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.
A B L E O F C O N T E N T S
B A C K G R O U N D
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.
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.
IDEWALKS IN WESTON!!! An amenity that one hopes will be used,
and a potential budget item to keep maintained - if not, law suits if
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?
- Traffic counts on state highways more than, to me,
reflections of Journey to Work (to a city). And M&M indicated
the responses to traffic and railroad use confirm this?
- Desire for walking and pedestrian activity in the
center of town. But not crossing Route 57 as if it were a
- Demographics: As much as 25% of town is
going to move (a large number than most places?) soon. This is an
- And...what was suspected - what we call "The Ring"
around the center of town needed traffic count/turning - which is
something M&M can do, will do, is capable of doing.
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.
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?
- 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
- 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.
- 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).
- 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!
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!!!!
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
MARKETING & COMMUNICATION: Agendas only
A particular strength of Milone & MacBroom.
What is a "charette?" A word with history.
- It is the cart that hauled the nobility to the above device during the French Revolution.
- Which was amusingly then attached to the cart at
the École des Beaux-Arts that carried drawings of architectural students
- And modern architecture students then moved the concept into all-nighters to finish drawings for presentations.
CHECK THIS OUT
From Google: word on why population in Fairfield County is bucking
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).
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.
- Recognition of centrality theme ("Town Center" in red). 2010 site plan map second from right.
- 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
- 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.
- Clear emphasis on need for infrastructure to support both economic and residential growth.
- Cost-benefit analysis of any changes proposed to be initiated due to Town opinion surveys.
- (R) Last SWRPA
Regional Plan update - About Town supervised this project for the
regional agency, building upon award-winning B.F.J. document.
2010 TOWN PLAN UPDATE KICK-OFF FOR 2020 PLAN CONSULTANTS