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manchester, vermont • september 7-8
Taconic Hotel
3835 Main Street
Manchester Village, Vermont 05254

 


Public Engagement Track

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A1 Wednesday| 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Envisioning Manchester. Those in town Wednesday evening are invited to participate in the opening of the downtown master plan charrette.

PRESENTED BY:

Bob Barber, FAICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design

Juli Beth Hinds, AICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design
Oliver Seabolt
Designer, Orion Planning + Design
DESCRIPTION:

Wednesday night will feature a public meeting and design charrette on the history, current makeup, challenges, and future of downtown Manchester. We will look at the timeline of changes in built character and function; the investments made over time; and current retail vacancies, housing needs and costs, site and development challenges, and parking utilization. Teams will be challenged to think about how the future of retail and the future of work may play out in downtown Manchester and what catalytic projects or changes could facilitate a desired future outcome for downtown.

LOCATION: Manchester Community Library
138 Cemetery Avenue
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A2 Thursday | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Moving Around Manchester. Join community members in a walking tour and assessment of transportation and parking issues.

PRESENTED BY:

Bob Barber, FAICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design

Juli Beth Hinds, AICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design
Oliver Seabolt
Designer, Orion Planning + Design

DESCRIPTION:

Participants will be led on a walk through downtown Manchester to see how recent developments have been linked to the downtown, and where challenges still lie. After a review of goals and challenges from the plan research process and the Wednesday night charrette, participants will head out on foot through the downtown. This is an “ideas and insights” walking tour that is intended to point out particular types of approaches or projects, whether very short term and low cost (e.g. pop-ups, painted crosswalks, projects) or long-term capital (e.g. roadway reconstruction, intersections), would move towards the vision of mobility in Manchester.

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A3 Thursday | 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
A Brand for Manchester. A fun, interactive session with a serious purpose – help Manchester redefine itself in images and words.

PRESENTED BY:

Bob Barber, FAICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design

Juli Beth Hinds, AICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design
Oliver Seabolt
Designer, Orion Planning + Design

DESCRIPTION:

Manchester has been through a number of changes and upheavals in its local chamber of commerce and regional marketing structure. As economic changes, notably shifts in retail, affect the town’s balance of tourism and jobs, and as the region’s resident population shifts and changes, how can Manchester capture “who we are” in images and words in effective and forward-looking ways? How can downtown be distinguished from the region and town as a whole to promote a positive engagement in its future? This is a fun, interactive session with a serious purpose. Participants will explore color, imagery, words and phrases that capture not only what Manchester has been but where downtown is headed. **Planners with experience in branding are strongly urged to participate and help facilitate this session!

LOCATION: Hampton Inn & Suites
4519 Main Street
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A4 Thursday | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Character Areas Open Studio. So you’re at the conference and thinking, “What would really be great would be if I could go to a meeting tonight because I’ve only done two so far this week…” We’ve got you covered!

PRESENTED BY:

Bob Barber, FAICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design

Juli Beth Hinds, AICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design
Oliver Seabolt
Designer, Orion Planning + Design

DESCRIPTION:

Please come by for an open studio session and work with the Orion Planning + Design team on defining the elements and boundaries of character areas in downtown Manchester. We will be completing character area mapping and ideas on catalytic projects, and incorporating branding elements, themes, phrases and colors, in the draft plan and plan documents. This is an informal drop-in; please join us for as long or as little as you like.

LOCATION: Factory Point Bank
4928 Main Street
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A5 Friday | 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Demonstrate It! Do you want to test-run potential solutions like simulating bulbouts at busy crosswalks, reducing lane widths or adding bike lanes before investing substantial municipal funds in major infrastructure improvements? Would you like to experiment with adding new public spaces and activities downtown? Learn how to implement a pop-up demonstration in this hands-on session.

PRESENTED BY:

Jim Tasse, PhD
Assistant Director, Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Director, Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Program

Rebecca Sanborn Stone
Principal, Community Workshop

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A6 Friday | 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Urban Tactics. Guerrilla gardening. Pop-up bike lanes. Parklets. Explore how municipalities in northern New England are using quick, often temporary, low-cost projects to make a small part of the community a more lively, interesting and enjoyable place to be.

PRESENTED BY:

Nicole Losch
Senior Planner, Department of Public Works, Burlington, VT

Ward Joyce, AIA
Principal, Ward Joyce Design

DESCRIPTION:

Tactical urbanism began as a grassroots engagement tool and has evolved into an intentional, hands-on approach to public engagement for Burlington’s Department of Public Works. This session will describe the two approaches Burlington has adopted:  Community Demonstration Projects (Guide and Ordinance) and the pop-up meeting toolkit for city-led projects.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
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A7 Friday | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Stories from the Street. Hear about recent public engagement efforts in four communities – Portland ME, Nashua NH, Strafford NH and Bethel VT.

PRESENTED BY:

Christine Grimando
Senior Planner, Portland, ME

Caitlin Cameron
Urban Designer, Portland, ME
Nell Donaldson
Senior Planner, Portland, ME
Lisa Whited
Portland Planning Board
Sean Dundon
Vice Chair, Portland Planning Board
Kara Wooldrik
Executive Director, Portland Trails
Sarah Marchant, AICP
Director, Community Development Division, Nashua, NH
Nancy O’Connor
Communications & Engagement Assistant, Strafford RPC
Rebecca Sanborn Stone
Principal, Community Workshop

DESCRIPTION:

Portland, ME. Explore the approaches to public engagement that the City of Portland and non-profit partners have incorporated into several recent planning initiatives. Projects include Portland’s new comprehensive plan and redesign of Congress Square, among others, large and small, that are transforming the city.

Integral to the success and outcome of these projects has been abundant and varied methods of participatory planning and public engagement.

Nashua, NH. The Nashua River played a vital role in the historical development of Nashua. As times changed, the community’s connection to the downtown riverfront has waxed and waned. As Main Street and our downtown community are beginning to flourish again, the community wants to reconnect Main Street and our riverfront.

The City’s recent Master Planning process had a short timeframe and limited funds to reconnect the community to the waterfront. Check out how Nashua used a combination of new affordable digital techniques; combined with boots on the ground, to get the public engaged in creating its new Downtown Riverfront Master Plan.

Strafford, NH. The Strafford Regional Planning Commission aimed to go above and beyond traditional stakeholder outreach when they undertook a recent regional transportation planning project.  Integrating performance based planning principles into the project, SRPC staff uncovered under-appreciated intersections among transportation planning and other sectors.

Despite some obstacles and learning curves, the Partnering for Performance project has maintained engagement with stakeholders throughout various phases.  Flexibility and a willingness to ‘return to the drawing board’ have been key to success

Bethel, VT. In 2016, the Town of Bethel came together to give a faded downtown block an extreme makeover – all in a weekend. The Bethel Revitalization Initiative hosted Vermont’s first Better Block project, putting a rural twist on this popular tactical urbanism technique.

More than 60 volunteers built parklets and pop-up shops, created a temporary bike lane and downtown bus stop, cleaned out vacant buildings and painted over graffiti. Hundreds came out to experience what a vibrant, accessible downtown could feel like and to weigh in on the changes they liked best.

In the months since Bethel Better Block, the BRI has been working on making the most popular ideas permanent, from public art to traffic calming.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5
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