H A N G E O
U T S I D E W E S T O N . . .
What has changed
the June 2000 Plan of Conservation and Development? Since the Town Plan 2010?
as the economy in Connecticut
Weston be affected? And cost of gasoline and heating oil is an
influence. How about the global downturn? Newtown?
must respond to State Plan of C&D requirement that every town
address this matter;
threats: drought cycle (last in 2002) - how about
flooding, too - emergency
services response - examples of regional problems
to the fore.
and maintenance must continue even as the town is under economic stress.
C H A N G
E I N S I D
E W E S T O N . . .
Weston planning activity, what has
since the June 2010 Plan of Conservation and Development?
Lachat Autumn 2009
is conducted alongside "Global Facilities" Committee on an irregular but more frequent basis than on a ten-year cycle;
and fields projects are completed; those projects left off
the Referendum being accomplished as needed by new staff. Impact
of post Newtown security felt.
development: vacant tracts almost all developed or
2015 brings this report: http://www.aboutweston.com/CraftingaStrategicPlanForWeston%27sFuturePhaseI050715.pdf
first get the idea that
environmental planning was a wise thing to do? This history no longer online. But a later study is, here.
Watercolor (detail) by Margaret Wirtenberg
The School Road campus was developed since the last Town Plan
GOALS OF THE 2010-2020 Plan : as suggested by "About
Town" (written in the "About Town" column July 17, 2008)...
residential community, should renew its compact with nature and
dedicate itself to supporting the natural water cycle;
infrastrucure and its maintenance to minimize run-off waste and
and efficiency of limited
natural resources in a time of climate change: make the centralized school-town
complex energy self
Minimize the human
foot-print; reuse land, buildings and resources; recycle.
NEW GOAL - inspired by P&Z: Make choices and set priorities for use of limited
Pooling municipal health
benefits is a
Alan J. Desmarais, CT MIRROR
May 27, 2010
A new bill passed by the General Assembly and now before Gov. M. Jodi
Rell for signature could offer fiscal relief as municipalities all over
Connecticut stare down a current budget crisis that will become even
more daunting in fiscal year 2011- 2012 and beyond. House Bill 5424
allows towns and boards of education a no-strings-attached option to
pool their healthcare benefits-and thereby better control soaring
benefit costs. This bill confirms that the previous legislative action,
which allowed municipalities to "jointly perform any function that each
municipality may perform separately," specifically applies to the
financing of employee healthcare benefits. Many towns now understand
that this law opens up a necessary cost-control opportunity, and none
This is not the first time such pooling arrangements have been
green-lighted in New England. The Governmental Health Group of Rhode
Island was created to 2005 and now includes cities, towns and school
districts that have joined together on a voluntary basis. Among the
keys to the success of the Rhode Island program-which are also
essential to this latest effort in Connecticut-are that member groups
define the pool's concepts, organizational structure, and financial
Please search the CT MIRROR archives for the remainder of this story.
REGIONAL, TOWN AND
NEIGHBORHOOD/SUB-NEIGHBORHOOD MAPS NO LONGER ONLINE
concept for our version of this new Plan of C&D: Neighborhood
Sub-Plans - a concept who's time has come?
Chapters of the Plan: go to each chapter or
just scroll down!
CHAPTER needed: Public safety comes to the fore. Also here.
management and public safety priorities to the fore... watch Police
Chief interview here from 2008, prior to Newtown:
space and Recreation objectives.
RESOURCES: PROTECT THEM. There is an urgency to protect the natural water
cycle while also making use of other natural
processes and energy
Weston is fortunate
21st century, to have natural resources to enjoy and maintain. We
live with the necessity of maintaining the natural
water cycle as
Weston is a
community devoid of sewers and with public water supply only to the
Schools and Town buildings located in the central
area plus @28 homes
off Godfrey Road; a few
streets are served from the end of Westport's waterlines. Looking
on the bright side, the sun is
natural resource available where the trees don't get in the way!
Over the years suggestions have
been made regarding environmental
zoning; Aquifer protection is something the whole community
must care about.
The recent introduction of special
language for an overlay zone around the Aquarion well fields in the
south of town, based upon Connecticut mapping,
is something new for
us. Weston followed suggested DEP language in
developing this area.
Following upon the Dominski-Oakrock Study (Weston Environmental
Resources Manual, 1976) was the Weston
Water Resources Guide (1993),
while the water testing program was beginning, discovered PCE
and TCE down gradient from both the Town bus garage and the private
shopping center, reporting these finding to both the Westport-Weston
Health District and the CTDEP. Corrective measures were taken to
clear the water supply, and a
regime of groundwater monitoring was put
We note that Stamford is
currently starting a well testing program in the northern part of their
Weston has taken the lead on
this effort, as it has on the Air Space redesign issue. It is in
our interest to see that water supply stays pure and abundant;
is no longer as peaceful and quiet as it used to be - anywhere, in
fact. But one new threat to the long term
preservation of the Weston life style is
REPAIR PROGRAM TO AVOID NEED FOR BONDING
NEW Town of Weston culvert policy;
CT DOT ADT data for Weston @2005
no longer online.
Town" interview with Weston's DPW Director on the subject of Weston's
roads. Watch it now and find out how public works plans ahead!
MAINTENANCE (Kaestle-Boos Report no loner online here) IS VITAL TO ASSURE FULL LIFETIME
FOR CAPITAL INVESTMENT (some noted below).
NEW CONCEPT EMERGES. Post - Newtown, security takes front and center.
Each year the Board
puts the Board of Education through its paces. This year is an
imposing financial challenge to governments and
What can be expected from the School
Budget this year? From FY 2011-2012...how have things changed since this interview? 2015 birth rate news here.
