Complete Streets in a Town Center
Engaging all Public and Private Stakeholders
Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Community Planning & Development, Town of Simsbury
Ted DeSantos, PE, PTOE, Senior Vice President, Fuss & O'Neill
Emily Moos, Senior Planner & Policy Analyst, Capitol Region Council of Governments
Jonathan Ford, Principal, Morris Bacon Design
This case study of Simsbury's Town Center will examine the full range of components in creating Complete Streets in a Town Center.
The panel will include private, municipal, regional and state officials involved in convening, facilitating and fundraising for the inclusive and comprehensive community engagement process that has resulted in a Town Center Master Plan, Form-Based Codes, Design Guidelines, an award-winning Bike Trail, and a State Highway Corridor Study that makes roads accessible to all users.
Creating a Supportive Regulatory Framework
Case Study: The Massachusetts Highway Design Manual
Luisa Paiewonsky, US DOT (former Commissioner of MassHighway)
John Pagini, AICP, Professional Development Officer, CT Chapter American Planning Association
We will look to our neighbors to the north, hearing from a team that rewrote the award-winning Mass Highway Design Manual, which goes beyond the traditional goals of easing vehicular congestion and provides pedestrians and bicyclists with safe environments, especially in downtowns.
Our presenters will share the lessons learned, including the need for support from the top levels of government, which resulted in a transformation from initial skepticism, to trust, to eventual enthusiasm for positive change.
Benefits & ROI of Investing in Complete Streets
Munro Johnson, Senior Project Manager for Development, Norwalk Redevelopment Agency
Kim Morque, President, Spinnaker Real Estate Partners
Real-world verification that the developer's return on investment is greater where a well-integrated and well-designed streetscape is in place.
Doing More with Less $$$
Case Study: Funding Complete Streets
John E. Cameron, PE, Director of Engineering, City of Memphis
The City of Memphis has adopted an ambitious 3-year plan that connects 55 miles of neighborhoods and destinations. Components include road diets, Greenlines, Bridges, Bike Trails and pedestrian-friendly business districts.
"If you design communities for automobiles, you get more automobiles. If you design for people, you get walkable, livable communities."
Former Governor of Maryland