2014 Sessions

For your reference, here were the sessions at the 2014 SNEAPA conference held in Providence.


9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

A1: Innovation Districts in My Backyard: Cambridge, MA and New Haven, CT

By definition, “Innovation Districts” play a dynamic role in a city’s life. This session explores the status and future of two neighborhood-adjacent innovation districts – Cambridge’s Kendall Square and New Haven’s Hill-to-Downtown – to understand their urban, community and economic contexts; strategies for growth; and the opportunities and challenges ahead.  CM: 1.25

    • Erik Johnson – Executive Director, Livable Cities Initiative, New Haven, CT
    • Iram Farooq – Acting Deputy Director, Cambridge Community Development Department
    • Ben Carlson, LEED AP – Director of Urban Design, Goody Clancy
    • Mitch Glass, ASLA – Senior Urban Designer, Goody Clancy

A2: Planning for a Changing Climate – Practical Approaches to Adaptation (Presentation)

This participatory session will explore four complimentary approaches that states and municipalities can take when planning for climate change and natural hazards. Using real-world examples as a starting point, participants will break into small groups to explore the application of one of the approaches to their own work or jurisdictions.  CM: 1.25

    • Pamela Rubinoff, M.A.F. – Marine Affairs, University of Rhode Island, B.C.E., Civil Engineering, University of Delaware, Coastal Management Extension Specialist, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Center / Rhode Island Sea Grant
    • Amanda Martin – Principal Planner, RI Statewide Planning Program
    • Jason Pezzullo, AICP – Principal Planner, City of Cranston, RI
    • Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP – Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of North Kingstown, RI
    • Chelsea Siefert – Principal Planner, RI Statewide Planning Program

A3: When I’m Sixty-Four

No matter how much senior housing your town has, the population is aging – and both the demands on municipal services and householders’ ability to pay will change. This session will explore how demographic change can affect specific municipal services, the cost of those services, and potential local revenue impacts, too.  CM: 1.25

    • Craig Seymour – President and Managing Partner, RKG Associates, Inc.
    • Judi Barrett – Director of Municipal Services, RKG Associates, Inc .
    • Jeanne M. Boyle – Director of Planning, City of East Providence, RI
    • John Reindeau – Director of Business Development, Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

A4: Planning for Neighborhood Health (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)

Hospitals around the country are required to conduct Health Needs Assessments in order to better focus on preventive care in order to improve health outcomes. How can planning, landscape and urban design help to integrate health and wellness principles into distressed communities while managing positive change?  CM: 1.25

    • Scheri Fultineer – Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design
    • David Gamble, AIA, AICP, LEED AP – Principal of Gamble Associates
    • Kathryn Madden, AICP – Principal, Madden Planning Group

A5: Inclusive Community Engagement: A Hands-On Workshop (Presentation)

In this interactive workshop, a panel of experts will share strategies they have used to work with hard to reach populations and to address the added level of complexity that planners will encounter with projected social, economic and environmental changes. Participants will design high impact engagement methods for hypothetical projects.  CM: 1.25

    • Ruth Fitzgerald, AICP – Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
    • Jill Barrett, MSW – Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
    • Manisha G. Bewtra, AICP – Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • Siobhan O’Kane – Principal Planner, RI Statewide Planning Program
    • Stacey Johnson-Pridgeon – US Environmental Protection Agency
    • Daphne Politis, AICP – Community Circle
    • Emily Torres-Cullinane – Metropolitan Area Planning Council

 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.

B1: Post-Sandy Resiliency Planning: Lessons From City, State, and Federal Resiliency Efforts

Following Superstorm Sandy, the city, state, and federal governments have undertaken innovative planning efforts to enhance the future resiliency of many areas impacted by the storm. Come learn about the results of these efforts and the lessons learned, both about resiliency best practices and how to plan these important improvements.  CM: 1.25

    • Joseph Barr, AICP – Senior Supervising Planner, Parsons Brinckerhoff
    • Jamie Torres Springer – Partner, HR&A Advisors
    • Philippa Brashear – Planner/Landscape Designer, Parsons Brinckerhoff

B2: Planning with the Human Brain in Mind

This session looks at recent research revealing that humans are ‘thigmotactic’ or a wall-following species, a key fact to understand when planning for walkability, and also looks at our brain’s prioritization of vision, and specifically how its face-processing adeptness impacts aesthetics and human comfort in the built environment.  CM: 1.25

    • Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP – Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University
    • Ann Sussman, AIA – Architect + Writer, ArtScape
    • Mark Collins, Co-Director, GSAPP Cloud Lab, Columbia University

