Greenwich Chamber Connects with Katie DeLuca for Updates
Greenwich Chamber of Commerce’s Program Committee, led by Rich Granoff and Marcia O’Kane, President, hosted Katie DeLuca, Head of Town Hall Planning and Zoning to a Zoom meeting for a select audience from the commercial realtor, architect and business sectors in town. The purpose of the meeting was to hear updates from Katie as to what has transpired over the past few months and to allow the audience an intimate setting to ask and discuss topics of interest.
Topics of conversation included the following:
- The reminder that departments such as Planning & Zoning are decentralized, are situated under RTM and do not report to our First Selectman. The Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) is the unifier among all.
- The Six Guiding Principles under POCD include preserving character, community and sense of place. This includes Moratorium 6-110, new signage and lighting regulations, blight ordinance, short-term rental regulations and more.
- There have been successful efforts with the Greenscape Plan along the Post Road corridor with many commercial landlords willing to cooperate in helping to help beautify outdoor areas.
- The Affordable Housing Task Force has been successful in creating many options in town and will continue to do so going forward.
- Practical ideas going forward include a Coastal Resiliency study. Discussions still pertain to the possibility of more EV charging stations and coastal buffer requirements.
- Ongoing discussion continues regarding the many car dealerships in town and the successful response to COVID in creating temporary outdoor dining spots.
- Future planning will include investigating the implementation of 5-G and the viability of the proposed location of the Smilow Cancer Center site.
Dialog from the audience included the efficiency of the current permitting processing as well as the fact that parking studies have been done that show sufficient parking available in town lots.
Town Hall is fully open now for in-person visits.
This special meeting was the kickoff in a series of forthcoming meetings where The Chamber, in its advocacy efforts, will continue to showcase its connection to Town Hall.