Thursday Program


2016 SNEAPA Conference Program
Wednesday, October 19th

6:00-7:30pm

Wednesday Night Meetup – Tour of the Hanover Theatre of the Performing Arts 

Kick off the 2016 SNEAPA conference experience early by joining your colleagues on a 1.5-hour tour of Worcester’s beautiful Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, including their brand new 22,500-square foot performing arts education center. Our guide will be the lively Troy Siebels, President & CEO. The original structure dates back to 1904, and was expanded in 1925 under the direction of renowned theatre architect, Thomas W. Lamb. From the 1960’s to the late 1990’s the ornate facility was significantly altered and used as movie theater.  It was reopened in 2008 after a $32 million dollar restoration that was initiated by two local businessmen who saw great potential in what others deemed a useless building. Modifications included restoring significant historical attributes, a new lobby, and expanding ++ rear stage to accommodate touring Broadway shows. Last year the Hanover Theatre hosted 168 events attended by almost 200,000 theatre-goers and has become a true catalyst for economic growth and performing arts education in the City of Worcester. CM: 1.25

Following the tour, interested members of the group will go to a nearby restaurant. Most likely this will be Mezcal Tequila Cantina located at 50 Major Taylor Blvd (near the DCU Conference Center).


Thursday, October 20th

9:00-10:15am – Sessions

Climbing the Hill: Collaborating to Revitalize Worcester’s Union Hill Neighborhood
The City of Worcester has begun a multi-faceted, interdepartmental effort to revitalize an important inner-city neighborhood. This session will give an overview of the issues and show how strategic and focused public investments have helped create change. Topics to be discussed include improvements of housing and infrastructure, resident health and safety, and public-private partnerships. 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


Successful Applications of Project Visualization: From Concept to Implementation 
This session will showcase examples of project visualization methods successfully used to guide decision making and create stakeholder and community buy-in and project support. Discussion will focus on how to effectively convey and communicate complex design concepts, alternatives, and potential impacts and benefits of vision plans, urban design strategies, redevelopment master plans, and major transportation infrastructure projects for a diverse set of professionals, stakeholders, and the community to progress from visions and planning into implementation. CM: 1.25


Have Transit, Seeking Development
Have Transit, Seeking Development will feature four New England communities in their efforts to foster development along transit corridors and in proximity of rail stations. From small town to big city, Ridgefield, Wallingford, Norwalk, CT and Boston, MA have been actively planning for development in areas served by transit. CM: 1.25


Getting Parking Right: Tools for Creating Demand-Based Parking Requirements
This session will include a discussion of what factors influence parking supply and demand at multifamily residential developments, and will profile several strategies communities can implement to limit the overconstruction of parking in favor of more dense and walkable development patterns. CM: 1.25


The Permitting Advantages (and Challenges) of Green Infrastructure
This session will explore how incorporating green infrastructure (GI) techniques into a private development site can positively and negatively impact the permitting process. We’ll look at how GI techniques may be received by permitting authorities, how they can address site challenges, and how they perform over time. CM: 1.25



10:15-11:15am – Keynote Speaker

Jim Braude hosts Greater Boston, a news and analysis show on WGBH Channel 2 and co-hosts Boston Public Radio at WGBH 89.7 FM with Margery Eagan. He also writes occasionally for the Boston Globe Magazine. More details here. CM: 1

Here are Jim’s “Rules for Public Officials / Planners to Cultivate Relationships with Local Media


11:35am-12:50pm – Sessions

Using Urban Renewal Plans to Attract Private Development
Urban renewal plans can spark interest from private developers and reinvestment by property owners in areas where deferred maintenance and abandonment cause decadent/blighted conditions. Communities implementing revitalization plans will discuss how strategic public investments have resulted in action and investment from private developers. Private sector perspectives will be represented. CM: 1.25


Innovations in Post-Master’s Graduate Planning Education
This panel brings together educators helping to shape a new landscape of post-Master’s graduate education in planning and public policy. The session will explore the various routes professionals have to keep their skills sharpened, consider new big ideas, and to maintain AICP certification. CM: 1.25

  • Justin Hollander, PhD, AICP, Tufts University, Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Neenah Estrella-Luna, MPH, PhD, Northeastern University, College of Professional Studies
  • Deborah Natoli, PhD, University of Southern California

Translating Sustainability Goals into Action
What is sustainability in your community? How do your challenges compare to others? Using a national local government sustainability survey as an organizing tool, we will compare policymaking in local municipalities with national and regional trends. We will also discuss current sustainability initiatives in Kingston, Massachusetts. CM: 1.25

  • George Homsy, PhD, AICP, Binghamton University
  • Scott Turner, PE, AICP, LEED AP ND, Nitsch Engineering
  • Tom Bott, AICP, Town of Kingston, MA

