APA Rhode Island Chapter

East Providence, RI, United States

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:09 p.m. CST

Session 2-5 - Housing: Integrating Development with Sustainability, Attraction and Transit

5

This was a nice mix of speakers with an engaged audience.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019, 12:32 p.m. CDT

Short-Term Rentals: Management, Enforcement and Code

5

great panel. good current information and case examples.

Friday, January 25, 2019, 1:48 p.m. CST

Solar Siting Energy Systems in Rhode Island

4

good present with a variety of speakers

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 10:16 a.m. CDT

9. Think Big! Creating a Vision for the Future of Transit in Rhode Island

5

very, very good

Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 10:13 a.m. CDT

8. Creating a Model for Resilience: An Update on Newport’s Smart Cities Initiative

5

Very good

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 5:08 p.m. CDT

Massachusetts Moving Forward: Planning for Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation at a State Level

5

Excellent presentation about MassDOT plans to invest $60 million in pedestrian and bike plans for improvements during the next 4 years (e.g. Pedestrian Transportation Plan, Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability, proactive inspection programs, MABike Plan, dockless bike share programs, and other initiatives)

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:58 p.m. CDT

Three is Not a Crowd!

5

There was a lot to learn in this session, where Salem's initiatives to improve its schools, and make the city more friendly to people of all ages were presented (e.g. Age-friendly Initiative Action Plan, now used as a model by AARP)

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 4:53 p.m. CDT

Ethics: APA “Cases of the Year”

5

This was an interactive event in which there were lively discussions of real situations where ethics were at risk. I found especially interesting the discussions about plagiarism.

Friday, April 27, 2018, 4:57 p.m. CDT

Building World-Class Streets: Strategies from Newton and Cambridge

5

Very good presentation. Highlights: Western Ave and Cambridge St. projects, and Newton's Walnut St.

Monday, April 16, 2018, 7:14 p.m. CDT

8. Creating a Model for Resilience: An Update on Newport’s Smart Cities Initiative

4

excellent and engaging panel that opened many eyes in the room as to the work the City has been engaged in for the last several years

Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:14 p.m. CDT

9. Think Big! Creating a Vision for the Future of Transit in Rhode Island

5

Some great examples of Transit Expansion Planning and Financing from Nashville and Seattle

Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:13 p.m. CDT

7. Getting Your Municipal Transportation Priorities on the State’s To-Do List

5

Great Presentations on the TIP process and the Broad Street Regeneration Initiative project in Cumberland, Pawtucket, and Central Falls!

Monday, February 5, 2018, 1:03 p.m. CST

Overcoming Accessibility Challenges in our Communities

5

Best session of the conference.

Friday, February 2, 2018, 10:13 a.m. CST

State Economic Development Strategies from CT, MA and RI

3

Found it incredibly rude that the speaker from Commerce RI arrived late and then left in the middle of the session.

Sunday, December 31, 2017, 1:46 p.m. CST

Keynote Address - The Economics of Historic Preservation – Recent Lessons from the U.S. and Beyond

5

great energy, need to have him as a speaker every few years....to help remind everyone.....the real economics that spring from the semi intangible .......'sense of place'......qualities .......proving authentic historic settings generate real money and are a big economic story

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:46 a.m. CST

Brewing Up Business: Planning the Beer Industry in Southern New England

4

Interesting new topic.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:45 a.m. CST

Ethics: APA “Cases of the Year”

5

Very good this year.

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 9:42 a.m. CST

Land Use Law Developments of the Past Year

5

Always great!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017, 11:29 a.m. CST

Overcoming Accessibility Challenges in our Communities

5

excellent!!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:41 p.m. CST

Ethics: APA “Cases of the Year”

5

Roberta Groch did a great job keeping the topic interesting.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:37 p.m. CST

Turning Transitional Neighborhoods, Corridors and Industrial Districts into Vibrant Places

4

speakers had some great examples and case studies.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:32 p.m. CST

Land Use Law Developments of the Past Year

5

Always a GREAT Session!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017, 2:31 p.m. CST

From Dudley to DC: Religious Land Use, Planning and the Courts

5

The presenters made this topic very interesting and professional.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:53 p.m. CST

MOBILE WORKSHOP - PawSox: Planning for the Future

5

Well organized with good speakers. Mayor was great. Kudos to the leader of this event even if we didn't get to the brewery.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:49 p.m. CST

Overcoming Accessibility Challenges in our Communities

5

While it is encouraging to hear from thoughtful, well spoken, and committed advocates for integration of people with disabilities to their communities, much work needs to be done educating municipal planning officials about building and maintaining infrastructure that is friendly to the disability community. I am grateful to the presenters for their incisive look at the obstacles--pardon the pun--that still exist to full integration more than a quarter century after the passage of ADA as well some innovative work done to break down barriers.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:39 p.m. CST

Innovative Affordable Housing Production Using Public Assets

4

Excellent housing opportunities for veterans through a federal program that pays for development of otherwise surplus assets.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:29 p.m. CST

Stop Requested: Planning for Bus Stops

4

RIPTA is putting excellent and thoughtful effort into the development of its public transit system. In addition to improved placement of bus stops, I am hopeful that the agency and its partners will address increasing the span of service available to transit users.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:22 p.m. CST

Maintaining Workforce and Business Diversity in a High-end Housing Market Through Innovative Land Use Planning

4

Adding diversity and density to Cape Cod's housing stock is an excellent goal toward which no effort is being spared by interested officials. I remain skeptical that the $325,000 price point for entry-level housing is attainable for working-class households.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 2:14 p.m. CST

Who Will Need Housing? What Kind? When? Where? Why?

