Density Done Right
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7 p.m. CST
Meriden, CT, United States
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There is no arguing the fact that there is high demand for rental housing, particularly within walkable communities, near or at transit hubs, or in close proximity to employment. But what about suburban areas that have been over-run with auto-dependent development and cannot offer anything but single-family dwellings? Or smaller cities with multiple infill opportunities stymied by the need for land assembly? Regardless of the circumstances, there remains an ever growing need for housing options to meet what has become a dramatic shift in lifestyle preferences. There is no telling how long this phenomenon will last but meeting current and projected demand by providing sustainable, quality housing options to both ends of the demographic spectrum (mainly millennials and empty-nesters) is integral to keeping our community fabric intact.
Yet the age old argument of negative impacts associated with increased associated with increased density has become more apparent as developers try to meet this demand. Despite strategies put forth in Plans of Conservation & Development, and millions of federal and state of dollars invested in transit facilities and transit-oriented development planning, why do many communities still consider density a dirty word?
ULI Boston/New England's Connecticut Steering Committee and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) will jointly host an open, honest discussion of this issue and explore ways to overcome negative perceptions and find common ground.
This event will focus on three main objectives:
1. Understanding the current trends in demographics and how they relate to lifestyle choices and translate to housing needs.
2. Exploring the successes and challenges both planners and developers have faced in meeting market demand with higher density housing options.
3. Discussing effective strategies that achieve positive outcomes without using the “D” word.
Susan Westa, email@example.com