The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut

The What is your look around southwest Connecticut for the week of October 2.

The What: This Week in Southwest Connecticut
Happy first week of October! (Photo by Kelly Prinz)

Monday, October 2

Happy Monday!

In this week’s edition of The What, we have an update on the plans for North Seven, the development planned around the Merritt 7 Train Station.

The changes call for combining two buildings into one which would allow for a larger town square, green space, and a dog park but also less retail.

Last week, Attorney David Waters, who is representing developer BLT, presented the proposed changes to the Norwalk Planning and Zoning Commission to get a sense of their thoughts.

A look at the proposed renderings for Phase 1 of North Seven.
A look at the latest renderings for the proposed Phase 1 of the North Seven Development. (Courtesy of Norwalk)

Learn more about the updates to the North Seven plans. And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out our video highlighting overall plans for the region.

If you want to read more about what’s happening around train stations in the region, check out our All Aboard series.  

Let’s see what else is happening this week.


The Board of Representatives will meet on Monday, October 2 at 8 p.m. and vote on a capital appropriation for a South End Transportation Improvement Plan, which calls for transforming Pacific Street into a complete street by adding a new raised crosswalk, a raised intersection, and several bump outs to slow traffic, increase pedestrian safety, and expand sidewalk space.

Other meetings this week include:


The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m. and potentially vote on adopting the Norwalk Industrial Waterfront Land Use Plan. Learn more about some concerns residents have with the plan from NancyonNorwalk.

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There will be an United Illuminating Town Hall on Wednesday, October 4 at 6 p.m., where the utility company will present its plans for rebuilding the railroad transmission lines in the community. Learn more about the proposed plans.

The proposal to add $336,000 to the Water Pollution Control Authority’s design work on the Fairfield Beach, Center Street, and South Pine Creek Pump Stations and force mains for a total cost of $1.2 million is on the agenda for both the Board of Selectmen on Monday, October 2 at 4 p.m. and the Board of Finance on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Other meetings this week include:


On Monday, October 2, there will be an Active Transportation Task Force Safety Forum at 6 p.m. that aims to “focus on safe streets and active transportation.” First Selectman Fred Camillo wrote in a statement that the town is “eager to hear from residents about safe streets for children walking or biking to school and from the drivers using our streets. We want to hear perspectives from residents who use all kinds of transportation.”

The Planning & Zoning Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 3 at 4 p.m. and continue on Wednesday, October 4 at 4 p.m. One of the main items is a municipal improvement application to construct a four-classroom 7,500 sq. foot addition and an accessible main entrance to the existing Old Greenwich Elementary School and renovate portions of the building and site to address ADA compliance and FEMA flood zone regulations.

Other meetings this week include:


The Planning and Zoning Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and have multiple discussions including about the Designed Business Zone, regulations regarding home child care, and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).

Other meetings include:

  • Monday, October 2: Board of Selectmen at 7 p.m. | RTM Rules Committee at 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 3: Sewer Commission at 4:30 p.m. | RTM Public Works - Pedestrian Infrastructure Sub Committee at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 5: RTM Planning, Zoning & Housing Committee at 7:30 p.m. | RTM Public Works at 8 p.m.


On Monday, October 2, the Planning and Zoning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. and have a public hearing on a proposal to allow “Cottage Cluster Housing” on town-owned property. Learn more about this type of housing and other affordable housing ideas in the region.

The Board of Finance will meet on Wednesday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. and hear a presentation from First Selectwoman Jennifer Tooker and Superintendent of Schools Thomas Scarice on the multi-year capital project forecast.

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