The Department of Urban and Regional Planning in the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences will celebrate World Town Planning Day 2016 on Thursday, November 17, 5:30–8 p.m. at the Hawaiʻi Community Development Authority Community Room. The event, co-hosted by the American Planning Association (APA) Hawaiʻi Chapter, is free and open to the public.

This year’s featured speaker will be Jeffrey Melrose, a land planner in rural Hawaiʻi for more than 35 years and owner of his own planning firm. His talk about “Growing Local Agriculture in the Post-Plantation Era: How Can Planners Help?” will focus on the role that planning plays in Hawaiʻi’s agricultural land use and some of the regulatory pitfalls that repel new agricultural investment and discourage new farmer startups.

Melrose has worked as a consultant land planner in downtown Honolulu in the 80’s and spent 20 years as a planner and asset manager for Amfac Hawaiʻi and Kamehameha Schools. He is the primary author of both the APA award-winning Hawaiʻi County Food Self-Sufficiency Baseline 2011 and the newly released Statewide Agricultural Land Use Baseline 2015 prepared for the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Agriculture.

World Town Planning Day was founded in 1949 by the late Professor Carlos Maria della Paolera at the University of Buenos Aires to advance public and professional interest in planning. Now celebrated in more than 30 countries around the world, the day is geared toward a gathering to share lessons, experiences and opportunities for innovations in engaging people and their communities in making cities resilient and livable in a global age.