The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut

The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of January 23.

The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut
Hope you all have a great week! Photo by Kelly Prinz. 

Monday, January 23

Happy Monday! Last week, we debuted our deep dive into trees and their benefits to the southwest Connecticut region. Some of the major highlights from those articles included:

Learn more about the impact of trees in the region or explore how three of our communities—Norwalk, Stamford, and Fairfield—are working to enhance their tree-related efforts.

Communities across the region are investing in tree-related efforts. Photo by Kelly Prinz.

You can also check out our full video exploring the benefits of trees throughout the region or hear from two local community members—Jeff Scherr, president of the Norwalk Tree Alliance, and Jim Travers, director of Norwalk’s Transportation, Mobility, and Parking Department, about why they believe planting trees is important.


Residents across the region could benefit from efforts from the Stamford Board of Representatives. The board is working on a resolution that calls on the state to make free fares on buses permanent.

The city’s State and Commerce Committee of the Board of Representatives unanimously approved a draft resolution that encourages the state to eliminate local bus fares. The full board will vote to adopt the resolution at its February meeting.

“I think that the value that will benefit our community is multi-faceted,” said Representative Jonathan Jacobson, who was a sponsor of the resolution. “We want to see public transportation be successful in Stamford.”

Jacobson said that some of the top concerns he hears from his constituents include how many cars are on the road, the deterioration of the city’s road infrastructure, and the lack of safe biking/walking.

“Increasing the use and investment in our public transportation is an excellent way to curtail those issues, to say nothing of the environmental impact,” he said.

Learn more.

Let’s see what else is happening around the region this week.


The Zoning Board will meet on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. and will receive a report from the city’s Traffic, Transportation, and Parking Bureau on the traffic conditions at the medical and retail marijuana facility, which is at 12 Research Drive, following the first week of legal adult-use cannabis sales in the state. The board will also review plans for a proposed development at Clinton Avenue and Division Street, which include two residential buildings that would have 471 units and more than 450 parking spaces.

On Tuesday, January 24, Planning Board will meet at 6:30 p.m. for its final deliberations and on the recommended Capital Budget for 2023-2024 and Capital Plan for 2024-2030, before sending it on to the Board of Finance.

Other meetings this week include:


The city’s Planning & Zoning Commission Capital Budget Subcommittee will have two meetings this week as it reviews capital budget requests from departments across the city. The first special meeting on Tuesday, January 24, will start at 5:30 p.m., and the committee will hear from: the Arts Commission; the Health Department, the library; the Redevelopment Agency; the Historical Commission; Transportation, Mobility & Parking Department; Code Enforcement; Economic & Community Development; and Planning & Zoning. The second special meeting on Thursday, January 26 will also start at 5:30 p.m. for the committee to hear from the Finance Department, Police Department and Combined Dispatch, Fire Department, and the Board of Education.

On Wednesday, January 25, the Board of Education Facilities Committee will receive a school construction project update on the South Norwalk School, the Norwalk High School and P-Tech School, and Cranbury School at its meeting at 6 p.m. The Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission delayed approving plans for the high school and P-Tech Academy after questioning whether or not the proposed plans maximized the use of solar and green infrastructure.

Other meetings this week include:

  • Monday, January 23: Traffic Authority at 4 p.m. | Police Commission at 4:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 24: Board of Health at 8 a.m. | Arts Commission at 6 p.m. | Conservation Commission/Inland Wetland Agency at 6 p.m. | Tree Advisory Committee at 6 p.m. | Common Council at 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, January 25: Harbor Management Application Review Committee at 6 p.m. | Parking Authority at 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 26: Norwalk Transit District at 6 p.m. | Public Safety & General Government at 7 p.m.


Last week, the town’s major governing bodies, including the Board of Selectmen and Representative Town Meeting, received a presentation on the new parks’ master plan, which lays out the needs of the existing parks system and potential upgrades. Check out the full master plan. This week, the Parks & Recreation Master Plan Sub-Committee will meet on Monday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the re-prioritization list of projects that were laid out in the master plan.

The town’s First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick will deliver her State of the Town address at the Representative Town Meeting on Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m.

On Tuesday, January 24, the Plan & Zoning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. and discuss and potentially vote on extending Fairfield’s prohibition on retail sales on marijuana for another year.

Other meetings this week include:


On Tuesday, January 24, residents will get their first opportunity to hear the proposed budgets from the town’s First Selectman and Board of Education at the Board of Estimate and Taxation Budget Committee Public Hearing, which begins at 6 p.m. The meeting will start with the presentations of the proposed town and school budgets, before residents will have an opportunity to weigh in.

There will be a Public Information Session on Interstate 684 and CTDOT Bridge on Thursday, January 26 at 6 p.m., where residents can hear more about the plans to rehabilitate two bridges that cross the Byram River in Greenwich.

Other meetings this week include:


The Representative Town Meeting will receive a presentation from the Finance and Budget Committee on the status of the town budget at its meeting on Monday, January 23 at 8 p.m. The meeting will also include a presentation from the Darien Advisory Committee on Sustainability about single stream recycling.

Other meetings this week include:


The Board of Education will meet on Monday, January 23 at 7 p.m. to hear the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year from the Superintendent.

The Sasco Brook Pollution Abatement Committee will meet on Thursday, January 26 at 10 a.m. to get an updating on water quality monitoring efforts in the area. Learn more about those efforts with our piece on why water quality monitoring is important to our region.

Other meetings this week include:

Please note: All of these agendas and information here are current as of Sunday night. Meeting times and agendas may get adjusted throughout the week.

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Have a great week,

Kelly Prinz

Founder, Reporter at Coastal Connecticut Times