Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) in Connecticut
You'll learn about:
Developing a better understanding of how Connecticut's various local, regional, and state agencies are implementing TOD
Effective methods of advancing policy recommendations to implement key principles of TOD
How to use knowledge from successful case studies to overcome the common political, financial, market, and technical challenges associated with TOD
Many states throughout the country are developing ambitious transit expansion strategies to bolster economic development while creating new mobility options. The key to growth around transit is aligning reinvestment potential with transit investment. Connecticut is at the forefront of developing a statewide TOD program to promote economic development and mitigate growing traffic congestion through its new and expanded service along the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield (NHHS) corridor, the New Canaan branch service, infill stations along the crowded Northeast Corridor, the recent opening of Northeast’s newest bus rapid transit system (CTfastrak), and, in due course, High Speed Rail. Through Governor Malloy’s Let’s GO CT initiative, the State of Connecticut is taking a leadership role in setting the stage for TOD across the state.
Local communities in the state are in every stage of TOD, from planning to establishing partnerships with the private development community, to implementation. A panel discussion moderated by the TOD planning consultant for the State of Connecticut will examine how Connecticut is leveraging TOD to grow local urban economies, and discuss case studies, lessons learned, and keys to successful TOD implementation. The panelists will also examine how Governor Malloy’s Let’s GO CT initiative is helping to promote transit investment and economic development.
, City of Meriden
Confirmed SpeakerRobert Seale is the Director of Planning, Development and Enforcement for the City of Meriden, CT. In Meriden, Mr. Seale oversees the Planning department as well as the Building and Housing Code departments. He previously served as the Deputy Director of Planning and Zoning for the Town of Greenwich, CT, as an adjunct lecturer for the University of New Haven with a focus on Sustainable Urban Planning and as Project Planner for the City of Spokane, WA. Mr. Seale’s work has ranged from Neighborhood Planning and Master Bike Plans to the coordinated implementation of city projects and review of development and design proposals. Mr. Seale earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Gonzaga University and Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University.
, Connecticut Dept. Of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerDavid Elder is a Transportation Planner in CTDOT’s Office of Strategic Planning and Projects, Bureau of Policy and Planning. He is the project manager for Let’s GO CT! and leads the office of Policy and Performance Measures. Mr. Elder previously worked as the Director of Planning for a Council of Governments and Metropolitan Planning Organization in southwest Connecticut and has a Masters of Science in Planning and Resource Management from Central Connecticut State University. Mr. Elder’s work for the Department includes legislation and policy review, transit oriented development planning, statewide project coordination, and long range planning.
, New Haven
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Piscitelli, AICP, is the Deputy Economic Development Administrator for the City of New Haven and the current President of the Connecticut Chapter of APA. Mr. Piscitelli previously served as New Haven's Comprehensive Planner in the City Plan Department and the first Director of New Haven's Transportation, Traffic and Parking Department. In these various roles, Mr. Piscitelli has worked on many of New Haven’s signature revitalization projects, including the conversion of Route 34 to urban boulevards, the Long Wharf Plan and the 100 College Street / Alexion development. Before moving to New Haven, Mr. Piscitelli served in similar capacities for the MTA/Metro-North Railroad and the City of Springfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Piscitelli earned his BA at St. Bonaventure University and MRP in Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts.
, Capitol Region Council of Governments
Confirmed SpeakerSince 2004 Lyle Wray has served as executive director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments www.crcog.org. In this role, Dr. Wray serves as chief executive for Connecticut’s largest regional planning organization serving metropolitan Hartford, Connecticut. The region includes 38 cities and towns with a population just under one million. The region has two new major transportation upgrades: hourly enhanced rail service from Springfield MA to New Haven and New York City in early 2018 and CTfastrak launched March 2015 a more than 9 mile bus rapid transit service that has shown ridership well over projections. With other agency partners launched the Corridor Advisory Committee of elected officials on the rail and rapid transit corridors on transit oriented development and related issues. He served as County Administrator and Human Services Director for Dakota County, Minnesota and as a division director in the Minnesota Department of Human Services. He served as Executive Director of the nonpartisan Citizens League in Minnesota and is a board member of the National Civic League. He served as director of Ventura County Civic Alliance at the Ventura County California Community Foundation. He has been active in performance measurement with management indicator systems in local government, advised a Governor on performance measurement for state agencies, teaches outcomes and performance measurement, and has done a series of speaking tours in Asia and elsewhere on the topic and co-authored the book “Results That Matter” on improving communities through citizen engagement and performance measurement and has published on these topics in ICMA’s Public Management. He serves as vice-president of the Community Indicator Consortium. He was elected as a member of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2017 as President of the Community Indicator Consortium. Dr. Wray holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts and PhD in psychology from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. He completed the State and Local Government executive program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
, Parsons Brinckerhoff
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerSara Bronin is a Mexican-American architect and author, and the Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law at UConn Law School. She has written over a dozen articles and several books, including nationally-recognized work in property law, land use, and historic preservation. Through the American Law Institute, she is coordinating the land use and servitude portions of the forthcoming Fourth Restatement of Property. Among other public service positions, Sara chairs Hartford’s award-winning Planning & Zoning Commission, chairs the city’s Climate Stewardship Council, and serves as vice chair of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. She earned degrees from Yale Law School, the University of Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and the University of Texas. She lives with her family in a Civil War-era brownstone they rehabilitated in 2013.