Planning is a crucial and necessary function within any successful City. In order to keep up with our rapidly changing world, whether its environmental concerns such as climate change or changes in how we work, live or purchase goods as a result of shifting to online and virtual platforms, or because of a global pandemic, we must constantly look to the future to keep pace with these changes,
City planning starts with the Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), known in Norwalk as the Citywide Plan. The POCD is a ten-year, state-mandated, planning document meant to guide growth and development in our city. It also identifies strategies to protect important resources and attributes of Norwalk. The 2019-2029 Plan of Conservation and Development sets the table for many initiatives the City will undertake.
In addition to the Citywide Plan, the City also looks toward other planning initiatives, as recommended within the POCD, often taking a very focused look at specific areas of the city, such as a neighborhood or TOD plan, or looking at the city’s industrial properties to understand the economic benefits and impacts of these uses and to determine where these uses should be permitted. Ongoing and historic planning initiatives can be found at the Norwalk Tomorrow site; including the current Waterfront Industrial Land Use Plan and recently completed Industrial Zones Study.