Melvin Mason | Stratford Star
Stratford may soon amend its current zoning rules to create a transit-oriented development zone in the downtown area near the Metro-North Railroad station.
Members of the Planning and Zoning commissions heard a presentation last Thursday from Brian Bidolli, executive director of the Greater Bridgeport Regional Council.
Town officials have been working with the GBRC for about a year to look at what can be done to spur more residential and business development downtown. Draft regulations shown last Thursday would change the transit center development floating zone approved in 2010. The zone was established in conjunction with the town’s approval of the 128-unit 1111 Stratford apartment complex at 1111 Stratford Avenue, said Planning and Zoning Director Gary Lorentson.
The current zone was intended to spark housing development. The proposed changes from GBRC would allow for more mixed-use development projects, such as buildings with retail shops and restaurants on the ground floor and apartments above. It would also eliminate the minimum three-acre requirement to build. Read more