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Workshop - Reclaiming Commercial Strips and Strengthening Town Centers
Organizer New Hampshire Home Builders Association
Date & Time
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location/Venue New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
Address 32 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH 03110 [Map]
Sponsors New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, Plan New Hampshire

Reclaiming Commercial Strips and Strengthening Town Centers

A must attend workshop for developers, planners, architects, planning board members and land use commissions.

This program describes and illustrates various re-development design strategies to create mixed-use centers from existing highway strips, to help communities implement smarter, more sustainable development patterns, and includes ideas for improving downtown economic viability and attractiveness.

The material presented is largely drawn from my newest book, Envisioning Better Communities: Seeing More Options, Making Wiser Choices, published by APA Planners’ Press.

The 120-minute presentation is generously illustrated with numerous successful examples and addresses the visual blight and land-use dysfunctionality of most highway commercial corridors and many downtowns. By adopting progressive site planning and design standards, cities and counties can prevent this kind of destructive development, which often spreads like a disfiguring disease along the regional road network.

Clients determine the degree of emphasis placed on reclaiming highway strips versus strengthening downtown centers, according to the needs of their audience.

This topic is of interest to professional planners, civic leaders, Planning Board/Commission members, landscape architects, engineers, commercial property owners and investors, and developers, who stand to benefit from the redevelopment and adaptive reuse of aging highway commercial corridors and downtowns into multi-use centers for the 21st century, as well as residents who care about the future economic vitality and livability of their community.

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This has been approved for 4.0 AICP Certification Maintenance (CM) credits. 

One of the most sought after workshops in the country.


Randall Arendt, FRTPI, ASLA (Hon.)

Greener Prospects
Landscape Planner, Author, Site Designer, Lecturer
Narragansett, Rhode Island

Considered the nation’s leading authority on conservation design. Author of "Rural by Design", "Conservation Design for Subdivisions" and more. Owner of Greener Prospects, a consulting firm that bridges the gap between land-use planning and land conservation. Services include conservation subdivision design workshops, ordinance review and site design.

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New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority
32 Constitution Drive, Bedford, NH 03110

Cost: HBRANH and Plan New Hampshire members: $70.00
         Non-members: $85.00
         Price includes light catered meal.

Register online or by calling the HBRANH at 603-228-0351.

Cancellations for HBRANH events made 7 or more business days prior to the date of the event will receive full refund.  If cancellation is made less than 7 business days in advance registrants will receive or be billed for 50% of the event fee.  Registrants who fail to attend without prior notification are liable for the entire fee.  Phone or email confirmations from registrants shall be deemed as firm regardless of receipt of payment.

No registrations will be allowed for individuals or companies with outstanding balances due HBRANH.

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