Thursday Program


2017 SNEAPA Conference Program

Thursday, October 26

9:15-10:30AM – Sessions

From Dudley to DC: Religious Land Use, Planning and the Courts
From Dudley to DC: Religious, Land Use, Planning, and the Courts: There is a blurry line between the courts, government and individual religious liberty. This line is increasingly difficult to navigate in the land use context since local governments that ”substantially burden” religious exercise are subject to damages and attorneys fees. Attendees will learn from recent New England case studies where religious liberty and land use planning have collided. The panel will provide attendees with tips for “best practices.”   CM: 1.25

Nurturing Creative Places: Leveraging Arts and Culture to Promote Community and Economic Development and Placemaking
How can planners nurture innovation and creativity through planning, programming, and policy? Join us for a deep dive into the Arts and Planning Toolkit. Learn about how arts and culture can be an effective component of urban, suburban, and rural community revitalization. Hear about current efforts from municipal, regional, and state agencies. CM: 1.25

Creating Whole Communities for Seniors and Their Neighborhoods
Senior housing has long been relegated to bucolic, but isolated campuses, disconnected from nearby communities and amenities. However, some planners are turning that notion on its head, re-imagining senior housing as vibrant and connected hubs of activity that enrich both the residents and the neighborhoods in which they live.   CM: 1.25

Is There a Better Way to Help Communities Meet Their Affordable Housing Goals?
Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut have similar ten percent affordable housing laws. There have been great successes under these laws and challenges as well. Learn how these laws differ from one another, the successes and challenges experienced under each, and join a discussion about how we can learn from our shared experiences. CM: 1.25

Transforming Providence: A Work in Progress
This session will focus on plans and planning processes that have reshaped and revitalized Providence, the role the Providence Revolving Fund has played in renewing old buildings, the effect of revised zoning regulations on new development, and efforts underway aimed at reclaiming Kennedy Plaza as a valued public space.  CM: 1.25

Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide Workshop
As part of the Transportation Planning track, explore the new FHWA-endorsed Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks, Alta’s facility design guide focused on the small towns and rural communities. The workshop will provide ideas for New England’s smaller communities, with visualizations and guidance for contemporary walking and bicycling facilities.  CM: 1.25

10:45AM-12:15PM – Sessions

AICP Preparation

Scoping for Action: Moving from reports to action during the planning process
We never intend for planning reports to sit on the shelf but it happens. This working session explores how to build in implementation during the planning process. Case studies will be explored and participants will work collaboratively to develop strategies that can be employed to get early wins during planning.  CM: 1.5

Planning as if People Mattered: An Empowerment Approach to Neighborhood Planning
This session will introduce planning practitioners to a variety of participatory planning methods used in resident-led planning. Among these will be community mapping, neighborhood visioning, and guided visualization. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge of participatory planning by actively engaging in three different forms of collaborative planning and design.  CM: 1.5

Categorizing Sea Level Rise Vulnerability: Using Data, GIS and Collaboration to get the Message Out
Join us to learn about using GIS for mapping the effect of sea level rise, collaboration and data sharing. Learn about recently completed State projects assessing the people and transportation infrastructure exposed to sea level rise, using RI Coastal Resources Management Council’s STORMTOOLS, plus an on-going project on Aquidneck Island.  CM: 1.5

Land Use Law Developments of the Past 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.  This session meets the requirements of current planning law for the AICP Certification Maintenance.  CM: 1.5

3D Solutions for Comprehensive Planning
3D Solutions for Comprehensive Planning: Evolving 3D design technology and applied community economics bring new levels of decision support to the planning process. This session explores how design can guide comprehensive planning initiatives to facilitate scenario planning and impact modeling, innovative policy planning, and regulatory reform.  We will also discuss current sustainability initiatives in Kingston, Massachusetts. CM: 1.5

MOBILE WORKSHOP- 10:45AM-12:15PM
I-195: After Years of Planning, Things are Moving!
This tour will visit the former I-195 corridor through Downtown Providence. After years of planning and a massive highway relocation, the stage is set for redevelopment of the surplus highway land. On this walking tour, we’ll see the progress of the public and private improvements, both completed and underway.  Transportation: Foot

12:30-1:45PM – Lunch Programs

Speaker Lunch Program

Our lunch speaker is James M. Drinan, the Chief Executive Officer of the American Planning Association.

Welcome: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza

Included with all registration types except Speaker Only and Students. 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.

