Discuss Zoning regs; after-school program needs volunteers; Norwalk film fest; Veterans Day schedule

NORWALK, Conn. — Some information for you:

  • Public hearing on Zoning regulations is Tuesday
  • FCA needs volunteers for ASPIRE after-school program
  • ‘Short Cuts’ moves program to Wall Street Theater, showing Tuesday
  • Veterans Day info

Zoning code changes are afoot

Public input regarding Norwalk’s building zone regulations will be sought at a meeting planned for 7 p.m. next Tuesday in the City Hall Community Room.  The Zoning Commission anticipates a complete regulatory overhaul starting in 2020, and has $20,000 within its current budget earmarked for a preliminary evaluation of existing statutes. The evaluation will yield recommendations and a cost basis for the Commission’s 2020/2021 operating budget request.

Avon-based consultant Glen Chalder of Planimetrics will conduct the evaluation.  “Planimetrics was ultimately chosen based on their work experience on similar projects, having experience in coastal communities and their excellent reputation working with commissions and facilitating public meetings,” explained Norwalk Planning & Zoning Director Steve Kleppin.

Planimetrics will

  • Assess Norwalk regulations’ ease of use
  • Attend meetings to observe code implementation
  • Interview applicants regarding their experiences
  • Give examples of peer communities’ zoning codes that would work well for Norwalk
  • Recommend the type of code the city should consider
  • Prepare a summary report of findings

“Come tell us what you think!” urged Kleppin.

After-school program volunteers needed

Family & Children’s Agency (FCA) needs volunteers for the ASPIRE after-school program. ASPIRE volunteers give invaluable homework help and guidance to Norwalk’s middle school students, enabling a successful transition into high school with increased productivity and independence.  Along with academic support, ASPIRE offers enrichment activities, promotes character development and reinforces executive functioning skills.

ASPIRE is open to all Norwalk middle school students who meet the program criteria.  Hours are 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. five days a week during the school year at FCA’s Ben Franklin Center location.  Volunteers are asked to commit to one afternoon a week for three months.  To volunteer or request more information, contact Lisa Habasinski at [email protected] or 203-523-5735.

‘Short Cuts’ film fest moves to Wall Street Theater

Short Cuts, Fairfield County’s celebrated annual festival of short films, has found its new home at Wall Street Theater, where the festival’s latest program will be presented from 7:30-9:15 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 12.  Pre-show coffee and cookies will be served at 7:00.

Now in its ninth season, Short Cuts presents award-winning shorts curated from the renowned Tribeca Film Festival. November’s lineup consists of four films, followed by a conversation with director Haley Finnegan. “Audiences get to go behind the scenes of filmmaking during our post-film discussion. It’s a highlight of the evening.” says festival producer Nancy Diamond.

  • Haley Finnegan’s Westfalia depicts Emelia (acted by Finnegan) and Brody (Brian Flynn) who pack their things for a road trip in a 1984 Westfalia Vanagon. Reflecting today’s social media culture, the two characters want influence that they don’t quite have.
  • Metronome (In Time) is a wordless fable revealing the special relationship between an elderly maestro and a young piano prodigy.  The film’s award-winning director Scott Lochmus is known for his television work with musicians such as Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenowith and YoYo Ma.
  • In Pearl (China), director Robbin Feng invokes his mother’s memories of childhood in a poor Chinese fishing village to portray life through a little girl’s eyes. Pearl won a Special Jury Mention at the Tribeca Festival.
  • Animator/illustrator Floor Adams’ Mind my Mind (The Netherlands) shows how a differently wired brain affects your social life. Winner of Best Animated Short at the 2019 Indy Shorts International Film Festival, this insightful film is now Oscar eligible. It was also a Tribeca Festival nominee for Best International Short.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here  or call 203.293.8729.  Short Cuts is presented by Westport’s JIB Productions.

Veterans Day Schedule (Mon. Nov. 11)

  • Garbage and recycling collection will follow the regular schedule.
  • The Crescent Street transfer station and the Smith Street yard waste site will be open.
  • Norwalk Public Schools and offices will be open for students and staff.
  • City Hall will be closed.

More information is at norwalkct.org, or at the Customer Service Center (203) 854-3200.


Elsa Obuchowski November 9, 2019 at 12:33 am

Potential point of confusion: city hall is closed, but beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the concert hall there will be a free concert followed by Veterans Day ceremony (unless I’m misinformed).

Adolph Neaderland November 9, 2019 at 4:21 pm

Re Zoning:
I continue to question the the process.
How can proper zoning be decided until a city plan is proposed? There isn’t a comprehensive city plan yet, delineating residenial and/or commercial regions.

Proper zoning should be designed to optimize the process for developing such zones for the benefit of the city.

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