B3: Lifelong Communities A Beyond the Grab Bar Approach to Aging-In-Place

An architect, an engineer, and a planner discuss the demographics and needs of the Baby Boomers as it relates to architecture and community design. More than 70 million people will be over 65 by 2030 and the majority will want to stay in their neighborhoods even though many of their homes are unsuitable or not adaptable for changing mobility needs that come with aging. This session is intended to inspire planners to collaborate with other specialties, disciplines, nonprofit groups, and use innovative design thinking to help solve a problem facing the entire nation. CM: 1.25

    • Kent Schwendy, P.E., LEED-AP, BD+C, CNU – Chief Operating Officer, Corporation for Independent Living
    • Ted DeSantos, P.E., P.T.O.E. – Senior Vice President, Fuss & O’Neill

B4: Planners Using Health Impact Assessments (Presentation)

Planners will learn from colleagues and the public health community how to use health impact  assessments as a tool in developing public policy and reviewing development proposals. You will learn how an HIA was used in analyzing the Springfield Casino project and compare development regulations.  CM: 1.25

    • Peter Lowitt, FAICP – Director Devens Enterprise Commission
    • Sang Cho – Graduate Student Harvard GSD, DEC Intern
    • Molly Goren-Watts – Principal Planner, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
    • Frank Robinson – Director, Partners for a Healthy Community, Bay State Health

B5: RhodeMap RI – Lessons from Sustainable Communities (Presentation 1)  (Presentation 2)

HUD’s Sustainable Communities program funded one of the most extensive public planning campaigns in Rhode Island’s history. Currently in its final year, RhodeMap RI has developed new, integrated plans for Economic Development and Housing, and implementation strategies for developing “growth centers” throughout the state, all with an eye toward social equity. This session will be a frank exploration of both the successes and setbacks from the planning process and the outcomes to date. Both will shape how Rhode Island plans for the future.  CM: 1.25

    • Melanie Jewett Army, AICP – Supervising Planner, RI Statewide Planning Program
    • Jeff C. Davis, AICP – Principal Planner, RI Statewide Planning Program
    • Nathan Kelly – Principal Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.

Noon – 1:30 – LUNCH PROGRAM

Click here for details on our Lunch Program.  Lunch program sponsored by VHB and 4ward Planning, Inc.


1:45 – 3:00 p.m.

C1: Discover Beautiful Rhode Island (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2) (Presentation 3) (Presentation 4) (Presentation 5)

This session will include presentations by the partners who envisioned, developed, designed and installed new beautification projects at the state entrance points of Rhode Island’s limited-access highway. The project components included: new “Discover Beautiful Rhode Island” welcome signs; murals; a new graffiti management strategy; and an intensive new landscape installation.  CM: 1.25

    • Jonathan Stevens, MCP – Director of Special Projects, Office of Governor Lincoln Chafee
    • Gretchen Dow Simpson – Artist
    • Michael Lewis – Director, RI Department of Transportation
    • Ronald Lee Fleming, FAICP – Chairman, Scenic America, Townscape Institute
    • Andrew Barresi – Roll, Barresi and Associates

C2: Planning for Central Falls: Academia Reaches Out to a Community in Transition

RISD, RWU and Brown students have completed extensive design and economic plans for Central Falls, the first phase of on-going work in collaboration with City officials and community groups.  Students will make presentations with comments from City officials and RISD faculty.  CM: 1.25

    • Prof. Elizabeth Dean Hermann –  Rhode Island School of Design, Founder/Co-Director of DESINE Lab (design, social innovation, entrepreneurship), Adjunct Faculty/DESINE Lab Co-Director Daniel Feldman, RISD Rhode Island School of Design
    • Dan Cahill – Planning Consultant
    • Steven Larrick – Director, Office of Planning and Economic Development, City of Central Falls, RI
    • James Diossa – Mayor, Central Falls, RI

C3: Integrating Risk and Resiliency into Local Planning (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2) (Presentation 3) (Presentation 4)

To truly increase the resiliency of communities to all hazards, mitigation and adaptation strategies must be effectively integrated throughout the local planning framework. This roundtable will share practical recommendations and examples for achieving such integration and discuss ways to avoid or overcome the typical obstacles and pitfalls for local planners.  CM: 1.25

    • Darrin R. Punchard, AICP, CFM – Principal Consultant, MWH Global
    • Edward A. Thomas, Esq. – President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association
    • Don Watson, FAIA, CIP – Principal, Earthrise Design
    • Emmeline Harrigan, AICP, CFM – Shore Up CT Program Manager, Housing Development Fund

C4: On The Edge – Our Coast, Our Culture, and Climate Change: Life at Roy’s and Beyond

