Transit-Oriented Development: Places, Spaces, and Showcases

APA Connecticut Chapter


Thursday, April 25, 2019
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

Hartford, CT, United States

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Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is more than just adding buses and trains to our existing cities. It encompasses a new way of creating places to live, work, shop, and play in our communities by using principles of smart-growth and sustainability to guide future development. Connecticut’s recent investments in CTfastrak, the Hartford Line, Metro-North, and Shore Line East have generated a resurgence of interest in the state’s urban communities. New transit stations have spurred development projects, parks, and other improvements that are beginning to bring much-needed housing, employment, and other benefits. This program will examine TOD efforts in Connecticut through the lens of different projects to allow landscape architects to gain a better understanding of the “big picture” — and how their expertise fits in with that of allied professionals, transportation officials, economic development specialists, legislators, and others to help these projects benefit communities.


Oliver Gaffney

Confirmed Speaker

licensed landscape architect with TPA Design Group, a multi-disciplinary engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm in New Haven. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut in 2012 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Ornamental Horticulture. Oliver is active in CTASLA ... Read More

Elise Greenberg

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Transportation Planner at the Connecticut Department of Transportation in the Bureau of Policy and Planning. As the program lead for CTDOT’s transit-oriented development program, Elise administers and oversees TOD plans and studies, participates in Connecticut’s Interagency TOD Working Group, and serves as part of an internal team that ... Read More

Laura Pirie

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founded Pirie Associates, a multidisciplinary design practice, in 2002. Projects range from interiors to place-making and landscape, all with the aim of empowering people to engage more deeply with their built environment. Pirie’s design solutions are known for their craft, economy, attention to occupant health and well-being, and outcomes ... Read More

Stephanie White

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leads Fuss & O’Neill’s landscape architectural design studio. A licensed landscape architect in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, Stephanie draws on her 18 years of experience to transform New England communities. Her expertise includes park master planning and design, transit-oriented development, housing, academic campuses, urban regeneration projects ... Read More

Patrick McMahon

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CEO of the Connecticut Main Street Center, working to unleash the potential of Connecticut’s downtowns. He served as Suffield’s Development Director for 15 years, focusing on Town Center enhancements and economic development around Bradley International Airport. He also served as Development Consultant to Windsor Locks. He initiated a ... Read More

George Howell

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CEO of the West Hartford Housing Authority, responsible for managing an independent housing authority with 350 mixedincome/ mixed-use, affordable, family- and seniorhousing units in five residential communities: the new 54-unit mixed-income/mixed-use New Park; the 137-unit seniors property, Alfred E. Plant; the recently renovated 40-unit affordable seniors/ disabled property, Elm ... Read More

Bruce Becker

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president of Becker + Becker, an integrated green development, planning, preservation, and architecture firm with offices in Fairfield, CT and Manhattan. Becker + Becker plans and implements transit-oriented (TOD) projects that have a social and environmental value, creating mixed-use and mixed-income communities to help revitalize cities. The firm recently completed a LEED ... Read More

Norman Garrick

Confirmed Speaker

Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Garrick is also a former member of the national board of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), co-chair of CNU’s Transportation Task Force, and a CNU Fellow. He specializes in the planning and design of urban transportation systems ... Read More

Rebecca Augur

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Milone & MacBroom, is an emerging leader in land use and community planning in Connecticut. As Communications Committee Chair for the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, she is actively involved in promoting and supporting the planning profession. Ms. Augur offers diverse experience as a consulting, regional, and municipal planner ... Read More

Mark Barnhart

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Director of Community & Economic Development for the Town of Fairfield since 2002. He has been responsible for overseeing construction of Fairfield’s newest commuter rail station as well as the redevelopment of the former Fort Devans site into twenty-two units of affordable ownership housing and eight units of permanent supportive ... Read More

Mark Moriarty

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Director of Public Works for the City of New Britain, Connecticut. In recent years Mr. Moriarty has gained recognition for New Britain’s extensive, award-winning “Complete Streets” and Bicycle-Friendly Community initiatives. These initiatives have resulted in New Britain being awarded over $23 million in grants within the past five years ... Read More

Richard Andreski

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Bureau Chief, Public Transportation, for the State of Connecticut. He is a 20-year veteran of public transportation, having served in a variety of roles with the NJ Transit Corporation and CT Department of Transportation. In his role as bureau chief, Mr. Andreski is responsible for the statewide public transportation system ... Read More

David Sousa

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David V. Sousa, ASLA, AICP, is a Senior Planner and Landscape Architect with CDM Smith specializing in Smart Growth, Sustainable Development/Green Infrastructure, Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), and Walkable Urbanism. His recent work includes transportation, environmental and community planning for public and private clients throughout the U.S. as well as ... Read More

Matt Pafford

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Environmental Analyst for the Intergovernmental Policy and Planning Division within the State of Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management (OPM). In addition to a number of other functions, this Division is responsible for development and oversight of the State Plan of Conservation and Development, which guides the implementation of ... Read More

Jonathan Harris

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Undersecretary for Intergovernmental Policy and Planning at the Office of Policy and Management. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from the New York University School of Law, and was then in private practice for 25 years, concentrating on business and real estate law. For ... Read More

Howard Weissberg

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recently appointed the Director of Public Works in Meriden, CT, after serving as an Associate City Engineer for seven years. Prior to this, he was the Deputy Director of Public Works in New Haven. Before moving to Connecticut a decade ago, he worked for both Maryland State Highway Administration and ... Read More

Mark Arigoni

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volved for nearly 25 years in the planning and design of greenways, streetscapes, passive and active parks, recreational facilities, athletic facilities, urban redevelopments and revitalizations, and commercial site developments across New England. He is a Vice President of Milone & MacBroom, one of the largest consulting firms in the Northeast, and ... Read More

Eric Barz

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Windsor’s Town Planner since 2006, after leaving Windsor as an Assistant Town Planner in 1996 to become Town Planner in Canton, CT and a Senior Planner with Planimetrics in Avon, CT. Eric’s accomplishments include plans of conservation and development for Canton, Shelton, Somers, Stonington, and Windsor; comprehensive regulation ... Read More

Jason Williams

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Lead Landscape Architect and Urban Designer with Milone & MacBroom, who provides visioning at project initiation, works to engage the public, and reimagines new spaces, from city blocks to small courtyards. His collection of work spans from regional and community master planning and conceptual site design to detailed construction plans. His ... Read More

David Elder, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Mr. David Elder, AICP, GISP-Is a Transportation Planner in the Office of Strategic Planning and Projects, Bureau of Policy and Planning, at the Connecticut Department of Transportation. He is the project manager for the State’s Strategic Transportation Plan and leads the office of Policy and Strategic Planning. Mr. Elder ... Read More

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