievement that signified Joy‘s contribution to the planning profession was being
elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners in 2000. The
College of Fellows honors the planning professions most distinguished, long time members as a
model planner with significant contributions to planning and society. Fellowship is granted to
those who have achieved excellence in the planning practice.
The following words were read at the induction ceremony describing Joy. These are her own
words describing her career.
― Joy Mee, implementing visionary and leader who uses innovative strategies to resolve
community issues, forger of multidisciplinary partnerships with unique citizen involvement, master
coordinator and technical plan writer, creator of workable plans, drafter of state planning laws and
one who speaks softly, but moves cities.‖
The Arizona Planning Association thanks Joy Mee for her outstanding contributions to the City of
Phoenix, Arizona and the planning profession.
By Charlie Popeck
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) developed the Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED ) program in 2000 in an effort to transform existing building
markets by making sustainable design and construction practices mainstream. LEED currently
accounts for over 5% of the commercial building market, and is expected to be at least 8% by
2006. Green Building is a growing market that will continue its phenomenal growth well into the
What is LEED?
The LEED green building rating system is a credit-based program that guides architects through
the design of an environmentally sound building. A LEED building can achieve four different
levels of certification based on the number of points obtained. The four levels of certification
available and corresponding LEED points are:
LEED Certified 26 to 32 points
LEED Silver 33 to 38 points
LEED Gold 39 to 51 points
LEED Platinum 52 to 69 points
Detailed information on all possible credits can be obtained on the USGBC website at
www.usgbc.org. Credits towards building certification must be achieved in each of five
Topics such as erosion and sedimentation control, site selection, Brownfield redevelopment,
stormwater management, and light pollution reduction are addressed in this category. Basic
strategies include site selection, onsite stormwater control, reduced site disturbance and
A particularly applicable category in the desert southwest region is water efficiency. The water
efficiency category offers credits for water efficient landscaping, innovative wastewater
technologies, and water use reduction.
Energy & Atmosphere
With 3 prerequisites and 6 credits available, the Energy and Atmosphere category offers more
points than any other--a total of 17. There are four fundamental strategies used in this category
to increase energy performance, reduce energy demand, utilize any available site energy
(including renewable energy sources such as solar and wind), and maximize energy efficiency.
Various energy standards are referenced in this category. Cumulative points are achieved by
exceeding the standards by 20%, 30%, etc.
Materials & Resources
The strategies that are applied in this category include using products made from post-consumer
or post-industrial waste materials. Products that are recyclable themselves, not just made from
recycled materials are also considered. Additionally, materials and resources obtained within a
500 mile radius of the project site are used to reduce the amount of fuel required to transport
materials to the site.
Indoor Environmental Quality
Using products free of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) is one of the basic strategies
employed in this category. Paints and coatings, carpeting, and other interior finish products are
also addressed. Building ventilation is also a major component in this category. Owners can
avoid a growing amount of litigation due to ―sick building syndrome‖ by incorporating these
strategies into their buildings.
A sixth LEED category, ―Innovation and Design Process‖ awards points toward certification for
innovative applications of materials or processes that do not fit into any of the other five
categories. Included in this category is the credit that the project receives for having a LEED
Accredited Professional as a member of the project team.
Currently in development is the LEED for Neighborhood Developments (LEED-ND) program that
will be a major focus for planners. LEED-ND will compliment the existing LEED programs, but
will take everything to the next level from a macro perspective.
New LEED Programs
Smart growth principles will be integrated with Green Building practices in the LEED for
Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) program. Currently in development, LEED-ND will
concentrate on urban revitalization, including urban infill development, water use reduction, water
reuse, and power systems. The goal of this program is to build communities where jobs, services
and entertainment are accessible by foot or mass transit.
As a compliment to LEED-ND, the LEED for Homes program (LEED-H) is scheduled for release
late in 2005. This program will provide a Green Building standard for single-family and low-rise
multifamily residences. LEED-H will focus on the transformation of the home building industry
towards sustainable, common-sense design, materials and homebuilding practices. I foresee the
USGBC chapters having primary input on this program since housing construction differs
tremendously throughout the country.
