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Dean James W. Hughes – 8:30AM – 9:15AM

2017 Economic, Demographic, and Technological Realities

HughesEconomic, demographic and technological change is redefining the planning environment. This presentation will look at the cyclical status of the national and New Jersey economies and the general outlook for 2017. Demographic change will be reviewed, with particular attention to the impact of ascendant millennials and aging baby boomers. Fundamental disruptions to 20th century assumptions by advances in information technology and artificial intelligence will reshape our planning world.

Session 1 – 9:30AM – 11:00AM

FB1:  Tactical Urbanism!

Tactical Urbanism is “an approach to neighborhood building and activation using short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions and policies”. Tactical Urbanism has helped launch significant transformations in our region, from the pedestrianization of Times Square to the Philadelphia Parklet Program. This session explores current examples of tactical urbanism in New Jersey. In June, Princeton “mocked-up” new streetscape options for Nassau Street and let the community try them out and provide feedback. In October, Montclair sponsored a “Build Your Own Parklet” program.

  • Jim Constantine, AICP/PP, Looney Ricks Kiss
  • Deanna Stockton, PE, Municipal Engineer, Princeton
  • Janice Talley, AICP/PP, Director of Planning & Community Development, Township of Montclair
  • Laura Torchio, AICP, Deputy Director, Transportation Initiative, Project for Public Spaces

FC1: Stakeholder Engagement for the NJTPA’s Plan 2045: Connecting North Jersey

This interactive session gives participants the opportunity to help develop the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority’s (NJTPA) next long-range regional transportation plan. The session focuses on hands-on “pilot” public engagement activities that look toward the future of the transportation system, funding priorities, and related issues and themes in the NJTPA’s region. Panelists will also learn about Plan 2045’s goals, the planning and adoption process and the relationship of Plan 2045 to the Together North Jersey (TNJ) Regional Plan.

  • Matt Holt, Freeholder, Hunterdon County; Trustee, NJTPA; Chair, NJTPA Planning & Economic Development Committee
  • Douglas Greenfeld, AICP/PP, Manager, Sustainability and Plan Development, NJTPA
  • Ted Ritter, Special Projects Manager: External Affairs, NJTPA
  • Ryan Walsh, AICP/PP, LEED Green Associate, Project Manager / Community Planner, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.

FD1:  Catalyzing Change in the Highlands

The 2016 update to Sussex County’s Open Space and Recreation Plan, produced by The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, assesses existing public lands and open space to prioritize and implement land stewardship and preservation initiatives.  This GIS mapping and modeling project identifies strategic opportunities to enhance the water resource benefits to the land and offers a targeted, site specific action program.  Projects are identified to protect water resources and expand existing parklands, natural areas and trails in the county.  Using updated mapping and technology tools, the Plan Update inventoried currently protected open space and developed a series of maps to identify priority areas for conservation and restoration built upon scientifically-based water quality metrics and local priorities for land protection. The mapping analysis offers the county the ability to analyze the properties based on unique water resources and/or water resource attributes.

  • Barbara Heskins Davis, Vice President, Programs, The Land Conservancy of New Jersey
  • Daniel J. Van Abs, Associate Professor of Practice for Water, Society and Environment, Rutgers University
  • Autumn Sylvester, Principal Planner/Acting Planner Director, Sussex County 

FE1:  Camden: An Unprecedented Urban Renaissance   

Camden, New Jersey is in the midst of an unprecedented urban renaissance.  Driven by over two billion dollars of tax credit waterfront projects, the riverfront city is rapidly transforming from the #1 murder city in the U.S. to the region’s best investment.  This session will provide an overview of the comprehensive safety, education, tax credit and urban design elements that form the basis of the transformation and will illustrate the physical, economic and social connections required to be successful.  The new police force, charter school system, rail line extension and numerous headquarter relocations, including Holtec, 76ers, American Water, Subaru and American Water, will be discussed.

