Friday Sessions

 

8:30 A.M. TO 9:30 A.M.

G: ActiveCT - Healthy Transportation for CT Communities

With a grant from the Department of Public Health, funded by the Center for Disease Control, the Capitol Region Council of Governments is managing a statewide effort to encourage active transportation through tactical demonstration projects, planning charrettes, and educational events throughout Connecticut's 169 towns and cities. This new rapid response planning and implementation effort has resulted in dozens of successful projects and is a model for efficient and effective use of public health funding over a broad geography, from urban to rural. Entering into year 3 of the program, the project team consisting of FHI, Streetplans, Toole Design Group, and Transystems will be assisting CRCOG with developing safe street improvements, enhanced transit facilities, trail planning, and an array of planning and educational events throughout CT.Takeaways: The key takeaway is that targeted investment in communities to encourage safe active transportation can be accomplished relatively quickly and inexpensively. This is relevant because funding for these projects is often uncertain and inadequate. Yet the demand for active transportation is growing and an important component of overall mobility and health outcomes. CM: 1.0

 

Michael Morehouse, PE, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

Sandy Fry, City of Hartford

Kristin Hadjstylianos, Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG)

Shawna Kitzman, AICP, Fitzgerald  Halliday, Inc. (FHI)

Timothy Malone, Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG)

 

9:30 A.M. TO 10.00 A.M.

Featured Speaker: Justin Moore

Justin Garrett Moore is an urban designer and the executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission. He has extensive experience in urban planning and design—from large-scale urban systems, policies, and projects to grassroots and community-based planning, design, and arts initiatives. At the Public Design Commission, his work focuses on prioritizing quality and excellence for the public realm and fostering accessibility, diversity, and inclusion in New York's public buildings, landscapes, and art. He is a member of the American Planning Association's AICP Commission, the Urban Design Forum, and BlackSpace. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University and co-founder of Urban Patch.

 

10:00 A.M. TO 11.30 A.M.

H: Race Matters: How Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Influence Your Work

Presented by the Planners of Color Network, this session explores equity and intersectionality in the planning practice. All of us: planners, community organizers, consultants, board/committee members, and the public bring our perspectives, histories, and yes, even implicit biases to our position. As much good as planners provide our communities, the reality is that our profession is historically created in and built upon the United States' inequitable history. Planning, zoning, and housing institutions have played a significant role in our communities' racial segregation and the unequal distribution of wealth among families by race. Planning and other development professionals now have a role to play in helping dismantle the legacy of institutional racism. Through storytelling, presentation, and discussion, we will provide context and information to help participants recognize the problems that implicit bias, racism, exclusionary practices, and inequity have created and continue to exacerbate. We will help planners, and other participants acknowledge their role in addressing these issues and provide approaches participants can use to dismantle that legacy. While we will not solve the problems of institutional racism, segregation, and inequity in a single session or even a single career, we will set participants on course to help change the future. CM: 1.5 ETHICS

 

Alison LeFlore, AICP, Stantec

Monica Tibbits-Nutt, AICP, LEED AP BD+C, 128 Business Council

Anabelle Rondon, LivableStreets

Fabiola Alikpokou, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority

 

11:3O A.M. TO 12:30 P.M.

CHAPTER MEETINGS

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12:3O P.M. TO 1:30 P.M.

I: Hustling for Small Businesses During a Pandemic: Advancing Small Business Recovery Through Municipal and Regional Support

These past few months have seen municipalities be responsive and flexible to changing needs of small businesses in the wake of COVID-19. Planners in the region have quickly become small business counselors and technical assistance experts. The City of Quincy and the Town of Arlington led efforts to support small businesses in their communities, through financial assistance, marketing, and responsive licensing and permitting support to facilitate outdoor vending and dining. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has been involved in these and other efforts to bring new resources and flexible opportunities to small business owners in uncharted territories. A panel will be moderated by the MAPC Economic Development team, which will present methodology for determining and responding to the needs of small businesses in the region. 1) The City of Quincy will discuss how they leveraged data and recommendations from the Small Business Plan created by MAPC to quickly deliver over $2M to businesses with CARES Act funding. 2) The Town of Arlington will discuss initiatives to address COVID impacts through a marketing campaign, shared streets and licensing support. Panelists will discuss methodology for addressing small business recovery from a municipal perspective and will share lessons learned. CM: 1.0

