Cultivating Opportunities for Sustainable Suburban Development
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.
, Nassau County
, Rockville Centre
Invited SpeakerSean E. Sallie serves as the Planning Division Supervisor at the Nassau County Department of Public Works. Mr. Sallie has over thirteen years of progressive experience in project management, environmental impact analysis, land development, zoning, land use controls, economic development and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mr. Sallie currently oversees the inter-municipal development review division of Public Works and serves as the Project Manager for several planning and engineering projects, including, Grand Avenue Baldwin Complete Streets, Motor Parkway Multi-Use Trail and the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program Drainage and Comprehensive Planning Initiatives. Mr. Sallie has been involved in the site planning, environmental review and permitting phases various complex public-private partnerships, such as the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum, Twin Rinks at Eisenhower Park and the disposition of Mitchel Field property by the Navy to the County of Nassau and AvalonBay Communities. Mr. Sallie has a passion for working with regional agencies the private sector and local communities to create sustainable communities. Mr. Sallie received a B.A. in Physical Geography and Environmental Systems from the University at Buffalo and a M.S. in Environmental Management and Planning from Long Island University. Mr. Sallie is accredited by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and has served as the Director of the American Planning Association, New York Metro Chapter’s Long Island Section since 2015.
, Parsons Brinckerhoff
, New York
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerMaxwell Sokol, AICP is a Lead Planner at WSP (formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff), a globally-recognized professional services firm employing approximately 36,000 people. At WSP, Max has experience as a Project Manager and Deputy Project Manager on a range of projects, including multi-modal transportation planning and transit-oriented development planning in the Northeast. In addition to his role at WSP, Max is also the President of the American Planning Association (APA) New York Metro Chapter, which represents more than 1,000 planners in the 14-county region that includes New York City, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Max graduated from Brown University with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Anthropology (with Honors), Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from Columbia University with a Master of Science in Urban Planning degree.
, Vision Long Island
Confirmed SpeakerEric Alexander, Vision Long Island, Director Eric Alexander is the Director of Vision Long Island, the areas Smart Growth planning organization. Eric has over twenty five years of experience in housing, transportation, community development and coordinating successful community projects. Specifically, Eric has been a proponent of downtown planning, infrastructure investment and mixed use development through advocacy efforts on Federal, State, County levels while working with municipalities to develop and implement smart growth policies, regulations, and projects. All told his efforts at Vision Long Island have resulted in acting as a catalyst for well over 100 Smart Growth projects supporting over 12,000 units of Transit Oriented Development across LI. Since joining Vision Long Island Eric has been working to support proactive land use planning decisions through the use of community visionings, and other progressive planning techniques. Eric has led visioning processes and technical support in the following twenty communities: Farmingdale, Huntington, Bay Shore, Hicksville, Manorhaven, W.Babylon, Mastic/Shirley, Coram/Middle Island, Rocky Point, Shoreham, Mt. Sinai, Gordon Heights, Westbury, Central Islip, Baldwin, Oyster Bay, Kings Park, Mastic Beach, Southampton and Lake Ronkonkoma. Each of these projects resulted in a community plan and are all in varying stages of planning and construction. In addition Eric has working on regional planning projects surrounding NYSERDA’s Cleaner Greener Grants program, NYS CRP planning and grants program, Nassau HUB, Long Island 2035, Brookhaven 2030 and the Federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. In 2002 Eric organized Long Island’s first Smart Growth Awards event and led its first Smart Growth Summit. The Summit, now held annually, has over 1,200 attendees and develops a policy agenda for downtown redevelopment and infrastructure. Over the last twenty years Eric has made over 2,000 individual and group presentations in nearly seventy five Long Island communities. Eric has been advancing policies and regulations to advance Smart Growth principles through active partnership with the 90 member LI Lobby Day Coalition, the LI Smart Growth Working Group, the LI Complete Streets Coalition, Friends of Long Island, the LI Business Council and the Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce. On the Federal & State level he has served on Governor Spitzer’s Transition Team for Smart Growth and serves on Congresswoman McCarthy’s Economic Advisory Committee, the NY Congress for the New Urbanism Executive Committee, the Steering Committee of Empire State Future and the Board of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. Locally Eric has served on the Town of Huntington Smart Growth Steering Committee, Suffolk County Smart Growth Committee, the Suffolk County Commission for Workforce Housing, the Nassau County Next Generation Housing Committee and the Advisory Board of S.T.R.O.N.G. for youth. He is a graduate of the Energeia Partnership and Leadership Huntington, on the Advisory Board for Newsday’s Green Street LI project and the Board of the LI Coalition for the Homeless. Eric has been listed as one of Long Island’s 100 most influential leaders by the Long Island Business News for three years running and recently was featured on the cover of Corridor magazine. In 2016 he was honored by the Hollywood Baptist Church for a Martin Luther King Jr. “Leadership” Award, by EHS of LI for a “Social Justice Leaders” Award and in NYC for a “Gotham Green” Award. In 2015 he was honored by LISTnet for their small business award, In 2014 he was honored by the 100 Black Men of Long Island and received a “Founders Day” Award by the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. In 2013 he was honored with a LI Real Estate “Leadership” Award by the LI Business News, “Long Island Achievement Award” by Public Relations Professionals of Long Island. He was also honored as “Person of the Year” by Northport Patch in 2012, as a “Leader who makes a Difference” by the Hauppauge Industrial Association in 2011, “Business of the Year” by the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce in 2010, a “Graduate of Distinction” by Leadership Huntington in 2010, sustainable development by the LIPC in 2008, community planning by the American Planning Association NY Chapter in 2008, Businessperson of the Year by the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce in 2005, the LI Business News 40 under 40 designation in 2003 and the LI Alliance Kairos Award in 1990. Locally Eric is a Northport resident and serves on the Northport Village Merchants Association Board. In addition he was a volunteer advisor for the Youth Group (YES) of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. He is married to his wife Liz and raising their daughter Rayne. When not working on downtowns or connecting to family and friends he may be playing music, sipping bourbon and/or smoking a cigar somewhere around town. Locally Eric is a Northport resident and serves on the Northport Village Merchants Association Board. In addition he was a volunteer advisor for the Youth Group (YES) of the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island. He is married to his wife Liz and daughter Rayne. When not working on downtowns or connecting to family and friends he may be playing music, sipping bourbon and/or smoking a cigar somewhere around town.