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

 

grant program

Update

The Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The state awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities who complete the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities.

We are certified & ready to assist your community with:

  • Characterizing Hazards
  • Identifying Community Vulnerabilities and Strengths
  • Facilitating a Vibrant Stakeholder Workshop to Identify and Prioritize Community Actions

We have helped Brewster, Kingston, Newbury, Newburyport, Peabody, Tisbury, and Shrewsbury, MA to achieve their MVP designations and identify projects that qualify for future MVP action grants. To date, our work has helped our clients leverage over $900k in Action Grant funding.

Questions? Contact one of our MVP Certified Staff  for help with the grant process.

Ellie Baker

Will Keefer

Craig Pereira

View the Planning Grant .

Photo: Joe Teixeira

Carl Simons, USMC Ret.

Emergency Response Manager

Carl Simons has 30 years of experience in incident management and emergency response, gained through a successful career as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, an All-hazards Planner with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, and an active member of a Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team.

When he is not teaching others about how to plan for natural disasters or emergency threats, Carl volunteers for the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team. During disasters and emergencies, the resources of local public safety agencies resources can be stretched to the limit as an incident expands in duration, size, scope, or complexity. That’s why the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee created the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team — to provide essential behind-the-scenes support functions enabling agencies to focus resources and concentrate on achieving incident objectives. 

As an emergency response manager for Horsley Witten Group Carl spends a good deal of his time traveling and conducting training exercises for water and utility professionals on topics such as emergency response planning, source water protection, cybersecurity, incident management team training, and active shooter training. Free time is limited for most professionals. Why isn’t Carl on a golf course or fishing in a boat? Carl believes that volunteering for emergency related trainings keeps him up to speed and connected with a variety of responders. “Actually, participating in the exercise vs. explaining in a classroom setting is important as it allows me to share my recent experience with others” said Carl. Sometimes Carl runs into clients or former colleagues which strengthens his relationships and knowledge base. To give you an idea of the time commitment for this type of volunteering, Carl recently spent thirteen hours as a participant in the Vigilant Guard full scale civil military exercise on Cape Cod. At Horsley Witten Group we support volunteerism and training to help our employees be prepared for the next opportunity. We are glad Carl is taking the extra time to become better prepared and you should be too! Thank you, Carl. Learn more about the Barnstable County All Hazards Incident Management Team.

 

 

Plan West Ashley, SC

2018 Public Outreach Award Winner

Plan West Ashley is the vision and plan for the West Ashley area of Charleston, South Carolina – home to over half of Charleston’s population. The South Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association have recognized Plan West Ashley with their 2018 Public Outreach Award. As part of a team led by Dover, Kohl, and Partners, HW led the infrastructure, sustainability, climate resiliency, and open space elements of the plan. Plan West Ashley was unique in its commitment to public engagement, including multiple neighborhood scale community input workshops, 65 working group brainstorming sessions, and an extensive seven-day interdisciplinary planning and design charrette with over 1,000 participants.

The SCAPA Planning Awards recognize outstanding efforts and achievements that advance the art and science of planning in the Palmetto State. Each of the plans, projects and organizations recognized demonstrate a contribution to the improvement of the quality of life for South Carolinians. Awards are a valuable public awareness tool for local governments, agencies, and community organizations. SCAPA awards offer one of the few opportunities that South Carolina planners and communities have to highlight the virtues of planning and recognize those who contribute to the profession.

 

 

Ellen Biegert, PLA

Landscape Architect

Ellen Biegert, PLA has joined our design team as a landscape architect in Providence, RI. Ellen brings five years of experience from working in Pennsylvania with a focus on green stormwater infrastructure, parks and trail design, and botanical and children’s gardens. She graduated from Temple University with a BS in Landscape Architecture and is a recipient of a “Best in Show Award” from the Philadelphia Flower Show. Ellen just completed hiking the Appalachian Trail. This experience has allowed her to gain a greater understanding of the impact of natural spaces in the built environment. Ellen can be reached in our Providence office.

Eliza Hoffman

Staff Engineer

Eliza Hoffman has joined our engineering team as a staff engineer based in Sandwich, MA. A recent graduate, Eliza earned her BE from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. She minored in Environmental Studies and was a Coxswain for the Men’s Varsity Rowing Team. Eliza was awarded a special faculty award for engineering service to humanity for the Hartford Riverwalk Design project. Eliza can be reached in our Sandwich office.

Brian Daley, PHD

Senior Forest Ecologist

Brian Daley, PhD has joined our team as a project manager based in St. Croix, VI. We have worked with Brian on a number of projects including stream headcut stabilization, coastal zone program assessments, and hazardous tree evaluations. He is a forest ecologist by trade and president of Geographic Consulting, Inc. Brian earned his BA from Salem State College, his MS from the University of Montana, and his PhD in restoration ecology/agroforestry from the University of Florida. Brian’s expertise and on-the-ground presence enhances our capacity for watershed restoration and planning, tropical ecology, and stormwater and wastewater engineering in the Caribbean. Brian can be reached in our St. Croix office.