Smart Growth

Storrs Center next to the University of Connecticut showcases smart growth | Tom Condon via The Hartford Courant

Apr 4th, 2013 | By

Most of the 190 apartments in the next phase are mostly spoken for, even though the building is under construction. “The demand has been amazing,” said Howard Kaufman of master developer LeylandAlliance LLC. That this was done in the recession years makes it all the more remarkable. Click on this Environmental Headline for more from Tom Condon in The Hartford Courant.

Time to renew the fight against sprawl in Connecticut, Tom Condon

Feb 27th, 2013 | By

The state’s 2013-1018 Conservation and Development Policies Plan has been completed and sent to the General Assembly for approval. The plan is excellent; it calls for the kind of smart growth that Myron Orfield and others have urged on the state.

Hartford Wins $10 Million for Smart Growth

Jun 27th, 2012 | By

A federal grant of $10 million is set to help Hartford become a city of bikers, walkers, and public transportation users instead of drivers.

HUD grants to help communities like Stamford, Mansfield, pursue sustainability

Nov 28th, 2011 | By

Stamford, Connecticut is getting a grant to plan a “Health and Wellness District” around the Stamford Hospital, which shows that some of the most interesting grants were made for innovative efforts by individual communities rather than regional authorities. In the Kansas City region, a grant emphasizes older suburbs: the 19 member communities of the area’s

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Event: Smart Growth and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation

Nov 25th, 2011 | By

Commissioner James Redeker, Smart Growth and Connecticut’s Department of Transportation: Thursday, December 1, 2011 6:30-8:00 PM, 45 Church Street, New Haven, CT. For more on this story, visit: 2011 Speaker Series Registration: Redeker, ConnDOT – 1000 Friends of Connecticut.

Conn College speaker says ‘smart growth’ key to better cities

Mar 6th, 2011 | By

With reinvestment and redesign around “smart growth” principles, cities large and small could become epicenters of a new “green” economy.

Construction begins on AvalonBay in Wilton

Sep 13th, 2010 | By

After almost 11 years of bumps in the road, resistance from Wilton’s planning board and a turn at the state’s appeals process, construction has finally begun on the AvalonBay condominium development.

With ConnDOT at Crossroads, What’s Next for CT Transportation?

Aug 9th, 2010 | By

Connecticut’s next governor will inherit a Department of Transportation that was halfway towards becoming a model of progressive reform when Commissioner Joe Marie resigned in June. To build on the gains that the state has made in sustainable transportation over the past few years, the new governor must institutionalize those policies and find the revenue

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Groups urge gubernatorial candidates to focus on mass transit – Connecticut Post

Aug 5th, 2010 | By

A coalition of regional planning and transportation groups called Wednesday for gubernatorial candidates to create state transportation policy that fosters bus and rail projects and development around transit stations, along with raising new project revenues through tolls and offering tax credits to jump-start denser development in urban areas. As the Connecticut gubernatorial race heats up,

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How to make a town | Smart Growth America

Jul 10th, 2010 | By

Smart Growth America The Smart Growth America organization is a “coalition of national, state and local organizations working to improve the ways we plan and build the towns, cities and metro areas we call home.” To work on these issues, they helpful resources including planning for public transportation, sensible development plans, and maintaining open

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Himes Welcomes Oregon Rep. Blumenauer for Discussion on Pro-Growth Transportation Strategy for Southwest Connecticut

Jun 29th, 2010 | By

On Sunday U.S. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) welcomed Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Chair of the Livable Communities Task Force, to Norwalk for a discussion with area experts on developing and implementing a pro-growth transportation strategy for Southwest Connecticut. Blumenauer is a nationally-renowned expert in smart growth transportation policies. “Transportation plays a major role in quality

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Lamont Unveils Plan to Reduce Energy Costs, Create Jobs, Preserve Open Spaces

Jun 17th, 2010 | By

New Haven, CT – Businessman and Democratic candidate for governor Ned Lamont unveiled a comprehensive plan to grow Connecticut’s economy by lowering energy costs, expanding renewable energy production and encouraging conservation efforts. “Connecticut’s high energy costs not only cost our families and businesses money, they cost us jobs,” Lamont said in a news release. “As

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DEP: Governor Rell Commends Open Space Advocates

Jun 8th, 2010 | By

As part of the nationwide celebration of National Trails Day, which was Saturday, June 5, Gov. M. Jodi Rell commended 13 individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the promotion, development and enhancement of Greenways — linear open space in Connecticut. Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Susan Frechette joined Connecticut Greenways

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Where We Live: Blazing the Trail to Smart Growth (Audio)

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Forty years ago, downtown Portland, Oregon was losing residents and businesses to housing developments, shopping malls, and business parks in the suburbs. Sound familiar? But then Portland made a series of decisions: They decided not to build a new freeway. They decided to eliminate a freeway along the Willamette River. And then they went to

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Can Hartford Developer Get Funding for LEED Platinum project?

Jun 4th, 2010 | By

Unless I’m missing something, the 11-story, 296,000-square-foot, LEED Platinum office/retail building proposed for Constitution Plaza is the most promising project on Hartford’s drawing board. It has all kinds of things going for it — technology, sustainability, jobs, smart growth, even a tie to local schools. What it may not have in its favor is timing.

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‘Smart Growth’ Battle Rages in Connecticut Court

Jun 2nd, 2010 | By

Connecticut Project Pits North Haven vs. Developer; Issue: Is It Truly Smart’? Developers in Connecticut, including a subsidiary of luxury-home builder Toll Brothers, are watching a “smart growth” battle involving Indian Ridge, a stalled development project in the middle-class suburb of North Haven. via ‘Smart Growth’ Battle Rages in Connecticut Court –

North Park River Watershed Management Plan online for comments

May 21st, 2010 | By

Progress has been made on the North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan. Two years of background research (Baseline Assessment and Field Surveys) along with a table of DRAFT Goal/Objective Action Items are now posted on the North Branch Park River Watershed Management Plan project website:

CFE chalking up wins for environment despite odds

May 17th, 2010 | By

The legislature passed an ambitious energy bill that aims to lower electricity rates, creates innovative financing mechanisms for energy efficiency and renewables, increases efficiency and solar energy, and restructures the state’s energy department. The bill will save money for ratepayers, create jobs, and prepare Connecticut to be a leader in the clean energy economy. Connecticut

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CT Assembly Reduces Cuts to Bike, Pedestrian, Smart Growth Bond Projects

May 5th, 2010 | By

Earlier this year, Governor Rell proposed canceling plans to bond for $389 million worth of capital projects as a way to curb Connecticut’s deficit and maintain its bond rating. Unfortunately, the plan impacted a variety of projects that would have promoted more bikeable, walkable and smart growth oriented initiatives. This week, the Connecticut General Assembly

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Larson, Lieberman Nudge Coltsville Plan Forward

May 1st, 2010 | By

A knot of interested people gathered in front of Coltsville’s vacant but still stately East Armory Friday to hear a congressman and a senator give Colt’s developer, his lenders, and a Rolodex full of city and state agencies what amounted to a nudge.