Why is Green Building so important? Most of the buildings and developments in the U.S. do not
implement sustainable principles into the design. Green Buildings and developments provide
several undeniable benefits like reduced energy and water use, less site disturbance, and
increased use of locally manufactured and recycled materials. These basic sustainable design
and construction principles provide our communities with healthy living environments, a boost for
the local economy, a better sense of community and reduce our dependence on foreign energy
sources. Applying green principles will help to make our country as self-sufficient as possible,
and can only lead to a more stable world economy.
Please contact us at Green Ideas if you need any additional information about any of the LEED
programs or Green Building in general.
Charlie Popeck is the President of Green Ideas Environmental Building Consultants. He can be
reached at 602-512-0557 or Charlie@egreenideas.com
Download Charlie’s complete biography by clicking here.
Scottsdale Green Building Permits
Reach 21% of Home Building Market
“If we don't change direction, we will end up where we are going...”
Old Chinese Saying
The Scottsdale Green Building Program reached a major milestone since establishment of the
program in 1998. In 2004, 21% of all single-family residential building permits were issued under
the city green program. This is up from 5% in 2003, representing a four fold or 400% increase in
green permit activity. Of the 469 green building permits issued since 1998, 239 (51%) were
issued in 2004.
Scottsdale‘s program was established in 1998 as Arizona‘s first Green Building Program with an
emphasis on residential home construction. It was developed to encourage environmentally
responsible building in the Sonoran Desert region by incorporating healthy, resource- and energy-
efficient materials and methods in the design and construction of homes. The program‘s goals
are to reduce the environmental impact of building; achieve both short and long-term savings of
energy, water and other natural resources; and encourage a healthier indoor environment.
Scottsdale‘s program is strictly voluntary and uses incentives to entice participation. The most
direct incentive for the architect and builder is expedited plan review for obtaining building permits
and a company listing in the city Green Building Directory of participating architects and builders.
With the help of Scottsdale‘s Green Building Advisory Committee, the city promotes the benefits
of green building to the design, construction and home-buying communities through the following
Green Building Lecture Series held the 1 Thursday of the month and the Solar Lecture
Series held the 3 Thursday of the month at the Scottsdale Community Design Studio;
Green Building Expo and Solar/Green Home Tour held in the fall of every year;
Home Remodeling Design Day event held twice a year; and
Educational materials include the green homebuyers guide, green remodeling guidelines,
and resource/energy efficiency design strategies.
A recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research
Center found that nearly half (46 percent) of consumers expecting to buy a newly built home or
spend more than $10,000 on renovations in the coming year are eager to incorporate green
features into their homes. Of the respondents not planning on adding green or energy efficient
options to their home, 56 percent say it‘s because they were not aware of available green
options. A key finding of the survey is that respondents do not consider the cost of green building
features an obstacle to their use.
Being ―green‖ today doesn‘t mean being on the fringe. In fact, in most cases, it means using
common sense to save money and live more comfortably, while reducing negative impacts on the
earth. That‘s why Scottsdale has been a developer and promoter of Green Building standards,
and is respected nationally for its efforts. This year the city will transition from a private sector
promoter to an institutional leader under a new ordinance that will require all municipal buildings
to meet the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard set by the U.S.
Green Building Council. The new Scottsdale Senior Center will be the first LEED city facility
targeted for gold level rating.
The ASU Foundation has committed to LEED certification for the new ASU Scottsdale Center for
New Technology and Innovation at the Los Arcos site (Scottsdale and McDonnell Roads). It will
be the largest commercial project in the city with LEED certification and will help attract the types
of tenants and workforce expected at a center for innovation. Such standards will soon be
considered the norm for quality commercial development. The city is developing a citywide green
building standard for all commercial developments that builds upon the success of the residential
green building program.
For more information please visit - www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/greenbuilding or call Anthony Floyd,
AIA, Scottsdale Green Building Manager at 480-312-4202.
Long-Time Guru Of Public Spaces Visits Phoenix
by Jane Bixler, City of Phoenix Planning Department
On December 16, 2004, Fred Kent, President, Project for Public Spaces (PPS), was the keynote
speaker at the 20 Annual Phoenix Community Alliance (PCA) membership luncheon. PPS is a
nonprofit organization founded in 1975 by Fred Kent. This organization is dedicated to creating
and sustaining public places that build communities. They provide technical assistance,
education and research programs for public space and Downtown planning. Their website
contains information on almost every facet and nuance of public space planning and
revitalization. Fred Kent and PPS have applied their expertise in over 1,000 communities
throughout the United States and around the world, helping people to make their public spaces
evolve into vital community places. PCA invited Fred to speak at the luncheon and share his
ideas on revitalizing our public spaces downtown.
