Annual Conference Presentations & Handouts

2019

3. Designing for Healthy Communities: Public Health and Planning

This workshop will help planners connect their work to public health in concrete ways through healthy community design principles. Presenters: Jessica del Rosario, Director of Community Initiatives, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention, Massachusetts Department of Public Health; Cassandra Andersen, Chief of Community Health, Division of Public Health, City of Worcester

4. Overcoming Common Objections During Planning Processes

Addressing Common Concerns During the Planning Process

Notes, Addressing Common Concerns

Despite the variety of cities and towns in the Commonwealth, residents across the state tend to raise similar concerns when deciding on a zoning change or proposed development. It’s important to remember that the nature of these concerns is fluid, that the people who make them, and the issues themselves, change and therefore can be influenced. To that end the Metropolitan Area Planning Council has identified the most common of these objections and is in the process of developing strategies to overcome them. Speaker: Emily Torres-Cullinane, Assistant Director of Strategic Initiatives, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Ben Faust, Senior Policy Analyst, Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Jenny Raitt, Planning and Community Development Director, Town of Arlington

5. Open Space and Low Impact Development – Are Your Bylaws Cutting Edge or Behind the Curve? - Intro

Open Space and Low Impact Development - Model Bylaw

Natural Resource Protection Zoning

No One Size Fits All - Framingham Examples

Many communities have Cluster, Major Residential Development, Open Space Design, or Natural Resource Protection Zoning, and/or Low Impact Development bylaws or regulations. But the details often vary considerably. Do your rules reflect current best practices? Are they clear and understandable? Are you getting the best possible results for your community, creating attractive, environmentally sensitive designs, and meaningful open space protection? This workshop samples effective rules and regulations, including recent comprehensive overhaul of Framingham’s ordinances and examples of recently adopted OSRD/NRPZ bylaws. Speaker: Amanda Loomis, AICP, Planning Board Administrator, City of Framingham; Jeff Lacy, AICP, Planning Consultant, Rural Planning Associates; Kurt Gaertner, Director of Land Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; E. Heidi Ricci, Assistant Director of Advocacy, Mass Audubon

9. What can your Regional Planning Agency do for you? - CMRPC

What Can Your RPA Do for You - MAPC

Services of Franklin Regional Council of Governments - FRCOG

Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) can provide a variety of services that benefit cities and towns. They can support municipalities that lack staff capacity or provide expertise to conduct studies, prepare plans, procure goods and services, and research future demographic trends. In this session, you will learn about the services provided by RPAs and how to arrange for their assistance. Speaker: Ralph Willmer, FAICP, Technical Assistance Program Manager and Principal Planner, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, CPTC Chair; Peggy Sloan, Director of Planning and Development, Franklin Regional Council of Governments; Janet A. Pierce, Executive Director, Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

10. Now, what EXACTly are you asking for? Imposing Mitigations

Now, what EXACTly are you asking for? Questions

This session will explore the dos and don’ts and maybe’s of imposing exactions or mitigation requirements on developers. Presenters: Barbara J. Saint André, Director, Community and Economic Development, Town of Medway; Judi Barrett, Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC Speaker: Barbara J. Saint André, Director, Community and Economic Development, Town of Medway; Judi Barrett, Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC

11. Risks, Liabilities, and Opportunities: Resources for Municipal Climate Resilience

Government Action in the Age of Climate Change

Massachusetts State Programs and Resources for Municipalities

Increasingly intense storms, more frequent droughts, heat waves and other climate impacts present risks to local infrastructure, property, and public health. Good planning and updated land use regulations can help reduce vulnerabilities and avoid potential liability. Learn about the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program and other resources, tools, case studies and state grants that can help your community become more resilient. Speaker: Deanna Moran, Director, Environmental Planning, CLF Massachusetts Kurt Gaertner, Director of Land Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

15. One City’s Experience with Recreational Marijuana

As new recreational marijuana sales facilities receive approval, the host communities have had differing experiences with the process from application to permitting to the impacts of the facility’s opening. Hear from two municipal officials who were involved with the new Alternative Therapies Group proposal to open a retail facility in Salem. Speaker: Deanna Moran, Director, Environmental Planning, CLF Massachusetts Kurt Gaertner, Director of Land Policy and Planning, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

16. An Introduction to Historic Preservation Planning

This session will cover the basic step-by-step process of historic preservation planning covering a variety of tools used successfully throughout the cities and towns of Massachusetts. Presenter: Christopher C. Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs, Massachusetts Historical Commission. Speaker: Christopher C. Skelly, Director of Local Government Programs, Massachusetts Historical Commission

