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 www.ccapa.org.

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 mpiscite@newhavenct.gov.



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