FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Town of Fairfield
James R. Wendt, AICP
Town of Fairfield invites residents to participate in a POCD online workshop
[Fairfield, CT]- The Town of Fairfield is re-launching its effort to update its Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). The Plan serves as a “roadmap” for preservation and growth over the next decade that guides the Town in making decisions related to housing, economic development, transportation, infrastructure, environmental resources, public facilities, open space, and historic and cultural resources.
Residents, business owners, students, and other stakeholders have been actively involved in this process and can continue to help craft the 10-year plan by participating in an exciting and interactive online workshop: www.fhistudio-apps.com/fpocd/
The workshop is an opportunity for people to re-examine their prior input and to add any new insights for goals for the town that they may have gained such as:
- Identify the Town’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
- Prioritize goals.
- Identify locations for preservation, enhancement, and transformation.
- Share their ideas for new projects and policies.
“We are very excited to announce another opportunity for the community to participate in the process. Community participation is vital to ensuring the Plan of Conservation and Development reflects the community vision,” said Jim Wendt, Fairfield’s Planning Director.
This workshop will be open through the end of the month. The Town encourages people to share the link with others who might be interested in participating. Those who want to stay informed about the plan can sign up for updates here: https://forms.gle/xSWdS3mK8Fc5Jpae9
An update of the Plan is required at least once every ten years. The last Plan was adopted in 2016. The update is expected to continue through 2022 and will culminate in a 2023 Plan. In 2020, the Town started the POCD planning process. It met with staff across various Town departments, engaged residents a “pop up” event at the Harvest Festival and held three well-attended winter workshops. The POCD update process was temporarily put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2022, the Town contracted with FHI Studio to complete the POCD. FHI Studio has worked with several municipalities in the region on their POCD. Resident and stakeholder input from the first round of engagement is still relevant and the Town and FHI Studio will be incorporated that into the final plan.