Friday, November 18, 2011

20/20 Vision Recap

On November 16, 2011 the Planning and Zoning Commission hosted an update presentation on the Manchester 2020 planning process. For the past few months the Planning staff and the Commission have been reviewing the results of the 2020 quadrant meetings, conducting additional research, and writing the draft of the planning document.

The focus of the November 16th session was to review and discuss the aspirations that seem to be representative of the vision for Manchester’s future as articulated by participants in the 2020 workshops. The session also reviewed the major trends, opportunities, and challenges that may either facilitate or impede the Town’s ability to achieve these aspirations.

Planning staff previewed the concept of using community character descriptions as a way to organize and connect the aspirations of the community with the growth management principles and, ultimately, the recommended policies and actions the plan will recommend to achieve the community’s vision. By using community character descriptions, we can look at the different types of places that make up the Town of Manchester, and be sure the tools and strategies applied to the different communities both strengthen those places and help to realize the larger aspiration and vision for the Town.

The slideshow which was used at the 20/20 vision session can be accessed HERE.

It is anticipated the next 2020 meetings will be held in the first quarter of 2012 and focus on goals, objectives, and recommended actions to be incorporated into the plan. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Help Create a Prosperous, Sustainable Region

Sustainability has been a major theme throughout the Manchester 2020 planning process and will be included in the Manchester 2020 Plan. While sustainability is important to many residents and community members, the issue reaches far outside the Town boundary.

Manchester is currently participating in the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor project an exciting three-year initiative that supports planning for transportation, community development, economic development and environmental improvement projects that will help the Hartford/Springfield region grow and prosper in a more sustainable manner. Manchester residents are invited to participate in setting the priorities for the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor project. To participate, click HERE. to complete a 5-10 minute survey on the region and its future. For more information, please visit the project website at