Friday Program


8:00-8:50am – 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 – Grand Ballroom
Connecticut – Junior Ballroom
Rhode Island – Room A


9:00am-12:00pm – Mobile Workshops

Worcester on the Grow: A Worcester Agriculture Tour – CANCELED

Worcester’s local food scene is on the rise. Join us as we tour several local sites in Worcester where Urban Agriculture is taking root! We will visit locations used by neighborhood groups, non-profits and universities for making Worcester both more sustainable, vibrant and, of course, delicious! CM: 2.5

Uncovering the Past to Inspire the Future: A Tour of Worcester’s Canal District

Few neighborhoods in Worcester have seen as much growth and change in recent years as the Canal District. Now a center of Worcester’s dining and nightlife scene, this renaissance is the result of years of community advocacy, entrepreneurial investment and local pride rooted in the Canal District’s unique history. Join us as we meet local partners and learn how this now-vibrant neighborhood is becoming a new model for Worcester and beyond. CM: 2.5


9:00-10:30am – Sessions

Have you Ever Tried This? The Housing Planners / Coordinators Network: A Synergized Approach Toward Development Affordable Housing (Division Session)
The Housing Planners/Coordinators Network, presented as a case study for synergy in planning methods and affordable housing development in public private partnerships (P3’s). Examples of successful affordable housing projects will be included. CM: 1.5

  • Adam Duchesneau, AICP, Town of Boxborough, MA
  • Wayne Beitler, Town of Easton, MA
  • Laura Spear, Stow Affordable Housing Trust
  • Fran Stanley, Town of Groton, MA
  • Elisabeth DeMille Barnett, AICP, Town of Carlisle, MA

Property Rotation: Encouraging the Reuse of Older Commercial Properties by Modern Businesses
Communities can encourage the reuse of older, undervalued commercial properties for new businesses in modern knowledge-based industries, like farmers do with crops. Arlington, Cambridge, and Somerville have successfully attracted new businesses to older commercial buildings, and their experiences can be successfully applied by cities and towns throughout New England. CM: 1.5

  • Ted Fields, Town of Arlington, MA
  • George Proakis, City of Somerville, MA
  • Lisa Hammerle, City of Cambridge, MA
  • Bill Jacobson, Workbar, Inc.
  • Emily Reichert, Greentown Labs

Placemaking: Fun, Fast, & Community-Driven and Creative Placemaking: The Newest Fad or an Important Opportunity for Planning and Community Engagement
Engaging diverse members of a community in discussions around neighborhood change is critical yet challenging. This session will provide participants with the experience of using Photovoice to engage non-traditional planning agencies and engagement them in a placemaking exercise to create cost-effective, implementable, and community-driven solutions.

This session will highlight how Public Art projects can be integrated with planning and community engagement. Three different types of practitioners will talk about the evolution of art into a field called “creative placemaking” and describe how planners and artists can collaborate and add value to projects by thoughtfully engaging the community around public art. CM: 1.5

  • Barry Keppard, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council


Small, Rural, and Vibrant: Creating Health Communities in New England and Beyond
This session provides a hands-on opportunity to assess healthy options tailored for small and rural communities. Participants will learn how to take advantage of a broad-based online toolbox. The Eastern Highlands Health District (EHHD) teamed up with Hartford-based planning firm Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. (FHI) to utilize a national Plan4Health grant to promote healthy communities. Our proposed SNEAPA 2016 session focuses on the toolkit our team created; one that fosters healthy options for small, rural communities in New England and beyond. CM: 1.5

  • Garol Gould, AICP, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Shawna Kitzman, AICP, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Liza Makuch, Plan4Health
  • Linda Painter

SPECIAL SESSION: Site Plan Review
We have all been there as planners. At the beginning of the development review process, a set of fully-engineered site plans arrive on your desk, you unravel them, and become instantly overwhelmed by all that technical information. You start to interpret the various elements and ask yourself; what the heck does this all mean? All of those lines on the plans; are they easements, are they property lines, are they utility lines, or wait, are they setbacks? And what about the transportation and parking impacts associated with the plan?

This workshop will delve into the site plan review process and provide practical tools and techniques on how to read an engineered site plan. You will discuss various site design elements such as public facilities, drainage and stormwater management, traffic and multimodal circulation, parking, landscaping, lighting, and ADA compliance. Furthermore, you will learn how to adequately scope a transportation impact and access study and interpret the results. Participants will then engage in an interactive review of a preliminary and final site plan and a transportation impact and access analysis. This workshop is designed to provide an important skill set for those planners new to the process while challenging the most seasoned professionals. More specifically, this workshop will help planners with the following skills: understanding the progression of a site plan from the preliminary stage to the final stage; how to interpret the various engineering elements on a site plan; how to scope a transportation impact and access study to be multimodal in its review; and how to effectively use outside peer review to augment municipal staff in the review of site plans. CM: 1.5

  • Kristina Johnson, AICP, Town of Hudson, MA
  • Scott Mediros, PE, Woodard and Curran
  • Phillip Viveiros, PE, PTOE, McMahon Associates

