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ABOUT TOWN: Corrida

No, this is not a column about transportation in the I-95 “corridor.” Corrida means bullfight.

Rather, this column is about a similarity between the recently publicized running of the bulls in Pamplona and the new Connecticut Conservation and Development Plan hearings. What do these two events have in common?

First of all, one was made famous by Ernest Hemingway in his novel, The Sun Also Rises. The other is being publicized on the Internet, initially at the Office of Policy and Management website.

You can read the 36 pages of the new state plan online, or download it and take it to the beach! It reminds me of Hemingway. Not much jargon, short sentences, and with maps that flow with red, like descriptions of bull fighting. Blood and sand.

So why all the red coloration on the map of Weston this time? The Connecticut Plan of 2005-10 was blank for most spots in Weston, other than shades of green representing conservation areas and open space. Red meant “Regional” in 2005.

Does OPM think much of Weston is prime for regional center development this time? On the “legend” of the 2013-18 map, there is no definition of what red stands for. “Undefined” space is blank. Is it supposed to be red?

According to the text of the new state conservation and development plan, there is a “cross-endorsement” process going on. Weston is supposed to review the document and the maps and recommend changes.

Perhaps OPM figured we would take particular notice of their draft plan if they colored most of Weston blood red? And that we would then be sure to offer our comments before the deadline of Oct. 2, 2012.

Comments

I do have some comments on the map of Weston as shown in the state Plan of Conservation and Development 2013-18.

The first thing I would suggest is digging deeper into the back-up data for the map. I would return to the U.S. Census of Population 2010.

This document showed the specific block areas in our town, which are probably similar to the block areas used in the state plan draft.

The new state plan encourages increased housing density in village centers that lack supporting infrastructure. But only if there are “decentralized or small scale water and sewage systems” available.

All over?

NOTE: “About Town” is also a television program. It appears on Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on Cablevision Channel 88 (Public Access). Or see it at aboutweston.com. This week’s guest is Toni Boucher, state Senator, 26th District, who addresses the issue of education reform, as it came before the legislature this past session.

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