Please note that "About Weston" is NOT an official record, and does not appear as a link on the Town of Weston website, either.
What are some negative externalities? Like the State of Connecticut red ink?
Refocus. New Administration takes over and sits down with "About Town." Advisory & Survey Committees formed. "Training for change" in Weston requires cost/benefit, significant sustainability inputs.
NEW - "Marketing & Communications
Advisory Committee" appointed May 2018 (photo of that meeting above right), consisting, just
for record, of: 4 Democrats, 2 Unaffiliateds, 1 Republican.
NOTE: We will not post names of "advisory" Committee members
WATCH NOW: Interview with First Selectman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrCfDwBedoI
Can we "sell" Weston as a place to retire? At the same time we
tout our awesome school system? Of course we can!!! What is
that line? "...Let me count the ways..." How about a
Falling rain all day,
Treading water and asking
Will the sun emerge?
November 8, 2017 Work Session (our words here) for new Board of
Selectmen membership - we attended more than two-hour Saturday morning
BACKGROUND: Previous Board of Selectmen (of which present First Selectman was a member)
BOARD OF SELECTMEN
Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 7:30pm
Town Hall Meeting Room
S.P.C . CAME RIGHT BEFORE L O N G EXECUTIVE SESSION
The Strategic Planning Committee, originally conceived of as a tool to
both engage new residents, is now mature! Having explored how
Weston has changed thru the years, in type of development as well as
community identity. it has almost reached the end of its two year
term. Last night began the process of reconstituting it as a
7-member Select Committee with "advisory board" of specialist volunteers
(our words). Emphasized will be those aspects that in the end
were most compelling (link to NYTIMES story here).
With additions to the agenda for charitable contributions...
STRATEGIC PLANNING IN GOVERNMENT: AN EXAMPLE OR TWO
HINT: Money has a lot to do with it.
Strategic Planning Committee and many of its subcommittees done
with their Herculean effort. Successfully complete two-year run,
re-focusing on selling Weston as a special, safe and secure place.
Can a tree grow if the water cycle is compromised? NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEPLACE!!!
Link to interesting thought; And check out this
(from CTBYthenumbers-link); Does WestCOG play a role? Federal Reserve Bank of Boston working paper, source of graphics. Always interesting to see how real estate community values stuff!!!
TOWN RECYCLING PAMPHLET
Strategic Plan Part Two begins...with formation of...
S T R A T E G I C P L A N N I N G C O M M I T T E E
Established by the Weston Board of Selectmen at a Special Meeting September 16, 2015. In the period of time when we did not yet know the outcome of this tragedy.
LATEST TOWN WEBSITE INFORMATION
These are the research reports compiled by S.P.C. in one place! CHECK THIS OUT - WHO'S SUGGESTING, OR POSING THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF COMMERCIAL ZONING AS A CURE - P&Z???
We found this on our own...and this. Not to mention this: http://trendct.org/2016/05/25/connecticut-middle-class-losing-ground-as-in-most-of-the-nation/.
From Urban Core to Wealthy Towns: Nonschool Fiscal Disparities across Connecticut Municipalities
Bo Zhao, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (click here for full report)
Using a cost-capacity gap framework, this paper is the first study to quantify nonschool fiscal
disparities across Connecticut municipalities. In the absence of a Uniform Chart of Accounts for
municipalities, the paper uses a newly assembled dataset of multi-year local financial records,
adjusted to be comparable across municipalities and therefore suitable for regression analysis.
The paper finds significant nonschool fiscal disparities among Connecticut municipalities. Fiscal
disparities are driven primarily by the uneven distribution of the property tax base across the
state, while cost differentials also play an important role. State nonschool grants are found to
have a relatively small effect in offsetting municipal fiscal disparities. Unlike previous research
focused on a single state, this paper also conducts a comparison between Connecticut and
ANYBODY MOVING TO WESTON CT? STAY TUNED FOR
OCT. 1st ENROLLMENT/ KINDERGARTEN NEWS (an indicator).
