Friday Sessions


9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

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 1, PRESENTATION 2, PRESENTATION 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
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Game of Zones Lunch


2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

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
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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