For Fiscal 2011, "About Town"
Superintendent of Schools Jerome
Belair and Director of Finance and
Operations Dr. Jo-Ann Keating:
Here If You Are Using A Dial-Up Modem
Here If You Are Using A DSL Or Cable Connection
From the excellent Board of Education website, a link to their
recommended budget, FY2009-2010: http://www.westonk12-ct.org/
FY2008-2009 was an example of what is done in a more
situation. Here is a link
to part of that
presentation, especially the section
that relates to enrollment
The Weston Budget, although dominated by school
expenses operating and capital, has another side--the "Town
side." Read of the budget of the
Board of Selectmen
Additionally, through its appointed Building Committee and that body's
subcommittee on Alternative Energy, plans are just beginning to emerge
what for Weston is a new concept -
establishing, perhaps, an Energy Improvement District in the superblock
of Town/School activities in the
Central Part of Town! Other
and disciplines keep innovating, whether Social Services or Parks and
Centralized school system includes its own central
building and a tertiary treatment plant. Watch
Town" interview with new
Superintendent of Schools Jerome Belair
for up to date report of status of the educational system in
CONCEPT ACCEPTED FOR NEW TOWN PLAN, WE THINK: THE SUPERBLOCK
The School Road superblock should combine with Town
Hall/Library/Main Fire House
facilities for effective energy improvement (note:
headquarters building below included). Middle School
needs a new
we wonder about a solar panel option there...
Please link to the Town
of Weston for the draft Plan of Conservation and Development 2010 - this concept appears to be in the
At LWV of Weston info meeting, P&Z
Chair., Vice-Chair. and member in charge of rewrite of Plan
report; cluster development considered.
DEVELOPMENT: Town undergoes reassessment every five years...research when Weston lost its open space here.
OFFICIALLY COMPLETE (ALL APPEALS GO TO B.A.A.)
UNIFORM TWO-ACRE RESIDENTIAL ZONING
"About Town" unofficial map of
non-conforming lots above, exclusive to this
- RESIDENTIAL ZONING REGULATIONS 321.7: 15%
- RESIDENTIAL ZONIING REGULATIONS 311.4: Parts of lot not counted to minimum area requirement-1.6 acres of dry land required.
- SECTION 322: NEIGHBORHOOD SHOPPING CENTER DISTRICT.
residential zone to protect natural water cycle.
DOES NOT SEEK THE
LIMELIGHT. NOR THE DISRUPTION CONSTRUCTION FOR MAJOR
INFRASTRUCTURE SUPPORT FOR COMMERCE WOULD REQUIRE. NEIGHBORHOOD SHOPPING CENTER DISTRICT IN THE ZONING REGULATION, TOO.
The Lunch Box doubles, the
pharmacy is reborn at reduced size, the bank is working as a small town
again. Without infrastructure, any more,
larger scale development
of a non-residential nature will not prove feasible, and as Georgetown
is on the
cusp of a rebirth at Gilbert & Bennett,
which is planning, we
believe, for a railroad station at their site, the words of the
last Plan are well taken: "So Weston finds itself somewhat
from the greater density and bustling activity of neighboring
towns in the region...Concern for development to the north, in
particular, is paramount.
What happens in Georgetown--at the
assisted living facility under construction at Gilbert Hill or with the
Gilbert and Bennett site--will have a
considerable impact on Weston"
Weston Center through
CLUB WESTON: It began when a member of the Board of
Education, during the Memorial Day Parade in 1994 asked if Weston could
ever "close School Road" as NYC has done for closing Central Park to
cars on weekends...we undertook an experiment, trying to get something
specific accomplished - just to see how many steps and official actions
it took to make closing School Road on Sundays in August a reality that
summer...first OK was an informal discussion with the First Selectman -
he said "sure" as long as it didn't cost anything (have impact on the
Next we sought official approval from the Board of Education (lots of
"can't do" this or that); Parks & Rec (keep access to tennis
courts open), Police Chief (couldn't assign officer to help with
cones/"horses" because emergency came first; Town Administrator to get
van to transport cones/"horses" them. Finally, when the idea
finally landed on the table of the Board of Selectmen, they couldn't do
anything except decide where to place the cones! The only
problem? About Weston had to spend Sundays in August 1994 setting
up "Club Weston" herself!
IDEA MAKES IT INTO
DRAFT!!! At LWV of Weston info
meeting, P&Z Chair., Vice-Chair. and member in charge of rewrite of
Plan report; school superblock and specifically street-closing on
Sundays in the summer is a big policy for community-building
OPEN SPACE AND
RECREATION: KEEP MAJOR PUBLIC
RECREATION FACILITIES TIED TO THE CENTRAL PART OF TOWN
Public and private spaces and
link together and work to create an even greater protection for the
environment and natural creatures who
live with us. Above,
Bisceglie Park (left) and right, Trout Brook Valley.
tropical storm in
August 2011? Rebirth of Club Weston as "Bike-Ped Day" cancelled.
It was a new year, 2012, and a hopeful crew manned the barricades!
Sunday, September 9, 2012 was super!!! Early on,
was the view at Lord's H'way end of School Road.
Weston Big Bike/Pedi Event is Sunday
By Kimberly Donnelly on September 8, 2012
School Road will be closed to all motorized traffic on Sunday, Sept. 9,
from noon to 5 for the Big Bike/Pedi Event, sponsored by the Weston
Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee. The event will take place rain or
The road will be open to all for vehicle-free biking, scooter-riding,
walking, and jogging. Due to a school policy, however, no skateboarding
The Weston Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee was formed to promote safe
bicycle and pedestrian facilities and activities in town, and to
educate the public about proper safety techniques and to encourage
residents to walk and bicycle.
..see FORUM archives for story in full.
LWV of Weston info
Chair., Vice-Chair. and member in charge of rewrite of Plan
report; implementation to be an ongoing, if voluntary,
responsibility (taken more seriously).
OF THE 2020
PLAN: Always look out for change in Hartford...
- PRIORITIES: "Face of
- Implementation Programs and
Actions...numero uno is groundwater protection policies: How to
do it, from D.E.P here.
- Another way to implement a Plan is
to watch for small actions of the C.G.A. - sometimes these eventually
pass! Not this
one, that we know of, however:
WESTERN CONNECTICUT COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
Then there is
Regional Cooperation...now in 2015 mandated "cooperation" - an oxymoron?
Pictured above at
Norwalk City Hall: This had to be the most lively SWR Legislative
Breakfast yet - Congressman Himes (r) called it "a partisan food
fight" and it was for new Darien Legislative Rep to put things in
2011 not to be
videotaped by About Weston.
2 0 1 0 R E G I
O N A
L L E G I S L A T I V E B R E A K F A S
South Western Regional Planning
Organization meet with Legislators at the "Community Room," Norwalk
City Hall, January
Pictured above at
Norwalk City Hall: Senator McKinney, First Selectman (Wilton)
Brennan, Senator Boucher, Chair. of the MPO, First Selectman Woody Bliss
REGIONAL COOPERATION 2009: Remember
this fracas? The issue is back...
