Town boards to participate in planning workshop

Town boards, including the Board of Selectmen, will discuss their priority issues for the Plan of Conservation and Development in a work session of the Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The meeting is set for 7 p.m. in the town hall annex, 238 Danbury Road.

“It’s a special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, currently in the process of updating the Plan of Conservation and Development,” said Bob Nerney, the town’s planning director.

“This is a community plan, and we use the guide to make policy decisions with respect to land allowances,” Nerney said.

It is also a way to assess town services and the needs for public infrastructure.

“It’s not just a land-use tool,” Nerney said.

The boards that have been 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.

“The questionnaires get them to start thinking about the major issues,” Nerney said.

Also on Jan. 24, the meeting will focus on the schedule of the process moving forward, and the public launch date.

There are other groups not affiliated with the town that are keys to the plan, including the Wilton Land Conservation Trust and the YMCA, Nerney said. There will be at least one meeting in the future involving those groups.

According to, the POCD is a “comprehensive plan” and “guidance document” that provides “a long-term vision” for the town and guides decision-making related to “growth, development and conservation” over the next 10 years.

Municipalities are required by the state to update their POCDs every 10 years.

According to the site, the POCD will look at “a range of topics that will influence Wilton over the coming decade, including demographics, housing, land use, community facilities, infrastructure, economic development, open space, recreation, transportation, and sustainability.”