Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get involved?

Participate in planning Norwalk’s future! Go to the Get Involved page to sign up for email notices on Citywide Plan activities and the News & Events to find out about events. As the plan gets underway, you can find maps, analysis, reports, and documents for comment on the Resources page.

How long will it take to complete the Citywide Plan / POCD?

The plan will take approximately a year to complete and is expected to be ready for public hearings in Fall 2018.

 

Look for news on this website about these activities and events:

  • Meetings of the Oversight Committee are expected in October, January, February, April, June, and July. These are working meetings that are open to the public, with an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meetings.
  • November 18, 2017 – Citywide Visioning Workshop at the Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High Schools
  • January 2018 – Community Organization Workshops: public meetings with neighborhood groups and other community organizations
  • Winter 2017-2018 – digital surveys
  • March 2018 – Interactive, topic-based workshops
  • April 2018 – Public open houses
  • August-September 2018 – Public Forum on the Draft Citywide Plan
  • September-October 2018 – Public review period for the Draft Citywide Plan
  • November 2018 – Public hearings before the Planning Commission and Common Council

What is Norwalk Tomorrow and this website?

The City of Norwalk created this Norwalk Tomorrow website as a long-term platform to provide information and encourage public participation in the City’s planning initiatives. During 2017-2018, this website focuses on three planning efforts: the Citywide Plan/Plan of Conservation & Development, sponsored by the Planning Commission; Wall Street, West Avenue, and Washington Street neighborhood redevelopment plans sponsored by the Redevelopment Agency; and a Parking Study, sponsored by the Parking Authority.

What is the Citywide Plan / POCD?

The Citywide Plan - also called the Plan of Conservation & Development (POCD):

  • Every city and town in Connecticut is required to have a ten-year Plan of Conservation & Development under state law (CGS, Ch. 126, sec. 8-23).
  • It is the only plan that covers the entire geography of the city, has a vision for the entire city, and strategically integrates priorities for many different topics and different types of plans for the city.
  • Norwalk’s last Citywide Plan/POCD was approved in 2008 (View/Download).
  • Development of the plan will be guided by an Oversight Committee made up of Planning Commission members and other members appointed by the Mayor.
  • The plan must be adopted by the Planning Commission (by two-thirds vote if not also endorsed by the Common Council)

What makes this a community-driven plan?

The Citywide Plan will be based on discussion and dialogue among Norwalk residents, business owners, and others with a stake in Norwalk’s future. What is our shared vision? What do we want to preserve and what do we want to change? What are our priorities and how can we best work together to achieve the vision?

A series of interactive public workshops and discussions, digital surveys and activities will give residents, business owners, and others with a stake in Norwalk’s future many opportunities to be part of shaping Norwalk’s next decade.

What will be in the Citywide Plan / POCD?

  • The plan will take an integrated approach to a broad set of topics—housing, neighborhoods, economic development, parks and open space, historic resources, transportation and infrastructure, sustainability and climate change resilience, and more—and the plan will be informed by the City’s other planning initiatives.
  • The plan will start with where we are today and the trends that will affect us in the future.
  • The Norwalk community’s vision for the future, our goals and priorities will be linked to strategies and actions to achieve the vision and goals.
  • An action plan will identify the What?--How?—Who?—When?—and How Much? of the plan.

Who will produce the Citywide Plan / POCD?

Members of the Oversight Committee convened by the Mayor, including the Planning Commission:

  • Bike/Walk Advisory Commission: Nancy Rosett
  • Board of Education: Erik Anderson
  • Chamber of Commerce: Harry Carey & Brian Griffin
  • CNNA: *Diane Cece & Diane Lauricella
  • Common Council: Bruce Kimmel, John Kydes & John Igneri
  • Conservation Commission: Alexis Cherichetti
  • Department of Public Works: Lisa Burns
  • Economic Development: *Elizabeth Stocker
  • Harbor Management Commission: Tony Mobilia, Jan Schaefer & Geoff Steadman
  • Health Department: Theresa Argondezzi
  • Mayor's Office: Mayor Rilling & *Laoise King, Chief of Staff
  • Norwalk Preservation Trust: Tod Bryant
  • Planning Commission: *Fran DiMeglio, Nora King, Steve Ferguson, Brian Baxendale, Tammy Langalis, George Tsirinades & David Davidson
  • Planning & Zoning Department: *Steven Kleppin, *Dori Wilson & Michael Wrinn
  • Redevelopment Agency: *Tami Strauss & Timothy Sheehan
  • Resident: Allen Kolkowitz
  • Zoning Commission: *Nate Sumpter

*Also part of consultant selection group

Consultant team:  Stantec (lead consultant); Hodge Economic Consulting (economic development)

Why is the Norwalk Parking Authority conducting a study?

Increasingly, issues around parking have been rising to the surface. The Mayor, the Redevelopment Agency and the Parking Authority have been approached on a regular basis by local businesses and residents requesting assistance accommodating increasing demand for parking. It has become clear that these requests can no longer be handled singularly, but must be considered in the context of an overall parking capacity plan for the City.

This study will guide the City and the Norwalk Parking Authority in making more informed decisions about the daily management and long-term vision of both entities. Included in this study will be the assessment of the efficiency of the Norwalk Parking Authority along with recommendations on how best to manage the parking assets in the City of Norwalk moving forward.

Why is the Redevelopment Agency developing separate plans?

The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is updating the West Avenue, Wall Street, and Washington-South Main Redevelopment Plans in accordance with federal regulations that require that these plans are updated every ten years to reflect current conditions and changes than may have occurred in the area.