And yet another one of these studies of migration: http://ctbythenumbers.info/2016/08/17/americans-moving-less-often-changing-jobs-less-frequently-divorce-may-be-among-reasons-why-uconn-researcher-says/
REGARDING MIGRATION; New England states loss of population; REAL ESTATE LISTINGS FOR FORMER CLIVUS MULTRUM INSTALLATION IN WESTON HOME.
Meeting of full Committee agendas/posted minutes or notes: Sub-Committee meetings indented
3-23-16 at 6pm; we forgot to attend - but watched it online! Thank you,Town of Weston!!!
4-6-16 at 7:30pm - notes.
5-16-16 at 7:30pm - notes.
9-7-16 and now 11-29-16;
12-3-15 Subcommittee "GenX" - our notes, Town Hall Annex.
12-7-15 Sub-Committee "Communications&Marketing" 7:30pm Town Hall
12-9-15 Sub-Committee "GenX" 11am at Town Hall - link to DRAFT minutes.
12-10-15 Sub-Committee ("Seniors") 7:30pm at Town Hall.
12-11-15 Communications/Marketing GOALS statement.
12-23-15 Sub-Committee ("Seniors") 7pm at Town Hall
1-6-16 Sub-Committee (GenX) - 11am Wednesday Town Hall
1-6-16 Sub-Committee ("Seniors") 7pm at Town Hall (cancelled)
1-12-16 Subcommittee ("Seniors" - Empty-nesters & elders) 7pm Commission Room - agenda.
1-20-16 Subcommittee "GenX" - 8:30am, Town Hall Commission Room
1-21-16 Subcomittee "Marketing and Communication" 7:30pm, Town Hall Commission Room
2-1-16 Subcommittee (Seniors-Empty Nesters) - but we;re going to
this meeting - 7:15pm in the Town Hall annex for discussion of Receipt
of Application: Petition to amend the zoning regulations
to create proposed Section 323 - ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITY DISTRICT.
2-22-16 Subcommittee (Seniors-Empty Nesters): http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/Agenda_Feb_22.pdf
3-1-16, 3-16-15, Marketing alternate, 8:30am Town Hall Commission Room.
3-2-16, 3-9-16, 3-23-16, GenX same time of the morning, location.
3-23-16 GenX, 8:30am, Town Hall.
4-6-16 GenX, 8:30am, Town Hall
5-18-16 GenX, 8:30am, Town Hall
8-25-16 Empty Nesters 8pm Town Hall
8-31-15 GenX. 8:30am Town Hall
9-1-16 Marketing 7:30pm Town Hall Commission Room
thewestonway.com gets town funding (1-5-17)
And we haven't been following closely, but this subcommittee (Marketing Weston) just met Tuesday, June 21, 2017...and here too.
M E E T I N G S A N D S U B C O M M I T T E E S
Similar to elsewhere on this website, observations at meetings About Weston attends will be in reverse chronological order.
Strategic Planning Committee
November 29, 2016, Town Hall Meeting Room
Discussion of "environmental cluster" and planning for the next Town Plan of C&D update. Capital Budget.
Sidewalks on School Road again. Who p[ays for the sidewalk, how do you get state or federal funds if you are...Weston?
INSPIRED BY THIS DISCUSSION, ABOUT TOWN IS EMBARKING ON A STUDY OF "DOWNTOWN" FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
The Strategic Planning Committee and the Planning and Zoning Commission
desire to survey the community professionally to find out what this
generation wants its Town to be now.
Also, consideration of how to "survey" the community as to what they would
like to see as improvements to Weston - and if the newest generation of
Westonites are significantly different from previous generations. And if so, how.
Next meeting of full body not until we think mid to late January.
Strategic Planning Committee
September 7, 2016, Town Hall Mtg Rm
Reports from 3 subcommittees. They are read to embark on their
second year and one item they are planning to explore is the possibility
of recommended a "village district" to create a somewhat mare extensive
"Downtown" - a mix of commercial and residential. plus also adding
sidewalks and a jitnie service to the Westport Train station.
