Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Plan Stratford Meeting at Boothe on Thursday


Editors Note: Dear Readers, if you have attended or participated in one of the Plan Stratford Meetings we are interested in your thoughts on how the meetings were conducted, and what you thought about the information presented. Please send your impressions to: [email protected]
Thank you.

Next Plan Stratford Workshops:

Boothe Memorial Park & Museum Workshop

5800 Main St, Stratford, CT  06614

Thursday, September 29th | 6 – 8 p.m.


Baldwin Center Workshop

1000 W Broad St, Stratford, CT 06615

Thursday, October 13th | 6 – 8 p.m.

What Is Plan Stratford?

It is the opportunity for residents to give input on a Plan of Conservation and Development to be used as the Town’s guide for managing growth and conserving resources.

The Town’s Planning Commission is responsible for updating the Plan every ten years as mandated by the State. The Plan addresses multiple issues related to stewardship of the Town and provides a foundation for Town policy, capital investment, and it’s zoning regulations.

Stratford last undertook this process ten years ago culminating in the 2013 POCD.  This effort will provide an updated Plan that will address important issues related to Stratford’s growth and will provide a vision for its future.

What Are The Plan Elements That Will Be Covered in the POCD?

Demographic Trends


Land Use & Zoning

Conservation, Open Space & Recreation

Economic Development

Cultural & Historic Resources


Community Facilities, Infrastructure & Utilities

Energy & Environment

Resiliency & Waterfront Redevelopment

Placemaking & Urban Design


Why Should I Participate?


The development of PLAN STRATFORD lays the groundwork for projects such as Stratford Army Engine Plant (SAEP) and Center School redevelopment, Greenways, Complete Streets, parks and playground improvements, etc.


It promotes housing choices and resiliency initiatives, and helps advance community grand list.


Information generated to date from:

Town of Stratford Plan of Conservation and Development

Technical Advisory Committee Meeting #3 August 30th, 2022



  • Single-Family Residential on relatively larger lots prevalent in northern areas of Town


  • Higher density single-family and multifamily in central areas of Town which supports

TOD policies


Population Density

  • Areas with highest population densities are also those areas zoned for higher densities


Transit Oriented Development Zone

  • TOD Zone located in center of Town adjacent to the Train Station and municipal center


  • TOD’s in various stages of construction, approval, and planning


  • Nearly 500 multifamily units either approved or built since the past five years in and around the TOD zone


  • Mix of higher density residential zoning, commercial, and industrial within the TOD Zone


TOD Zone and Academy Hill Historic District

  • Several historic properties are listed on the state register of historic properties located within the TOD zone


  • Additional level of review involved for historic properties either through local Historic District Commission or through State Historic Preservation Office


Year Structure Was Built

  • Many homes built between 1930’s and 1970’s – 67% built before 1970
  • Far fewer built since 2000’s – under 5%
  • Naturally, Historic District has oldest structures



  • Apartment units located throughout Town, but more concentration in the Town Center


  • Most residence apartments were approved through zoning regulation Section 5.3, which is based on old district boundaries. This regulation is obsolete now. Town needs new zoning guidance for multifamily housing between 3 and 8 units in areas outside TOD zone

Housing Summary

  • TOD’s have been proposed for locations just outside the TOD Zone boundary. Is there a need to expand the TOD Zone?


  • Section 5.3 zoning reg must be fixed to allow for 3-7 units style houses in the town. Is the Town interested in such housing types?


  • How affordable is the housing in Stratford for those in the low- and very-low income threshold? Does it make sense to allow for a moderate sized ADUs for those in the north end of the town?


Land Use and Zoning

Existing Land Use

  • Existing land use map will be updated to reflect most recent assessor’s data


Existing Zoning

  • Various zoning categories


Existing Ownership

  • Largely privately owned land in the town with some parcels under municipal ownership scattered throughout the town.


  • Town has very limited vacant land for accommodating new developments.


Conservation, Open Space & Recreation

Open Space

  • Stratford’s Open Space resources include a variety of sports fields, parks, beaches, and Roosevelt Forest


  • Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge


  • Greenway


  • Open space/recreational facility within a 1/2 mile of each residential neighborhood


Economic Development

Major Employers

  • Stratford’s Major Employers include:
  • Sikorsky
  • Two Roads Brewery
  • Athletic Brewing
  • Bridgeport Fittings
  • Ashcroft, Inc.


Density of Jobs

Likewise, with the exception of Sikorsky, jobs in Stratford are concentrated in the Southern portion of Town


Commuting Patterns


  • More of Stratford’s residents are commuting out of Town for employment than in in 2010


Roadway Functional Classification

  • Stratford has a robust transportation network
  • Includes Interstate 95, expressway – Merritt Parkway, minor arterials, collectors, and local roads


Average Annual Traffic Volumes

  • Higher volumes found on arterials and collectors
  • Consider locations for traffic calming measures


Sidewalk Network

  • Stratford has a network of sidewalks and crosswalks
  • Are there plans in place for maintenance or expansion?


Multimodal  Facilities

  • Stratford has made great progress towards constructing and planning for greenways and complete streets throughout Town
  • Do these locations still make sense?


