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Trumbull Zoning Board Seeks Help with Development Vision

First Selectman Tim Herbst will address the panel tonight.

Trumbull's Planning and Zoning Commission will have help revising its Master Plan, but some members have asked why it should be changed.

"There will be professionals to help us. I think we really need to have some input from other people," said commission Chairman Anthony Chory.

At a recent meeting, Town Planner Bill Levin suggested a meeting with First Selectman Tim Herbst. "I'm not sure what the first selectman's vision is," he said.

Vice Chairwoman Arlyne Fox added, "I don't understand why it has to be done in such a short period of time."

Herbst is scheduled to address the commission today at 7 p.m. special meeting in .

The plan, dated 2006, has six parts:

  • Water: Preserve and maintain natural resources, including streams, rivers, wetlands, steep slopes and woodlands;
  • Land Use and Open Space: Preserve passive recreational open space areas and improve active recreation facilities;
  • Economic Development: maintain compact commercial centers and strive to improve the appearance, traffic circulation and pedestrian environment of existing commercial areas and prevent strip development and the commercialization of the town's main roads; Establish a growth manangement policy for industrial uses that promotes efficient land use within existing industrial districts;
  • Housing: Maintain and preserve Trumbull's existing single-family owner-occupied housing and the character of existing neighborhoods while also encouraging new housing opportunities for the elderly and housing affordable to working families and single individuals;
  • Transportation: Preserve, maintain and enhance an efficient, multimodal transportation system;
  • Communities and Neighborhoods: Maintain and enhance the colonial New England character of Trumbull, including its architectural quality and residential main roads.

Zoning Board member Tony Silber said most of Trumbull is single-family housing, adding that mixed use development is also good for Trumbull.

He said the panel needs a point of reference, questioning what to do with the former Henderson Hardware buildings on Reservoir Avenue and Lindeman Drive business offices. The town is also missing opportunities on Corporate Park and Technology Drive, Silber said.

"I think we're missing opportunities for development because we don't have a roadmap," the commissioner said.

Member Richard Deecken added, "What possibility do I have for a rental to purchase home in Trumbull?" He said he wanted "more options than just Avalon Gates."

Tom Pieragostini April 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Our officials should take a look at the plans from nearby towns. One town in particular mentions one of its famous residents, Mark Twain, very prominently in their town plan of conservation and development. Why? Because of the reasons he lived there; ―"How beautiful it all is! I did not think it could be as beautiful as this." From their plan; "Since Mark Twain's time, Redding has continued to benefit from the efforts of residents who marvel at the town's unique character and are willing to work at preserving it." Perhaps we could somehow show some respect to the reasons why Igor Sikorsky chose Trumbull as his home to raise his family from the late 1920s to the mid 1950s. He made the covers of Life and Time Magazine, built the first transoceanic airplanes and invented the helicopter when he lived in Trumbull. While most major inventors' homes are national historic sites and museums, Sikorsky's are not. He lived in four homes in Trumbull, all of which have ties to notable Americans who visited and to some of the most important advancements in aviation history.
HL April 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Tom, you make an excellent point. Redding is one of the towns I admire the most, as they have put a premium on land preservation and education. They have not allowed their land to be sold off for commercial development for short term political aspirations. I would like to see us continue to improve existing commercial areas instead of develop new ones. We already have a TON of commercial zones, including (but not limited to) the Mall, the movie theater complex, the corporate park on Route 111 (complete with a Home Depot), the Long Hill area, the Town Hall area, Trumbull Center, various entities on White Plains Road further South, and more. Add to this the senior living zones that are springing up, the low income housing options and apartment complexes, St. Joseph's manor, and it's amazing that we aren't overflowing with cash. We are at a maximum capacity for commercial real estate and probably a tipping point if we push any further. I would like to see the town develop the South side of Trumbull Center, where the buildings are outdated and the commercial zone is no longer fruitful.
Pam Georgas April 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
While, I admit I have not read the plan in a couple years. I recall it being a little too vague. The outline was good in addressing key points of concern, but I think PZ has the right idea in opening it up and creating a more specific road map. Then neighborhoods will have more input, rather than having to deal with the unexpected, or adhoc development. New families and budinesses moving in will know what to expect next door when looking at buying. I think Trumbull has done a good job in purchasing key open spaces, but we need to discuss how to better identify, manage and protect these key greenways long term. I know there has been talk of a sustainable master plan for parks, and open space. I hope this comes to fruition. This would require collaboration between several boards and commissions.

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