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The Planning Department and the Town Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of updating the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD).

The POCD outlines visions, goals, and strategies to guide conservation and development in Windsor over the next ten years and beyond. Topics include residential development, historic resources, economic development, transportation, natural resources, open space, agricultural resources, community facilities, enhancing the villages, utilities, and the Day Hill Corporate Area.

Several draft chapters are available for your review on the Planning Department website.

We want your input! How can we continue to make Windsor a desirable community to live, work, and play?

Topic: General Input

These questions are intended to spark discussion. But we welcome comments on any of the topics contained in the POCD..

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Jon Fournier over 2 years ago

I like the mention of Complete Streets being the standard for considering road modification/building. Please make it a reality; I think the proposed Broad St road diet would be great, I currently won't ride my bike on the street through that stretch of road.

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Dave Mourad over 2 years ago

I wholly agree with Jon in regards to Complete Streets. The proposed network of greenways/greenbelts should be a priority as they will not only serve as recreational facilities that attract younger residents but will also provide a safe and pleasant transportation route available to non motorized traffic and away from dangerous traffic.

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Joseph Orabona over 2 years ago

The proposal mentions "Right to Farm" Policy. I'd have to research that before I comment on the policy as a whole. There is one related part of the current zoning laws that I think need to be changed. Chickens are grouped in with all other forms of livestock and are not allowed on areas less then 3 acres. That's absurd. The amount of hens you'd need for an average family can live comfortable in a 10x10 (or even smaller) area. This can fit in almost any yard.

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Abby St Peter, Assistant Town Planner over 2 years ago

A new Zoning Regulation was actually adopted just last spring in regards to female chickens. It states the minimum lot size required to keep hens is 7,500 square feet. This allows many families, not just those living on 3 acres, to raise hens. Our Town Planner just built a chicken coop in his backyard and is in the process of raising 4 hens!

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Joseph Orabona over 2 years ago

That's fantastic. Looks like it was approved in May. Is the text of the change available online anywhere? I've read through the minutes from the meeting and all it says was that it was read into the record, but doesn't actually give the full text. The copy of the zoning regulations posted online doesn't look as though it's been updated since 2012.

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Abby St Peter, Assistant Town Planner over 2 years ago

I posted the revised regulation (4.4.7 Livestock Regulation) on the Planning Department webpage under 'Documents' on the right side of the screen. You may also access it here http://townofwindsorct.com/documents/departments/planning/docs/4.4.7_Raising_Livestock.pdf. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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