Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NW Quadrant Workshop a Success. Still Opportunities to Participate

The Manchester 2020 Quadrant meetings got off to a successful start last night at the 8th Utilities District offices. Over 60 members of the community came together to discuss what is currently going on in this area of town and what we would like to see in the future. Participants were split up into five small groups and rotated to five stations, each focusing on one growth management principle. The groups shared ideas and answered several questions about how each principle related, or could relate to the Northwest quadrant. Planning department staff will now compile all the ideas expressed at the workshop, and conduct research in preparation for a follow-up meeting in the fall.

If you were unable to attend, you still have the opportunity to contribute to the discussion on this quadrant. On Wednesday, July 7th from 12-6, staff will be available at the 8th Utilities District offices at 18 Main Street. We will have maps with comments from last night's meeting on hand and will be available to anyone who wishes to drop in and offer input. Participants at last night's meeting are also welcome to stop by to see the compiled ideas and comments.

From here, we will be moving to the Northeast Quadrant. The Northeast Quadrant meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 27th at 7 PM at the Senior Center at 549 East Middle Turnpike. This workshop will follow the same format and all members of the Manchester community are welcome.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

From Buckland Hills to Busways: Lots to Talk About

Union Pond. Buckland Hills. Wickham Park. Manchester Memorial Hospital. The Waddell Neighborhood. Buckland Industrial Park. Parts of the Robertson and Verplanck neighborhoods. Center Springs Park. Tolland Turnpike. Broad Street. The Hockanum River and the H.R. Linear Trail. Depot Square. Proposed transportation improvements including the East of the River Busway, circulator buses and improved roadway access between I-84, Red Stone Road and the Shoppes at Buckland Hills.

There is an awful lot going on in Manchester's Northwest Quadrant.

At the Northwest Quadrant discovery workshop on Tuesday, June 29th, participants will have the opportunity to discuss current conditions in this area, what you would like to see the quadrant look like 10 years from now, how growth management principles apply here, and how they could in the future. The workshop begins at 7 PM at the 8th Utilities District Offices, 18 Main Street. For those who can't make it on Tuesday, we will also be holding open hours at the same location from 12-6 on July 7th. Don't miss this opportunity to participate in setting a vision for Manchester's future!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Planning Academy Video Now Available

Video of the Manchester 2020 Planning Academy is now available on our Planning Academy Materials page.

Friday, June 11, 2010

First Quadrant Meeting- June 29th 7 PM!

All members of the Manchester community are invited to attend the first Manchester 2020 Quadrant Discovery Workshop on Tuesday, June 29th at 7:00 p.m. The workshop will take place in the 8th Utilities District Offices at 18 Main Street, on the corner of Main and Hilliard Streets.

The Quadrant Discovery Workshops are the first step in the Manchester 2020 planning process. Each will include facilitated discussions on one area of town. Everyone in attendance will have the opportunity to participate and everyone's ideas will be heard.

During this first workshop we will be discussing the Northwest Quadrant. There is a lot going on in this area of town. From Buckland Hills to the Hockanum River, to Buckland Industrial Park to several residential neighborhoods, to Union Pond to Broad Street, to Wickham Park to Manchester Memorial Hospital. We are looking forward to a great discussion on current conditions in this quadrant and on what kind of place it might be in the future.

Everyone in the Manchester community is invited. While we would like to see residents who live in the Northwest Quadrant represented, these workshops are meant for everyone. For those unable to attend, we will also be holding open hours on Wednesday, July 7th from 12-6 p.m. at the same location.

It is not necessary to sign up in advance, but it would be appreciated. Call 860- 647-3044 or email to RSVP.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

A Successful Start!

The Manchester 2020 Planning Academy held on Satruday at MCC was a great success! Seventy (70) members of the Manchester community came to hear about the latest in demographics, smart growth, sustainability and other hot planning topics. Those in attendance were treated to thought-provoking presentations given by some excellent presenters. What a great way to kick-off Pride in Manchester week and the Manchester 2020 planning process! For those unable to attend, no worries. The event was taped and will be available soon on Channel 16 and through this site. For now, you can check out the slideshow presentations, presenter bios and agenda here:

Here are a few pictures from the event:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Last Call for Planning Academy RSVPs

The long-awaited Planning Academy is almost here. We have a sizable group of community residents and members of Manchester's boards and commissions signed up to be there this Saturday at MCC. You can still RSVP by calling the Planning Department at 860-647-3044. All are welcome, even without an RSVP, but we want to make sure to have enough food for you. For those who are unable to attend, no worries, the Academy will be recorded and run on Channel 16 and through this site. No promises of food if you watch on TV or your computer, though...