Neighborhood Coalition to explain Norwalk zoning application process

NORWALK, Conn. – So, exactly how does Norwalk handle major zoning applications?

The recent hullabaloo over the BJ’s Wholesale Club application that was withdrawn – at least for now – Wednesday has left a lot of residents wondering how things got to the point of press conferences, private presentations and public protests. Coalition members organized in opposition to the proposed BJ’s on Main Avenue.

The topic will be front and center at the monthly meeting of the Coalition of Norwalk Neighborhood Associations (CNNA) at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, at Norwalk City Hall Meeting Room 101.

In addition to the zoning discussion, the Coalition will tackle workforce housing regulations, ordinance issues and CNNA’s key initiatives for 2013, according to a CNNA press release.

Workforce housing is a new term for affordable housing and has become an issue in terms of how many units should be available and where they should be located. The issue becomes especially sensitive when discussing requirements for new housing developments that must include a specified number of workforce housing units.

Ordinance issues to be discussed, according to the release, include blight, noise and livestock. The city recently passed a residential property blight ordinance that neither Republicans nor Democrats on the Common Council were completely satisfied with, calling it a good start that will need to be revisited. Councilman Fred Bondi (R-At-Large) urged the council to work next on a commercial property ordinance. A livestock ordinance, spurred by cries of “fowl” in some parts of the city, is in the works.

All Norwalk residents are always welcomed to attend CNNA meetings, the release said.

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