Density Done Right
There is no arguing the fact that there is high demand for rental housing, particularly within walkable communities, near or at transit hubs, or in close proximity to employment. But what about suburban areas that have been over-run with auto-dependent development and cannot offer anything but single-family dwellings? Or smaller cities with multiple infill opportunities stymied by the need for land assembly? Regardless of the circumstances, there remains an ever growing need for housing options to meet what has become a dramatic shift in lifestyle preferences. There is no telling how long this phenomenon will last but meeting current and projected demand by providing sustainable, quality housing options to both ends of the demographic spectrum (mainly millennials and empty-nesters) is integral to keeping our community fabric intact.
Yet, the age-old argument of negative impacts associated with increased density has become more apparent as developers try to meet this demand. Despite strategies put forth in Plans of Conservation & Development, and millions of federal and state of dollars invested in transit facilities and transit-oriented development planning, why do many communities still consider density a dirty word?
ULI’s Boston Chapter/Connecticut Steering Committee and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) will jointly host an open, honest discussion of this issue and explore ways to overcome negative perceptions and find common ground.
Kevin Hively, Founder/President, Ninigret Partners
Susan Westa, AICP, Community Engagement Director, CT Main St Center
Hiram Peck, AICP, Director of Planning & Community Development, Town of Avon
Charlie Adams, Regional Vice President, Pennrose Properties, LLC
Kent Schwendy, President/CEO, CIL
Jim Burke, Economic Development Director, Town of Windsor
There will be 1.5 AICP CM credits offered for this event.
Pre-registration ends November 8th. Registration fees increase by $15 after November 8th.
|Young Leader (under 35)||$30||$40|