Meeting set next week on final report on downtown’s future
The final version of a long-awaited report on the future of downtown will be detailed next week at a special public meeting called by the Board of Selectmen.
The meeting on the Downtown Steering Committee’s report will be presented to the Board of Selectmen at 7 p.m. next Wednesday in the Town Hall auditorium.
“This has been a thorough and transparent planning process which truly engaged Westporters,” First Selectman Jim Marpe said in a statement issued Tuesday. “I thank the members of the Downtown Steering Committee for their work.”
He said that when he appointed the committee more than a year ago he had “high hopes that they would succeed in developing the long needed master plan for the downtown which would meet with wide acceptance.”
Marpe’s downtown planning panel supplanted a committee working on a master plan designed to coordinate development projects and upgrades to the area appointed during the administration of his predecessor, Gordon Joseloff.
The DSC was assisted in preparing the report by a team of paid consultants, the RBA Group of Norwalk.
Marpe said the committee’s work had exceeded his expectations, producing what he said is “a plan that is inclusive, visionary and which, most importantly, has a strong focus on implementation and financing.”
Marpe said he looks forward to the formal presentation and is eager to begin implementing the recommendations.
The DSC voted to accept the final draft of the Downtown Master Plan as the committee’s final report at a special meeting last month.
Comments and suggestions provided on the previous drafts of the downtown plan — by the DSC, the public and other town bodies — have been considered and incorporated into the document wherever applicable, according to Marpe’s statement.
“I am incredibly pleased that the expansive and inclusive efforts of our master planning process have yielded a final report that is such a useful guide and blueprint for the future of downtown,” DSC Chairwoman Melissa Kane said in the statement. “I am certain Westporters will be very happy to see how much their ideas and feedback have shaped the content of the plan.”
The July 15 meeting will be broadcast live on Cablevision Channel 79 and Frontier 99, and also will be video streamed on the town’s website at www.westportct.gov
The final report has been posted online at: http://downtownwestportct.com/products