Zoning regulations shape a municipality. A town’s zoning can determine a community’s economic development and quality of life. The land use decisionmakers – planning and zoning commissioners – are civic-minded volunteers but are often provided too little support to effectively advance development in their town’s interest. We’ll explore the profound importance of planning and zoning regulations to advance more housing choices in our state and how to expand and support towns’ capacity to satisfy the new housing demands of today’s residents.
Learning objectives for planners include:
- Improved understanding of the intersection between zoning and housing affordability.
- Enhanced appreciation of the role of housing in municipal economic growth.
- Learning from local examples about ways to enhance local planning to encourage mixed-income housing.
Commissioner Evonne Klein, Connecticut Department of Housing was appointed Commissioner of the newly formed Department of Housing in 2013 by Governor Dannel P. Malloy. As Commissioner, she has overseen a more than $1 billion investment in affordable housing, resulting in almost 20,000 newly created or rehabilitated units that have ... Read More
Richard J. Porth serves as President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut (UWC). UWC helps to meet the needs of Connecticut and its residents by providing information, education, and connection to services. Rick previously served from 2003 to 2008 as Vice President for Grantmaking for the Hartford Foundation for Public ... Read More
Carl P. Fortuna, Jr. is in his third term as the Republican First Selectman in Old Saybrook. Born in Middletown, Carl graduated from Boston College in 1985 and Fordham University School of Law in 1988. After working in New York City for 5 years, Mr. Fortuna moved to Old Saybrook ... Read More
Anika Singh Lemar
Anika Singh Lemar is a Clinical Associate Professor at Yale Law School. She teaches the Community and Economic Development clinic (CED), which provides transactional legal services to organizations seeking to advance economic opportunity. CED’s clients include affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions, farms and farmer’s markets, fair ... Read More
Mark K. Branse is an Attorney practicing law in Glastonbury with the firm of Branse & Willis, LLC. Mr. Branse is a former Planning Director holding a Masters Degree in government from the Fels Institute of Local and State Government, Wharton Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania. He is also a former ... Read More
As a professional AICP certified planner for over 25 years, Hiram has worked with municipalities, the federal government/USDA, regional planning agencies, and private clients. As Director of Community & Economic Development in Avon since 2015, Hiram has been working on a variety of issues connected with the creation of a ... Read More
John Guszkowski is currently Lead Planner with CME Associates, Inc. based in Storrs, CT. John holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Fairfield University and a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management & Engineering from UConn. John is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and holds accreditations ... Read More
Kevin has served as an elected member to the Hampton CT Planning & Zoning Commission since 2004, serving as the chairman since 2009 and was a member of the Windham Council of Government’s Regional Planning Agency from 2007 to 2014. Kevin is an associate and senior landscape architect with Anchor ... Read More
Christine is currently in her second four-year term on Clinton’s Planning & Zoning Commission, having recently completed a new Town Plan of Conservation and Development in 2015. Originally from Grand Island, New York, Christine has worked in New York City, San Francisco and London in various design capacities. At the ... Read More