Fred did a PowerPoint presentation with photographs showing public spaces that attract people
and some public spaces that do not. You could see from the pictures why some places are
literally filled with people having a good time, and why some spaces attract only vagrants. Great
public spaces are full of people doing all kinds of activities. There are people of all ages, men,
and women, young and old, all nationalities and ethnicities, interacting with each and having fun.
The photographs of unsuccessful places often evoke feelings of fear; they are pictures of long
unbroken walls and buildings, without windows, benches, signs, movement, and most
importantly, devoid of the people they are supposed to serve. Fred analyzed the photographs
further, and he spoke about the important elements of Public Space development, a formula for
successful places. Public spaces that work include activities, uses, comfort features, and a
sociability factor. He stated that he thought it was imperative that Phoenix take responsibility for
the public spaces in the Downtown and create spaces that thrive and attract the public. He said
that Phoenix is now the fifth largest city in the United States and we do not want to be just
another big downtown with nowhere to go and nothing to do.
The afternoon before the luncheon, representatives from Community Alliance, Valley Partnership,
ASU, and city staff from the Parks and Recreation, Transit, and Planning Departments joined
Fred for a little walk around the downtown. The walking tour included the Paseo at America West
Arena, Patriot‘s Park, City Hall, Monroe Street between 2 Street and Civic Plaza, Central
Avenue to the post office, the Westward Ho, and the new Farmers Market site at the southeast
corner of McKinley and Central Avenue. Fred Kent told us upfront that there is a lot of work to do.
He said that challenges exist, but there are great opportunities here in Phoenix, as well. He
talked about widening some of our sidewalks, narrowing the streets, and connecting our public
spaces by both transit and pedestrian walkways.
In his estimation, Patriots Park needs to be recreated. It is currently cut off from surrounding city
buildings by major arterials and unfortunately, critical connections that could link the park with the
rest of the city are missing. The underground parking garage with cars moving in and out, makes
a pedestrian crossing at certain locations forbidding. He added that he thought the park is over
designed. He stated that great public spaces are more about people and activities, and less
about design. While the park may look great on a site plan, or from the air, it is not comfortable,
there are not enough continuous activities; it does not feel safe, so it is not much fun. He
emphasized the importance of activities and suggested locating retail uses along the perimeter of
the park. He also felt that the existing amphitheatre is too large and dominates the space. A
smaller theater, food vendors, comfortable benches and chairs, and more shady open space with
gathering areas would attract a lot more people and improve the space.
Fred Kent noted that Phoenix followed a trend in street design seen in other southwest cities;
wide arterial streets engineered to carry downtown traffic swiftly in and out of the city. This
design, and the fact that there are very few places to go, and activities to enjoy, does not
encourage people to slow down after work and experience the city. However, reducing street
width by increasing the size of the sidewalks, adding retail shops, restaurants, outdoor cafes, and
bars would provide the public with a reason to hang out downtown and enjoy its activities. This
kind of shift would clearly increase traffic congestion, but the trade-off is that the public will have a
reason to linger in the city, rather than beat the crowds out of town. New attractions downtown
will lure many, space the traffic, and relieve to some degree, the ―manic vehicular rush for the
suburbs,‖ we experience today.
After the walking tour, we proceeded to the San Carlos Hotel in Downtown Phoenix for hors-
oeuvres and dinner. During dinner, Fred encouraged the group to identify at least 10 public
spaces that make up the downtown. Fred asked for ten spaces based on his theory about the
―power of ten.‖ Ten places, with ten areas in it, with 10 activities in each area…according to Fred
Kent, ―it is really a matter of offering a variety of things to do in one spot—whose quality as a
place then becomes more than the sum of its parts. A park is good. A park with a fountain,
playground, and popcorn vendor is better. A library across the street is even better, more so if
they feature storytelling hours for kids and exhibits on local history. If there‘s a sidewalk café
nearby, a bus stop, a bike trail, and an ice cream parlor, then you have what most people would
consider a great place.‖
The group chatted over hors-oeuvres and debated through dinner trying to pick out the ―Phoenix
10.‖ By the time they served dessert, the group identified 16 public places in Phoenix with
potential for greatness, places that could be expanded and linked together to form a public space
network. The sixteen places stretched from Hance Park on the north, to Bentley Gallery at 3
Street and Grant to the south, and from the State Capitol at the far west end to Heritage Square
on the east.