Later, it was noted that phase2 would be autonomous cars:
Monday, May 16, 2016 meeting of full Strategic Planning Committee notes and pictures
Committee of the whole meets. Goes into next steps for Town Square idea.
Surveys to those who have recently bought, sold or otherwise have interest in Weston real estate to come. THEWESTONWAY.COM informational website for those in the group who might be interested in moving to Weston presented.
An idea that is gaining traction to teach people about the special places in Weston.
1987 photo of "Downtown" Weston.
Weston today aerial photo.
Committee of the whole meets April sixth in new venue - Daugherty Commission Room.
SHORT TERM GOALS SEEMED READY TO LAUNCH!!!
April 6, 2016 we attended - great progress, terrific reports from
subcommittees. Progress being made immediately thru real estate
community and schools.
- Most impressive presentation
by GenX - after deep discussion of making sure community is on board
with what is being done - and hoping to reach out to everyone soon.
by subcommittees included ongoing actions described for assisting the
Board of Education and those engaged "selling" real estate.
- THE WESTON WAY suggested as a brand. Portal for those seeking info on the town almost ready to "launch."
March 23, 2016 we missed - but we watched it from the Town of Weston WEBSITE
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE AGENDA FOR WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2016
Town website being revamped for the data collection process...
EVERYONE THINKS THE TOWN NEEDS A NEW WEBSITE, THEY SEEM TO AGREE
THAT CHANGING EVERYTHING, TO USE THE LWV'S EXPRESSION, IN WESTON'S DNA,
AS REPRESENTED BY THE TAX BASE, IS NOT THE WAY TO GO...
- The meeting took 2 hours and covered review of subcommittee SWOT
analyses for all three entities - the 10 slide presentation by "GenX
- In addition, the Superintendent of Schools handed
out demographic information about enrollments past, present and
future. See above.
- No hard data gathering yet by SPC, but they are coalescing on
their research needs - or at least exploring for assistance from groups
the Town belongs to that have this capability.
January 29. 2016, 7pm, Town Hall: http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/StrategicPlanningAgenda012916.pdf
The parking lot was bare of cars. One
showed up @6:55pm. No thers had arrived by 7pm, so I left at 7pm, figuring that the Strategic
Planning Committee Special Meeting needed 9 people to make a quorum.
Without nine people, if that is a quorum of the full Committee now, no
action can be taken plus the agenda indicates the purpose was for
"coordination of the Sub-Committee chairs."
No actions or voting indicated and no items can be added to the agenda of a Special Meeting.
Prior to that About Town waited, after looking in the side entrance which did not appear to be open.
December 15, 2015
Announced now 17 members total. Meeting lasted 90 minutes. More members of the general public than last time!
Very interesting meeting. Reports from 3 sub-committees, scheduled meetings for 2016
Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) met, Planning & Zoning history
provided (to be typed up) and subcommittees reported. These
documents will be placed on the Town website. Meeting schedules
for 2016 established for Committee of the whole - to meet every other
month Tues. 7:30pm TH:
(Feb. 3, April 6, June 1, Sept. 7, Dec. 9) – these things should all
soon be posted on the website of the Town. Sub-Committee “GenX”
plans to meet after the new year at 11am Wednesday morning (in Town
Hall, I assume).
Presentation by subcommittees of various versions of SWOT*
analyses developed into discussions of data needs and how to begin
research, Tuesday night Dec. 15. Full Committee is down to 17
members with two resignations. Check the Town Website for SPC main
Committee as well as sub-committee meeting minutes here: http://www.westonct.gov/meetings/29875/338728/865684
As “documents” are produced, the is a special page on the Town Website for these as well: http://www.westonct.gov/meetings/29875/338728/865684/867513
First Selectman Nina Daniel attended. She also mentioned
that there will be a presentation by the CT F.O.I.A. Commission
Thursday ay 7:30pm in Town Hall and invited members of the SPC to
* = "SWOT" stands for: S (strengths) W (weaknesses) O (opportunities) T (threats)
October 28, 2015 -
Seventeen out of a possible 19 members present. Meeting lasted a bit over an hour.
LINK TO About Weston reports; watched the six hour meeting of the CT Tax Panel Oct. 27.
PLEASE VISIT THE CT TAX PANEL DISCUSSIONS ON RELATED MATTERS. SEVERAL REPORTS RELATED TO THE ITEMS BELOW BEING DISCUSSED THERE.
Crafting A Strategic Plan Part One
SECOND MEETING WEDNESDAY OCT. 28, 2015: AGENDA
INCLUDES POWER POINT FROM FIRST SELECTMAN...will the Power Point
work??? YES!!! More than that, the Skype worked to get
Co-Chair. (who was at home, ill), to be able to participate, too!
A picture story below of the play-by-play of this efficient meeting on a
rainy/stormy night! First some questions from newer community
members asking about relationship to Westport; why we can't be
like Greenwich; how about hiring staff; and then there were
some longer term residents who spoke to have all sub-committees begin
with "SWOT" exercise (and presumably then have an agreed upon
strengths/weakness/opportunities/threats calibrated work
exercise). And a suggestions for a view of Weston from someone
with a weekend home here.
STRATEGIC PLAN, GOVERNMENT-STYLE
We got the impression that after the First Selectman described the
process of F.O.I. laws ("what is a meeting?"), posting notices, taking
minutes and the snail's pace, these volunteers were having second thoughts.
Need for minutes mentioned, too. We asked if all meetings would be
posted on the website. First step: Subcommittees to adopt
goals - that are consistent with one another.
STILL THINKING ABOUT FOCUS GROUPS
When someone asked about affordable housing without exactly saying
"8-30g" some looked guilty - are we inviting a law suit with this kind
of Committee? Future need for discussion of need to work with
P&Z, housing regulations, real estate market, private equity viewpoint.
October 7, 2015
FIRST MEETING SNAPSHOT SERIES
Co-Chairs pleased they got the process moving forward. Strategic
Planning Committee minus one appointee present for first meeting
(c). Reflection of the other end of the long table.
FIRST MEETING WAS ONE HOUR, WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2015 AT 7:30PM, TOWN HALL MEETING ROOM - AGENDA
The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) met for an hour. It was
being recorded on the Town TV Channel. The next two meeting dates
are Oct. 28 and Nov. 18 (Wednesdays, at 7:30pm). After that time, there are to be three subcommittees which have members
assigned (we didn't catch their names - I assume this information will
be in the minutes). The 3 are:
Several people spoke
of needing hard data. “Focus groups” brought up. Emphasized
was the length of time this activity is to go on (a couple of years)..
- Seniors longtimers (concerns);
Best comment: Will there be a "null alternative?" In other
words, will we explore what if nothing is done to change anything?
Members, (some of whom may have resigned for business or personal
reasons) Reflect Make-Up of the 2015 Weston Community*
Dennis Tracey, Co-Chair., Selectman
Jane Connolly, Co-Chair., Vice-Chair., P&Z
Christopher Spaulding - background in research techniques;
volunteer government experience on Conservation Commission. Now
resigned, member of Board of Selectmen.
David Levy - home office, investments. Resignation on Selectmen's Agenda Dec. 22 - for business scheduling reasons.
Keisha Biggs Fink - professional planner, resigned to accept professional position elsewhere.
Larry Roberts - Captain, Weston Volunteer Fire Dept. had to resign; replaced by Catherine Revzon.
Michael Carter - business, ex-Board of Finance
Thomas Glass - business - instrumental in Weston Community Center attempt years ago
Anita Dinwoodie - outreach to generation of families with children and neighboring communities.
Barbara Reynolds - real estate
Glenn Major - lawyer, former Selectman
Jonathan Moffly - publisher from...Westport?
