2018 Program

Thank you to all the SNEAPA 2018 sponsors, exhibitors, and participants!


Thursday Sessions

A1: APA Ambassadors Bring Planning to the Young People - PRESENTATION

As a child, you probably heard of engineering or architecture as professions, but did you ever hear about planning? APA’s Ambassador program is a volunteer effort to increase understanding of the power of planning, and ultimately to diversify our profession. FHI is the sole Connecticut-based planning firm with a team of Ambassadors, who will lead this dynamic session, sharing tips and tricks on how to interest the uninitiated in planning! CM: 1.25.

  • Shawna Kitzman, AICP, Senior Planner and Designer, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Marcy Miller, AICP, Senior Project Manager, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Shawn Callaghan, PSS, Project Manager, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.


 A2: Re-Envisioning A Post-Industrial City Through Urban Agriculture - PRESENTATION

This session will explore innovative ways to improve the quality of life of residents, including progressive urban agriculture policy, creative reuse of existing structures, converting unused city-owned lots into spaces for community food production, and the inclusion of historically marginalized immigrant communities. Brockton, MA is highlighted as a case study. CM: 1.25.

  • Andrew Kilduff, Principal, TK.designlab
  • Tim Tensen, Principal, TK.designlab
  • Rob May, Director of Planning and Economic Development, City of Brockton, MA 


 A3: Score Points for Your Planning - Embrace Equity, Economy, and the Environment in Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT is a voluntary certification program to accelerate municipal sustainability actions.  Learn about the importance of pursuing equity in sustainability work, hear planning success stories from municipalities participating in Sustainable CT, and learn about the National Network of Statewide-Local Sustainability Organizations.  CM: 1.25.

  • Alyssa Norwood, Energy Technical Specialist at Eastern Connecticut State University, Sustainable CT 
  • Martin Connor, AICP, City Planner, City of Torrington, CT
  • David Fink, Consultant for Partnership for Strong Communities
  • Khara Dodds, AICP, Director of Planning and Land Use Services, Town of Glastonbury, CT  


 A4: Building a Municipal Broadband Solution - PRESENTATION 1PRESENTATION 2,PRESENTATION 3

Despite billions of dollars spent to bridge gaps left by market-driven solutions, many communities are underserved when it comes to broadband. Hear about the experiences of three communities at various stages in the process of generating a municipally-managed or contracted solution to provide more connectivity. Learn about the technical, financial, and political opportunities and challenges. CM: 1.25.

  • John C. Lunt, General Manager, Greenfield Community Energy and Technology
  • MJ Adams, Economic Development Director / CDBG, Town of Greenfield, MA
  • Mark Howell, Chief Information Officer, Town of Concord, MA


 A5: Transit and Transit-Oriented Development in the Naugatuck Valley - Restoring Balance to Connecticut’s Most Neglected Corridor - PRESENTATION

The Naugatuck Valley is one of the nation’s oldest manufacturing regions and played a large role in ushering in America's Industrial Revolution. This session will demonstrate how the integration of rail and bus transit and land use can enable a shift of travel choice to more sustainable modes; specifically, how investments in transit and transit-oriented development can improve the economic vitality of the Valley’s historic towns and cities. CM: 1.25.

  • Mark C. Nielsen, Director of Planning / Assistant Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments, CT
  • Stephen A. Gazillo, AICP, Market Sector Lead, Transportation Planning, New England Region, AECOM
  • David V. Sousa, ASLA, AICP, Senior Planner/Landscape Architect, CDM Smith


B1: Let's Talk About It - How Canton, MA is Leveraging Redevelopment of a Former Industrial Site to Create a Mixed-Use Destination Rooted in Its Past - PRESENTATION

Using a talk-show format, panelists will reveal the 200+ year history of the site that is coming to be known as the Paul Revere Heritage Site.  The panelists and audience will discuss the challenges and opportunities in mixed-use redevelopment to catalyze revitalization and create new public assets. CM: 1.25.