Another is to take a regional view of shared problems: please
note that First Selectman Bill Brennan of Wilton pointed out areas
where SWRPA towns
cooperate voluntarily! Watch the 2009 SWRPA-MPO
Legislative Breakfast here:
MAPPING AND RESEARCH REPORTS NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE: SKETCH PLAN HERE.
Through the reassessment project, the
best maps of Weston with lot lines will be available, eventually.
Will aerial photography done by SWRPA, now WCCOG, ever become available
for public use? If no answer, why not? In the meanwhile, Where
the drafting tools...and Prismacolor pencils.
WANT TO DO A PLAN?
Some tools of the trade. As someone once said to me, "you gotta
have a map"...and
one that gives you a big picture.
On your mark, get
set, search and
WEBSITE'S original maps of neighborhoods in Weston - no longer available online.
does the U.S.
CENSUS tell us? About people? About housing?
WE THINK FROM THE OLD TOWN PLAN HAS
BEEN ACHIEVED: "About Town" is of the opinion
that Weston is doing very well at
implementing its Plan.
Committees formal and informal are at work on Global Warming, Saugatuck
River Valley Initiative, Weston Parks Project,
others. The School expansion project is winding down successfully
and the Shopping Center
has submitted a map and plan for its activities. No longer online here.
the Weston Plan of Conservation and Development 2000 (PDF unofficial version here)
was approved (June 30, 2000), newer
Plans in other towns must
say more than Weston's does about the
affordable housing issue. The Weston P&Z, when commenting on
Regional Plan, expressed interest in creative solutions SWRPA
might come up with on the subject of affordable housing.
found the Town Plan 2010 "not inconsistent with its Plan"
THE NEW PLAN MUST BE "NOT INCONSISTENT WITH" SWRPA's
(and SWRPA's had to be found "not inconsistent with"
the CT Plan--which
it was found to be, as were the addenda for open space and recreation
maps, transportation long-range
plan and the Housing
Study of housing opportunities within the region).
LAND USE PLANNING 101: BASE MAP AND OUR MAP OF
EXISTING LAND USE 2008 (no longer online but remains in our files).
survey" (in the 21st century, via aerial perspective) requires a
functioning road system (and
bridges across the
What land use color do planners use for
each (our example of a legend for a Weston land use map)?
An "existing land use map" is two-dimension; it
depicts land use category for the acreage but not the structures.
to do a
"windshield survey" of existing land use. Can you place the
features listed below on
the Assessor's Maps?
Mill Inn (by the waterfall).
Note: parking and
loading requirements not discussed. But that is an interesting
topic to explore: 2001 standards report - how
have these changed over time? Try A.P.A. website: https://www.planning.org/
Weston has a centralized school
system with all buildings on one campus (detail);
Weston Shopping Center.
RESOURCES 21st CENTURY STYLE: E-STUDIES
Kaestle Boos Report summary no longer available here online.
Land Use law - article
about large subdivisions being treated differently from smaller ones
Zoning/Environmental Chronology; list of Town Officials
articles from the Net...other than
Urban design and historic
preservation in the new Weston Plan? This information no longer available online here.
Handy map of
U.S. Census Block
Groups 2000, and courtesy of the South Western Regional Planning
Agency, some data for Weston.
map of Weston
Historic Districts. No longer available here- see the Town Plan 1987 for this information.
Department of Labor:
TAXATION - how
government activity elsewhere and in Weston is
financed. : link to State Tax Panel reports: .
of NEMO") is Weston
map showing changes in land cover between 1985 and 2002, tables.
The CT State Plan: http://www.opm.state.ct.us/igp/cdplan/cdplan2.htm
Planning is not a static activity...some of our ideas that didn't make
the P&Z's official 2010 Town Plan are coming into view in
F R O M T H
E A B O U
T T O W N C O L U M N . . .
Making Order Out Of Chaos - April 20,
Weston has always been a very neat and orderly
Zoning makes order out of what could become chaotic construction, as
Plans are "built out" and the future becomes the present before our
very eyes. We are a society of laws, and the Zoning
Regulations--not to mention the Inland Wetland laws and the Building
Code and more general societal norms--are what keep us civilized.
In the case of the Town of Weston, the map of all our dreams is the
Town Plan of Conservation and Development. A short series of
regional workshops this Spring on the subject "Linking Land Use to
Water Quality" is being made available by the University of
Interested in land use? Norwalk City Hall (125 East Avenue,
Community Room #128) on May 2 and 24, from 7:30pm to 9pm both evenings,
is the place to be! Through the University of Connecticut's NEMO
("non-point education for municipal officials") instructors, protecting
against water quality degradation will be front and center. NEMO is
against land use "sprawl," and that topic will no doubt be
raised. Showing how other areas have used watersheds as the
framework for planning is part of NEMO's mandate. You can find
out more about just who "NEMO" is by visiting this column's
Action on Village District Bill
Remember the "Municipal Village District" idea discussed by
"About Town" here a few weeks ago? "Village Districts" revisions
are still alive in the Legislature! The village district proposal
this session is more applicable to Weston's needs than last year's
version, which became law. This year's bill, sHB 5177, is a
revision of last session's action. The new "Act Concerning
Village Districts" has now passed the House and is on the Calendar of
the Senate. What is different about the concept this year?
This year the bill works for Weston. Introduced into this new,
improved version is the required tie to the municipal plan of
conservation and development. Although zoning law, village
districts would be the kind of zoning only permitted by the Town
Plan. If your "village district" site does not show on the Town
Plan of Conservation and Development, it can't exist. The bill
this year has expanded "village districts" from those places within
communities distinctive for their historic virtues to just plain
"distinctive" locations around Town. Although the Town of Weston
may be exempt from its own zoning law, it must follow the guidelines of
its Town Plan!
For example, the just completed Final School Facility Plan creates a
"village district" combining Schools, Town Hall and Weston Library, as
illustrated on the Plan map. The School Plan "Option 4A" map (the
option selected by both the Ad Hoc School Facilities Planning Committee
and the Board of Education) could become a part of the new Town
Plan. Defining the limits of Weston's "Village District" and
establishing these in the Town Plan of Conservation and Development
2000 is an idea whose time has come.
The Town Plan thus is the key protecting Weston against "sprawl," by
allowing growth only at the "Village District."
