|Mr. Smith could endure a marathon hearing. Can you?|
Ready to watch sausage get made? The planning commission is holding its big capital budget hearing on Wednesday night (Feb 1, 2012).
The meeting begins at 7pm and it will last awhile. However, it's worth packing a few Red Bulls and showing up. Major initiatives will be considered...and if they don't make it in the capital budget request, they simply won't happen.
First, the Planning & Zoning commission will request funding for a number of important projects:
- Funds for building Norwalk's first bike lanes and paths
- Maritime Aquarium
- 130 East Ave
- Deck at North Water St Park
- Resurface, paint & signage on Smith St
|Redevelopment's plan for a landscaped, pedestrian-friendly streetscape on Wall Street depends on capital budget approval.|
Then, Redevelopment Agency has two important requests.
- Remaking Wall Street into a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly urban center. This needs to be fully funded if we want to support Wall Street's nascent economic development.
- Sidewalk and streetscape improvements to Monroe Street near South Norwalk station
Later in the evening, the Department of Public Works will make its request. It is possible they will also request funding for pedestrian and bicycle improvements...although I haven't heard anything specific.
Setting a capital budget is all about balancing competing priorities. We want every planning commissioner to know that the priority of the citizens of Norwalk is a safer, vibrant, more beautiful and more livable town.