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Posted on: July 6, 2020

07/06/20: First Selectman Vicki Tesoro’s Statement on the July 15th, 2020 Planning & Zoning Meeting

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In an effort to make residents aware of proposals before our land use boards, I have issued statements in the past to the residents of Trumbull. Residents should understand what is being proposed, how the development process works, where residents can have impact, and what I am doing to protect our high quality of life in Trumbull. 

Click here to see a history of my prior messages regarding multi-family housing developments in Trumbull and the Westfield Mall zone change.

I want everyone to know that I have and will continue to work with my staff to make sure there is sensible development that does not compromise the character of Trumbull.

Land use and development are critical issues for our community. Well-planned growth and appropriate use of our land resources, consistent with our Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), are essential for our success as a town. My administration is committed to balanced grand list growth, while ensuring our schools, public safety, town services, and quality of life are not compromised.

On September 27, 2018, Trumbull’s Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) voted to approve a zoning change that will allow apartments to be built on land owned by the Westfield Trumbull Mall.

This new “Mixed Use Design District” was approved in a bipartisan fashion under a Republican- led Planning and Zoning Commission. The new zone was fashioned after best practices for the sustainability and transformation of malls across the country.

After several meetings between the mall and the Town to discuss  a number of concerns, substantial changes were made to the original proposal made by the mall owners including the reduction in the number of units from 580 market rate apartments to 260 market rate apartments and the disallowance of dens in the apartment units.

The P&Z, in their deliberations, took great care to restrict the development in ways that would reduce the impact on municipal services and schools.

The new zone also allows for more entertainment type uses on the mall property.

This zoning change was not done lightly. To the contrary, it went through an extensive process of give and take in order to respect and balance all of the interests of the Trumbull community.

This is a critical juncture for the future of not only our mall, but malls across the country. This zone change represents the best direction to help transform our mall into a live-work-play destination for the future. It is important to remember that the Trumbull Mall is our largest taxpayer.

At this time, the mall and their selected developer have submitted a special permit and site plan application for the development to P&Z.

The public hearing for the special permit and site plan application will open at the July 15th P&Z Meeting.

The public can attend this meeting and participate by going to https://zoom.us/j/98946202425?pwd=LzlQTlVXN3ZDRk1OTy9jL0poZEEzdz09  Webinar ID: 989 4620 2425 Password: 609914  Join by telephone: (301) 715-8592 or (888) 475-4499 (Toll Free)   Webinar ID: 989 4620 2425 

It is our understanding the developer is also conducting a community meeting for residents in the area to learn more.

I encourage residents to participate in the upcoming meetings.

The future vitality of the mall is of utmost importance to the Town of Trumbull. By participating and working together we get the best outcomes.

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