ABOVE TOP: The current faces at NEMO-CLEAR (left to
right--John, Chet and
Jim); Zoning Regs to be ready for September 2007 Public Hearing: Weston
BELOW: Planning and Zoning at the end of process...tired but
happy to have finished the Plan - hard work begins implementing
it, (right) in 2015!
THE WESTON PLANNING
AND ZONING COMMISSION: Not working in a
PLANNING & ZONING: Please
that this is not official information, nor does it purport to represent
the opinions of anyone but the author of these pages. A source
basic urban planning education is: http://www.planning.org/
BAD NEWS IN 2009 - "Shovel
ready" may mean burying this fine idea...planning
process take too long or was it just the ways things work? There
may be some news of a positive sort soon...and that word came from
former lead staff who noted at a SWRPA meeting that the scale of any
development and the timing, while bad for the project, will create less
upset in neighboring communities through constrtuction.
Weston land use 1999 next. Georgetown Land
Development gets "smart growth" award
and now funding
comes through for green design at
Gilbert & Bennett - see CLEAR aerial photo and official UK
of the Weston Plan itself, click HERE.
P&Z to go to
Selectmen tent. Monday, May 10 (a
"special") to get their comments. DRAFT is on the
Town Website; the Selectmen may hold their own Public
Hearing; deadline for finishing in time to get SWRPA
comments and the 65-day comment from the general public is supposed to
be June 30, 2010.
SO NEW NEWS: Here is
review of where we're at with
the Town Plan - click
here for their report.
update of Town
(first things first: develop an existing land use map...)
OUT THERE? ENERGY IMPROVEMENT
link here and scroll down
to sections 21-36 for the official word, or click
here to go to this website's version (Weston's unofficial
planning process as well as a look at a few places far away.)
Cool map of
"tear-downs" in Westport HERE
(thanks to WESTPORTNOW.COM)
legislation/special taxing district
Town Plan 2000 information - unofficial
Town Plan illustration.
of the Town Plan's maps;
Plan of Conservation
& Development 2004-2009 link HERE;
Recreation in CT; go directly to information on "SCORP" HERE;
map for Weston HERE.
CLEAR interactive and explanation of remote sensing data HERE
what are they and how many different types can you think of...
Center at Lachat news...
Planning and data link to U.S. Census Bureau
of Connecticut: latest CT
PLAN OF C&D - easy
to read version.
Permit Zoning gives
people the last
say...latest (things happen slowly in
At left, concept;
center, the site of P&Z Special
Permit public hearing; at right, ATBM
considers cut to funding...and they did; another
Committee formed - "Lachat
LACHAT: something is up...Committee (not sure which
one) is to
meet, we think, on June 18, 2009 at Lachat.
REVIVED PLAN -
Public Hearings September 12 and 25, 2006 came up with modest proposal;
Plan presented first Dec. 4, 2003, then...
Special Town Meeting says "YES" to $1.5
million Town share of funding plan...and then project is
after first night of Special Permit Public Hearing at Planning and
Zoning...ATBM cuts all funding for FY07.; WHAT NEXT?
and natural preservation...
above for history of G&B.
(next) for Whidbey Island, WA news; and our Seattle
Mt. St. Helen's
2004--nature takes a hand...in other places,
How to start...inside
as well as outside (of Weston proper): check out P.A.05-205;
Plan Public Hearing for Georgetown
Development at former Gilbert&Bennett Property;
CT: a work in progress; elsewhere
in New England:
& Bennett history; Georgetown Land
Georgetown and the Flood of 1955;
CT New Urbanism?
West Hartford, CT:
Blue Back Square news...
a cool place
emulate? Maybe not...
Check up on third count of votes in
Whidbey Island, WA., cultural activity is an accepted way to build
community (supporting its arts community). Ideas from
Whidbey Island HERE.
WA incorporates urban design into its planning; check
Whidbey Island research HERE
nature's impact: Mount
St. Helen's virtual tour...
design in Redding:
We think the Central
Part of Weston needs some: some ideas;
consequences of Zenon
SITING COUNCIL...cell towers, 345kV lines regulators;
Army Corps of Engineers on power to Long Island; other (not
of School Construction: HOW
DID THIS MEGA-PROJECT develop?Army
planning - both active and passive open space - involving transit:
neighborhoods to be linked by bike trail - how does
SAFETEA-LU (Federal Highway Bill) relate to this?
yesterday approved a measure that will allow hikers and bicyclists to
between Magnolia and Fremont by trail. The Ship Canal Trail's
at the Ballard Bridge will now connect to the Lake Union waterfront. In
1996, the city acquired property as part of the Lake Union Ship Canal
Project, allowing the trail to be extended from near the Fremont Bridge
to Sixth Avenue West. The measure transfers property from
Northern Santa Fe Railway Co. to the city to complete the trail. The
will extend the trail westward from Sixth Avenue and connect it to the
existing bicycle path along West Emerson Street. Cyclists will be
able to travel between Seattle and Redmond almost entirely by
High points in Weston open space purchasing
(but by no means the whole story)...
of the Dammed" a great history of why Weston is the way it is!!!
Jan. 9, 2003 votes "yes" twice and takes well-established open space
policy one step further--begins
out location of Fromson-Strassler and Elizabeth Luce Moore "land
properties; link to
Aspectuck Land Trust.
power of www.aboutweston.com
- 2002 bike map from the State of Connecticut (lower Fairfield County)
HAD ITS OWN PLAN IDEAS...This website's original
(original as any plan ever is!) unofficial
e-document, online planning, mapping
& research here.
HERE FOR TEXT OF OFFICAL WESTON TOWN PLAN 2010: Plan
process this year, 2010 (above, l to r in reverse
chronological order). Previously...
- Special P&Z
meeting June 28 approves new Town Plan of C&D 2010 UNANIMOUSLY; official existing land use map, School
Road pedestrianization 1994, Fromson-Strassler, across from the
- Board of Selectmen meets with P&Z to go over
page-by-page review of new Town Plan Monday, June 21, 2010, including
long discussion of use of Town land in the center of town now
under the control of the Board of Education.
- The three Boards (Finance, Selectmen and Education) who
take the lead on the budget
exercise met extra early (June 14), offering comment on scheduling next
year's budget process to allow for the eventuality of another
Referendum. Which isn't really part of the Town Plan, but shows
how other Boards in town think - not at all like P&Z!
- P&Z meets with LWV in May, next...
- At "Speak Up 2010" in February, the Chair. of P&Z,
announced, in response to a League question, the new Town Plan draft
should be available in 60 days or so. Since "Speak Up" there has
been a flurry of comparative data collected by the Selectmen's Office -
click here for report.
Sub-watersheds map plus others displayed
("limitations for development" below, right).
HOW DID JOINT P&Z-SELECTMEN PUBLIC
HEARING ON THE NEW TOWN PLAN DRAFT GO?
WHO SHOWED UP?
Prepared Westonites who had done their homework! The only
citizens who spoke, and this was a lot for any meeting in Weston,
either had written comments referencing pages from the online version -
print copies available at the PH - minimal presentation by P&Z and
Selectmen (it was for the people to speak up this evening).
JOINT SELECTMEN/P&Z TOWN PLAN
PUBLIC HEARING Monday evening went 90 minutes, 16 speakers,
reminded us of why we moved here! What a great town - its the
people!!! Yes, the peace and quiet, beauty and 1940's look
of Weston Center (a remark made by a young resident who brought his
mother to see his Weston home) here in the 21st century makes us
Track use, bicycle plan, how much land is left to subdivide, cost of
development v. benefits, some need to relieve tax burden, economic
development, bus to train, neighborhood parks, tree removal ordinance
and ENFORCEMENT, against chicken coops and goats, litmus test on
development or tax relief ideas, schools willing to work with town to
use facilities, gathering place needed, no sense of community - we need
more, CONSERVATION & Development this time, Weston is "best kept
secret" and bravo to the individual who's mother had made the
WESTON idea picked
up by P&Z!!!
NEXT? A REVISED TOWN PLAN DRAFT WHICH IS NOW THE ADOPTED PLAN -
Formal P&Z Public Hearing on June 24th, adoption on June
the now superceded 2010 Plan online and let P&Z know what you
not questioned but explained at the end included the concept of renting
town-owned land - which would require a Town Meeting to approve the
THE UNOFFICIAL MAPS
(first 2) AND TOWN PLAN MAPS OF "LIMITATIONS FOR DEVELOPMENT" AND
WATERSHEDS, SUB-WATERSHEDS, WESTON, CONNECTICUT
Left, Weston, Connecticut @1996 by
"About Town" (prior to website). Legend for
1996 here; 2008 version "Existing
Land Use Map"...
for Development" and "Watersheds" 2010.
we'll started the
GOALS of the new Plan are to
both maintain the relatively rural
nature of Weston while both making
the schools even more of a focus, while not bankrupting the taxpayers,
- What land is still vacant? This question is
still being mulled over at P&Z;
- Our source in this
numbers game (we color as "developed" anything that has been
subdivided): the Town Tax
- And then the
corresponding data to
review which uses the land is devoted to, in case we have any
POLICIES of the PLAN should enhance
heavily enforced and creative
consistent Town spending on and
maintenance of "education village"and education programs, buildings and
the SURVEY taken by P&Z at the end of 2009; looks as if
we are in step with the responding population!