One of the first steps in making a new Town Plan for Weston is
creating a map that can be viewed on the Internet.
What information do we need to start the planning process?
In the early stages of this effort, using a set of maps from the NEMO
website will do. Create a “Community
Online.” Start here: http://nemo.uconn.edu/
Is it good planning or just good luck? As the reassessment
rolls on, Vision Appraisals will be updating property maps online,
coded to new assessments. I can envision
the Planning and Zoning
Commission being able to piggyback its early planning efforts to
determine how much of Weston is yet to be developed, with this other
information being produced for the town.
Is it time to revisit Dominski-Oakrock? The Weston
Environmental Resources Manual of 1976 at least needs updating.
Its basic principles still hold water, no pun intended. However,
has development over the past quarter century eroded river banks?
Is rainfall more intense now, or is it that the increasing percentage
of impervious surfaces
townwide makes flooding a more common occurance?
In other communities around the country, information about lot
lines, natural features, infrastructure, land use, and links to other
information coded to each particular property
available. Most famously, Greenwich fights against
revealing public infrastructure data, and may be winning this battle at
the Freedom of Information Commission.
Some of this appears intrusive, and here in Weston we do not
have the ability to cross-index maps and data. Will any new Plan
provide this to the general public?
Perhaps most importantly, should the Planning and Zoning
Commission make this new Plan more comprehensive? By this I mean
including a section on Capital Planning.
Should there be discussions of taxes? How does land use
relate to taxes?
What do you think are other relevant questions to ponder?
Post your thoughts at www.aboutweston.com/aboutwestonforums
“Climate change” can be hard to envision. Treading water
on Main Street in Westport is one vision. Having this year’s
Presidential Debates run in a non-partisan way,
such as they would be
if the national League of Women Voters were to run them, would be
Julie Belaga said it best. Having recently been asked by
the Weston League to speak to the topic "Restoring American Leadership
in Global Environmental Affairs,"
she asked “what leadership?”
This former Environmental Protection Agency Region One (New
England) administrator was very frank. She pointed out that
E.P.A. is not an agency in the Cabinet on equal
footing with, for
example State, Defense, or Education. Until the next
administration in Washington decides to make Climate Change a focus for
all departments, America
will not be able to focus on its own
environmental crises, never mind achieving “leadership” status
Weston over the years, however, might be closer to leading the
pack. How does Weston come to be so smart and so lucky? Why
is it that we are able to politically unify
over almost any issue that
smacks of environmental concern? If Weston has a motto for
municipal government improvements, it is “Less is more.”
Our Republican First Selectmen is perhaps the most distinguished
nature lover I have ever met. He gets support from our Republican
and new Democratic Selectpersons.
They are thoughtful and
dedicated. The Board of Selectmen has our best interests at
heart. But it isn’t easy to keep a balance among competing
Can Weston navigate the waters of economic gloom and doom and
come out at the other end still the natural, unsullied “rural”
community we all know and love?
Will there be an ultimate happy ending to the Lachat saga?
This joint effort by the Town of Weston and the Nature Conservancy to
create a “Juliana Lachat Preserve”
entrance to Devil’s Den began with
initial purchase of part of the farm in 1997.
I once met Leon Lachat at the Lunch Box. He was a modest
and kindly gentleman. Mr. Lachat would have wanted Weston to be
at peace as a community. Let us try to
find a fitting middle
ground. One more time, let us join together to try to find a way
to make the Juliana Lachat Preserve the new entrance to the Den,
without destroying the neighborhood.
Call it municipal climate change.
Town Plan Progress
What’s happening at the Planning and Zoning Commission?
How is work coming along on the Town Plan update?
This Plan will have to pass muster with the Board of Selectmen
and possibly a Town Meeting. So that means that we all must keep
up with the planning process. Read the
most recent Plan here: WestonTownPlan2000.pdf
The Commission would do well to retain a consultant for this
summer. Set up a schedule and locational map for traffic
counts. Gather data from the Police Department and
the State of
Connecticut. The Fire Department is a big player in our community
New water testing has its schedule, too, and should be done
during Fall and Spring. The 1993 Weston Water Study needs
updating. Data gathering from secondary sources
of all kinds is a
nice summertime activity. While school is out is a good time to
sit down with the Board of Education and its staff to gather historic
information from their files.
And find out what to plan for in
Find out about infrastructure plans including the Kaestle-Boos
report. Capital Planning deserves a whole chapter for itself in
Town Plan 2010. And let us not forget to check in
Building Committee and its Alternative Energy Sub-Committee.
Part of the new Plan’s process should include general “meet the
citizens” events beginning this winter, too. And let’s not forget
Our zoning regulations need to be “tightened up.”
Development can erode the natural environment. The effects
of a “blow out” of soil and erosion protection devices at a
construction site can be shocking.
When there are steep slopes, there is always the opportunity for
heavy rainfall to get the earth moving downhill. And especially
if a building lot is being redeveloped. Bare
land is particularly
How to keep this from happening? One way that is sure to
minimize erosion is to simply not take down trees, bushes and
grass. This natural growth and its roots grabs the
anchors it against all but the most calamitous events.
There are mathematical models to calculate runoff. Some
features to consider are degree of slope; frequency, duration, and
severity of rain events; type of soil; and the natural features that
But make no mistake, whenever “engineered solutions” to
development are employed, you are walking a thin line between
“progress” and catastrophe. In order to make
zoning work for the future there must be changes made to our present
These changes involve a strict reduction in “coverage” on a
building lot. Presently a two-acre lot may use 15 percent of its
87,000 square feet for the house and other structures. Planning
and Zoning should reduce this percentage immediately.
There must also be provision made in one or more sections of the
Town code to provide for proper management of roof runoff, such as via
connection to underground drainage structures.
Lastly, boards and commissions that deal with land use must keep
in mind the need to always consider the impacts of their decisions on
the ultimate sustainability of the
planet. Beginning in Weston.
Green plan for Connecticut
What forms our environment? The answer is we do.
Weston’s next Town Plan should be green.
The terms “carbon footprint” and “sustainability” are very
popular now. Books and scholarly papers come forth almost daily
announcing the end of the world as we have
One “inconvenient truth” is that globalization of the world’s
economies has actually brought us into direct conflict with saving the
A global economy only works if the costs of cooperating in one
big market do not exceed those of the alternative of going it
alone. Could the United States, for example,
get by without
importing significantly from abroad? Has this country ever been
able to isolate itself?
