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Hot Topics in Land Use Conference

Hot TopicsNOTE: The Hot Topics Conference was originally intended to be a continuing yearly conference, but was cancelled due to lack of funding.

This one day conference was targeted at local land use decision makers from Connecticut communities, as well as professional planners, designers, regulators, and others involved in the field of land use. The proceedings were intended to expose participants to a wide variety of agencies, organizations and topics relevant to community land use planning. The conference was presented by the Connecticut Land Use Academy in partnership with the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, Connecticut Bar Association, and Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.

The 2008 Conference Lives On!  

Below is the agenda from our first (and only) Hot Topics Conference, which was held in November 2008 at Northeast Utilities in Berlin, CT. Pdf’s of the given presentations are linked from the agenda.

Link to Speaker Information and Bios

2008 Conference Final Agenda

Plenary Session        9 AM - 11 AM

Update on the State Responsible Growth Initiative. David Levasseur, Undersecretary of Intergovernmental Policy, CT Office of Policy and Management.

Planning Across Local, Regional and State Lines: What Works? What’s Broken? Panel: David LeVasseur, Mary Ellen Kowalewski, AICP, Director of Community Development, Capitol Region Council of Governments, and Marty Connor, AICP, City Planner, Torrington. Session Moderator, Christopher S. Wood, AICP, Wood Planning Associates.

A state, regional and town planner provide their perspective on consistency of planning at different scales, especially in light of the new State Plan mandates.

Concurrent Session 1        11 AM - 12 PM

The Web and You. Chet Arnold, Associate Director, UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research.

A guided tour of CLEAR’s web-based planning and analysis tools, each designed to assist local citizen planners—no technical expertise required.

Main Street: The Heart of the Community. John Simone, Executive Director, CT Main Street Center.

CT Main Street Center will explain the tools and techniques of downtown revitalization, using examples from Connecticut communities.

Affordable Housing: How to Do It, and Where to Get Help. David Fink, Policy and Communications Director, CT Partnership for Strong Communities and Dimple Desai, Community Development Director, Office of Responsible Growth, CT Office of Policy and Management.

CT Partnership for Strong Communities and CT Office of Policy and Management bring you up to date on Affordable Housing techniques and programs.

Concurrent Session 2        1 PM - 2 PM

Planning for Agriculture. Jiff Martin, New England Field Representative, American Farmland Trust.

Are your land use plans and regulations supportive of agriculture, or do they unwittingly put farming behind the eightball? Taught by American Farmland Trust and the CT Chapter of the American Planning Association, using local examples from Connecticut communities.

The Water Drains Where?! John Rozum, AICP, NEMO Program Director, UConn CLEAR and Paula Stahl, Community Design Educator, Green Valley Institute, UConn CLEAR.

Site plan review got you dazed and confused? CLEAR instructors will demystify plan reading and help you visualize what a site plan tells you about the proposed stormwater systems.

Village & Historic Districts: Which does what, and how? Brian Smith, Partner, Robinson and Cole.

Attorney Smith from the CT Bar Association will talk about village and historic districts, the difference between the two and how each could be realized in your town.

Concurrent Session 3        2:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Planning for Economic Development. Jim Gibbons, Land Use Educator, Land Use Planning Program, UConn CLEAR.

It’s half of your Plan of Conservation and Development, but are you really treating economic development from a planning perspective? CLEAR instructors suggest approaches for getting a handle on economic development in your town.

Protecting Drinking Water Robert Hust, Supervising Environmental Analyst, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, CT Department of Environmental Protection and Jennifer Pagach, Drinking Water Section, CT Department of Public Health.

Drinking water is one of our most precious resources. The Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Public Health team up to explain the issues and programs involved with drinking water and aquifer protection.

Form-based Zoning Timothy Bates, Partner, Robinson and Cole.

This workshop will cover the derivation of form-based zoning, and how it differs from classic Euclidean zoning. Special attention will be paid to how form-based concepts are being incorporated into Connecticut zoning, particularly in special development districts and mixed-use projects.