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Downtown planning shifts into high gear with 'charrette' weekend Sept. 20-21

Updated 12:15 pm, Wednesday, September 3, 2014
  • A new exhibit "Thinking About Westport's Future" that includes quotes and word clouds of answers to questions from Your Downtown Survey is on display on the staircase and on the first floor Riverwalk Hallway at the Westport Library. Photo: Contributed Photo / westport news
    A new exhibit "Thinking About Westport's Future" that includes quotes and word clouds of answers to questions from Your Downtown Survey is on display on the staircase and on the first floor Riverwalk Hallway at the Westport Library. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Another in a series of forums in the ongoing Your Downtown campaign is set for the weekend of Sept. 20-21, with a series of on-site "satellite" events planned as part of the program.

The undertaking, which organizers are calling a "charrette," or public planning session, continues the months-long series of meetings on various aspects of Westport's downtown and its future.

The charrette, which organizers say is often used by architects and urban planners, will comprise collaborative sessions in which people, such as the public, design professionals, merchants and municipal experts, discuss and draft solutions to address problems and future plans.

The downtown charrette will be used to guide the preparations of a downtown master plan. Using results of the Your Downtown survey and workshops earlier this year as a framework, the program aims to formulate design concepts, guidelines and policy recommendations.

On Sept. 15, the Downtown Steering Committee will hold a pre-charrette information session at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall. A detailed schedule of the charrette events, including meetings, walking tours and open studios will be available, and also will be posted on the Your Downtown website and Facebook page.

For more information, visit www.downtownwestportct.com.