About-Town-Margaret-WirtenbergLachat ideas are on the plate! And I’ve been inspired to paint again because of our Lachat Oversight Committee!

This Saturday morning, June 15, at 10, or Tuesday, June 18, at 7:30 p.m., come to the Town Hall Meeting Room and see the maps, drawings, and PowerPoints the committee has prepared.

So far this excellent committee, made up of local professionals in specialties that are particularly suited to the study of both historic preservation and farming possibilities, has operated on a shoestring budget. But they have also been smart enough to rustle up a grant or two.

After you take a gander at the committee’s efforts, try to tell them about the relevant aspects of your vision for our community. And raise questions you think merit discussion.

How many farmers do we have in Weston? How many gardeners do we have? Are you one of them? Should we have more?

Will our two-acre residential and farming zoning regulations result in constraints on sale of produce that may be grown on the property?

There seems to be a growing interest everywhere in the land, these days, and what climate change may be doing to it. This is a time Weston can make a difference. We can take a stand — perhaps in the form of a farm stand, for one thing!

Our high school, in its science labs, may, as we speak, be hatching bioscientists or botanists or back-to-our-roots farmers. What we do with Lachat can also make a difference in fostering a generation of young people who will help save our planet.

A new day

It is a new day for those who focus on regional planning. There aren’t that many people who care about it, but trust me, it is the best and truest form my profession of planning has.

Based on state legislation that has just been passed, it appears likely that Weston will become part of a larger region that is about the size of the Stamford-Bridgeport Metropolitan Area, as defined by the U.S. Census. That region will encompass more than twice as many municipalities as the soon-to-be-tossed-away South Western Regional Planning Agency (SWRPA).

Over the past couple of decades, at least, transportation planning has been a particular specialty of SWRPA. Funding for traffic studies, as well as for specific road projects in the eight towns, comes via SWRPA. Regional and inter-regional bus, train, and parking studies are done by SWRPA staff or consultants.

SWRPA reports about train stations and intermodal transit. Weston has no train station. SWRPA studies how to make I-95, which does not pass through Weston, capable of handling traffic now and in the future. So the town of Weston will not be losing much by the reconfiguration of the region. We will still be the most rural community in the new mega-region.

Regional planning agencies have had weighted voting, with cities getting twice the number of votes as small communities. The main difference for Weston under the reconfiguration will be that every community in the new 20-town Council of Governments, to which Weston is most likely to be assigned, will have one vote. I like these odds!

Westonites, as we know, like to speak up and be heard!

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