The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island bear silent witness to
the fact that the answer to my questions is “not really.” In
simpler times, before much of the industrial era,
Will we have to get used to a different calculus for job
creation in the future? The answer may lie in having a
plan. A green plan. I have confidence that American
that remain will find a way to redefine the old economic
Beginning in Weston, a “green plan” means being smart about how
much the human footprint mars the natural environment. No
clear-cutting. No bad chemicals on the
ground. Keep the
natural water cycle going every day!
Weston could get a complex about being a really small
town. With a limited tax base and unbridled appetite for spending
money on education. But what else is there to
spend tax money on?
No sewers. No public water, except for the 29 homes near
the former landfill off Godfrey Road. An excellent Police
Department, Public Works pros, devoted town hall and town
employees. A part-time First Selectman. Capital funding for
needs of the volunteer Fire Department/Emergency Services group.
The little city that is our schools complex mirrors in some ways
the rest of the community. Along its meandering spine or “mile of
safety” are speed bumps, stop signs, and
curb cuts. The Board of
Education works with the police to keep all modes of travel safe.
Cleverly designed loop roads help separate the different classes
of vehicles. Bus loading, service deliveries, emergency access,
parking for teachers and students and other
staff all are part of the
School Road plan.
Adjoining the more than 100 acres of centralized school system,
with no roadway cutting through, are Town Hall, Weston Library,
Department of Public Works, and the Onion
Barn. Have I left
This, in planning language, is called a “superblock.” It
is Weston’s Central Park.
What is infrastructure? Who wants it or needs it?
A quick tour of town just this week showed several types of
infrastructure in several places. There were significant clusters
of street lights at the town hall-school complex.
There are four
intersections with traffic lights and one with a “blinker.” We’ve
got bridges, one under repair and one waiting in the wings for its
So Weston is not what you would call a “bustling metropolis”
with a downtown and an “other side of the track” neighborhood.
There are no tracks. When you have no
infrastructure capable of
handling higher densities, developers will go elsewhere.
One kind of infrastructure that Weston has is a road
system. In fact, as the Town Plan rewrite gets started, one of
the first considerations should be how our road system is
and its prospects for the future. Road drainage is a
concern. Run-off in Weston eventually makes its way to Long
Island Sound. So we try to keep catch basins
and storm sewers
clear of silt.
There are two north-south State highways. Major and minor
Town roads meander east and west. And then there are private, dead end
streets. Most are paved but some are
Part of Weston’s charm, I have always thought, was how careful
the community has always been at keeping up the fine condition of its
roads. Weston is, if nothing else, neat.
One kind of infrastructure that Weston does not have is
sewers. That is why Weston maintains a system of large lot
development, with effluent disposed of parcel by parcel. Although
we do have a tertiary treatment plant on School Road, it is designed
for school use only, and its maintenance and upkeep are in the school
The original Town Plan of 1969 envisioned town and school
activity where they are today. The Plans of 1987 and 2000
reinforced centralization of municipal activities.
Infrastructure improvements in this next town plan should
include investment in alternative energy within the boundaries of an
“energy improvement district.” Such a district
the schools campus and town facilities.
This would be a bold first step.
Density is destiny.
Weston has 500 people per square mile. That’s 10,000
living on 20 square miles in the woods. Almost every piece of
land is spoken for. Whether by human
homeowners or by other
natural creatures resident in the vast, permanent open spaces in town.
In contrast, human density teems in a place such as Hong
Over 6,900,000 live in the 425 square miles of that port city.
That comes to more than 16,000 people per
The history of Weston during the last few hundred years has been
documented. Our form of government is the New England Town
Meeting. Hong Kong and its port have played a vital role in
China’s relationship with the rest of the world. Its governance
had long been feudal. Then it became a colony and part of the
British Empire. In 1997 it
became a largely autonomous part of
That autonomy was only agreed to last for a minimum of 50
Will Weston still be free in 2047? Will town meeting government
and a two-party system prevail much
longer in our town? Thinking
globally, I would answer my own question with a resounding “yes,” for
The first is that a lack of infrastructure, whether sewers,
or train tracks, makes us a non-starter in the larger economic
picture. Our “land capability” is nil.
Reason number two is that we are not foolish. No matter
Westonites disagree about small matters and money, we all recognize
that this training ground for the
next generation of leaders and
contributors to society must be nurtured and protected.
That is why the next Town Plan revision is so important.
Ironically, the next Plan must cover the years 2010 to
Calling it a “2020 Vision” for Weston sounds catchy and right!
This is our first Plan written in the 21st century. It
appropriate time for Weston to reexamine its goals. I am not sure
myself about some of them any more!
For example, as the “basic goals” I would only state four this
time. The first encompasses several of the older Plan’s
goals. It is: “RENEW: Weston, a residential
community, should renew its compact with nature and dedicate itself to
supporting the natural water cycle.”
The second goal for the new Plan should be: “IMPROVE
infrastructure and its maintenance to minimize run-off waste and
Goal number three links the voice of planning with the work of
Building Committee and the Global Warming Committee. “MAXIMIZE
efficient use of limited natural resources
in a time of climate
change: make the centralized school-town complex energy
This is where the Planning and Zoning Commission takes
part of work towards a new Plan, a study of feasibility for an energy
improvement district would fit right in!
The study could also
recommend suitable attendant technology.
Efficiency and economy are ways to MINIMIZE the human
In the new Plan we must find ways to reuse land and buildings and
resources. And recycle!
A legend for a land use map follows conventions. Land use
for Weston are primarily yellow, green and blue, with just a dash of
commercial red at the Center and at
Cobb’s Mill Inn.
And black. Black is used to represent
Weston that means roads. Thicker or thinner, in double strands or
even greater, planning maps are careful to place
Dotted lines are road connections planned for the future.
All you need to look at is a town map of roads and immediately
tell where you are. Only Weston looks like Weston from the
air! North of Godfrey Road is forest, the deepest of deep green.
Yellow is for low density residential properties. In Town
2000, this equaled 56% of all acreage in town. Second in area was
green, at 23%. Green space is of different
uses, such as Aspetuck Land Trust Property, are one shade of
green. Active uses, such as Morehouse Farm Park, are a different
tone of green.
