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A CEDAS Academy Webinar - The Parking Conundrum: Smart Parking for Planning and Economic Development

Confluence Series: At the Intersection of Planning and Economic Development

March 1, 2019
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM



Parking for cars is almost always a component of development projects across Connecticut. Often times, developers must provide car parking because local zoning codes require it. These local requirements often add significant cost to development projects - which drive up prices for end users. Moreover, researchers have found that local parking requirements can burden the whole community with increased traffic, loss of taxable land, dirty stormwater runoff, and the urban heat island effect.

This webinar will explore the growing movement to eliminate parking requirements and allow cities to be "designed for people," rather than cars. Our speakers will discuss their cutting-edge research into the impact of parking on the design, function, and financial feasibility of projects. They will then identify how projects may be better developed to enable trending development priorities like density, sustainability, transit-oriented development, mixed uses, and walking-biking connectivity. The webinar will highlight the parking conundrum in several Connecticut cities and feature the City of Hartford's recent successful elimination of parking minimums.

Attend this webinar to learn:

  • Key issues regarding the integration of parking in downtown projects, including convenience, safety, right-sizing, good design, and financing.
  • Trends taking place today in downtown and urban development and the impact of parking on the design, function, and financial feasibility of these projects.
  • Best practices related to financing, designing, right-sizing, and developing parking to support downtown / urban development.






This event is free and offered as a program of the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS) and the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA). Approved for CM Credits through the American Planning Association.




Sara Bronin

Thomas F. Gallivan Chair in Real Property Law and Faculty Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Law

Sara C. Bronin is an architect and attorney who chairs the City of Hartford Planning & Zoning Commission. In that role, she led the once-in-a-generation overhaul of Hartford's zoning code, earning national recognition for the elimination of minimum parking requirements.  In her day job, she is a UConn Law professor specializing in property, land use, historic preservation, and renewable energy. 


Norman Garrick

Norman Garrick is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Connecticut, Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH-Zurich), and a Fellow and former Board Member of the Congress for the New Urbanism.


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