Crash Analysis 2017 – 2021

  • Crash hotspots include areas along Route 1 and in the Town Center


Crash Analysis Pedestrian and Bicyclist Crashes 2017 – 2021

  • 28 Bicyclist Crashes
  • 85 Pedestrian Crashes
  • 3 Fatal Pedestrian Crashes


Community Facilities, Infrastructure & Utilities

Community Facilities

  • Stratford’s Community Facilities are located throughout the Town
  • Does the Town need more space, if so what types?


Energy & Environment


CT DEEP Natural Diversity Database Areas

  • Areas with a high prevalence and diversity of species
  • Generalized zones updated by CT Deep every six months
  • Areas in the NDDB zone would require DEEP review, if any large scale developments are proposed

Inland Wetlands

In CT, wetlands are delineated by soil types including

  • Alluvial and floodplain
  • Poorly drained and very poorly drained
  • Some areas in north end are not suitable for large scale housing due to soil type


Hurricane Inundation

  • Much of the area below I-95 is susceptible to Hurricane Surge Inundation
  • Town’s critical infrastructure, such as I-95, railroad, WPCF, wastewater treatment plant, and Sikorsky airport are at highest risk of flooding in the event of Category 3 and 4 hurricanes


Contaminated Areas

  • 77 Brownfields- in various stages of remediation
  • 13 Superfund Sites-in various stages of remediation
  • Located in low lying areas susceptible to flooding and hurricane storm surge
  • Will need to update this map to reflect various stages of remediation


Resiliency & Waterfront Redevelopment

How Can a POCD Incorporate Resiliency?

  • Acknowledge the four parts of resilience
  • Prepare for floods and severe storms
  • Withstand events like floods and severe storms
  • Recover from events
  • Adapt to changing conditions; this is more than reducing risks
  • Acknowledge and honor recent planning efforts
  • Allow existing land uses to continue
  • Make a firm statement about which investments the Town will make – and where – going forward


Stratford Coastal Resilience Plan (2016)

  • Funded by CDBG-DR from SuperStorm Sandy
  • Described coastal flood risks and sea level rise
  • Developed flood protection system concepts along Housatonic River shoreline and southwest of Lordship Boulevard


Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience (2017)

  • Development of green projects from 250 individual projects collected from ten municipalities
  • Emphasis was mostly on the shoreline
  • Resulted in concept designs for each of the ten municipalities
  • Stratford: Russian Beach


3rd Edition of MetroCOG Hazard Mitigation Plan (2019)

  • Lists actions that can be undertaken within five years to reduce losses at the site scale or a larger scale
  • Categories include property protection, prevention, public education, emergency services, natural resources protection, and structural projects
  • Actions range from home elevations to flood protection system segments previously developed in the Town’s coastal resilience plan


Resilient Connecticut Phase II (2020-2021)

  • Planning process resulting from the State’s application to the NDRC
  • Flood, heat, and social vulnerabilities were intersected with regional assets and infrastructure to identify 63 opportunity areas for addressing climate challenges
  • Four opportunity areas were identified in Stratford (three flood-related and one related to extreme heat)


Resilient Connecticut Phase III (2022-2023)

  • Concept design process resulting from the State’s application to the NDRC
  • South End was selected as one of only seven opportunity areas in Fairfield and New Haven Counties to advance
  • Will allow a new review of the concepts of the Town’s Coastal Resilience Plan


Other Resiliency Efforts that Covered Stratford

  • Historic Resources Resiliency Planning (2016-2017)
  • Town received a report
  • GIS mapping was developed
  • Eight actions developed for making historic resources more resilient
  • Drinking Water System Vulnerability Assessment and Resiliency Plan (2017-2018)
  • Interconnections and other redundancies recommended


What is the Town’s Resiliency Story?


  • Parts of the shoreline, the interior South End, and the commercial area along Lordship Boulevard are at significant risk of coastal floods
  • The Coastal Resilience Plan lays out methods of reducing the flood risks through flood protection systems
  • The Town may need to look at options if the flood protection systems are not constructed due to funding or property owner constraints
  • Consider concepts from Resilient Connecticut such as “resilient hubs” and “resilient corridors” that can help focus the discussion in a positive light



Placemaking & Urban Design


Streetscape Design and Façade Improvements?

  • Are there locations in Stratford that could benefit from aesthetic improvements?
  • Opportunities for streetscape design improvements such as pedestrian lighting, benches, planters, etc?


Review of Online Survey Questions


Generate Interest in the Plan

  • Emphasis on why the POCD is important


  • Guides planning and development for the coming decade


  • Emphasis on why residents should be involved


Gain valuable feedback from community

  • Wide variety of questions
  • Focus on what works and what needs improving
  • Option to answer more questions provided
  • We can provide hardcopies to leave at Library, Baldwin Center, Town Hall etc.


Sample Questions


  • Why do you reside in Stratford, what is keeping you here?


