Updated, 1:46 p.m.: Maps of proposed SSDD and TOD added.
NORWALK, Conn. — Norwalkers interested in weighing in on Zoning changes near the South Norwalk Train Station might want to attend a Monday evening public hearing in City Hall.
A joint meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commissions will focus on SoNo Station Design District proposed Zoning amendments and proposed changes to the Building Zone map.
The hearing is at 7 p.m. Monday in the City Hall community room.
Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin will explain the South Norwalk Transit Oriented District (TOD) proposed Zoning changes and the affordable housing component, Planning Commission Chairwoman Fran DeMeglio said in a Saturday email. Then RKG Associates will discuss their housing affordability analysis, which was done for the Redevelopment Agency.
While the current zoning requires 10 percent workforce housing in a building with 20 or more units, the drafted zoning would require 20 percent workforce housing in a building with 12 or more units.
The Zoning Commission in July said it was working toward having a public hearing on new regulations developed from the Redevelopment Agency’s South Norwalk Transit Oriented Development Plan, which was approved by the Common Council in 2016. The idea, according to the July 12 draft, was to “enhance transit utilization by establishing a higher density mix of uses, which include but are not limited to residential, office, retail, service and public uses, in the area immediately surrounding the South Norwalk Train Station.” The goal is to encourage development near the train station, while retaining and enhancing “the established character of South Norwalk by keeping the scale and use of buildings compatible with those on adjacent streets; limiting major traffic flow to nonresidential streets; and installing street improvements.”
DiMeglio said, “All residents are invited to attend and voice their opinions.”