Acknowledging that the causes, conditions, and solutions for sustainable resiliency are highly complex and intertwined dynamics, this session integrates the multiple disciplines of science, economics, the arts, humanities, human settlement, planning, and design from the viewpoint of one coastal community to demonstrate how the ecological dynamics of climate change, sea level rise, and storm damage on the human and natural landscape are applicable to our larger scaled coastal continuum, and how they can be positive forces to establish working patterns for holistic, sustainable solutions. CM: 1.25

    • Professor Angelo E. Simeoni, Jr., MLA, RLA – Department of Landscape Architecture, The University of Rhode Island
    • Janet Freedman, M.S. Geology – Coastal Geologist, RI Coastal Resources Management Council

C5: The Ties That Bind: Connecting Community Plans (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)

Planning and community development departments often operate in silos. However, they are allied disciplines with shared interests in data, analysis, public involvement, and strategies to address changing needs. This session will demonstrate how the HUD Consolidated Plan and local comprehensive plans can work as mutually informing tools for sustainability. CM: 1.25

    • Judi Barrett – Director of Municipal Services, RKG Associates, Inc.
    • Madeline J. Colety, AICP – Abt Associates, Inc.
    • Ezra Glenn, AICP – Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Robert J. Shumeyko – HUD CPD Regional Office Director

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

D1: Swift, Certain and Smart – A Developer’s Perspective on How Effective Planning Regulations Help Developers do the Right Thing

Good land use regulations and processes help developers build quality projects swiftly.  Bad ones don’t.  This workshop uses two video case studies from successful developers who have faced development roadblocks and how they were overcome. Attendees will discuss the issues and solutions.

 CM:  1.5

    • Thomas Marano, EDP – One Way Consulting
    • Jonathan Rosenthal, AICP – Masters of Public Administration in Public Finance, Maxwell School, Syracuse University
    • Mike Goman – Principal, Goman York Property Advisors
    • Bruce Becker – Managing Director, Becker and Becker

D2: Catalyzing Economic Growth By Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Your Community: The New Haven Experience

Examine how one New England city continues to reframe its manufacturing past while fully embracing the economy of its future by promoting entrepreneurship at its broadest definition. Scientists, engineers, artists, retailers and manufacturers all are entrepreneurs. A collaborative panel discusses one city’s strategic efforts promoting entrepreneurship to grow its economy.  CM 1.5

    • Kelly Murphy, AICP – Director of Planning, NY Region, VHB
    • Virginia Kozlowski – Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, CT
    • Anne Gatling Haynes, AIA – Director of Transformative Development Mass Development
    • Usha Pillai, PhD, PMP – Aria Management Consulting, LLC.
    • Derek Koch – Founder, CEO Independent Software

D3: Taking Village Planning and Implementation to the Next Level (Presentation)

This session will provide a detailed exploration of the tools being used in Rhode Island now to help communities visualize and implement village revitalization. The “growth centers board game,” density transfer credits, nutrient trading, and local transit analysis are examples of innovative tools that will be presented.  CM:  1.5

    • Nathan Kelly, AICP, NCI – Principal Planner, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    • Scott Millar – Administrator Sustainable Watersheds, RI Department of Environmental Management
    • Peter Flinker, ASLA, AICP, LEED-AP – Principal, Dodson and Flinker

D4: TOD Catches the Wave

Changing demographics are fueling a wave of transit oriented development across Southern New England. But communities across the region face different challenges in translating widespread market potential into bricks and mortar projects. Engage planning directors from cities that are at the forefront of these changes, learn how they are embracing these challenges, and how this might apply to your community. CM:  1.5

    • Steve Fontana – Deputy Director of Economic Development, City of New Haven
    • George Proakis, AICP – Director of Planning, Somerville, MA
    • William DePasquale, AICP – Director of Planning, City of Warwick, RI

D5: Land Use Law Developments of the Last Year

Leading land use lawyers from each of the three southern New England states will address national developments in the law over the last year, including court decisions, legislation, administrative regulations and interpretations of existing law. The session is meets the requirements of current planning law for Certification Maintenance.  CM: 1.5 Law

    • John M. Boehnert, Esq. – Law Offices of John M. Boehnert, Esq.
    • Gregor I. McGregor, Esq. – McGregor & Legere/Boston
    • Kathleen M. O’Donnell, Esq. – Attorney at Law
    • Marjorie F. Shansky, Esq. – Attorney at Law

D6: AICP Exam Prep (Presentation)

AICP Exam Candidates will learn how to apply for, study for, take, and pass the AICP Certification Exam.



8:30 to 9:30 a.m.

