South Norwalk Transit-Oriented Development Plan

South Norwalk Train Station Area Study

The Norwalk Redevelopment Agency is implementing its Norwalk TOD Redevelopment plan. Part of this plan includes a study of the area surrounding the South Norwalk train station. Under the guidance of Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the City of Norwalk, a study of approximately 26 acres surrounding the South Norwalk Train Station is underway. South Norwalk Connecticut Train Station The study will include two phases. Phase One will establish baseline conditions for the South Norwalk train station area by looking at the following:
  • The highest, best use of the area
  • Accommodating affordable housing (at a 1:1 ratio)
  • Parking and infrastructure needs and limitations
  • Opportunities for public/private partnerships that can support the recommendations of the study
  • Improvements to the Lexington Avenue Historic District through façade upgrades and development
  • Improving connections between the neighborhood and the train station
  • Incorporating findings from this South Norwalk train station plan into the larger South Norwalk Transit-oriented development plan
Phase Two of the South Norwalk Train Station Area Study will establish more concrete details based on the findings of Phase I including:
  • The appropriate density, massing, building, and streetscape design within the existing redevelopment plan and existing zoning for SoNo Station Design District
  • The impact of COVID-19 on current market demand and construction cost viability
  • The potential for establishing a multimodal transportation hub at the South Norwalk train station, including the feasibility of:
    • Relocating the bus station hub near the train station
    • Improving accommodations for pedestrians, bicycles, scooters, pick-up and drop-off vehicles
    • Adding on-demand transportation, micro-transit, and fixed route uses
    • The economic benefits and impacts of the recommended development options
The study will be a coordinated effort between the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, the City, and residents and business owners in South Norwalk. On February 25, 2021, the first of multiple public meetings for the Norwalk community was held. The meeting included an informational presentation and an opportunity for participants to share comments and ask questions. A similar presentation was given during the District B March 2021 meeting. Questions, please email them to redevelopment@norwalkct.org To learn more about the study, view a recording of the February 25th meeting on the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency YouTube channel or view the slide presentation: YouTube Recording: English Version Haitian Creole Version Presentation Slides

Industrial Zones Study Public Meeting

City of Norwalk Industrial Zones Study Public Meeting #1 April 29, 2021 — 6:30 pm

  Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83844545929 Webinar ID: 838 4454 5929 Call-in Number: 646 558 8656
  • What does 21st century industry look like?
  • How can industrial zones support job growth?
  • How should industrial zoning work?
  • Where should industrial development be located?
  • How can industrial users and residents co-exist?
  • How can contractor yards be better defined and located?
 

Ciudad de Norwalk Estudio de Zonas Industriales Sesión pública #1 Abril 29, 2021 — 18:30 h

  Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83844545929 Webinar ID: 838 4454 5929 Llamada telefónica: 646 558 8656
  • ¿Cómo es la industria del siglo XXI?
  • ¿Cómo pueden las zonas industriales apoyar el crecimiento del empleo?
  • ¿Cómo debería funcionar la zonificación industrial?
  • ¿Dónde debería ubicarse el desarrollo industrial?
  • ¿Cómo pueden coexistir los usuarios industriales y los residentes?
  • ¿Cómo se pueden definir y ubicar mejor los patios de los contratistas?

Planning Cities With People-oriented Design

people-oriented city planningWe’ve written about what makes cities livable and what people are looking for in a city.  There are various urban planning approaches that put and keep people at the forefront.  Designing a city so it is people oriented brings in two subjects we’ve covered, transit-oriented development (TOD) and designing public spaces to make them more bikeable, walkable and encourage community (also known as  placemaking).  Below we take a closer look at some of  the factors that make up people-oriented urban design. 

The Problem with Car-Centric Cities

Many cities have been designed or have grown  organically to be “car-centric”, meaning they are centered around automobile uses and connectivity. Examples of this can include, large urban blocks, unsafe conditions for bicycling and walking, an emphasis on building roads and highways to make it easier to get into the city, little access or connection to or between public transportation, and few public spaces. Primarily promoting the use of cars can make a city less liveable, adding to traffic congestion, and air pollution - among other problems.  

