CCAPA Call for Nominations and Chapter Business Activities

As we move into the summer months, June is a great time to catch up with CCAPA on planning activities across Connecticut.  We recently posted on a recap of Chapter activities at the National Planning Conference, held last month in New York and we are now looking forward to another great Southern New England Planning Conference to be held in Providence, RI October 26 – 27, 2017.  In the meantime, CCAPA will be working with you on Chapter business and strategic initiatives over the course of the summer.

Chapter Officer Call for Nominations:  An e-mail was sent to members that serves as the Call for Nominations for Chapter elections.  The Nominating and Elections Committee shall recommend a slate of candidates for election of a new President-Elect, Secretary and Treasurer.  Candidates for Officer positions must be regular members in good standing and candidates for President-elect shall also have served a minimum of one two-year term as a member of the Executive Board.  To submit a nomination, please email Emily Hultquist, Committee Chair by June 27, 2017.  The certified list of nominations will then be provided to all Chapter members on June 30, 2017, together with a call for any petition candidates.  The Chapter vote will be held August 15 – September 15, 2017.

Chapter Elections and Vote Process:  We have posted the complete schedule for the Call for Nominations and election cycle.  Please note that we are about one month behind the schedule laid out in the Chapter bylaws.  The Executive Committee voted to adjust the timetable to account for the delay and still provide a sufficient amount of time to identify candidates and have the month-long voting period.  As part of the Chapter vote, members will be asked to adopt APA’s “annual” election cycle so that chapter-level leaders take office January 1, 2018 as opposed to October 1, 2017.  APA is making efforts to train new leaders in a coordinated fashion and the bylaw amendment would make our election cycle consistent with the APA’s Chapter Performance Criteria.

June 16, 2017 – “Hot Topics” and Chapter Meeting:  On June 16, CCAPA will host the annual Hot Topics in Land Use, featuring a summary of recent legal cases and an update on the Connecticut Plan of Conservation and Development.  In addition, we will be presenting the Bruce Hoben Distinguished Service Award to Glenn Chalder, AICP in recognition of Glenn’s many years of exceptional service to the planning community in Connecticut.  CCAPA’s semi-annual Chapter meeting will also be held on the 16th, featuring the findings of the Member Survey and a status report on our legislative initiatives in Hartford.  The event will take place again at the Mark Twain House in Hartford and the registration information will be posted shortly.

Strategic Planning:  CCAPA members continue to be active in strategic planning activities, including the Long Island Sound Blue Plan and the Regional Plan Association’s 4th Regional Plan.  In addition, CCAPA is working on an update to our Chapter’s own strategic plan.  Given the unique and significant role of planning in these important efforts, not to mention the Connecticut’s ongoing budgetary and economic headwinds, we continue to welcome ideas for how planners can help move Connecticut forward.  Please contact me at the email address below or let’s talk at Hot Topics about new ways to get involved as we explore the role of planning in Connecticut’s future.

Thank you and all the best,

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven

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