Connecting the Dots: Opportunities for Regional Transit Cooperation
Metropolitan areas cross state lines – why not transit providers? Join a conversation exploring the pros and cons of implementing transit integration across state lines. Professionals from around Southern New England will share perspectives from the MPO, Regional Planning Agency, and transit agency points of view. CM: 1.25

  • Mary Beth Mello, FTA Region 1
  • Lyle Wray, Capital Region Council of Governments
  • Amy Pettine, Rhode Island Public Transit Agency
  • Jonathan Church, AICP, Worcester Regional Transit Authority

Keeping the Faith: Maintaining Committee Motivation and Engagement
Many planning processes, especially for comprehensive plans, occur over a long period of time. It’s easy for committees to lose focus and motivation during these long projects. This session provides tools and strategies for keeping committees motivated, recognizing the symptoms of committee fatigue, and re-engaging committees who have disengaged. CM: 1.25

  • Alison LeFlore, AICP
  • Judi Barrett, RKG Associates
  • Jennifer Goldson, AICP, JM Goldson community preservation + planning
  • Steve Sadwick, AICP, Town of Tewksbury, MA

SPECIAL SESSION: DPW’s Perspective on Cultivating Sustainable Communities / Interdepartmental Coordination
As planners, we facilitate the process to cultivate community vision and develop “The Plan.” But how do we turn that plan into reality? Simply handing The Plan to DPW without engaging in a conversation about implementation and maintenance during the planning process is a recipe for failure. With tight budgets, reduced staff, and need for long-term, sustainable solutions (including realistic maintenance plans!), breaking down departmental silos is essential for great communities. Public Works directors from MA, RI, and CT will provide their perspectives to addressing topics such as sustainability, green infrastructure, stormwater management, roadway design, complete streets, and development mitigation. This session seeks to bridge the gap in communication and collaboration that often exists between planners and public works professionals. Start your conversation with DPW in this interactive session to build collaboration, effective communication tactics, and sustainability related resources in your community. CM: 1.25

  • Christi Apicella, AICP, McMahon Associates
  • Robert “Brutus” Cantoreggi, Town of Franklin, MA
  • William Riccio, City of Newport, RI


12:50-2:00pm – Lunch Programs

Student Mentoring Lunch (12:50-2:00 pm)
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.

Regular Lunch Program (12:50-2:00 pm)
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 (https://www.regonline.com/sneapa2016). Tickets may be available for purchase onsite, but cannot be guaranteed.

Lunch will begin with a welcome from Worcester City Manager, Edward M. Augustus, Jr. We will then transition into a presentation on APA’s Great Places Program. Each year, APA recognizes outstanding places around the United States, representing the best in planning and community impact. Since 2007, APA has named 245 neighborhoods, streets, and public spaces Great Places in America. Hear about the Southern New England Region’s Great Places and find out how to submit your community for this prestigious designation.


2:00-5:00pm – Mobile Workshop

From Planning to Action: Revitalizing Downtown Worcester

Tour Guide: Heather Gould, City of Worcester, Assistant Chief Development Officer, Administration and Special Projects. Worcester’s planning and economic development initiatives are paying huge dividends in the form of targeted public and private investment that is propelling Worcester towards achieving its goal of a vibrant, 18-hour downtown. This mobile workshop will tour ongoing and recently completed development initiatives throughout the downtown area, including new construction, repurposed public buildings, and private redevelopment. Weaving the urban fabric of wayfinding, public art, outdoor spaces, and streetscape improvements to develop a sense of place, support connectivity and create a pedestrian-friendly environment will also be addressed. CM: 2.5


2:00-3:30pm – Sessions

Inclusionary Zoning: Balancing Affordability and Financial Feasibility
Providing affordable housing options in Eastern Massachusetts is challenging. Join us to hear how Somerville and Cambridge are using real data and developer input to help craft realistic, data-driven policies that will produce affordable housing while not discouraging private investment. CM: 1.5

  • Eric Halvorsen, AICP, RKG Associates
  • Kyle Talente, RKG Associates
  • George Proakis, AICP, City of Somerville, MA
  • Linda Prosnitz, City of Cambridge
  • Jason Korb, Capstone Communities

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. CM Law: 1.5


Economic Gardening
A facilitated discussion on how having a variety of voices that reflect the community on local boards and commissions can result in codes and regulations that encourage and support businesses that attract, employ, and engage the community. CM: 1.5

  • Jody Terranova, Town of Windsor, CT
  • Bill Warner, AICP, Town of Farmington, CT
  • Hanna Gant, Spark Makerspace
  • Alec Lopez, Armsby Abbey
  • Jason Vincent, AICP, Town of Stonington, CT

Planning Potpourri
Attend SNEAPA’s inaugural Planning Potpourri Session! Each year, we receive inquiries from individuals wanting to give shorter presentations. This year, we’ve selected the best of these individual presentations to be part of the Planning Potpourri. These four presenters will speak for 15 – 20 minutes each on a variety of topics. CM: 1.5

Why the Planning Department is Taking on the Role of “Champions” for Municipal Broadband Initiatives in Rural Communities Access to high-speed broadband has become essential to the economic development of our rural communities. Underserved by the dominant broadband providers, more and more rural communities are initiating their own “municipal broadband” initiatives. This session examines the critical role that rural planning departments are playing in these community-sponsored broadband initiatives.