  • James Stevens, Senior Associate, ConsultEcon, Inc.
  • Laura Smead, AICP, Town Planner, Town of Canton, MA
  • Vic Del Vechio, Chair, Paul Revere Heritage Commission, Town of Canton, MA
  • Tom Scully, Vice-Chair, Paul Revere Heritage Commission; Chair, Planning Board, Town of Canton, MA
  • George Comeau, Member of Paul Revere Heritage Commission, Historical Commission, Town of Canton, MA
  • Liz Francis, Director, Parks & Recreation Department; Member, Paul Revere Heritage Commission, Town of Canton, MA


 B2: Start with Planning - CCAPA’s Insights and Technical Focus on the Connecticut Recovery

This is an important time for planners to reinforce our state's core values, accelerate our pace of work, and build up a team approach to problem-solving.  Start with Planning, a CCAPA program supported by the APA, introduces new policies concerning economic development, transportation, resiliency, conservation, and housing, as well as technical resources for community planning. Panelists will review work products completed to date, discuss feedback from outreach activities, and engage the audience on follow-up and implementation.  CM: 1.25.

  • Michael Piscitelli, AICP, Deputy Economic Development Administrator, City of New Haven, CT 
  • John Guszkowski, AICP, LEED-AP, ENV-SP, Lead Planner, Community Development Group, CME Associates Inc.
  • Emmeline Harrigan, AICP, Assistant Planning Director, Town of Fairfield, CT
  • Amanda Kennedy, AICP, Assistant Director / Director of Special Projects, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, CT
  • Ken Livingston, AICP, Principal / Vice President, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
  • Erin Wilson, AICP, Director of Economic Development, City of Torrington, CT


 B3: Thinking Outside the Traditional Downtown Box - PRESENTATION

Downtowns are making a big comeback, but their primary purpose has shifted.  Most downtowns in small- or medium-sized communities no longer serve primarily as retail centers but rather depend on other uses to spur economic vitality.  Three community-driven examples of downtown activity generators will be highlighted:  WORK_SPACE, a municipally managed meeting center, art gallery and coworking space in Manchester, CT; the Complex Performing Arts Center and Block 134, a performance arts venue and center for creative businesses in Putnam, CT; and, the Meriden Green, a 14-acre flood control/park and economic development project located in Meriden, CT.  CM: 1.25.

  • Gary Anderson, AICP, Director of Planning and Economic Development, Town of Manchester, CT
  • Stacey Zackin, Manager, WORK_SPACE Coworking and Meeting Center
  • Delpha Very, Director of Economic and Community Development, Town of Putnam, CT
  • Juliet Burdelski, Director of Economic Development, City of Meriden, CT


 B4: Rallying the Troops - Creative Approaches to Building Community Buy-In and Leadership -PRESENTATION

This session will introduce participants to community engagement and capacity-building techniques that build ownership and excitement within an organization or community. Following the presentation, community engagement specialists will lead a small-group work session to work with participants to provide ideas and suggestions for tackling their current community engagement challenges. CM: 1.25.

  • Michelle Moon, Fairmount Greenway Project Manager
  • Alison LeFlore, AICP, Planning Consultant
  • Adrianne Schaefer-Borrego, Planning Consultant
  • Allentza Mitchel, Powerful Pathways Principal


 B5:  Seeing the 'Unseen' in Devens, MA - A Biometric Study to Understand the ‘Unconscious' Human Experience of a New Development - PRESENTATION

In this pilot study, we assess a new residential development using software that tracks how people view buildings and streetscapes. Data from images, assessed with emulation software (3M’s Visual Attention Software), show how elements of a new residential street draw the eye and can predict ease of walkability and way-finding. CM: 1.25.

  • Justin B. Hollander, PhD, AICP, Associate Professor, Tufts University 
  • Ann Sussman, AIA, Researcher
  • Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Director, Devens Enterprise Commission, MA
  • Neil Angus, AICP, Environmental Planner, Devens Enterprise Commission, MA


C1: Land Use Law Developments of the Last Year - PRESENTATION

Leading land use lawyers from CT, MA and RI will address national developments in law over the last year, including court decisions, legislation, agency programs, principles and procedures, as well as emerging trends. CM 1.5 Law.