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION: Census of Children
What has been done in this area in the past: http://www.aboutweston.com/towncen00.htm
And even longer ago: http://www.aboutweston.com/TWN00.htm
remember that this website is
Planimetrics' analysis of the process
undertaken by the P&Z...
SWRPA Study of Saugatuck coming soon...
the top, Planimetrics
conducts Feb. 26, 2009 meeting to determine what people consider
important to emphasize in the Town Plan revision (r.). Natural
Resources discussion March 25th at the Library very thoughtful and
input from DEP as well as citizens knowledgeable about
new Lunch Box decor, the old
Revson Field an opportunity area - how about new thoughts???
State of Connecticut advisor...now retired.
INVOLVEMENT...GOING THE EXTRA STEP...LATEST ON SURVEY RESULTS HERE!
AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRICITY
AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY: read
all about the section devoted to ENERGY
Public Act 07-242!
How can Revson Field (shown above in a photo BEFORE the
Referendum) be the key to developing a more coordinated, centralized
approach to energy
policy for the Town of
Weston? ANSWER: By making it part of an
Energy Improvement District!
MOVING AHEAD!!! citizens'
call for "sports complex" heard by
gaining steam to build Booster Barn/home stands/press box (never
accomplished with the $80 million from the Nov. 15, 2001
Referendum). Keep your fingers crossed and hope for Booster Barn
by Sept. 30th of 2009! Nope. But there is always Sept. 2010!
Town Plan 2010 - 2020
includes: link to "Village
District" map proposed -
compare to our Central
Part of Town "hub"
REMEMBER CLUB WESTON?
What is the story on migration? In other places in America there
birth rates go down too, that is 1990 ("there are no more children")
all over again!
"About Town's" unofficial EXISTING
LAND USE MAP 2008 (still in progress);
own, unofficial historical Land Use
Maps here (1986
to 1999); our own Land Use analysis 1999.
doing regression analysis based on newer data -
be helpful in Town Plan update...measuring the effects of incremental
construction (NEMO leader above, at right, who spoke to P&Z this
COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH: include
10-year look into public finance and capital expenses as part of
Town Plan of Conservation and Development.
interviews with information sources.
Planning not done
locally across the pond. "Knock
definition of "brownfield" and
UK discussion of planning: http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_7190000/newsid_7197500/7197538.stm?bw=nb&mp=rm&asb=1&news=1&bbcws=1
SOURCES and ideas on related challenges for Weston: map above left
links to "land
use change" page...at right, a previous NEMO map of the
State by Census Tracts (1990). NOTE: top two-thirds of Weston in
the low development category--and much of that is the Nature
Conservancy and the Reservoir.
and topics from out there
"visual issues" ): how do do a Plan...
Wildlife in crisis...in Weston!
MAKE THE TOWN-SCHOOL SUPERBLOCK INTO AN ENERGY
"Responsible Growth" implementation, now the law,
apply in Weston? Perhaps
the new Town Plan can address this?
to date (what
has happened since Year 2000);
system for Weston coming (not before Town Plan is due for update,
tho'); can SWRPA help?
population projections from
UCONN: go to CT Data Center here: http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/; and
enrollment projections here: NESDEC10-15007.pdf
there between the State of
Connecticut Long-Range Transportation Plan and Weston's Town
Where do bicycles fit in...Energy
to the forefront?
New use for high school roof? GLOBAL
WARMING - National
Conversation came to Weston H.S. cafeteria Oct. 4 - click here for pix.
before the Supreme Court! How is Weston
affected by this
decision? And for Connecticut especially, "green
policy" wins the case!
Should the new Plan include any other ideas,
such as the ones in red Italic here?
pond...always a good place to check for new ideas.
Very much in the news, don't you think?
Scramble for water?
was that you said? I
couldn't hear you over the noise of low flying jumbo jets...FAA issue;
issues: New England Governors and Canadian Premiers Conference;report
#2 is about day 2 of that conference, re: region's
how does the U.S.A.plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
enablers: power supply, generation and delivery systems.
Island Sound: Liquified Natural Gas ("LNG")
are they in the U.S.A.?
