2019 Program

The 2019 SNEAPA Conference was hosted at the MassMutual Center (1277 Main Street) in Springfield, MA.

Thursday's Sessions
8:30 A.M. TO 9:45 A.M.

A1: It Takes a Village to Revitalize a Historic Downtown Block (Room 1)

It takes a “Village” of state, regional, local, public, and private partners to move a complex historic revitalization effort forward.  Downtowns throughout New England are rich with opportunities to live, work, and play.  However, many downtown buildings and sites need significant rehabilitation.  There are brownfield issues and a variety of funding sources are needed to implement the necessary environmental remediation to get a site ready for redevelopment.  This session will discuss the various funding sources used for remediation, the challenges associated with the project, and the “lessons learned” for complex, downtown rehabilitation projects.  These lessons are applicable to communities throughout New England.  We will discuss the importance of such funding in making larger redevelopment projects financially viable.  CM: 1.25

Susan Westa, AICP, Windham Regional Commission
William Colvin, Bennington County Regional Commission & Industrial Corporation
Gabrielle Ciuffreda, M&S Development
Brett Long, Vermont Department of Economic Development

A2: So you have a Housing Trust! What do you do with it? (Room 2)

Housing Trusts are becoming more common in southern New England as part of proactive local housing policies. However, most local governments do not have a lot of experience in how to effectively use the resources from a Trust efficiently. This session will explain how to manage a Housing Trust; how to use the funds to maximize the benefits they provide; and how to engage the Housing Trust effort into other initiatives to develop affordable housing. Panelists will explore tools for finding development partners to build the housing the Trust is ready to fund. A quick overview of the affordable housing development process will provide background and perspective. A few case studies will explain best practices for managing funds; how to prevent mission creep; and ways that negative public perception can be turned into positive views. Speakers represent well-established trusts as well as new ones. CM: 1.25

Jennifer Goldson, AICP, JM Goldson Community Planning
Roger Blood, Town of Brookline Housing Advisory Board
Jeff Levine, AICP, MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning

A3: Planning Plan B: Rethinking Assumptions (Room 3)

Economics, demographics, politics, even planning philosophies see waves of change. Sometimes the foundations of a well-intentioned plan shift, requiring new approaches. This session examines two places, Fairfield, Ct and Newton, MA where transit-oriented development did not occur as envisioned. Planning paradigms needed rethinking to meet contemporary opportunities and challenges.  Community conversation and technical solutions needed to move past old assumptions.  CM: 1.25

Ben Carlson, AIA, Goody Clancy
Susan Silberberg, Civic Moxie LLC
Jim Wendt, AICP, Town of Fairfield, CT
Kathleen Onufer, AICP, Goody Clancy

A4: Pot Shops and Grow Spots: Planning and Zoning for the Weed Economy (Room 4)

Adult Use Marijuana facilities represent a new use for all Massachusetts communities that voted to legalize marijuana on the 2016 state referendum. With thoughtful regulation and permitting processes, these facilities can be a boost to local economies. This panel represents the front line of this New Economy and will share lessons learned with regard to regulating and permitting adult use marijuana establishments. Planners from two Pioneer Valley towns and a representative from the first retail shop to open on the east coast will relay their lessons learned from the process of zoning, permitting, and opening adult use marijuana establishments in their communities. Panelists will discuss questions of equity and ownership, host agreements, energy usage, the boost to local economies, the question of police detail during operating hours, and the importance of businesses working and host communities working together to ensure smooth and safe operations.  CM: 1.25

Moderator: Ken Comia, AICP, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
Jeffrey Bagg, City of Easthampton
Carolyn Misch, AICP, City of Northampton
Leslie Tarr Laurie, MS, New England Treatment Access (NETA)

A5: The Art of Placemaking (Room 5)

This session explores creative ways that communities are planning for and implementing placemaking activities and programs. New England towns and cities are using their public realm and urban landscapes in a variety of new ways. This session will highlight, through a series of case studies, projects, and programs that have helped a range of communities rethink, reinvest, and renew their public places. CM: 1.25

Geoffrey Morrison-Logan, NCICS, NCICMF, VHB
Bonnie Nickerson, AICP, City of Providence
Laura Barrett, MassDevelopment
Ward Joyce, Ward Joyce Design

A6: Planning for Equity in New England (Room 6/Ballroom C)