It is amazing how in that short time frame, a public space plan began to take form. Of course, a
lot more goes into a bonifide, full blown, public space plan. There are meetings with property
owners, stakeholders, merchants, developers, and the public. A consensus must be reached
specifying which public spaces should be included in an open space network, and which ideas
will best achieve revitalization of the chosen public spaces. Yes, we have some ideas, but we
think Fred Kent should come back some time in July, or August, when it sizzles, before we write a
public spaces plan for the City of Phoenix. We are going to have to be very creative to beat the
heat …and keep the public coming back to an outside place with outside activities in the midst of
Featured Planner - Barbara Becker, Ph.D., AICP
by Grace Evans, Barbara Strelke, Irene Ogata
With the University of Texas battle cry, ―hook ‗em horns,‖ as her motto, the redoubtable Barbara
Becker, Professor of Planning at the University of Arizona in Tucson, has tacked another star
onto her already impressive resume. (Along with the star is of course the halo given by Arizona
Daily Star editorial cartoonist and itinerant wag David Fitzsimmons at the 2004 Arizona Planning
Association as shown in the accompanying formal portrait of Dr. Becker).
As many Western planners know, the fully accredited planning degree (and one of the oldest
graduate planning degree programs in the country) was saved from elimination this fall by the
Arizona Board of Regents. The University of Arizona Planning Program counts over 750
graduates from its beginning in 1961 through this December. The action to save the program
came after strong lobbying and active professional and community support from many people in
Arizona and across the country. If Barbara Becker‘s other accomplishments are indicators of
success, the University of Arizona Planning Program will come back even stronger.
After an undergraduate degree in social science from the University of Texas at Austin, Barbara
relocated to California spending several years as a social worker for the Navy Relief Society
during the Vietnam War era. During that time, the Marine Corps began to recruit young men
without high school degrees. Because Barbara had her teaching certificate, she became a
teacher of Adult Education preparing some of the first GED course materials ever used by the
Pursuing a career in Small College Administration as a single parent, Barbara returned to the
University of Texas for graduate degrees. Discovering that she was not as enamored by
education courses as one with her career aspiration might have been, Barbara discovered a field
called city planning. With her interest in civic affairs and the profession‘s broad range of subject
matter, Barbara heeded the call.
Barbara‘s successful pursuit of a doctorate degree in planning was not done so that she could
become an academic, but rather a planning consultant. As one of only 18 women nationally to
receive a doctorate in planning at that time however, Barbara was much sought after for teaching
posts and found herself in Springfield at the Southwest Missouri State University as the only
woman in a faculty of 27. Barbara was hired to build up the undergraduate program at that
institution and is pleased to report that the program went on to become fully-accredited. She
served as the Missouri chapter President of APA at the time and later went on to serve on the
Arizona APA chapter board.
Arriving at the University of Arizona in 1995, Barbara assumed leadership of the School of
Planning after the tragic loss of Planning Chair Ken Clark in 1998. During her tenure, she
enhanced student recruitment and built many contacts throughout Arizona; the result of these
contacts is an impressive list of projects that have assisted communities while giving students a
taste of the rigors of professional experience.
Barbara has authored and co-authored many articles on a variety of planning topics including
telecommunications and smart growth strategies. She is most proud of her co-authored textbook,
one of the few up-to-date practical approaches to teaching the art and science of comprehensive
In recognition of her many contributions to the profession, this fall Barbara received the Arizona
Planning Association 2004 distinguished leadership award given to professional planners.
Barbara is a recipient of many other awards, including public service citations from the
Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Barbara continues her work with the University of
Arizona, committed to the idea that she and fellow faculty members can bring the program back
up to the 60 student count where it was before the elimination announcement.
