Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Planning Academy Session 4: Greening our Growth

How can Manchester and the region protect our critical natural resources as we grow? Our final session will examine how natural resource, open space and agricultural land protection fit into the sustainable development picture. We are fortunate to have Kip Kolesinskas, State Soil Scientist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service presenting. Click HERE for the entire agenda.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Planning Academy Session 3: Sustainable and “Smart” Development

Sustainability is a commonly used term today, but what does it really mean at the regional and local levels? David Kooris, Vice President of the Regional Plan Association and John Guszkowski, Director of Planning for CME Associates, will offer answers to this question and examples of how sustainable development tools can reduce negative impacts on the natural environment, promote economic development and create more livable places. The entire agenda for the June 5th Planning Academy is available HERE. There is still time left to RSVP!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Planning Academy Session 2: The Housing, Transportation and Economic Development Connection

The way we approach housing, job location and transit will impact future economic development. This session will address these connections in light of the forces driving the Connecticut economy, and how Manchester can take advantage of them. Shelby Mertes, Chief Policy Analyst at the Partnership for Strong Communities and Robert Santy, President and CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center will lead us through these important issues at the June 5th Planning Academy. Click HERE for the full agenda.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Planning Academy Session 1: Manchester Demographics in a Regional/State Context

Major demographic changes are expected in the region and the state in the coming years. What are these changes and what implications do they have for housing, workforce, education, community, healthcare and services? How can Manchester be prepared for these changes?
Orlando Rodriguez, Demographer, Senior Policy Fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children and former manager of the Connecticut State Data Center will address these issues at the Academy on June 5th. You can view the full agenda HERE.

Friday, May 14, 2010

June 5th Planning Academy- Confirmed Presenters

We have some excellent speakers lined up for the Manchester 2020 Planning Academy on June 5th. Our presenters include:
  • Orlando Rodriguez- Demographer and former head of the Connecticut Data Center
  • David Kooris- Vice President of the Regional Plan Association and head of the RPA's Connecticut Office
  • Shelby Mertes- Chief Policy Analyst for the Partnership for Strong Communities
  • Robert Santy- President and CEO of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center
  • John Guszkowski- Director of Planning at CME Associates
  • Kip Kolesinkas- State Soil Scientist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

There is still time to RSVP. Call the Planning Department at 860-647-3044 or email anderson@ci.manchester.ct.us to secure your spot!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Planning Academy Announced!

The Manchester 2020 Planning Process will be kicking off on Saturday, June 5th with the Manchester Planning Academy at Manchester Community College. The Academy will begin at 8:30 A.M. and we will finish up by 3:00 P.M. We are lining up some excellent speakers who will share information on the latest trends and developments in demographics, sustainability, smart growth, and the convergence of housing, transportation, and the economy. The idea is to give everyone who attends a background in these topics so that we can use this information throughout the rest of the planning process. In the quadrant and planning meetings that follow, we will explore how these ideas could be applied in Manchester.

All members of the Manchester community are invited to attend and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by either calling the Manchester Planning Department at 860-647-3044, or by sending an email with your name, address and phone number, and the the subject Planning Academy RSVP to anderson@ci.manchester.ct.us.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Opportunities to Participate

Over the coming months, Manchester residents will have several opportunities to participate in the Manchester 2020 planning process. Stay tuned for dates and times- but here is the general outline:

1. Planning Academy
Experts will share information on the latest trends and developments in topics like demographics, sustainability, smart growth, and the convergence of housing, transportation, and the economy. During the rest of the planning process we will explore how these ideas could be applied in Manchester.

2. Discovery Workshops
There will be at least two workshops in each quadrant of Manchester. At these workshops participants will work in small and large groups to examine each quadrant. Where do we currently meet the growth management principles? Where we can reasonably expect to meet them? What are the natural, cultural, historic and social assets? What opportunities or problems need to be addressed in the various neighborhoods and districts in each quadrant?

3. Planning Meetings
At the quadrant planning meetings that will follow the discovery workshops, we will begin to identify goals (what we want to accomplish) and objectives (how to reach our goals: what steps need to be taken and by whom). We will look for both Townwide and area specific goals and objectives that tie the quadrants, neighborhoods and economic districts together.

Please stay in the loop, get involved and tell your friends and networks. The plan's success depends on it!