It is important for planners to recognize the past and present role that the planning profession has played in creating and perpetuating discriminatory practices against communities of color, the LGBTQ communities, women, and persons with disabilities. The American Planning Association is committed to being more mindful of avoiding these impacts and how we create and support diverse, equitable and inclusive communities. The Planning for Equity Policy Guide reaffirms that commitment to promote equity and explicitly remove barriers in policies and regulations that perpetuate inequity in the United States. This session will provide a deep dive into the Planning for Equity Policy Guide, explore Planners’ roles and responsibilities in advancing the Policy Guide recommendations, and provide robust examples of where planners are already implementing these recommendations in communities around New England. CM: 1.25

Angela Cleveland, AICP, APA MA President
Sarah Marchant, AICP, City of Nashua, NH, NNECAPA President
Kim Lundgren, ENV SP, Kim Lundgren Associates

11:15 A.M. TO 12:45 P.M.

B1: Functional Obsolescence and the Repositioning of Properties to Compete for Investment (Room 1)

Functional obsolescence of buildings is one of the greatest challenges that communities and planners face in their efforts to create and maintain vibrant and prosperous communities. Buildings, be they industrial, retail, office, or residential, are built at specific locations, at specific moments in time, and are designed to meet the specific consumer demands of that moment. This program will explain the spatial, temporal, and technological challenges that result in functional obsolescence and tools and strategies that communities can use to address functionally obsolescent properties. CM: 1.5

Donald Poland, PhD, AICP, Goman + York
Jason Vincent, AICP, Town of Stonington, CT

B2: Springfield's Strategic Renaissance and Renewal (Room 2)

This session seeks to present the successful multi-faceted strategic approach that has led to the current renaissance in downtown Springfield today to serve as a model for other cities. The session will focus on the City’s calculated efforts to reverse the decline common to post industrial cities through key redevelopment projects, public private partnerships, as well rebound from natural disasters of the 2011 tornado, turning adversity into opportunity. One key to this success is the City’s unique approach to soliciting, securing and facilitating one of its biggest transformative projects in its history, the $950M investment, MGM Springfield.  CM: 1.5

Philip Dromey, AICP, City of Springfield
Brian Connors, City of Springfield
Scott Hanson, City of Springfield
Tim Brangle, The Chicago Consultants Studio, Inc.

B3: Leveraging Opportunity Zone Status in Southern New England (Room 3)

The first federal Opportunity Zones were designated in April 2018. With the program in its second year of existence, our panel will focus on how the program has pressed us to rethink economic development, and the lessons we have learned in the process. Featuring economic development professionals from the public and private sectors, this session will examine local real estate projects that have taken advantage of Opportunity Zone funding.  CM: 1.5

Luke Mitchell, VHB
Rob May, City of Brockton
Derek Santos, New Bedford Economic Development Council
Victoria Storrs, Camoin Associates
Edward Lavernoich, Bridgeport Economic Development Corporation

B4: A Renewed Commitment to Fair Housing (Room 4)

Fifty years after the federal Fair Housing Act, barriers to fair housing persist and have evolved into new forms. This interactive panel will include a short history on planning and fair housing, and then update planners on recent fair housing decisions from federal and state courts. CM: 1.5 LAW

Marijoan Bull, AICP, Brown University
Meris Bergquist, Esq., Massachusetts Fair Housing Center
Kristina da Fonseca, Esq., SouthCoast Fair Housing

B5: Getting Great Multifamily Housing in Your Community: Why Housing Matters and What Planners Can do to Make it Happen (Room 5)

This session will focus on tools and strategies for planners and permitting authorities to work with multifamily developers and their design teams to get great projects and address opposition to higher-density housing growth.  It will also provide insight into the importance of housing, looking at regional market trends in the real estate industry, and bridging those trends with planning and economic development themes that include adaptive re-use and revitalization, talent attraction and retention, and quality of place.  CM: 1.5

Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning Group, LLC
Jeremy Lake, AIA, LEED AP, CNU, Union Studio
Rachel Selsky, AICP, Camion Associates
Jonathan Reiner, AICP, Town of Groton, CT
Greg Reibman, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber

B6: Wicked Ethical Problems in Transportation Planning (Room 6/Ballroom C)

This session will discuss a number of scenarios in which ethics play a key role through the lens of transportation planning. We also aim to engage attendees in a number of different methods, whether it be through responses via mobile phones, listening to an expert panel presentation, or in a small group discussion format. The outcomes from this session will not only focus on ethical concerns, but to provide a deep dive for transportation planning professionals so that attendees can go back to work with the tools they need to manage these concerns in their specialty.  CM: 1.5 ETHICS

Daphne Politis, AICP, Community Circle
William Lyons, AICP, CTP, PE, PTOE, PTP, ENV SP, Fort Hill Companies
Travis Pollack, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Alison Felix, AICP, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Jamie Simchik, AICP, Simchik Planning & Development


    Special Welcome from Springfield's Mayor Domenic Sarno!