Ethics at Risk – A Commissioner (or Commission) Goes Rogue – What’s Next?
Everyone has faced a situation where a commissioner or your commission goes rogue – behaving unethically to illegally. You are the only one that knows. You have a spouse and two kids, big personal financial commitments, and just started pay on a bimmer. You need your job. You cannot put yourself at risk. Failure to do something puts yourself in conflict with the AICP Ethics Code. Where do you go from here? Explore this and other scenarios at this year’s Ethics Workshop featuring not only legal and ethics experts, but you the planner in this interactive session that is guaranteed to get you thinking and leave you talking with your colleagues long after the conference ends. CM Ethics: 1.5

  • Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Robert Mitchell and Associates Consulting
  • Al Rinaldi, AICP, Town of Lincoln, RI
  • Kristin Kassner, AICP, Town of Burlington, MA
  • Brian Smith, Attorney, Robinson + Cole


10:45am-12:00pm – Sessions

Make Public Participation Great Again
This session will focus on creative and low-cost approaches to public outreach, from “pop-up” workshops to a “Wheel of Fortune” exercise. Panelists will discuss public engagement strategies that have been educational, useful, and reached diverse constituencies. Participants will workshop ideas for their own upcoming efforts. CM: 1.25

  • Gary Anderson, Town of Easton, MA
  • Rachel Blatt, City of Newton, MA
  • Lisa Jacobson, The Barr Foundation
  • Liza Cohen, Nelson\Nygaard

Do We Have a Climate for Change? Insights About Adaptation Planning Actions in Coastal New England
Ms. Emlinger starts the session presenting the main demographic data collected from a web-survey completed by 121 coastal communities in NE conducted in November/2015. Participants, creatively divided in groups, investigate results of main themes addressed in the survey. Groups present their findings and Hamin explores the take-home lessons. CM: 1.25
  • Ana Emlinger, UMass Amherst, Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning
  • Elizabeth Hamin

Power of Partnership: How Businesses and Municipalities Can Work Together to Solve Transportation and Economic Development Challenges Through Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
A dual presentation followed by talk show style discussion will explore how both urban and suburban municipalities can form strategic partnerships with the private sector to develop innovative solutions to economic development and environmental challenges through transportation demand management (TDM) strategies. CM: 1.25
  • Stephanie Groll, City of Cambridge, MA
  • Melisa Tintocalis, Town of Lexington, MA
  • Julia Prange Wallerce, MassCommute
  • Alison Felix, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Immigrant Entrepreneurs in the Healthy Food Network
A key step in farm to table planning is to address the role of immigrant entrepreneurs in providing healthy food choices in low-income communities. Small markets and restaurants are often the most accessible options for healthy food, but offer their own distinct challenges that can affect their long-term success. CM: 1.25

Making Land Available for Farming: A Planner’s Role
Our region’s agriculture depends on a stable farmland base, and supportive mechanisms that enable farmers to get on, hold and transfer land. Land access is the biggest challenge for new and established farmers. We will explore how planners can help communities protect land and make it available for farming. CM: 1.25
  • Karthryn Ruhf, Land for Good
  • Mary Chicoine, Franklin County (MA) Council of Governments
  • Jamie Pottern, Mt. Grace Land Counservation Trust

SPECIAL SESSION: Survey of Best Practices
This session allows two university professors and practitioners to present their applied research in specific areas of interest to planners. First, Build a Better Burb through Sprawl Retrofit; presented by June Williamson of City College of New York. Transforming our suburban landscapes is a major planning and development priority of the 21st century. Suburban areas are not destined to remain filled with strip malls and excess parking lots; they represent enormous opportunities to rescale sprawling landscapes into diverse and thriving pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods. Learn about some best practices for retrofitting sprawling areas. Second, Information and Technology: Media and Analytics; for representing data in ways that communicate fluently and effectively. Sarah Williams, the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at MIT will show how she utilizes data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader audiences. Some of her work is currently on view in the New York Museum of Modern Art. CM: 1.25
  • Kenneth Buckland, AICP, KJ Buckland Associates
  • Sarah Williams, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Civic Data Design Lab
  • June Willamson, City College of New York


12:00-1:00pm – Lunch Program

Informal Networking and Student Poster Session
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 (https://www.regonline.com/sneapa2016). 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.


