Annual Chapter Conference


Register now for this year’s Chapter Planning Conference

This year’s chapter conference will be held on Friday, September 13 and Saturday, September 14, 2019 with educational sessions on the 13th at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Place) and mobile workshops across the region on the 14th.

About the Conference

Keynote speaker David Bowers

David Bowers

The Friday conference will offer AICP planners the opportunity to earn 5.5 CM credits, including Ethics and Law credits, and all attendees the chance to rub shoulders with planning colleagues and gain insights into the best planning in our region.

We are pleased to announce David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners, as keynote speaker on Friday morning. His work includes facilitating affordable housing and community development transactions and policy implementation in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas.

Mobile workshops will be held on Saturday, September 14th at locations throughout the region. Most are free to attend for Friday conference attendees and available for a modest cost for mobile workshop-only attendees.


The conference is open to chapter members and non-members alike. Friday registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference reception at All Set Restaurant. Early Bird Registration ($50) runs through August 18th; Full Registration ($65) will be open August 19th through September 6th; and a discounted Student Rate ($20) is available, subject to enrollment verification. Separate registration is required for mobile workshops.

Register for the Friday Conference Here

Register for a Saturday Mobile Workshop Here

–  Conference Sessions | Friday, September 13  –


WELCOME AND KEYNOTE:  9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

  • David Bowers, Vice President and Mid-Atlantic Market Leader, Enterprise Community Partners

CONCURRENT SESSION 1:  10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Overcoming Barriers to Housing Production | CM LAW 1.5
  • Recent Court Decisions’ Impacts on District Comprehensive Plan Policies | CM LAW 1.5
  • Comedy and Improvisation as Engagement Tools | CM 1.5
  • Form-Based Codes in 2019: Examples from the National Capital Region | CM 1.5

CONCURRENT SESSION 2:  11:45 – 12:45 p.m.

  • Eisenhower East – The Ecology of a Human-Centric Urban Environment | CM 1.0
  • Urban Agriculture in Greater Washington: How the Region’s Largest Jurisdictions are Supporting Livability, Entrepreneurship, and Education by Reintegrating Food and Farming in the Suburbs | CM 1.0
  • Beyond L’Enfant: Washington DC’s Lesser Known Open Space Legacy | CM 1.0
  • Nightlife to Network: Piloting “PUDO” Zones in the District of Columbia | CM 1.0

LUNCH:  12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSION 3:  1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

  • Understanding the Ethical Planner | CM ETHICS 1.5
  • Attainable Housing Challenges: Improving Rules and Engagement |CM 1.5
  • Short, Timed Presentations | CM 1.5
    • Autonomous Vehicles: Planning for an Uncertain Future
    • Traffic Calming for the people, by the people?
    • A Snapshot of Travel in the National Capital Region: An Overview of the 2017/2018 Regional Travel Survey
    • Identifying Where Transit Service Is Needed? Lessons Learned from Evaluating Transit Gaps in Rockville, Maryland
    • Smart Tools for Recreation Planning
    • Belonging: DCs Sublime Landscapes

CONCURRENT SESSION 4:  3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

  • The Future of the Region’s Economy: Planning for Growth and Diversification | CM 1.0
  • Uprooted: Examining Washington, D.C.’s Gentrification | CM 1.0
  • Alexandria Survived the Metrorail Shutdown, and So Can You | CM 1.0

NETWORKING RECEPTION:  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

–  Mobile Workshops* | Saturday, September 14  –

  • Montgomery County Agricultural Reserve Bus Tour
    9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Bus Tour | CM 4.0
  • Unraveling Micro-Mobility in DC Bike Tour
    2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Bike Tour | CM 1.5
  • Sketching the District: Dupont Circle
    10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Urban Sketching Workshop | CM 2.0

Register for a Saturday Mobile Workshop Here

* Mobile workshops require separate registration. Most are free to attend for Friday conference attendees and available for a modest cost for mobile workshop-only attendees. Details are available on the Eventbrite registration page.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in helping to sponsor the conference? NCAC-APA would love to have your support! Contact to discuss sponsorship options.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The Silver Spring Civic Building at 1 Veterans Place is located three blocks from the Silver Spring Metro/MARC Station and parking and other modes (Capital Bikeshare, dockless bike/scooter, bus, ride-share, etc.) are available nearby. Meeting locations and logistics for mobile workshops will be sent directly to registrants.

What time are the mobile workshops on Saturday?
We are offering three mobile workshops that will take place at various locations and times. Information about each workshop is available on the Eventbrite registration page. Registration for the Friday conference includes the ability to attend two of the three Saturday workshops at no additional cost. (A longer mobile workshop option will include a fee for lunch.) Saturday-only registration is available for those not attending on Friday.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
For questions, please contact

What’s the refund policy?
You may request a refund before the close of registration on September 6th or contact to transfer your ticket to someone else.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
You do not need to show your printed ticket to attend, though it could be helpful just in case.