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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Updated Website Focuses on Implementing Downtown Plan

Just like the town launched a website two years ago to gather ideas to formulate the Downtown Master Plan, today it announced a website relaunch to implement the plan, Image
The home page of the updated website of the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Town officials say the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee (DPIC) website is an extension and continuation of the master plan public outreach effort which began in the summer of 2014.

“I am excited about the launch of the new website,” said First Selectman Jim Marpe. “I have stressed that we did not want a master plan that was just going to ‘sit on the shelf,’ but rather a comprehensive plan that was actually going to be implemented.

“The implementation process is where the real work begins, and the new website is an important part of that effort,” he added.

Dewey Loselle, DPIC co-chair and town operations director, said the implementation will be an ongoing, multi-year process “to improve our downtown with approximately 60 potential improvement projects planned in the future.”

“Since the time the committee was created, it has been meeting regularly and is tackling a number of projects that were slated for the short term horizon,” Loselle said. “We are making steady progress.”

DPIC Co-Chair Melissa Kane encouraged interested residents to sign up to receive committee announcements.

“I also recommend periodically visiting the website to check on the implementation status of any DPIC project,” she said. “The committee is always open to citizens who wish to join a working group that is focused on a particular project of interest. We welcome everyone to attend our meetings and get involved.”

The website provides a history of the project and a summary of the adopted Downtown Master Plan. It also features a list of the short-, mid- and long-term recommendations identified in the plan. Embedded hyperlinks share updates related to the implementation of recommendations that have been identified as current priorities.

“I want to thank all the members of the DPIC for their continued hard work and dedication,” said Marpe, citing Kane, Loselle and committee member Jessica Newshel who helped develop the new website.”

The DPIC is set to meet Thursday, July 14, at 9 a.m. in Town Hall, Room 201A.


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