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#ACSP2019: Planning, Process, Administration, Law & Dispute Resolution Track

Monday, August 12, 2019  
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As we continue to highlight the various educational tracks for the ACSP Annual Conference (#ACSP2019), we'd like to introduce you to two of our conference track chairs for the Planning Process, Administration, Law & Dispute Resolution Track.

Meet #ACPS2019 Chairs:


Dawn Jourdan
2017, 2018, 2019





Bonnie Johnson
2018, 2019, 2020



 A Word From Our Chairs:

"The sessions in the law and administration track demonstrate a heightened interest in the underpinnings of planning. Scholars will be discussing and challenging the traditional values of health, safety and welfare that serve as the basis for modern planning practice in the United States." -- Dawn & Bonnie

Track Description:

The Planning Process, Administration, Law and Dispute Resolution track focuses on the nature, design and management of decision making processes; plan administration; the development, content, implementation, and effects of laws and regulations; and, approaches to conflict management and dispute resolution.

Descriptions of Sessions in Track 12:

Health, Safety, Welfare, and Morals: The planning police powers dictate that planners encourage decisions that promote the public health, safety, general welfare, and, in some cases, morals. This session brings together thought leaders who’s scholarship demonstrates a connection to those planning fundamentals.

Keeping Up? Policy Change (or not) Over Time: Change is often slow in the planning world. The slow pace is often a result of political barriers. In this session, thought leaders will discuss the ways in which decision making can be improved in terms of deliberativeness and pace.

Walking the Walk - Values & Planning: In this session, thought leaders will revisit the discussion of the core values central to planning and how they play out in planning practice.

Planning and the Human Rights City: Local Action in a Global Fight. Human rights serve as the basis of planning theory and practice. While this has long been a subject of study in the field of housing and social justice, the topic is reemerging in the context of climate change. This session will explore the dimensions of human rights as the basis for planning decision making.

Visit our Conference Page for more on all of the tracks for #ACSP2019.





The Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning promotes education, research, service and outreach in the United States and throughout the world by seeking to:

  • recognize diverse needs and interests in planning;
  • improve and enhance the accreditation process, and;
  • strengthen the role of planning education in colleges and universities through publications, conferences, and community engagement;
  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.


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