Redding officials have selected a planning firm to conduct public workshops about the Plan of Conservation and Development. Interviews were held with the three firms that submitted proposals. The Board of Selectmen has chosen Milone & MacBroom, which recently completed similar work for Bethel and other towns.
Selectman Peg O'Donnell says the challenge remains making residents aware of the workshops. First Selectman Julia Pemberton says there will be a town-wide mailing. Pemberton says a phone survey, which is random, would identify bias in an online survey, which people can participate in proactively.
The Town Plan is done every 10 years.
Pemberton says the Redding Planning Commission has done a lot of work on the plan so far, creating chapters and the writing. There is a public input requirement, but due to turn over on the Commission it wasn't done so the Board of Selectmen took up the mandate.
Pemberton noted that there's a lot of limitations to do anything in West Redding Center and it's premature to do one for the Gilbert and Bennett area. She says it may be time take another look at Main Street because of parking issues.