Council says Norwich development plan needs work

Norwich - The draft of the city's new plan of conservation and development proposes logical growth patterns for the city, but needs more details including timelines for implementation and priorities for the plan recommendations, members of the City Council said Tuesday.

The council received its first presentation on the 75-page plan Tuesday, kicking off a 65-day public comment period on the draft that will lead to a public hearing and adoption by the Commission on the City Plan. No dates for public forums or the public hearing have been set.

The plan focuses on promoting development in areas of the city that historically have attracted businesses and residential development followed by utilities and public infrastructure to support them.

The plan recommends promoting for development the historic city villages and their attractive unique characters, such as downtown, Greeneville, Taftville, the Route 97 section of Occum and Thamesville while also preserving the rural Wawecus Hill and Plain Hill areas.

The plan is available at www.norwichct.org, and review copies are on file at the city clerk's office and Otis Library. Comments can be submitted through the city website or by email to Director of Planning and Development Peter Davis at pdavis@cityofnorwich.org.

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