Archives for: April 23rd, 2015

P&Z OKs Residential Component At Commercial Complexes

Written by Christal Preszler on April 23, 2015

Following a June 5 public hearing, Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) members approved revised zoning regulations which, in effect, would greatly increase the amount of residential apartment space that could be included as a second-story use in new commercial buildings that include uses such as stores and offices on the first story. George Benson, town […]

Regulation Change May Bring Apartments To Summit Project

Written by Christal Preszler on April 23, 2015

On May 21, dozens of town officials, business leaders and interested potential tenants gathered at Fusion 25 for an “open house” promoting a planned commercial/office development at 146 South Main Street called the Summit @ Newtown. But the use of that development recently shifted to a somewhat precedent-setting mixed commercial/residential use after a zoning regulation […]

Brownfields Have Potential to Generate Millions in Local Tax Revenue

Written by Christal Preszler on April 23, 2015

About a decade ago, Connecticut started getting serious about reclaiming and reusing former and abandoned, environmentally tainted industrial sites known as brownfields. Around that same time, Newtown’s Director of Economic and Community Development Elizabeth Stocker began compiling an informal list of local brownfield sites.

Officials Ramping Up Focus On New Businesses, Economic Development

Written by Christal Preszler on April 23, 2015

With deliberations and the authorization by voters of the 2014-15 budget behind them, local officials are focusing intensely on the best way they see for keeping residential taxation in check — growing the Newtown Grand List. That means increasing commercial activity, supporting economic development, and aggressively working to retain or expand businesses already established locally.