Commission expects POCD plan tonight

The Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission expects to receive a draft copy of the Plan of Conservation and Development this evening, Sept. 26.

The consultants Milone and MacBroom are expected to distribute the draft of the plan during a 7:15 p.m. meeting of the commission at the town hall annex.

The consultants spent several months writing the plan after months of workshop meetings in town on topics ranging from housing to amenities.

“The commission is going to get a draft of some of the work that has been done to date, and they’re going to begin their review with commentary and editing,” said Robert Nerney, the town’s planning director, in advance of the meeting.

The Planning and Zoning Commission directed consultants for the project to turn information collected into a highly organized book complete with an executive summary.

The POCD was to be modeled after a recent one Milone & MacBroom developed for Guilford, rather than being based on previous versions for Wilton.

The guidance to the consultant was given at a special meeting of the commission Aug. 2.

The commissioners looked at sample plans from Guilford, Wallingford, Woodbridge and Watertown. They liked Guilford the best.

“The executive summary was a major selling point and something to consider,” Nerney said.

Each of the plans ran about 100 pages. All had data and background information for all the categories of conservation and development, including housing and where to build it.

But the Guilford plan had an edge, in that the reader could grasp the essence of the plan within the first 20 pages, and that is the one Wilton’s plan will be modeled after.

After the draft document is presented, the next step in the POCD process will be a scientific telephone survey of the town’s residents, on all the points of the POCD, including preservation and conservation issues. The plan is to conduct it between Thanksgiving and Christmas, Nerney said.

The telephone survey will amplify the questions asked in the less formal online surveys that have been ongoing this year on the website,

“The actual telephone survey will be broader in scope and done by a professional polling company, to identify  broader community objectives moving forward into the next decade,” Nerney said.