draft memorandum to update the Mayor and Common Council on their riverfront planning efforts. The memorandum, written for Chairman Quentin Phipps by Planning Director Bill Warner, drew strong objections from Commissioner Catherine Johnson.
In early March, Mayor Sebastian Giuliano asked the Commission to plan for development of the Riverfront south of Harbor Park, asking them to review previous riverfront planning efforts, and to gather information regarding the Route 9 southern interchange project, the OMO superfund toxic waste site, and to meet with other stakeholders such as the Lady Katherine Cruise Line, the Lions Club, Parks and Recreation, and the operator of the Canoe Club.
Last night, Warner highlighted the "historic" Council vote to join the Mattabassett Sewer regionalization project. He told the Commissioners how much enthusiasm there was on the Council about the possibilities which would open up when Middletown's treatment plant on River Road could close. He said that the Council was now looking towards Planning and Zoning for a plan, "All of that is on your shoulders."
Johnson also said it was premature for the memorandum to include in the last section, entitled "The Riverfront Zone", a discussion on what the Commission intended, "Below are our preliminary thoughts on the new Riverfront Zone for the study area."
Johnson said that riverfront planning should be done very carefully, "It would be nice to have a larger study."
Other Commission members defended the memorandum as a preliminary set of thoughts with nothing "set in stone". Carl Bolz said, "This document is a start."
Bill Warner urged the Commission to move forward, "You can study and study, or you can get going and get something done."
The full draft memorandum is HERE