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Affordable Housing , Community Development

What Towns Can Do – and Are Doing – To Create Walkable, Affordable Neighborhoods

4 October 2013

Noted landscape architect and urban development specialist Julie Campoli showed dozens of Connecticut municipal officials, community leaders, planners and developers on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 how they can mix affordable higher-density housing, ingenious design, attractive landscaping and walk-able street patterns to create great neighborhoods, shopping districts and recreation destinations in towns across the state.

The author of  the classic “Visualizing Density,” which showed planners and developers that density could be inviting if well-designed, led workshops at The Lyceum in Hartford Sept. 30 and New Haven City Hall of Records Oct. 1 on her new book, “Made for Walking.” She explained that adaptive reuse, complete streets, thoughtful design and connecting key spaces can make neighborhoods, town centers and station areas into an attractive mix of housing, commercial, dining and recreational uses that also provide residents with a place to walk and gather.

Campoli was joined by a panel of developers, land-use lawyers and planners in Hartford who agreed municipalities could attract such development if they zoned thoughtfully and in tandem with developers and ensured speedy, predictable land-use decisions.

Massachusetts planner Angus Jennings joined Campoli in New Haven to show how Massachusetts’ version of the HOMEConnecticut statute has been used to create attractive mixed-income housing in walkable locations in the Bay State, while Regional Plan Association Connecticut Director Amanda Kennedy reviewed an RPA report that half of the municipalities along the MetroNorth Railroad had zoned for walkable, dense, mixed-income and mixed-use development, but half haven’t.

The September 30 event at The Lyceum in Hartford was taped by CT-N and is now available for viewing through their On-Demand system. Click here to view the program. 

The presentations: