Norwalk Industrial Waterfront Land Use Plan

As an extension of the Norwalk Industrial Zones Study, the City of Norwalk is developing an urban waterfront land use plan. This study will focus on existing and future land use along the waterfront, taking public access and recreation into consideration. The plan will also take a look at information about the water itself and environmental issues, including navigation channels, water quality, and flood hazards.

The final plan will be used to inform future rezoning efforts, among other things, and include:

  • Prioritized land use policy
  • Economic development recommendations
  • Identified capital projects, paired with suggested timelines and funding sources

Why Create a Plan for Norwalk’s Urban Waterfront?

Urban waterfronts serve many purposes – they are centers for economic activity that are dependent on the water and are desirable spaces for public recreation. They are also sought after locations for housing and commercial uses like restaurants and retail. Waterfronts must also respond to many pressures and changes such as rapidly evolving economic conditions and increased flood risk.

This plan will help Norwalk to take stock of the needs, aspirations and ideas for the future of the city’s waterfront. The result will be a framework for regulations, rezoning recommendations, and projects needed to pursue a healthy, vibrant and dynamic waterfront for Norwalk that balances public access, water-dependent land uses, and flood resiliency.

What Area Will the Plan Cover?

The above map shows the boundary of the Waterfront Plan area and also highlights the relationship of different parcels to the planning process:

  • Study Area (shown in dark blue): will be examined to determine if a change in land use and zoning regulations is appropriate.
  • Study Area Parks (shown in green) : public parks within the study area will remain as-is, but are included in the plan because surrounding land uses need to be complementary to them in order to create a positive experience for park users and minimize conflicting objectives.
  • Influence Areas (shown in light blue): these lay just outside of the study area boundary and will not be considered for any changes in land use and zoning regulations as part of this plan. They will be analyzed, however, to make sure that any changes proposed within the study area are compatible with the uses and character within these Influence Areas.

Who Is Involved?

The Waterfront Planning Steering Committee is composed of members who have a specific understanding of waterfront business and redevelopment issues.

  • Darlene Young, Common Council
  • John Kydes, Common Council
  • Lou Schulman, Zoning Commission
  • Richard Roina, Zoning Commission
  • Tammy Langalis, Planning Commission
  • Sabrina Church, Economic & Community Development
  • Steve Kleppin, Planning & Zoning
  • Laura Kenny, Planning & Zoning
  • Michelle Andrzejewski, Planning & Zoning
  • Steve Bartush, Shellfish Commission
  • Carly Kramer, Norwalk Redevelopment Authority

One additional Harbor Management Commission member will be appointed as a representative on the Waterfront Planning Steering Committee.

The City of Norwalk has engaged Utile and Ninigret Partners to serve as the Consultant Team who will work closely with the Steering Committee throughout the planning process.

In addition, the study will be done in coordination with the Norwalk Harbor Management Commission, since the final recommendations are intended to inform future updates to the Harbor Management Plan as well as land-side land use regulations.

Waterfront Land Use Plan Timeline

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