In January 2005, the program will be ready for new students and as always, looking for
scholarship funding. Barbara remains optimistic, ―This program is alive because our incredible
colleagues in the profession stepped forward to fight for us. I can‘t imagine a greater profession
than planning because planners are simply imbued with the desire to give time and enthusiasm to
mentoring students and young professionals.‖
What does she do in her spare time? Ask Barbara about her travels and you‘ll be off on a round
the globe tour including many parts of the Far East; most recently in Portugal. Barbara reminds
us that the planning field in the United States is but a youngster. Countries that have centuries of
history seem to have an affinity for nurturing and keeping alive wonderful places (is there a
message for our U/A planning program?). But as her traveling companions suggest, that‘s
Call for Presentations
AzPA 2005 Conference, Prescott, Arizona
By Julie McEuen Pindzola
―Walk the Talk‖ is the upcoming planning conference theme. We anticipate four concurrent
venues offering four or more session tracks. Wednesday morning is the focus of the pre-
conference workshop (topic to be announced) utilizing that afternoon for the planning session and
Among the session topics identified by the Prescott conference planning team are: 1)
Technology Applications in our work-a-day world, 2) Historic Preservation and Redevelopment, 3)
Updating Codes post Growing Smarter, and Level 2 Commissioner Training. We also want to
facilitate sessions on Water, Affordable Housing and Public Transportation that spawn statewide
dialog toward problem solving. Highly knowledgeable speakers are sought for these session
topics. Session moderators are also sought who can help with organizing and facilitating their
Please send your ideas/suggestions to Julie McEuen Pindzola, VP 2005 Conference, along with
e-mail address and daytime phone number. We will keep the lines open until March 31, 2005.
Thank you for your interest and participation and HAPPY NEW YEAR! Julie Pindzola at (928)
Walk the Talk in Prescott!
By Julie McEuen Pindzola
Planners will have the opportunity to stretch their legs at the AzPA State Conference coming up
September 28-30, 2005. Conference sessions will be held at the historic Hotel St. Michael's, the
Hassayampa Inn and the Elks Opera House - all within a one-block walking distance of each
other. Between sessions observe how a vibrant downtown functions with its historic centerpiece,
the Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza. Experience a higher state of mind in our mile-high city's
cooler temperatures and clear, deep blue skies!
The Wednesday Pre-Conference will focus on Healthy Forests and Wildland-Urban Interface
tools to deal with bark beetle infestations, drought impacts and suburban encroachment into
forest lands. Learn of the real and present fire threat to our communities and natural resource
areas. The Indian Fire in 2003, which started at a campground in the Prescott National Forest,
was a wake-up call when many of our neighborhoods in the "tall pines" were evacuated and
some homes lost. The Plenary Session will follow the lunch on your own that Wednesday
The Thursday conference events will include a major, day long session on Water issues, as well
as sessions covering other topics of interest such as Transitional and Workforce Housing, Public
Transportation, Planning Technology, Economic Development, Funding Mechanisms, Historic
Preservation, and Legislative Updates. We are still soliciting for presenters up to March 31 , and
appreciate your ideas and participation. Session organizers and moderators are welcome.
Please give Julie Pindzola (928) 777-1209 call with your suggestions.
We encourage you to submit your best projects to the Awards Committee – nominees will be
recognized and may be selected to present the project, particularly winning projects, as a
designated session. We will hold the Awards Luncheon at the Elks Opera House and plan a
special surprise for your entertainment.
The numerous social goings on will be held in the downtown area for your enjoyment and
convenience, and fun music will be a common theme. Wednesday‘s Opening Reception will be
under the trees at Sharlot Hall Museum, and the Planners‘ Bazaar will feature an early evening
gathering at the Hassayampa Inn. Later that evening, we will host a BBQ at the nearby Granite
Creek Park and provide trolley service to and from your downtown hotel. Historic Hassayampa
Inn will serve as the conference hotel and exhibit hall, which will be the focus of much activity and
set-ups for complimentary refreshments.
Prescott‘s Whiskey Row adjoins the plaza with its gift shops, restaurants and bars. Take a break,
shop, eat, drink, or talk plannerese under the shade of the stately elms. Enjoy the nearby
authentic, walkable neighborhoods of Victorians and Bungalows and see a real live example of
new-traditional design. And we don‘t want to overlook mentioning the Friday golf tournament and
several mobile workshops planned for your diversion.
