Diana Donald Scholarship-Internship Applications Available!

Have you been trying to initiate a planning project but could use a couple extra hands to get it off of the ground? Are you working on a project and could use a little help working out the details? Have budget constraints made it challenging to get the staffing you need for those planning initiatives you have been dying to start?

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association may be able to help you. Birthed out of the tradition of the Diana Donald Scholarship fund, CCAPA is now offering a grant funded internship program to nonprofits and governmental entities.

Applications are due October 23, 2015 – more information is available here.

Free Technical Assistance Available from New England Municipal Sustainability Network

For the second year in a row the New England Municipal Sustainability Network is able to offer free technical assistance for communities grappling with resiliency challenges.  Last year’s pilot program was extremely well received, with projects in Provincetown and Bath. Further information and an application (due Sept. 21st) are now available.

CCAPA Officer Elections Coming Soon

CCAPA members will receive electronic ballots for upcoming CCAPA officer elections on August 1st. Ballots will be tabulated and results reported on September 1st.

Following is the slate of candidates put forth by the Nominating Committee:

President-elect: Michael Piscitelli, AICP
MPiscitelliMichael Piscitelli, AICP, serves as the Deputy Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven. Economic Development coordinates the work of seven city departments. He previously served as the City’s Comprehensive Planner in the City Plan Department. From there, he served as the first Director of a reorganized Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department with a mission to enhance the City’s transportation assets into a sustainable and integrated system.

Mr. Piscitelli is working on many of New Haven’s signature revitalization projects including the conversion of Route 34 to urban boulevards, the Wooster Square / Water Street TOD and the 100 College Street med/lab development. Before moving to New Haven, Mr. Piscitelli served in similar capacities for Metro-North Railroad and the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Piscitelli earned his BA at St. Bonaventure University and MRP (regional planning) at the University of Massachusetts.

Between 2002 and 2004, he served as the professional development officer for CCAPA and from 2004 to 2006 as chapter secretary. If elected, he is looking to continue innovative technical skills training for our members, to broaden regional cooperation and to elevate our participation in planning issues statewide.

Treasurer: Heidi Samokar, AICP
Heidi SamokarHeidi Samokar, AICP, has spent most of her 18 years as a planner helping municipalities plan. She has worked in the public and private sectors, with a focus on long-range planning, planning and zoning administration and public participation. She has served on the chapter boards in both Massachusetts and Connecticut. She also has co-chaired and served on the committee for the three-state Southern New England APA annual conference – a 2-day event that draws over 500 attendees. Heidi has served as Treasurer of the Connecticut Chapter since 2012. If re-elected, she hopes to continue to guide the board on financial matters, find additional ways to reduce the costs of chapter administration, and continue protocols set in place by past chapter treasurers to ensure the chapter operates transparently and efficiently.

Secretary: Khara C. Dodds, AICP
KDoddsKhara C. Dodds, is the Secretary of the Executive Board of CCAPA and the Director of Planning and Land Use Services for the Town of Glastonbury where she oversees the Community Development Department. She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts and Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Khara Dodds has been an active member of CCAPA for since 2009 and has served as a member at large on the Executive Board, a member of the Program Committee and SNEAPA Conference Committee, and has organized outreach events for young planning professionals.

Registration is now open for SNEAPA 2015!

SNEAPA_2015Join 500+ colleagues at the Southern New England APA conference, September 24-25 in Hartford.

CCAPA Officer Nominations

The following individuals have been nominated for CCAPA Officer positions. Any petition for candidates must be received by July 1st (submit to Linnea Mccaffrey). Voting will take place in August.

  • President-elect: Michael Piscitelli, AICP
  • Treasurer: Heidi Samokar, AICP
  • Secretary: Khara Dodds, AICP

Call for Nominations for CCAPA Officers

The CCAPA Nominating Committee (Chris Smith, Don Poland and Linnea McCaffrey) has issued a call for nominations for the following Chapter Officer positions, with terms beginning October 1, 2015. Learn more about the Executive Board and these officer positions here.

  • President-elect – one-year term, followed by term as president for two years
  • Secretary – two-year term
  • Treasurer – two-year term

Members should submit nominations by June 4th.

