Industrial Zones

Industrial zones are areas of a city that are designated for industrial uses and heavy commercial activities. As part of Norwalk’s recently completed 10-year Citywide Plan for 2019-2029, the City has undertaken a reassessment of its industrial zones. The study takes a closer look at these zones as key resources for allowing further economic diversification and creating job growth.

The industrial zone study answers several key questions and provides guidance on the following issues, among others:

  1. Are the areas currently zoned “industrial” appropriate for “industrial” uses? Should some be rezoned for other uses more appropriate for the neighborhood?
  2. What factors might deter future “industrial” growth in Norwalk?
  3. How do we take advantage of Norwalk’s harbor to increase commercial activity, while ensuring this City asset is something that can be utilized and enjoyed by all Norwalk residents?
  4. What are the infrastructure (roadways, sanitation, energy, etc.) constraints or limitations that may be preventing the desired commercial expansion?
  5. How do we foster craft industry growth in the City and ensure that thriving business expand and remain in Norwalk?
  6. What are other communities in the Northeast similar to Norwalk doing to attract commercial and manufacturing companies as well as new tech and green manufacturing companies?

Industrial Zoned Properties Map »

Industrial Zoned Properties by Land Use »

Industrial Zones Committee Presentation »

See results of the Industrial Zone Survey »



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  • Barry Kasdan says:

    Norden Property Tuck study is inadequate. Projected data based on numbers cannot come close to assessing the impact on residents. The study should include real-time driving of tractor trucks driving through the various routes. If the proposed plan projects 164 (example) trailer trucks diving on local streets over specified periods of time, Then that should be tested with 164 trailer trucks in real-time giving local area residents the opportunity to give feedback on a survey. Sound and vibration monitors should install along the routes to gather data that could be analyzed against survey responses. Sophisticated analitics alone cannot replicate what residents experience in real-time!

  • David Pramer says:

    East Norwalk is largely a residential community with residential community needs. This includes neighborhoods that are relatively quiet and livable with trees and sidewalks. It also includes access to conveniences – local stores and restaurants. It does not include being/becoming a major truck thoroughfare, high speed traffic highway/byway, nor excessive congestion. Some of the edges of the district have historically been zoned as industrial. This should be reviewed and determine if those pieces could go in a more desirable direction that is more consistent with the direction of the neighborhood.

  • Jennifer Ryan says:

    This will be a huge mistake for East Norwalk. East Norwalk is close residential community,. Why change this to meet the likes of industrial giants. This is dangerous move. There are children walking and biking to schools. There are homes in which the values will go down. These are people lives, they have made a home and a future here. If the potential buyers are looking to spend the money and resources on fixing the road ways around east Norwalk to satisfy, maybe they should propose making an exit off I-95….. Keep East Norwalk a residential community rather than an industrial community

  • Joseph Licek says:

    I think as there has been an increase in housing in Norwalk , with many more apartment units there is a great desire to make for a walkable , bike-able, commutable community, with a seaport and beach. This still doesn’t exclude the increase in auto and “general” serviceable traffic – It goes Hand and hand. This will also increase the need for bigger infrastructure as well (sewer, utilities, schools). In making Norwalk a more residential community makes it far more difficult for any kind of industry to be accepted and therefore is becoming less so a “fit” . Imposing heavy industries on communities of single family homes in not a good approach either. I don’t think Single family homes in residential areas should ever be excluded in our city and should be “protected” mostly as they are very much desirable amongst people and neighborhoods with schools are a good asset to the city . I think alot of people/families lean towards the thought and strive to owning a home as in a sense it fits into the “American Dream” kind of thinking. Imposing industry on them makes them less desirable for people to “live” Making then ugly places to live should never be the ideal goal. Do I think hard industry fits anywhere in Norwalk? I don’t think it every had a place here as it’s fairly densely populated and has always had a kind of charm. I’ve lived here 48 years but what I’ve seen in the past couple of years is it’s “been made” a lot less likely for industry in general because of the all new community friendly development . That’s not to say we can’t still support some small industry/ business – its not too late and still works in Norwalk but not something that is large, heavy and grinding. Direct Highway access to larger industrial facilities are a little better but still imposes on surrounding neighborhoods with the various kinds of pollution at hand. So , I’m not sure if I would ever agree with this either. I thank you for the opportunity to let me speak and I’m always happy to contribute my two cents anytime.

  • Maureen Shannon says:

    This is a horrible idea. Having all these trucks in and out of East Norwalk would destroy the area. This is one of Norwalk’s beautiful areas with so many people walking and using Calf Pasture Beach and Taylor Park. Do not allow this!!!

  • Donna Smirniotopoulos says:

    Where is the survey?

  • Jeff Cooper says:

    We don’t need more trucks in Est Norwalk or Norwalk.

  • Lee Levey says:

    A needed survey.