    2:30 P.M. TO 3:45 P.M.

    C1: Beyond Playgrounds: Rethinking Play in our Cities (Room 1)

    Planners have proven themselves to be generally supportive of creating and maintaining play opportunities for children. This session will provide an overview of children’s play, why it’s important, the factors currently interfering with children’s play, and how as planners we might be able to start to address these problems. CM: 1.25

    Jillian Finkle, City of Central Falls
    Wendy Nilsson, City of Providence, RI
    Robin Meisner, Boston Children’s Museum

    C2:  When Planners Become Politicians (Room 2)

    Planners and community development professionals quickly become experts at policy, local government, and regulation in the communities they work in, but decision-making ultimately falls to elected officials. Through an actively-facilitated panel discussion and audience question and answer, this session will explore what happens when planners become the decision-makers by running for elected office in their home communities and in many cases, winning. CM: 1.25

    Kathleen Onufer, AICP, LEED AP ND, Goody Clancy
    Christine Madore, AICP, City of Salem, MA
    Jen Berardi-Constable, Town of Hull, MA
    Manisha Bewtra, AICP, Melrose City Council

    C3: District Improvement Financing and Tax Increment Financing: Lessons from Community Successes & Strategies for Integrating Economic Development into Your Planning (Room 3)

    Funding the implementation of a communities long range plans, zoning, and economic development is a continuing challenge for communities, whether it is for infrastructure or resources to undertake a long-term planning effort. In MA, CT, and RI, District Improvement Financing and Tax Increment Financing can fund a range of hard and soft costs and be paired with grants, debt issuance, and direct financial assistance to businesses. The session will facilitate two sections where participants are led to discover for themselves how DIF/TIF plans benefit from early engagement with planning. CM: 1.25

    Victoria Storrs, Camoin 310 
    Jonathan Reiner, AICP, Town of Groton, CT
    Rob Dolan, MassDevelopment

    C4: Evidence-based Design Using Biometrics (Room 4)

    Today we live in a new Age of Biology where findings in cognitive science coupled with new biometric tools can help us better understand human behavior and how the design of our built environment can influence human behavior. These technologies can be used to understand why some neighborhoods and building layouts feel safer than others, and invite walkability, while others do not. Attendees will learn about a pilot-study in Devens, Massachusetts, where these technologies were used to assess new residential development built to promote sustainability and healthy living. CM: 1.25

    Neil Angus, AICP CEP, LEED AP, Devens Enterprise Commission
    Ann Sussman, AIA, 
    Peter Lowitt, FAICP, Devens Enterprise Commission

    C5:  More than Moving People Faster: BostonBRT (Room 5)

    The BostonBRT initiative aimed to demonstrate the potential of bus rapid transit (BRT) in metro Boston, most recently through pilot projects in Arlington, Everett, and Cambridge/Watertown which tested elements of BRT on high-ridership, high traffic corridors. This session explores the three pilots and their impacts, including dedicated bus lanes, shared bus-bike lanes, queue jumps, transit signal priority, and level boarding. CM: 1.25

    Julia Wallerce, Institute for Transportation & Development Policy
    Andrew Reker, City of Cambridge
    Erin Zwirko, AICP, LEED AP, Town of Arlington
    Jay Monty, City of Everett

    C6:  Building Resilient Communities: How to implement climate resilient solutions in municipalities working with a range of stakeholders? (Room 6/Ballroom C)


    Climate Resilience can be understood as a methodology and means to adapt to and mitigate the impacts from climate change while increasing social cohesion. Building on the current scientific understanding of climate change, this session will explore inter-disciplinary tools and techniques to use in engaging with diverse groups of stakeholders and in implementing resilient climate measures in their municipalities. This session will enable participants to tap into a variety of strategies and tools to start to address specific climate risks and respective climate resilience solutions in their work or communities. CM: 1.25

    Isabel Kaubisch, Nitsch Engineering
    Jim Newman, LEED AP O+M, EcoDistrict AP, LFA, Linnean Solutions
    Stephanie Ciccarello, Town of Amherst, MA


    4:00 P.M. TO 5:15 P.M.

