A Region Transformed: The Fourth Regional Plan NY-NJ-CT

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
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Regional Plan Association (RPA) will be presenting a three-part deep dive session on the soon to be released Fourth Regional Plan: A Region Transformed. The deep dive will explore the plan and the plan development process from multiple angles, including 1) the widespread community engagement process across three states and multiple demographic and socioeconomic constituencies, 2) the housing affordability crisis in our region and 3) the integration of community health into the Fourth Plan.

This deep dive session will be divided in three parts which will explore the following:

  • Types of long-term planning decisions that communities can make to improve citizen health outcomes
  • Policies and strategies to address the housing affordability crisis in the New York metro region 
  • Techniques to engage stakeholders traditionally left out of the planning process, especially lower-income communities of color and how to incorporate the input of all stakeholders into a regional comprehensive plan. 

Introduction                                                                                                              1:00pm – 1:15pm

Overview of the 4th Regional Plan

Engaging community partners in creating the 4th Regional Plan        1:15pm – 2:15pm

Description: Regional Plan Association’s Fourth Regional Plan has been developed through an inclusive process with thousands of stakeholders from throughout the region. Through strategic partnerships with community-based membership organizations, the Plan was able to ensure input and direction from stakeholders traditionally left out of the planning process, especially lower-income communities and communities of color. Join RPA and community partner organizations as they discuss this planning experience, how it evolved over multiple years, and ultimately, the ways it has transformed the Fourth Regional Plan and the day-to-day work of each partner organization.  

The Housing Affordability Crisis in Our Region                                     2:30pm – 3:45pm

Description: For the past two decades the New York metropolitan region has experienced robust job and population growth concentrated in the urban core, but success has been uneven and unequal. Vulnerable populations including low- & moderate-income households, the elderly, disabled and communities of color have not fully shared this prosperity.

This panel will focus on strategies proposed in the Fourth Regional Plan to grow and add more housing choices in a broad and equitable way throughout our region. Specially, it will ask the questions of how we can harness investments occurring in stronger-market communities to create and preserve affordable housing, how investments required to revitalize weaker-market communities with attractive urban characteristics can be made in ways that prioritize improvements and protections for existing vulnerable residents, and how – and why - we should create mixed-income neighborhoods throughout the New York Metropolitan Region.

Part 3: Working together: getting health into regional planning                        4:00pm – 5:15pm

Description: Health professionals and urban planners have been working together for years, and have achieved enormous successes, from food policy to complete streets.  But all too often, it requires an enormous effort for communities, government and civic organizations to work together, which means that it can be hard to replicate successes at scale.  This panel will take a long term view of planning and identify the ways in which health can be institutionalized in the process of planning, whether through reforming the planning process, rethinking transportation modeling to be oriented towards health or changing the impact assessment process.


Vincent Tufo , Charter Oak Communities , Stamford , CT (see bio)
Jeanne Herb , rutgers University , New Brunswick , NJ (see bio)
Moses Gates , AICP , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Walter Barrientos , Brentwood , NY (see bio)
Pierina Sanchez , Bronx , NY (see bio)
Juanita Lewis , Yonkers , NY (see bio)
Arnold Cohen , Trenton , NJ (see bio)
Mandu Sen , New York , NY (see bio)
Kimberly Libman , New York , NY (see bio)
Iyad Kheirbek , New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene , New York , NY (see bio)
Sean Ghio , Hartford , CT (see bio)
Sam Stein , Hunter College , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Melissa Kaplan-Macey , AICP , Regional Plan Association , Larchmont , NY (see bio)
Carlos Encarnacion , Brooklyn , NY
Vanessa Barrios , RPA , Brooklyn , NY
Christopher Jones , Regional Plan Association , New York , NY (see bio)
Pierina Sanchez , Bronx , NY (see bio)