  • John M. Boehnert, Esq., Law Offices of John M. Boehnert LTD
  • Pamela J. Brown, Esq., FAICP, Brown & Brown PC
  • Gregor I. McGregor, Esq., McGregor & Legere, P.C.
  • Kathleen M. O’Donnell, Esq.
  • Marjorie Shansky, Esq.

 C2:  Resiliency by Design - PRESENTATION

Resiliency by Design combines regional regulatory tools, traditional planning, 3-D modeling, and geodesign in scenario planning for stronger community engagement in support of compact-form zoning reform. CM 1.5.

  • Heather Harper, Chief of Staff, Cape Cod Commission, MA
  • Chloe Schaefer, Community Design Planner, Cape Cod Commission, MA
  • Jennifer Clinton, Special Projects Coordinator, Cape Cod Commission, MA
  • Leslie Richardson, Chief Economic Development Officer, Cape Cod Commission
  • Paul Lagg, Town Planner, Town of Eastham, MA
  • Corey Pacheco, Assistant Town Planner, Town of Falmouth, MA
  • Tom Bott, Town Planner, Town of Falmouth, MA

C3: Role-Play - Implementing Nature-Based Climate Resilience Projects - PRESENTATION

Engineers and architects want to include climate resiliency into development projects, but it’s not easy being green. Learn about current policy and permitting challenges and savvy ways to overcome them. Have fun during our hands-on role-play exercise to design and permit a nature-based resilient project! CM: 1.5. 

  • Julie Conroy, AICP, Senior Environmental Planner, Fort Point Associates
  • Cara Pattullo, Environmental Planner, Fort Point Associates
  • Jill Valdés Horwood, JD, LLM, Director of Policy, Boston Harbor Now
  • Mia G. Mansfield, Climate Ready Boston Program Manager,  Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space, City of Boston, MA
  • Deanna Moran, Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation

C4: The Last Mile - Bicycle and Pedestrian Connections to Transit - PRESENTATION

Every transit trip is multimodal, with walking or biking important components. A panel of municipal, consultant, and regional planners will present a toolbox of bicycle and pedestrian treatments for improving connections to transit. Planners will learn how to apply improvements at real locations through a group activity. CM: 1.5.

  • Shayne M. Trimbell, AICP, Director of Transit Planning, Southeastern Regional Transit Authority, MA
  • Sandra Clarey, Project Manager, McMahon Associates
  • Natalie Raffol, AICP, Senior Project Transportation Planner, McMahon Associates
  • Tabitha Harkin, City Planner, City of New Bedford, MA

C5:  Mini Plans with Many Partners - Forming Collaborative Partnerships and Manageable Action Plans to Kick-Start Complete Streets Implementation - PRESENTATION

Collaboratively assembling short and manageable action plans can foster effective partnerships between multiple disciplines (including those that don’t traditionally cooperate) and kick-start the sustainable plan implementation process. Panelists will share their experiences as to how leveraging the unique partnerships and mini-action plans created at the "Step it Up! Walkability Action Institute" sparked the implementation of complete street programs in Hartford, CT and Portland, ME. CM: 1.5.

  • Anna M. Bergeron, Transportation Planner II, Office of Intermodal Planning, Bureau Of Policy and Planning, Connecticut Department of Transportation 
  • Emily Hultquist, AICP, Principal Planner and Policy Analyst, Capitol Region Council of Governments, CT
  • Tim Malone, Principal Planner, Capitol Region Council of Governments, CT
  • Zoe Miller, Project Manager and Public Health Specialist, Greater Portland Council of Governments, ME
  • Paul Niehoff, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS)
  • Steven J. Huleatt, MPH, RS, Director of Health, West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District, CT

D1:  How to Build a Coalition for Economic Development Around a Transportation Project - A Case Study of the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative - PRESENTATION

Learn about a successful collaborative effort involving multiple municipalities, agencies, and nonprofit partners with an $11.5 million DOT project to revamp a central commercial corridor. With a thorough understanding of this case study, participants will be able to apply similar ideas and principles to one of their own current or future projects. CM: 1.25.