    D1:  Form-Based Codes for Small Towns: Breaking the Barriers to Smart Growth (Room 1)

    The form-based code has been a popular alternative for new development or urbanized areas, particularly for larger communities. The panel will describe the benefits and challenges of form-based codes as they may apply to smaller communities. It will also describe the steps that such communities can take to successfully implement a form-based code system. CM: 1.25

    Christopher Ryan, AICP, Ph.D., Town of Harvard, MA
    George Proakis, AICP, City of Somerville, MA
    Neil Pade, AICP, Town of Canton, CT
    Maren Toohill, AICP, Town of Littleton, MA
    Alan Manoian, AICP, Town of Ayer, MA

    D2:  21st Century Waterfront Planning in the Northeast (Room 2)

    Waterfronts have traditionally been perceived as possessing special qualities from real estate, urbanity, and tourism perspectives. This session features planning processes and outcomes in Massachusetts, upstate New York and New Hampshire and highlights the power of greenway planning, ecological design and restoration, and environmental management as they relate to the quality of waterfront sites and their future potential.  CM: 1.25

    Carlos Balsas, Ph.D., AICP, University at Albany
    Jaclyn Hakes, AICP, M.J. Engineering and Land Surveying, P.C.
    Steven Whitman, AICP, Resilience Planning & Design

    D3: Climate Change Without Borders (Room 3)

    Together, the cities of Chelsea and Everett are pursuing climate resiliency planning and adaptation measures to address coastal and inland flooding and urban heat island effect associated with climate change. This panel of planning and engineering experts will discuss upcoming collaborative resilience projects, benefits/challenges of collaboration, lessons learned, and take questions from the audience. CM: 1.25

    Alex Train, City of Chelsea, MA
    John DePriest, City of Chelsea, MA
    Tony Sousa, City of Everett, MA
    Greg St. Louis, PE, City of Everett, MA
    Katie Moniz, PE, AICP, BSC Group
    Dalia Munenzon, One Architecture

    D4: Psychology and the City: Springfield MA Case Study (Room 4)

    Residents, visitors and those that rarely or never have been to a specific city often have widely varying perceptions about the quality, character, and safety of that city. Using urban design principals paired with ideas from human psychology, such as Maslows Hierarchy of Needs, this session will look at how people perceive the City of Springfield and why those perceptions often are significantly in opposition to each other. CM: 1.25

    Mark Westa, RLA, Stevens & Associates

    D5: The High Cost of Free Roads: How pricing valuable road space can make our transportation system work better for everybody (Room 5)

    One obstacle to rethinking how we design cities and move people is the idea of “free” roads. Data show that we cannot build our way out of congestion and parking takes up valuable land and increases housing costs because, for the most part, drivers aren’t charged for using roads. This session will explore successful models from around the U.S. and around the world where dynamic parking and road pricing is effectively managing demand. We will look at how these systems are set-up, what technology is necessary and what are best practices for reinvesting revenues from these programs to meet a region’s mobility, environmental, and equity goals. CM: 1.25

    Kathryn Carlson, A Better City
    Chris Dempsey, Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)

    D6: Thinking BioRegional: Steps Toward Implementing Agroforestry at the Watershed Level in the Connecticut River Valley (Room 6/Ballroom C)

    Agroforestry involves the integration of tree-based staple crops with annual or perennial crops, or livestock. These systems can serve as green infrastructure, enhance landscape biodiversity, and support rural agricultural economies. They can also strengthen bonds between urban and rural communities through cooperative planning for land conservation and watershed health via municipal water funds. 
    The BRASA process is a GIS tool built to determine the applicability of agroforestry based on land use and crop requirements. Refined geo-processes assess land uses suitable for agroforestry and explore production schemes based on stakeholder goals. In this case study the crop is hybrid chestnuts, and the area of study is the Connecticut River watershed in Massachusetts. Our team identified and located 104,000 acres out of 1.7 million suitable for hybrid chestnut production. CM: 1.25

    Andrew Kilduff, TK.designlab
    Tim Tensen, TK.designlab
    Russell Wallack, Terra-Genesis International / Breadtree Farms


    Friday's SESSIONS
    9:30 A.M. TO 10:45 A.M.