Studios and the further redevelopment of South Eastern CT; base-closing
Groton...didn't happen...what is the Plan for Southeastern CT economy
outside "agencies" - for example, art
in Everett, WA;
Connecticut/NEMO; here you will
find maps for Weston (of
land cover and basins)
- COOL MAPS!C.L.E.A.R.
Tax Commission" - link
to CCM summary; download full report from there;
civil rights lawsuits reviving.
warming and the Kyoto Protocol? I-BBC article here.
TAKING ACTION ("so how do we
do anything about solving problems?")
reform panel website;
another part of CT.
RIBBON COMMISSION REPORT; local control of zoning...METROPATTERNS.
Housing History... news reports; Norwalk HOUR series HERE;
latest article; old article HERE; later
USE LEGAL DECISIONS...Legislature passes "Poirier" relief bill. Substitute
Senate Bill 448 history...signed by Governor June 1, 2004.
KNOW THE FACTS
Aerial photographs and U.S.G.S. maps;
maps from University of Connecticut;
Center for Population Studies at UCONN: http://popcenter.uconn.edu/
WEBPAGE: Census 2000 NewEstimate for
Census 2000 selected data for
the State of Connecticut.
SOME MORE FACTS
group ("neighborhood") maps from U.S.Census 2000...Profile
of selected economic characteristics, U.S. Census 2000 for Weston,
CT source on the Internet and the latest report of interest:
RELATE TO EVENTS AND TOPICS OUTSIDE ITS BORDERS?
Eminent domain: U.S.
Supreme Court Kelo v. City of
here for commentary; eminent
domain ruling in New London sets up CT Legislative debate in
- CT POST editorial; new
proposal in legislature never saw the light in '04. DAY
editorial on New London urban
asked to empower Zoning Boards re: site
plan powers - didn't pass 2005...
issue other than eminent domain:
tax breaks in court; a victory for farm preservation (Falls Village).
elsewhere in CT (importance of Board of Assessment Appeals);
does land preservation.
is a gift
of open space not forever? (Answer: when you don't
the tax rules closely?);
as a health issue?
found no link between
sprawl and a greater incidence of mental health problems. Regions
considered to have the worst suburban sprawl included Atlanta;
Bernardino, Calif.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; West Palm Beach, Fla.; and
Conn., the report said. Regions with the least amount of sprawl
New York City, San Francisco, Boston and Portland, Ore...
Property Tax and taxes
in general department:
Tax Study by Program Review
NJ PRESS RELEASE:
How New Jersey study PART THREE reads;
PART TWO by
here (issued during the recent election campaign for Governor of New
Jersey); please note that the victorious candidate, now Governor,
over the July 4th weekend, closed down the State of New Jersey in a
battle with the Legislature over increasing the sales tax to pay for his
anything from Missoula, Montana? From
info source, horses mouth variety: http://www.plannersweb.com/.
highways design thoughts...roundabouts
Whidbey Island (Oak Harbor)? How about visiting ANWR and learning to be a musher?
ideas from...across the pond.
In Weston's next Plan? Examples of greenbelt,
parking gargage...just below!
"LOOK LIKE..." (but these are across the pond): North
of the Merritt, roundabout in the news on the Greenwich-Stamford border
and the Stamford parking garage, perhaps?
Outreach by About Town:
we can learn from other
places (classic English ideas above)!
IN CONNECTICUT: looking east along Long
Island Sound and generally in an easterly direction:
Utopia - the
project, as it was; related
Norwalk Neighborhood Association (ENNA);
FROM THE COURTS... LATEST WORD
ON URBAN RENEWAL LAW! Photographic
essays from Brooklyn by
talented artist/urbanist. Latest: http://www.brooklynfootprints.com/home.html
I-BBC take on urbanization:
Architecture can make a difference:
Arvada, CO - a place we did long-distance
about street-closings for a mall (many years ago)
our newest e-place to visit!
a bit behind on this one...
Missoula, Montana a recent e-place for research (related to
WILD THINGS farm
CT sometimes might be mistaken for...Palo Alto, CA!
Seattle, plus tourism
and "visioning" on Whidbey Island; E-Land
space and preserving history important on Whidbey Island; compare
South Whidbey Schools to Weston's (U.S. Census 2000) - click here to
read about their school
Association (APA) in China - pre-earthquake:
communities of lasting value.
Weston Woods studios almost
predated zoning...1953 was when uniform 2 acre zoning began...
