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Town to Hold Community Workshop on Transit-Oriented Development

New Park Avenue looking north, near the Elmwood CTFastrak Station. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The Town of West Hartford is continuing to invite public opinion as a change in zoning for a Transit Oriented Development zone is being considered.

By Ronni Newton

The Town of West Hartford has scheduled a community workshop, to be held virtually, to continue to solicit public opinion regarding creation of a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) zone surrounding the town’s two CTfastrak stations.

A survey was launched last month, and the workshop is a continuation of the process.

“The workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about the study, TOD, and most importantly, allow the town to hear from our residents, businesses, and taxpayers on the future of the station areas,” Town Planner Todd Dumais said in an email.

Transit-oriented development, broadly, refers to relatively high-density, mixed-use development located near a fixed transit station. The development is typically within a 10-minute walk of a station and is overall pedestrian-friendly in order to encourage use of mass transit, and offers non-automobile-dependent live, work, and play opportunities.

Expansion of TOD is one of the goals established in West Hartford’s recently-adopted 2020-2030 Plan of Conservation and Development, and through the survey and workshops, the town will further refine its strategies.

The survey link remains open for those who have not yet completed it and would like to express their opinions but are unable to attend the virtual workshop on Wednesday. Click here to access the survey.

Information on how to join the virtual workshop is below:

DATE & TIME: 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26

Join Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85659527180?pwd=cXdKVWE4Y3k3UERucUp3RXlsYmRMZz09

One tap mobile: +16465588656,,85659527180#,,,,*118626# US (New York)

Dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

ID: 856 5952 7180

Passcode: 118626

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