Achieving Sustainable Regions and Communities in Southern New England


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  • So, what did they find? There are 8,300 acres of potential parcels to evaluate. Here is a photo from our new interactive map tool created by City University of New York’s Mapping Center. For each community researched you can find the specific locations that meet the criteria for the study – surface parking, vacant and open space. They appear as bright yellow areas – sort of like a ray of sunshine peaking through… CLICK Let me reiterate. Only an intensive on-the-ground analysis will suffice to determine if each of these properties actually has potential for rebuilding. Many may already be serving an important function or may not be suitable for redevelopment. CLICK On the other hand, these are not the only properties that could be redeveloped. Many underutilized buildings, aging retail strips and former industrial properties can also be put to better use. But this is a way to start the conversation in your community and across the region. This is data that has been available to planners, developers, government officials. By making it available online, our goal is to democratize access to the information so more people can jump in and be part of the ongoing conversation. CLICK Long Island Index
  • We want all communities to be safe; everyone to have access to clean air, water, and healthy food; every community to be a vibrant and attractive place to live. The issue of housing affordability never vanishes. We want adequate supply and affordability, in all communities throughout the region, to meet the region-wide need. Growth has great benefits – jobs, homes, places to play and shop. But we all know it has challenges as well. The benefits and burdens of growth should be spread around the region, through equitable planning with a regional focus. And preservation is as important as growth. As communities focus growth in sensible locations, they have the opportunity to protect critical natural areas, working farms, recreational opportunities, and watersheds.
  • The MetroFuture Plan includes the entire163 communities in the transportation planning region of the Boston MPO, beyond the 101 of MAPC, and includes areas for housing and economic development as well as open space preservation
  • Products: A vision for the region we want, building on the region’s strengths and investing in our residents 65 goals, supported by hundreds of objectives, for Greater Boston in the year 2030 13 implementation strategies, with hundreds of specific recommendations, designed to help the region achieve its goals A constituency of 5,000 “plan builders” who will work to accomplish the MetroFuture goals
  • The goals and strategies have been designed with a many to many relationship – each goal is advanced by several strategies and vice versa Three areas we felt were ripe for immediate action:
  • The consortium membership is a broad array of more than 150 groups.
  • Consortium is governed by a Steering Committee just slightly less complex than the United Nations, which is made up of the various constituent groups of the consortium
  • This slide summarizes the activities to be undertaken with the grant. It is through these activities that MAPC and the consotium partners with interact with planners both within our region and throughout the state.
  • Multimodal transportation-air, highway, transit Shared labor market and well educated work force 32 universities and colleges Exceptional natural and cultural resources
  • Advisory committees to guide planning process 6-1-2011 through 7-31-2011 Robust Civic Engagement Process throughout
  • Advisory committees to guide planning process 6-1-2011 through 7-31-2011 Robust Civic Engagement Process throughout
  • Achieving Sustainable Regions and Communities in Southern New England

    1. 1. Achieving Sustainable Regions and Communities in Southern New England Amanda Kennedy, Regional Plan Association Mark Racicot, Metropolitan Area Planning Council Emily Moos, Capitol Region Council of Governments
    2. 2. <ul><li>“ We want to make sure that when we’re building infrastructure, we’re considering how housing , transportation , and the environment all impact each other.” </li></ul><ul><li>~President Barack Obama </li></ul>
    3. 3. <ul><li>Regional Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Community Challenge/TIGER </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity Building </li></ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul>SCI
    4. 4. <ul><li>Develop safe, reliable, and economical transportation choices to decrease transportation costs, reduce dependence on oil, improve air quality,  reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote public health. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide more transportation choices </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 1 Photo by Wally Gobetz
    5. 5. <ul><li>Expand location- and energy-efficient housing choices for people of all ages, incomes, races and ethnicities to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>Promote equitable affordable housing </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 2 Photo by Ed Yourdon
    6. 6. <ul><li>Improve economic competitiveness through reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs by workers as well as  expanded business access to markets. </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance economic competiveness </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 3 Photo by Ed Yourdon
    7. 7. <ul><li>Target federal funding toward existing communities through such strategies as transit-oriented, mixed-use development and land recycling to increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments, and safeguard rural landscapes. </li></ul><ul><li>Support existing communities </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 4 Photo by EPA Smart Growth
