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cal poly student conference logo2014 UCTC Student Conference April 17-18 at Cal Poly Pomona

The Civil Engineering Department and the Urban and Regional Planning Department  at Cal Poly Pomona are excited to hold the UCTC 2014 Student Conference. You are invited to attend the conference which will be held on April 17th and 18th.

Registration deadline has been extended to March 31, 2014. Online registration now enabled.

Please note that conference registration is solely for attendance and does not guarantee a hotel reservations; you must do that separately.


wachs lecture8th Annual Martin Wachs Distinguished Lecture:

What good is it? Reflections on the utility of travel in a resource-constrained era

Monday, May 19, 2014
Patricia Mokhtarian, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Reception: 5-6 pm, 3rd floor patio, Public Affairs Bldg.

Lecture: 6-7:30 pm, 2355 Public Affiars Bldg. UCLA

337 Charles E Young Drive University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90024


screen shot japa article on tea party

The Actions of Discontent: Tea Party and Property Rights Activists Pushing Back Against Regional Planning

by UCTC Assistant Director Karen Trapenberg Frick

Problem, research strategy, and findings: The Tea Party’s effects on local and regional planning efforts, given the move-ment’s fierce support of property rights and equally fierce opposition to sustainability goals in regional planning efforts, have received little study. I wanted to understand how Tea Party and fellow property rights advocates became involved in regional planning efforts in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta, GA, and how planners perceived and dealt with their objections and tactics. Interactions between the two groups were marked by philosophical differences over the role of government and the necessity and value of regional planning. However, these actors were also deeply divided on plan content and the authenticity of the public outreach process. Tea Party and property rights activists were not the only ones with substantive and procedural concerns about regional planning efforts; tactical coalitions of unexpected allies emerged, aligning on plan viability, finance methods and funding, project costs, impacts, and process. My research shows that common ground can be negotiated between opposing groups on matters of content and process. The concerns of the various stakeholders involved parallel questions often addressed by scholarly planning research, providing evidence of continuing challenges and flaws in planning.
Takeaway for practice: The planning community should not dismiss the opposition of Tea Party and property rights advocates; these activists could catalyze new coalitions of opponents if planners do not attend to the substantive and procedural concerns of participants.
Keywords: Agenda 21, property rights, regional planning, sustainability, Tea Party