  • Angelo Alberto, AIA, PP, City Invincible: Architecture, Interiors, Urban Design
  • Anthony J. Perno III, Esquire, CEO Coopers Ferry Partnership
  • Kevin Sheehan, Esquire, Chair, Real Estate and Land Use Practice, Parker McCay PA

FF1:  Rethinking the Traditional TOD Concept with an Untraditional Land Use     

This session will focus on a non-traditional approach to transit oriented development and also address what is and will continue to become an economic development challenge for many communities around the United States over the next quarter century. Specifically, there are far more community shopping centers than there are commuter rail station stops in the United States (perhaps, more than five to one) – many of which are served by at least one form of mass transit.  Further, community shopping centers typically represent 25 to 40 acres of land area and could easily accommodate the type of mixed-use, mid-rise development density necessary for a project to achieve financial feasibility.  This session will provide participants – particularly those representing suburban area communities lacking ideal commuter rail transit TOD opportunities – with a fresh perspective on attracting TOD private investment to untraditional prospective TOD sites: what are (or will soon become) known as “greyfield” properties.  High level financial feasibility, fiscal and economic impact analyses for comparison projects will also be shared with session participants.

  • Todd Poole, President, 4Ward Planning

FG1:  Visualizing Sustainability:  Planning Visualization Maps in Affordable Housing & Resiliency Planning

This panel will describe the development and use of Planning Visualization Maps, a new planning tool based on the point value system of LEED-ND that provides a visual representation of areas of the community showing a high degree of sustainability. Specific applications of the new tool will be discussed, including its use in affordable housing planning. Panelists will describe how the point system and maps have been used to identify preferred sites for affordable housing and as the foundation for ordinances addressing a municipality’s affordable housing obligation. Examples of court-approved housing plans that use the point system and Planning Visualization Maps will be highlighted. Other applications of this innovative planning tool will be reviewed, including their use in regional planning, risk assessment, and resiliency planning.

  • Stanley Slachetka, AICP/PP, Group Manager, T&M Associates
  • Adam M. Gordon, Esquire, Associate Director, Fair Share Housing Center
  • Jeffrey Cucinotta, T&M Associates
  • Marta Lefsky, AICP/PP, Director, Department of Planning & Development Township of Woodbridge

FH1:  The East Coast Greenway: Linking New Jersey’s Cities     

The East Coast Greenway (ECG)will be an almost 100-mile long contiguous trail from Pennsylvania to New York linking many of our most densely populated communities. The challenges to implementing an off-road trail network in New Jersey range from high right-of-way costs to environmental constraints to dealing with the legacy of an industrial landscape. New opportunities are arising as development comes to previously barren sites.  This session outlines the route that has been laid so far, based on a 2004 route location study performed by the NJDOT in cooperation with the East Coast Greenway Alliance.  It lays out the improvements NJDOT has made where the ECG crosses state highways and the pieces that have been built by partners utilizing federal Transportation Enhancement funding. Discussion will include the process of locating trail facilities in New Jersey, the importance of community outreach and the advantages of working with a diverse coalition of partners.  This session also explores the potential of a true off-road bicycle and pedestrian network and all the benefits it might bring to the urban areas of the state, including opportunities to address equity issues and health disparities in traditionally underserved populations.

  • Cyndi Steiner, Executive Director, NJ Bike and Walk Coalition
  • Andrew Hamilton, East Coast Greenway Alliance
  • Elise Bremer-Nei, AICP/PP, Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, NJDOT
  • Michael Dannemiller, PE, NV5 (The RBA Group)
  • Megan Massey, AICP/PP, Hudson County Engineering

FI1:  RAIL: Planning the Future of North Jersey’s Transportation and Economy   

The North Jersey Rail Coalition’s mission is to connect communities in Passaic, Bergen and Hudson Counties through phased commuter rail investments along the existing alignment of the New York Susquehanna & Western (NYS&W) Railway. The Passaic-Bergen-Hudson Rail Project originates in Hawthorne and terminates in Hudson County, offering a seamless connection from the Bergen Main Line to the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail at the Tonnelle Avenue Station. At this preliminary stage, there are proposed stations in Hawthorne, Paterson, Elmwood Park, Hackensack, and North Bergen. The three counties are preparing to embark on a planning process to test service and development scenarios that will spur and enhance redevelopment efforts along the corridor and encourage private investment in housing and commercial space.