RI Chapter Meeting

MA Chapter Meeting

CT Chapter Meeting


9:45 to 11:15 a.m.

E1: Ethics (Presentation)

This session will provide an overview of the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and its application in the day-to-day decision making of practicing planners from both the private and public sectors.  Attendees will discuss various scenarios planners may face and brainstorm how best to approach these situations.  CM:  1.5 Ethics

    • Deborah Alaimo Lawlor, FAICP, PP – AICP Region 1 Commissioner

E2: Navigating FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) to Reduce Flood Insurance Premiums and Build Coastal Resilience (Presentation)

FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) is available to communities to achieve flood insurance premium reductions for residents and business owners. This session will demonstrate how activities undertaken by a community to enter or remain in the CRS program may be leveraged to build coastal resilience. CM: 1.5

    • Emmeline Harrigan, AICP, CFM – City of Milford, CT
    • David Murphy, PE, CFM – Milone & MacBroom, Inc.
    • Samantha Richer, CFM – RI Emergency Management Agency

E3: Rising to the Challenge: Preparing for Sea Level Rise in Southern New England (Presentation)

Rising seas present many challenges for Southern New England, including inundation of shores and accelerating erosion. This program addresses land use and property rights issues raised by rising sea levels, examples of municipal plans responding to rising sea levels, and specific planning and land use tools that can be utilized. CM: 1.5

    • Sara C. Bronin, Professor of Law, University of Connecticut School of Law
    • Stanley M. Humphries – Senior Coastal Geologist, LEC Environmental Consultants, Inc.
    • John Casey, Esq. – Robinson & Cole LLP
    • Deborah G. Jones – Acting Director of Planning and Development, Environmental Planner, Town of Groton

E4: Neighborhood – Making for Resilient Communities

The most resilient communities address natural-disaster risks at the neighborhood level. The Spectrum research and analysis tool can help you get a handle on a neighborhood’s vulnerability. Learn from planners who dealt with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. You’ll gain a better understanding of neighborhood-level resilient communities. CM: 1.5

    • Lawrence V. Antoine Jr., AIA, AICP, LEED AP BD+C – Principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc.
    • Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE – Senior Vice President, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc.
    • Kent Schwendy, P.E., LEED AP BD+C, CNU-A, CCS – Chief Operating Officer, Corporation for Independent Living

E5: Waxing Your Data Surfboard for the Coming Demographic Tsunami

A wave of changing demographics will soon bring major challenges to New England’s housing and labor markets. Experts working in both the regional and local context will describe new population and housing projections, new online tools for accessing data, and best practices for using data to support informed local decision-making. CM: 1.5

    • Tim Reardon – Assistant Director of Data Services, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
    • Jean Delios – Assistant Town Manager, Community Services, Reading, MA
    • Barry Bluestone, PhD – Director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

F1: Sustainable Energy – An Element of Urban Revitalization (Presentation)

Learn how sustainable forms of energy generation such as fuel cell parks, micro-grids and heating loops work and fit into urban revitalization strategies. Secure energy sourcing, coastal resiliency, and enhancing economic competitiveness will be discussed. Bridgeport, Connecticut’s on-going downtown revitalization strategy will be used as an example. CM: 1

    • Philip Michalowski, AICP – Director of Planning, Milone & MacBroom
    • David Kooris, AICP – Director of the Office of Planning and Economic Development, City of Bridgeport, CT
    • Ben Toby – Vice President of Sales, FuelCell Energy
    • Daniel Donovan – Principal, NuPower, LLC

F2: Community-Based Approach to Recovery and Resiliency Planning

As the climate changes and storm activity becomes more frequent and more violent, it is incumbent on planners to address recovery from a strategic perspective. Participants will learn of some successful approaches to incorporate resiliency during the recovery phase of a major event. Panelists will share their experiences at the local, regional, and state levels following Hurricane Sandy. CM: 1

    • David B. Smith – Principal, Planning and Development Advisors
    • Amy Grzybowski CEM – Director of Planning, Code Enforcement & Grant Administration, Town of Westerly, RI
    • Peter C. Cusolito, CEM, CFM – Senior Security & Emergency Preparedness Planner, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

F3: Seeing is Believing – Use of 3D Visualizations in Planning Projects (Presentation)

This session will use a classroom-style discussion and case studies from around the US to introduce the basics of 3D visualizations and their use in project assessment (e.g., renderings, models, animated clips, etc.). Following this discussion, we will provide time for questions and answers. CM: 1

    • Gordon Perkins – ESS Group

F4: Getting Tactical in the Creative Capital with PopUp Providence (Presentation)

