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Survey Asks: How Should Naugatuck Grow and Change in the Future?

The borough is asking residents for their opinions in preparation for the new Plan of Conservation and Development.

 

The borough wants to know your thoughts on how Naugatuck should grow and change in the future.

That's accordng to a survey posted online that asks residents to respond to a series of questions to help the borough update its state-mandated Plan of Conservation and Development. The survey, which takes about 5-to-10 minutes to complete, can be found via this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Naugatuck. The survey must be taken by Wednesday, Oct. 31. 

"This is an opportunity for everyone in the community to revisit the overall vision for the Borough laid out in its last POCD and to decide what needs to be done to guide change for the coming decade," the survey states. "By participating in this survey, you will be contributing to this effort."

About the Plan of Conservation and Development

The following information comes from the borough's website:

What is the Plan of Conservation and Development and Why Update It?

A Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) is a statement of the collective dreams, goals, and policies of a community for its future. It is also a review of natural, physical, social, and economic conditions in the community today and a look at any issues it is facing. Considering this, it also includes a set of recommended actions to address those issues and move the community forward in achieving its goals. As such, a POCD becomes a decision-making tool or advisory document, not only to the Planning and Zoning Commissions, but also to all other Town boards and commissions and Borough residents as well.

The last POCD for the Borough of Naugatuck was completed in 2001. Connecticut statutes require that each municipal POCD be reviewed at least every ten years. This mandate prompted this planning effort. Yet, not only is it time for an update, according to State requirements, but more importantly, this is an opportunity for the community to revisit the overall direction for the Borough laid out in 2001 and to decide if you want to adjust that for the coming decade.

The purpose of this POCD update is, therefore, to update the 2001 plan by examining changes in community conditions, developing a vision statement for the community for the future, and articulating goals, policies, and actions to be undertaken to lead the Borough towards realizing the vision over the next decade. The technical approach to this plan update is to conduct a visioning process and SWOT analysis. This means, the project consultant, Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc. will reach out to Borough residents, businesses, and its workers to find out what you think the Borough should become in the future. They will, at the same time, evaluate the Borough’s strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T) [SWOT] and then make recommendations for how to move the Borough in the direction the community wants it to go.

