Friday Program

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

Catch up on the latest happenings at your annual Chapter meeting!  Breakfast will start at 8:00AM.  Chapters will meet in the following rooms, all of which are in the West Wing of the 5th floor of the Convention Center:

Massachusetts – Room 556
Connecticut – Room 555
Rhode Island – Ballroom “C”

9:15-10:30AM – Sessions

Resiliency on the Mystic- Ballroom “E”
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
Alexander Train- Sr. Planner/Project Manager, Department of Planning and Development, City of Chelsea, MA
Other Speakers TBD

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Inclusive Community Engagement that Builds Consensus- Ballroom “D”
 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
Alison LeFlore, AICP- Senior Planner/Project Manager, CivicMoxie, LLC
Judi Barrett- Director of Economic Development, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Nathan Kelley, AICP- Associate Principal, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
Angela Vincent, AICP- Economic Development Planner, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Wooster Square, New Haven: Preserving Neighborhood Character in the TOD Era- Room 553
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
Carlos Eyzaguirre- Economic Development Office, City of New Haven
Aaron Greenberg – Alderman, City of New Haven’s 8th Ward
Drew Kane AICP- Utile Design
Michael Piscitelli, AICP- Deputy Economic Development Administrator, City of New Haven

A Decade of Progress: How RI is Cooperatively Transforming Our Transit Network to Support Economic Growth and Sustainability- Rotunda
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
Julie Oakley- Supervising Planner, Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT)
Andrew Koziol- Supervising Planner, RIDOT
Seth Morgan, AICP- Principal Planner, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)
Sarah Ingle, AICP, Principal Planner, RIPTA

Building World-class Streets: Strategies from Newton and Cambridge– Room 551
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
Lily Canan Reynolds- Community Engagement Manager, City of Newton
Rachel Blatt- Long Range Planner, City of Newton
Jerry Friedman, P.E.- Supervising Engineer, City of Cambridge

Fix Your ‘Burb! Design Solutions for Repair and Retrofit of Suburban Sprawl– Room 552
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. PLEASE CONTACT FOR DETAILS BEFORE THE CONFERENCE.
Hiram Peck III, AICP- Director, Department of Planning & Community Development, Town of Avon, CT

10:45AM-12:15PM – Sessions  CM: 1.25

Small Answers to a Big Problem? Tiny Houses and Cottage Communities- Room 551
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
Nathan Kelly, AICP- Horsley Witten Group and President, RIAPA
Isa Bauer- Project Manager, Tiny House Northeast
Rob Brennan- President, CapeBuilt Development, LLC

Climate and Resiliency: Local Perspectives for a Global Change– Rotunda
 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
Jonathan Ford, PE- Senior Project Manager, Horsley Witten Group
Monica Huertas- Racial & Environmental Justice Committee,  City of Providence
Anne Tate, AIA- Professor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design
Wayne Feiden, FAICP- Director Planning & Sustainability, City of Northampton
Ethics: APA “Cases of the Year”- Ballroom “D”
Who needs an ethics session??  Everyone!  We will power through as many APA “Ethics cases of the year” as we can to see what ethics issues arise in a planner’s everyday work.  This session meets AICP ethics Certificate Maintenance criteria.  CM: 1.5
Roberta Groch, AICP- Assistant Chief, RI Statewide Planning and RIAPA Chapter Board member
Affordable Housing in Multi-million Dollar Markets: The Uphill battle in Vacation and Resort Area Communities- Room 552
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
Judi Barrett- Director of Economic Development, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation
Jennifer Goldson, AICP- Principal, JM Goldson
Gwen Miller, AICP- Director of Land Use, Town of Lenox, MA
Andrew Vorce, AICP- Director of Planning and Land Use Services, Town of Nantucket
Heather Harper- Community Design/Affordable Housing Specialist, Cape Cod Commission
Cross-border Treks: Connecting the Region by Foot, Bike and Bus- Room 553
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
Paul DiGiuseppe- Assistant Chief, RI Statewide Planning
Shayne Trimbell- Director of Transit Planning, Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District
Katherine Rattan, AICP- Senior Transportation Planner, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments
Jeff Davis- Project Planner, Horsley Witten Group
Eric Weis- President, Cogent
Sarah Ingle, AICP- Principal Planner, RIPTA

Stop Requested: Planning for Bus Stops-
Ballroom “E”
Bus stop accessibility is being addressed in southern New England with a process that guides design and uses data to plan for improvements. Transit authorities, municipalities, DOT, planning organizations, and property developers all have a role in the process. This session discusses steps for planning, designing, and permitting bus stops.  CM: 1.25
Greg Nordin, Associate Director of Planning- RI Public Transit Authority (RIPTA)
Erik Scheier, P.E. Senior Project Manager Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Douglas (Doug) Holcomb, AICP- Chief Executive Officer, Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority
Sandra Clarey- Transit Planner/Project Manager, McMahon Associates
Shayne M. Trimbell, AICP- Director of Transit Planning, SRPEDD
Jennifer Chaves- Principal Transportation Planner, SRPEDD
Stephanie Lenhardt- Transportation Planning Technician, SRPEDD


12:30-1:30PM- Lunch Program (Sponsored by DiPrete Engineering)

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.