  • Jillian Finkle, Principal Planner, City of Central Falls, RI
  • Robert Billington, President, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council
  • C.J. Opperthauser, Training Manager, Grow Smart RI  
  • Peter Friedrichs, Director of Innovative Initiatives, The Policastro Group

D2:  Right-Sizing Affordable Housing Projects for Your Community - PRESENTATION

This session will look at how affordable housing can be developed in small communities through partnerships.  The Housing Connection Program of Connecticut provides technical support and works with community leaders to help develop affordable housing that is appropriately sized for the community. CM: 1.25.

  • Jonathan M. Cabral, AICP, Manager in Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority 
  • Diane L. Smith, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
  • Jim Horan, Executive Director, Connecticut Statewide Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Jocelyn Ayer, Community and Economic Development Director, Northwest Hills Council of Governments, CT
  • Kate Johnson, Board Chair, Foundation of Norfolk Living

D3: Reinventing and Reconnecting Hartford’s Union Station Area - PRESENTATION

Fifty years ago, I-84 cut a scar through Hartford, separating employment centers and neighborhoods from Union Station, Downtown, and Bushnell Park. A transformative reconstruction of I-84 and Union Station will reconnect Hartford’s people and places with a walkable station district. Discover creative solutions emerging from a complex and collaborative planning process.  CM: 1.25.

  • David Spillane, AICP, RIBA, Principal, Goody Clancy
  • Kevin Burnham, PE, Transportation Engineer/Consultant Design, Connecticut Department of Transportation
  • Sandra Fry, Principal Planner, City of Hartford, CT 
  • Casey R. Hardin, PE, Project Manager, TranSystems

D4: Complete Streets from a Higher Perspective - Using Drones to Capture the Big Picture -PRESENTATION

Attendees will learn how drone technology and advanced data analysis can be used to comprehensively evaluate real-time traffic operations along a heavily travelled commercial corridor. A detailed analysis of complex traffic patterns supports both an informed public engagement process and the development of innovative complete streets alternatives.  CM: 1.25.

  • Meghan A. Sloan, AICP, Planning Director, Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG), CT
  • James R. Wendt, AICP, Planning Director, Town of Fairfield, CT
  • Michael Morehouse, PE, Vice President, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. 

D5: Special Conference Session - Can We Meet? Mastering Successful Meetings - PRESENTATION

What makes successful meetings?  Planners spend endless hours at meetings with our boards, commissions, committees, and beyond. From formal public hearings to citizen workshops, many ingredients are required to ensure that meetings are successful. How can we plan and run effective meetings and educate our citizen boards to do the same? Bring your success (and horror!) stories. We’ll all discuss best practices, legal requirements, tips and techniques, and strategies for mastering the public meeting milieu. This Special Session is brought to you by the SNEAPA conference committee. CM: 1.25

  • Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Planning Consultant, MA
  • Krista Moravec, AICP, Senior Planner, Horsley Witten Group,RI
  • Christopher Smith, Partner, Shipman & Goodwin LLP, CT
  • Jennifer West, Coastal Training Program Coordinator, Narragansett Bay Research Reserve, RI



Friday Sessions

E1: Encouraging Neighborhood Revitalization and Sustainability Through Urban Agriculture - PRESENTATION

Community-based agriculture can enhance access to fresh healthy food, improve the viability of local gardeners and farmers, revitalize neighborhoods, improve quality of life, and promote climate resiliency and sustainability in dense urban areas. In this session, panelists will provide a local, regional, and statewide perspective on implementing urban agriculture strategies. CM: 1.25.

  • Christine Sandolo, Executive Director, Green Village Initiative of Bridgeport, Inc.
  • Chelsea Gazillo, Director, Working Lands Alliance (and former Food Policy VISTA, the Bridgeport Food Policy Council and Bridgeport Farmers Market Collaborative)
  • Susmitha Attota, AICP, Principal Planner and Owner, Planning Interface (MBWE) 
  • Meg Hourigan, Policy Analyst, Hartford Food System

E2: Are You PREPARED for Redevelopment? Introduction to the U.S. EPA PREPARED Workbook - PRESENTATION

The PREPARED (Process for Risk Evaluation, Property Analysis, and Reuse Decisions) workbook was developed by U.S. EPA New England and its contractors for local governments. It is also useful to states, counties, tribes, and quasi-governmental redevelopment entities, providing a risk-management framework for evaluating various actions that entities might take to bring about the desired reuse of contaminated properties. CM: 1.25.

