Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1000 Friends of Connecticut- Growing Smart in Tough Times

1000 Friends of Connecticut will be holding its annual meeting, entitled "Growing Smart in Tough Times" on Wednesday, October 6th from 4-6 p.m. The meeting is being held at 360 State Street, a new sustainable, mixed-use development in New Haven. 1000 Friends of Connecticut is a statewide organization dedicated to growing a healthy economy with choice in transportation, housing and education; and respect for farmlands, open space, natural and historic resources. Speakers will touch on many of the growth management topics we have been discussing at our Quadrant Workshops and at this summer's Planning Academy. All are welcome to attend.

For more information or to register, click on the image below, or visit http://www.1000friends-ct.org/

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Last But Not Least...The Southwest

The last of our four Quadrant discovery workshops will take place on Wednesday, October 20th at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Historical Society at 175 Pine Street. This workshop will focus on the Southwest Quadrant, which includes the historic West Side, the Keeney and portions of the Verplanck neighborhoods, the Spencer Street area and parts of Downtown. For those who have attended one or more of the previous workshops, you know the format: We will be discussing the present condition of this area of town, what we would like to see there in the future and how those ideas relate to the state's Growth Management Principles. Everyone who comes will have the opportunity to participate and all ideas will be heard. We especially welcome those who have not attended a workshop yet and people who live in the Southwest part of town. Of course, members of the Manchester community are invited and encouraged to participate!

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact the planning department at 860-647-3044 or via email at anderson@ci.manchester.ct.us.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Compiled Comments from the SE Quadrant Workshop

Below are map images containing all the compiled comments from the Southeast quadrant discovery workshop on September 14th. All are welcome to come take a closer look at these maps and to make additional comments tomorrow, Wednesday, September 22nd from 12-6 at the Lutz Children's Museum, 247 South Main Street. Enjoy!

Growth Management Principle 1:
Conservation, Restoration and Protection of the Natural Environment, Farmland, and Assets Critical to Public Health and Safety.

Growth Management Principle 2:
Conservation, Restoration and Protection of Cultural and Historic Resources.

Growth Management Principle 3:
The Redevelopment and Revitalization of Commercial Centers and Areas of Mixed Land Uses.

Growth Management Principle 4:
Concentration of Development Around Transportation Nodes and Major Transportation Corridors.

Growth Management Principle 5:
Expansion of Housing Opportunities and Design Choices in a Variety of Housing Types.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Southeast Success!

The Southeast Quadrant discovery workshop on Tuesday at Bennet Academy was a big success. Over 70 people from the Manchester community came to share thoughts, ideas and suggestions about the current state of the Southwest Quadrant and what the future might hold.

Staff is currently compiling all of the comments from those who participated. Keep a lookout for images of those maps to be posted in the coming days. For those who were unable to attend and would still like to offer comments, or for those who did attend and want to see what all the other groups talked about, we will be holding open hours next week, on Wednesday, September 22nd from 12-6 at the Lutz Museum on South Main Street.

Additionally, if you are interested in learning more about what makes a Livable Neighborhood and what you can do to strengthen the neighborhoods in the Southeast Quadrant, check out this Neighborhood Organizing Workshop on Wednesday at 6:30. This is not a Manchester 2020 event, but provides a great connection between what we have been discussing at the discovery workshops and what residents can do now to help improve their neighborhoods.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Livable Neighborhoods Organizing Workshop

Excitement is building for the Southeast Quadrant discovery workshop one week from today- Tuesday, September 14th at 7 p.m. in the Bennet Academy cafeteria! For those interested in continuing the conversation and perhaps getting more involved in strengthening the neighborhoods of the Southeast Quadrant, the Office of Neighborhoods and Families will be holding a Livable Neighborhoods Organizing Workshop the following week- on Wednesday, September 22nd. Click on the attached flyer or call the Office of Neighborhoods and Families at 860-647-3089 for more information.