 

Elizabeth Manning, Senior Principal Planner, City of Quincy

Jennifer Kaplan, Economic Development Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Neil McCole, MSF, Finance Director, City of Quincy

Ali Carter, Economic Development Coordinator, Town of Arlington

 

1:30 P.M. TO 2:30 P.M.

J: Branching Out: Collaborating for Resilience and Social & Climate Equity

In many New England communities, time and budget constraints limit municipal forestry work to the maintenance and removal of hazard trees, while active municipal forestry planning and tree planting go underfunded. This is especially true in low-income communities. Because of the focus on maintenance and removal, planning around trees is often managed by a part-time tree warden and relegated to public works alone. However, trees are proven, powerful tools in the campaigns for stormwater management, climate adaptation, and public health equity. Therefore, there is reason for many departments, from Health to Conservation and Planning to Economic Development, to support tree planting and involve themselves with municipal forestry planning/management.

This session will highlight successful case studies of, and strategies for, inter-departmental and inter- agency collaboration in planning for and implementing urban forestry and public tree planting plans.

With an emphasis on tree planting for climate and social equity, the presenter panel will also address methods to: identify your community’s unique urban forestry goals and develop plans to achieve them; engage your community to understand residents’ unique needs and secure volunteer support around tree planning and planting; and make the case for tree planning across departmental jurisdictions. CM: 1.0

 

Corrin Meise-Munns, MS Ecological Design, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

David Bloniarz, Ph.D., USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station

Mathew Cahill, Urban and Community Forestry Program, MA Department of Conservation and Recreation

Lee M. Pouliot, AICP, ASLA, Director of the Department of Planning and Development, City of Chicopee, MA

 

2:30 P.M. TO 2:45 P.M - BREAK - Check out the conference app for networking opportunities!

 

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

K: Equitable Street Design: Vision to Reality

The street network is one of the most defining elements of a community, determining access and mobility for residents, workers, and visitors. Proactive streetscape design is an opportunity for suburbs largely dominated by auto-oriented development patterns to expand equitable mobility options for people of all ages and abilities.  This session will focus on the regional prioritization and funding process for streetscape design projects, local consensus building and education, and the development of streetscape design guidelines.

Representatives from the Boston Region MPO will discuss the project selection process for the annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) focusing on transparency in providing a fair and equal project funding process that empowers municipalities in their execution of multimodal street design.

The Town of Burlington will be used as case study for how communities can build local support for more equitable mobility options and reduce car dependence through developing a vision and policies for street design. McMahon Associates will discuss the development of the Burlington Streetscape Design Guidelines to illustrate how street design can address community goals for expanding equitable mobility. The regional process and methodology used by Burlington can be applied across a wide range of communities in all three states. CM: 1.0

 

Natalie Raffol, Senior Planner - Community Transportation, McMahon Associates

Kristin Kassner, Planning Director, Town of Burlington

Jonathan Church, Manager of MPO Activities, Boston Region MPO

Matt Genova, TIP Manager, Boston Region MPO

 

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

L: User-Centered Zoning Codes

Over the past 100 years, zoning regulations have become increasingly complex and sometimes difficult for property owners to understand and interpret. This increasing complexity is making it more difficult for residents to understand their city’s plan for the future and how it will affect their property or neighborhood. The user-centered government movement reflects changing public expectations regarding readability and service delivery of zoning regulations. In this session, we will explore how to write user-centered zoning codes, and how and how to employ user-centered technology that narrows the growing gap between complex zoning regulations and how they are communicated to the public. CM: 1.0

 

Wayne Childs, Planning Board Member, General Code

Tim Schwecke, AICP, Principal, Civi Tek Consulting and Civic Webware