  • Dale Neef, Ph.D., DNA Data Solutions

Achieving Inclusive Public Participation This presentation will discuss the development and implementation of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Public Participation Plan (PPP), and how it led to not only new strategies for public participation, but a reorganization and streamlining of public and stakeholder participation throughout the agency.

  • Shana Johnson, AICP, Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning

How to create a livable and resilient neighborhood!  Green infrastructure as a means to adapt for climate change: we will present findings from a visit to a resilient neighborhood in Copenhagen, Denmark. Newly constructed bike lanes and urban parks not only increase residents’ quality of life but also serve as canals and water retention basins during storm events.

  • Isabel Kaubisch, Clarendon Hill Consulting

Building Coastal Resiliency on Cape Cod  An in-depth look at forging partnerships to help local governments increase resilience to severe storms and climate change impacts through community conversations and GIS mapping tools.

  • Cally Harper, PhD, Certified Floodplain Manager, Cape Cod Commission

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

  • Susan Westa, AICP, CCAPA PDO
  • Al Ranaldi, AICP, APA RI PDO
  • Darlene Wynne, AICP APA-MA PDO

Weaving Social Equity into Local and Regional Planning
If you want to generate plans that will move your community towards greater equity, what do you need to do? Most planning practitioners are not equipped to take on the challenge of seriously engaging marginalized communities. While this is a major challenge, it is also one that can be overcome. CM: 1.5



3:45-5:00pm – Sessions

A City That Moves People, Not Cars: How New Haven is Adapting to a New Transportation Paradigm
The session will review the changing travel behavior of a mid-sized New England regional center and the challenges in adapting its overall urban environment to reduce auto-dependence, increase access to transit, and enhance pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety through cycle-tracks, pop-up bike lanes, and off-road greenways and trails, as well as a comprehensive Alternatives Analysis of the regional public transit network and a reevaluation of its parking inventory. CM 1.25

Climate Ready Boston: Proactive Planning for Future Climate Impacts
This project provides an example of how a City is taking a leadership role in proactively planning for climate change impacts. Learn about the development and results of Climate Ready Boston, the City’s 2016 initiative to assess and prepare for the impacts of long term climate change. Hear from City officials, project consultants, and nonprofit partners on how Climate Ready Boston advances the City’s efforts to raise awareness and action on climate change, and what’s next. CM: 1.25


Sympathetic Systems: Multimodal Transit Networks for the 21st Century
Transportation management is often siloed by mode, yet users typically transcend these boundaries. As cities augment their existing systems, it is imperative they are viewed as a single, cohesive network allowing maximum user flexibility. Hubs where modalities intersect need to function seamlessly to overcome reluctance towards transitioning between systems. CM: 1.25

  • Brian Gregory, Gamble Associates
  • Lisa Jacobsen, The Barr Foundation
  • Alice Brown, Boston Transportation Department
  • Amber Christopffersen, Mystic River Association

Planning for a Sustainable and Affordable Cape Cod
Cape Cod’s regional planners wrestle to restore natural systems and allow for future growth, without bankrupting towns. Hear our tale of struggle to create a regional land use vision map, target our time, money, and regulatory reach according to the map, and help communities change zoning to be consistent with the map. CM: 1.25

  • Leslie Richardson
  • Chloe Schaefer

The Past, Present, and Future of GIS in Southern New England
The growth of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a microcosm of the worldwide tech revolution. New technologies emerge routinely, offering organizations new data management methods. This session will explore the history, current state, and future of GIS, so planners can anticipate the potential impact on their organizations and practice. CM: 1.25


Incorporating Health into the Planning and Design of Transportation Improvements
Can the planning, design, and engineering of communities contribute to a healthier society? Most definitely. In fact, professionals are already integrating healthy community design principles into planning for cities, neighborhoods, and corridors. This session will address key issues and opportunities, explore the use of tools such as Health Impact Assessments, and present case studies. CM: 1.25

  • Ken Schwartz, AICP, VHB
  • Brian Bidolli, AICP, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments
  • Halley Reeves, MPH, MCP, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Barry Keppard, Metropolitan Area Planning Council