  • Michael B. Taylor, AICP, President, Vita Nuova, LLC 
  • Kathy Castagna, Senior Brownfields Advisor, Vita Nuova, LLC (and formerly of U.S. EPA)
  • Mark Lewis, Brownfields Coordinator, CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • Juliet Burdelski, Economic Development Director, City of Meriden, CT

E3: Citizen Participation and Engagement in a Diverse and Sometimes Skeptical City - PRESENTATION 

In 2017, three city departments in Norwalk, CT were simultaneously undertaking independent, but connected, planning efforts. A unified engagement strategy was needed to increase participation in the planning process and to be responsive to the concerns of some Norwalk-ers regarding a lack of inter-departmental communication and coordination.  CM: 1.25. 

  • Steve Kleppin, AICP, Planning and Zoning Director, City of Norwalk, CT 
  • Tami Strauss, Director of Community Development Planning, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, CT
  • Sabrina Church, Community Development Planner, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, CT
  • Kathryn Hebert, Director, Norwalk Parking Authority, CT

E4: Local Resiliency - How Connecticut Towns are Tackling Climate Change Through Councils of Governments -PRESENTATION 1PRESENTATION 2PRESENTATION 3

Regardless of size or location, municipalities should increase their resiliency as the climate continues to change. Projects do not need to be overly complicated or expensive to deliver effective results. Learn about three projects conducted by Connecticut councils of governments including a Critical Infrastructure Vulnerability Study, Community Rating System Programs, and a Rural Resiliency Vision and Toolkit that increased local resiliency. CM: 1.25.

  • Joanna Wozniak-Brown, PhD, Northwest Hills Council of Governments, CT
  • Amanda Kennedy, AICP, Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, CT
  • Michael Towle, Western Connecticut Council of Governments, CT

E5: How a Community Data Platform and the Use of Mobility Data Are Helping Nantucket be Smarter and Stronger -PRESENTATION

This session will explain how Community Data Platforms can help government, businesses, and non-profits make evidence-based decisions. It will also offer a first-time immersion in how personal mobile device activity (MDA) data can be used to gauge temporal variations in population flows to, from, and within local communities. CM: 1.25.

  • Alan Worden, Founder, Community Data Platforms 
  • Peter Morrison, Demographer, Community Data Platforms 


11:15 A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

F1:  Sidewalks, Alive with Community! - PRESENTATION

Sidewalks and plazas in downtowns and other urban districts offer important opportunities for destination programming. Discover successful strategies from Downtown Danbury, CT to Boston’s Longwood District and Cambridge’s Central Square, that overcome challenges of location, funding, and permitting to deliver engaging community programming with culture, food, and other attractions. CM: 1.25.

  • Ben Carlson, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Urban Design, Goody Clancy 
  • P.J. Prunty, President / CEO, Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, CT
  • Ted Furst, Urban Redevelopment Consultant, ThinkFurst, LLC 
  • Michael Monestime, Executive Director, Central Square Business Association, Cambridge, MA
  • Angela Wong, Director of Events and Development, CityCenter Danbury, CT      


F2: Living Long Wharf - Coastal Resiliency, Community Engagement, and Responsible Economic Planning - PRESENTATION

The Long Wharf Responsible Growth Plan aims to support the social and economic development of the Long Wharf District in New Haven, CT through its strategic focus on coastal resiliency, progressive economic strategies and community engagement. This session will demonstrate how sustainable development plans can offer big picture solutions by starting with incremental steps and incorporating on-the-ground conditions and stakeholder concerns. CM: 1.25.

