Help Shape CCAPA’s 2018 Policy Platform: Start with Planning

Thank you to all of our members who participated in National Community Planning Month Activities!

The Pace of Change, joint program with the CT Bar Association, Land Use Division, October 19, 2017

CCAPA celebrated National Community Planning Month with a number of important technical programs, including Meriden Rising with the Connecticut Main Street Center and the City of Meriden, the Pace of Change Workshop with the Connecticut Bar Association’s Land Use Division and, of course, the well-attended Southern New England Planning Conference with our peers from Massachusetts and Rhode Island chapters.  Special thanks to our program facilitators, volunteers, working group members and attendees at these important events.

On October 27, 2017, our chapter meeting was held at SNEAPA in Providence.  In addition to our report of chapter activities, we also introduced the 2018 policy platform initiative, Start with Planning, and the initial efforts by chapter members who are volunteering time and participating on working groups to develop the platform.

Amanda Kennedy speaking about Start with Planning at CCAPA Chapter meeting

Start with Planning relates to an emerging statewide conversation about a way forward for Connecticut that not only acknowledges our progress to date but also sets forth the next level of effort that will be required to meet Connecticut’s demographic, environmental and socio-economic challenges.  We have identified three prevailing themes, starting with Core Values that celebrate and support our fundamental sense of place; a Pace of Work to accelerate decision-making in order to stay current with global trends; and a role on Team Connecticut for collaboration with other value-based and forward-thinking professionals.  With special attention to the interrelatedness of decisions, social equity and the long-range consequences of our current actions, CCAPA members are well-positioned to facilitate these important local and statewide conversations.

During the chapter meeting, we discussed policy papers and insights developed in the areas of economic development, transportation, resiliency, housing and conservation.  We also discussed issues related to the quality of life in Connecticut, social equity, planning regulation/governance and infrastructure.  These insights will inform policy position papers and our overall Start with Planning message in 2018.

To learn more about Start with Planning, please read our presentation the Chapter members and watch our presentation to the Association of Councils of Government at their meeting of October 24, 2017.

Please take some time to participate in the process.  Email your insights, comments and other suggestions to the working group chair(s), as listed below.  Also, we welcome you to join a working group to help finalize the document.

Responses are due no later than November 15, 2017 so that we can maintain project schedule.

Working Group Leads and Contact Email:

Housing:                             Glenn Chalder & Amanda Kennedy

Economy:                            Erin Wilson

Transportation:               Ken Livingston & Kate Rattan

Conservation:                   John Guszkowski

Resiliency:                         Emmeline Harrigan & Christine Nelson

Governance:                      Chris Smith

Thank you and continue the exceptional good work in your community!

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

City of New Haven

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