CCAPA Awards Program & Planning Day at the Capitol

L to R Sen. Paul Formica, CCAPA Awards Cmte Chair Val Ferro, FS Daniel Steward, Rep. Kathleen McCarty, CCAPA Pres. Emily HultquistOn Friday, May 15th, CCAPA held its Awards Program as a combined event with Planning Day at the Capitol. In marrying these two important events, we hoped to highlight the best planning work in our state and to engage and thank the legislators who spend their days making policies that guide the work we do.

As outstanding planning efforts in 2014, CCAPA recognized:

The CT Land Use Academy;
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The Town of Waterford; and
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The multi-media, multi-disciplinary exhibit, “Sub-Urbanisms” on casino urbanization and suburban Chinatowns

We were pleased to welcome Senator Paul Formica and Representative Kathleen McCarty, serving the 20th and 38th Districts respectively, both of which include the Town of Waterford. The Senator and Representative read a special citation recognizing Waterford’s CCAPA Award for an Innovative Plan.

Click Here to read the press release on the 2014 Chapter Awards.

Click Here to read event coverage in the Norwich Bulletin.

In addition to the Chapter Awards, representatives of CCAPA, the CT Main Street Center and the Connecticut Economic Development Association will discuss proposed Tax Increment Financing legislation.  Presentations were made by Jana Roberson, CCAPA Government Relations Chair, John O’Toole, CEDAS Board Member and Michael Andreana, Esq., Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC.  Click Here to learn more about SB 677, the CCAPA sponsored Tax Increment Financing legislation.

SNEAPA 2015 Session Proposals are due by May 1st!

SNEAPA 2015 Session Proposals are due by May 1st!

2015 CONFERENCE THEME: Diverse & Dynamic: Planners & Places

The 2015 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s growing demographic and economic diversity, celebrate the array of neighborhoods found throughout Southern New England, and tap into the diverse skill sets that planners deploy to navigate change.

We are interested in sessions that demonstrate new and changing approaches to how we address all aspects of planning, from housing and transportation to land use and community design. We also seek sessions that will instill and improve the skills necessary for planners to successfully turn the challenges of diversity into opportunity and to ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, inclusionary and attractive to diverse populations. Join us at the 2015 SNEAPA Conference to present innovative ways to reach these goals.

The SNEAPA conference draws over 500 planners, architects, landscape architects and other related professionals. SNEAPA represents an opportunity to remain current in professional knowledge and skills essential to planners and for certified planners to earn CM credits. Session selection is highly competitive and we encourage creative sessions with hands-on learning.

Visit the SNEAPA website for further information.

SNEAPA 2015 Call for Session Proposals

Session Proposals for this year’s SNEAPA Conference in Hartford are due by May 1st!

2015 CONFERENCE THEME:  Diverse & Dynamic:  Planners & Places

The 2015 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s growing demographic and economic diversity, celebrate the array of neighborhoods found throughout Southern New England, and tap into the diverse skill sets that planners deploy to navigate change.

We are interested in sessions that demonstrate new and changing approaches to how we address all aspects of planning, from housing and transportation to land use and community design. We also seek sessions that will instill and improve the skills necessary for planners to successfully turn the challenges of diversity into opportunity and to ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, inclusionary and attractive to diverse populations. Join us at the 2015 SNEAPA Conference to present innovative ways to reach these goals.

The SNEAPA conference draws over 500 planners, architects, landscape architects and other related professionals. SNEAPA represents an opportunity to remain current in professional knowledge and skills essential to planners and for certified planners to earn CM credits. Session selection is highly competitive and we encourage creative sessions with hands-on learning.

Visit SNEAPA’s page for more information on how to submit.

APA Northeast Planning Conference Session Proposal Deadline Extended

APA Northeast Planning Conference Session Proposal Deadline Extended to February 4th!

Thank Juno! Because of the Northeast storm, the deadline to submit Session Proposals for the APA Northeast Planning Conference has been extended to Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm.

Session proposals are encouraged from planners in all stages of their careers on a broad range of topics – let your creativity shine! We have already received some great session ideas – thank you for your interest and creativity! For those that haven’t submitted yet, please check the conference website for more details and to download the session proposal form. We look forward to receiving your proposals by February 4th at 5pm!

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See you in Saratoga Springs, New York, June 24-26th!

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