Transit-oriented Development

Transit-oriented development is a type of urban planning that creates compact, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use (commercial and residential) communities within walking distance of high quality public transit systems. This kind of development incorporates  living, working, retail and recreational spaces close together, and in close proximity to transportation systems. It is intrinsically built around the needs of people and neighborhoods. TOD fosters many benefits including increased economic activity, job opportunities, walkability and a sense of community.  

Public Transportation

A key component of TOD is good, accessible public transportation that is centered around the needs of residents and visitors. Making trips into and between city neighborhoods easy and making high quality modes of transportation efficient, should be key goals of a city.  Ensuring that there are easy connections between various methods of public transportation, making clear up-to-date route information available,  and providing dedicated lanes on city streets for public transportation can make public transportation more accessible for City residents and visitors.   

Policies to Encourage Less Car Usage  

In addition to making it easier and more compelling to take public transportation, cities can reduce the use of cars with a few strategies, as well. One method is congestion pricing, which is charging vehicles a fee for going into specific areas at certain times of the day. Parking restrictions can also be put into place. In terms of design, cities can narrow lanes, add bike lanes as well as add bike-share docking stations, put in more pedestrian crossings, temporarily replace parking spaces with parklets,  and even set up car free zones. These strategies don’t take cars away from the equation entirely, but they prioritize people over cars.

Designing Walkable, Bikeable Neighborhoods

We already mentioned some of the ways to make a city more walkable and bikeable such as car-free or car-reduced streets.  Other ways to encourage pedestrians can be implemented via sidewalk design strategies.  Making sidewalks wider, with no obstructions, makes them easier to walk on and can encourage their use as public spaces. Clear, wide sidewalks can be used for commercial activity, recreational uses, or public art.  A city can better accommodate bikers with designated bike lanes that are separated from other vehicle street traffic and parked cars, as well as convenient and secure bike racks in public spaces. 

Public Space Management

Public spaces are important to making a city people-friendly. Ensuring residents and visitors access to open public spaces to rest, exercise and congregate is essential for densely populated neighborhoods. The benefits are many, including both physical and mental health, along with  fostering a sense of community. ocia Public spaces can be used for people to meet, play, and socialize! People-oriented city design is all about putting people and communities first, ahead of vehicles, streets, and other city infrastructure.  In short, improving overall quality of life. By encouraging and supporting mixed use building, investing in quality public transportation options, making cities more walkable and bikeable, and providing inviting public spaces, cities can improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.  

Industrial Zones Oversight Committee Special Meeting

*SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE*

The Industrial Zones Oversight Committee will hold a Special Meeting Wednesday, March 10, 2021 **2:30 PM**

 

Special Legal Requirements for this Meeting

To allow public access, anyone may access the meeting by either telephone, Zoom and/or the City Norwalk YouTube Channel.  Additional instructions for public access have been attached to the backup materials for this meeting (refer to attachment: “Participating and Attending Public Meetings Virtually).  Please also see the information below concerning registration for this meeting.     Telephone Access (Listening Only)
  • Dial: 646 558 8656 or 312 6265 6799
  • Enter Webinar ID: 859 8793 4987
 
  • To watch the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85987934987
  • After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  For those that just wish to view but are not participating, the live stream can be seen on the City of Norwalk YouTube Channel:   This meeting will also be recorded and a copy of the audio recording will be posted on the city website within seven (7) days after the meeting.  