Sample Questions


  • Length of time in Stratford


Sample Questions


  • Question about children in the school system
  • Parents often have different priorities than residents without children


Sample Questions


  • Thoughts about Stratford


Sample Questions


  • Question targeted at business owners


Sample Questions


  • Question targeted at business owners


Sample Questions


  • Question targeted at business owners


Sample Questions


  • What should the Town focus MORE of over the next decade?


Sample Questions


  • What should the Town focus LESS of over the next decade?




Sample Questions


  • What concerns you most about the future of Stratford?


Workshop Format Workshop Timeline


  • 5:30 – 6:00 PM: Sign in and promotional video/open house
  • 6:00 PM – 6:30: Presentation and interactive polling session
  • 6:30 – 7:30: Break-out sessions
  • 7:30 – 8:00: Report back and next steps, closing




Break-out Session Draft Questions


  • Where do you spend time with family and friends in Stratford (specify public places only)? How can we promote more such places in Stratford and where?
  • If you could implement one project in Stratford, what would it be?
  • Stratford is forecasted to grow in population over the next decade. But there are not enough vacant housing units currently to accommodate all this growth. Should Stratford grow? If you believe the Town needs more housing, where should it be built and what types of housing should it be?
  • There will be more seniors in Stratford (55+) in ten years from now based on our 2020 census data analysis. Young adults (20-29 year olds) are also forecasted to grow. What kind of housing types should we encourage for these growing senior citizens and young adults in Stratford?


Break-out Session Draft Questions

  • What Town in Connecticut or the New England Region would serve as a good role model for encouraging positive growth and development in Stratford? Why?
  • What would encourage you to walk or bike more often for taking local transportation trips within Stratford?
  • Twenty years from now, would you prefer living by the water (near Stratford Coast) or away from the coast? Why?
  • If you were to re-imagine the look of Stratford’s major transportation corridors such as Barnum Avenue or Stratford Avenue, what would they look like?
  • How could Stratford’s waterfront be improved?
  • What are the energy/infrastructure improvements and opportunities that the Town should pursue?
  • Do you think the Town is doing a good job protecting

its environmental resources such as rivers, streams,


Example board created for Durham, we will bring forested areas, and coastline?


something similar to Stratford to collect feedback during the workshop



Break-out Session Draft Questions

  • Do you think Stratford has adequate parks and open spaces for you enjoy? If not, please elaborate on your response.
  • How do we ensure that Stratford’s youth get involved and invested in Stratford? In other words, how can we make Stratford’s community stronger? How can we retain Stratford’s youth?
  • Do you have access to healthy food where you live? Would you like to grow your own food in your community in the near future?
  • What if anything would cause you to leave Stratford in the next ten years?
  • Schools? Not enough housing choices? No good quality parks? Very few places to have fun? Rising waters? Other
  • What types of businesses would you like to see more of in Stratford?


Future Technical Advisory Committee Meetings


Topic Focused Meetings


  • September and October: Public Workshop update, online survey findings


  • November through January 2023 –

Topic based meetings – 3-4 Topic groups per meeting


Next Steps

  • 3 Public Workshops!
  • Interviews with Boards and Commissions – November
  • Meeting with High School Students


Thank You!


Who Is On The Planning Team?


Technical Advisory Committee Members Are:

Laura Hoydick. Mayor


Jermaine Atkison. Deputy Fire Chief


Susmitha Attota. Town Planner/POCD Project Manager


Paul Aurelia. Planning Commission Member


Andrea Boissevain. Health Director


Brian Budd. Administrative Police Captain


John Casey. Town Engineer


Larry Ciccarelli. Public Safety Director


Alivia Coleman. Health Program Associate


Mary Dean. Economic Development Director


Brian Donovan. Building Official


Michael Downes. Chief of Staff


Matt Fulda. Director of MetroCOG


Jay Habansky. Planning & Zoning Administrator


Kelly Kerrigan. Conservation Superintendent


Amy Knorr, Recreation Superintendent


Brian Lampart, Fire Chief


Joseph McNeil, Police Chief


Bryan O’Connor, Chairman of Planning Commission


Tara Petrocelli, Director of Community Development


Greg Reilly, Grants Writer


Dawn Savo, Finance Director


Raynae Serra, Public Safety Director


Elizabeth Sulik, Executive Director of Stratford Housing Authority


Tamara Trojanowski, Community Services, Youth Services, and Senior Services Director


Christopher Tymniak, CAO


Community Advisory Committee


Bryan O’Connor, Chairman of Planning Commission


William Boyd, Vice Chairman of Planning Commission


Paul Aurelia, Regular member of Planning Commission


Sarah Graham, Regular member of Planning Commission


Alec Voccola, Regular member of Planning Commission


Tami-Lyn Morse, Alternate member of Planning Commission


Brian Stirbis, Alternate member of Planning Commission


Daniel Senft, Alternate member of Planning Commission


Planning Consultants


Rory Jacobson, Lead Project Manager, FHI Studio


Francisco Gomes, Senior Project Manager, FHI Studio


Dave Murphy, Subconsultant, Resilient Land and Water


Glenn Chalder, Subconsultant, Planimetrics


Susmitha Attota, AICP

Town Planner

(203) 385-4017

[email protected]


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