Speaking about the need to align housing, transportation and environmental policy in order to be competitive in the global environment, noted developer Jonathan Rose addressed a full room at the Lyceum on Tuesday, April 26th. Rose's address, "Competitiveness, Connectivity and Community in Connecticut," focused on the need to embrace energy-efficient, multi-modal, mixed-income, mixed-use development that meets the needs of the today's market.
In his talk, Rose stated that to stay competitive, Connecticut needs to provide people with a variety of transportation and housing options that are affordable and offer the kind of communities for which they are looking. This includes better connections among different modes of transportation, green housing options, great education systems and walkable communities that provide easy access to amenities and transit.
Rose spoke that his philosophy as a developer and planner involves designing systems that make it easier for people to do the right thing. In order to achieve that goal in the wider community, he stressed that the community needs to be involved in the planning process and be actively involved in developing "community health indicators" to help measure success.
Rose was introduced by David Kooris, vice president of the Regional Plan Association. Rose’s address was followed by a response panel, featuring:
- Moderator: Dara Kovel, Chief Housing Officer, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
- Curt Johnson, program director, CT Fund for the Environment
- Mary Ellen Kowalewski, Director of Policy and Planning, Capitol Region Council of Governments
- Floyd Lapp, Executive Director, Southwestern Regional Planning Agency
- Kate Slevin, Executive Director, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
The panel offered comments on a variety issues, including: increasing cooperation among state agencies and leadership within agencies on these issues, improving connections among different types of transportation, improving regional planning efforts, developing meaningful metrics to measure progress on goals, and much more. Audience members were also given the opportunity to comment and ask questions of Rose and the panelists.
For more information:
Hartford Courant: Developer: Future Of Housing Is Smaller, Greener, Near Transit
CT Mirror: Transit planners hope Mayor Malloy shapes Gov. Malloy
Download Jonathan Rose's presentation here.
Check out photos from the event!