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Local and State Planning, Zoning & Development

Local Planning & Zoning

Industrial Zones

Industrial zones are areas of a city that are designated for industrial uses and heavy commercial activities. As part of Norwalk’s recently completed 10-year Citywide Plan for 2019-2029, the City is undertaking a reassessment of its industrial zones. The study will take a closer look at these zones as key resources for allowing further economic diversification and creating job growth.

• The industrial zone study will answer several key questions and provide clear guidance on the following issues, among others:

• Are the areas currently zoned “industrial” appropriate for “industrial” uses? Should some be rezoned for other uses more appropriate for the neighborhood?

• What factors might deter future “industrial” growth in Norwalk?

• How do we take advantage of Norwalk’s harbor to increase commercial activity, while ensuring this City asset is something that can be utilized and enjoyed by all Norwalk residents?

• What are the infrastructure (roadways, sanitation, energy, etc.) constraints or limitations that may be preventing the desired commercial expansion?

• How do we foster craft industry growth in the City and ensure that thriving business expand and remain in Norwalk?

• What are other communities in the Northeast similar to Norwalk doing to attract commercial and manufacturing companies as well as new tech and green manufacturing companies?

The City is undertaking a study of its Industrial Zones and uses compatible with residential areas of East Norwalk. The most recent draft calls for increased height and density in which buildings could reach up to 6 stories without height limits per 1+ Acre.

 

AN ACT CONCERNING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND OTHER POLICIES REGARDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND DEVELOPMENT.

To provide for (1) an assessment of the state-wide need for affordable housing and an allocation of such need to planning regions and municipalities, (2) the creation of affordable housing planning and zoning goals for each municipality, (3) the implementation schedule for such goals, (4) enforcement of such goals, and (5) state support to meet affordable housing needs beyond those met through such goals.

AN ACT CONCERNING ACCESSORY APARTMENTS, MIDDLE HOUSING AND MULTIFAMILY HOUSING.

 (1) accessory apartments, which shall be  permitted as of right in accordance with section 3 of this act, and (2)  middle housing and multifamily dwellings containing four or more  dwelling units, which shall be permitted as of right in accordance with section 4 of this act, for all residents of the municipality.