The National Capital Area Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to attend its annual chapter conference on Friday, September 13th, at the Silver Spring Civic Building (1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD), featuring keynote speaker David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners.

Learn more about the keynote speaker, this year's conference sessions, and frequently asked questions below. 

2018 Mobile Tours


The conference is open to chapter members and non-members alike. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a post-conference reception at All Set Restaurant (8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD). Early Bird Registration ($50) is open 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.

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. 

2019 Conference Keynote Speaker

David Bowers

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.

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.

Provided as part of registration. 

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
  1. Autonomous Vehicles: Planning for an Uncertain Future
  2. Traffic Calming for the people, by the people?
  3. Snapshot of Travel in the National Capital Region: An Overview of the 2017/2018 Regional Travel Survey
  4. Identifying Where Transit Service Is Needed? Lessons Learned from Evaluating Transit Gaps in Rockville, Maryland
  5. Smart Tools for Recreation Planning
  6. 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.

  • All Set Restaurant (8630 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, MD)

*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

*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.

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.

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.