Another 15% of our acreage was either undeveloped or
undevelopable. The aforementioned roads comprised 4%.
Public and semi-public land uses are shades of blue. In
this includes Town Hall, the Fire Department, Library, Transfer
Station, Public Works as well as school
property and churches.
These uses comprised the remaining 2% of total acreage.
Some colors not seen on a land use map of Weston are purple and
browns. Purple is the traditional color representing industrially
classified property. An example of industry
might be a
factory. Interestingly, in the 19th Century, Weston had a
functioning axe tool factory and a toy factory!
Brown is the color of higher density housing. Should
include this in the new Plan? Only if we plan to build the
necessary infrastructure, sewers and public water supply, and risk
changing the character of our town!
When it rains, it pours.
There is a science behind the weather events we’ve been having, and
their effects. Besides the fashionable explanation of global
warming. In addition to increased run-off
caused by bigger homes
and mounting coverage of paved areas.
Who can forget the graphic horror of Hurricane Katrina? So many
families and individuals and animals engulfed in the wet sorrow of that
disaster. But let us stop and think
for just a bit.
What was the real bottom line awful part of Katrina? For me, it
was the knowledge that the very same thing could and probably will
happen again. I had not really understood
that New Orleans was
constructed below sea level prior to the storm.
How is this related to Weston? The flood plains in town are
mapped. Planning and Zoning presides over regulations controlling
development in these wet areas. But like
New Orleans, much of
Weston was developed prior to any zoning, subdivision, or Federal
Emergency Management Administration (F.E.M.A.) edicts.
In reviewing F.E.M.A. grant programs, one stands out. It is
“pre-disaster mitigation.” This is a planning program that sets
in motion, at all levels of government, the effort to
structures out of harm’s way.
Funds to elevate houses, pay for hydrologic and hydraulic studies, and
pay for storm water management projects come through F.E.M.A.
Qualifying for government funding, however, is not easy. The
available funds don’t go very far, and most projects down our way don’t
So it is ever more important to make our flood management regulations
as strong as possible, and try to prevent disasters if we can!
So cooperation among public and private sectors is the first building
block for a happy financial future.
Attention to detail in budget making is the second building block, in
my opinion. Lastly, wise land use planning is the capstone.
After all, keeping Weston Weston is the goal. These three factors
should guarantee us a happy future.
But we always must be prepared to ask tough questions. Such as
explanation of the cost-benefit calculations used to justify
expenditures of public funds. This kind of
question will be front
and center at the League of Women Voters of Weston’s “Speak Up” in
2009. Whatever the results of last Tuesday’s elections, there
will be at least one
new voice there to stand and address the questions.
Weston’s budget process may reach a climax at the Board of Finance
Public Hearing on March 31, 2009, which is held shortly before the
Annual Town Budget Meeting,
scheduled for April 20, 2009.
Westonites who may not be fully up to date on the community’s financial
position, and that means most of us, should use this opportunity to
grill the Board of Finance.
What is Weston’s situation? Is the General Fund surplus as high
as it was last year? Has the latest town-wide revaluation of
property shifted the tax burden from large
homes to small ones, or from
new ones to older structures?
Is Weston’s Grand List shrinking?
C.I.A. World Fact Book:
ANOTHER SOURCE: SIERRA CLUB ACTIVISTS*:
is a network of Sierra Club activists who support a comprehensive
approach to environmentalism within the Sierra Club. We support Sierra
Club policies and principles with the exception of current Sierra Club
U.S. population policy, which we believe is inadequate in addressing
U.S. overpopulation. A comprehensive approach to environmentalism must
include effective action for population stabilization in the United
Currently Sierra Club policies call for stabilizing U.S.
population but do not address the combined impacts of mass migration
and birth rates on U.S. population growth.
All-Time Low; Teen birth rate also falls to record low
By Robert Longley, About.com
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life span of americans; u.s. population growth
Continuing a 12-year decline, the U.S. birth rate has dropped to the
lowest level since national data have been available, according to
statistics just released by the Centers for Disease
Control (CDC). The
rate of births among teenagers also fell to a new record low,
continuing a decline that began in 1991...
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Weston selectmen approve new policy
Written by Brian Gioiele
Friday, November 21, 2008
The town is required to maintain drainage culverts, not replace them,
even in areas where nearby properties endure periodic flooding,
according to a newly established policy.
The Board of Selectmen on Thursday, Nov. 6, approved the final wording
of the new policy on culvert replacement on town roads, a move stemming
from the recent rash of requests from
residents asking the town to
examine specific areas of flooding in town.
According to the new policy, the town is “under no obligation, legal or
otherwise, to replace existing culverts” — an opinion town leaders
received this past summer from Town Counsel Ken Bernhard.
The policy does state that the town will “cooperate with residents in
order to determine the nature and location of the drainage problem.”
Property owners may work with the town to replace culverts, according
to the policy, if the project receives approval from the selectmen and
has been properly vetted by the town engineer, public works director,
and police chief.
“The purpose of this policy is to establish rules for private property
owners,” said Selectman Glenn Major. “It spells out what their
expectations about the culverts should be.”
But that was little consolation for one couple at Thursday’s meeting.
The Fischers, who live on Deep Wood Road, are among a handful of
property owners in that stretch who have
experienced four flooding
situations in the past two years.
“It defies any test of fairness,” said Barry Fischer. “It’s hard to
come to terms with — that this is a town road but the town won’t take
responsibility for it.”
Town Engineer John Conte, also present Thursday, told the selectmen the
culvert in that area was built according to town standards and was not
damaged. He then offered
recommendations that would help alleviate the
flooding, but the work would be at the property owners’ expense...
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By TOM WOLFE
Published: September 27, 2008 (we only saw it today!)
Be aware that your correspondent is merely bringing you the news when
he reports how many people have besieged the author of “The Bonfire of
the Vanities” over the past week with the question, “Where does this
leave the Masters of the Universe now?”
“This” refers to the current credit panic. The Masters of the Universe
is a phrase from that book referring to ambitious young men...
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Fairfield County still
area in country
August 12, 2008
REGION -- The U.S. economy may be struggling as a whole, but Fairfield
County residents still have money -- and lots of it. In fact, the
region is the richest in the country.
