Team Connecticut Featured at #NPC17

Connecticut Planners Making a Difference and Telling our Story at the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference, May 6 – 9, 2017 in New York City

Later this week, over 6,000 planners will arrive in New York City for the American Planning Association’s 2017 National Planning Conference. The NPC is a signature event for APA and an important opportunity to learn about best practices in planning and significant achievements that support the socio-economic and environmental health of communities from around the nation.

Connecticut Planners Making a Difference

Connecticut planners will be on hand to present important gains in transit-oriented development, public health and urban revitalizations.  We are looking forward to see you in New York if you are attending the NPC. While in town, please be sure to attend and support CCAPA members at the following sessions:

Sunday, May 7, 2017

8:00AM                  Urban Enhancements within Highway Preservation Projects (#9110092) David Sousa, CDM and David Elder, CT DOT

1:00PM                  Igniting and Guiding Transformative Development (#9110032) Dean Mack, City of Bridgeport

Monday, May 8, 2017

 1:30PM                  Connecting Bridgeport to the Region – Poster Session (#9110319) Lynn Haig, City of Bridgeport

2:45PM                  Reimagining Distinctive Downtowns in Connecticut’s Largest Cities (#9109484) David Woods, City of Stamford; David Kooris, CT DOH and Jamie Bratt, City of Hartford and Caroline Vary, Rose Companies

6:30PM                  Small Town and Rural Planning Division Dinner: Let’s Talk Legal (#9107939) Dwight Merriam, Robinson and Cole

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

8:00AM                  Planning for Healthy Rural-Urban Communities (#9109618) Susan Westa, Connecticut Main Streets Center and Linda Painter, Town of Mansfield

9:30AM                  Transit-Oriented Development in Connecticut (#9109974) Robert Seale, City of Meriden; Michael Piscitelli, City of New Haven; Lyle Wray, Capitol Region Council of Governments and Sara Bronin, City of Hartford

In addition, there are a number of programs of interest to Connecticut, including sessions on NEC Future (Northeast Corridor), Transit Access and the Regional Plan Association’s 4th Regional Plan.

In the Exhibit Hall, Lynn Haig will present at the poster session, Connecting Bridgeport to the Region, on Monday, May 8 from 1:30 – 2:30PM.

Visit Stamford on a special mobile workshop, Stamford in the Shadow of Gotham, with the City of Stamford Planning and Economic Development team of David Woods, Ralph Blessing, Robin Stein, Thomas Madden and Vineeta Mathur, on Monday, May 8 from 11:00AM – 5:00PM

Special thanks to Rebecca Reyes-Alicea from the FRA for her extra attention to comments from around Connecticut on the Northeast Corridor EIS; David Elder and Rich Andreski from Connecticut DOT for taking the time to present on transit; and to Melissa Kaplan-Macey of RPA (and CCAPA member) for her ongoing attention to the Connecticut-specific parts of the 4th Regional Plan. Look for all of these sessions through the APA app.

CCAPA in the Exhibit Hall

The Local Host Committee for NPC17 is comprised of representatives from the Connecticut, New York Metro and New Jersey Chapters. We have a booth in the Exhibit Hall (#120).  Please stop by to see our display and meet with members of neighboring chapters. Special thanks to David Woods and Susan Westa for handling many of the local host responsibilities.


 Special thanks to Shipman and Goodwin and Milone & MacBroom, the co-sponsors for the Local Host Committee Reception at the New York Public Library as well as to Robinson & Cole for hosting a reception at the Liberty, 29 West 35th Street. See for additional details.

Thanks to everyone on Team Connecticut and have a great time in New York!

Diana Donald Scholarship-Internship Applications Due May 5, 2017

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association is pleased to announce its second round of the Diana Donald Scholarship-Internship program.  In honor of the legacy of Diana Donald, this scholarship-internship program offers the opportunity for organizations and agencies to hire an intern in a planning or planning-related field to work on an identifiable planning initiative within the organization.  Grant funds, in the amount of $3,500, will be provided to one agency or organization on a competitive basis.

Diana Donald, who passed away in 1975, was a Connecticut‐based planner who was recognized nationally for her contributions to the profession. At the time of her passing, at age 40, she was the First Vice President of the American Institute of Planners and was in line to become President. Her status in the association set an historical precedent for women in planning.

