Category: planning & zoning

Engaging the Public on Transportation and Zoning

By , February 28, 2014 9:28 am


Hartford hosted zoning and transportation meetings this week as one agency launches a new plan and the other moves toward refining regulations.

DOT gives quick explanation of TransformCT at the Lyceum

The Zoning 101 event was presented by Hartford 2000 — the coalition of Neighborhood Revitalization Zones — and the City of Hartford’s Department of Development Services. Actors Cindy Martinez and Taneisha Duggan from HartBeat Ensemble were in the audience at the Hartford Public Library, adding drama to liven up what is often, but does not have to be, presented as a dull topic. All seemed to agree that HartBeat’s involvement was the strong point of the evening.

As the presentation moved along, there was frustration when City of Hartford employees were not answering resident questions. This was intentional at first, as someone’s questions were deferred from middle to the end of the planned presentation. Later, it seemed that people were talking past each other.

Local activist Hyacinth Yennie asked “What about the enforcement? … that’s the most critical of all.” The City employees agreed, but gave no hard answer about how zoning regulations would be enforced.

Mary Ricker Pelletier wanted to know who is on the team that is making the zoning changes. She received no response.

Ricker Pelletier commented that residents are often asked for input at meeting after meeting, but are not involved or informed when compromises are made. She asked, “What is the compromise process?” She was told that people could go to the new zoning website to see how people could be involved. Continue reading 'Engaging the Public on Transportation and Zoning'»

Grace Wins

By , September 13, 2013 2:22 pm

The City of Hartford does not intend to close the doors on the food pantry operated out of the Grace Seventh-Day Adventist Church in the West End. Jeff Cohen reports that the City has found no zoning violation. Zoning was among the complaints issued by WECA against the food pantry. The church has operated this food pantry for years.

Hookah and Pot on the PZC Agenda

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By , August 11, 2013 3:30 pm

The Planning and Zoning Commission is going to be discussing hookah lounges and medical marijuana dispensaries at Tuesday evening’s meeting.

If you feel one way or another about those things, you might want to show up early so you can sign up and speak up.

The meeting begins at 5pm in the conference room at 260 Constitution Plaza on August 13, 2013.

Fueling Station Proposal Referred to PZC

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By , January 15, 2013 3:16 pm

The controversial proposal to create a “fueling station” next to the Stop & Shop in Parkville was referred by City Council to the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Planning and Economic Development Committee.

There will be a hearing at the January 22, 2013 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. This meeting will begin at 5pm in the Plaza Level Conference Room at 260 Constitution Plaza.

Eyesore Declined

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By , December 13, 2012 9:48 pm

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously denied the request for a special permit that would have allowed for installation of a changeable electronic billboard at 15 Flower Street. It is expected that the Courant will ask to install a static sign in that same location.

Billboard Proposal Does Not Account for Busway

By , December 11, 2012 9:57 am

Tonight is the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, along with public hearing, regarding — among other things — a request for a special permit to install a changeable electronic billboard in sight of an already congested segment of I-84.

The full PZC staff report is available to the public, but there are several key factors missing from the report. In it, there is no mention of the busway, which will be adjacent to the parking lot in which this sign would be constructed. Continue reading 'Billboard Proposal Does Not Account for Busway'»

Another Request for Light Pollution Along I-84

By , December 10, 2012 12:38 pm

The Hartford Courant is seeking a variance to install an electronic billboard on its building. The company has applied for a special permit for the changeable electronic billboard at 15 Flower Street.

Such signs are widely considered to be a blight presenting safety concerns as the flashing billboards create distractions for motorists and pedestrians.

In the past, the Courant has published commentary by writers opposing such billboards.

There will be a public hearing on this proposal at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission. The meeting begins at 5p.m. and will be held in the plaza level conference room at 260 Constitution Plaza.

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