It may not be equally distributed among all its residents, but the
Bridgeport-Norwalk-Stamford metropolitan area had the highest average
total income per resident at $80,192 in 2007 --
up from $74,281 in
2006. The 8 percent increase in per capita personal income also topped
the national average increase of 6.2 percent.
The figures are according to data released last week by the U.S. Bureau
of Economic Analysis.
Fairfield County retained the top spot, while Naples-Marco Island,
Fla., was second, and San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif., was third.
The national per capita personal income (total income divided by number
of residents) in 2007 was $38,632, less than half of Fairfield
County's. In Connecticut, Hartford ($47,641) was the
county and ranked 17th among the U.S.'s 363 metropolitan areas.
Connecticut was the highest-earning state with an average of $54,117 --
40 percent above the national average. New Jersey, Massachusetts, New
York and Maryland followed Connecticut
as the richest state.
Mississippi was the lowest-earning state at $28,845...
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Economy is no drag on vacancies
By Peter Healy
Article Launched: 08/05/2008 02:42:39 AM EDT
As developers work on grandiose plans for projects that might attract
the next UBS AG or Royal Bank of Scotland to Stamford, the city's
office availability rate has remained virtually flat
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to our state
Article Launched: 07/12/2008 02:39:30 AM EDT
Get ready for some competitive congressional races in Connecticut soon
after the 2020 Census. That's the time officials say the state is
likely to lose one of its five remaining U.S. House
seats - we
originally had six - and with it one of its seven electoral votes.
The state showed growth over the past year that could charitably be
called "anemic." The population rose 0.19 percent in the past year, the
equivalent of adding about 6,500 people. In a
state of almost 3.5
million, that's almost like going backward.
A multigenerational trend is emptying out the Northeast and filling up
the West, specifically places like Arizona, Colorado and Nevada. Those
states stand to pick up the congressional seats,
and the national
clout, that Connecticut and its neighbors appear on track to lose...
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from State Data Center at UCONN...
By Kate King, Special Correspondent
Article Launched: 07/11/2008 01:00:00 AM EDT
Fairfield County saw a small increase in population despite a drop
statewide, according to census figures released yesterday.
Stamford, Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien and Westport all saw minor
increases, according to the data. Norwalk posted a decline of 0.1
percent. But the statewide picture isn't promising, experts say,
pointing to a shrinking work force, loss of jobs, an aging population
and a potential reduction in state representation in Washington, D.C.
"This population growth is consistent with our slow growth in the
recent past," said Lisa Mercurio, director of the Business Council of
Fairfield County. "New England as a whole has been
growing more slowly
than the rest of the U.S."
The population in Connecticut rose 0.19 percent over the last year,
according to the census data. Connecticut's population growth is
the eighth lowest in the nation, according the report.
Nevada had the
highest growth rate since 2006 at 2.9 percent, and Rhode Island had the
lowest at minus 0.36 percent.
Within Connecticut, Milford's population grew the most, by 532 people.
Bridgeport showed the biggest population decline, losing 252 people
over the past year...
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Uncomfortable Answers to
Questions on the Economy
By PETER S. GOODMAN
Published: July 19, 2008
You have heard that Fannie and Freddie, their gentle names
notwithstanding, may cripple the financial system without a large
infusion of taxpayer money. You have gleaned that jobs are
disappearing, housing prices are plummeting, and paychecks are
effectively shrinking as food and energy prices soar. You have noted
the disturbing talk of crisis hovering over Wall Street...
“The open question is whether we’re in for a bad couple of years, or a
bad decade,” said Kenneth S. Rogoff, a former chief economist at the
International Monetary Fund, now a professor at Harvard...
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boasts highest GDP
By Elizabeth Kim, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 07/20/2008 02:31:14 AM EDT
Call it a triumph of brains over brawn.
The region consisting of Stamford, Bridgeport and Norwalk has the
highest average gross domestic product per capita in the country,
according to a new economic study from the Federal
Reserve Bank of New
In their report, "Human Capital and Economic Activity in Urban
America," economists Jaison Abel and Todd Gabe cited the 20 highest
average gross domestic product per capita of
metropolitan areas from
2001 to 2005. They based their list on data provided by the U.S. Bureau
of Economic Analysis.
The Stamford, Bridgeport and Norwalk area, considered a contiguous
employment zone, had an average GDP per capita of $74,261. In second
place was the San Jose, Calif., area with
$66,708. The greater New York
area, which includes northern New Jersey, came in 15th, with an average
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Report: Westport Commercial Real
Estate Takes Hit
July 11, 2008
Reflecting tough economic times, the Westport office vacancy rate
stayed at around 7.5 percent for the third period in a row but
availability rates went up to 12.5 percent as of July 1, a
Westport commercial real estate broker said today...
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Towns can’t be stricter with big
subdivisions; Windsor ‘Lord’s Woods’ case sets statewide precedent
By Alex Wood, Manchester Journal Inquirer
Published: Friday, September 5, 2008 11:36 PM EDT
In a Windsor case with statewide significance, the state Supreme Court
ruled this week that local planning and zoning commissions can’t impose
stricter standards on large subdivisions
than they do on small ones...
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Discussion of affordable housing and Selectmens' vision at March
12, 2009 Town Plan work session...review of workshop.
Weston's Plan of Development: What is
the town's vision?
Written by Patricia Gay
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
School expansion, adequate municipal septic facilities, and the need
for active recreational areas.
When the town of Weston put together its Plan of Conservation and
Development (POCD) 10 years ago, those were three major public concerns.
But are they the same concerns people in town have today?
That’s what land use experts are hoping to find out at a special
planning workshop being held Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Weston High
School cafeteria. The purpose is to gather public
input on land use
issues for development of the new plan.
The workshop will be moderated by Glenn Chalder of Planimetrics, an
Avon-based planning and consulting firm. “Ultimately, the new plan of
development should reflect the town’s vision,
and you need to know what
that vision is,” Mr. Chalder told members of the Planning and Zoning
Commission at a recent meeting...
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Public nixes idea of expanded
district in Weston
Written by Patricia Gay
Thursday, 23 July 2009 00:00
A large majority of residents attending a town plan workshop were
against the concept of forming a village district in the center of
Harold Halpin, a 16-year resident of Weston and member of the Weston
Village District Coalition, appeared before the Planning and Zoning
Commission Monday night, July 20, to discuss a multi-zoned, village
district plan that would allow for a mix of residential, municipal,
religious, and business uses in the town center.