TOWN PLAN UPDATE: ZONING REGULATIONS CHANGES WORKSHOPS
2007 INTERESTS: ZONING REGULATIONS TOPIC OF WORKSESSION
AUGUST 14, 2007
PROPER NOTICE POSTED
Five members of the Planning and Zoning Commission attended the Special
PUBLIC HEARING ON SPECIAL NIGHT (COMING UP
EARLY IN SEPTEMBER 2007)
"About Town" and in the morning, the Weston FORUM P&Z reporter
attended the Special Worksession August 14, 2007. The full
Session ran from 10am to 2pm. The Zoning Enforcement Officer
attended, too, as did the Town Attorney. The Land
Use Coordinator attended the afternoon portion only. A
recording of this meeting was made.
Wording was agreed upon to send regulation changes to Public Hearing
shortly after Labor Day on the topics of coverage percentages for lots
of 2 acres or more. Discussion ranged during the morning from the
philosophy of zoning to a particular and detailed wording for
other aspects of the Zoning Regulations. Definitions and date for
Public Hearing on the particular sections is to be placed in the
newspaper Public Notices section two times prior (please remember that
this report is not official).
We believe there will be a separate evening for Public
Hearings sections of the Zoning Regulations being
considered for changes in early September (not at Regular Meeting).
Previously, as posted in the Town Clerk's Office:
"NOTICE: Planning and Zoning Commission Special Worksession,
August 14, 2007 (10am to 2pm) in the Commission Room at Town Hall" on
the board since August 9 - we just picked it up, and will attend.
"Discussion and decision of Zoning Regulation changes" is what the
notice says will take place.
18, 2004 at end of Regular Meeting): Loopholes.
a last step in "loopholes" revisions; discussion with P&Z SWRPA
regarding Council of Governments (COG) and how it relates to voluntary
regional planning as we know it now. The
symposium below is a
place to start understanding this issue.
August 31, 2004) IN COMMISSION ROOM:
Attorney present, a quorum of the Planning and Zoning Commission got
much of the Zoning Regulations in 3 hours (we left at 9pm) -- less than
dramatic proposals. It would appear that before the year is out
changes will come forth, but it is anyone's guess right now what they
be. There is no document of record to obtain--the "draft" is not
available for perusal because...there is no draft! As soon as we
find out that there is something official, we will post the proposals
"parking" other discussions (their choice of words) of more major
We will try to keep up with this thread--certainly Planning and Zoning
changes might make big difference in how the Town of Weston is able to
handle future municipal expansion projects.
FIRST WORKSHOP (6pm August
3, 2004) IN WESTON LIBRARY:
NOT MENTIONED IN SPECIAL MEETING ON CHANGES - BUT IDEA FOR THIS
IS APPARENTLY NOT FOR PEOPLE TO SUGGEST IDEAS - Do you suppose
79 will televise this event? P&Z kept "workshop" open because
they did not get finished the first night.
AS NEW IN THE "WORKING DOCUMENT" AS OF 8-3:
some of the ideas and sections proposed for change that we noticed in a
quick perusal...copies of Zoning Regulations and proposed additions and
deletions available for inspection in CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICE at Town
Permitted principal uses...delete "i" - farming, nursery gardening and
truck gardening subject to section 342, provided that any greenhouse
on such property shall be at least 100' from any property line
- 321.4b Minimum
lot dimensions (more wording describing frontage for "rear" lots--we
this is what this means)
- 321.4c A
shared driveway access to two lots which access shall be...now defined
in the Zoning Regulations in this new section "c." (Did this used to be
in the Selectmen's Driveway Ordinance?)
Minimum set back requirements (enlarged)
Maximum building coverage (reduced)
Lot dimensions--"contiguous" 2 acres added (anti-split-lot provision)
Playing courts set back...screening of mechanical, hvac
- Terraces now structures
- Flag lot - "A
lot with no frontage on any road except for a single driveway no wider
than 35 feet for a minimum distance of 25 feet (or driveway under
Conservation Commission (our Inland Wetlands Commission) take note!
Judge Upholds Old
Refusal of Housing Development
By Eileen McNamara
Published on 2/21/2008
Old Saybrook – A Middletown Superior Court judge has upheld the town’s
refusal to allow a large housing development on a swath of coastal
forest known as The Preserve.
In ruling she issued earlier this week Judge Julia L. Aurigemma
determined that the town’s Inland Wetlands Commission properly
determined that the 221-unit housing complex, which would have included
an 18-hold golf course, would negatively impact wetlands on and near
The decision is a major latest setback to plans by River Sound
Development for the nearly 1,000-acre site that lies mostly in Old
Saybrook but also straddles Westbrook and Essex.
Open Farmland To 1,500 Units?