2:00-3:15PM Sessions

Do Downtowns Matter: Let’s Debate!
We hold these truths to be self-evident…: that vibrant downtowns signal a healthy community. But inevitably the question arises “why should we bother to pour millions of dollars into a dead downtown?” Debate this question and understand the perspectives of the community members we are trying to engage.  CM: 1.25

Greening from the Ground Up
Groundwork programs throughout New England work collaboratively with local and state partners to improve the physical environment of the “urban fringe.” Many of their programs, like Lawrence Green Streets and Rhode Island’s Groundcorp Landscape, focus on green infrastructure and improving the natural environment while embracing social and economic issues that plague some of our urban communities. Learn what Groundwork programs in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island are doing to implement programs that address sustainability from the ground up.  CM: 1.25

Who Will Need Housing?
What kind? When? Where? Why? Future housing demand will be driven by retiring baby boomers and millennials entering young adulthood. How can municipalities quantify the potential demand for new housing and proactively plan for it? How can planners educate their communities about what kind of housing is needed and how to accommodate it?  CM: 1.25

Maximizing the Use of Revitalization Tools in Urban and Village Centers
This workshop will examine the variety of tools available to revitalize and improve urban and village centers, including Redevelopment Agencies, Tax Increment Financing and Improvement Districts, all of which can contribute to expanding the market and need for creative transportation options. References will be made to use across our region.  CM: 1.25

Measuring Vibrancy and Traffic in Pedestrian Space
Downtown Crossing is becoming more residential and developers and new retail stores are moving in. Downtown Crossing Pedestrian Zone, created in 1978, is slowly becoming a more valuable public space, but suffers from a chronic problem: people regularly flout the rules and drive through the zone. The challenge is complicated by a diverse set of stakeholders and limited delivery access. With state-of-the-art sensors measuring pedestrian flow and identifying all vehicles driving through the area, and a traditional study of social life, planners discovered the power of tables and chairs as a traffic control device, reducing private and commercial traffic by twenty-four percent.  CM: 1.25.

Comprehensive Mobility Planning for Urban Residential Development
This session will provide attendees with an interactive learning environment to explore options and alternatives to satisfy mobility needs for an urban, multifamily development. Options to be explored include the role of transportation network companies, demand responsive shuttles, biking, walking, and the impact of the sharing economy.  CM: 1.25

3:30-4:45PM – Sessions

Maintaining Workforce and Business Diversity in a High-end Housing Market Through Innovative Land Use Planning 
Cape Cod’s popularity with retirees and second homeowners combined with a limited supply of land has resulted in increasing housing costs over the past fifteen years. Businesses find it difficult to attract skilled workers, such as doctors and engineers, to the region due to housing costs and limited options. Attracting seasonal or lower-wage workers is equally difficult.  The Cape Cod Commission tries to address these economic issues through innovative, resource and map-based planning and by working closely with local planners and boards to understand and address land use policies that exacerbate the problem. CM: 1.25

New Market Tax Credits as a Financing Tool for Community Development Revitalization Projects
Overview of how New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) work and case studies of the WaterFire Arts Center (Providence, RI) and Victory Theatre (Holyoke, MA) illustrating successes and challenges in utilizing NMTC as a financial tool for community development revitalization projects.  CM: 1.25

Turning Transitional Neighborhoods, Corridors and Industrial Districts into Vibrant Places
Town comprehensive plans often identify potential redevelopment sites, but the complexities of context, use, ownership, economics and politics can create insurmountable obstacles to revitalization.  This session will spotlight innovative planning, visioning, zoning and implementation techniques that can break down these barriers and help convert deteriorated and underutilized districts into vibrant places.  CM: 1.25

As the Rotary Turns: These are the Lives of Planners, Merchants and Consultants…
Tune into our talk show presenting the Hudson rotary project as a model for integrating varied interests into a challenging downtown project. Representing municipal staff, planning consultants and the local business community, guests will demonstrate that successful downtown infrastructure and economic development projects don’t have to be a soap opera.  CM: 1.25

Urban Development, Parking and Mobility: The Portland Story 
This session will provide attendees with interactive learning opportunities to explore and discuss the impacts of urban development on mobility and parking capacity in a mid-size New England city. This session will be targeted to transportation and land use planners at the local level.  CM: 1.25

MOBILE WORKSHOP- 3:30-4:45P
Keeping History Above Water
This tour will visit the RISD campus where guests will see a model developed for the historic Point neighborhood in Newport, RI. Guests will learn about ways to plan for sea-level rise without disrupting the historic neighborhood fabric.  This session will end at the RISD Museum.  Transportation: Foot

MOBILE WORKSHOP- 3:30-5:30PM
The Woonasquatucket
 River Corridor
This tour will visit many sites for development and redevelopment of former brownfields along this historic corridor through the Valley and Olneyville neighborhoods. From food-oriented businesses, to “eco” office buildings, to riverfront parkland, come see what’s happening along “The Woony”.  Transportation: Foot and Bicycle.

MOBILE WORKSHOP- 5:30-6:30PM and 8-9PM
Providence Ghost Tours

Historic walking tours of College Hill with an emphasis on its spookier residents and events.  Transportation: Foot