Make your plans to be in Prescott this September where our tri-city area consortium of planners is
working to make this a memorable conference for you. COME JOIN US!
By Ron Short, FAICP
The 2005 Arizona Planning Association board of directors met on January 21, 2005 and adopted
a Statement of Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Action Program for 2005. The statement
is on the web site. Members are encouraged to read the statement and be familiar with this year‘s
program. The board also adopted a 2005 Budget to fund the action program. The board is a
strong and enthusiastic team eager to deliver a wide variety of services and find ways to improve
the association‘s effectiveness as a statewide leader in planning.
Some major efforts this year will include:
Increasing the Planning Commission/Board of Adjustment memberships through a target-
marketing program by the Membership Committee.
Improving services to citizen planners through workshops, conference and newsletter.
Expand university liaisons to include each planning school.
Provide six professional development workshops, AICP Exam workshop, conference
Establish a Nomination Committee to develop a strategy of recruiting members to run for
Establish a Market/Image Committee to develop a marketing program to strengthen the
Revise the awards program categories and process.
Strengthen the newsletter through reporters and special interest sections.
Monitor state legislation and provide technical information as requested.
Increase planning student assistance through mentoring, guest speakers, class teachers
Establish a committee to study the feasibility of additional sections and support the
functions of both southern and north central sections.
Provide the 2005 Prescott Planning Conference as an outstanding educational and fun
Be an active participant at the national APA level.
Increase collaboration with other related professions through workshops, newsletter and
The first major activity this year is the 2005 Planners Day at the State Capitol on Thursday,
February 17, 2005. This annual event includes breakfast with legislators, presentations at the
House Transportation and Government Committees, observe caucuses, meet with executive
branch staff and APA members being recognized in the House and Senate galleries.
Members are welcome to provide comments and suggestions about the association by calling me
at (623) 930-2592 or e-mail at email@example.com. Please be an active member of the
School of Planning at ASU Offers 3 Workshops
Earn 6 AICP Continuing Education Credits or 1 ASU Credit
The School of Planning at ASU is sponsoring three workshops this spring semester. The
workshops run a full day on Friday and three quarter day on Saturday. The fee for each
workshop is $150. You may reserve your spot now by contacting Gloria Jeffery at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at: School of Planning, Arizona State University, PO Box 872005,
Tempe, AZ 85287-2005.
Please note the following dates on your calendar.
Graphics For Planners
Two day workshop for planners and design professionals who want to improve their drawing and
basic graphic communication skills. Topics covered will include plans, perspectives, sections,
rendering techniques, and basic digital presentation techniques. Participants should be prepared
to draw during the workshop.
Instructors: Tim Starkey and Michael Dollin
March 11–12, 2005
NEPA Workshop (National Environmental Policy Act)
At the end of the workshop participants will be able to describe the key procedural steps in
implementing NEPA, recommend the type and scope of NEPA document required for a particular
federal action, and identify key practice issues in describing alternatives, impacts and mitigation
Instructors: Al Herson and Matt Peterson
April 1-2, 2005
CONSERVATION IN COTTONWOOD
By Krista Kline
In response to water availability concerns in Arizona, specifically the Verde Valley, the
Cottonwood City Council adopted a proactive approach towards water conservation. As a result,
the City of Cottonwood has positioned itself on the cutting edge of environmentally-friendly,
In May of 2004, the City Council adopted Ordinance 447, an amendment to the International
Plumbing Code which required the installation of a dual-use plumbing system in all one and two
family dwellings, townhomes, and duplexes. This amendment also required that a hot water
recirculating device or set up to install an after market device be provided. Simulatneaously, the
City Council also adopted mandatory fire sprinklers for all construction, commercial and
The benefits of dual-type plumbing are many. The primary benefit to the homeowner is the
ability to reuse water, once for normal use, a second time for landscaping, thereby facilitating the
conservation of a precious natural resource. A second benefit is the potential reduction in
monthly bills, as the amount of water consumed is also reduced. The city also benefits by less
waste being processed at a sewer treatment facility.