    8. 8. <ul><li>Align federal policies and funding to remove barriers to collaboration, leverage funding, and increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth, including making smart energy choices such as locally generated renewable energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinate policies and leverage investment </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 5 Photo by Chandra Marsono
    9. 9. <ul><li>Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe and walkable neighborhoods-- rural, urban or suburban. </li></ul><ul><li>Value communities and neighborhoods </li></ul>LIVABILITY PRINCIPLE 6
    10. 10. <ul><li>Opportunity to Win 2 Extra Points on Discretionary HUD Programs (other agencies to be added) </li></ul><ul><li>Applications must satisfy the following criteria: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Geographically located in region covered by consortium/PSS area </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Furthers purpose of regional planning program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistent with six livability principles of Sustainable Communities Partnership </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Commitment to participate in the Sustainable Communities program </li></ul></ul>Preferred Sustainability Status
    11. 11. <ul><li>Planning as a Region </li></ul>THE NEW YORK- CONNECTICUT PARTNERSHIP
    12. 12. <ul><li>9 Cities </li></ul><ul><li>2 Counties </li></ul><ul><li>4 MPOs </li></ul><ul><li>2 Regional Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>ADVISORY BOARD </li></ul><ul><li>6 State Agencies </li></ul><ul><li>6 Nonprofits </li></ul><ul><li>3 NJ members </li></ul>CONSORTIUM
    13. 13. <ul><li>What sets us apart? </li></ul>OUR REGION
    14. 14. TOD Database
    15. 15. TOD Database
    16. 16. Acres of parking, vacant land or open space within a half-mile of transit or downtown centers
    17. 17. <ul><li>Economic activity centers linked by nation’s most robust transit network -> High-productivity and energy-efficient region. </li></ul><ul><li>High costs, income disparities and segregation are flip side of densely settled, high income economy. </li></ul><ul><li>Future dependent on linking innovation capabilities—physically, digitally, institutionally. </li></ul><ul><li>Greatest potential for meeting economic, equity and environmental goals is in large-scale TODs at key nodes in transit network. </li></ul><ul><li>Corridor TOD strategies around Metro-North, LIRR and I-287. </li></ul><ul><li>Regional gaps: integration and alignment of existing plans, regional housing strategy, climate resilience, TDR mechanisms. </li></ul>THEMES FROM NY-CT APPLICATION
    18. 18. <ul><li>10 Place-Based Projects </li></ul><ul><li>6 Policy Studies </li></ul>PROJECTS
    19. 19. <ul><li>Photo by K. Friend </li></ul>NEW ROCHELLE TOD
    20. 20. <ul><li>Photo Copyright Dahveed76 </li></ul><ul><li>Monica Arellano-Ongpin </li></ul><ul><li><> </li></ul>STAMFORD EAST SIDE STATION
    21. 21. <ul><li>Photo Copyright Joppo Kelin </li></ul><ul><li>Robyn Lee </li></ul>SOUTH NORWALK STATION
    22. 22. <ul><li>Photo by Bruce Berrien <> </li></ul>BRIDGEPORT BARNUM STATION
    23. 23. <ul><li>Photos copyright Sean Marshall. </li></ul><ul><li>Alto Power </li></ul><ul><li>Matt Zwilling </li></ul><ul><li>Oino </li></ul>NEW HAVEN UNION STATION
    24. 24. METRO-NORTH STATION STUDY Photo by
    26. 26. <ul><li>Photo Copyright </li></ul>LONG ISLAND HOUSING STRATEGY
    27. 27. SUFFOLK COUNTY TDR STUDY Photo by Luke Monaco <>
    28. 28. NASSAU COUNTY INFILL REDEVELOP-MENT Photo from Google Maps Traffic
    29. 29. <ul><li>Photo Copyright Vincent Desjardin </li></ul>REGIONAL HOUSING ANALYSIS
    30. 30. <ul><li>Photo Copyright Marc van Woudenberg </li></ul>ENHANCE-MENT OF EXISTING PLANS
    33. 33. <ul><li>Governance </li></ul>NY-CT
    34. 34. <ul><li> </li></ul>CONTACT US
    35. 35. The MetroFuture Vision
    36. 37. The MetroFuture Process
    37. 38. From Plan to Action!
    38. 39. <ul><li>In October 2010, the Obama Administration awarded the Metro Boston Consortium for Sustainable Communities a $4 million Regional Planning Grant to implement MetroFuture. </li></ul>Sustainable Communities
    39. 40. <ul><li>Eligible Members: </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities & municipal organizations in Metro Boston </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profit organizations & funding organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Trade associations & labor unions </li></ul><ul><li>State government agencies </li></ul>Sustainable Communities Consortium
    40. 41. Consortium Governance Commonwealth of Massachusetts Exec. Office of Housing & Economic Development Department of Transportation Exec. Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Action! For Regional Equity Consortium Steering Committee (27 Members) MAPC Staff Support Appointed by Cabinet Secretaries (3) Affordable Housing Healthy Communities Healthy Environment Regional Prosperity Transportation Choices Funders (2) Researchers & Academics Nonprofit Organizations, Community Development Corporations, Public Housing Authorities, Business Associations, Foundations, Universities, and Research Institutions Caucuses Fair Housing Elected At-Large* General (2) Equity Focus (1) Elected by Caucus (9) Metro Boston Consortium For Sustainable Communities Organizational Chart MAPC Gubernatorial Appointees Appointed by MAPC Exec. Committee Municipal (7) Gubernatorial (2) Regional Urban Centers (2) Maturing Suburbs (1-2) Developing Suburbs (1-2) Inner Core (2) Municipalities City of Boston MA Smart Growth Alliance Appointed by MSGA/Action Boards *Any municipal or caucus member that does not already have a seat on the Steering Committee may run for an at-large seat. All consortium members may vote for the three at-large seats. Available Seats Filled Seats
    41. 42. Six Areas of Activity
