PLAINVILLE - Town Planner Garrett Daigle has released a draft of the 2019-2020 Plan of Conservation and Development and scheduled a public hearing for April 30.
The public hearing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Council Chambers of the Municipal Center at 1 Central Square. The Planning and Zoning Commission will review community input and consider changes to the plan, which is updated every 10 years. The current plan was adopted in 2009.
Daigle said that the plan is used as an “advisory document” by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
“The Plan of Conservation and Development is used to protect the resources important to residents, guide growth and change in Plainville, identify facilities and services needed or wanted to support the community,” said Daigle.
Jennifer Bartiss-Early, Chair of the Planning and Zoning Commission, said that residents are encouraged to come to the meeting to ensure that the plan reflects community goals.
The following are some excerpts from the Plan of Conservation and Development:
n Plainville’s population increased from 17,716 people to 17,805 from 2010 to 2017. The town has seen fewer births and net out-migration since the turn of the century, which is expected to continue due to slower housing growth, slower economic growth and an aging population. However, the town continues to remain attractive to young families.
n Plainville has added an average of 30 housing units per year and has fewer residents per occupied housing unit compared to the state average and nearby communities. Less than 10 percent of housing stock meets the state criteria for “affordable housing.”
n The number of jobs in Plainville has grown significant since 1960 and the town has a strong history as a place of invention and manufacturing.
n Compared to other municipalities in Connecticut, Plainville is in the top 20 percent in terms of percent business tax base.
n Plainville contains approximately 6,360 acres of land, 77 percent of which has been developed. 1,500 acres could be available for conservation and/or development. 61 percent of Plainville is zoned for residential development, 32 percent is zoned for business development and industrial development.
n When a survey was conducted about what attracted residents to Plainville, 36 percent said location and accessibility, 21 percent of them said housing availability/design/affordability, 19 percent of them said community amenities or services or the school system, 13 percent said family, and 11 percent said overall character/appearance/diversity of the town.
n Over the last decade, the town has been active in preserving open space and acquiring flood prone properties. These efforts will continue.
n Community events are an effective way to create community pride and enhance community spirit. This is especially true when the events have generated regional awareness over a period of years. Plainville should continue to support organizations that organize and promote community events.
n Downtown may be on the brink of resurgence. People are seeking to spend time in locations offering character and “experiential retail.” The Plan of Conservation and Development recommends that efforts to enhance downtown continue.
n While much economic development focus is on larger businesses, small businesses are a significant factor in job creation, economic diversity and tax base expansion. Supporting the “ladder” of business evolution from its earliest stages could be an important component of Plainville’s overall economic development approach.
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Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.