Wrapping Up SNEAPA and Community Planning Month – People’s Choice Vote Closes Today, November 2nd. Vote now!

Hello fellow planners: It was great to see many of you in Hartford for SNEAPA and I truly valued the opportunity to talk with you about hot topics in your home communities as well as our statewide efforts in support of planning.

The conference planning committee once again delivered with educational and thought-provoking sessions, together with time for fun and interactive activities like the Game of Zones!  In addition to the heartfelt words of singer/songwriter Dar Williams, Mayor Luke Bronin and Chapter member Sara Bronin inspired the audience with the revitalization story in Hartford.  As we look forward to Springfield, MA in 2019, the chapter extends its sincere thanks to Demian Sorrentino, AICP, Chair, Dan Tuba, Honorary Co-Chair, Jamie Bratt, AICP, Phil Chester, AICP, Jeanne Davies, AICP, Maureen Giusti, Robert Gosselin, II, Emily Hultquist, AICP, Jennifer Kaufman, AICP, Marek Kozikowski, AICP, Michele Lipe, AICP, Craig Minor, AICP, Carly Myers, AICP, Rob Phillips, AICP, Steven Sadlowski, AICP, Heidi Samokar, AICP, Chris Smith and Alan Weiner, AICP for helping us to shine in Hartford this year!

We closed out Community Planning Month with our first public presentation of the Start with Planning Initiative at CCM’s annual convention on October 30 at Foxwoods.  Amanda Kennedy, John Guszkowski, Emmeline Harrigan, Erin Wilson and Ken Livingston presented the policy papers followed by an engaged question and answer session.  With the election just around the corner, please continue to share the Start with Planning message as we advocate for Connecticut’s core value and a team approach to problem-solving and program delivery.  The special edition of CT Planning as well as the policy papers are all available at https://www.ccapa.org/legislative/start-with-planning/

Earlier in October, CCAPA celebrated the Great Places in America designation for the Mill River Park in Downtown Stamford.  Now comes your opportunity to participate in the People’s Choice Award.  Please support Norwich, Southeastern Connecticut, the Mohegan Tribe and Connecticut by casting your vote for the Uncas Leap Heritage Area.  The 1.2 acre landmark along the Yantic River was the site of the Battle of Great Plains and is now a signature heritage destination in Norwich.  The vote closes today so please take some time and vote for Connecticut’s people’s choice! https://www.planning.org/greatplaces/peopleschoice/

Thank you as always for your support of CCAPA and good planning in Connecticut!

 

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven

mpiscite@newhavenct.gov

APA Recognizes a Great Place in America: Stamford’s Mill River Park

Earlier today, Stamford’s Mill River Park was honored as one of the American Planning Association (APA) 15 Great Places for 2018 through the organization’s national flagship program, Great Places in America.  Congratulations and special thanks to Emily Gordon, who led the application process, and Nia Rhodes Jackson, Director of Programs and Visitor Services for the Mill River Partnership, who joined the national award winners in Washington earlier today.  The Connecticut Chapter was pleased to provide a letter of support, technical assistance and validation for the outstanding work of the Mill River Partnership, the City of Stamford and the community of stakeholders that have made Mill River Park a distinctive asset for the Downtown and the entire city.

APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases affordable transportation options, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.

APA Great Places showcases the best examples of where and how people work and live every day. They are defined by many characteristics including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community involvement.

Great Places in America is one of the ways APA starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month each October, a month-long event celebrating the accomplishments of the many residents, leaders, officials, and professionals who contribute to making great communities through the planning process.

To learn more about each of this year’s designees, as well as prior recipients from Connecticut, please visit: www.planning.org/greatplaces and please join us for a public ceremony at Mill River Park on October 5, 2018 at 10:00AM.

Thank you as always for your support of CCAPA and good planning in Connecticut!

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

Kick off the New Year with Planning

Hello fellow planners – I hope you are staying warm and energized for 2018!

We are welcoming a new year full of promise in spite of the ongoing budget uncertainty and economic headwinds here in Connecticut.  Optimism starts with planning, both for our professional work plan and for our organization.  Along those lines, I am pleased to report that the Chapter’s “Start with Planning Initiative” launches this quarter along with our work plan for Chapter programs and the legislative agenda.  Here are some of the many highlights for the first quarter:

Awards Luncheon.  The 2017 Chapter Awards will be announced at the Inn at Middletown this Friday, January 12, 2018.  Even if you are not attending the luncheon in person, be sure to read and acknowledge the recipients through CCAPA’s social media and website platforms.

Start with Planning Initiative.  As discussed at SNEAPA, CCAPA is finalizing its 2018 policy framework.  Special topic areas include economic development, conservation, housing, coastal resiliency and transportation.  CCAPA will advocate for Connecticut’s core value and a team approach to problem-solving and program delivery.  For those specifically interested in housing policy, be sure to also register for the first 2018 iForum at the Lyceum on January 29, 2018.  CCAPA is co-sponsoring this important event on housing success, tools, techniques and leadership.

Chapter Planning Assistance Team (CPAT).  Thank you to all of our volunteers willing to participate in the chapter assistance program.  With this new program, CCAPA will organize teams with the specific expertise needed to address your planning needs, goals or concerns. The teams will assist in the process by directly engaging with the community and various stakeholders, providing technical assistance, and developing specific findings, strategies and recommendations. CPATs are time-testing ways to assist communities with specific issues and is used throughout the country under APA’s guidance.  If you are interested in bringing the CPAT team to your community, please email me at the address below.

Lunch and Learn Series.  Interested in sharpening your professional skills?  CCAPA has arranged for three expert professionals to join us for roundtable-style lunch and learn seminars.  A separate announcement will come out this week with the details.  For now, please “save the date” and join us in Hartford for one or all three seminars.

  • February 2nd – Sharpen Your Communication Skills
  • March 2nd – Apply Project Management Techniques to Planning Initiatives
  • April 6th – Build Relationships through Mediation and Facilitation

Thank you as always for your support of CCAPA and good planning in Connecticut!

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven

mpiscite@newhavenct.gov

 

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