NORWALK, Conn. – Some Norwalk political notes:
- POCD public hearing is tonight (Aug. 28)
- Crosland endorsed for Common Council
- ‘Reasonable range of alternatives’ for Routes 7-15 interchange chosen
A chance to weigh in on city-wide master plan
The Common Council Planning Committee is holding a public hearing on the drafted Plan of Conservation and Development, the city-wide master plan that will guide Norwalk development for the next 10 years, at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday Aug. 28) in City Hall.
The Planning Committee’s August discussion about the POCD was “overall positive” with “no major red flags,” Planning and Zoning Director Steven Kleppin told the Zoning Commission last week.
“I am hopeful after that public hearing they will move it to the full Council,” he said. “… Best case scenario the plan is adopted by October, if not I think it should be by November.”
Vocal opponent Adolph Neaderland is keeping up the fight.
“I had high hopes that this was a golden opportunity for Norwalk to upgrade to the challenges of current issues – taxes, energy , updating our out-dated 1990 construction standards, with Leeds Gold , solar energy, global warming, etc.,” Neaderland wrote in a Tuesday email to the Common Council. “Sorry to say, although those issues were inferred on pages 29 -36 in the 10/18/2018 draft, current implementation hurdles that require change were not identified. This DRAFT should be turned back for revision.”
Darnell Crosland, a newly-minted Republican who had hoped to be the party’s Mayoral candidate this year, has been endorsed by the Republican Town Committee to run for Common Council at large.
Crosland is taking the endorsement formerly granted to Enrique Santiago, he said last month.
The vote on Crosland was not unanimous, Republican Registrar Karen Doyle Lyons said.
“It was a voice vote,” she wrote. “A few in the back didn’t respond to the vote due to hearing problems. My thought was there were about five that did not vote and two voiced NO.”
The vote in July to endorse Lisa Brinton as the Republican Mayoral candidate was done by paper ballot.
7-15 website updated
The state’s Route 7-15 Project announced recently that its website has been updated with 3D models of its two preferred alternatives to revamp the connections of “Super 7,” Main Avenue and Route 15, the Merritt Parkway.
“We have reached an important milestone by selecting a reasonable range of alternatives,” the Connecticut Department of Transportation said in its email.
Meeting minutes show that the Committee preferred alternative 26, pictured above, and moved alternative 21D for a full review because it had been the consensus alternative in 2008.
A public hearing is planned for the fall.