17. Tools to Visualize Your Community’s Future and Make It a Reality - Intro

MassBuilds and DataCommon

Mass Housing Partnership - Get Your Facts Straight

What will your community look like in 40 years? How will you meet the needs of diverse demographics while protecting water and other critical resources? This workshop will demonstrate the use of several powerful data tools that easily generate maps, graphs, and charts customized to your local needs. It includes a 2060 land futures scenario explorer; DataTown, with community-level information for all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns; a Housing Toolbox with resources to help communities increase their supply of affordable housing; MassBuilds, a database of development projects statewide; and DataCommon, with MAPC’s most requested data. Speaker: E. Heidi Ricci, Assistant Director of Advocacy, Mass Audubon, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program; Callie Clark and Tom Hopper, Co-Directors, Center for Housing Data, Massachusetts Housing Partnership; Sarah Philbrick, Socioeconomic Analyst II, North Suburban Planning Council Coordinator, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

18. Writing Village Center Bylaws (300Mb file)

Local Action Unit Guidelines

Writing a Village Center Bylaw is to move on a path towards forming a more vibrant, mixed-use, and walkable community. Presenters: Judi Barrett, Barrett Planning LLC; Maren A. Toohill, Town Planner, Town of Littleton, CPTC Board member

2018

Municipal Regulation of Adult Use Marijuana 1

Municipal Regulation of Adult Use Marijuana 2

An Overview of the adult use marijuana law., Katherine D. Laughman, Attorney, KP Law, P.C.; Kay Doyle, Cannabis Control Commissioner

Complete Streets, Beverly

Complete Streets, Framingham

Learn how two communities developed their Complete Streets policies, the strategies employed to gain support for the policies, and the steps taken toward implementation of the program., Aaron Clausen, Beverly Director of Planning & Development; Eric Johnson, City Engineer, Framingham DPW; Erika Jerram, Deputy Director of Framingham Community & Economic Development

Crafting a Local Economic Development Strategy

Crafting the Merrimack Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy,Angela Cleveland, AICP, Senior Economic Development Planner, Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, Abel Vargas, Business and Economic Development Director, City of Lawrence

Fair Housing

Overview of Fair Housing, Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC

Flood Your Community with Funding Solutions, not Stormwater 1

Explore how the town of Millbury is engaging the public and other municipal departments around self-identified issues of stormwater, ADA compliance, and more. Learn how the town planner on best practices for planning, innovative funding sources, and collaborative implementation., Laurie Connors, Director of Planning and Development, Town of Millbury

Flood Your Community with Funding Solutions, not Stormwater 2

Helps planners understand not only what climate changes to expect, but also how to proactively plan ahead through reviewing and updating planning tools such as zoning bylaws to encourage climate-smart nature based solutions., Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon

Helping Your Community Get to MVP Status: Climate change & planners 1

Helping Your Community Get to MVP Status: Climate change & planners 2

Learn about the Commonwealth’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program and the role of planners and the municipal team within the process – from applying to receive funds to carrying out workshops and writing the final report. Explore how nature based solutions can solve several of municipality’s challenges of coastal and inland flooding as well as urban heat island effects, droughts, and more. This workshop will feature a planner from a certified MVP community to discuss his experience and best practices. Stefanie Covino, Coordinator, Shaping the Future of Your Community Program, Mass Audubon; Margot Mansfield, Climate Change and Coastal Hazards Analyst, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Housing Choice Program

Overview of the Housing Choice Initiative, Chris Klutchman, FAICP, Director

From Local Action to the Subsidized Housing Inventory: Make Those Units Count!

Understand the process and requirements for getting locally initiated affordable housing to “count” on the Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory. The session will provide a detailed overview of the procedures for qualifying Local Action Units (LAUs) under DHCD’s guidelines, review key similarities and differences between LAUs, Local Initiative Program (LIP) units, and “conventional” Chapter 40B comprehensive permit units. , Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC,; Laura Shufelt, Assistant Director for Community Assistance, Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Parking Management

It’s tricky to strike the right balance with regulations that create enough turnover of downtown parking spaces, but don’t drive away potential visitors. Join an interactive discussion to learn about where parking meters are appropriate; meter rates and time limits; commercial parking permits for employees; the right number of spaces; and wayfinding programs that direct people to underutilized spaces., Constance Kruger, Amherst Selectperson; Nate Malloy, Amherst Senior Planner

Now, what EXACTly are you asking for?

This session will explore the dos and don’ts and maybe’s of imposing exactions or mitigation requirements on developers. It will review judicial decisions and case studies., Barbara J. Saint André, Attorney, KPLaw P.C.; Judi Barrett, Economic Development Director, Plymouth Regional Economic Development Foundation and Principal, Barrett Planning Group LLC

How to Prepare Effective RFPs for Professional Planning Services

How to write a RFP for professional services that complies with Ch. 30B regulations, accurately represents what services and deliverables are desired, and attracts responsive and high-quality proposals. (This Session is presented by the Massachusetts Association. of Consulting Planners.), Daphne Politis, AICP, Principal, Community Circle; Leonardi Aray, AIA, Managing Principal, Leonardi Aray Architects LLC; Sarah L. Raposa, AICP, Town Planner, Medfield