The City of Cottonwood is the first municipality in the country, to our knowledge, to take this next
step in requiring this water conservation measure, rather than simply encouraging it. Since the
adoption of this ordinance multiple municipalities within Arizona are pursuing similar measures.
In a dual-type plumbing situation, all water fixtures are connected to a system which separates
the wastewater and ties to a diverter valve outside the house. At this point the water from the
toilet and the kitchen sink are channeled directly to the city sewer, while the remaining water, grey
water, is controlled by the diverter valve. The diverter valve can be switched on to allow the
grey water to be utilized. While closed, the diverter valve acts as another part of the plumbing
In order to use the grey water accessed from the diverter valve, the ―Best Management Practices‖
and Type 1 General Permit requirements established by the Arizona Department of
Environmental Quality, the state board governing the use of grey water, must be met. The
general permit is meant for private residential use only. Grey water must be used on the site
where it is generated and cannot be accessed by the public. Under this permit, grey water can
only be used for irrigation– not for dust control, cooling, or other water uses. Spray irrigation is
not permitted due to the potential for inhalation or drifting off-site. Grey water flow must be less
than 400 gallons per day.
In addition, the Type 1 Permit also establishes ―Best Management Principles‖ for the grey water
First and foremost, avoid human contact with grey water.
You may use grey water for household gardening, composting, and lawn and landscape
irrigation, but it should not run off your property.
Do not surface irrigate any plants that may produce food, except for citrus and nut trees.
Use flood or drip irrigation to water lawns and landscaping. Spraying gray water is
When determining the location for your grey water irrigation, remember that it cannot be
in a wash or drainage way.
Grey water may only be used in locations where groundwater is at least five feet below
Label pipes carrying gray water under pressure if confusion between grey water and
drinking water pipes is possible.
Cover, seal, and secure storage tanks to restrict access by rodents and to control
Hazardous chemicals, such as antifreeze, mothballs and solvents, cannot be in grey
water. Do not include wash water from greasy or oily rags in your grey water.
Grey water from washing diapers or other infectious garments must be discharged to a
residential sewer or other wastewater facility, or it can be disinfected prior to its use.
Surface accumulation of grey water must be kept at a minimum.
Should a backup occur, grey water must be disposed into your normal wastewater drain
system. To avoid such a backup, consider using a filtration system to reduce plugging
and extend the system‘s lifetime.
If you have a septic or other on-site wastewater disposal system, your grey water use
does not change that system‘s design requirements.
It is our sincerest hope that these measures act as a stepping stone for larger water conservation
efforts within our city, region, and state. Please feel free to contact Joesph Steinke, Building
Official in the Community Development Department, City of Cottonwood, 827 North Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326, 928-634-5505, or email@example.com for further information.
PLANNERS ON THE MOVE
SWCA Environmental Consultants expands its planning capabilities and welcomes Jeff Connell,
AICP, as a senior planner to the Phoenix office. Mr. Connell has more than 28 years of
experience managing and implementing numerous planning projects that address a variety of
environmental issues, primarily with public-sector clients. This includes public-sector agency
planning and administration experience, and as a consultant to public-sector clients preparing
plans and conducting environmental analysis for local, state, federal, and multi-jurisdictional
In addition to his extensive work with local governments, he has served as project manager and
provided senior oversight for a number of planning and environmental assessment efforts for the
Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation and USDA Forest Service. He completed
land use plans for local units of government that incorporated land use and resource
management standards to ensure consistency with the National Park Service-National River and
Recreation Area program, and prepared a multi-jurisdictional resource management and natural
corridors policy plan for 19 communities, encompassing approximately 240 square miles. Mr.
Connell has also prepared and reviewed numerous plans and environmental documents related
to NEPA compliance. He is a charter member of the American Planning Association and
American Institute of Certified Planners. His previous management positions were with Jones &
Stokes and Resource Strategies Corporation. At SWCA, Jeff will be responsible for developing
new projects, and providing oversight for natural resource management plans, master planning,
and environmental projects for state, federal, tribal, and local agencies.
Headquartered in Phoenix, SWCA is an employee-owned, Engineering News-Record Top 200
environmental consulting firm, with a staff of more than 300. Since 1981, SWCA has achieved a
national reputation for providing creative solutions for its clients, based on sound science, and
professional integrity. With 18 offices located in California, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming, SWCA provides environmental consulting
services to clients across the West.
