Mobile Workshops and Special Programming

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


Mobile Workshops & Special Programs

Supported by:
M1 Thursday| 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
Changing the Conversation. We’ve all had that public meeting where the conversation turns angry, loops endlessly, or goes way beyond left field. Our morning plenary will offer insight into how to better understand what people are saying and why, so that we can become more effective facilitators and lead productive meetings.


Bob Barber, FAICP
Planner, Orion Planning + Design

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

This one’s top-secret. No spoilers!

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.0
MATERIALS:  Cognitive Barriers in the Land Use Planning Process
M2 Thursday | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Flying Lesson. The team from UVM’s Spatial Analysis Lab will provide an in-depth demonstration in the field of how drones can be used to collect spatial data and the types of analyses that are possible with this newly available data.

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne
Director, University of Vermont (UVM) Spatial Analysis Laboratory
Emma Estabrook
Geospatial Technician at the UVM Spatial Analysis Laboratory


Drone technology is giving us new ways to collect overhead imagery of our communities. The data collected by drones has uses that go far beyond compelling images and stunning videos. This session will dive into drone technology, drawing from dozens of case studies in which drones have been used throughout New England for community planning and emergency management. You will learn about the various types of drone platforms, the rules and regulations surrounding drones, how drone imagery can be processed to create geospatial data, and what should be taken into account before you contract for drone services. The University of Vermont Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Team will conduct a live demonstration (weather permitting) with several of their drones.

LOCATION:  Park House
340 Recreation Park Road
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5
M3 Thursday | 12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
In the Market. How a bulk food buying club became a storefront with the largest sales volume for a single-store food coop in the country, and how that coop has fostered agriculture and food enterprise within its community. Panelists from Onion River Coop’s City Market, Burlington’s Intervale Center and the Intervale Food Hub will tell this remarkable food system story.

Allison Weinhagen
Director of Community Engagement, City Market



LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
M4 Thursday | 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Street Legal. Examine two planning topics from a legal perspective – road access and signs.

Stephen Buckley
Legal Services Counsel, New Hampshire Municipal Association
Patrick Venne
Principal, Redwood Development Consulting
Tim Corwin, AICP
Senior Planner, Lebanon, NH


Strip malls, condominium developments and single-family homes have one thing in common: they can’t exist without road access. This session will explore road-related issues that surround development and construction, including subdivisions, driveways, and building on unmaintained public roads and private roads.

Using the case of Signs for Jesus v. Town of Pembroke, U.S. District Court, New Hampshire, Opinion No. 2017 DNH 016, 1/27/2017, this session will provide guidance on land use law, sign ordinances and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA).
LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5 (law)
M5 Thursday | 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tour de Manchester. Lessons learned from recent and ongoing transformative projects in Manchester’s downtown: the Roundabout Project, a Town Green transformation, the Depot Street redesign, and development of a Riverwalk.


Janet Hurley
Planning & Zoning Director, Manchester, VT

Lee Krohn, AICP
Senior Planner, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
Jim Donovan, FASLA, AICP
Principal, Broadreach Planning & Design
Bill Laberge
Chair, Riverwalk Committee/Project
David Raphael, ASLA, SEGD
Principal, LandWorks


The Tour de Manchester will highlight dramatic transformations in the heart of a historic downtown, all rooted in long-term planning goals, which sprouted when the times were right, and which were brought to fruition through engaged and determined community leadership.

Learn how the “marathon” strategy transformed an old auto dealership into a much-loved Town Green; how “Malfunction Junction” became a beautiful, functional roundabout that even the most ardent skeptics came to embrace. Building on that, we’ll then wander down the road to learn about more changes in the works to transform a three lane highway into a more walkable, bikeable Depot Street. Finally, we’ll witness the fruits of very recent volunteer efforts to create the “Riverwalk” – a calm and peaceful oasis along the West Branch of the famed Batten Kill in the midst of a highly developed commercial core.

Each is a discrete project unto itself, yet all are bound together in long-term community vision and planning.

