Friday Program

2017 SNEAPA Conference Program- Friday
8-9AM – APA Chapter Meetings

Catch up on the latest happenings at your annual Chapter meeting. Breakfast will start at 7:30am. For Massachusetts and Rhode Island, food will be located right outside the Grand Ballroom. For Connecticut, head straight to the Junior Ballroom. Chapters will meet in the following rooms:

Massachusetts – TBD
Connecticut – TBD
Rhode Island – TBD


9:15-11:30AM– Mobile Workshop
Quonset Business Park: The Success of Pre-permitting
This tour will visit Rhode Island’s premier business park.  Located on a former Navy base, Quonset has innovative pre-permitting that facilitates new business relocation. Transportation: Bus

9:15-10:30AM – Sessions

Resiliency on the Mystic
This session will discuss climate resiliency planning and implementation in Chelsea, a dense, coastal urban City with an industrial waterfront. With its entire population designated as an Environmental Justice, the City is home to successive waves of immigrants, disconcertingly exposed to the risks of climate change and dwindling federal resources.  CM: 1.25

Small Answers to a Big Problem?  Tiny House and Cottage Communities
Small Answers to a Big Problem? Tiny Houses and Cottage Communities: This session will provide an overview of what is happening with tiny houses and cottage communities in New England.  Focusing on the builder’s perspective, we’ll hear from two developers that are successfully breaking ground in what might become a major housing market opportunity.  CM: 1.25

Wooster Square, New Haven: Preserving Neighborhood Character in the TOD Era
Wooster Square, New Haven: Preserving Neighborhood Character in the TOD Era: Wooster Square’s historic growth was based on walkability, local jobs and a mixture of uses in a neighborhood anchored by a tightly knit community. There are now new residential developments approved and the neighborhood is growing again. Expanding this historic pattern and incorporating current best practices for transit and pedestrian planning will help guide development that is in character with the neighborhood. How do we preserve neighborhood character and identity while planning for growth and additional density?  CM: 1.25

A Decade of Progress: How RI is Cooperatively Transforming Our Transit Network to Support Economic Growth and Sustainability
We will discuss Rhode Island’s transit development strategy, focusing on major improvements that are coming online between 2010 and 2020. The discussion will address how two distinct transportation agencies have cooperated to achieve a common vision and a strong portfolio of high-impact transit projects. CM: 1.25

Building World-class Streets: Strategies from Newton and Cambridge
Much of 20th century planning was about retrofitting cities to move people by automobile. In the 21st century cities are refocusing their energy on people rather than the vehicles that carry them. This has meant a new round of retrofits to make cities work for walking, biking, transit, and driving too. Newton and Cambridge, MA are investing in their streets and sidewalks to create world class environments for today’s diverse transportation and economic development needs.  In this workshop participants will explore two recent complete street case studies from the City of Newton and the City of Cambridge.  CM: 1.25

Fix Your ‘Burb! Design Solutions for Repair and Retrofit of Suburban Sprawl
Send us your current real-life design problems for a high quality discussion of potential solutions for your community in advance of the conference. An experienced panel of an engineer, architects, landscape architect and planner will help design solutions for the selected problems in real time for all to see and discuss. Good design solutions in times of economic strain are hard to sell. Get the help you need by actively participating in this “live” design session. CONTACT hpeck@avonct.gov for DETAILS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE.

10:45AM-12:15PM – Sessions  CM: 1.25

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Inclusive Community Engagement that Builds Consensus
 How can we, as planners, help a community move from differing ideas and priorities to a cohesive community vision? This session will provide tools and techniques that all planners can use to help committees and public meeting attendees envision the future and work collaboratively to reach meaningful consensus.  CM: 1.5

Climate and Resiliency: Local Perspectives for a Global Change
 New England’s historic cities, towns, and villages face increasing impacts from the complex challenges presented by climate change. This session will review the latest climate change data, and feature case studies of courageous and innovative communities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire. Local stories will be supplemented with national and global perspectives drawn from the panelists’ work in South Carolina, Italy, Sweden, and China. Special focus will be on the interconnected nature of challenges and opportunities, including urban design and engineering strategies as well as tools for tackling racial and environmental justice for at-risk and underserved populations.  CM: 1.5
Ethics
This session meets AICP ethics Certificate Maintenance criteria.  CM: 1.5
Affordable Housing in Multi-million Dollar Markets: The Uphill battle in Vacation and Resort Area Communities
This session examines the experience of New England resort areas and the high barriers they face with housing for seasonal and year-round workers. For these communities, the challenges are both safe, decent housing for seasonal employees and jobs with decent wages to retain the year-round population. Case studies include Nantucket, The Berkshires, and Cape Cod, set against the background of national trends and innovations.  CM: 1.5
Cross-border Treks: Connecting the Region by Foot, Bike and Bus
This session will focus participants’ energies on creating ideas that will connect pedestrian, bicycle, and transit infrastructure and services across state lines to create new mobility opportunities enabling people to get around the region to meet their needs.  CM: 1.5
Stop Requested: Planning for Bus Stops
Join us for Bus Stop Planning 101.  CM: 1.25

12:30-1:30PM- Lunch Program

Speaker- Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D- RI)

Included with all registration types except Speaker Only and Students (lunch will be provided for Students participating in the Poster Session). Speakers and Students can pre-purchase tickets to lunch when they register or add lunch while pre-registration is open. Tickets may be available for purchase onsite, but cannot be guaranteed.

