PAGE ONE:PUBLIC MEETINGS ATTENDED BY "ABOUT TOWN":
BOARD OF SELECTMEN meeting notices and reports by "About Town" - link to unofficial BUDGET PROCESS
PUBLIC MEETING NOTES - other Board and/or Commission meetings observed by "About Town"...by reverse chronology by Board.
- BUT WAIT...ANOTHER CHARTER REVISION COMMISSION...FAILS TO MEET DEADLINE FOR VOTER APPROVAL ELECTION 2013...
- CHARTER REVISION REVIVED IN 2011-2012 AND TOTALLY NEW-LOOK CHARTER ADOPTED NOV. 6, 2012
- Insurance Advisory Committee continues to meet regularly.
- Link directly here to Building Committee/School Building Committee; Design Workshops were included in regular meetings when needed - details inspected as construction moves ahead:
- NATURE CENTER ON THE SHELF FOR NOW; ATBM cut FY07 funding - new Committee at work; OK'd for wetlands crossings by Conservation - withdrawn from P&Z. COMING SOON - SMALLER AND SIMPLER IDEA. Previously: Town Meeting said "yes" to funding this project (even as another item at Special Town Meeting went down in proverbial flames); all about this AD HOC Committee--charge, minutes and photographs. Funding for making building plans, etc. proposed for several years from now, as far as Weston's 50% of costs of constructing center are concerned (based on MASTER PLAN).
- Heady House Committee.
NO LONGER IN EXISTENCE:
- Charter Revision Commission 2011-2012 - new Charter adopted (see above).
- Charter Revision Commission (done); the Charter of the Town of Weston, CT (after revisions approved November 2003);
- Select Committee on Budget Review submits report, finishes task (Feb. 21, 2002);
- Select Committee septic saga, established to deal with effluent from school project--construction of tertiary treatment plant underway - consultant still checking to see that nothing of stormwater-roof run-off was tied into the septic service lines;
- The Select Team unofficial site, as the LWV of Weston Observer reported (Team now defunct); WestonSelect" (official site) NOTE: The Select Team, on a 6-1 vote, tendered an opinion to the Board of Selectmen that no more study is necessary, and that the Town should move ahead with construction...WEBsite defunct.
- Newest (now not so new) water study information requested by P&Z during 8-24 process last (O,R&L) planning phase...second well and new circulation system around campus required for upgrades to old schools.
WOODLANDS COALITION LINK:
Decision on Docket 272...towns to our east protest lack of "total undergrounding" to no avail...DOCKET #217 CT Siting Council finishes with, accepting principle of "underground" path. Norwalk challenges in court and loses. A place where future leaders of the community learned the importance of getting involved in government!
Connecticut State Data Center at UCONN
FINAL REPORT PUBLISHED: link here - http://ctsdc.uconn.edu/Projections-Towns/groups_5CTs.html
Demographics is an important part of planning. "The Two Connecticuts" (report before FINAL link above) become "The Five Connecticuts" - either way, Weston is "wealthy" and among the "Westport-like" towns named at the high end of the spectrum of poor-to-rich.
For more: http://popcenter.uconn.edu/
TOWN ASSESSOR LINK ON WESTON HOMEPAGE: http://qpublic9.qpublic.net/ga_search_dw.php?county=ct_weston
ASSESSMENTS ONLINE: http://gis.vgsi.com/WestonCT/Search.aspx
Most recent reassessments on-line (and technical reassessment coming).Most recent sales data here; a trove of links here; 2005 and 2006 sales data: http://www.weston-ct.com/Assessor%20Sales%20Data.htm
TOWN CLERK DATA ON LINE: http://www.weston-ct.com/resolution/
PHOTOGRAPHS FOR TOWN PLANNING PURPOSES:Depending on who's counting, fully 25% of Weston is permanent open space...preserving open space was one of the major implementation goals of the 1987 TOWN PLAN. Without actually buying the land--only purchasing development rights--Weston has secured conservation easements for 2000 acres, thus implementing the PLAN. The "New Town Plan 2000" strengthens this element. Bus garage location always a question of "is it better to have the bus garage in Town, or is it better to incur the cost of shipping malfunctioning vehicles elsewhere ($$)..."
Check out latest changes at Weston Center.
Past is prologue: the history of the Weston, Connecticut (published by the link preceding) community is a good thing to know...all planning begins with understanding where a town or region has been, and where it strives to go in the future.
Weston is a small part of the Southwestern Region...but change is coming by January 2015 if not sooner, as COG is now recognized as the only regional planning format and the number of regional planning organizations is lowered through mergers under the OPM intention to have perhaps 8 or fewer regional bodies left standing by then...
BIG TIME DEVELOPMENT IN STAMFORD AND A CHALLENGE TO THE SKIES (http://www.sensibleairspace.org)
Stamford is rising..again! And redo of the South End is proposed, too. "The Gold Coast" of Connecticut is Weston's neighborhood, as shown at left; eight towns make up the South Western Region:
Greenwich, Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, Westport, Wilton and Weston. Check out Weston's "greenbelt." In the center, is the 1990 LANDSAT image of CT showing imperviousness estimates. Cleck HERE for blow-up! And on the right...
CT Plan of C&D 2013-2018 suject of "About Town" double interview; up for approval in the 2013 Session; CT Plan of Conservation and Development (2004-2009) approved in 2005 Long Session along with "Implementer" bill. Check out our easy-to-read summary of the new Plan of C&D.
What's doing in Westchester? Westchester County government site: http://www.co.westchester.ny.us/
VIEWS FROM OUR WESTON TOWN PLAN PROJECT:
LINK TO FULL SERIES OF E-TOWN PLAN PHOTOGRAPHS: series of photographs located above show AREAS OF CHANGE
since the Town Plan 1987 appeared. Check the rest of this link out!
- At the left, the Lachat Farm on Godfrey West now reconsidered for its role as a Conservation Education Center;
- New since the last Town Plan...the Community Room at Weston Library...
- Administrative Offices of the Board of Education and...
- Hurlbutt "Core" Building including library and media center.
- Purchased was the Jarvis Military Academy buildings and land at the intersection of Norfield and Weston Roads and...
- "Opportunity area" better known as the former landfill. Special Town Meeting approved construction of second tower here (in an area of berock close to surface).
Photo essay on sights in central part of town...
Link to FLETCHER-THOMPSON graphic sent to all residents prior to Nov. 15--overall Town-School Plan that the voters said "YES, YES, YES" to at Referendum (Nov. 15, 2001). Planning and Zoning Commission gave it unanimous 8-24 OK (with condidions).
LINK TO CT STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (1998-2003) ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (click below):
GOVERNOR & LT. GOVERNOR: Hon. Dannel Malloy at right above, with Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, who presides over the Senate and gets to say "Let's try your minds...";
President Pro-Tempore of the Senate Don Williams (l), who is not run for re-election in 2014; Majority Leader of the Senate Martin Looney.
Minority Leader of the Senate John McKinney, who is hoping to run for Governor, and appears not to be running for reelection;
Speaker of the House, Brendon Sharkey; Majority Leader of the House, Joe Aresimowicz; Former Speaker Chris Donovan retired.
Minority Leader of the House Larry Cafero, who is not running for reelection.
Revived arts interest statewide (CT Commission on Culture & Tourism)? May be on hold in 2011. For "About Town" monitoring of what goes on at C.G.A., click here...
We leave this chronology up for reference...
Reverse Chronology 2002-2004:
- Second act of Governor Rell: demand resignations from all Commissioners by August 1, 2004.
- First act of Governor Rell: appoints "Ethics Czar" (first witness for CT Inquiry Panel - Rachel Rubin, Esq.);
- Changes at the top...after July 1, 2004, it will be Governor Jodi Rell of Brookfield, Lt. Governor Kevin Sullivan of West Hartford; many Commissioners and other political appointees in important jobs subject to "house cleaning?"
- Select Committee of Inquiry established Jan. 26, 2004 - Impeachment of Governor Rowland over "cottage-gate" etc. a distinct possibility, if the Federal investigation into corruption in his administration doesn't make anything else moot...BUT, Governor Rowland resigned on June 21st, after CT Supreme Court ruled he had to testify before Impeachment Panel ("Select Committee of Inquiry"); Former Governor Rowland now out of jail.
- State of CT Union demonstration at Capitol (from budget crunch issue proposals for renegotiating benefits)...favor "millionaire's tax" instead?
- Special Session Wednesday December 18, 2002 ("lame duck")--only about budget issues..."dead duck" (as in NOBODY WINS) session summer of 2003!
- "Las Vegas Night" legislation makes it through! As one of Weston's State Senators (John McKinney (R-28) remarked in the Norwalk HOUR: "...Let's be honest, in Connecticut federal recognition is all about casinos." Last session Rep. Jefferson Davis (D-Pomfret) introduced such legislation...but it dies in Committee twice, Davis trying from the floor of the House and again being rebuffed, remarked (at the same press conferrence) "Better late than never, but I welcome them all...I just could have used their support last session."
- All KELDA land had been saved in 2001...an unbelievable success for grassroots Coalition--2001 Long Session brought victory! After September 11 attack on World Trade Center, CT budget surplus disappears, and Special Session held in November kicks the remaining funding of purchase into bonding...but there was a happy ending and the land is forever ours again.
- Affordable Housing Appeals Law Amended in 2002 "Short Session." (Deed restrictions on apartments now count as ways to gain affordable units...also moratorium period extended from 3 to 4 years if community is drafting ordinance, we think.)
- Affordable Housing Appeals review by Office of Legislative Research super staff person (prior to the above noted change)!
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