AGENDA

  • INITIAL RECOMMENDATIONS FOR DISCUSSION
  • PUBLIC MEETINGS
  • NEXT STEPS
  • PUBLIC COMMENT
  • ADJOURNMENT
   

Industrial Zones Oversight Committee Meeting

*SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE*

The Industrial Zones Oversight Committee will hold a Special Meeting Tuesday, January 12, 2021 **4:00 PM**

Special Legal Requirements for this Meeting

To allow public access, anyone may access the meeting by either telephone, Zoom and/or the City Norwalk YouTube Channel. Additional instructions for public access have been attached to the backup materials for this meeting (refer to attachment: “Participating and Attending Public Meetings Virtually). Please also see the information below concerning registration for this meeting. Telephone Access (Listening Only) For those that just wish to view but are not participating, the live stream can be seen on the City of Norwalk YouTube Channel. Please note that due to scheduling conflicts a live YouTube stream is not guaranteed. If no YouTube live stream is available, please use the Zoom link posted above or dial in: This meeting will also be recorded and a copy of the audio recording will be posted on the city website within seven (7) days after the meeting.   AGENDA I. PUBLICENGAGEMENT PROCESS II. SURVEYRESULTS III. NEXTSTEPS IV. PUBLICCOMMENT V. ADJOURNMENT

Manresa Island

Manresa Association Findings & Recommendations

Manresa Island consists of two parcels that occupy approximately 144 acres of Norwalk’s shoreline. Since 1960, a power plant has been located on the southern parcel; first operating as  a coal fired plant that was converted to oil in 1972. In 2012, the site was inundated with storm surge during Hurricane Sandy and was subsequently closed in 2013. The closure of a power plant triggers a long process of reuse planning that involves multiple phases including decommissioning, remediation, and potential redevelopment. The Manresa Association was formed in 2013 as an advocacy group dedicated to ensuring that Manresa Island is environmentally safe, provides open space and conservation habitat, and contributes to the physical beauty of Norwalk and the Long Island Sound coastline. The association comprises over 900 households and several local neighborhoods and clubs. In 2017 the Manresa Association and the City of Norwalk partnered to conduct a study with the aims of identifying potential future uses of the property and assessing the potential economic impact of those uses. The study team worked closely with the project steering committee, which was composed of representatives from the City of Norwalk (Redevelopment Agency, Planning Department, Economic Development, and various Commission Members) and the Manresa Association. NRG Energy, owners of the plant, has provided access to the property and representatives from NRG attended a public workshop in support of the study. This report provides an overview of environmental and ecological conditions of the property, remediation efforts to date and planned and potential remediation approaches, regional market conditions that will influence potential reuse of the property, and recommended reuses of the site based upon those conditions. See Findings and Recommendations Report

EAST NORWALK NEIGHBORHOOD TOD PLAN PUBLIC HEARING

*LEGAL NOTICE* The Norwalk Planning Commission will hold two Virtual Public Hearings to be held online at their Special Meetings scheduled for Wednesday, August 5, 2020 and Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:30 pm on the following amendment:

EAST NORWALK NEIGHBORHOOD TOD PLAN AMENDMENT TO THE NORWALK CITYWIDE PLAN 2019-2029: PLAN OF CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT

The draft East Norwalk Neighborhood Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Plan is proposed to update the City of Norwalk’s current Plan of Conservation & Development entitled “Norwalk Citywide Plan 2019-2029: Plan of Conservation & Development” dated effective: December 5, 2019.  The proposed TOD Plan is shown on a document entitled “East Norwalk Neighborhood TOD Plan” Prepared for the City of Norwalk Prepared by Harriman|NV5|RKG and dated Report: April 2020 Last Updated: 06.16.2020. A copy of the proposed POCD amendment, the Draft TOD Plan and related appendices are available on the City’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) website. See links below: To view the Draft East Norwalk Neighborhood TOD Plan: East Norwalk TOD Plan Oversight Committee Edits View Plan Edits   At this hearing interested persons may be heard and written communications submitted. A copy of the agenda and instructions on how to participate in this virtual meeting will be available on the City of Norwalk’s website at: https://www.norwalkct.org/1913/Meeting-Notices. DATED THIS TWENTY-THIRD DAY OF JULY, 2020

