Possible vote on New Canaan’s POCD tonight

The 2014 Plan of Conservation and Development may finally be adopted tonight when the Planning and Zoning Commission meets at the New Canaan Nature Center at 7 p.m.

The vote was initially scheduled for June 3, when a final public hearing on the document was held, but with only five members in attendance, the commission decided to postpone the vote.

The POCD is a state-mandated document that aims to guide growth in New Canaan for the next 10 years. The proposed plan has sparked some criticism and fear that the town’s village character would be harmed if some of the changes are implemented.

Supporters of the plan have said the document actually aims to protect the town’s character while managing changes.

Consultant Glenn Chalder, who has helped the town compile the plan over the past 15 months, said June 3 that the plan “sets the stage” to deal with issues that are affecting the community today and may affect the community in the future instead of letting “things happen by chance.”

The deadline for adoption of the document is July 2015.

The final draft of the POCD can be found here



Glenn Chalder, president of the Avon-based consulting firm Planimetrics, addresses the Planning & Zoning Commission at a June 3 meeting. Chalder worked with Town Planner Steve Kleppin and the commission to compile the 2014 Plan of Conservation and Development.