The Gorham Spur: Spurring Growth without Spurring Sprawl
THURSDAY, April 7, at 4:00 pm
Read about GrowSmart’s Position Statement here.
We’re hearing a lot about plans for a spur road connecting Gorham and the Maine Turnpike. Some people are excited, some are concerned.
- What is it and how far along is it?
- What has happened related to roadway improvements, land use planning, and transit since the 2012 feasibility study?
- What still needs to happen to promote smart growth if this is to happen?
Join panelists from national, statewide, regional, and municipal perspectives as they discuss the intended goals of this project and address concerns about its impact on local communities and the environment.
Beth Osborne is the Director of Transportation for America, a program of Smart Growth America. She was previously at the U.S. Department of Transportation, serving as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy and the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. Beth managed the TIGER Discretionary Grant program, the Secretary’s livability initiative, the development of the Administration’s surface transportation authorization proposal, and the implementation of MAP-21.
Peter Mills has served as Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority since March 2011. After graduating from Harvard University in 1965, Mills served five years on Navy destroyers during Vietnam, and following graduation from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973, practiced law in Portland and Skowhegan. Mills served 16 years in the Maine Legislature and has written extensively on tax, education and health policy.
Kristina Egan is executive director of Greater Portland Council of Governments. She previously worked as the director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a statewide coalition that advocates for policies that are innovative, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Kristina also was the first director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and served as a Freeport Town Councilor for over four years. She holds a Master’s degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.
Scott Hastings is the Town Planner for Standish, having also served in this role in New Gloucester and Asst Planner in York. Prior to this, Scott was the Planning and Community Development Director for Midcoast Council of Governments. Scott holds a Masters in Community Planning and Development from University of Southern Maine and a Masters in Geography from University of Connecticut.
Jay Chace is Planning Director at Town Of Scarborough, where he has worked since 2007. He holds a Masters in Community Planning and Development from University of Southern Maine.