Workshop planned for Monroe’s POCD update

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MONROE, CT — Townspeople will have an opportunity to share their input on Monroe’s future Thursday, Oct. 29, when a virtual public workshop is held on the revision and update of the Plan of Conservation and Development.

The POCD will provide a comprehensive roadmap for Monroe over the next decade on a wide variety of topics, including land use, open space and the environment, housing, transportation and infrastructure, town facilities and services, and economic development.

According to state statute, every Connecticut municipality must update its plan every 10 years. The Planning and Zoning Commission is leading Monroe’s effort with assistance from the town’s consultant, Fitzgerald & Halliday.

On Oct. 29, the workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on GoToMeeting, which is accessible via computer, tablet and smartphone. It will be online because of restrictions on the size of public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents may access the meeting using this link or by dialing in at 1 (224) 501-3412. The access code is 957-942-141. This information can also be found  by following a link on the homepage of the town’s website.

Participants will be able to ask questions and share ideas and comments during any of the workshop’s five discussion periods.

Town officials have also sought public input in a survey on the POCD. The online survey is still available for those who have not taken it. To participate, click on this link.

The Agenda

The agenda of the workshop is as follows:

6 p.m.: Introduction to the Plan of Conservation and Development

6:15 p.m.: Presentation of Early Findings

6:30 p.m.: Transportation and Infrastructure Discussion

7 p.m.: Housing Discussion

7:30 p.m.: Economic Development Discussion

8 p.m.: Open Space and Environment Discussion

8:30 p.m.: Open Floor Discussion

8:50 p.m.: Meeting Recap and Next Steps

9 p.m.: Adjourn

For information, send an email to Town Planner Rick Schultz, [email protected]

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