Workshop planned for resident input

By Joan Hunt - ReminderNews Managing Editor
Windsor - posted Mon., Nov. 21, 2011
The plan of development calls for appropriate development in appropriate locations. Map courtesy of the ‘Development Strategy Booklet’ on the Planning and Zoning Commission website. - Contributed Photo

What is your vision of Windsor in the year 2015 – and beyond that? How would you like to see your town grow, and how would you like to see its neighborhoods and its business sections develop? On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., all residents are invited to a public workshop of the Windsor Planning and Zoning Commission, where your opinions are not only allowed, they will be welcomed.

The workshop is the second to be held on the subject of business and community development issues, the first having taken place in May of this year. Assistant Town Planner Lauren Good said the Commission gave a presentation at the May meeting based on demographics, with an overview of major residential and commercial developments that have occurred since 2004.

“We are losing our 25- to 35-year-olds, which is a trend in Connecticut, in general,” said Good. The group that gathered in May discussed the need to change things to fit the demographics or to provide a different sort of housing type to attract a younger population. “Windsor hasn’t built any new apartments in 30 years, and the younger generation is looking for that,” Good said.

Moving its way through the P & Z permitting process is a proposed 130-unit apartment project for property on Mechanic Street, Good said, and they are looking at January as the timeframe for bringing in the conceptual plan.

At the May workshop, the Commission showed a Powerpoint presentation highlighting different areas of Windsor. These included single-family neighborhoods with the suburban cul de sac appearance and those of denser development; the commercial buildings that are set back from the road, surrounded with a parking lot and the on-the-street type of business, perhaps with outdoor dining involved, and cars parked behind the building.

“We did a visual preference survey,” said Good. “People voted individually, and we tallied the votes and came up with what they thought were most appropriate.”

The results were published in a booklet called “Development Issues,” which is available at the P & Z website and also at the Windsor Public Library. Grab a copy, and attend the Nov. 29 workshop.

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