The community is invited to a public workshop on Nov. 14 to help shape the future of Windsor Center as the town prepares for improved transit service and new commuter railroad platforms. The interactive workshop, hosted by the Town of Windsor’s Planning Department, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Windsor Art Center and will feature hands-on exercises that aim to find common ground on goals, priorities and ideas for the center’s future. Workshop topics will include land use, transportation and circulation, parking, and economics, among other relevant issues.
The workshop is part of a yearlong planning study – the Windsor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning and Facilitation Program – that will provide the town will comprehensive plans and recommendations to enhance Windsor Center and redevelop key underutilized properties. Input provided at the workshop will be used to help create these plans and recommendations.
The Windsor Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning and Facilitation Program is an initiative undertaken by the Town of Windsor to strengthen Windsor Center as a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use district in anticipation of enhanced transit service. The program will use input from the public to create a plan for Windsor Center that serves the needs of existing and future residents, strengthens pedestrian and bicycle connections, provides an enhanced business and retail center, and examines the potential for mixed-use development including housing within walking distance of the proposed new railroad station. Focusing on the area within a half-mile of the proposed new station, the program will also analyze opportunities to reuse and redevelop key underutilitized properties. Windsor’s Planning Department and a Steering Committee are guiding the TOD planning program, which is being funded through a grant administered by the Connecticut Department of Transportation. The program is expected to be completed within a year, and a professional team, led by the planning and urban design firm The Cecil Group, is assisting the town.