by marcia chambers | Feb 5, 2018 8:15 am | Comments (2)
Wednesday is the “Opening Day” of the joint session of the Connecticut General Assembly’s 2018 legislative session and, State Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. has ready a set of environmental and health bills he says are essential to preserving Connecticut in the age of Trump.
Kennedy, co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Environment Committee, gave the broad outlines of his environmental and health priorities in a 50-minute radio interview on WNHH FM’s “Legal Eagle” program.
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by marcia chambers | Jan 31, 2018 2:52 pm | Comments (5)
A group of 18 shoreline state legislators and top town officials, determined to preserve weekend and off-peak Shore line East commuter rail service, gathered as one this morning to condemn the cuts and to declare they would fight to restore them.
State Rep. Sean Scanlon (pictured above), (D-Guilford and Branford) organized the group and the press conference at the Guilford Railroad station. In the frigid cold the shoreline’s elected officials decried proposed cuts that as of July 1 would leave the shoreline without train service on weekends and off-peak hours.
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by Diana Stricker | Jan 29, 2018 7:10 am | Comments (1)
Branford needs to promote business and increase tourism, according to discussions about the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD). However, one of the main necessities is a transit shuttle to link popular venues and neighborhoods.
Wednesday’s meeting of the POCD Steering Committee centered around economic development strategies related to business and the economy. About 25 people attended the session, which was held at 4:30 p.m. at Canoe Brook Senior Center. The next meeting will be at the same time and location on Feb. 7 when infrastructure will be discussed. In addition, the Steering Committee is asking residents to participate in the Online POCD Survey, which can be found on the town’s website.
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by Diana Stricker | Jan 16, 2018 7:31 am | Comments (1)
One 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.
Continue reading ‘Should Branford Create a Coastal Commission?’
by Diana Stricker | Oct 25, 2017 7:16 am
Branford’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.
Continue reading ‘Residents: Make Indian Neck Ave Bike Friendly’
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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by Diana Stricker | Oct 2, 2017 7:19 am | Comments (1)
A 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.
Continue reading ‘Train Station Area Development Examined’
by Diana Stricker | Sep 5, 2017 6:59 am
The 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.
Continue reading ‘An Overlay Zone Studied for RR Station Area’
by Staff | Aug 4, 2017 6:46 am
Town 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
Continue reading ‘Branford Residents Asked to Weigh In On TOD’
by Diana Stricker | Jul 24, 2017 6:23 am | Comments (18)
Greg 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.”
Continue reading ‘Shoreline Railroad Expansion Message: Stay Involved’