By EDWARD J. JACOVINO | Courant Staff
August 13, 2007
FARMINGTON - The woman selling her family farm to a developer planning
a 1,500-unit housing complex for older people says she wanted to sell
to the town, but she turned elsewhere when it never pursued the chance
to buy last year.
Patti Krell, a 45-year-old hairdresser who said she needs money to pay
estate taxes owed since she inherited her mother's 100-acre farm in
2003, said the town's silence puzzled her. For years, she said, town
officials sent notes to the family that indicated they would consider
buying some of the property for open space if it went up for sale.
"It's something that I have to do, not necessarily what I want to do,"
Krell said of her tentative agreement to sell 80 acres to Erickson
Retirement Communities, a Baltimore-based developer.
Town Manager Kathy Eagen said she did not know Krell was eager to sell
because the town council was never asked to have the land appraised, a
sign of a possible sale. Eagen said the parcel was last appraised in
2001 at the request of Mary Krell, Patti's mother, who had otherwise
seemed unreceptive to the town's interest.
"My understanding to this day is that we'd still love to have that
land," Eagen said.
Bill Wadsworth, a council member who heads the town land acquisition
committee, said Saturday that the town still would be interested in
buying the property but can't get involved while Erickson has a
proposal before the planning and zoning commission.
That commission is considering a zoning amendment proposed by Erickson
to allow for buildings 55 feet tall and densities of 20 units an acre.
If the amendment is approved, Erickson says it will apply the new zone
to the Krell farm.
It's too soon to tell whether the planning and zoning commission will
accept or reject Erickson's proposal, Town Planner Jeff Ollendorf said
Until the Erickson deal goes through, Krell said she is open to other
The agreement with Erickson hangs on the plan and zoning commission's
decision, which Krell doesn't seem entirely confident will pass.
Neither party would release the details of their deal, including how
much the developer is willing to pay or at what point the land would
actually change hands.
"The town [residents] want Krell Farms to stay the way it is, but
they're not in my position. I want to keep it the way it is too, but
that's not something I can do," Krell said. "If I didn't need to do
this, I wouldn't be changing a thing right now."
Krell said she and her attorney met with Wadsworth in May 2006 to
explore a sale.
Krell wanted to have a small portion of the property rezoned for
residential use, Wadsworth said recently, recalling that meeting. Any
offer the town could make about a larger purchase of Krell property
would have to wait until after the subdivision matter was settled
because it would be a conflict for the town to be involved in both a
review of her subdivision application and a separate negotiation to buy
some of the farmland, he said.
In November 2006, Krell applied for the residential subdivision, but
the application stalled because of wetlands issues before the town's
conservation commission, Wadsworth said.
Krell withdrew the subdivision application in January 2007 and waited
for Wadsworth to return with an offer for a larger piece of the parcel.
"He told me that my property was No. 1 on the acquisition list," Krell
said. "They seemed quite excited about at least buying some of it, and
then we never heard from them."
Wadsworth said Saturday that the town could not go back to Krell about
its interest in her land soon after she had withdrawn the residential
subdivision application from the town's conservation commission.
"We're not going to go to them the next day," he said.
By the time the town was ready to reopen the discussion of land
acquisition with Krell, Erickson was in the picture, Wadsworth said.
Because of this, the town never sent a formal offer or did a new
appraisal to determine a fair price - which Krell said would have at
least forced her to make a decision.
The May 2006 meeting with Wadsworth wasn't the first time the town
showed interest in the land, nor should it be the last, Wadsworth said.
A copy of the town's land acquisition list shows that the Krell farm
has been on it since at least 2000.
Eagen said Mary Krell showed little desire to sell her land to the town
but said she didn't know that Patti Krell had expressed interest.
Wadsworth said both Krells had at least kept an open dialogue.
Arline Whitaker, the former council chairwoman and a member on the
acquisition committee, said the town has been interested in the parcel
for at least 20 years.
"The Krell farm has always been a topic of discussion," said Whitaker,
who is known for her tenacity on acquiring open space for the town. "We
tried very hard to put something together when the older Mrs. Krell was
Community 'Bigger Than Anything This Town's Seen'
By Jenna Cho
Published on 1/7/2007
North Stonington — Were 116A Wintechog Hill Road to be developed the
way Rick Contino sees it, the town's housing units would increase by
about half its current total of 3,000. Contino, a developer, had
a workshop session Thursday with the Planning and Zoning Commission,
where he discussed informal plans to subdivide the 162-acre property
into 1,620 mixed-use residential units. No application has been filed —
the workshop was one requested by Rick Contino/Ririto LLC for
informational purposes only.