  • John W. Bartlett, Freeholder, Passaic County
  • Michael Lysicatos, AICP/PP, Passaic County Department of Planning & Economic Development
  • Martin E. Robins, Director Emeritus, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University

Session 2 – 11:15AM – 12:45PM

FB2:  The Politics of Redevelopment

Fifteen years ago, the State Plan correctly predicted that redevelopment would become the predominant form of growth in New Jersey.  Today, NJ Future estimates that “built-out” communities jumped from receiving 3.6% of statewide growth to 66.4% in the current economic cycle.  Behind these staggering numbers are the mechanics of local government and a community’s pursuit of its shared vision, advanced on a day-to-day basis by dedicated mayors, elected officials, and professional staff.  In this unique panel, we will explore the political pressures faced by communities and the strategies they’ve developed to identify and achieve local redevelopment objectives.

  • Phil Abramson, Esq./PP, Topology NJ LLC
  • Sheena Collum, Village President, Township of South Orange Village / Executive Director, American Planning Association – NJ Chapter
  • Wilda Diaz, Mayor, City of Perth Amboy
  • Baye Adofo-Wilson, Deputy Mayor for Economic and Housing Development, City of Newark
  • Frank Giantomasi, Esquire, Chiesa, Shahinian & Giantomasi, PC
  • John Inglesino, Esquire, Inglesino, Webster, Wyciskala & Taylor, LLP

FC2:  If You Can’t Get There It Doesn’t Exist: What Mobility Delivers 

This session will delve into the challenges and opportunities to increase mobility for targeted populations often underserved by the transportation system: at-risk youth, low-wage workers, jobseekers, older adults, persons with disabilities, families and individuals managing chronic health issues. For many of these populations the freedom that comes with a private vehicle is out of reach — due to cost of ownership, lack of license or safe driving skills, physical changes that often come with older age, lifelong or acquired disabilities or other constraints. How can local governments, transportation agencies, non-profit organizations, and the planning community at large help bridge the gap between the transportation needs of these target populations and the services available? This session will draw on data being compiled for the Coordinated Human Service Transportation Plan Update for Northern NJ, national research in the areas of aging, employment and disability services, and the efforts and programs managed by NJ’s transportation agencies and TMAs.

  • Karen Alexander, Managing Director, NJTIP at Rutgers University
  • Jeffrey Perlman, Manager, Environmental Planning/Mobility Programs, NJTPA
  • Krishna Murthy, Executive Director, EZ Ride
  • Ana Magri, Director, Local Programs/Minibus Support/Community Transportation, New Jersey Transit

FD2:  How to Use Data to Inform Economic Development Decisions

This session will cover various sources of data, both free and for purchase, that counties can use to evaluate the economy, understand relative competitiveness, and inform and support economic development initiatives.  The presenters will also discuss how counties can provide support to local economic development initiatives.  Sources of data to be discussed include secondary data such as the US Census, ESRI, EMSI, CoStar, Hoovers, and Claritas and primary sources including interviews and surveys. The presenters include a director of a county economic development organization, director of a county planning department, a real estate valuation consultant and a retail strategy consultant.

  • Meghan Hunscher, AICP/PP, Executive Director, Morris County Economic Development Corporation
  • Christine Marion, AICP/PP, Planning Director, Morris County Department of Planning & Public Works, Division of Planning & Preservation
  • Joseph Getz, Principal, JGSC Group
  • Arthur A. Linfante, III, MAI, CRE, Value Research Group, LLC

FE2:  Designing for On-Demand Mobility – Autonomous Vehicles, Uber/Lyft & A Changing World     

The provisioning infrastructure of mobility is changing. With Uber and Lyft working with municipalities to ease long-standing problems of first- and last-mile ridership as well as the emergence of autonomous vehicles, planners must look to reconfigure the urban environment to more adequately meet future mobility needs. This challenge entails not just road design, but re-envisioning communities anew with respect to zoning, access to facilities, density, property taxation, and so forth. What are the policy and design changes that new forms of mobility are likely to engender over the coming decade? This panel will consider policy changes and design moves that will be needed to facilitate mobility throughout New Jersey in the face of emergent social and technological innovations.