  • Carlos Eyzaguirre, Economic Development Officer, City of New Haven, CT
  • Aicha Woods, Assistant Director of Comprehensive Planning, City of New Haven, CT
  • Giovanni Zinn, P.E., City Engineer, City of New Haven, CT
  • Jonathan Wharton, MPA, PhD, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Nora Rizzo, LEED AP BD+C, LFA, WELL AP, Director of Sustainability, Fusco Corporation


F3:  CTrail Hartford Line Service - A Catalyst for Connecticut’s Economy - PRESENTATION

This session is a moderated discussion about the outcome of an innovative process to leverage a transformative investment in the new Hartford Line passenger rail service. Learn how it benefits municipalities along the Hartford Line corridor in central Connecticut, including transferable best practices in moving from plan to implementation for transit-oriented development. CM: 1.25.

  • Richard Andreski, Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, CT Department of Transportation 
  • Robert Yirigian, P.E., Assistant Vice President and Senior Engineering Manager, WSP
  • David Elder, AICP, GISP, Supervising Planner, CT Department of Transportation
  • Kristen Ashby, PMP (Moderator), Senior Planner, WSP


F4: Special Conference Session - Site Plan Review Workshop - PRESENTATION

This workshop will delve into the plan review process and provide practical tools and techniques for reading and interpreting engineered site plans. We will present the differences between the subdivision and the site plan review processes, the progression of a site plan from the preliminary stage to the final stage, how to scope a transportation impact and access study to be multimodal in its review, and how to effectively use outside peer review of plans. This workshop will provide an important skill set for new planners, while at the same time challenging seasoned professionals. This Special Session is brought to you by the SNEAPA Conference Committee. CM: 1.25.

  • Kristine Johnson, AICP, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Hudson, MA 
  • Scott J. Mediros, P.E., Vice President, Woodard and Curran 
  • Phillip Viveiros, P.E. PTOE, Project Manager, McMahon Associates


F5:  Beating the Odds: Overcoming the Obstacles that Face Economically Challenged Downtown Mixed-Use Projects

The economic and community impacts of downtown mixed-use projects can be transformative and create lasting change. This session will explore which metrics to measure and how to show the value of a project. It also will delve into unique strategies to leverage that value into community support and funding sources. You will also learn about potential barriers and ways to overcome them. CM: 1.25. 

  • Bob Stevens, P.E. CNU, LEED AP, Principal, M&S Development 
  • Craig Miskovich, Esq., Principal, M&S Development

G1:  Innovative Tools for Promoting Healthy Community Design - PRESENTATION

Health-risk factors are influenced by the attributes of a community’s built and social environment. This presentation will feature the Commonwealth’s and MAPC’s work on new tools and measures to support transportation planning, as well as VHB’s “Smart Mobility” model which correlates land use, urban design, and transportation factors in assessing the built environment’s impact on public health. CM: 1.25.

  • Ken Schwartz, Senior Vice President and Planning Service Leader, VHB 
  • Halley Reeves, Community Health Planner, MA Department of Public Health
  • Barry Keppard, Director of Public Health, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA
  • Krystal Pollitt, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, UMASS Amherst

G2: How Municipalities Can Facilitate Affordable and Workforce Housing - PRESENTATION

This session will examine a variety of techniques for creating housing opportunities, including regulatory incentives and requirements, municipal advocacy, and funding approaches. Ethical issues of city activism and strategies to deal with opposition also will be explored.  Session participants will identify and act on opportunities and challenges being faced within their communities. CM: 1.25.

  • Wayne Feiden, FAICP, Director of Planning and Sustainability, City of Northampton, MA 
  • Carolyn Misch, AICP, Senior Land Use Planner / Permits Manager, City of Northampton, MA
  • Sarah LaValley, Conservation and Land Use Planner, City of Northampton, MA

G3:  When Does Good Design Become the Enemy of Great Design? - PRESENTATION

Join us for a hands-on opportunity to strengthen design review skills. Learn how to better collaborate with peers and how to balance design outcomes with economic viability and project timelines. We will use downtown revitalization case studies from Providence, RI, Allentown, PA, and elsewhere. CM: 1.25.

