The Town of Washington, Connecticut
Town Planning Process
Our Town, Our Future -- Planning Meetings:
• Monday, October 4 -- Town Meeting [ Minutes ]
• Wednesday, October 20 -- Municipal Projects [ Minutes ]
• Thursday, October 28 -- Open Space [ Minutes ]
• Saturday, October 30 -- Saturday Forum [ Notes ]
• Thursday, November 4 -- Diversified Housing [ Minutes ]
• Tuesday, November 9 -- Public Education [ Minutes ]
• Wednesday, November 17 -- Focus Meeting [ Minutes ]
"Our Town, Our Future" -- Town Planning Process
Citizens are urged to attend the October 4th Town Meeting. The agenda includes a kick off the Town's "OUR TOWN, OUR FUTURE" PLANNING PROCESS. This series of meetings will engage citizens in the major issues that Washington will face over the next several years. A planning team, consisting of Dan Sherr, Jack Field, Jay Hubelbank, Mike Jackson and Dick Sears has set out a schedule of meetings. They invite the public into discussions in order to make critical decisions for the future of the Town.
Dick Sears, First Selectman, urges everyone to become involved in shaping the future of the Town. "We have two choices," says Mr. Sears. "We can either face up to the fact that change is happening. In so doing, we can decide to make plans and try our best to carry them out. Or we will find ourselves bowled-over by changes we probably won't like. Look what's happening all around us. Route 109 coming into town from the west has changed radically in the last couple of years. And our last working dairy farm is on the market. Two other important properties -- the Washington Supply and the International College of Hospitality Management property on Wykeham Road -- are for sale. Let's choose our future, rather than let the future choose us."
At the October 4th meeting in Town Hall, residents will be introduced to four Critical Issues, all of which have tax implications. The public identified these concerns during the development of the Town Plan of Conservation and Development in 2003: Increasing Open Space, Providing a Diversity of Housing, Municipal and Community Projects, and Public Education. The Town Meeting presentations will define the key concepts of each issue. The fall issue of the Washington Times newsletter will feature major articles on the critical issues.
Discussion and debate will take place at Issue Forums in the month following the Town Meeting. Citizens are urged to attend as many of these sessions as possible:
- October 20, Wednesday "Municipal Projects"
- October 28, Thursday "Open Space"
- November 4, Thursday "Diversified Housing"
- November 9, Tuesday "Public Education"
- Saturday Forum to explore all four issues will be held at Gunn Memorial Library, October 30th at 10 a.m.
A final "Focus Meeting" to prioritize issues and explore financial implications will take place on November 17th. All meetings will take place at Town Hall, 7:30 P.M.
The October 4th Town Meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at Bryan Memorial Town Hall, Washington Depot. On site childcare will be available to residents who call the Selectmen's office (868-2259) or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, October 1st.