  • Jon Carnegie, AICP/PP, Executive Director of Rutgers Voorhees Transportation Center
  • Ana Mahony, General Manager, Uber New Jersey and Connecticut
  • Thomas G. Dallessio AICP/PP/FRSA, President, CEO & Publisher, Next City
  • Maurie Cohen, Professor of Sustainability Studies and Director of the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Michael Rogers, City Administrator, Summit, NJ
  • Esther Zipori, Phd Student, Urban Systems, New Jersey Institute of Technology – Rutgers

FF2:  The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program: Successes & Greater Opportunities       

Since 2002, the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC) program has proven to be one of the most effective policy tools for community development in the state of New Jersey. Spanning 29 neighborhoods in 14 communities throughout the state, the NRTC program has leveraged over $80 million in funding for housing and economic development projects in historically disinvested areas.  This session will explore the impact of the NRTC program through the lens of several communities that have benefited from the program. It will end with the release of new data showing the NRTC’s ongoing impact and a call for an expansion of the program as part of the Housing and Community Development Network’s “Build a Thriving New Jersey” Campaign.

  • Staci Berger, President and CEO, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
  • Brad Harrington, Director, Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program, NJ Department of Community Affairs
  • Lois Greco, Senior Vice President of Evaluations, Wells Fargo Regional Foundation
  • Meishka Mitchell, Vice President of Neighborhood Initiative, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership

FG2:  Creative Placemaking: Metrics that Matter  

Creative Placemaking is one of the fastest growing fields in urban planning. More than 1,200 communities in the US — and at least 90 in New Jersey — are engaged in, or planning to engage in this work.  There are a lot of ways to measure success in creative placemaking.  But what metrics matter most to public officials, arts administrators, grantmakers, developers and other key influencers?  Learn this and more in a roundtable discussion with experts in grantmaking, real estate development, community and economic development, and the arts.

  • Paula Stephens, Program Officer, Arts in Communities, New Jersey State Council on the Arts
  • Leonardo Vazquez, AICP/PP, Executive Director, The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking, Union, NJ
  • Anne Gadwa Nicodemus, Principal, Metris Arts, Easton, PA
  • Jamie Hand, Director of Research Strategies, ArtPlace America, Brooklyn, NY

FH2:  BIKES!: Equity, Safety and Mobility in NJ

New Jersey is working toward a future with zero bicyclist deaths and serious injuries through safety initiatives that prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations. This presentation will present the current status of bicycle safety in New Jersey. The session will focus on NJDOT’s Bicycle Safety Action Plan (2016) and highlight findings from a recent study focused on understanding and identifying barriers to Black and Hispanic Bicycle Usage and Access in New Jersey. The study’s methodology included an extensive literature review, two focus groups with Black and Hispanic populations, and administration of intercept surveys in thirty-three municipalities in New Jersey. More than two-thousand surveys were collected statewide from individuals living in predominantly African American and Hispanic communities.

  • Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Research Specialist, VTC
  • Elizabeth Ward, AICP/PP, Principal Planner, NV5
  • Susan Blickstein, AICP, PP, PhD

FI2:  The Rebirth of Downtown Somerville: Plans, Partnerships, Progress! 

In the past 10 years, Somerville has made great strides to regain its status as a destination and more recently as one of the APA-NJ’s Great Places. From a struggling main street, the downtown has had a rebirth built on the town’s long-standing traditions mixed with new initiatives and creative partnerships. And they’re not done yet! The proposed redevelopment of the Somerville Landfill promises to bring even more amenities to this Raritan Valley Line community. Come hear from champions of the town’s effort as they discuss the history of the downtown, how it got to where it is today, and the plans for bringing it into the future.

