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Planning for Trumbull's Development Plan

A new Website will offer access and updates for Revising Trumbull's Plan of Conservation and Development. The town is also working toward meeting 100 businesses in six months.

Planning for Trumbull's Development Plan Planning for Trumbull's Development Plan

If you see Ed Lavernoich and Jamie Brätt (pronounced "Braht") around town, say hi. They want to know more about the town.

Lavernoich is the Economic and Community Development Director, and Brätt is Director of Planning & Development.

These two departments are still independent, but committed to strategic collaboration and unified customer service, said Bratt.

Part of the plan is . The website is  http://www.plan-trumbull.com.

A public hearing could take place in September.

"The website (www.Plan-Trumbull.com) will give residents easy access to project documents and background information, provide updates, and alert residents about public workshops. Residents are encouraged to regularly check the website and they can submit comments or questions directly through the website," according to a press release.

The Plan is being updated with the assistance of Planimetrics, an Avon-based land use planning and consulting firm that assists towns with preparation of Plans of Conservation and Development.


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A Vision for Trumbull

"I approach planning from a holistic view," Brätt said recently in her office, which is slowly taking shape. "Some of the more nuanced details of the public realm matter. The way a human being experiences the overall built environment is just as important as height or setback. She's also concerned with connecting the town's natural resources, such as the Pequonnock River Trail.

Lavernoich agreed with the town's current list of which businesses to attract, including medical offices.

"That's a great list to start. Medical is a clear growth industry," he said. "The regional hospital, [a concept approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission], it's their day."

According to Brätt, "Ed has a very thoughtful and ambitious plan. Priority number one is to listen first."

The two will take the input they receive and turn it over to the Planning and Zoning Commission as it revises the Plan of Conservation and Development. "You can't afford to have things happening by accident," he said.

Both officials come from city backgrounds: Lavernoich from Bridgeport and Brätt from Washington D.C. She also grew up in rural northern Connecticut.

”Thriving communities need vibrant places to interact, from passive recreation areas, to active team-oriented assets, to a mix of retail amenities.

Trumbull has made such investments including a dog park, public parks and public pools.

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