On the shirt tails of our referendum yesterday regarding the sidewalk, please join this informative forum this evening. Many issues that are on the table for discussion may be a jumping off point for why the sidewalks are becoming first and foremost at the forefront now. Join us for a virtual forum on zoning changes that will affect your home and your town: Date: Wed. March 31, 2021 Time: 6PM – 7:30 PM Zoning, Land Use Issues & What is at Stake Place: Please be sure to register here:
Zoning boards must be able to rule based on local criteria like location, topography, flooding, traffic, parking, environmental issues, wildlife, open space, historic preservation, infrastructure capacity and what is already built nearby. The panel includes State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Woodstock TPZ Chairman Dr. Jeffery Gordon, Kathryn Braun, Esq. TPZ Commissioner Fairfield, and Steven Mullins TPZ Commissioner West Haven.
This proposed change in the CT General Statutes puts zoning control at a state level- it does not consider individual towns, and it is aimed at increasing density.
At the 32 minute mark- the Westcog speaker- explains the bill and voices the same concerns we have raised for the last approx 50 years- he says this bill will eliminate public hearings, and the state will not consider water quality issues
Affordable housing Act Allows litigant to seek attorney’s fees against the towns- Town would have to pay own attorney expenses and litigant’s attorney fees
This from Sen. Hwang:
The need for more diverse housing in Connecticut needs to be addressed, HOWEVER the unique needs and geography of each community (including cities, suburbs, and rural areas) must be considered. The above noted bills will:Force municipalities to erect specific types of housing developments within a ½ mile of transit stations OR ¼ mile of commercial corridors, Eliminate local control over certain types of housing (location-based, accessory, 2+ units) and allow certain developments to occur without a local public hearing, Create new mandates – including training staff, assimilating local regulations and shouldering new costs, Affect the environment and drinking water statewide by ignoring the responsibilities of municipalities who host waterways, open space, Impact traffic flow, parking demands, Drive up residency at a rate which outpaces the capacities of local resources/services – Police, Fire, Schools, Overburden the public water and sewer infrastructure (if available )Require access to public transportation (if available)
Have your “Voice” be heard on the issues! Planning & Development Committee Public Hearing Monday, March 15, 10 a.m.
Registration deadline: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m. Testify via email:Send testimony to email@example.com Include “NO to State-Mandated Zoning and Yes to maintaining Local Control & Municipal Home Rule” in the subject line Preferably Word or PDF format Include your Name, Town and Bill Numbers (HB 6107, HB 6611, HB 6612, HB 6613, SB 1024, SB 1026, SB 1027) Copy me on your testimony at firstname.lastname@example.org Testify by phone:To register, call (203) 350-3769 to leave your contact information. You can watch the hearing here. HELP SPREAD THE WORD !
There will be a public information meeting March 18, 2020 in the Easton Library Community Room at 7:30 pm to discuss the Letter of Intent from Sacred Heart University to build a Sports Complex on Easton’s Morehouse Road fields adjacent to Samuel Staples Elementary School.
First Selectman Bindelglass invites the public to a brown bag lunch chat on February 18th, 2020 at noon at Easton Town Hall, Conference Room A. Come spend some time with the First Selectman. All are welcome!
There is also an opportunity for Q & A with the First Selectman on February 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm at Easton Town Hall, Conference Room A.
Citizens for Easton meets the third Wednesday of every month at 8 PM in the library conference room. Due to COVID, we have been meeting via conference call. If you would like to attend a meeting, email us at email@example.com, and we will provide you with the meeting information.