  • Robert E. Azar, AICP, Deputy Director, Department of Planning and Development, City of Providence, RI 
  • Ben Carlson, LEED AP, AIA, Director of Urban Design, Goody Clancy
  • Kathleen Onufer, AICP, Senior Planner, Goody Clancy

G4: Special Conference Session - Utilizing APA’s Housing and Equity Policies in Your Community, Region, and State -PRESENTATION

APA's annual policy agenda advances priorities that are essential to good planning. The 2018 agenda focuses on housing choice and affordability and planning for equity. Hear how policies are created nationally and implemented locally. We will discuss how the Housing and Equity Policies can be integrated into local, regional, and statewide planning efforts. A lively, facilitated discussion will allow attendees to voice ideas about how to realize these policy goals. This Special Session is brought to you by the SNEAPA Conference Committee. CM: 1.25.

  • Emily Pasi, Outreach and Communications Manager, American Planning Association 
  • Jennifer Raitt, Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Arlington, MA
  • Moderator: Angela Cleveland, AICP, Senior Economic Development Planner, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, MA

G5:  Reconnecting US Route 1 to People - PRESENTATION

The Community Connectivity Program, part of Let’sGoCT! transportation program, improves accommodations for bicyclists and pedestrians in urban, suburban, and rural community centers. One component of the program offers towns and cities assistance to conduct a road safety audit along bike and pedestrian corridors and at intersections to make conditions safer and more accommodating for pedestrians and cyclists. CM: 1.25. 

  • Steve Mitchell, P.E., Manager, Highway/Traffic Engineering Department, New England, AECOM
  • Patrick Zapatka, Community Connectivity Program Manager (Transportation Planner / SRTS Coordinator), CT Department of Transportation

H1: Beyond Tactical Urbanism: Creative Placemaking as a Planning Strategy

What is creative placemaking? How can planners bring it into their work? Join us to lean the benefits and challenges of bringing art and creativity into planning through creative placemaking, view examples of of successful projects, and engage in a hands-on exercise to generate ideas for your own creative placemaking projects. CM: 1.5.

  • Annis Sengupta, Regional Arts and Culture Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA
  • Jenn Erickson, Arts and Culture Division Manager,  Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA
  • Ted Fields, Senior Planner, Town of Natick, MA
  • Carolyn Lewenberg, Artist in Residence, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA

H2:  Real Estate Law for Planners - PRESENTATION

Is it an easement or a fee interest? Dedication or conveyance? The work of planners is closely intertwined with interests in land. This session will provide planners with an understanding of real estate law and how a planner's day-to-day work relates to real estate transactions. CM: 1.5 Law.

  • Brian R. Smith, Esq., Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Michele L. Maresca, Esq.,  Robinson & Cole LLP
  • Evan J. Seeman, Esq. Robinson & Cole LLP

H3:  Impacts of Communication on Ethics in Planning

As planners, we are increasingly dependent on various and evolving means of communication. Effective communication is central to our profession and to our Code of Ethics, yet it can be a minefield. This session will focus on the intersection between our role as communicators and the AICP Code of Ethics. CM: 1.5 Ethics. 

  • Ralph Willmer, FAICP, Principal Planner and Technical Assistance Program Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA
  • Karina Milchman, AICP, Chief Housing Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, MA

H4: The Malden River - Connections and Collaborations

Good planning requires that we look beyond municipal borders. It is hard enough to encourage people to plan for their own community - how do we get them to think beyond the town line?  Discover how we coordinated a regional and local planning effort and learn what worked and what can be improved. CM: 1.5.

  • Emily Key Innes, AICP, LEED AP ND, Associate and Senior Urban Planner, Harriman
  • Drew Kane, AICP, Associate / Senior Urban Designer and Planner, Utile, Inc.
  • Amanda Maher Keefe, Project Manager, Redgate (and former Vice President, Real Estate Services, MassDevelopment)
  • Amber Christoffersen, Mystic Greenways Director, Mystic River Watershed Association


Southern New England APA Chapter Professional Development Officers (PDOs) will offer an informative session for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) Certification candidates an hopefuls. They will share details about the AICP exam process, material content, and preparation techniques, as well as testing tips and tricks to help you succeed!

  • Steve Sadlowski, AIPC, CT PDO
  • Darlene Wynne, AICP, MA PDO
  • Al Ranaldi, AICP, RI PDO