March 6-7, 2019

UMass Amherst, MA

Sustaining the Living Landscape

We look forward to presenting at the Ecological Landscape Alliance (ELA) Conference  on March 6th. Several staff members will be presenting in the Form, Function, and Flow: Managing Stormwater Naturally category.

Brian Kuchar, RLA, P.E., Jennifer Relstab, P.E. and Michelle West, P.E. will present The Wet and Wild World of Constructed Wetlands March 6th at 2:00pm. Please join them to find out why these multi-faceted yet underutilized beauties (constructed wetlands) have become our favorite green infrastructure practice!

 

Workshop Description:

This presentation will focus on three main topics:  an overview of constructed stormwater wetlands including their many benefits and when to use them, New England case studies constructed over the past five years, and lessons learned during the various phases of those projects.  We will also have time for an open discussion with our panel to dig deeper into specific topics or projects. Learn more at the ELA site.

constructed wetland in milford with sign

 

March 2, 2019

College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

 

HW STAFF and WORKSHOP TOPICS

Common Woody Plants of Massachusetts Freshwater Wetlands

Amy Ball, PWS, CWS

This workshop will focus on the most frequently encountered trees, shrubs, and woody vines of swamps, bogs, marshes, and other freshwater wetlands in Massachusetts. This two-block session will include both hands-on identification and presentations that will cover characteristics used in field identification and photo descriptions of each plant.


GI Goes Mainstream: Benefits and Applications

Rich Claytor, P.E., and Geoff Glover

This two-part workshop will include a presentation to update participants on the benefits, costs, design requirements, and applications of the latest advancements in Green Infrastructure practices. The second part of the workshop will include a hands-on interactive exercise. Learn more at the MACC site.


As an exhibitor, sponsor, and presenter we look forward to meeting conservation professionals at the MACC Conference.

 

stormwater Master plan

 Sewanee – The University of the South

Sewanee: the University of the South owns more than 13,000 acres called the Domain located on the Cumberland Plateau, more than 90 percent of which consists of Southern Appalachian forest. This is among the most diverse forest types in the United States and one of the largest unbroken expanses of hardwood-forested plateaus in the world. As an academic institution devoted to learning and knowledge, the University has committed to act as a model of environmental sustainability – including stewardship of natural areas, promotion of environmentally sensitive landscaping practices, and use of Smart Growth land use planning techniques as described in detail in the University’s 2013 Sustainability Master Plan.

Sewanee Village currently consists of a retail and office strip on University Avenue connecting the University campus to US Route 41A. The Village has been designated by the University as one of three future development focus areas in the Campus Master Plan, also including the Core Campus and the School of Theology. The University envisions redevelopment of Sewanee Village as a mixed-use, walkable, vibrant place, with better connections to the Core Campus. The Village Implementation Plan, completed by Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC) in 2016, produced a design framework for the Village Core.

The 2016 Sewanee Village Implementation Plan builds upon the Sewanee Vision Plan and the Sewanee Action Plan and provides specific planning interventions and strategies to guide redevelopment of the Village and the greater Domain. The goal of this Plan is to enhance connections between the University of the South and the Sewanee Village, and to ensure the long-term viability of the Village by creating a mixed-use environment that integrates new businesses, civic spaces, and housing into the existing Village fabric. The Implementation Plan seeks to make the Sewanee Village a regional model for sustainable redevelopment.

The directive of this project is to evolve the 2016 Village Implementation Plan to the next level of detail, melding a more detailed assessment of on-the-ground existing conditions with the University’s sustainability principles as well as the vision for Sewanee Village as a vibrant, mixed-use center. The University convened a stakeholder group including TPUDC, University subject matter experts, and local business owners to provide input and guide the project throughout.

 

Guiding Principles

The University and stakeholder group collaborated to develop the following guiding principles as an overarching framework for evolution of the Village Implementation Plan:

 

Filter + Store

To mitigate the effects of additional runoff resulting from proposed development, demonstrate the application of Light Imprint site planning techniques and green infrastructure BMPs to naturally filter, infiltrate, and store runoff.

 

Balance

Provide a range of land planning and stormwater solutions calibrated to the Domain’s natural context, “softer edge” aesthetic to artfully compliment the urban design vision for Sewanee Village.

 

Beautify

Artfully incorporate environmental design into Sewanee Village respecting the area’s built and natural character. Utilize green stormwater infrastructure as placemaking elements and educational amenities.

 

Innovate

Encourage implementation of highly visible, forward-thinking approaches as a demonstration of the University’s commitment to sustainability and learning.

 

Be Realistic

Demonstrate realistic, cost-effective, and constructible nature-based solutions with a focus on long-term maintenance requirements.

 

RI State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan

In late 2018, HW Planner, Craig Pereira took on the role of managing public engagement for the RI Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (known as “the SCORP”). Our friends at Weston & Sampson invited us to design and deliver the public process. Time was short and Craig needed to cover the entire state. The logistics were daunting to say the least. Between October and January, Craig managed to convene 11 public focus group meetings, all in separate locations, featuring a dozen different recreation topics. He also deployed a map survey tool that has collected responses statewide. 

The 2019 SCORP will outline the existing status, current needs, and future vision for outdoor recreation. It will include public input from the growing and changing population and will set concrete goals and strategies for improvements and additions to the state’s infrastructure, programming, and resources. Check out our progress to date and, if you enjoy the outdoors in Rhode Island (regardless of where you’re from) feel free to fill out the survey!

 Another survey is on the way, and will mark the final push for public input before the plan is drafted.

 

 

Haddam Plan of Conservation & Development

Congratulations to the team!

At a recent awards dinner, the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA) prefaced the award  announcement by saying how rare it is to even consider a Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD) for the Chapter Planning Award. The committee felt this document achieved everything the Town asked for and more!

HW planners worked with the Town of Haddam, CT  to update and improve its POCD.  A POCD is what other states think of as a “Comprehensive Plan” or “Master Plan.” The document provides a long-term vision for the Town and guides decision making relating to growth, development, and conservation over the next ten years. The Town hired HW  because they wanted “fresh eyes” and something different than the typical POCD. They specifically asked for a plan that is: 1) easy to read and navigate, 2) meaningful and educational to the average Haddam resident, and 3) straight forward to implement.

Under the leadership of our Senior Planner Krista Moravec, the HW team listened closely to how residents talked about their community and what they hoped for in the future. Our community conversations resulted in a document focused on “the places of Haddam”  specifically the village centers and surrounding rural areas. The plan opens with a bold statement of what constitutes “the heart and soul” of Haddam, then goes on to tackle issues one place at a time. This format allows the reader to understand how traditional planning elements like infrastructure, housing, and economic development work together in a New England Village.

Project Team: Liz Glidden, Town Planner, Town’s Land Use Department, POCD Advisory Committee, Planning & Zoning Commission, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, Senior Center, Public Schools, and the Haddam Historical Society, Haddam residents

HW Team: Krista Moravec, AICP
Jeff Davis, AICP & Nate Kelly, AICP