Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?

by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 am | Comments (1)

Diana Stricker PhotoOne suggestion for updating Branford’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) includes forming a permanent town board or commission to deal with coastal issues and climate change.

The possibility was mentioned at a meeting of the POCD Steering Committee Wednesday, and it’s included in Booklet 4C, which is part of the POCD materials available on the town’s website.

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Residents: Make Indian Neck Ave Bike Friendly

by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2017 7:16 am

With PermissionBranford’s Transit Oriented Design (TOD) study is proposing traffic calming techniques and bicycle awareness signs on street around the Shoreline East Train Station, but residents are asking that those proposals be extended to other areas, including Indian Neck Avenue.

Jonathan Martin, project manager with BFJ Planning of Stamford, outlined plans last week for improved connectivity between the Train Station, the Town Center and the Branford River. “It’s about making connections for pedestrians and bicyclists,” he said.

About 30 people attended the public hearing last week at Fire Headquarters to discuss the draft proposals of the TOD, which is slated to be finalized in November.


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Public Hearing Scheduled for TOD

by Staff | Oct 16, 2017 9:30 am

Now that the town has looked at various options for redevelopment in the area around Branford Shoreline East Train Station, a public hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Fire Headquarters, 45 N. Main St. Residents, property owners, and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend the meeting and provide feedback.

Called Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the project is designed to take advantage of sites – existing and proposed – close to transit services. It includes, and would build upon projects such as Atlantic Wharf, Anchor Reef, and the Stony Creek Brewery.

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Train Station Area Development Examined

by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 7:19 am | Comments (1)

With PermissionA study of the half-mile radius around Branford’s train station shows areas that may be prime for development in the next decade— including Meadow Street, the electric substation site, Branford Landing, and the Anchor Reef complex.

“All of these things, in one way or another, may be in play in the next 10 years. We’re looking at those different development possibilities,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford. 

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An Overlay Zone Studied for RR Station Area

by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2017 6:59 am

Diana Stricker PhotoThe area around the newly expanded Shoreline East Train Station could see the addition of an optional Overlay Zone for areas that are currently zoned industrial. The new designation could include residential or retail if the developer constructs flood-resilient buildings, sidewalks, and public access to the riverfront where possible.

“We see the Overlay as wise from the Branford viewpoint. We’re not for forcing anyone to use it —we’re giving them another option,” said Frank Fish, a founding principal of BFJ Planning of Stamford.  The consulting firm is conducting a Transit Oriented Development (TOD) study of approximately a half-mile radius around the train station.

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Branford Residents Asked to Weigh In On TOD

by Staff | Aug 4, 2017 6:46 am

With PermissionTown Planner Harry A. Smith announced this week that the town is studying opportunities for transit-oriented development (TOD) in the area around the Branford Shoreline East Train Station. This study is an integral part of a town and regional initiative to promote neighborhood scale growth and redevelopment that recognizes the potential benefits of a transit asset.

A public survey has been developed to gather opinions from the diverse range of people who live, work or own property in Branford, on the key issues facing the train station and waterfront area and how they envision its future. The survey can be accessed at: survey


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Shoreline Railroad Expansion Message: Stay Involved

by Diana Stricker | Jul 24, 2017 6:23 am | Comments (18)

Diana Stricker PhotoGreg Stroud (pictured), who led shoreline opposition against railroad expansion plans for 18 months, told Branford residents it’s time to celebrate a victory, but more importantly, it’s time to stay involved as a new capacity study begins.

Stroud, who is director of special projects for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, recently told a small gathering at the Branford Fire Headquarters that the threat of railroad expansion in sensitive areas of Coastal Connecticut will not truly disappear “until we find better solutions.”

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A Roundabout Emerges Near Blackstone Library

by Diana Stricker | Jul 19, 2017 8:03 am

With PermissionResidents attending an information session about a proposed roundabout for Main Street seemed intrigued by the idea. The new configuration on the western side of the Town Center would eliminate confusing intersections at Main, South Main, Eades and Laurel streets and would also address traffic issues on Cedar Street near the Blackstone Library.

Diana Stricker PhotoSeveral of the 40 people attending the meeting Thursday night at the firehouse community room asked questions or voiced support for the plans, while a few opposed the idea.

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Shoreline Activists Help Derail RR Track Bypass

by marcia chambers | Jul 13, 2017 6:30 am

File PhotoThe Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has decided to eliminate the widely criticized “quad track bypass” railroad expansion that it had planned for a dense historical district connecting Branford and Guilford.

For Greg Stroud, director of special projects for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the primary opposition leaders of the “quad track” plan, yesterday was a good day.

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Four-Track RR Expansion on Shoreline Meets Resistance

by marcia chambers | Jun 28, 2017 6:41 am | Comments (3)

Sally E. Bahner PhotoState Rep. Sean Scanlon (D-Guilford and Branford) says a projected federal plan to build four railroad tracks in a dense historical district connecting Branford and Guilford is decades away, if at all. That’s the good news,  he says.

The bad news is the attitude taken by top officials at the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in refusing to hear the concerns of the area’s elected officials as well as its residents. They have gathered at meetings in the last month to learn from others about the project.

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