Cultivating Opportunities for Sustainable Suburban Development

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 7:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The principles of transit-oriented development through case studies in one of the nation’s first suburbs

  • Actionable strategies to promote infill development around train stations 

  • The role of stakeholder and public engagement in assessing desire and readiness for transit-oriented development in individual communities

  • The process and outcomes of the Nassau County Infill Redevelopment Feasibility Study, one of sixteen projects advanced by the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Initiative (Sustainable NYCT) and funded through a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant

Take a journey through the past hundred years of one of the nation's first suburbs. In the early 20th Century, Nassau County’s small fishing villages and hamlets were beginning to transform into suburban communities accessible to New York City by the Long Island Rail Road. Following World War II, Nassau County provided the opportunity for former city dwellers to realize the American Dream - returning veterans and their families and many others were able to purchase single-family homes with their own backyards. Today, many things remain much the same. There are small differences, however, that have changed the overall character of the County over the past 30 years. Families just starting out can no longer afford a single family home due to high cost of real estate, which is compounded by skyrocketing taxes. In addition, lifestyles have changed; people no longer marry and start having children in their early 20s, and when they do, they have fewer children at a later age. Young adults instead choose to live in proximity to entertainment and culture venues, choosing lifestyle over security. This Mobile Workshop will travel through century-old town centers, post-WWII tract housing and showcase Transit-Oriented Development initiatives throughout Nassau County, NY.


Sean Sallie , AICP , Nassau County , Rockville Centre , NY (see bio)
Thomas Jost , Parsons Brinckerhoff , New York , NY
Maxwell Sokol , AICP , WSP , New York , NY (see bio)
Eric Alexander , Vision Long Island , Northport , NY (see bio)