What is a Charrette?

A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, planners and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the planners. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.  To learn more about the term and its origins visit link.

What is a Plan of Conservation and Development?

Connecticut General Statutes requires that the Planning and Zoning Commission “prepare, adopt and amend a plan of conservation and development for the municipality” at least every 10 years. The purpose of a Plan of Conservation and Development (TPCD) is to prepare for future growth and to give direction to both public and private development. The Plan should encompass a long-term vision of the community and offer guidance for short-term decision-making.

Plan Update and Process

Over the past two years the Planning and Zoning Commission and Planning Committee has met with stakeholders and held public meetings to solicit public input for the TPCD. In order to reach a broader audience in Town the Planning and Zoning Commission is hosting a Visioning Charratte on January 18th at 10am at Andrews Memorial Hall.