Plan of Conservation and Development: Public input invited next month
The Plan of Conservation and Development subcommittee of the Planning and Zoning Commission is looking to a public kickoff meeting Thursday, Feb. 8, as the time when it will reach out to the Wilton community for input into updating the plan.
As of Jan. 23, Town Planning Director Bob Nerney had confirmed the meeting for 7 p.m. at the Wilton High School cafeteria.
“We’ll get into the public domain, and members of the community are going to be encouraged to speak,” Nerney said, adding there will be announcements in the press.
“We hope to hear from individual residents and various stakeholders,” Nerney said.
The selection of February as the date for the public launch workshop came out of a subcommittee meeting Jan. 18 at the town hall annex. Also at that meeting, subcommittee members tried to develop a schedule for the POCD and address some key operating issues
High on the list of meetings for discussion was the one planned for Jan. 24, to involve input from the town’s major boards and commissions. The boards that were invited include the selectmen, the Board of Finance, the Board of Education, the Conservation Commission, the Parks and Recreation Commission, the Historic District Commission, and the Energy Commission.
“We’ll be looking at major issues as they relate to the various boards and commissions, and establishing a line of communication and input throughout the process,” Nerney said.
Milone & MacBroom, the consultants working on the plan, sent questionnaires to the various boards and commissions recently, to be filled out in time for the work session.
“A good number of those boards and commissions have provided written feedback,” Nerney said, but the subcommittee has not had a chance to digest all the information. That will come during the early portions of Planning and Zoning Commission meetings, which may start at a later time than the usual 7:15 p.m. to allow time for commissioners to discuss all the public input that will be forthcoming on the POCD.