Call for Nominations for CCAPA Officers

The CCAPA Nominating Committee (Chris Smith, Don Poland and Linnea McCaffrey) has issued a call for nominations for the following Chapter Officer positions, with terms beginning October 1, 2015. Learn more about the Executive Board and these officer positions here.

  • President-elect – one-year term, followed by term as president for two years
  • Secretary – two-year term
  • Treasurer – two-year term

Members should submit nominations by June 4th.

CCAPA Awards Program & Planning Day at the Capitol

L to R Sen. Paul Formica, CCAPA Awards Cmte Chair Val Ferro, FS Daniel Steward, Rep. Kathleen McCarty, CCAPA Pres. Emily HultquistOn Friday, May 15th, CCAPA held its Awards Program as a combined event with Planning Day at the Capitol. In marrying these two important events, we hoped to highlight the best planning work in our state and to engage and thank the legislators who spend their days making policies that guide the work we do.

As outstanding planning efforts in 2014, CCAPA recognized:

The CT Land Use Academy;
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The Town of Waterford; and
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The multi-media, multi-disciplinary exhibit, “Sub-Urbanisms” on casino urbanization and suburban Chinatowns

We were pleased to welcome Senator Paul Formica and Representative Kathleen McCarty, serving the 20th and 38th Districts respectively, both of which include the Town of Waterford. The Senator and Representative read a special citation recognizing Waterford’s CCAPA Award for an Innovative Plan.

Click Here to read the press release on the 2014 Chapter Awards.

Click Here to read event coverage in the Norwich Bulletin.

In addition to the Chapter Awards, representatives of CCAPA, the CT Main Street Center and the Connecticut Economic Development Association will discuss proposed Tax Increment Financing legislation.  Presentations were made by Jana Roberson, CCAPA Government Relations Chair, John O’Toole, CEDAS Board Member and Michael Andreana, Esq., Attorney, Pullman & Comley, LLC.  Click Here to learn more about SB 677, the CCAPA sponsored Tax Increment Financing legislation.

SNEAPA 2015 Session Proposals are due by May 1st!

SNEAPA 2015 Session Proposals are due by May 1st!

2015 CONFERENCE THEME: Diverse & Dynamic: Planners & Places

The 2015 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s growing demographic and economic diversity, celebrate the array of neighborhoods found throughout Southern New England, and tap into the diverse skill sets that planners deploy to navigate change.

We are interested in sessions that demonstrate new and changing approaches to how we address all aspects of planning, from housing and transportation to land use and community design. We also seek sessions that will instill and improve the skills necessary for planners to successfully turn the challenges of diversity into opportunity and to ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, inclusionary and attractive to diverse populations. Join us at the 2015 SNEAPA Conference to present innovative ways to reach these goals.

The SNEAPA conference draws over 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.

Visit the SNEAPA website for further information.

SNEAPA 2015 Call for Session Proposals

Session Proposals for this year’s SNEAPA Conference in Hartford are due by May 1st!

2015 CONFERENCE THEME:  Diverse & Dynamic:  Planners & Places

The 2015 SNEAPA Conference will explore our region’s growing demographic and economic diversity, celebrate the array of neighborhoods found throughout Southern New England, and tap into the diverse skill sets that planners deploy to navigate change.

We are interested in sessions that demonstrate new and changing approaches to how we address all aspects of planning, from housing and transportation to land use and community design. We also seek sessions that will instill and improve the skills necessary for planners to successfully turn the challenges of diversity into opportunity and to ensure that the practice of planning remains progressive, inclusionary and attractive to diverse populations. Join us at the 2015 SNEAPA Conference to present innovative ways to reach these goals.

The SNEAPA conference draws over 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.

Visit SNEAPA’s page for more information on how to submit.

APA Northeast Planning Conference Session Proposal Deadline Extended

APA Northeast Planning Conference Session Proposal Deadline Extended to February 4th!

Thank Juno! Because of the Northeast storm, the deadline to submit Session Proposals for the APA Northeast Planning Conference has been extended to Wednesday, February 4th at 5pm.

Session proposals are encouraged from planners in all stages of their careers on a broad range of topics – let your creativity shine! We have already received some great session ideas – thank you for your interest and creativity! For those that haven’t submitted yet, please check the conference website for more details and to download the session proposal form. We look forward to receiving your proposals by February 4th at 5pm!

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on conference programming, hotels, and more!

See you in Saratoga Springs, New York, June 24-26th!

Healthy by Design: Community Health + Planning Practice

Join us  on Friday, February 13 as we explore how communities can advance strategies to improve opportunities for healthy living. Decisions regarding land use, urban design, and transportation impact local air quality, water quality and supply, traffic safety, physical activity, and other unhealthy exposures. Our presenters will talk about the relationship between health and the built environment here in CT and provide “best practice” examples of communities using land use policy to promote health. We will wrap up the day with an interactive exercise to get your input on a vision for a healthy and vibrant CT that will serve as a foundation for developing CT’s Action Plan for Promoting Health through the Built Environment.

