Village area, sidewalks in Weston development plans


WESTON — Officials aim to make the town center more vibrant with the creation of a new village district and sidewalks to encourage development and walking.

Some of these efforts are already underway. The state signed the engineer the city selected for the largest of the sidewalk projects, who has already begun survey work. The city’s planning and zoning commission also finalized zoning bylaws in late 2021 that will encourage development in the new Weston Village district, according to an announcement from First Selectwoman Samantha Nestor.

“The new neighborhood aims to expand commercial development opportunities in Weston, which will work with our sidewalk initiative to promote a more vibrant, connected and walkable downtown,” Nestor said in the announcement.

The town’s 2020 Conservation and Development Plan, which includes the four pedestrian safety projects, outlines the need for these plans and what’s to come with the village neighborhood.

“While its residents are generally quite satisfied with the quality of life in Weston, they have expressed a clear desire for improvement,” the document states.

Of the residents surveyed, 71% said they wanted to see more amenities available in the downtown area.

The largest of the four pedestrian safety projects is the $2.2 million Transportation Alternatives sidewalk improvement project in the New District. A federal grant will cover 80% of the project, which will design and build 850 feet of pavement from Norfield Congregational Church to Old Hyde Road, passing through the intersection near Lords Highway.

The sidewalk will provide a panoramic view of downtown.

It also includes 1,200 linear feet of 12-foot-wide multi-use pathways, which would allow for increased use of pedestrians and bicycles, and an emergency access strip between Old Hyde Road and Weston High School.

The development of the Weston Village District should coincide with this project.

“Commercial uses in Weston should focus on providing services and amenities to residents in a ‘neighborhood’ style, small storefronts that create a village feel and allow for community interaction,” according to the future plan. land use, which is the city’s vision and goals. for desirable future development over the next decade.

The Village Neighborhood will also create opportunities for smaller, more manageable housing and will require at least 15% of housing units in developments of five or more units to be affordable, according to the POCD.

“We hope these homes will prove attractive to our seniors who want to stay in Weston, as well as our town employees, teachers and others who want to live in Weston but cannot afford to buy. a typical house on two acres,” Nestor said.

The Village neighborhood will also require that proposed new buildings and alterations to an existing building be in harmony with the neighborhood and be compatible with the local architectural style. Spaces and structures visible from the road should also enhance the appearance of the area.

The POCD also requires any minimal removal or disturbance of historic, traditional or significant architectural structures and features in the new neighborhood.

The three other pedestrian safety sites are also located in the city centre.

It includes the Community Connectivity Sidewalk Project which will use $400,000 in state funding to help build a network of sidewalks.

“We have registered a critical easement, tree work has begun, and are coordinating with utility companies to relocate poles and other communications infrastructure that needs to be relocated,” Nestor said in the announcement.

She said she won’t have an estimated completion date until the city gets a schedule from utility companies.

Another pedestrian safety project is to add a turning lane from Weston Road to School Road, additional pavements on Norfield Road and pavements which connect Schol Road next to Revson Field to Lords Highway and Old Hyde Road. It is covered by the state under the Local Transportation Capital Improvement Program grant for improving intersection and pedestrian safety.

Nestor said in the announcement that the city is currently working on the design of the project.

The fourth project has been completed and was fully funded by the state. He added two flashing beacons that alert vehicles when pedestrians cross Weston Road.

“Weston is at an inflection point, facing new challenges and changes,” Nestor said in the announcement. “Weston has faced challenges before. As we have done time and time again, we will rise to the occasion by calling on our greatest asset – each other. So, I ask you, my neighbors, to join me in facing the future head-on as we embark on another year of change together, with a shared belief in the greatness of our city.

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