    42. 43. Fill Plan Gaps <ul><li>Regional Housing Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis of Fair Housing Impediments </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change Adaptation </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur Assistance Planning </li></ul><ul><li>“ Most Wanted” Datasets </li></ul>
    43. 44. State and Regional Policy <ul><li>Zoning Reform legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Global Warming solutions </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation reform legislation </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation investment </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Wastewater treatment </li></ul>
    44. 45. Tools, Models, Best Practices <ul><li>MetroFuture “template” </li></ul><ul><li>Community PlanIt </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Stormwater Utilities </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-displacement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Housing Production Plans </li></ul><ul><li>3-D computer models </li></ul><ul><li>Bike and pedestrian infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneur assistance </li></ul>
    45. 46. Place Based Planning <ul><li>Municipal land use planning </li></ul><ul><li>Compact growth planning and zoning </li></ul><ul><li>CDC planning and predevelopment assistance </li></ul><ul><li>Regional TOD funding mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-displacement strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Housing production plans </li></ul>
    46. 47. Place Based Planning <ul><li>Office and industrial park retrofits </li></ul><ul><li>Urban open space planning </li></ul><ul><li>Local pedestrian and bike planning </li></ul><ul><li>Agricultural preservation programs </li></ul><ul><li>Wastewater treatment planning </li></ul><ul><li>Stormwater financing programs </li></ul>
    47. 48. Achieving Sustainable Regions: New England’s Sustainable Knowledge Corridor SNEAPA Conference October 20, 2011 Providence, RI
    48. 49. Knowledge Corridor
    49. 50. Strategic doing not just planning <ul><li>From the inception of the process to apply for the grant, the focus has been on leveraging past and current planning work as a platform for “strategic doing” to move the sustainability process along in the region beyond development of planning disconnected from action </li></ul>
    50. 51. Knowledge Corridor Consortium <ul><li>CRCOG, CCRPA, PVPC </li></ul><ul><li>Municipalities of Hartford, New Britain, Enfield, Windsor, Manchester, Holyoke, Springfield, Chicopee </li></ul><ul><li>Hartford Springfield Economic Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Housing and community development organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Economic development interests </li></ul><ul><li>Educational institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Smart growth and sustainable communities advocates </li></ul>
    51. 52. Task 1A: Regional Planning for a Sustainable Knowledge Corridor <ul><li>2/15/2011-11/31/2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Update and integrate existing regional plans for a more sustainable Knowledge Corridor </li></ul><ul><li>New/strengthened plan elements: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workforce development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Security </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Green infrastructure/clean water </li></ul></ul>
    52. 53. Task 1A: Regional Planning for a Sustainable Knowledge Corridor <ul><li>2/15/2011-11/31/2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Products: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Updated regional plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summary reports—one per region—Key Findings, Strategies and Priorities for a Sustainable Region </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge Corridor Overview Narrative and Maps </li></ul></ul>
    53. 54. Task 1B: Regional Planning for a Sustainable Knowledge Corridor <ul><li>11/1/2012-2/14/2014 </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Knowledge Corridor Detailed Execution Plan for a Sustainable Knowledge Corridor </li></ul><ul><li>Blueprint for future collaborative action and investment by Knowledge Corridor Consortium partners and other stakeholders, in support of building and maintaining vibrant, healthy communities, protected natural resources and open spaces, equitable access to opportunities, and an economically competitive region </li></ul>
    54. 55. Civic Engagement <ul><li>Traditional and innovative tools used throughout </li></ul><ul><li>Surveys and focus groups led by University of Massachusetts and MPO’s—focus on engaging broad range of stakeholders </li></ul><ul><li>MetroQuest Tool for web based, kiosk, and scenario based involvement by community at large—to help create the regional vision </li></ul>
    55. 56. Task II. Capacity Building and Special Planning Studies <ul><li>Leadership Pioneer Valley </li></ul><ul><li>TOD Market Analysis for BRT and Rail Corridors for </li></ul><ul><li>Transit Enhancement Bus Study for Enfield, Manchester, and Windsor </li></ul>
    56. 57. Task II. Capacity Building and Special Planning Studies <ul><li>Sustainable Land Use Code Development </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing Code Development </li></ul><ul><li>Affordable Housing Training Module </li></ul>
    57. 58. Place-Based Activities to Build a Sustainable Knowledge Corridor <ul><li>Springfield-Court Square </li></ul><ul><li>Chicopee-Connecticut Riverwalk and Bikeway </li></ul><ul><li>Holyoke-Depot Square </li></ul><ul><li>Hartford-North Park Design District </li></ul><ul><li>New Britain-Downtown Streetscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Enfield-Linking Transit Investment and Neighborhood Revitalization </li></ul>
    58. 68. METROQUEST Sustainable Knowledge Corridor @NewEngland_SKC EMAIL WEB STAY ENGAGED: