This sub-page is gaining force - we are developing a "table of contents" - we provide links below to other relevant subpages as well as an original map of existing land use.



    
    

T A B L E    O F     C O N T E N T S  
MISS THE FIRST CHARRETTE?
WATCH POWER POINT AND ANSWER QUESTIONS UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 14th HERE

B A C K G R O U N D




CHARRETTE #2, May 4, 2019
At least 50 in audience - 10:30am to 1pm



Down to two options for the Town Center - don't forget to click to enlarge:  Concept One and Concept Two.

   
3rd Selectman.  Next, W.I.S. student, doing "Town Plan" report for class contributed...everyone voted for various features of design...


P&Z Chair. states this is the beginning - more to come to public in the Fall.
Then questions.  Review of who asked what...below, who answered!  Coming, as we have mentioned already, who asked what...


Milone&MacBroom staff (P&Z Chair. [at right] sets the table for the next phase of Plan process).  This meeting ran an hour longer than planned!
We've considered how to best express our idea of what "went down."  "Voting" on redesign preference methodology for Town Center a.k.a. shopping center.  NOT "center of town."


How many different people asked questions?  How many spoke more than once? 
This metric developed from photos taken by About Town of every speaker (estimate of multiple times).


AT THE END THE AUDIENCE REMAINING WAS INVITED TO SHARE THOUGHTS ON DESIGN OF TOWN CENTER OPTIONS


Which folks did!
Although many in the audience had remained sanguine during Q&A, much food for thought was offered to the consultants during this end period.





FIRST 2019 TOWN CENTER CHARRETTE:  Not like the charrettes in architecture/planning school some time ago.
April 6, 2019 at 10:30am - 1:15pm, W.I.S. cafetoriumA second one scheduled for May 4th, same time of day, same location.


All 3 options show removal of Onion Barn.

  


UNOFFICIAL LEGEND.  DON"T FORGET TO DOUBLE CLICK TO ENLARGE EACH PLAN TO READ WORDS!!!
Three visions presented by Milone & MacBroom:  Town Center Charrette Concepts - click on legend for full size plan.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN "PLANNING" AND "ZONING"
Some may have wondered if zoning anything "commercial" was not spot zoning - a "village district" concept would bypass this, we think.


   

I like the bus garage right where it is.  My definition of 2020 center of town includes School Campus, Cobb's Mill, Bisceglie, Norfield/St. Francis and DPW.
How do you define "charrette" nowadays, post French Revolution?   Bus route to Westport - how old is that idea?  Move the Onion Barn?  And how about a "village district?"



And by the way, where or what is a "center?"  (Weston Shopping Center).
Weston Shopping Center built before zoning.  Same area as was suggested in 2010 Town Plan???. 

E-READING LIST:

Serious:  http://uli.org/wp-content/uploads/ULI-Documents/TP_TownCenters.ashx_.pdf
Fun:  https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/160669/town-center-fourth-edition
Downtown:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downtown
How the Plan relates to zoning:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoning_in_the_United_States
How CT Historic Districts differ from Village Districts:    https://www.cga.ct.gov/2003/rpt/2003-R-0921.htm







In a new venue...in addition, home occ data revealed we're way out of step...in a good way (17% of workforce)
This special P&Z meeting had to be held "off-site" from their usual location - this time in the "Movie Room" at the Senior Center.  Flick:  "DOWNTOWN"

 
We went to a terrific movie!
So now we know where the Town is thinking of "walkability" but there are rumblings of moving the bus garage and parking the bus fleet perhaps at DPW...not a new proposal.


MOVE BUS GARAGE...WHY NOW?  "Good Riddance Day" history above - previously, high school parking lot used for HHW Day.
Last time, this idea bit the dust because if memory serves (really old photo above, center), it was a matter of bridging wetlands, or something like that..  Aerial below of Central Part of Town.



SIDEWALKS IN WESTON!!!  An amenity that one hopes will be used, and a potential budget item to keep maintained - if not, law suits if not maintained.
Above (at top) the way all the different circulation projects fit together;  above, two views showing School Road intersection redesign and a third, link to Town Hall.

      
THE EXISTING LAND USE DRAFT MAP, 2019;  TOWN ADMINISTRATOR REPORTS
And how this all fits together with the Town of Weston connectivity grant plus sidewalks plus School Road intersection and extra lane...




At January 7th meeting, P&Z received a presentation on the initial results of the survey.  NOW ONLINE AT TOWN WEBSITE...Plus a review of housing, transportation and demographics.
         
TOWN PLAN MAYBE GOING TO AGREE WITH...ABOUT TOWN'S PLAN?
Mike Zuba AICP, (not shown) Milone&MacBroom Associate, presented CITIZEN SURVEY DATA

Most interesting was traffic (above left, M&M staff, formerly of WestCOG) review of secondary data;  fascinating transport options change .  At least I thought so!  Next month we should see a map or 2...

What was new?

The survey results said strongly "thanks for asking - as much as we'd like to, it just isn't convenient - we'll trust you to move ahead by yourselves so long as you don't change things much."

I was most impressed at the news that traffic counts in Weston, from CT data, appear to show a trend toward DECREASE due to changing employment patterns.  Both working at home. consulting and/or self-employed spiking!

PLANNING IS A HANDS ON, "WINDSHIELD SURVEY" STAND AND DELIVER DATA IN AN INTERESTING FASHION KIND OF PROFESSION.   At least that's what I do.  It is all about making maps come alive.






CENTRAL PART OF TOWN PLAN:  What is the central part of Weston?



HISTORIC DISTRICT COMMISSION OPENS PUBLIC HEARING APRIL 3, 2019: 





SURVEY CLOSED -
BUT NOT CLOSED ARE THE FERTILE MINDS THINKING OF WAYS TO MAKE A TOWN CENTER:  First report (Dec. 19th) just a  "WOW" (@2000 responses)

ELSEWHERE DEPT.: Wilton did one too - here is a link to HOUR article:  https://www.thehour.com/wilton/article/Survey-Schools-are-Wilton-s-biggest-draw-13491627.php




C H A R L I E    S A Y S    " D O    I T    M E O W " O R    D O N ' T   C O M P L A I N

BY DECEMBER 15:  Don't forget to fill out and send in your "Citizen Survey" to help P&Z!!!
HOW DOES ONE DETERMINE IF A SURVEY RESPONSE LEVEL IS SIGNIFICANT?  https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/sample-size-calculator/?utm_expid=.cOMQLyyUQhqbVct5bsJlAA.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fcuriosity%2Fhow-many-people-do-i-need-to-take-my-survey%2F



Of course, this is making it simple.  There is so much more to analysis of surveys in particular how the questi9ns were developed in the first place...
An easy way to understand WHAT MAKES A SURVEY RELIABLE:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/mp/sample-size-calculator/?utm_expid=.cOMQLyyUQhqbVct5bsJlAA.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.surveymonkey.com%2Fcuriosity%2Fhow-many-people-do-i-need-to-take-my-survey%2F

WAS THIS "CITIZEN SURVEY" A SUCCESS?  WE THINK SO.  HOWEVER, IT WAS A SELF-SELECTED SAMPLE.  HOW CAN WE COMPARE WHO RESPONDED TO GENERAL DATA, FOR EXAMPLE, BY AGE?
  1. What number should you use for sample size - "18yrs and over of total population?"  How about using the 2010 U.S. Census of Population:  http://www.aboutweston.com/censusmap.html#2010data
  2. When taking the survey, you had to fill out everything for each question. Or you couldn't advance to the next question.  And thus could not complete the survey.
  3. All those "1-5" judgements on the strength of your feelings will be interesting to cross tabulate by the straight factual ones (assuming these were honest responses).
  4. Open-ended questions:  Analysis should be most interesting - will these be cross-tabulated?  Will they be massaged to come up with any larger message?


"Implementation Section" in all previous updates.
COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING INVOLVES SETTING GOALS & OBJECTIVES, ESTABLISHING POLICIES AND PROGRAMS




November 15th a postcard came - up online that very morning! 
As of Thursday, Dec. 6th, 1740 responses (of approx. 7000 [our number] - with statistics you want to include as many inputs as possible to smooth out estimates).  First Selectman's announcement used registered voters only, we believe, which statistically would boost the percentage turnout - do the math - because 1)not everyone is a registered voter who is eligible to be one, and 2)non-citizens not included)! 




