Public Hearing Date Set for Plan of Conservation and Development

The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Thursday, July 18, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Trackside, 15 Station Road to accept public comment on revisions to the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).  The hearing follows approximately one and one-half years of study by the Planning and Zoning Commission with participation and input from other town boards and commissions.

A draft of the document is currently available for online viewing. Click here to review the Draft Plan. In addition to public comment taken at the hearing, comments may also be submitted via the website or email between now and the July 18th hearing date. Email comments can be submitted to Wilton2029@gmail.com.

Comments Received on Draft:

Public Comments
Board of Selectman
Historic District Commission
WestCOG
Wilton Historical Society

Public Comment Period Open for the Plan of Conservation and Development Update

A draft of the Wilton Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) has been completed and is now available. Click here to review the Draft Plan.

Email comments can be submitted to Wilton2029@gmail.com. Public comments will be accepted between now and July 18, 2019.  In accordance with Connecticut law, the Planning and Zoning Commission has referred the draft plan to the Wilton Board of Selectman and the Western Connecticut Council of Governments.  These agencies are provided a 65-day comment period during which time further amendment(s) to the plan may be requested.  Following the conclusion of the comment period, the Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing at which time both written and verbal commentary will be accepted from the public.  Details concerning the time and place of the July public hearing will be announced in the coming weeks.

You are encouraged to read this important document and share your thoughts and ideas!

Telephone Survey Complete

The Town of Wilton contracted with the Center for Research and Public Policy (CRPP) to conduct a statistically valid telephone survey of approximately 400 Wilton residents in December 2018. The results of the survey will be discussed at the Joint Working Group meeting on January 17th. Thank you to all residents who participated in the survey!

Telephone Survey Results
Final Telephone Survey Instrument
Joint Working Group Presentation – January 17, 2019
Data Cross Tabulations

 

Update on the POCD and Next Steps

To the Wilton Community:

Here is the latest update on the 2019-2029 Plan of Conservation process:

Over the summer, Milone & MacBroom took stock of the nine months of data collection, Joint Working Group input, public workshops, public comment and online surveying comprising the first data-gathering phase of the POCD update. From that process, Milone produced a first draft of the POCD update’s core goals, objectives and strategies and delivered this draft to the Planning and Zoning Commission in mid-September.

The Planning and Zoning Commission performed a preliminary, high-level review of this draft at a meeting on September 26 before sharing the draft with the Joint Working Group for performing a similar review. This shared POCD core draft is posted on the POCD website (Wilton2029.com).

The Planning and Zoning Commission gratefully received and discussed comments from the Joint Working Group at a joint meeting on November 8 (Joint Working Group comments are also posted to Wilton2029.com). The POCD core draft is currently being distributed to town staff and additional groups beyond the Joint Working Group for their preliminary input.

In the interim, the Commission has been working with Milone on honing the set of issues to be queried in a community-wide, statistically-valid phone survey being conducted by the Center for Research & Public Policy. The survey will focus only on those POCD issues, goals, objectives and strategies that would benefit most from full-community feedback, given survey length and response rate considerations. The Commission has benefited much in this process by reviewing the questions and approximately 270-330 responses it received for each of the six online surveys that have already touched on major planning topics in Wilton, including: Visioning, Housing, Route7 and Transportation, Community Facilities and Infrastructure, Wilton Center and Villages and Conservation, Preservation, Sustainability and Cultural Resources. At present, the Commission expects to receive and review the first draft of the phone survey at a special meeting being held at 5pm on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at the Town Hall Annex.

The phone survey is expected to launch in early-to-mid December, when response rates are anticipated to be higher. Stay tuned for a survey launch announcement – and keep those phones handy (yes, indeed, phones).

Finally, the Commission always welcomes questions and comments, whether submitted via the POCD website or email to wilton2029@gmail.com. Also, all POCD meeting agendas, minutes and recordings are available on the town website at (http://techjohn.com/wordpress2/?page_id=164) and (http://www.wiltonct.org/tv/).

Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday,

Scott Lawrence

Chair, Planning and Zoning Commission

Working Draft POCD

Throughout the the fall and winter of 2018, the Planning and Zoning Commission will be refining a Draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). A Working Draft of the Plan has been developed that states preliminary goals and objectives and supporting information collected over the last year. The Working Draft is intended to be for discussion purposes only and will be refined and modified over the coming months.

Working Draft Wilton POCD – Last Updated October 2, 2018
POCD Meeting – September 26, 2018
Comments Received on the Working Draft POCD

POCD Mini Survey #6 – Conservation, Preservation, Sustainability, and Cultural Resources

Please participate in the planning process by completing this mini survey on Conservation, Preservation, Sustainability, and Cultural Resources. Once you have taken the survey, please share it with your friends and neighbors!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WiltonPOCD_Survey6

We will be collecting responses on August 15th, though the survey will remain open. This is the 6th in a series of 6 mini surveys being implemented as part of the Plan of Conservation and Development update.Thank you for your participation!

POCD Public Workshop – Conservation, Preservation, and Cultural Resources

Please join us at the next Plan of Conservation and Development Public Workshop which will be held on June 21, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Trackside Teen Center located at 15 Station Road. The workshop will focus on Conservation, Preservation and Cultural Resources

Agenda
Presentation   
 
Draft Existing Open Space Map
Wilton Center and Villages – Survey Results
Wilton Center and Villages – Survey Write-In Responses

Background Information

Wilton Stormwater Management Plan 2017
Norwalk River Watershed Action Plan

Energy Management Plan
2010 Wilton POCD

Town of Wilton Zoning Regulations
Norwalk River Watershed Association – Projects and Initiatives

POCD Mini Survey #5 – Wilton Center and Villages

Please participate in the planning process by completing this mini survey on Wilton Center and Villages. Once you’ve taken the survey, please share it with your friends and neighbors! 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Wilton-Villages

We will be collecting responses on June 19, 2018, though the survey will remain open. This is the 5th in a series of 6 mini surveys being implemented as part of the Plan of Conservation and Development update.

Thank you for your participation!

Public Meeting and Work Session June 2nd

Plan of Conservation and Development – Public Meeting and Work Session – June 2, 2018

As part of the ongoing update of the Plan of Conservation and Development, the Commission will hold a public meeting on Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 9 am to 12 pm, at the Town Hall Annex. Public comment on all POCD topics will be welcomed from 9-9:30 am and again from 11:30 to 12:00, with the goal of providing two time windows for comment from those who have been unable to attend the POCD meetings and workshops to date.  The Commission will use the remainder of the meeting for a work session on the POCD update.  Comments may also be submitted by emailing the Commission at Wilton2029@gmail.com.