2017 program guidelines and applications are now available.  The application deadline is May 5, 2017.

SNEAPA 2017 Call for Sessions

2017 SNEAPA Conference

October 26 & 27, 2017

RI Convention Center – Providence

Call for Session Proposals

You can be a part of the the 2017 Southern new England American Planning Association 9SNEAPA) conference in Providence by organizing a conference session. More information is available here. Session proposals are due by 5pm on April 28th.

CCAPA Winter Update

2017 is off to a great start for the Connecticut Chapter and the American Planning Association as a whole. APA has launched new programs to better serve the membership, including free access to the publications of the Planners Advisory Service. The annual National Planning Conference will be held in New York City, May 6 – 9, 2017. CCAPA is honored to be part of the Local Host Committee as we welcome the planning community to New York. In addition to posters and other Connecticut-based programs, “Planning for Healthy Rural Communities” is a 2.5-credit “deep dive” session that features CCAPA’s partnership with the Eastern Highlands Health District.

A special thanks to our committee members and volunteers who are carrying out an extensive 2017 work plan. If you have not done so already, please take a minute to read the current issue of CT Planning, available on our website.

Our Membership Committee will soon release a survey of practicing planners. The survey is intended to better guide CCAPA’s programs and services. Our Government Relations Committee is tracking a wide range of issues at the State Capitol. A legislative breakfast is scheduled for March 29, 2017. Please make every effort to join us for breakfast and for meetings with our elected officials.

The Program Committee is developing an excellent calendar of events for the year. We are pleased to co-sponsor the 22nd Gallivan Conference at the UConn Law School: Municipal Climate Policy: Local Solutions for a Global Problem, on March 3, 2017. For more information, please click here.  Our planners are taking important steps to address the impacts of climate change. To learn more about these efforts and the State of Connecticut’s overall program, you may reach out to CCAPA member David Kooris.

With the first change of the White House since 2009, policy conversations, protests and legislative initiatives are happening all around us. Potential changes, such as the future of Brownfield and Community Development Block Grant programs, may directly affect our daily work. Others, such as immigration policy, may affect our entire community. We have a wide range of political viewpoints on these important topics, all of which fall back to some common planning principles. I encourage you to engage the conversation from an informed perspective. We can rely on guidance from APA’s Ethical Principles in Planning and the AICP Code of Ethics, notably our responsibility to seek social justice, to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged, and to promote racial and economic integration.

We all feel the pull from more extreme points of view. It is therefore even more important for us to pay special attention to the interrelatedness of decisions and long-range consequences, both in public meetings and small group settings. Let us continue to seek out opportunities to participate in these important conversations, leading at times, listening at others…but always as a Planner.

Thank you and all the best,

Michael Piscitelli, AICP

APA’s Membership Structure is Changing

APA is making entry into the association easier and more affordable for students and new planners. Effective in July 2017:

  1. APA student membership will be free for any individual who is:
  • Enrolled as a full- or part-time, degree seeking student
  • In any college or university program
  • For the duration of his or her studies.

“Free” includes national, chapter, and AICP membership, as well as membership in up to five APA Divisions.

  1. APA will offer reduced dues for up to two consecutive years to any individual who:
  • Joins APA for the first time as a regular member; OR
  • Is an APA student member who recently ended college or university studies.

The APA/AICP Student and New Planner Task Force developed these policies, with input from APA leaders—including the APA Board, AICP Commission, and chapter, division, and student leaders—and academic partners. They respond to member feedback about broadening participation in the association and making membership more accessible and affordable to a diverse population with both planning and non-planning backgrounds.

APA’s current membership structure and prices will be in effect through June 2017. We will communicate with individuals who currently are in the Early Career Membership Program (i.e. joined as a student member within the last five years) to ensure a smooth transition into the new framework.

We will share more information about these membership changes in Spring 2017. Stay tuned!

Contact APA staff at or call 312-431-9100 if you have questions.

New feature on the CCAPA website

CCAPA has begun posting presentations from our workshops on its website to make them available to all members, even those who cannot attend. The inaugural posting is from a workshop co-sponsored with the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Density Done Right by Kevin Hively of Ninigret Partners. For a unique perspective on this important issue, please view the presentation.