Learn how PopUp Providence, the City’s take on Tactical Urbanism, has highlighted local talent through small‐scale interventions in the City’s public realm. CM:1

    • Bonnie Nickerson, AICP – Director of Long‐Range Planning, Department of Planning & Development City of Providence, RI
    • Emily Kish, AICP – Principal Planner, Department of Planning & Development City of Providence, RI

F5: Making Waves in Ponds – How to Draw in and Engage the Public in the Health of their Ponds (Presentation)

Brewster has approximately 80 ponds. As people began to see the impacts on their ponds from overdevelopment, stormwater runoff etc…, the call for the Town to “do something” got louder. See how ponds figure into Brewster’s water planning work, and how we worked to make stakeholders part of the solution. CM:1

    • Susan Leven AICP – Town Planner, Town of Brewster, MA
    • Mark E. Nelson, P.G., LSP – Principal, Horsley Witten Group

12:45 to 2:00 p.m.

Lunch Program

Student Mentoring Lunch (see details on student page)

2:15 to 3:30 p.m.

G1: Assessment, Engagement, and Collective Action – A Toolbox for Climate Adaptation Planning (Presentation) (Session Scenario) (Session Handout)

How can municipalities prepare for the impacts of climate change in the face of uncertainty, disagreement, and limited resources? This interactive workshop will introduce a set of tools that planners can use when assessing hazard mitigation options, including methods for engaging stakeholders and reaching sustainable agreements on collective risk management. CM: 1.25

    • Danya Rumore, M.S. Environmental Management – NECAP Project Manager and Collaboration Lead, MIT PhD Candidate in Environmental Policy and Planning Consensus Building Institute Associate
    • Katie Blizzard – NECAP Research Assistant and Barnstable, MA Coordinator, 2013-2014, MIT Master of City Planning Candidate, 2015
    • Julie Curti – NECAP Research Assistant and Wells, ME Coordinator, 2013-2014, MIT Master of City Planning Candidate, 2015
    • Lisa Young – NECAP Research and Project Management Assistant, 2013-2014, MIT Master of City Planning Candidate, 2015

G2:It’s Not About You It’s About Us

The Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) method has the potential of overcoming many of the inefficiencies inherent in traditional project delivery methods. Increased collaboration and shared risk yield significant cost savings and an enhanced level of customer service. Join Brown University, Imai Keller Moore Architects, WSP Flack + Kurtz and BOND as they discuss their first successful IPD project. CM: 1.25

    • Michael McCormick, AIA – Assistant Vice President, Planning, Design & Construction, Brown University
    • David Shrestinian – Senior Vice President, BOND
    • Daniel Ramos – Senior Project Manager, BOND
    • Jon Keller – Partner, Imai Keller Moore Architects
    • Patrick McAleese, PE – Senior Vice President, WSP Flack + Kurtz

G3: Corridor Re-Mix Connecting the Nodes in Marstons Mills (Presentation 1) (Presentation 2)

Put sustainability planning into action with a corridor design for Marstons Mills on Cape Cod. This interactive workshop will test options to “right-size” a corridor on a block-by-block level. Representatives from the Town of Barnstable and the design team will facilitate groups for a hands-on session to create a corridor re-mix. CM: 1.25

    • Jo Anne Miller Buntich – Director, Growth Management Department, Town of Barnstable, MA
    • Elizabeth S. Jenkins, AICP – Principal Planner, Growth Management Department, Town of Barnstable, MA
    • Maureen Chlebek, P.E., PTOE – Senior Project Manager & General Manager, McMahon Associates
    • Brian Kuchar RLA, P.E. – Senior Landscape Architect, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
    • Christi W. Apicella, AICP – Project Manager, McMahon Associates

G4: Using Market Analysis to Inform your TDR Strategy (Presentation)

A multi-disciplinary panel will walk participants through the process of developing a TDR market analysis and how this information can be used to enhance the use of TDR. CM: 1.25

    • Todd Poole – Managing Principal, 4ward Planning, Inc.
    • Jonathan J. Reiner, AICP – Director of Planning, Groton, CT (formerly Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of North Kingstown, RI)
    • David Caldwell, Jr. – Vice President/Chair, Caldwell and Johnson, Inc./North Kingstown EDAB
    • Darlene Wynne, AICP – Senior Associate, 4ward Planning, Inc.

G5: Effective Urban Wayfinder

How can you ensure that a wayfinding system meets the needs of visitors and residents alike? For answers, turn to case studies from London, San Diego, and regional case studies. CM: 1.25

    • James Carpentier, AICP – Manager State & Local Government Affairs, International Sign Association
    • Craig Berger – Chair of the Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City
      Cliff Selbert – Selbert Perkins Design