  • Angela Knowles, AICP/PP, Van Cleef Engineering Associates
  • Mike Kerwin, Executive Director, Somerset County Business Partnership
  • Bernie Navatto, Chairman, Somerville Borough Planning Board
  • Colin Driver, Director of Economic Development, Borough of Somerville

Luncheon & Keynote – 1:00PM – 2:30PM

“The Well-Tempered City,” – Jonathan F. P. Rose

JFPR photoCities are birthplaces of civilization; centers of culture, trade, and progress; cauldrons of opportunity—and the home of 80 percent of the world’s population by 2080. As the 21st century progresses, metropolitan areas will bear the brunt of global megatrends such as climate change, natural resource depletion, population growth, income inequality, mass migrations, education and health disparities, among many others.

Hear from Jonathan F. P. Rose—the man who “repairs the fabric of cities”—as he distills a lifetime of interdisciplinary research and firsthand experience into a five-pronged model for how to design and reshape our cities with the goal of equalizing their landscape of opportunity. Drawing from the musical concept of “temperament” as a way to achieve harmony, Rose argues that well-tempered cities can be infused with systems that bend the arc of their development toward equality, resilience, adaptability, well-being, and the ever-unfolding harmony between civilization and nature. These goals may never be fully achieved, but our cities will be richer and happier if we aspire to them, and if we infuse our every plan and constructive step of city development with this intention.

Session 3 – 2:45PM – 4:15PM

FB3:  Dispelling the Myths About Historic Preservation   

This session will discuss the most common misconceptions about regulating historic property on the local level.  “I can’t paint my house any color I want” or “designation will decrease property values” are just two of the commonly held myths that are regularly heard.  Our panel of experts will constructively respond to each ‘myth’, ensuring that the correct information is given to legally protect and preserve historic property. We will also allow time for participants to ask questions and engage in discussion.  Additionally, we will prepare and disseminate a handout on resources that are available to help planners and board members understand and implement preservation programs within the constructs of the Municipal Land Use Law.

  • Janine Bauer, Esquire, Partner, Szaferman Lakind
  • Glenn Ceponis, Principal Historic Preservation Specialist, NJ Historic Trust
  • Jonathan Kinney, Senior Historic Preservation Specialist & CLG Coordinator, Historic Preservation Office, NJ DEP
  • Dorothy P. Guzzo, Executive Director, NJ Historic Trust

FC3:  Infrastructure Report Card: How Was It Done & How Can We Use it?

The New Jersey Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently released their 2016 Report Card for New Jersey’s Infrastructure which graded 13 categories of the state’s infrastructure. The categories evaluated in the report included bridges, dams, drinking water, energy, hazardous waste, levees, parks & recreation, ports, rail, roads, solid waste, transit, and wastewater. The 2016 Report Card found that there is a significant backlog of needs to improve the state’s infrastructure and that to address them effectively policy changes are necessary. A team of professional civil engineers, planners and professors from across New Jersey assessed the varied categories of infrastructure to reach the cumulative grade of “D+.” The New Jersey Report Card served as a public service to both citizens and politicians to inform them of the current condition of the state infrastructure and the policies and programs that will be needed for its long-term sustainability and productive use. By using school report card letter grades, civil engineers and professional planners used their expertise to condense complicated data into an easy-to-understand analysis. This presentation will focus on the process by which the report gathered and compiled information, set criteria standards and applied them to real life conditions of the state’s varied infrastructure.

  • Thomas P. Di Chiara, AICP/PP, Director, Environmental and Planning Services, Arora and Associates, PC and Member, State Board of Professional Planners
  • Brad Summerville, P.E., Senior Project Manager, PT Consultants, Inc. and Past President, NJ Section, ASCE
  • Phillip Beachem, President, New Jersey Alliance for Action
  • Christian Hartman, Vice President, New Jersey Alliance for Action
  • Nicole M. Pace, Director of Marketing and Communications, Stokes Creative group, Inc.

