Reinventing Suburbia: Community-Based TODs
You'll learn about:
The role of form-based codes in ensuring predictability in development and urban and architectural design of the highest quality
Implementing measures to ensure members of the community realize the maximum possible social and economic benefits of revitalization
The role of community engagement and coalition-building in the planning process
At first glance, the notion of ‘economically distressed Long Island community’ may seem paradoxical to those for whom the name ‘Long Island’ evokes imagery of Gold Cost mansions, post-war suburbs, and idyllic Hamptons beaches. Nevertheless, isolated pockets of poverty have persisted on Long Island for decades, long predating the recent and well-documented suburban poverty that followed the Great Recession. Beginning in 2002, elected officials in the Town of Babylon began a comprehensive, community-based revitalization effort known as Wyandanch Rising. This mobile workshop will offer a first-hand look at the early successes under this renowned and award-winning initiative, including new mixed-use and public space development valued at over $125 million. Participants will have an opportunity to view first-hand the implementation of this Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award Recipient Master Plan, and will hear directly from elected leaders, the developer, and the municipalities, who will discuss the challenges and opportunities faced when undertaking a project of this complexity. Accessible in an hour via the Long Island Rail Road at Penn Station, this mobile workshop includes a presentation and an accompanying walking tour to highlight the world-class design in this truly unique downtown.
, 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.
, Suffolk County
Invited SpeakerJonathan Keyes is the Director of Downtown and Transit-Oriented Development for the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning, where he works to support significant regional transportation and development projects. Prior to joining the County in January 2017, Jonathan served for nearly five years as the Director of the Town of Babylon’s Office of Downtown Revitalization. There he played a lead role in the management of the Town’s Wyandanch Rising revitalization initiative, and oversaw the Town’s efforts to revitalize downtown Copiague, redevelop North Amityville and East Farmingdale, and implement BRT along the Route 110 Corridor. Prior to assuming the position of Director, Jonathan was the Project Manager for Affordable Housing, where he oversaw three new down payment assistance programs that helped nearly 70 families achieve homeownership. He also authored the Town of Babylon Complete Streets Policy, the first such policy adopted by a Long Island municipality. Jonathan was the recipient of the 2011 Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship from the Long Island Chapter of the American Planning Association and received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU with a focus on Transportation, Infrastructure and the Environment in 2014. His interests include transportation policy, walkable communities, and bike advocacy. He lives in Patchogue with his wife and two daughters.