“It's just an extraordinary project,” said Craig Grimord, zoning
enforcement officer. “Bigger than anything this town's seen before.”
Residential units would range from assisted living, condominiums and
apartments to single-family homes and clusters. Grimord noted
that the town's 3,000 or so housing units are spread out over 54 square
miles, while this particular project would be concentrated on 162 acres
of land situated between Lantern Hill Road and Route 2.
Grimord said Contino mentioned the possibility of including a small
retail component to the project because the development would yield a
self-contained community. If the developers follow through with
the project proposal, Grimord said they told the commission it could
take some 10 years to complete the project. Grimord said this was the
first proposal he has seen on that parcel of land in his five years as
the town's zoning officer, and the first of its size.
He said the developers would need to first apply for a zoning text
change to allow for the type of mixed residential units they are
seeking in that one location.
First Selectman Nicholas Mullane II said Friday that while the town has
encouraged cluster-type residential developments, preliminary plans for
the Wintechog Hill Road project show that the number of residential
units may be too dense for that plot of land. Mullane said he was
concerned that the high density of the suggested development might
strain the town's ability to service roads and emergencies there.
It may also raise issues of whether there is adequate water supply and
sewage package plant capacity to handle 1,620 new residences
concentrated in one area.
to invalidation of part of zoning law
BY MARCEL PRZYMUSINSKI
Staff Reporter, New Haven REGISTER
November 9, 2004
to a recent Connecticut
Appellate Court ruling that invalidated part of New Haven's zoning law,
city leaders are preparing to either formulate new legislation or
the court's decision.
Wednesday, the court ruled in
Campion v. Board of Aldermen that planned development districts,
zones used for large building projects, are illegal. The city's leaders
must now decide whether to modify New Haven's zoning legislation or
the ruling to the Connecticut Supreme Court.
result may affect Yale directly,
particularly since the University is seeking to zone the planned
structure for Ingalls Rink as a planned development unit, which is
to a PDD.
Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr.
said his administration's initial reaction is not to appeal the ruling,
though the possibility is still being considered. DeStefano also said
does not think the ruling will have a significant impact on what
are actually constructed in the city.
court ruling doesn't apply to
the merits of the project itself," DeStefano said. "It applies to the
by which we zone them. That distinction is important."
1 Alderman Ben Healey '04, who
is chairman of the Board of Aldermen's Legislation Committee -- the
that will have to approve any proposed changes to the city's zoning
-- said he believes the administration and the board should cooperate
to formulate new legislation.
would recommend we get together
and write the new law rather than use up valuable time and money in
I think will be probably a losing case," Healey said. "The main thing
makes me nervous is trying to figure out what happens in the interim,
while the court case is being appealed or while the new law is being
I think if we don't have a law we're operating in a vacuum."
uncertainty about ongoing and
upcoming projects may affect Yale's parking garage project, though the
structure actually may not require special zoning.
claim has been made that [the
parking structure] didn't actually require a PDU, in which case even if
the current PDU plan falls apart under the court ruling, there's an
to move it under regular rules of the zoning code," Healey said.
and PDUs are used to provide
some flexibility with zoning regulations for construction developments
with special requirements.
the decision, the court offered
a potential solution by affirming the legality of floating zones, an
to PDDs that imposes more stringent limitations on builders. In
zones, only specific, legislatively preapproved uses are permitted.
Smuts '01, the mayor's deputy
chief of staff, said he thought the court's suggestion of floating
demonstrated an understanding of the need for some flexibility in city
the decision stands, I think
that the use of floating zones would give us the flexibility that is
said he thinks there are some
advantages to implementing a floating zone policy.
main complaint about the PDD
is that there's a vagueness about where and how it could be applied,"
said. "A floating zone would provide some more standardized guidelines."
NEMO guy John Rozum at left - "About
Town" maps of land use at right.
Jan. 24, 2005 event:
No "Snow Job"!!! The real deal!
Planning & Zoning hears from
NEMO re: keeping Weston's water pure and accomodating the growth and
time brings--without extra runoff or erosion...Weston regs will change
(our guess) to respond to this information. Below is the FORUM's
read on the meeting!
Click here for rest
of this long story!
REGIONAL PLANNING ORGANIZATIONS:
Better Use of a Hidden Asset
A half-day symposium for Municipal, Regional and
State Government stakeholders on issues related to enhancing the roles
and functions of Connecticut's Regional Planning Organizations.
