Presidents Message November 2019


Fall is in the air, winter has stopped by for a visit before settling-in, and the frenetic pace that surrounds the state planning conference has calmed. 2020 is almost here and with it the beginning of a new decade. Have you stopped to pause and reflect on the last 10 or even 20 years? What initiatives, plans, and projects have you contributed to? Where are they now? Should you revisit them and provide your community an update? If you decide to reflect on those initiatives, plans, or projects, please consider sharing your reflections with our Colorado planning community by sending your stories to the Chapter Administrator at We may share these on our blog and social media channels, as our planning community, this professional network, relies on each other for ideas, innovation, and support. Your reflections and lessons-learned could be the motivation that one of our peers needs in order to gather buy-in and resources, to build consensus, or to avoid making an avoidable mistake. Our ability to share with each another and learn from each another continues to be one of the top reasons our members join APA. I look forward to reading your stories, including your successes and challenges.

Continuing in the vein of sharing is caring, this quarter’s edition of Planning Matters, the Chapter’s newsletter, is dedicated to our 2019 Chapter Award winners. The awards were presented as part of our Chapter Conference, held in Snowmass in September, where approximately 500 of our members and friends joined us. This year was special for me, as we awarded our inaugural Great Places in Colorado Award to Olde Town Arvada. The Great Places in Colorado Award Committee was formed less than 18-months ago and in that time they established award criteria, submittal and review processes, held the first call for nominations, and awarded the first designee. Well done! (As a side note, if you’re interested in getting involved with the Awards or Great Places in Colorado review committees, please contact the Chapter Administrator at Our Chapter only performs as well as our volunteers, so raise your hand and get involved!)

In addition to the state planning conference, the Chapter also hosts or co-hosts a variety of events throughout the state, with many coming up in the next few months, including:

  • Legislator of the Year Award Celebration: Come celebrate our 2019 Legislator of the Year, Representative Jeni Arndt. The event is planned for November in Fort Collins. Check the website for event details.
  • 2019 Chapter Holiday Party with Downtown Colorado, Inc. (DCI): November 19th, 1420 N Ogden Street, Denver 80218; RSVP at
  • Area Holiday parties: Our Area Representatives are planning the 2019 Holiday Parties. Look for yours on the events calendar or reach out to your Area Representative for information.
  • Town Hall & Annual Board Meeting: Mark your calendar for February 7th! The 2020 Town Hall and Annual Board meeting will be held in Denver. Join us for this and stay for a happy hour.
  • As always, if you have ideas, questions, or just need to say something about the organization, please reach out to me at

Take Care,

Michelle N. Stephens, AICP
Chapter President



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