Enjoy informal networking with your fellow planners and visit the Student Poster Session, which will be set up in the lunch area. Make sure to stop by and talk with the student presenters.

Student Mentoring Lunch
All students are invited to the Student Mentoring Lunch for the chance to learn from and connect with established planners from a wide variety of sectors. Ask your questions, network, and gain valuable advice over lunch in an informal setting. More information and RSVP information here.


1:45-3:00PM Sessions

Passionate Progressive Advocates Seek Passionate Professional Planners
Absence of city resources, or scant progress on issues like affordable housing, sometimes inspires community action and a YIMBY attitude. How can grassroots organizations and municipal planners work toward common goals most effectively? What does each perspective add that the other lacks? How can each empower the other?  CM: 1.25

Brewing Up Business: Planning the Beer Industry in Southern New England
Microbreweries have taken the country by storm. A shift in preference to smaller, local breweries has them popping up across New England. This session will pair brewers with planners to provide a roundtable on how municipalities of all sizes can work with brewers to attract these quality-focused businesses to their communities.  CM: 1.25

A Green infrastructure-based Approach to Climate Change Resiliency Planning
This interactive session provides insight on the role of green infrastructure in regional analysis and planning for climate change resiliency. Participants will learn the structured approach developed in the Taunton watershed and discuss data and methods to transfer the approach to other regions CM: 1.25

Three is Not a Crowd!
The session will highlight an approach to comprehensive planning for aging-in-place, schools, housing, jobs, and transportation through coordinated efforts beyond the traditional master planning process. The panel will discuss how three separate initiatives in Salem were aligned to strengthen each other and will share tools, strategies, challenges, and lessons learned.   CM: 1.25

Innovative Affordable Housing Production Using Public Assets
This session will provide attendees with interactive learning opportunities to explore innovative options to satisfy increasing demand for affordable housing in New England using publicly owned real estate assets and utilizing evolving housing production tools. This session will be targeted to housing planners at the state and local level.  CM: 1.25

City on the Move: Waltham’s Transportation Master Plan
The City of Waltham, MA is on the move to rethink transportation infrastructure by completing a Transportation Master Plan through planning, innovative design and engineering for all modes. Hear about this effective master plan that was built with general consensus, is easily understood, and will serve as a living document.   CM: 1.25


2-4PM- Mobile Workshop

PawSox: Planning for the Future
Minor league sports are big business in New England!  But they’re more than that. They are a source of local identity and sense of place. Our beloved Pawtucket Red Sox (and we are ALL Red Sox fans, right Connecticut?) are contemplating a move from historic McCoy stadium to a new location downtown. In this tour you’ll see both, and learn from team and city officials why they advocate the move.  Followed by a visit to the Brewer’s Guild for local beer!  Transportation: Bus

3:15-4:30PM – Sessions

More Milennials and Seniors are Coming: Are You Ready to Meet Their Housing Needs?
Millennials and seniors are the two fastest growing population cohorts and their growth is driving new housing demand. Housing that meets their needs and preferences may not be available, being developed, or even allowed by local zoning. We will look at best practices for accommodating these groups and engage in group discussions about how to plan appropriately.   CM: 1.25

Overcoming Accessibility Challenges in our Communities
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) sets the framework for providing accessibility within communities, but the real challenges go beyond the placement of accessible parking spaces and the pitch of access ramps.  Panelists will review various limits that are imposed upon people within communities from both physical and regulatory causes and discuss ways of addressing these issues.  CM: 1.25

How Housing Works for Economic Development
Housing, including affordable housing, built within the context of other economic development projects ensures access to jobs, services and transportation that make for a successful and dynamic community. This session will examine the fiscal impact of affordable, mixed-income housing built by a non-profit developer and a public housing authority.  CM: 1.25

Bike Share as a Mobility Tool: Where and How Bike Share Systems Can Play a Role in Your Transportation Network
This session will discuss the role of bike share in improving mobility in various contexts ranging from small to large cities. As part of this discussion we will highlight the strengths and limitation with bike share and how it can fit in with a larger shared-mobility strategy.  CM: 1.25

Massachusetts moving Forward: Planning for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation at a State Level
How do you plan for walking at the statewide level? How do you incentivize local agencies to implement bikeway networks? Massachusetts is in the midst of ambitious updates of its statewide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans. We will explore these questions (and more) in an interactive panel session.  CM: 1.25