What’s Up With the Water?

What’s Up With the Water?

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There's been some excitement, and a fair amount of anxiety as one of Norwalk's two municipal water companies released it's required annual water quality report this summer. FIRST DISTRICT 2018 WATER QUALITY REPORT The First District Water Department, which serves parts of East Norwalk as "out-of-district" customers, quietly added something new to the report this year as a result of new testing recommendations from the State of Connecticut. It was a section reporting on the presence of a family of chemicals frequently called PFAs, PFOs or PFOAs. These chemicals are getting increased scrutiny from governments all over the U.S. as their toxicity, pervasiveness, persistence and effects on human health are being examined more closely. Despite this attention, the Federal government, via the Environmental Protection Agency has failed to set firm…
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TOD Study Choices and Priorities Workshop (7/25/2019)

TOD Study Choices and Priorities Workshop (7/25/2019)

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The second public forum to gather input for the Transit Oriented Development study for East Norwalk around the railway bridge was held on July 25th. This session involved a visual preference survey answered by the eighty or so attendees. If you missed the session, you can review the presentation, and keep your eyes peeled for an online version of the survey.
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Walk Bridge Permit Pending for September 1st

Walk Bridge Permit Pending for September 1st

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At a recent meeting attended by Walk Bridge Project and DEEP representatives, it was reported that Connecticut's Department of Transportation intends to submit the master permit application for the Walk Bridge and its associated projects on September 1, 2019. Still pending are referrals from the Shellfish and Harbor Commissions on the Eversource undergrounding project, as well as sign-off from the Third Taxing District on certain elements of the East Avenue redesign project being done along with the railroad bridge.
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April 5th Zoning Commission Meeting Report – FINAL DECISION

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After a public hearing that was continued on April 2nd, and after hearing the results of two peer reviews, the Zoning Commissioners unanimously approved both the zone change and the project: h. #11-17R - 230 East Avenue, LLC – Proposed amendments to Section 118-700 to permit transit oriented development (TOD) in the Ind#1 zone at the East Norwalk Railroad Station – Review of public hearing – Report and recommended action i. #11-17SP/#29-17CAM - 230 East Avenue, LLC – 230 East Ave/3 Rowan St/Osborne Av – New 5-6 story, 276,408 sf mixed use development with 189 multifamily dwelling units (215,025 sq ft), 39,492 square feet office, 4,260 sq ft gross (2,130 sq ft active) restaurant, 5,550 sq ft gross (4,163 sq ft active) retail and 15,939 sf Pooch Hotel (existing) in…
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January 17th Zoning Commission Meeting Report

January 17th Zoning Commission Meeting Report

230 East Avenue, Decision-Makers In Action, Latest Post
                           On Wednesday, January 17th, the Zoning Commission got its first look at the application/drawings for the proposed development on the former transit parking lot near the East Norwalk Train Station. Four buildings, up to six stories high. Only one percent of the proposed square footage (combined) will be restaurant/retail. The proposed restaurant is intended for the roof of the old factory building. The remainder is about 75% residential with 195 proposed units (studio, one BR and two BR). Much of the proposed commercial consists of the existing Pooch Hotel building. Here is the description of the project, from the Zoning Application: .#11-17R/#11-17SP/#29-17CAM - 230 East Avenue, LLC –230 East Ave/3 Rowan St/Osborne Av - Proposed amendments to Section 118-700 to permit transit oriented development (TOD) in the Ind#1 zone…
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January 16th Planning Commission Meeting Report

January 16th Planning Commission Meeting Report

230 East Avenue, Decision-Makers In Action, Latest Post
                                On Tuesday, January 16th, the Planning Commission got its first look at the application/drawings for the proposed development on the former transit parking lot near the East Norwalk Train Station. Four buildings, up to six stories high. Only one percent of the proposed square footage (combined) will be restaurant/retail. The proposed restaurant is intended for the roof of the old factory building. The remainder is about 75% residential with 195 proposed units (studio, one BR and two BR). Much of the proposed commercial consists of the existing Pooch Hotel building. This is the meeting where one Planning Commissioner characterized a section of East Avenue as a "ghetto". Here is the description of the project, from the Zoning Application: .#11-17R/#11-17SP/#29-17CAM - 230 East Avenue, LLC –230 East Ave/3 Rowan St/Osborne…
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City Commissions Should Drive East Norwalk Planning Design

Decision-Makers In Action, Latest Post, Uncategorized
Once again, Norwalk's Planning and Zoning Commissions are being asked to make changes to the zoning code to facilitate a development that is not on its planning radar. East Norwalk has been neglected for decades for Planning Design and pro-active Economic Development invitations to new businesses. While the active and well-funded Redevelopment Agency has made and re-made South and Central Norwalk, East Norwalk has sat waiting for its turn to be the bride for comprehensive planning and economic development. Now, on the cusp of beginning the Plan of Conservation and Development, and a $125k grant from the State to study and plan for Transit Oriented Development around the East Norwalk Train Station, an applicant is seeking to jump to the head of the line and use the TOD zoning code…
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Transit Oriented Development Grant for East Norwalk Under Consideration

Transit Oriented Development Grant for East Norwalk Under Consideration

Decision-Makers In Action, East Avenue, Latest Post, Railway Bridge, Vision
A Special Meeting of the Planning Committee of the Common Council will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Common Council Chambers in Norwalk City Hall. JUNE 12, 2017  6:00 PM On Monday evening, the PC of the CC will be considering whether to refer a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Planning Grant application up the full Common Council for approval. This is the first time a TOD grant opportunity has been available to Norwalk since the City joined WestCOG (Western Connecticut Council of Governments). https://westcog.org/   The Planning and Zoning Department has put together a proposal to apply for the TOD Grant to apply to two areas in Norwalk and one of them is the East Norwalk Train Station TOD Area.   Why It's Important:…
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