    E1: Fun AND Functional: Crafting Multi-Purpose Recreation and Open Space Plans to Address Emerging Challenges (Room 1)

    Recreational open space is more than just fun - it has profound impacts on the environment, physical and mental health, our sense of community, and our quality of life.  This session will introduce Rhode Island’s new Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), the State’s action plan to target investments to address service gaps, improve access and communication, and protect natural resources. We will then present the Charles River Basin Riverbank Vegetation Management Plan (RVMP), which combines an effort to restore the ecological integrity of the riverbank with passive and active recreational opportunities. CM: 1.25

    Jim Riordan, AICP, LEED AP, Weston & Sampson
    Michelle Sheehan, State of Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Planning & Development
    Rick Corsi, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, Bureau of Project Planning and Design
    Rachel McKnight, RLA, ISA, Weston & Sampson

    E2: LEED for Cities and Communities: Innovative Sustainability Performance Metrics and Tools for Planners (Room 2)

    LEED for Cities and LEED for Communities are internationally recognized urban sustainability rating systems that help advance healthy, green, and economically strong cities and communities. The STAR Community rating system was recently integrated into the new LEED for Cities and Communities certification program and this session will take a closer look at this integration and the new structure and credit categories of LEED for Cities and Communities that include all the key components of a healthy, inclusive, equitable, safe, resilient, and sustainable community: Natural Systems and Ecology, Transportation and Land Use, Water Efficiency, Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Materials and Resources, Quality of Life, Innovation, and Regional Priorities. CM: 1.25

    Neil Angus, AICP, CEP, LEED AP, Devens Enterprise Commission
    Wayne Feiden, FAICP, City of Northampton, MA
    Vatsal Bhatt, PhD, US Green Building Council

    E3: Transportation and Stormwater 101 (Room 3)

    Do traffic impact studies or stormwater reports land on your desk and leave you searching for answers? Municipal planners wear many hats, especially in smaller communities without multiple staff members. Without specialized training or experience, municipal planners can feel lost trying to interpret results from traffic impact studies or stormwater reports for development review. This workshop will provide an interactive setting for planners to gain hands on experience learning to read the reports with the goal of taking away key points quickly. Planners will gain hands on experience through an activity that will have them immediately apply what they’ve learned to reviewing a report in small groups. CM: 1.25

    Angela Saunders, PE, McMahon Associates, Inc. 
    Erin Fredette, PE, McMahon Associates
    Kristina Johnson, Town of Hudson
    Parick Baxter, PE, PTOE, City of Cambridge
    Janet Carter Bernardo, PE, Horsley Witten Group

    E4: Solving the Housing Crisis: Where Does Design Fit In? (Room 4)

    There is a widely acknowledged housing crisis in the US today: workers and young families are finding it increasingly difficult to find housing they can afford that suits their needs.  An architect, an urban planner, a municipal planner, and a developer will discuss the working partnerships between designers, developers, and municipalities and the role that design plays to create housing that meets a community’s needs. CM: 1.25

    Roberta Groch, AICP, RI Division of Statewide Planning
    Aurelien Alpha, ONE Neighborhood Builders
    Stephanie Zurek, AIA, Union Studio
    Jeff Davis, AICP, Horsley Witten Group
    Ben Willis, AIA, Union Studio

    E5: Mechanics of Placemaking (Room 5)

    The “Mechanics of Placemaking” session highlights several placemaking and pop-up projects in the Boston Area.  Each of these projects had a very different process that sometimes were part of an official process and other times not part of an official process. These case studies demonstrate there are many ways to make placemaking and pop-up happen that requires the team to be creative, flexible, and adaptable. CM: 1.25

    Michelle Moon, Civic Space Collaborative
    Alison LeFlore, AICP, Stantec
    Jess Mortel, Neighborhways Design
    Jacob Wesell, City of Boston
    Anita Morson-Matra, The Changing City

    E6: Financing Climate Change and Resiliency Projects (Room 6/Ballroom C)

    Budgeting for routine infrastructure maintenance is a struggle for many municipalities, so how can we fund projects that will build resiliency (and save money in the long term)? Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island have crafted grant programs that help with the evaluation of climate change threats and the development of plans and projects that improve resiliency at the local level. This session discusses the types of funding and projects available in each state and offers case studies on how they are being applied in Southern New England.  In this session, planners will hear about what each state is offering and how financing is being applied. CM: 1.25

    John Truscinski, University of Connecticut, CT Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation (CIRCA)
    Shaun O’Rourke, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank
    Kathy Baskin, PE, Weston & Sampson


    11:00 A.M. TO 12:15 P.M.

