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October 11, 2012

Planning conference being held at Stillwater Community Center

STILLWATER, Okla. — The statewide conference for the Oklahoma Chapter of the American Planning Association is at Stillwater Community Center Thursday and Friday.

This year’s theme is big or small: planning for all, with sessions to focus on urban and rural planning issues.

Paula Dennison, development services director for the city of Stillwater and conference chairperson, said the conference will be attended by city planners, engineers, architects, city officials and other interested people from across the state.

She said engineers, architects and attorneys could earn continuing education credits from attending conference sessions.

She said Stillwater residents could benefit from learning about low-impact development, which includes lowering your carbon footprint and how to lower flood insurance.

The conference will include two keynote speakers Friday, at 8 a.m. and noon.

Tony Hiss, author of 13 books, including the award-winning “The Experience of Place,” will speak first on Friday. He was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 30 years and has written for The New York Times, Newsweek and Travel and Leisure.

Dan Yates, director of organizational development for the Ground Water Protection Council in Oklahoma City, will speak on protecting water resources through appropriate zoning and land use.

Mobile workshops include a Stillwater bicycle tour led by the Stillwater Red Dirt Pedalers and a tour of the Oklahoma State University campus and the developing athletic village.

Lance Shaw, a OSU landscape architect student, volunteered to work the registration desk. He said he was participating as a part of Sigma Lambda Alpha, an honor society for landscape architecture students.

Cindy Gibson, administrative coordinator for development services for the city, said students who volunteered to help with the conference could attend for free. She said non-volunteer students could attend Friday for $45.

Gibson said late registration for the public for Friday is $150.

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