by Diana Stricker | Sep 19, 2018 9:23 am
Branford’s 10-year plan is almost complete!
The draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) has been finalized and is being sent to the Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission for a public hearing and adoption.
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by Diana Stricker | Sep 17, 2018 7:57 am
The Branford Fire Department will increase staffing with eight new firefighters; the town is purchasing a 14-acre property on Tabor Drive; and the second contract has been approved for town supervisors and department heads.
With bipartisan action, the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) approved all three proposals by a unanimous vote of the 25 members present Wednesday night. The RTM’s Ways and Means Committee and the Public Services Committee previously voted unanimously in favor of the proposals.
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by Diana Stricker | Aug 20, 2018 7:50 am | Comments (1)
Now that the primary is over and the general election looms in about two months, the question in Branford is: who will be the next Lonnie and the next Ted?
It’s not just a question of who will succeed Democrat Lonnie Reed as state rep in the 102nd District; or who will succeed Democrat Ted Kennedy Jr. as state senator in the 12th District.
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by Bill O'Brien | Jul 25, 2018 8:25 am
The flagpole memorial on the Green has a new look, and it’s not the first time.
Thanks to the initiative of the members of the Branford Garden Club Evening Committee, who secured the support of town officials and several town departments as well as Van Wilgen’s Garden Center, the Veterans Memorial Garden project got started in May and concluded this past week with a brief ceremony showcasing the new look garden.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jul 5, 2018 7:05 am
When the Branford Land Trust was founded 50 years ago, members had little idea that the organization would encompass more than 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels and conservation easements on another 400 acres in Branford, nurtured by more than 500 volunteers, member families and businesses.
Members and friends came together last month to celebrate that milestone and dedicate the Red Hills Bog Walk, the latest jewel in the land trust’s crown.
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by Sally E. Bahner | Jun 22, 2018 8:00 am
This year has been a big one for 50th anniversary events, and there’s a special one right in our front yard: the Branford Land Trust. The land trust is the ever-vigilant custodian of Branford’s open space, overseeing more than a 1,000 acres in over 130 parcels. The organization, which is run by volunteers and supported by more than 500 members, also holds easements on an additional 400 acres in Branford. Celebrate with them on Saturday. And don’t forget Saturday night’s fireworks, held this year at Foote Park.
Saturday, June 23
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 18, 2018 7:38 am | Comments (1)
How does Branford put some “teeth” into the proposed 10-year Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) which is basically an advisory document.
“A major problem seems to be implementation and enforcement, and actually putting teeth in the POCD,” said Greg Ames, an architect from Stony Creek. “How do we do that?”
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 15, 2018 8:29 am
It appears a proposal to build two retail stores on North Main Street may be headed for approval, but a vote won’t be taken until July. In other news, there will be a public hearing June 21 for the proposed Sterling Ridge apartments in the historic district across from the Canoe Brook Senior Center.
The Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission (pictured) closed the hearing on the North Main retail project and discussed the issues at last week’s meeting. It appears the commissioners may vote to approve the project even though some expressed concerns. One of those concerns centers on major excavations of a rock knoll.
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 12, 2018 9:29 am
Branford is considering forming a committee and joining a consortium of towns statewide to help build a sustainable future.
First Selectman Jamie Cosgrove discussed the Sustainable CT program at Wednesday’s Board of Selectmen (BOS) meeting. The program enables towns to work together to achieve sustainability goals and qualify for grant funding.
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by Diana Stricker | Jun 12, 2018 9:22 am
Anyone wanting to help shape the town’s destiny over the next 10 years may attend a meeting this Wednesday to discuss a proposed draft of the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). One of the top issues is coastal vulnerability.
A public meeting to discuss the proposed draft will be held Wednesday, June 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Blackstone Memorial Library. The meeting is an opportunity for residents and business owners to make comments and ask questions.
Continue reading ‘What is Your Vision for Branford?’