4

Illuminating presentation about housing types future generations of people establishing households will be looking for. Missing from the discussion was how well off in terms of income and wealth future generations can expect ot be in southeastern Connecticut.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:42 a.m. CST

New Market Tax Credits as a Financing Tool for Community Development Revitalization Projects

5

Nice introduction to New Market Tax Credits. It was helpful to have a variety of examples from around the region. I would have liked to see even more examples, with possibly a shallower dive into the mechanics. With the limited amount of time, I don't think most people retained the details about each case.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 9:18 a.m. CST

Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks Guide Workshop

5

Nice overview of this new design guide developed by Alta. "Workshop" might not be the right word for this session, as it wasn't very interactive.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:32 p.m. CST

A Green infrastructure-based Approach to Climate Change Resiliency Planning

5

Excellent overview of the latest climate projections for NE. Introduction of a range of new tools for use at the local level in climate resiliency preparedness. Very good workshop!!!

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:30 p.m. CST

Small Answers to a Big Problem? Tiny Houses and Cottage Communities

5

Timely information that offers planners a potentially different approach in addressing the housing crisis.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:27 p.m. CST

Bike Share as a Mobility Tool: Where and How Bike Share Systems Can Play a Role in Your Transportation Network

4

An engaging discussion about bikeshare trends and needs. Excellent presentation. Good group discussion, which involved many from different states and countries.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:22 p.m. CST

A Green infrastructure-based Approach to Climate Change Resiliency Planning

3

Quite a range of speakers and presentations. Please limit use of full pages of text.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:18 p.m. CST

Climate and Resiliency: Local Perspectives for a Global Change

3

Good speakers about a range of climate resiliency options, but poor graphics by both speakers.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 4:05 p.m. CST

Greening from the Ground Up

4

Generally good speakers and presentations. I was not familiar with the Groundwork programs.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:59 p.m. CST

Categorizing Sea Level Rise Vulnerability: Using Data, GIS and Collaboration to get the Message Out

3

There was a wide range of speakers and graphics that mainly over-emphasized the reliance on GIS data to help understand SLR. It was missing the "collaboration" piece.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:59 p.m. CST

New Market Tax Credits as a Financing Tool for Community Development Revitalization Projects

5

Excellent overview of New Market Tax Credits and the types of projects they can help fund. Did a good job of clarifying the role NMTCs can play in complicated development projects.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 3:54 p.m. CST

Greening from the Ground Up

5

Great introduction to the work under "Groundwork USA" in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Excellent information that will be extremely useful to our community. Also, the session provided meaningful community engagement ideas that seem to hold promise for our town.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:59 p.m. CST

More Millennials and Seniors are Coming: Are You Ready to Meet Their Housing Needs?

5

Extremely germane to the town I work for, and most of the abutting communities. Good insights on how to start modernizing zoning and other regulations to accommodate senior housing needs and opportunities.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:53 p.m. CST

Small Answers to a Big Problem? Tiny Houses and Cottage Communities

5

Interesting presentation and ideas to try to overcome the NIMBY factor, but most suburbs still want only want 1 house per lot, no matter how small that house is, and the ability to create tiny lots is still hard to achieve. The development mindset in the northwestern suburbs of Boston is still to build 3,000 to 5,000 SF single-family dwellings, but this was good advice to push forward on alternative development concepts.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:34 p.m. CST

Building World-Class Streets: Strategies from Newton and Cambridge

4

Great to see Newton and Cambridge lead the way in trying to change the dynamic from designing around cars to designing around people. Now how to get the more conservative suburbs to follow suit?

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:30 p.m. CST

Turning Transitional Neighborhoods, Corridors and Industrial Districts into Vibrant Places

5

Some practical examples to consider adapting to my community.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:28 p.m. CST

MOBILE WORKSHOP- I-195: After Years of Planning, Things are Moving!

5

A little bit of rain did not dampen this excellent insight into the background of the "new" land created by moving the highway. The creation of a new entity to govern its future seems unrealistic for comparable application in Massachusetts, but the cooperation of various government and academic entities is very positive. Also great to get some insight on other random planning initiatives as the tour proceeded.

Thursday, November 16, 2017, 2:22 p.m. CST

From Dudley to DC: Religious Land Use, Planning and the Courts

5

Great advice, direct and blunt, about overcoming a community's preference to be overly strict in its sign regulations. Speakers were well prepared.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 10:01 a.m. CST

Greening from the Ground Up

5

timely

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 4:08 p.m. CST

Who Will Need Housing? What Kind? When? Where? Why?

2

did not live up to the title. did not translate population trends to housing needs at all.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:19 a.m. CST

Comprehensive Mobility Planning for Urban Residential Development

3

A group exercise was a nice change of pace for a conference session.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, 9:19 a.m. CST

Land Use Law Developments of the Past Year

5

My favorite session every year.

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