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Conference registration includes live access to six sessions (all are being submitted for CM), the NNECAPA Business Meeting, Awards Ceremony, and two opportunities for virtual social hours. Session recordings will also be made available to all registrants following the event. 

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Wednesday, Sept. 30  12:00pm - 4:30pm

Planning for Equity 

Giovania "G" Tiarachristie   |   Tiffany-Ann Taylor   |   Sarah Marchant, AICP

The intertwined public health, economic, and racial justice crises gaining urgency in communities across the country have surfaced the role of the planning profession in addressing these inequities in the work we do and the communities we serve.This year’s Keynote speakers will explore how the tools of the planning profession have created and perpetuate inequities; the ethical responsibility that we have as professional planners to remove these barriers; and the guidance for this work that can be found in the APA Planning for Equity Guide.


People Mainstreaming: Planning Through the Lens of Individual Experiences

Katie Lamb, North Country Council

People Mainstreaming is the practice of assessing policy and planning implications from the perspective of individual experiences, such as the nuances and intersectionality of age, gender, ability, nationality, wealth, health, race, etc. People Mainstreaming builds upon Gender Mainstreaming, which is the planning approach to assess policy and planning decisions from the perspective of all genders. By considering how individual experiences are impacted by plans and policies, we move closer to our goal of creating places for everyone. People Mainstreaming is an essential tool for planners of all communities, whether in urban or rural settings. Katie will explain her process of discovering People Mainstreaming through her study of Transport for London’s transportation network, as well as methods and exercises to practice People Mainstreaming in your own planning work.


The Dirty Dozen: Zoning Standards that Need to Go

Ivy Vann, AICP, Incremental Development Alliance

We all know how to write master plans, and truthfully, most are about the same: we want a walkable place, housing choice, a lively downtown, access to nature, economic vitality, a welcoming town, a place where young families want to live … and you know the rest. But how good are we at getting those lovely things? Not very! At Incremental Development Alliance we observe the same dozen things singly and collectively creating the greatest obstacles to realizing the vision in the master plan (whether real estate markets are hot or not): the Dirty Dozen.

The Dirty Dozen are ways of doing things, remnants of zoning codes, and outdated standards that make it nearly impossible to create a fiscally healthy, economically vital, beautiful place. A surprising number of them have to do with prioritizing cars over people. If you want a better place, you don’t have to hire a big fancy firm to completely rewrite your zoning code. Instead, take on the Dirty Dozen one or two at a time. It’s like weeding your garden so better things can grow.


New England's Tourism Disrupted, Part 1- COVID-19

James Stevens, ConsultEcon, Inc.   |   Lynn Tillotson, Visit Portland  

The tourism industry is undeniably disrupted by COVID and we New Englanders rely heavily on tourism. This roundtable discussion with industry experts will give planners insight about how COVID has impacted the tourism industry and what the future may hold. Hear from James Stevens, ConsultEcon, who will provide market/industry data regarding visitor attractions, travel, and consumer behaviors during COVID. This will be followed by a curated question and answer session with panelists from the hospitality and tourism industry on how the industry can adapt and be resilient during the pandemic.  Panelists will also reflect on how this immediate crisis might help us better prepare for the long-term climate change crisis to help get us thinking about next year’s workshop: New England Tourism Disrupted, Pt 2: Climate Change.


Thursday, Oct. 1  8:30am - 1:00pm

Planning for Resilient Infrastructure Services Across Boundaries

Sandra Pinel, AICP, PhD, US DHS Infrastructure Security Division

The session will share the Infrastructure Resilience Planning Framework, developed by the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and cover how planners can apply it across boundaries: to local and regional hazard mitigation and development planning; to reduce the impact of flood, drought or other hazards; on critical services provided by public and private infrastructure; and within and outside of a community. The framework also provides guidance for interviews and facilitated planning meetings that focus on how operations of one system such as water or schools, depends on other systems such as telecommunications, power, or supply chains of goods and materials that could be disrupted. 

The IRPF is being piloted with regional planning commissions in coordination with FEMA and CISA’s regional offices, including in New England. The session will include a brief scenario-based exercise, and input from the session will assist CISA in the development of a training module and interactive graphics for dissemination of the IRPF through the Regional Office for New England, and through partners including APA, the National Association of Development Organizations, and International City County Management Association.


Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way? What role do planners play in Northern New England today?

Sharon Murray, FAICP   |   Jeff Levine, AICP 

Should planners be advocates, leaders, political actors.. or unbiased advisors and technocrats? Drawing on planning theory and history, recent research, and professional experience, this panel discussion will invite us to look at the evolving roles of planners over time. Panelists will share their perspectives on how and why planners should embrace roles that, while potentially uncomfortable, are necessary to overcome pervasive challenges like housing affordability, systemic inequity, and climate change. Participants will share their perspectives and reactions through polling questions and Q&A with the panelists, and will take away tips and advice on how to balance these roles with the need to be collaborative and credible in our day-to-day work.