1:15-2:15pm – Friday Keynote

Jean Setzfand is the Senior Vice President of AARP Programs that produces interactive educational programming designed to address Health, Wealth and Personal Enrichment concerns for consumers 50 and over. More details here. CM: 1


2:20-3:35pm – Sessions

Real Food, Real Jobs, Real Results: Food Economy Case Studies from Across the Northeast
This session presents three community-driven catalyst projects that drive job creation and partnerships in the Northeast. Best practices in regional planning, local innovation in food and beverages, and targeted marketing to Millennials will be shared, highlighting opportunities to cultivate connections between rural and urban markets. CM: 1.25


Green & Healthy Planning: Livability and Equal Access for All!
In recent years, there has been more emphasis placed on the intersection of the fields of planning and public health. However, it can be difficult to go beyond more dialogue and conceive of planning projects that realistically aim to improve public health outcomes. This session explores communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island attempting to do just that. CM: 1.25

  • Jeff Davis, AICP, Horsely Witten Group
  • Patrice Barrett, MPH, City of Middletown, CT
  • Craig Pereira, AICP, Horsely Witten Group
  • Chris Ausura, Rhode Island Department of Health

Planning for the Present: GIS Based Asset Management and Preservation at the Norman Bird Sanctuary
Come learn how GIS based asset management and historic preservation can be used to create a roadmap to manage our environmental and cultural treasures as well as provide the budgetary framework for future legacy planning. Topics of discussion will include: GIS based environmental asset assessment; invasive species mapping, management, and monitoring; a visual demonstration of the capabilities of GIS based data collection with a hand held tablet device; and historic preservation planning through the development of a Cultural Landscape Report and lessons learned. CM: 1.25


Reaching New Communities: Engaging Residents Unfamiliar With (or Suspicious Of!) the Planning Process
Successful planning processes rely on broad community input, but it can be difficult to engage some members of the community. This session discusses a variety of techniques for reaching communities that are new to the planning process and identifies tools that can make it easier for all residents to participate. CM: 1.25

  • Alison LeFlore, AICP
  • Rob May, CEcD, City of Brockton, MA
  • Emily Keys Innes, LEED AP ND, Harriman
  • Jennelle Graziano, Lawrence Redevelopment Authority

Setting the Table for Farm Based Business
Strategies to promote non-traditional agricultural based businesses that encourage the preservation of agricultural uses, promote economic development and tourism, and preserve open space. This session brings together farmers, planners, not-for-profits, and farm-based business ventures to discuss the regulatory hurdles they have encountered, and the proactive changes a community can make to facilitate this type of development. CM: 1.25


Placemaking through Complete Streets… The Economic Bang for your Buck
Is there an economic benefit of Complete Streets? How are cities and towns adjusting to a Complete Street mindset? This session will discuss the economic impact of creating a sense of place through complete streets. Case studies from Providence and Worcester will be discussed. CM: 1.25

  • Joseph Wanat, PE, PTOE, VHB
  • Martina Haggerty, City of Providence, RI
  • Stephen Rolle, PE, City of Worcester, MA


3:45-5:00pm – Sessions

Getting from Now to Success: Implementing the Plan
Plans are an investment of time, money, and community attention. Discover how to write an implementation plan that translates that investment into actions that can lead to change – physical, regulatory, economic, and attitudinal – within your community. Discuss tolls that can transform community vision into reality. CM: 1.25

  • Emily Keys Innes
  • Daphne Politis
  • Tania Hartford
  • Susan Sweitzer

Cultivating Great Transit-Related Communities in Connecticut and New England
Transit service is not always created equal. For some communities, transit may be non-existent, while in others the system is overburdened. Learn how three neighborhoods – one underserved, one newly served, and one long-served by transit – have been cultivating communities around varying degrees of transit, and the lessons for your community. CM: 1.25


Food and the First Amendment: How protections for religious exercise should change the way we zone for charitable uses that distribute food
This session will present two case studies and explore free exercise of religion issues in the context of religious land use proposals for charitable uses, such as soup kitchens and food pantries. CM: 1.25


Town Center Master Planning and Implementation 
Many towns are finding that their town centers are not meeting the needs of today’s community. Suburban communities especially have the opportunity to reshape their Town Centers into vibrant, mixed-use neighborhoods with a variety of activities and events that draw residents into the center and provide opportunities for economic (re)development. CM: 1.25

  • Alison LeFlore, AICP
  • Ken Buckland, AICP, KJ Buckland Associates
  • Evan Belansky, Town of Chelmsford, MA
  • Steve Sadwick, AICP, Town of Tewksbury, MA

What Planners Need to Know: Driving Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, and Health in our Communities
MAPC will highlight local and regional strategies to promote energy efficiency and clean energy adoption. LISC will discuss its statewide MA Green Retrofit Initiative, which helps multifamily affordable housing owners access efficiency and clean energy programs. The Pioneer Valley Asthma Coalition will describe its Pay-For-Success model for home-based asthma interventions. CM: 1.25

  • Cammy Peterson, MAPC
  • Emily Jones, LISC
  • Mike Davis
  • Sarita Hudson

Farm to Table, Food Justice, and the Evolution of Food System Land Use: How Community Planners and Developers are Moving Markets and Growing the Sharing Economy
As demand for “farm to table” grows so does demand for shared farm land resources. Panelists will explain how their organizations support new farm enterprises, promote food justice, and impact land use, and how planners can regulate land uses to advance farm to table in a sharing economy. CM: 1.25

  • James Stevens, ConsultEcon, Inc.
  • Orion Kriegman, Boston Food Forest Coalition
  • Maria Moreira, World Farmers/Flats Mentor Farm
  • Jessie Banhazl, Green City Growers
  • Thomas Martin, ConsultEcon, Inc.