Transit-Oriented Development: Environmental and Public Benefits

 

Transit-Oriented Development is in demand for many reasons. It can fill the need for strategically-located affordable housing. It can increase property tax revenues by responding to market demand. It can power the economy by increasing consumer buying power in mixed use and commercial zones. It can enhance environmental quality by reducing automobile dependence, limiting highway congestion, promoting open space preservation, sparking denser energy-efficient development and encouraging brownfield remediation. Developers are responding to TOD demand in cities and suburbs using in-fill development, redevelopment and new construction. But, with new transit opportunities coming online, this type of development needs to expand. This IForum will explore how natural allies — advocates for affordable housing, mass transit, energy conservation and environmental protection — can work together to focus on smart growth planning in conjunction with environmental quality and justice.

We will explore the progress to date and the state-of-the-art strategies for creating, smaller, denser, more affordable and energy-efficient homes near transit.

Keynote Speaker

Beth Osborne 
Vice President for Technical Assistance, Transportation for America

Expert Panel

Melissa Kaplan-Macey
Connecticut Director, Regional Plan Association

Kerry O’Neill
Vice President, Residential Programs, CT Green Bank

Bruce Becker 
President, Becker + Becker

Juliet Burdelski
Economic Development Director, City of Meriden

Richard Andreski
Connecticut Department of Transportation

 

8:00 am – 11:00 am

The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT

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