Friday, October 22, 2010

Our series of Quadrant Discovery Workshops concluded with great success on Wednesday evening at the Manchester Historical Society. Approximately 70 people from the Manchester community participated in discussions on the present and future of Manchester's Southwest Quadrant. For those who would still like to comment but were unable to attend, we will be holding open hours at the Historical Society, 175 Pine Street from 12-6 this Tuesday, October 26th. Staff will be available with maps of the area and comments compiled from the workshop. Those who did attend are also welcome to come take a look at the comments from all the other groups.

Staff will now begin putting together all the ideas and comments from all four quadrant workshops and piecing together common themes. We will be scheduling a meeting sometime in November to report this information as a next step in the planning process. Be on the lookout for information on that meeting, coming soon.

Take a look at our participation map, below. Each dot represents someone who has participated in the Manchester 2020 Planning Process so far. Those who attended the Planning Academy in June are represented by an orange dot. Those who joined the process during the quadrant discovery workshops are represented by a blue dot. 166 dots so far! Are you represented? There will be plenty of other opportunities to participate as we work to create the plan over the coming months.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Final Quadrant Workshop One Week from Today

The Southwest quadrant has been waiting patiently for its day in the sun. Last but not least, the southwest will finally be featured in the final Manchester 2020 quadrant discovery workshop, which will take place on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010 at 7 p.m. at the Manchester Historical Society at 175 Pine Street.

The southwest quadrant includes the historic West Side, the Keeney and part of the Verplanck neighborhood, Manchester Community College, Laurel Marsh, the Cheney mills and mansions, the Spencer Street commercial area, Botticello farms and part of Downtown. As at each of the previous three quadrant discovery workshops, we will be discussing what is currently going on in this area of town, what we would like it to be like in the future and how it might relate to smart growth and sustainable development.

For those unable to attend on the 20th, we will again be holding alternate open hours. Those will be held from 12-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 26th at the Historical Society.

An RSVP is not required, but is appreciated. Please call the Planning Department at 860-647-3044 or email to register.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Local Agriculture

Many participants in our Manchester 2020 Quadrant Discovery Workshops have mentioned preserving and promoting agriculture in town as a potential goal for the Manchester 2020 plan. MAPA, the Manchester Agriculture Preservation Association, is a community group whose mission is to do just that. Currently, MAPA is organizing two "work parties" on Sunday, October 10th and is working to create edible school yards in Manchester. Check out the MAPA blog HERE.

Planning for Agriculture is another useful site for those interested in preserving farms and farming in Connecticut. The site outlines the economic, fiscal, environmental and recreational benefits of local agriculture and includes tools some municipalities have used to protect agricultural land and promote local farming viability. Click HERE for the Planning for Agriculture website and HERE for a pdf version of Planning for Agriculture: A Guide for Connecticut Municipalities.