Lucy Bowden - long-time resident
Kerry Brock - artist
Bill Douglass - writer
Charlie Shipman - financial advisor
Marc Karasu - 1-year resident
Michael Imber - deal maker, municipal finance specialty
Richard Frisch - communications/internet/resigned 4-4-16.
number of members expanded to seventeen (17) from fifteen (15).
But Selectmen did not count Co-Chairs, so there really are 19 members.
Link to Board of Selectmen's "STRATEGIC PLAN PART ONE REPORT".
THE THREE "SPC" SUBCOMMITTEES ARE:
- Seniors long-timers (concerns) - their meeting Dec.10 produced the above chart.
- Newcomers. We attended first "newcomers" (as well as meetings of full Committee) because of our interest in DEMOGRAPHICS.
"GenX/Newcomers" - **
From DRAFT Dec. 9 minutes:
"...The committee recommends these action items for researching and attaining its goals:
"Create a data subcommittee of experts to collect and interpret information for the SPC. Charlie Shipman
offered to be a member and will reach out to Michael Carter to determine his interest.
presentations from land developers, newcomers, WPS administration, BOE
members, real estate agents, telecommuters and marketing experts who can
match their statistics to the unique attributes of a Weston homebuyer.
"Meet on a weekly
basis at 11am Wednesdays starting January 6 and include 20 - minute
presentations from the professionals named above.
"Develop short, mid and long - range goals..."
Town of Weston Strategic Planning Committee/Generation X & Newcomers Subcommittee
December 3, 2015 at 1:30pm
Town Hall Annex Conference Room
Agenda for "GenX"
The Sub-Committee elected a Chair. and set a "goal" as was noted
that it might do on the agenda: "(Something to the effect...) Make
Weston a desirable place for future generations."
#4 on agenda is "Discussion of known and suspected obstacles to goals
and how we might approach them." The answer was "as a group."
Next meeting: Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015 at 11am, Town Hall. DRAFT minutes here.
* Based on what we know or found out in an Internet search that is relevant to this matter.
** Members of "GenX" Sub-Committee present at 12-3-15 meeting.
Coming attractions for property tax wealth envy legislation?
S T R A T E G I C P L A N N I N G
C O M M I T T E E M E M B E R S I
N A T T E N D A N C E ?
PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PREPARING TO PROPOSE REVISIONS TO ZONING REGULATIONS???
Since there is a conflict between the Special Board of Selectmen's
Meeting and P&Z Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, About Town will not be able
to hear what transpires Tuesday at 7:15pm in the Town Hall Annex.
If there is anything in writing produced as a result of this meeting, here is a link to communicate with them: http://www.westonct.gov/townhall/27652/28677/29272
IS THE STRATEGIC PLAN, TO BE DEVELOPED IN THE NEXT TWO TO
THREE YEARS, RELATED TO THE TOWN PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND
DEVELOPMENT? ANS: Yes and no.
Each part of town has its own character...click here.
"RE - ZONING" OF WESTON'S FORM OF GOVERNMENT, PERHAPS, A KEY? HOW WILL RESOLUTION OF POLICE GUN RANGE UNDER DAM AFFECT OTHER MATTERS?
About Weston's planning and perhaps governance concept for
"Neighborhoods." Example: Northern Part of Town and land use town-wide 1999.
What is the hierarchy of sections in a planning process?
Experiment elsewhere on starting with transportation: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/future-of-transportation/
Could one of the "Strategic Planning" ideas be for private use of public space? (Link is to story from Milford, CT.) PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS AND HOW THESE RELATE TO ZONING.
Fair Housing issue in the future?
8-30g in neighboring townt: http://www.westport-news.com/news/article/Hiawatha-Lane-housing-complex-plans-swamped-by-7236220.php
Cost-benefit analysis: Feasibility of infrastructure (i.e. sewers and water lines) to allow for higher densities?
Is Weston, CT an island?
Are CT cities' perceived as failures? Maybe because there is nothing to do there?
"It's the excitement of urban living," McGee said. "In Connecticut, our
cities have always been perceived as failures, and now we are beginning
to see that change." Last line of this story: http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-young-graduates-leaving-state-20160527-story.html