Wrapping Up Community Planning Month

October 31, 2016 by Michael Piscitelli, AICP

October is recognized by the American Planning Association as “Community Planning Month” and Connecticut planners once again stepped forward with technical programs and special events highlighting our work

SNEAPA 2016:  Over 600 people attended one or both days of the conference, including nearly 100 members of CCAPA.  Connecticut planners were featured prominently throughout the program, including strong presentations from Bridgeport and Stamford on transit-oriented development; from New Haven on transportation demand management; and from our legal community at the annual session on land use law.

Special thanks to our members who volunteered on the SNEAPA committee this year:  Dan Tuba, Demian Sorrentino, Susan Westa, Robert Phillips, Phil Chester, Ken Livingston and Steve Sadlowski.  Our hosts from Massachusetts and our colleagues from Rhode Island truly appreciated your efforts.  Likewise, thank you to our Connecticut-based sponsors help maintain our affordable pricing structure.

art-of-planning-norwich-2-100516SNEAPA was one of four events sponsored or co-sponsored by CCAPA in October.  Members also participated at the Art of Planning on October 3, the Agricultural Easements Seminar on October 12 and the Eastern Connecticut Housing Forum on October 26.

CCAPA Chapter Meeting:  The semi-annual chapter meeting was held at SNEAPA on Friday, October 21.   Our executive board reported out on a number of accomplishments over the past year and previewed the initiatives moving forward into 2017.  For those of you who could not make it to the meeting, the presentation is posted on our website at

Upcoming Events:  There are a number of important events coming up including “Density Done Right” on November 10 in Meriden and our annual CCAPA awards luncheon on December 2 in Middletown.  CCAPA is also co-sponsoring the Connecticut Main Street Center’s Bridge Series event in Hartford on November 4 and the Long Island Sound “Blue Plan” forum on November 16.  These are great opportunities to lend a “Planner’s perspective” to the conversation and we encourage you to participate.

emily-hultquist-100716Leadership Transition: October also marks our leadership transition.  The Executive Board honored out-going President Emily Hultquist with an award and restaurant gift certificate for her service as Chapter President since 2013.  Thank you Emily for your exceptional work, leadership and passion for planning in Connecticut!

As I mentioned at the Chapter meeting, CCAPA strives to provide exceptional member service; support professional development through high-caliber training and peer supports; and lend our voice at important policy tables statewide.  We welcome your thoughts and suggestions as we frame out the 2017 work plan in these three important areas. Please feel free to reach out to me directly at



2016 CCAPA Awards Nominations

The Awards Committee is now accepting nominations for CCAPA’s 2016 Planning Awards. We want to hear about great projects and inspirational planning efforts. Get your nominations in by Friday, October 28th. More information is available on the Committee’s page, and in descriptions of previous awards.

CT Statewide Transportation Study

This spring, the Connecticut Department of Transportation and UCONN’s Connecticut Transportation Institute are conducting the Connecticut Statewide Transportation Study. The study asks about residents’ daily travel activity to better understand transportation needs in communities across the state. Your input is very important as it will help plan the future of transportation infrastructure in Connecticut.

If you receive an invitation in the mail, please visit: or call the toll free number: 844-872-2562 to participate.

To learn more about the study or to volunteer to participate, please visit

SNEAPA 2016 Call for Proposals Due Friday!


Call for Session Proposals

Proposal Submittal Deadline: May 6, 2016


October 20-21

DCU Center, Worcester, MA

View the Call for Sessions

We encourage you to participate in the 2016 Southern New England American Planning Association (SNEAPA) conference at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts by organizing a conference session.


Engage * Plan * Grow

Cultivating Great Communities

The 2016 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s relationship with agriculture and development, focusing on how municipalities and organizations engage stakeholders to bring the farm to the table, cultivate the urban/rural relationship, and continue to grow strong communities within the Southern New England region. We seek sessions that will provide attendees with the knowledge and skills necessary to be influential advocates for their communities and ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, innovative, and engaging. Join us at the 2016 SNEAPA Conference to meet with fellow planners and share your ideas on how to reach this goal!

The SNEAPA conference draws 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.

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