R E A D Y   T O    R O L L

SURVEY & RESEARCH, October 29, 2018
   
SURVEY COMMITTEE HARD AT WORK:  Watch for a post card SOON announcing the online survey, to be featured for the month from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15 on the Town Website.

QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS
At their third meeting things began to be finalized almost -  we are close to the point of getting involved in the new Town Plan - please take the time to fill it out!!!!


GET READY
This survey is going to roll out on November 15th for end date return of Dec.15th.  Although we will not disclose any actual questions, take it from me - this is the real thing.  It will require some time to fill out completely, but I have to say that it is very thorough.  It even asks if you attend "Speak Up" among other things in Town.

F O R    C L A R I T Y . . .or as the buzz word goes, "transparency"...we received a draft of the survey at 10-29-18 meeting and sat through the ensuing meeting and it was a real treat to see Weston volunteers churning out this fabulous work product.  Awesome.





HOW WILL THESE ENTITIES INTERACT?  OTHER ADVISORY ENTITIES POST MINUTES. 
We note that no minutes for either of these TOWN PLAN RELATED groups appear on the Town of Weston website.  We assume nothing was accomplished requiring action - but there were elections notes in the agenda for both -  but no news of who was elected.

SURVEY & RESEARCH:   Agendas only.  But they do a great job - we've observed them, and observed them observing other meetings, too!

http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/6-21-18AgendaforSurveyResearchCommittee.pdf
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/5-17-18AgendaforSurveyResearchCommittee.pdf

MARKETING & COMMUNICATION:  Agendas only.  However, they have their information recently on the Town of Weston website (power point) here.

http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/MarketingCommittee091118Agenda.pdf
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/MCACJune42018MeetingAgenda.pdf
http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/5-7-18AgendaforSpecialMeetingofMCAC.pdf



A particular strength of Milone & MacBroom. 

  

What is a "charrette?"  A word with history.  Modern American planning  version April 6th at W.I.S.







CHECK THIS OUT
From Google:  word on why population in Fairfield County  is bucking trends:  https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Young-families-moving-to-Fairfield-County-stem-10816284.php

Harbor Point one example of their work:  https://www.miloneandmacbroom.com/

Special Meeting of P&Z at 9am in Town Hall Annex (no video - to meet with Milone & MacBroom):  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/P%26ZAgenda9.12.18.pdf
Posted minutes (unapproved):  http://www.westonct.gov/media/file/P%26ZMtgMinutes9.12.18.pdf





Planning & Zoning Commission
, September 5, 2018
At September 5, 2018 meeting, it was reported that Milone and MacBroom had been retained to update the 2010 Plan.  They were asked to work to develop questions for P&Z to have included in a joint survey with the Town of Weston.Board of Selectmen







What is that old saying again?  Something about being worth 1000 words?

            

Click to enlarge.and in some cases. "enlarge" in the sense of gaining further information!





STARTING THE PROCESS THE RIGHT WAY - THE NEW PLAN TO BE DEVELOPED ON A SOUND FOUNDATION. 


ON THE REGIONAL (DETAIL) MAP LEGEND, BLANK AREAS STAND FOR "RURAL LAND" RED IS FOR "TOWN CENTER"
We hope P&Z agrees with our assessment of Town Plan consultant.  This firm first planned for SWRPA & Weston in 1995...has Weston changed?  The region?  Weston Center 2010 (second from right).
  1. Recognition of centrality theme ("Town Center" in red).  2010 site plan map second from right. 
  2. About Town land use map from 1999 NOW UPDATED TO 2018.  Shows Weston Center in red (for "commercial") and the Town Hall-Fire House-Library in blue ("public/semi-public")
  3. Regional contribution by Weston (1995 - Devil's Den Preserve).  We note this was before Trout Brook Valley purchase and other open space parcels on boarders and regional open space.
  4. Clear emphasis on need for infrastructure to support both economic and residential growth. 
  5. Cost-benefit analysis of any changes proposed to be initiated due to Town opinion surveys.
  6. (R) Last SWRPA Regional Plan update - About Town supervised this project for the regional agency, building upon award-winning B.F.J. document.
Please note that About Town is not an official member of any public body at this time.  Our opinions are our own and are shared with those interested in following Weston CT planning.

2010 TOWN PLAN UPDATE KICK-OFF FOR 2020 PLAN CONSULTANTS