Albert Elias, Director of the City of Tucson Department of Urban Planning & Design,
recently welcomed Ted Herman and Irene Ogata to the staff. Ted, formerly with the Planning
Center, is a project manager working for the Regional and Strategic Planning Division. Ted holds
a master‘s degree in Planning with a focus on Land Use & Community Development from the
University of Arizona. He received his bachelor‘s degree in Sociology from the University of
Wisconsin Eau Claire.
Irene Ogata joined Urban Planning & Design in mid-February. With more than 18 years of
experience in a variety of public and private-sector projects, she is the city‘s first urban landscape
manager and is responsible for developing a landscape management plan, facilitating the
Landscape Advisory Committee, and contributing to projects related to urban design and land use
code development. She is a registered landscape architect with degrees in landscape
architecture and nursing.
For more information on the City of Tucson Department of Urban Planning & Design, contact
Barbara Hayes, (520) 791-4545 x128 (email: Barbara.Hayes@tucsonaz.gov) or visit the
department‘s website at http://www.cityoftucson.org/planning/
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We need your assistance - actually we need you to write articles or suggest article ideas for the
2005 newsletters. In working with the chapter board, we have identified Sustainability as the
major topic for the year. Under that topic, we have identified sub-topics for each of the six
newsletters we plan to publish this year.
Those sub-topics are:
January/February Green Building/Green Roofs
July/August Urban Design - Building in a Desert
September/October Economic Development
November/December Housing Affordability
Obviously, you are reading the January/February Newsletter, but that doesn‘t mean that we aren‘t
looking for more articles regarding Green Building or Green Roofs. If you have suggestions
regarding articles about these topics, please forward them to us.
First, if you would like to write an article, know someone who might be willing to write an article,
and/or are familiar with an Arizona project that could be the subject of an article, please contact
Karen Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org or me at email@example.com
Second, we need articles submitted for the newsletter on a timely basis. For example, for the
March/April newsletter, the deadline is the last day of the first month, in this case, March 31. That
same sequence will be used for subsequent newsletters
We are also looking for information to be included in the regular features in the newsletter
What's Happening - Briefs from consultants and public agencies regarding project and activities
Planners on the Move - New planners and job changes
National News form APA
If you would like to make a contribution to any of the above topics, please forward it to me on an
electronic Word file.
Thank you...Dean Brennan, Editor and Karen Flores, Co-Editor
Coming in the Next Newsletter
The Project for Livable Communities (PLC) has committed to write an article for each newsletter
beginning with the March/April issue. The articles will address safety issues based on conducting
an informal safety audit of a public building. The article will identify both the good and bad safety
design elements and make suggestions for modifications that will help create a safe physical
For the first article, PLC has conducted a safety audit of Coor Hall, the new classroom building at
ASU. Learn what design mistakes were made that has resulted in an unsafe environment and
how ASU is attempting to mitigate the safety issues. If you have a ―favorite‖ public building that
you believe is a good candidate for a safety audit, please email the Project for Livable
Communities at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City of Goodyear, AZ
Work in one of the fastest growing Valley cities where quality customer
service is at the heart of everything we do. Experience an atmosphere
where employees are respected and appreciated; an environment that
encourages progressive ideas and appreciates individual thinking within
a team-oriented culture.
Salary Range: Min. $41,918 – Mid. $52,352
Provides assistance with the administration, negotiation,
research and analysis, and public conveyance of planning,
zoning, subdivision, design review and land use development
issues. Position requires a valid AZ Driver‘s License, one year
experience in planning & zoning or related field, and
knowledge equivalent to that earned in a Bachelor‘s degree,
though equivalent experience may be substituted for
education. The ideal candidate will possess excellent
interpersonal, written and oral communication skills; be
knowledgeable of the planning methods, principals and
practices needed to be successful as a Planner for our City;
and work well in a team environment. Open until filled.
To apply: Apply online or download an application at www.goodyearaz.gov, or call
623-932-3910 to request an application be sent to you. Applications also available
at: City of Goodyear, 190 N. Litchfield Road, P.O. Box 5100, Goodyear, AZ