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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Downtown ‘Charette Weekend’ Planned

First Selectman Jim Marpe announced today that as part of the “Your Downtown” campaign, the Downtown Steering Committee (DSC) will host a charrette Saturday, Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21 at Town Hall, with satellite events held at locations throughout downtown.

“We are incredibly pleased that so many residents have already participated in the planning process through the survey and visioning workshops,” said Melissa Kane, DSC chairwoman. “At this point the town is ready to move into the stage where our design professionals will produce and test design concepts that reflect the results of that initial community engagement.

“The charrette is that next step,” she added, noting that the ideas it generates are critical to the formulation of a downtown master plan.

DSC is providing guidance and technical assistance to the consultant team, led by the RBA Group, in developing the master plan.

A method typically used by architects and urban planners, a charrette consists of collaborative working sessions of design professionals, residents, merchants and municipal experts. Kane said the purpose of the Your Downtown Charrette is to advance the downtown master planning process into the design and policymaking stage.

Kane said the charrette will use the results of the Your Downtown Survey and the downtown visioning workshops “as a framework for guiding the design process” and policy recommendations.

Kane noted that the DSC will also host a pre-charrette information session in Town Hall auditorium on Monday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., during which a detailed schedule of the following weekend’s events will be explained and posted on the project’s website and Facebook page.

“We want as many Westporters as possible to help create and weigh in on those solutions.” Kane said.

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Posted 09/02/14 at 03:14 PM  Permalink



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Just a question—-if and when all this is completed—and IF it is decided the buildings in town will need to be changed (entrances or architecture, etc) who pays for this?  Do the building owners pay?  Have they agreed to participate in this no matter the decision outcome?  If downtown faces the water—do the building owners have to do construction to meet the plan? 

At the end of all this—how is it implemented?

Posted by Bart Shuldman on September 02, 2014 at 08:29 PM | #