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Munis Share Tips for TOD Success


More than 80 developers, planners and officials of municipalities along the forthcoming Springfield-New Haven commuter rail line came to the Lyceum Jan. 21 to hear a flurry of good development advice and warnings of pitfalls to avoid from transit-oriented development experts in Meriden and New Haven. The DECD Knowledge Sharing Workshop was funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a way for Meriden and New Haven to share approaches that have worked as they have modified zoning, engaged their communities, created commercial and housing development plans and shaped a vision for community improvement in the areas near their stations.

The Springfield-New Haven line is slated for opening in 2016 with an initial 17 round trips daily. DECD Commissioner Catherine Smith said the state is creating tools to help the municipalities with their station-area development and announced that DECD has just hired a specialist who will handle Brownfields and TOD chores.

Erik Johnson, executive director of New Haven’s Livable Cities Initiative, and Meriden’s team – City Manager Larry Kendzior, Dominic Caruso, Grants Administrator Florence Villano and Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski – explained that creating a vision for the development was vital, but only with the informed input of area residents. They discussed other steps, from assembling properties to finding developments to remaining flexible, realistic and optimistic.  Presentations by both cities, and a review of land value capture strategies by Bruce Hyde of UConn’s Center for Land-use Education and Research, can be found below:


View the forum on CT-N.


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