Smart Growth for Vernon, CT
Hearing Nov. 12 on development plan

By Max Bakke
Journal Inquirer
Published: Monday, October 26, 2009 3:22 PM EDT

VERNON — The Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public meeting to gather information for its proposed Plan of Conservation and Development.

Town Planner Len Tunderman said the meeting is one of the earliest opportunities for the commission to hear from residents about what they want to plan to say and their desires for the town’s growth over the next 10 years.

“What they think are the good points, the less desirable aspects of Vernon, and any ideas about where the town would go in the coming years,” Tunderman said of the meeting.

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Senior Center, 26 Park Place.

The town recently has contracted with Avon-based planning consultants Planimetrics to compile the plan, for which the town has budget $114,000, Tunderman said.

The town also is planning a random phone survey of residents next fall, which will be included in the plan, Tunderman said.

Plans are mandated by state statute and are to be updated every 10 years. They contain the town’s long-range goals for protecting natural resources and guiding development over the next decade.

The town last adopted a plan in 2001 and adopted a supplemental guideline for development in downtown Rockville in 2003.

Adoption of the final plan is scheduled for the spring 2011, Tunderman said.