Opening Remarks

Katharine K. Lewis, PhD, MPH, RN
CT Department of Public Health

Keynote Presentation

Doug McLean, AICP
Sr. Planner, Town of South Kingstown, RI

Panelists

Ted DeSantos, P.E., P.T.O.E.
Principal of Fuss & O’Neil, Inc.
Neil Pade, AICP
Town Planner, Town of Canton, CT
Mehul Dalal, MD, MSc, MHS
Director, Chronic Diseases Section, CT Department of Public Health
Judith R. Dicine, JD
Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney, Statewide Housing Matters

Flyer

When

Friday, February 13
9 AM – 3 PM
(Breakfast at 8:30)
Lunch is also provided.
Event is free.
2.5 CM credits for AICP Planners (pending)

Where

The Lyceum
227 Lawrence St.
Hartford, CT 06106

To RSVP

Click here to RSVP.
For Questions: cpha@cpha.info

Sponsors

Connecticut Public Health Association
Connecticut Main Street Center
Connecticut Department of Public Health
Partnership for Strong Communities
Connecticut Chapter – American Planning Association
Connecticut Association of Directors of Health

New AICP Members

Congratulations to Connecticut’s latest round of successful AICP exam candidates:

Ben Henson, AICP

Carly Myers, AICP

Jennifer Rodriguez, AICP

We once again had a 100% pass rate! Please stay tuned for more information on the 2015 annual classroom review for those expecting to take the exam this year.

APA Region 1 Conference – Call for Sessions

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 American Planning Association Northeast Planning Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York! The Getting Ahead of the Future Conference represents a great opportunity to explore breaking trends and acquire the necessary skills required for the “future planner”.

Getting Ahead of the Future involves anticipating new planning trends, emerging issues, and preparing for what is next. We’re looking for sessions that explore:

  • How we prepare for an uncertain economy and adapt to climate change
  • How to address new demographic realities
  • The role of the professional planner of the future and the skills they need
  • How planners engage and inspire our constituencies for what’s next

The Getting Ahead of the Future conference will explore these issues and the necessary skills for the future planner including: specialized competencies, political savvy, leadership, collaboration, and written, oral and graphic communication. So get ready, get creative, and be part of the future…propose a session now!

Session Proposal Details:

Questions???

Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship Available

APA’s recently renamed scholarship opportunity for students interested in economic development — the Holzheimer Memorial Student Scholarship for Economic Development Planning – is available for recent graduates from and/or current students enrolled in PAB accredited planning programs in the U.S. The scholarship, once called the Economic Development Division Travel Scholarship, has recently been renamed in memory of longtime APA leader and economic development visionary, Dr. Terry Holzheimer of Arlington County and Virginia Tech.

The $1,000 award is a travel scholarship provided by the APA’s Economic Development Division to support attendance at the national APA meeting in the spring. The award will be decided on the basis of a letter of recommendation from a faculty member and an original student paper or work that is 2,500 words or less. The original student submission should speak to practitioners about a substantive topic related to economic development in the United States. Students are encouraged to think broadly about the topic of economic development. The winning paper or project will satisfactorily demonstrate the following: topical relevance to economic development practitioners with a clear discussion of why practitioners should care about the findings; soundness of data collection and methods; quality writing; student authorship; and originality and creativity.

The committee reserves the right to withhold the award should no submissions comply with these criteria.

The winner will be notified by February 15, 2015 and the scholarship will be presented at APA’s National Planning Conference in Seattle, April 18-22, 2015. The paper will also be published on the Economic Development Division website and distributed electronically to division members.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to:

Margaret Cowell
Assistant Professor, Urban Affairs and Planning
Virginia Tech
mmcowell@vt.edu

National Community Planning Month

National CommunityFrom east to west and north to south, communities across the country have been celebrating National Community Planning Month which occurs every October and is sponsored by the American Planning Association and its members, chapters, divisions and professional institute.  The American Planning Association’s theme for National Community Planning Month 2014 is Health and Prosperity. Communities have taken creative approaches to this concept such as Avimor, Idaho’s Nature Hike and Kids Run & Bike Duathalon sponsored in partnership with the Ada County Development Services Department or Minnetonka, Minnesota’s paper and box city building project for kids 2-12 sponsored by the Community Development Department at a city-wide open house during which children came up with cities that had clean energy solutions and mixed-use development!

Has your community participated in National Community Planning Month activities?  If not, there’s still time!  A plethora of materials to help you celebrate are posted on APA’s website (www.planning.org/ncpm/) as well as a list of ten ways to acknowledge National Community Planning Month!  The list includes things as big as collaborating with local political leaders to issue a formal proclamation to things as small as promoting National Community Planning Month through your website, Facebook page, or other social media outlet.  It’s not too late to get involved and if you already have, be sure to share your activities with APA by emailing ncpm@planning.org.

For a descriptions of the activities that have taken place across the country, visit https://www.planning.org/ncpm/events/2014/.

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