Residents will have a chance to speak out on the proposed town Plan of Conservation and Development at an Oct. 7 public hearing.
“Over the past year, local efforts have been underway to draft updates to Ellington’s Plan of Conservation and Development,” the town Planning Department said in a written release. “The plan guides land use, development patterns, preservation strategies, and capital investments for certain infrastructure and community facilities for the next decade. The draft updates consider comments from two public informational meetings, responses to a community survey, dialogue from routine public meetings of the POCD Update Committee and comments from various town departments and boards.“
The plan includes numerous recommendations on everything from housing, to commercial development to conservation strategies.
A few of the proposals are working with the Conservation Commission to develop a list of properties that are a priority for open space preservation, creating more opportunities for farm wineries and breweries, waiving permit fees for foundation repairs and considering a property tax abatement program for properties with replaced or repaired foundations, allowing mixed use residential development with residential density of up to eight to 10 unties of housing per acre and requiring a minimum of 1,000 square feet of commercial space per 10 units of housing, and creating an Ellington Center Village plan.
The public hearing will be at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Town Hall Annex, 57 Main St. The draft plan can be viewed at www.ellington-ct.gov/AgendaCenter or by contacting Ellington Planning Departmental at: 57 Main St., P.O. Box 187 Ellington, CT 06029.