    F1:  Race Talks: A call for an equitable planning and housing industry (Room 1)

    The planning industry has struggled to recruit and develop talent that represents the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Whether it’s nonprofit, agency, and municipal leadership, the planning profession, or board representation, we’re clearly failing to represent all of our communities. This panel will feature planners of color to discuss their experiences, highlight challenges to diversity and inclusion in the field, and launch a dialogue that can being to transform and rethink planning practice in Massachusetts. CM: 1.25

    Annabelle Rondon, MA Smart Growth Alliance 
    Elijah Romulus, Bridgewater
    Shayvonne Plummer, City of Springfield
    Nathaniel Thomas, Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs
    Pedro Soto, Beyond Walls
    Joseph Wendell, City of Cambridge

    F2: Planning for Micromobility in Communities of All Sizes (Room 2)

    Keeping pace with the ever-evolving world of bicycle and micromobility transportation is pushing communities to change the way we plan, design, and implement active transportation initiatives. What began as a niche specialty is now recognized by the planning profession for its impact on communities of all shapes and sizes.  Though the methods and scale vary, Providence, RI, Salem, MA, and Northampton, MA are successfully advancing cultural changes necessary to support these initiatives with the public and elected leaders. Our session will offer three perspectives on their processes, lessons learned, advice for starting and sustaining change, and thoughtful approaches to the planning and implementation process. CM: 1.25

    Lydia Hausle, AICP, Toole Design Group
    Wayne Feiden, FAICP, City of Northampton
    Tom Devine, AICP, City of Salem
    Alex Ellis, City of Providence

    F3:  SomerVision 2030 + 10 Years, A Comprehensive Plan Update (Room 3)

    Somerville’s Comprehensive Plan (SomerVision) needed an update. As often as it was cited, staff struggled with some numerical targets, members of the community were frustrated that the values were getting swept aside, and politicians wanted policies and programs implemented yesterday. 
    These numbers were set as aspirational targets but more increasingly were being cited as ways Somerville was achieving or failing. The design of the process was a way to engage residents in new ways to both educate them on what the City is doing but also to re-boost a spirit of working collaboratively to identify problems as well as solving them. CM: 1.25

    Melissa Woods, AICP, LEED AP, City of Somerville
    Lauren Drago, AICP Candidate, City of Somerville
    Sharon Ron, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

    F4: Special Conference Session - AICP Preparation (Room 4)

    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, AICP, CT PDO
    Darlene Wynne, AICP, MA PDO
    Al Ranaldi, AICP, RI PDO

    F5:  Special Conference Session - Fast and Funny and Student Presentations (Room 5)

    By popular demand, the SNEAPA Committee is offering an opportunity for planners to show off their funny side! A variety of short presentations will be assembled into a full session block designed to entertain and inform attendees. These presentations are short, funny, and/or creative and focus on a specific project, planning passion, short story, or visual essay from a personal point of view. Following Fast and Funny, we will hear from our Students!!! CM: 1.25
    Fast and Funny Sessions:

    Wacky Town Festivals and the People That Love Them, Rachel Selsky, Camion Associates
    The Robots are Coming, Eric Halvorsen, RKG Associates
    The Language of Zoning Codes: Head-scratching, Horrifying, Hilarious, and More, Bob Mitchell, FAICP, Robert Mitchell FAICP & Associates

     Student Presenters:

    Anna Therien, Westfield State University
    Corien Kuiper, UMass Amherst
    Pan Zhang, UConn

    F6:  Phoenix Rising: Resilient Communities Creatively Adapt to Adversity (Room 6/Ballroom C)

    A funky and historic town is scarred by the heroin epidemic. An affluent bedroom community is shattered by unthinkable gun violence. A post-industrial city grapples with the loss of a major employer.  This session focuses on how three different communities have adapted to adverse – and unexpected – conditions.  CM: 1.25

    Shawna Kitzman, AICP, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
    Jim Bellano, Town of Windham, CT
    Rachel Bright, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
    Cornelius Hoss, AICP, City of Pittsfield
    Kimberly Parsons-Whitaker, Connecticut Main Street Center

      12:30 P.M. TO 1:30 P.M. -  LUNCH (BALLROOMS A+B)


      1:45 P.M. TO 3:00 P.M.