Welcome: Mayor Jorge Elorza, City of Providence 

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– Room 553
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
David Spillane, AICP, RIBA- Principal – Planning & Urban Design, Goody Clancy
Susan Silberberg- Founder and Managing Director, Civic Moxie
Ben Carlson, LEED AP- Director of Urban Design, Goody Clancy

Brewing Up Business: Planning the Beer Industry in Southern New England- Ballroom “D”
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
John Gelcich, AICP- Beals and Thomas, Inc.
Keith Sullivan- Founder, Medusa Brewing Company, Hudson, MA
Kristina Johnson, AICP- Assistant Planning Director, Town of Hudson, MA
Barry Labendz- Founder, Kent Falls Brewing Company, Kent, CT

A Green infrastructure-based Approach to Climate Change Resiliency Planning- Rotunda
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
Eric J. Walberg, AICP- Senior Program Leader, Climate Services, Manomet, Inc.
Daniel A. Brown- Climate Change Program Coordinator, Mass Audubon
Sara Burns- Water Resource Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Stefanie Covino- Project Coordinator, “Shaping the Future of Your Community” Program, Mass Audubon
Bill Napolitano- Environmental Program Director, SRPEDD

Three is Not a Crowd!- Ballroom “E”
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
Expected Speakers:
Tom Daniel, AICP- Director of Planning and Community Development, City of Salem
Jill K. Conrad, Ph.D- Chief of Systems Strategy, Salem Public Schools
Patricia Zaido- Co-Chair, Salem for all Ages Task Force

Innovative Affordable Housing Production Using Public Assets– Room 552
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
William F. Lyons Jr., PE, AICP, Esq.- President, Fort Hill Companies LLC
Marnie I. Gale- Managing Director, The Craddock Group

City on the Move: Waltham’s Transportation Master Plan- Room 551
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
J. Michael Garvin, P.E.- Traffic Engineer, City of Waltham
Lisa Gerlach- Assistant to Traffic Engineer, City of Waltham
Maureen Chlebek, P.E., PTOE- General Manager, McMahon Associates
Allison Luff, P.E. – Senior Project Engineer, McMahon Associates

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 Millennials and Seniors are Coming: Are You Ready to Meet Their Housing Needs?
Ballroom “D”
Millennials and seniors are the two fast 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. This session complements and builds upon the Thursday 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. session, “Who Will Need Housing? What kind? When? Where? Why?” but can also stand alone for planners interested in learning how to accommodate these growing populations.  CM: 1.25
Stacy Wasserman- Coordinator, Government Relations & Policy, Rhode Island Housing
Other Speakers TBD

Overcoming Accessibility Challenges in our Communities– Ballroom “E”
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
William S. Voelker, AICP- Director of Planning and Development, Town of Cheshire
Melinda A. Otlowski- Halycyon Architects
Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP- Robinson & Cole, LLP
Michelle M. Duprey- Attorney/Director of Department of Services for People With Disabilities, City of New Haven

How Housing Works for Economic Development- Room 552
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
Brenda Clement- Director, Housing Works RI at Roger Williams University
Annette Bourne- Research & Policy Director, HousingWorks RI at Roger Williams University
Joseph Garlick- Executive Director, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley
Stephen Vadnais- Executive Director, Pawtucket Housing Authority

Bike Share as a Mobility Tool: Where and How Bike Share Systems Can Play a Role in Your Transportation Network– Rotunda
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
Andrew Zalewski, AICP- Senior Transportation Planner, Foursquare

Massachusetts Moving Forward: Planning for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation at a State Level
Room 551
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
Pete Sutton- Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Jackie DeWolfe- Director of Sustainable Mobility, Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Beth Isler, P.E., PTP- Senior Planner, Toole Design Group
Nick Schmidt, AICP- Planner, Toole Design Group
Eileen Gunn—Complete Streets Program Administrator and Program Manager, MassDOT

Census 2020 Update- Room 553
A speaker from the US Census Bureau will provide an update on the 2020 Census and information on the use of Rhode Island as a beta site.  CM: 1.25
Zoi D. Kalaitzidis, Partnership Specialist- New York Regional Office, U.S. Census Bureau
Paul Reyes, Partnership Coordinator- US Census Bureau