LOCATION: Mobile workshop departing from the Taconic courtyard
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5
M6 Friday | 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
We’re Toast – Unless You Join Us for Breakfast. Yes, this is the NNECAPA business meeting and no, this year you cannot hit the snooze button. First, the breakfast is going to be great! Second, you could miss out on the door prizes or get signed up for a committee if you aren’t there!

But seriously, there is really important business to discuss about how NNECAPA and our three state planning organizations can become more effective and sustainable.


Your NNECAPA Executive Committee starring:

President | Sarah Marchant, AICP
Vice-President | Sandrine Thibault, AICP
Secretary | Rita Seto, AICP
Treasurer | Jim Donovan, FASLA, AICP
and a supporting cast of thousands a few more of us



 LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
M7 Friday | 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Rain or Shine. The planners of this mobile workshop are actually hoping for rain to showcase new stormwater management materials and techniques.


Andres Torizzo
Principal Hydrologist and co-owner of Watershed Consulting Associates, LLC



M8 Friday | 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
Down on the Farm. Manchester has long been a tourist destination – primarily focused on outdoor recreation and retail outlets. The town’s tourism economy is diversifying into local food and agri-tourism. We will be visiting two such enterprises – Earth Sky Time Farm and the Dene Farm at Hildene – to learn how they are combining tourism and agriculture to create new economic and educational opportunies in the community.


Oliver Levis
Food Producer, Earth Sky Time Community Farm
Seth Bongartz
President, Friends of Hildene


Down on the Farm will highlight two distinct agricultural enterprises in Manchester.

Earth Sky Time Community Farm produces fresh vegetables, bread, hummus and more. It offers agricultural apprenticeships, farm-to-table events with live music, and whatever else it takes to sustain this thriving community of artists, musicians and friends.

The Dene Farm at Hildene is an argicultural, educational and cultural heritage operation in the Batten Kill Valley. The Dene Farm features rotational pasturing of livestock, walking trails, protected wetlands, a songbird sanctuary, state-of-the-art teaching greenhouse, composting facility, historic barns and school house, and associated year-round educational programming for area youth.

Participants will take shuttles to Earth Sky Time for a tour of greenhouses, wood fired bakery, and grounds. The shuttles will continue on to The Dene Farm where participants will tour the pastures, trails, and composting facilities. After discussing agricultural enterprise in the greenhouse classroom, shuttles will return attendees to the Taconic.

 LOCATION: Departing from Taconic courtyard
M9 Friday | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Imagine People Here. Learn about the Imagine People Here Regional Demonstration Project Toolkit for sanctioned tactical urbanist demonstration projects. The toolkit will be a resource that will enable more people across New England to plan for and experiment with built environment changes that improve quality of life, economic activity and health.


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

Carl Eppich, AICP
Senior Transportation Planner, Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS)


The Imagine People Here Regional Demonstration Project Toolkit was recently awarded the 2017 Plan4Health grant from the American Planning Association. The Plan4Health initiative aims to build capacity to address population health goals and promote the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors. The project was to create a toolkit for sanctioned tactical urbanist demonstration projects. This will create a resource that will enable more people across New England to plan for and experiment with built environment changes that improve quality of life, economic activity and health. This can start the conversation of public health in transportation in your community.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5
M10 Friday | 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
#NewTech #NewEthics. This panel discussion will tackle how to apply the APA Code of Ethics in the face of changing technology.


Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP
Robinson & Cole LLP

Rod Francis
Planning Director, Town of Brattleboro, VT
Jerry Coogan, AICP


Boardmembers texting during meetings – violation of open meeting law? Projects in the permitting process being discussed on facebook – when is it ex parte communication? Requests for massive amounts of electronic data from a previously unknown company – is it a valid public records request? Planners are facing these and other challenges related to new technology. The technology may be changing, but the underlying ethical questions remain the same.

LOCATION: Taconic Hotel
CREDITS:  CM | 1.5 (ethics)


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