Happy Labor Day and Welcome Fall!

Hello fellow planners – I hope you had a very nice Labor Day weekend and are gearing up for a very busy fall season!

Many of you participated in our annual Hot Topics event at Goodwin College on June 8.  At the time, everyone was encouraged to explore Connecticut over the summer and I look forward to hearing your stories of discovery.  Chapter members also have been hard at work advocating for the profession and continuing meaningful efforts around the state, highlighted in part by the release of the draft plan for transit oriented development in Danbury, the conservation and development plan for Branford, and the intensive efforts in many towns for certification through the Sustainable CT program.  The opening of the Hartford Line is another great example of the relationship between planning and transformative change in each of the communities along the line.  Similar success stories will be featured at the Art of Planning, SNEAPA and the Chapter Awards program.

As we head into fall, please take some time to get involved with planning activities and participate at one of our upcoming events.

Chapter Vote & Bylaw Amendment.  If you have not already done so, please take a minute to vote for the proposed amendments to the Chapter’s bylaws by this Saturday, September 8.  As discussed at Hot Topics, the amendment will make our bylaws consistent with APA’s requirements under the performance criteria for all chapters.  On a more practical level, the change prepares us for a leadership transition next year: a chapter vote would be held in the first part of next year with a President-Elect installed in July, 2019.  The new President would then take office in January, 2020.

APA Fall Policy & Advocacy Conference.  Please join APA members from across the country at the annual Policy and Advocacy Conference, to be held September 23 – 25 in Washington, DC.  The conference is highlighted by policy seminars leading up to Planner’s Day on Capitol Hill.  This year, APA Advocates will be focused on four policy objectives:

  • Invest in the nation’s critical infrastructure;
  • Expand housing choice and affordability with policies that support inclusive growth and greater access to economic and social mobility;
  • Provide high quality federal data that supports effective local planning and decision making; and
  • Promote healthy and safe communities through good planning and strategic public investments.

These policies are entirely consistent with our Start with Planning initiative here in Connecticut and I hope you can find the time and get to Capitol Hill.

SNEAPA 2018.  It’s not too early to make your arrangements for this year’s Southern New England Planning Conference to be held right here in Hartford, October 18-19.  The conference planning committee has developed a program with educational and thought-provoking sessions, with time for fun and interactive activities as well.  Singer/songwriter Dar Williams will give the keynote address; there will be mobile workshops to Downtown Meriden and to the historic Swift Factory in Hartford’s North End as well as a walking tour to the new University of Connecticut campus in Downtown Hartford.  The Thursday reception will be held at the elegant Society Room and is not to be missed even for those not staying overnight!  Please visit the conference website at https://www.sneapa.org/ for more information.

 Start with Planning Initiative.  CCAPA launched its 2018 policy framework to engage candidates for statewide office on matters important to planners and the planning profession.  Special topic areas include economic development, conservation, housing, coastal resiliency and transportation.  CCAPA will continue to advocate for Connecticut’s core value and a team approach to problem-solving and program delivery with presentations scheduled at SNEAPA on October 18 and CCM on October 30.  Please join us at these important interactive sessions.  The special edition of CT Planning as well as the policy papers are all available at https://www.ccapa.org/legislative/start-with-planning/

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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