FRANCES DIMEGLIO, CHAIR

East Norwalk Transit-Oriented Development

East Norwalk Transit-Oriented Development

Access to transportation alternatives, such as rail, is one of the most significant drivers of economic growth and can help create a more sustainable community. Norwalk is currently seeing this type of development around the South Norwalk Train Station and the Merritt-7 Station. However, the East Norwalk rail station sites have seen stagnant or little growth, despite the station being the next stop from the South Norwalk train station. While the development of this area is important to the City, the type and scale of development occurring at South Norwalk and Merritt-7 is probably not appropriate for East Norwalk. The City has completed the planning process for the future of the area around the East Norwalk rail stations. This study outlines a vision for the future and will help guide recommendations for appropriate uses for the land and scale of market-supportable, development in the East Avenue area surrounding the train station. The final plan elements include:
  • Land Use
  • Economic Development
  • Preservation/Adaptive Reuse
  • Conservation
  • Urban Design
  • Public and Green Spaces
  • Parking
  • Traffic Circulation
  • Infrastructure

See Final Plan »

Appendix A - Market Analysis Appendix B - Transportation Analysis Appendix C - Community Engagement Appendix D - Draft Zoning Appendix E - Design Guidelines

East Norwalk Neighborhood TOD Plan Public Meeting

Date and Time: July 1, 2020 @6:30pm Location: Zoom Video Conference The East Norwalk TOD planning team is excited to present the draft TOD plan to the Norwalk community on Wednesday July 1st starting at 6:30 PM and Thursday July 2nd at 11AM via Zoom. It’s been nearly 18 months in the making! We anticipate an approximate 40 minute presentation, followed by a question and answer period. The draft plan and appendices can be viewed at: https://tomorrow.norwalkct.org/transit-oriented-development Anyone may access these meetings by telephone, Zoom, and/or the City of Norwalk YouTube Channel. Specific instructions and links can be found at: https://www.norwalkct.org/1913/Meeting-Notices Telephone access (Listening only) Dial: (646) 558-8656 or (267) 831-0333. Then, enter the Webinar ID: For the July 1st meeting, the Webinar ID is: 899 1010 7945. The link to join is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89910107945 For the July 2nd meeting, the Webinar ID is: 868 7633 1013. The link to join is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86876331013 For those that wish to just view, the Live Stream for both meetings can be seen on the City of Norwalk YouTube channel. The meetings will also be recorded and a copy of the audio recording will be posted on the City’s website within seven (7) days after the meeting.  

Plan DOT (Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte) del vecindario East Norwalk

El equipo de planificación de East Norwalk DOT (Desarrollo Orientado al Transporte) se complace en presentar el borrador del plan TOD a la comunidad de Norwalk el miércoles 1 de julio a partir de las 6:30 p.m. y el jueves 2 de julio a las 11 a.m. a través de Zoom. ¡Han sido casi 18 meses de preparación! Anticipamos una presentación aproximada de 40 minutos, seguida de un período de preguntas y respuestas. El borrador del plan y los apéndices se pueden ver en el sitio de Norwalk Tomorrow: https://tomorrow.norwalkct.org/transit-oriented-development Cualquier persona puede acceder a esta reunión por teléfono, Zoom y/o el canal de YouTube de la ciudad de Norwalk. Instrucciones específicas y enlaces pueden encontrarse en: https://www.norwalkct.org/1913/Meeting-Notices Acceso telefónico (solo para escuchar) • Marque: (646) 558-8656 o (267) 831-0333, y luego: Para la reunión del 1 de julio Ingrese la identificación del webinar: 899 1010 7945 El enlace es https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89910107945 Para la reunión del 2 de julio Ingrese la identificación del webinar: 868 7633 1013 El enlace es https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86876331013 Para aquellos que desean ver, pero no participar, las transmisiones en vivo de las dos reuniones se pueden ver en el canal de YouTube de la ciudad de Norwalk: norwalkct.org/youtube Las reuniones también se grabarán y se publicarán copias de las grabaciones de audio en el sitio web de la Ciudad dentro de los siete (7) días posteriores a la reunión.

East Norwalk Neighborhood Tod Plan

View Draft Plan