Reinventing Suburbia: Community-Based TODs

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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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.



Sean Sallie , AICP , Nassau County , Rockville Centre , NY (see bio)
Jonathan Keyes , Suffolk County , Hauppauge , NY (see bio)