Elizabeth Kim | CTPost.com

Last spring, Stamford embarked on a more than a yearlong effort to update its master plan by holding a series of public workshops. Spearheaded by planners, the forums were promoted as a rare opportunity for average citizens to shape the city’s future.

But as the process draws to a close and the city’s Planning Board nails down the details of a high-stakes plan that spells out a road map for development, it is the city’s biggest business interests that are emerging as the most vocal stakeholders, drawing battle lines that could have an impact on the landscape, quality of life and economy for years to come.

In what has been one of the most closely followed changes, the 2024 master plan will include a re-categorization and remapping of the downtown, an area designated for the city’s most-intense development. At the same time, the plan will also incorporate the South End and the success of the $3.5 billion Harbor Point redevelopment with the creation of a new land-use category called “urban mixed use.” Read more