Planning Webinars

This page contains a collection of planning webinars (online workshops). To ease navigation, the items are organized into topics and include short descriptions and hyperlinks to the source.

AccessibilityAging Population | Bikability | Green Building | Healthy Cities |  Health Equity |  Healthy Food AccessHealthy Homes | Integrated Practice |  Land Use Planning | Safe Routes to School |  Schools, School Sitings and Joint Use Agreements  |  Street Design and Complete Streets  |  Transportation Planning and Active Transportation |  Walkability and Pedestrian Safety


  • Accessibility Standards: “The Basics” 
  • Accessible Schools The 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards and the Architectural Barriers Act (ABA) Accessibility Standard apply to many types of schools in the public and private sectors, including primary, secondary, trade schools and colleges and universities . This session will provide an overview of requirements in the ADA and ABA standards for newly constructed and altered school facilities and their related elements and spaces such as student laboratories, assembly seating, assistive listening systems, and much more.
  • Accessible Hospitals and Other Health Care Facilities Section 223 of the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standard and the Architectural Barriers Act Accessibility Standard includes scoping provisions for medical care and long term care facilities. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric facilities and detoxification Facilities. Learn more about patient rooms scoping for both medical and long term care and along with some of the special technical that apply to parking at specialized facilities, alarm systems and toilet rooms in intensive care units.
  • Accessible Residential Facilities Many questions arise about accessible residential facilities. This session will focus on untangling the web of laws that address access to housing, including the Architectural Barriers Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Presenters will explain how the design requirements of these laws apply and review requirements in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for residential dwelling units.
  • Accessible Retail Stores and Spaces Retail stores and spaces may be located in variety of settings ranging from shopping malls and strip malls to spaces within airports, stadiums, government buildings and many other venues. Elements and spaces associated with retail environments, such as accessible routes, parking, checkout aisles, sales and service counters, queues and waiting lines, are all a part of the 2010 ADA Accessibility Standards. This session will review in detail requirements in the standards for these elements and spaces.
  • Accessible Sidewalks and Street Crossings The Board is developing new guidelines for public rights-of-way that will address various issues, including access for blind pedestrians at street crossings, wheelchair access to on-street parking, and various constraints posed by space limitations, roadway design practices, slope, and terrain. This session will discuss the most recent draft and provide an update on the status of this rulemaking.
  • Special Session — “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Accessibility Guidelines for Public Rights of Way” 
  • Vehicle Guidelines Update The Board originally issued its ADA Accessibility Guidelines for transportation vehicles in 1991. New technologies and vehicles have been introduced into public transportation. This session will review proposed updates to the ADA guidelines for buses and vans. Subsequent rulemaking will be undertaken to update requirements for rail cars and other types of vehicles covered by the guidelines.
  • 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design 

Aging Population 

  • Creating Aging-Friendly Communities  The Environmental and Policy Change for Healthy Aging Conference Series, from the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network and Creating Aging-Friendly Communities, provides four online modules. Each module includes online recorded presentations, interactive discussion areas, resources and tools that cover key concepts for the module topic.


Green Building

Healthy Cities

  • Designing and Planning for Healthy Cities The Security and Sustainability Forum hosted a conversation between three thought leaders in public health and urban planning and design — UCLA Professor Richard Jackson, co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health and co-editor of Making Healthy Places; and Tim Beatley of the University of Virginia and author of Biophilic Cities and Blue Urbanism plus several other books on urban and environmental planning.
  • Strengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data   Efforts to address the problems of distressed urban neighborhoods stretch back to the 1800s, but until relatively recently, data played little role in forming policy solutions. Published by the Urban Institute with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the new book Strengthening Communities with Neighborhood Data documents how government and nonprofit institutions have used information about neighborhood conditions to change the way we think about community and local governance in America.  Erika Poethig, Urban Institute fellow and director of urban policy initiatives, moderated a discussion with the authors.

Health Equity

  • A Road MAPP to Health Equity From the University of Virginia Master of Public Health Program in collaboration with the Virginia Department of Health, and the Virginia Public Health Association, “Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health.  Facilitated by public health leaders, this framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them.  MAPP is not an agency-focused assessment process; rather, it is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems.”

Healthy Food Access

Healthy Homes

  • Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners Training Course The training will help you understand the connection between health and housing and how to take a holistic approach to identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well-being of residents. The training complements hazard-specific training in lead-based paint, radon, mold, pests, and asbestos. It identifies root causes of health problems in a home and links them to seven principles of healthy housing: keep it dry; keep it clean; keep it pest-free; keep it ventilated; keep it safe, keep It contaminant-free; and keep it maintained. Course participants will have a better understanding of how to collaborate to make healthy homes a reality in their community.

Integrated Practice

  • “Healthy People, Healthy Places” Webinar Series (Convergence Partnership) An archive of past webinar Power Point presentations whose subjects include: “Talking about Healthy People in Healthy Places: Linking Values to Policy and Environmental Changes,” “The Art and Science of Evaluation: Sound Methods for Assessing Policy and Environmental Change,” and “Successful Partnerships: Strategies for Multi-Sector and Cross-Field Collaborations.”

Land Use Planning

Safe Routes to School

Schools, School Sitings and Joint Use Agreements

Street Design and Complete Streets

Transportation Planning and Active Transportation

Walkability and Pedestrian Safety

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