The town is currently zoned residential, with one exception — the
Neighborhood Shopping District, which houses Weston Center.
Mr. Halpin asked P&Z to consider incorporating a village district
into the town’s 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development, which the
commission is in the midst of reviewing and updating.
He said the district would be a good thing for Weston and give the town
flexibility to add things like medical offices, sidewalks and cafes.
“The idea is not to turn the center into a commercial district, but to
protect the distinct character of the town while adding some more
services,” Mr. Halpin said.
Another benefit he said was that land values within the district would
increase — if and when residents decided to sell.
P&Z member Don Saltzman did not care for the idea. “It’s too broad
a concept. It’s difficult to encumber people’s houses and I don’t
understand why churches are included,” he said.
Several residents with homes within the proposed contours of the
district said they did not want to risk someone next to them putting up
a commercial structure.
Others who spoke against the idea said it was unfair that houses within
the district could benefit and profit by selling their homes for
And several other others said they wanted Weston to stay as it was,
without more development...
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Read it now!
water crisis will grow worse if action not taken
By Judy Benson
Published on 4/4/2009
New London - Friday's intermittent rain and dense fog suited the
occasion: the first of two days of a conference featuring scholarly
talks about water.
The conference, “Water Scarcity & Conflict,” focused on a commodity
many Americans take for granted and often waste, but one that is
increasingly the source of tensions and supply
problems across the
”I think there is a water crisis, and it's getting worse, not better,”
said Peter Gleick, a leading expert on the sustainable use of water,
who gave the opening address. Gleick is co-founder
and president of The
Pacific Institute, a nonpartisan policy research group focusing on
environment and development issues. He is also a member of the National
Academy of Science
and a fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science.
Gleick noted there is good news about water - Americans consume less
than 20 years ago, for example, thanks largely to water-conserving
toilets and a shift away from industries
that use large amounts...
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At Forum In Hartford, Planners Talk
About Reshaping State's Future
The Hartford Courant
By DON STACOM
June 1, 2009
Clustering new housing around Connecticut's job centers, transit lines
and existing commercial hubs would significantly cut greenhouse gas
emissions and reduce the cost of infrastructure in the decades ahead,
regional planners said at a forum in Hartford.
Starting from that basic premise, the group Friday exploring possible
approaches to the state's future that ranged from the innocuous, such
as tax incentives for building apartment towers near Union Station, to
the semi-revolutionary — creating a streetcar route from downtown to
the University of Connecticut Medical Center via Farmington Avenue.
"It's about giving people freedom to choose, and preserving long-term
value for our communities," said David Kooris, Connecticut director of
the Regional Plan Association...
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Paris Journal: A Paris Plan,
Less Grand Than Gritty
By STEVEN ERLANGER
June 11, 2009
PARIS — Every president of France’s Fifth Republic has had his
Pharaonic project, by which he believes he will leave his mark on the
capital and French culture.
François Mitterrand, a fierce Socialist known as the Sphinx,
left the new French national library and, to continue the Ozymandias
theme, the controversial glass pyramid in the Louvre. Jacques Chirac
left the Musée du Quai Branly, an anthropological museum, with
an argumentative design by the French architect Jean Nouvel.
President Nicolas Sarkozy, no slouch, wants nothing more than to leave
behind “Le Grand Paris.” In more than a year of discussions, there have
been some spectacular ideas and drawings by 10 teams of famous
architects, drawn by the president’s invitation to reimagine Paris as a
city integrated with its suburbs and responsible in its environmental
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OTHER PLANNING RESOURCES
QUESTIONS: How does this relate to Aquarion's well
fields? AQUIFER PROTECTION ZONE (p. 38 of Weston Town Plan 2010)
shown - it extends into Westport...how far?
What's happening in Westport that might or might not affect Weston policies? Link to WestportNow story: http://www.westportnow.com/index.php?/v2_5/comments/conservation_commission_tours_bridgewater_campus/#more
Still online here is this information for your use: "Smart growth" in CT Legislature thru the years and updates.
* Story as About Weston followed it, no longer online with links to documentation...however, this is what the text said:
HOW WE GOT TO WHERE WE ARE:
Intermediate School open September 2005, Weston High School doubled in size, "opened" May '06
PRELUDE: Where this all began - the history (1995
through current) of sewage disposal discussion; ARCHITECTURAL
HISTORY of three (3) different architect/planners' plans for Weston's
...Once confronted with the choice of school expansion and sewers, the
Town said a loud "NO" in May 2000 - and so the "Select Committee" (with
the longest title in the world) was formed; report from State
Department of Education on school population forecast given.
WORKBOOK:The Committee goes to work...supplied with documents by the
then Town Administrator; Select Committee gets extensions...
EFFLUENT: What is the status of septic generation in the heart of
Weston? How can this problem be treated without sewers?
TREATMENT LOCATION...CT D.E.P. lays down the law; upgrades needed
to existing systems before any remedy can be permitted for tertiary
SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION/EXPANSION: Unofficial minutes
for School Building project (as far back as May 2000--in reverse
chronological order), by "About Town"--we did not miss one Building
Committee/School Building Committee meeting since the Referendum of
November 15, 2001) until after the completion of construction of the Referendum project;
COMMITTEE: with additional representation from Select Committee
(alternatives to sewers), Board of Education facilties sub-committee,
Superintendent of Schools and design critic, the Building Committee
shoulders the task of administrating the early phases of work on school
expansion. Together, these 11 individuals make up the "School
Building Committee." As design work progresses, a Construction
Management firm and an Owner's Representative come on board to
administrate/supervise the November 15, 2001 Referendum work.
Architects of the Plan that won the Referendum of Nov. 15, 2001.
Previous description of "alternatives" (no $$ here). Results of
Adjourned Town Meeting machine vote that cut short planning prior to
Referendum of Nov. 15, 2001 HERE... during the summer of 2001, planning
for school referendum continues...big meeting at Weston Library.
SUB-COMMITTEE...begun on December 4, 2001...design detailing now held at
end of School Building Committee meetings.
Early design timeline (not current official document).
CONCEPTS: For historical reference - the ideas of the second
architect/planner:The Plan for school construction put on shelf as
septic issue and "sticker shock" - high bonding cost - combine to bring
the two separate issue discussions together, and bring the school
improvement program to a temporary halt in February 2000.
What were O,R&L's "options" for school expansion?