16, 2004, 8:00-12:45
North Haven, CT
Exit 12 - off I-91
by the CT Advisory Commission
on Intergovernmental Relations:
WESTON'S AFFORDABLE HOUSING CHALLENGE
Ridge" is located in the upper left of the map to the right;
above left is a blow-up of the site of this Affordable Housing
(note the Town line running through this property--Wilton is to the
ROBINSON & COLE gives P&Z seminar on newest version of
Housing Appeals process (effective October 1, 2000)...TOWN OF WESTON
BY TOWN OF WESTON:
Special Town Meeting, January 9, 2003: Town
voters approved this action. Fromson-Strassler gets a "yes"
from both P&Z and Board of Finance (Special Town Meeting January 9,
2003); P&Z says "yes" to both but Board of Finance says "no"
to part of former Maurice Moore estate--then reverses itself and says
after Town staff does more research and legal wording is changed by
seller...and Town Meeting agreed after discussion of both - standing
needed for Fromson-Strassler (not close when the votes were
voice vote all that was needed for Moore OK!
December 18, 2000:
parcel, owned by former Democratic First Selectman and Selectman, to be
Weston's first Affordable Housing challenge...preliminary submission,
12-18-00, by attorney for Mr. Fromson and Mr. Strassler showed:
the five units of affordable housing, three (3) would be for those with
of median state-wide income, and two (2) would be at 60% of the
state-wide median income. Total number of units of all
Previous appearances for this property (once as a farm, another as a
of Belknap and Fromson-Strassler, etc.) in Town had Conservation
8 units non-cluster approach. If we heard them correctly,
of the developers Fromson and Strassler pretty clearly stated that the
rest of the land in Weston would by given to Aspetuck Land Trust and
Nature Conservancy--but maybe we did not hear it exactly right!
in the Public Hearing (Dec. 18), a property owner with access to the
wood road" represented that he and several others would claim use of
perhaps, making even more properties need the 3200' long deadend
for Upper Parish Drive (extension). To be continued January
to meeting notes.
just in time to beat the deadline for stricter regulation is the
Ridge" self-styled "Open Space-Conservation Development." On
1, 2000 the latest redraft of State of Connecticut Affordable Housing
revisions goes into effect. Please click here for review of the Affordable
Housing Appeals legislation. A Former First Selectman
a former member of the Board of Selectman of the Town of Weston are
to bring to the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday, September 11 for
receipt, the very first subdivision application that calls itself
housing." Whether this application is truly "affordable housing"
in the full sense of the definition is a matter to be considerd by the
Weston Planning and Zoning Commission."
It is a very
creative way around the environmental difficulties plaguing that site
wet, extremely rocky and barely accessible) that encompasses
129 acres in the towns of Weston (83 acres) and Wilton (46
All development shown is planned in Weston, with access shown only from
Weston. In an extremely confusing table in the application it
that the Weston-only access will have to take any other future traffic
generated from Wilton lots if and when these are developed (if a grand
scheme to preserve the land in both Towns is not effected). Or is
there more to all this than we know?
CLEARLY...What is the definition of a "Cluster Subdivision" - see "Illustrated Book of
Development Definitions" below. Or, check out a bill
that did not pass in 2008...HB5641.
also "C.L.E.A.R." at UConn, NEMO
Co-founders in CT: Above left is Chet Arnold (when he
spoke to the League of Women Voters of Weston in the early
1990's); at right is a
of Jim Gibbons, noted Connecticut Planner and staff at the University
Connecticut, who has been making the rounds of local Planning and
Commissions describing how Conservation Zoning (a close relative of
zoning") can help maintain groundwater supply. Mr. Gibbons works
Source Education for Municipal Officials").
Illustrated Book of Development Definitions" by Harvey Moskowitz
Carl Lindbloom (Center for Urban Policy Research), Rutgers
1981, "cluster subdivisions" are defined on page 52 in the above noted
book as (and we quote):
of development for single family residential subdivisions that permits
a reduction in lot area and bulk requirements, provided there is no
in the number of lots permitted under a conventional subdivision and
resultant land area is devoted to open space."
from the authors of the above noted book:
subdivision is an excellent planning concept that has been used
in many communities. Using this concept the number of lots
remains the same as in a conventional development but the community
in the retention of open space and reduced maintenance costs by having
shorter streets and utility lines. The developer also gains in
development costs, which may result in less costly housing. Many
communities require the developer to submit two (2) sketch plans before
approving a cluster subdivision; a conventional subdivision plat
to establish the number of developable lots possible and a cluster
plat to determine the appropriateness of cluster design for the site."