Grumpy Guy October 25, 2012 at 12:00 PM
We need more decent jobs, a better business tax base to take some burden off the residents and improvements to the education department so we dont have to figure out which elementary school to close every 3-4 years. The business tax base and better jobs parts would go hand-in-hand. Any respectably sized business we can attract will provide additional tax revenues even if it is given some kind of tax break. But we should NOT be buying up contaminated factories as an "investment in our future". If the town buys the GDC building, how much $$ will have to be spent to clean up the site? When you have to sink more $$ into something than its worth, that's not an 'investment' thats just an irresponsible waste of our tax dollars. Even if a large amount of the cleanup money comes from the state or federal govt, the town will have to spend some of its own money on the project and thats where our return on investment gets VERY hazy.
SuperDave October 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM
I agree Grumpy, but forget manufacturing jobs. That ship has sailed. Naugy clings so tightly to the past. We need to get over that. CT, and in particular Naugatuck, lost manufacturing and it is not coming back anytime soon. There are only 4 areas now that have decent jobs: Danbury, Windsor, Meriden/Middletown, and Stamford. If we choose to live in Naugy, we need to commute up to and hour a day for a decent job. I believe the only way to increase the tax base is to focus on retail and restaurant, and that means Naugy needs to use existing resources to attract people. River Walk, using that great Train Station building for reail or restaurant, and of course revitalizing downtown. But it has to be done with a plan in mind, and you are absolutely correct about the GDC building. It has the look and feel of an economic black hole. Parcel C, Volume II.
Sam Pierce October 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Rumor has it that a brewery might be interested in opening up in downtown. I think this would be great for us. We love hitting the brewery trails in VT and NH (and right here in CT now) they give tours, samples, have a retail component and sometimes have a restaurant in them. We always end up staying in the town to explore after each tour. Lots of people love to visit them - could bring in a lot of tourist for our downtown - not to mention a few jobs.
Michael Doran October 25, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Sam, I've always thought this was a great idea! I think the old Post Office would be a perfect location for it.
overwit October 25, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I agree with you guys! The post office and the train station are two beautiful buildings that should be used for something that the town can enjoy like a restaurant. This town is in need of a cleanup - I can't wait until that eyesore building on the bridge is torn down! As far as the GDC building, I agree that it would be stupid for the town to buy it. Didn't we learn anything from Parcel C? Do you know what kind of contamination must be there from the rubber shop?? I just wish Naugatuck could have some kind of resurgence. I have lived here all my life and remember the good old days. There are some aspects I would like to get back to.
Dawnie Rotten October 25, 2012 at 02:57 PM
This is all a load of crap!! People, it's called (the United Nations) Agenda 21. PLEASE do your research!! I CANNOT stress that enough. There are untold amounts of videos about the subject on YouTube. PLEASE, view them! To ALL town politicians & bureaucrats who are involved with this Agenda 21 BS....I STRONGLY suggest that you break out the United States Constitution and READ IT!! TREASON is punishable by LIFE in prison or DEATH!
citizen October 25, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Dawnie, did you take your meds today?
citizen October 25, 2012 at 03:35 PM
I remember a while back a restaurant wanted to open in the old P.O. but there was a zoning (I think) regulation that prohibited a liquor license from being granted for a building so close to a school. I wonder if a brewery would hit this wall also?
h finkle October 25, 2012 at 04:54 PM
SuperDave-To say manufacturing is in the past and we need more retail/restaurants, is not realistic. Retail and restaurant jobs don't pay enough. That is not just a reality here in CT but nationally. Regulations in CT make it very costly for companies to manufacture here. To ship certain products out of CT they need to be classified as hazardous but you can ship the same product out of another state without that hazardous restriction. The ship for manufacturing hasn't sailed. I learned a long time ago from a very wise professor that the real money is in manufacturing and direct distribution. Without those two pieces, we're talking minimum wage with little to no benefits for employees. Did you know that restaurants don't even have to pay minimum wage? They can pay a tipped percentage. So someone who min wage can make 8.25 can get paid 5.00 and the owner can take a 3.25 tip credit? And how many retail jobs would you have to work to make the payments on your mortgage/rent, car, insurance, utilities, cell phone, child care, etc?
Grumpy Guy October 25, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Citizen, you're probably right. If there's a zoning reg against a liquor license for a restaurant being that close to a school (St Francis/Hedwig) it would probably also stop a brewery and I doubt you could get a variance on the reg either.
brutus October 25, 2012 at 06:29 PM
looking for retail and restaurants is good for the local economy because it increases the business tax base. it also draws people to spend money in town. it's not about the jobs per se. however, high school and college kids, and even adults looking for a part-time second job NEED low-paying jobs like retail. it's how I helped pay my way through college. and let's not even get into how minimum wage is nothing but a job killer.
brutus October 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Dawnie, good job waking people up to agenda 21, but you should try to be a little less inflammatory. as you can see from citizen's comment, people will pass you off as a crazy conspiracy theorist and won't listen to what you have to say.
brutus October 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I urge everyone to take the survey. the really nice thing is that at the end of the survey, you have a chance to review the survey results. It was gratifying to see that the majority of residents have the same concerns and desires that I do.
jerry October 25, 2012 at 07:52 PM
What this town needs is more pizza shops, McDonalds, chinese restaurants and fast food joints. This way we can be the fast food capital of Connecticut. We are almost there already. Thats all this town has and will get.
citizen October 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM
And, who listens to the UN? :-)
Watts October 25, 2012 at 10:40 PM
A new brewery? I hadn't heard about this. Any details?
mullen October 25, 2012 at 11:38 PM
The main Problem with naugatuck is the Property taxes.By the time we get done paying them we are broke, and have no other income to spend on restaurants or anything else.Taxed to death.CT is done so is naugatuck.There's over 300 homes for sale in this town.A brewary would of been a great idea.But most of the revenue would go to the local police.Ever tried driving in naugatuck at 1am you're getting pulled over.
Grumpy Guy October 26, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Hoo boy! We're just talking about ways to improve our town, not treason!
Grumpy Guy October 26, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I was agreeing with you right up until the last 2 sentences. Revenue going to the PD from a brewery??? Getting pulled over at 1 am?? You successfully derailed your own post with crap that has nothing to do with what's being talked about. I also wonder what kind of vehicle you drive (or better yet, how you drive it) that you;re attracting the cops attention at that time of night. When you were on-topic and you came across as intelligent and composed. Once you start whining about getting pulled over, you lose some credibility.
mullen October 26, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Hey grumpy sorry I lost you there.Forget naugatuck ever getting a brewery, it'll never happen in our life span.One thing I always could count on has been that property taxes will keep going up and Local business will continue to leave.Everytime a Biz leaves it puts a squezze on the rest of us,Because somehow the town budget needs to keep growing so all the town employees(BOE) could get their pensions and their benefits.Unless you could break this cycle this town will never change.If I could bet the situation here is going to get worse.I would be all in....And short this town.
Lynn October 26, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Wait guys, our town budget supposedly has a surplus!!! So does that mean us taxpayers will get a rebate???? Sorry, town employees get raises yet us private sector workers do without many benefits along with no wage increases in years...
Watts October 27, 2012 at 04:07 AM
What is all this talk about a brewery? Somebody named Sam Pierce created an account and made the one post and disappeared. Is there anything actually behind this or is this random nonsense that could have been somebody just saying that there is a rumor that Naugatuck may be getting a wild animal park?
S Pierce October 27, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Sorry I haven't reposted - I'm not sure about the wild animal park (that would be cool) but I did attend the meeting and there was a gentleman from a brewery in the audiance - and he seemed to know the guest speakers pretty well. I beleive it was all taped and is on cable - just saying....... But lets go for the animal park!

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