      G1:  Boston Smart Utilities: Upfront, integrated utility planning (Room 1)

      In June, 2018, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) became one of the first municipal planning agencies in the US to require private development to engage in coordinated, sustainable utility planning and design across the water, energy, transit, and telecommunications sectors -- and the first to require in-depth district energy microgrid planning. The policy has not been applied to more than 30 proposed and approved development projects across the city. You will learn about how this groundbreaking policy came into being directly from members of the interdepartmental team who spearheaded it from inception through implementation. CM: 1.25

      John (“Tad”) Read, AICP, Boston Planning & Development Agency
      Amy Cording, City of Boston, Public Improvement Commission
      Bradford Swing, City of Boston, Mayor’s Office of Environment, Energy, and Open Space
      Manuel Esquivel, Boston Planning & Development Agency

      G2: Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study: Engaging Stakeholders with Visual-Based Technology (Room 2)

      Cape Cod is a popular vacation destination and an attractive place to live and work. Residents and visitors regularly suffer substantial traffic congestion, especially during the summer. To gain a comprehensive understanding of multimodal travel conditions near the Canal, MassDOT completed the Cape Cod Canal Transportation Study. This session gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how the project team developed Study assumptions, balancing local and regional interpretations with economic models and forecasts, and getting buy-in from local and regional agencies as well as residents and other stakeholders. CM: 1.25

      Michael Paiewonsky, AICP, Stantec Consulting Services
      Sudhir Murthy, PE, PTOE, TrafInfo Communications
      Ethan Britland, MassDOT Office of Transportation Planning

      G3:  From Plan to Investment: Tools for Turning the Vision into Reality (Room 3)

      The Cities of Framingham and Quincy, and the Town of Littleton, have all had success in the last few years taking careful plans from paper into reality. This session explores how these three municipalities effectively executed their plans visions.  CM: 1.25

      Erika Oliver Jerram, AICP, City of Framingham
      Maren Toohill, AICP, Town of Littleton
      Robert Stevens, AICP, City of Quincy
      Eric Halvorsen, AICP, RKG Associates

      G4: Building the Mystic Greenway Network: Lessons in Urban Greenways Planning and Design (Room 4)

      The Mystic River Greenways Vision, being led by the Mystic River Watershed Association, envisions an interconnected linear park system and recreational trail network which will transform the roadways and parklands along the Mystic River. This vision has taken shape for over a decade through work and advocacy by the Mystic River Watershed Association and partners. Sixteen miles of the Mystic River Greenways have been completed, three and a half are designed and funded, and three more are planned.  This panel will discuss the Greenway’s history, planning, and issues related to partnering, funding, design, best practices, and operations and maintenance.  CM: 1.25

      Amber Christoffersen, Mystic River Watershed
      Brian Creamer, AICP, SITES AP, Nitsch Engineering
      Tim McGivern, PE, City of Medford

      G5:  Special Conference Session - Public Speaking for Planners with Joanne Linowes (Room 5)

      When presenting your work to the public and stakeholders, every impression counts!  Presentations for decision-making and to engage support need to be beyond the routine.  This lively interactive session provides key, selected, proven approaches for every presentation, from ways to structure for impact and deliver with influence, to how to gain advantage in the Q&A.  This session is designed for frequent presenters.  CM: 1.25

      Joanne Linowes, Linowes Executive Development Institute

      G6:  Connecting the Secret Stream: Nature-Based Stormwater Planning through Storytelling and Community Connection in Holyoke's Day Brook Watershed (Room 6/Ballroom C)

      Because much of its journey through the City of Holyoke is unseen, Day Brook has become known as “The Secret Stream.” This session will explore the interdisciplinary partnership between the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Enchanted Circle Theater, and the City of Holyoke to develop a conceptual plan to extend the network of green infrastructure (GI) stormwater management in the watershed, and to engage Holyoke’s youth to increase awareness of the Secret Stream. CM: 1.25

      Patty Gambarini, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
      Rachel Loeffler, RLA ASLA, Berkshire Design Group
      Gabriela Micchia, Enchanted Circle Theater
      Corrin Meise-Munns, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

      3:15 P.M. TO 4:45 P.M.

      H1: State and Municipal Government Liability Related to Climate Change (Room 1)

      This session will provide an overview of the different types of state and municipal liability that are related to the effects of climate change, and suggest proactive ways states and municipalities can address potential climate related liability issues.  Presentations will be focused on Massachusetts law, but attendees from elsewhere are encouraged to attend to share lessons learned from other states and fact sheets from every New England state will be available. CM: 1.5 LAW

      Julia Wyman, Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University School of Law/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
      Read Porter, Marine Affairs Institute, Roger Williams University School of Law/Rhode Island Sea Grant Legal Program
      Lindsey Williams, MIT Sea Grant College Program
      Shannon Hulst Jarbeau, Woods Hole Sea Grant

      H2:  Creating Great Communities For All: An Equity and Inclusion Roundtable (Room 2)

      Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Representation, Social and Environmental Justice - these are words we all use and hear, but what do they really mean? This session, presented from planners from different backgrounds and specialties, will discuss these concepts, sharing our experiences and helping attendees better understand how everyone can incorporate diversity and equity into their work. In addition to reviewing the similarities and differences between the principles, the presenters will lead a roundtable discussion with interested audience members.  How do we, as planners, truly work to create great communities for all? CM: 1.5

      Alison LeFlore, AICP, Stantec
      Nathan Kelly, AICP, NCI, Horsley Witten Group, Inc.
      Anita Morson-Matra, The Changing City
      Ramandeep Josen, Stantec

      H3: RFPs for Planning Services and Redevelopment of Public Land (Room 3)

      This session will provide an overview of key concepts in public sector real estate disposition, including why and why not to undertake competitive property disposition; good planning and public commitment as the foundation to a successful RFP; private and public roles - commercial reality versus government imperatives; financial and non-financial value; and understanding the intersection of commercial, market-driven value and government’s public objectives. The session also will explore some details of the RFP process, including: government and consultant roles; pre-RFP planning; types of offering documents and processes; purposes and audiences of the RPF; tailoring the RFP process; disposition structure, and deal terms to the development opportunity; balancing control and flexibility; the appropriate level of information to provide in the RFP; proposal components; the selection process; and negotiation issues.   Members of the Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners (MACP) will lead a session that will provide guidance and tips for preparing solid Request for Proposals (RFPs) for planning professional services. We will discuss key elements of the MA Chapter 30B, the Uniform Procurement Act, issues and concerns identified by MACP and tips on how to write to an RFP to obtain the most effective planning services. CM: 1.5 

      William Tuttle, AICP, MCP, SMArchS, Massachusetts Port Authority
      Barry Abramson, Abramson & Associates 
      Leonardi Aray, AIA, Leonardi Aray Architects LLC
      Kathleen McCabe, AICP, EDP, McCabe Enterprises

      H4: Special Conference Session - Planning Potpourri (Room 4)

      This session highlights interesting work individuals or small groups are completing. Join us to hear about a variety of topics! CM: 1.5

      Planning for Accessibility, Emmanuel Andrade, MPA, RA, NCARB, DCAMM
      PFAs and PFOA Contamination - What Planners Should Know, Blake Martin, Weston & Sampson
      Building Blocks for a Bright Future: Walkable, Livable Springfield, Michael Di Pasquale, AICP, AIA, UMass Amherst
      Curbside Use and Misuse: Engaging Business owners and their Customers, Kristiana Lachiusa, Livable Streets Alliance and Jacob Robinson, West Roxbury Main Streets

      H5: Land Use Law Developments in the Last Year (Room 5)

      Leading land use lawyers from each of the three southern New England states address national developments in this field of law over the last year, as we have since SNEAPA 2012, including leading Supreme Court and other federal and state court decisions, federal and state legislation, administrative regulations, interpretations of existing settled law, and innovative legal initiatives drawn from around the nation. Reflecting on this year’s theme, we will select our court rulings, regulatory changes, and legislation with an emphasis on Rethink-Reinvest-Renew. This 90-minute session meets the requirements of current planning law for AICP Certification Maintenance.  CM: 1.5 LAW

      Gregor McGregor, Esq., McGregor & Legere, PC
      John Boernert, Esq., Law Offices of John M. Boernert LTD
      Pamela Brown, Attorney, FAICP, Brown & Brown PC
      Dwight Merriam, Esq., FAICP, Merriam Law Offices
      Kathleen O’Donnell, Esq., Law Office of Kathleen M. O’Donnell, Esq.
      Marjorie Shansky, Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Marjorie Shanksy

      H6: Building Climate Resilience - from Climate Migrants to Culvert Repair (Room 6/Ballroom C)

      The MVP Program was developed to provide support for cities and towns in Massachusetts in the planning and prioritization of local climate change resiliency projects. This session will summarize the MVP program as part of the Commonwealth’s larger Climate Change Program, and will summarize examples from the Pioneer Valley of how the program is moving forward. Representatives from selected participating municipalities and the regional planning agency will report on successes, findings, and lessons learned from the MVP process. A moderated panel discussion including audience participation will follow the individual presentations.  CM: 1.5 

      Emily Slotnick, AICP, CFM, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
      Andrew Smith, City of Holyoke, MA
      Chief John Dearborn, Town of Longmeadow, MA
      Howard Bronstein, Town of Plainfield (MA) Select Board