FD3:  Priority Investment in Sustainable Development and Redevelopment, Lessons from Somerset County      

To capitalize on opportunities and leverage its existing infrastructure and assets, Somerset County has developed the County Investment Framework (CIF) to identify, screen, select, and advance opportunities for targeted growth, redevelopment, preservation, energy independence, and sustainability. It is a multi-year, multi-phase regional initiative that supports local and regional smart growth, economic revitalization, and preservation initiatives through tactical alignment of land use, infrastructure and preservation plans, resources, programs, policies and investment decisions. The CIF conveys a clear message of local and regional priorities to both public and private sectors. Through a succession of planning studies, the county has worked in conjunction with each of its municipalities to developed targeted plans that address the unique redevelopment and preservation needs of each location and reflect market-based and data-driven recommendations.

  • Walter C. Lane, AICP/PP, Somerset County Planning Division
  • Laurette Kratina, PP, AICP, Chief of Strategic Planning, Somerset County Planning Division
  • Tina C. Lund, AICP, Urbanomics
  • Peter F. Kremer, AICP/PP, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Paul Grygiel, AICP/PP , Phillips Preiss Grygiel LLC

FF3:  Complete Streets in New Jersey, From Concept to Construction: A Transformation in Millburn and a Sneak Peek at the NJ Complete Street Design Guide

This session will provide a sneak peek at the upcoming New Jersey Complete Streets Design Guide developed by the NJDOT.  The new guide provides strategies for effective policy implementation, including a comprehensive toolbox of design options and explores a leading example from the Township of Millburn.  Millburn launched a Complete Streets Initiative to improve pedestrian safety and economic vitality in its downtown in 2015, and by July 2016, the town broke ground on phase 1 of the Millburn Complete Streets Initiative, a $10 million undertaking funded entirely by the town. The design is safety-driven and includes road diets, curb extensions, and reverse-angle parking – but also addresses economic vitality, green streets and placemaking by including flexible parking lanes, an event street, historic materials and details, and infiltration planters.  What makes this project unique is the magnitude of the overhaul. Rather than working in phases, the township opted to implement the entire project at once, authorizing the complete reconstruction of all downtown streets, including 14 intersections and nearly 20 blocks, by fall of 2017! Using before and after photographs, this presentation will convey the excitement of such a comprehensive change, highlighting the contrasts between design and construction and the importance of creating a safe, exciting, and unique user experience.

  • David Lustberg, LLA, PP, Arterial
  • John McCormack, PE, PTOE, Sam Schwartz Engineering
  • Reed Sibley, AICP, LEED AP, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff 

FG3:  NJ’s Capital Creative District – Building Inclusivity From the Start       

With funding from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program and NJ’s Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, and in collaboration with the City of Trenton, the Trenton Downtown Association, Passage Theatre, and more than 50 artists and arts supporters, Isles has recently released a plan for our Capital City’s first Creative District – the Creek to Canal Creative District. This session will describe: (1) the unique set of circumstances that gave rise to this plan and that will lead to its timely implementation; (2) how this plan is a model for truly integrated neighborhood- and arts-based redevelopment; (3) the critical links between the Creative District plan and Trenton’s new municipal master plan – Trenton250; and (4) efforts being taken to ensure both a successful Creative District and Downtown redevelopment, and long-term affordability and equitable development.

  • Tom Gilmour, Executive Director, Trenton Downtown Association
  • Damion A. Parran, Managing Director, Passage Theater Company
  • Jeff Wilkerson, AICP/PP, Acting Planning Director, City of Trenton
  • Julia Taylor, AICP, LEED, Managing Director, Community Planning & Development, Isles

FH3:  ETHICS – Orbit City:  We Have a Problem 

The 2017 APA National Ethics Case of the Year – Orbit City: We Have a Problem – examines the conflicts inherent in daily practice as planners serve in a variety of roles in the development process.  The case explores the ethical challenges that arise as planners serve as an applicant or reviewer; manager or staff; how planners relate to the various segments of the public interested in the process and how the elected and appointed officials (that are not covered by our version of ethics!) interact.  Hear many ways things can go horribly wrong, and think how you would avoid, correct, or respond to these catastrophes in the making.

  • Debbie Alaimo Lawlor, FAICP, PP, Discipline Leader-Planning Services and Senior Associate, Maser Consulting P.A.
  • Eileen Banyra, AICP, PP, Director of Planning Services-Northern New Jersey, Maser Consulting P.A.