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Work is nearing completion on the town’s 10-year planning roadmap.
The state requires communities to update their Plan of Conservation and Development every 10 years to ensure they’re in line with state goals and regulations for planning, economic development, conservation, transportation and infrastructure.
A public information session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30, where Plainville residents will learn about the initiatives and policies being considered in the town’s 10-year-plan.
“If people have visions for the town, now's the time to speak,” said Vice Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission Glenn Petit.
A draft was released on the town website on April 8 and hard copies were distributed to the library and town offices for public review.
“I think it’s coming out fine … we hired a good consultant (Planimetrics) to help guide us through the process,” Petit said.
Interim Town Planner Garrett Daigle’s hope is that residents will read the plan and be inspired to get involved in town projects that appeal to them.
"We wanted to make it easier to read, more accessible for people to understand. No one wants to read a huge book, but I think especially given that it's to the point, there's some extra blurbs, footnotes, if people want to read further," Daigle said. "It's a lot more inviting. It looks more like a book you'd want to thumb through.”
Speaking of the POCD, Daigle said, "One of the things we'll be looking at is the Planned Development District zone, which opens up a lot of opportunities for some parcels that have been vacant or severely underutilized for a long time.”
The changes would allow landowners to get approval for a zone change, text amendment and site plan all at once, making development faster and easier.
Daigle is also looking forward to continuing work on rejuvenating downtown. The new plan encourages the creation of a core downtown zone and explores the potential for the White Oak property adjacent to Town Hall on West Main Street.
The Plan of Conservation and Development recommends supporting a mixed use development with an active streetfront and access to the Pequabuck River in the rear.
The site is currently being surveyed for environmental issues.
Continuing from Plainville’s last POCD is the development of land along Long Swamp Road or Loon Lake Road in the northeastern corner of town, behind the Cancer Center of Connecticut. The current plan recommends rezoning the residential land, which has a few homes, to a technology park zone and creating a circular road.
After this month’s information session, Plainville’s Plan of Conservation and Development will go before the state Office of Policy Management and the Capital Region Council of Governments for review. Daigle said this process typically takes around 65 days.
Residents will then have another chance to comment on the plan during a public hearing. From there, final revisions will be made, and the Planning and Zoning Commission could approve the plan sometime between July and September.
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