Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) Workshop
Thursday 10/4/18, 7pm in the Greenwich High School Student Center
"Our next meeting will be focused primarily on East and West Putnam Avenue (the Post Road corridor) and secondarily on the downtown. Our consultants will be presenting rendering of what the corridor could look like if it were built-out to its maximum building potential under the current zoning regulations. It is critical to get input on whether or not you like what you see, and if not, how you would change it.
Also important to note is; due to changes in the multi-family moderate income housing regulations in the business zones, many new projects have tripled in prior allowable size. This is changing the character along the post road corridor for better or worse. These regulations will create more moderate income housing units at a much higher density although they do not fulfill the Town's obligation to reach the 10% goal of "Affordable units" under state Statute 8-30g. Regardless of changes to the Moderate income housing regulations the possibility of even larger projects at higher density may replace the Moderate units because we have not addressed affordable housing.” Greenwich Director of Planning and Zoning Katie DeLuca on the Plan of Conservation & Development
Reclaiming Our Attics and Basements 1/10/17 The Greenwich Planning & Zoning commission held its second and final of two public hearings on a proposal from Theresa Hatton, whose application benefited from the support form the Greenwich Association of Realtors, Chamber of Commerce and Greenwich Property Owners Association.
Denying us the use of attics has not achieved the stated goal of reducing
bulk. In fact, forcing homeowners and builders to use light-weight framing
trusses has created a potential safety hazard for our first
responders due to premature failure in the event of a fire.
PLEASE GIVE US BACK OUR ATTICS…
AND STOP COUNTING OUR BASEMENTS!
Click here for more info http://greenwichlanduse.com
R-6 Zone: Promoting Housing Opportunities, Removing Costs & Restrictions.
Providing housing opportunities to keep service providers, young people and seniors in our community is critical. Too many people who work in Greenwich and help to provide our necessary service cannot afford to live here. Our young people cannot afford to start families or careers here, our seniors are often forced to cash out and move elsewhere. How do we retain our quality of life without these vital members of the community?
Revaluation of Greenwich real estate
Moderate Income Housing
Town Drainage Manual The 2012 town drainage manual has presented serious compliance challenges and contains conflicts with other town departments. It represents a costly and marginally effective solution to the avoidance of dealing with town-wide drainage infrastructure.
Grade Plane, FAR, Height, Setbacks, ans Green Space Requirements We recognize the need to control over-development, but Greenwich is the only town that has multiple redundant controls that have led to extensive use of fill and retaining walls in order to meet the requirements that do not adequately address the rolling character of the land in our town. These controls have added significant cost while diminishing the utility and value of our properties.
Parking Requirements Effect Local Businesses A series of required parking regulations over a 5 year period has eliminated the possibility of opening or expanding businesses in town. New hair salons, children's educational and sports classes and almost all other types of fitness and personal service businesses cannot meet the new parking requirements. This has limited prospective tenants, hurt businesses and limited competition.
Discretionary Zoning Impacts Businesses And Residents The current zoning regulations are extremely discretionary. Property rights may only be determined through a lengthy and costly approval process. This is causing potential businesses and residents to relocate to other communities rather than face the expense and uncertainty of fulfilling their dreams in Greenwich.
Planning in Greenwich, Manage For Positive Change The last Plan of Conservation and Development Focused on Drainage and led to new Drainage regulations and Green area restrictions (see above). The POCD of the previous decade gave us Grade Plane, FAR and the all too familiar "house on a platform". We need to get away from reactive zoning and move toward managing change and responsible planning for the future.
Compare Greenwich Staffing & Service with Similar Communities. The GPOA is supporting a collaboration between the Greenwich Association of Realtors and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce to study staffing and processes in similar communities through a grant by the National Association of Realtors. This study should guide the BET with regard to departmental staffing as well as introducing constructive changes to the land use process and rules.
Residential & Commercial Interests
1/10/17: GFP covers FAR Meeting: P&Z Mulls Attics & Basements: Packed House Testy at Times
11/16/16: Greenwich Time covers Housing size debate draws 175 to Greenwich P&Z meeting
9/22/16: Katy DeLuca, Director of P&Z, held a seminar as the third in a series of advocacy outreach efforts sponsored by the Chamber's Corporate and Government Committee.
6/16: Rita Azrelyant, Director of Parking Services
updated us on the Town's latest initiatives and her role and plans for Parking Services in Greenwich. She also shared the latest parking maps and her recommendations on how to alleviate some parking concerns. This seminar was sponsored by the Chamber's Corporate and Government Committee.
5/16: R-6 Zone Study Public Meeting P&Z hired a consultant to study the R-6 Zoning and held a meeting for public input, check back for follow up info.
3/16 Understanding the tax revaluation and appeal process. Speakers: Scott Kelland and Peter Trefny Click for article from Greenwich Time
2/16 P&Z undertook a study of the downtown parking load generated by the employees of Downtown Greenwich businesses. It has long been suspected that employees are utilizing much of the downtown parking that should be available to customers and shoppers. In fact, the study found that of the 1700 +/- spaces employees used approximately 1300, leaving 400 or so downtown spaces left after the employee demand has been satisfied. Click for Press Release
Town of Greenwich Department of Parking Services
Multi Space Meters & Pay By Phone In Downtown Greenwich Avenue Parking Lots
Click for Press Release 10/1/15
GPOA Breakfast Meeting with Katie Deluca
As part of GPOA’s continuing efforts to support the residential and commercial property owner interests, we were pleased to have as a guest, Katie Deluca, Planning & Zoning Director of Greenwich.
GPOA IN THE NEWS
...The commission approved the plan Tuesday night after having twice delayed a vote, citing concerns from a property-owners' group. Members of the Greenwich Property Owners Association, a nonprofit group that says it represents people with an interest in protecting property values, had argued the language in the plan was unclear and could potentially hinder future development within the town...
P&Z pushes back consideration of zoning changes
Ken Borsuk, Tuesday, April 21, 2015
...The decision to defer came after continued protest from the Greenwich Property Owners Association, a nonprofit group that says it represents people with an interest in protecting town property values. ...
... Members of the Greenwich Property Owners Association, a nonprofit group that said it represented people with an interest in protecting town property values, appeared at Tuesday's meeting and said the language of the proposal ...
Justin Pottle, January 14, 2014
Speaking on behalf of the Neighborhood Association, he expressed skepticism at survey results suggesting Cos ... drew the attention and derision of several residents, including an anonymous group of Greenwich property owners. ...