Ted Brovitz to Lead Session on Context-Based Zoning at SNEAPA Conference in Hartford, CT

October 26, 2012

HSH Manager of Community Planning & Design, Ted Brovitz, will be leading a session at the Southern New England APA (SNEAPA) conference on Context-Based Zoning and Other Innovative Tools – A Status Report from Around New England. More and more municipalities around New England are adopting context-based zoning and development standards such as form-based codes (FBC), traditional neighborhood development (TND) ordinances, transit oriented development (TOD) regulations, mill revitalization overlay districts, complete street design standards and other innovative tools aimed at fostering sustainable development.

In contrast to conventional land use regulations, these context-based approaches often focus on creating mixed-use districts supported by active gathering places and quality walkable environments. The purpose is to create strong relationships between private development and the “public realm” so that building orientation, scale, and use is complimentary to the hierarchy of public streets and open spaces. For many municipalities, this is a vast departure from conventional planning practices where standards for development and public infrastructure are often administered under separate ordinances and departments.

The session is on Thursday, September 20th at 10:30 AM and will inform participants about municipalities that are considering, adopting and utilizing various types of context-based regulations in New England with a particular focus on Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Stop by the session to learn and share your experience with context-based planning and regulatory tools. Also, stop by the HSH booth in the Exhibitors Hall to say “hi”.