At its regular meeting tonight, Monday, July 22, (starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Town Hall Annex), the Wilton Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on a proposed amendment to the Wilton Zoning Regulations which establishes an Architectural Review Board (ARB) and associated pre-application architectural review process. The Planning and Zoning Commission is the applicant and drafted the proposed regulation, a copy of which is posted on the Town website as application REG#19378.
According to the proposed regulation application, the ARB would establish specific design standards and guidelines within the town’s zoning regulations, “with the primary objective of achieving better design outcomes.” The ARB would be advisory only, but it would “encourage an applicant [to] consider the appropriateness of architecture, form and massing of planned buildings, interrelationships with surrounding structures, connectivity with public amenities and preservation of enhancement of historic and architecturally-significant landmarks.”
The application also states that such a process will be beneficial “given the current uptick in multi-family housing and commercial development” in Wilton. The ARB would be intended to “ensure that design of buildings and sites is in harmony with the design character of the community and surrounding areas and is of high quality, promoting compatible and desirable development of Wilton’s environment.”
However, the proposed amendment does state that it doesn’t presuppose a “preconception to architectural style.”
All special permit and site plan applications to P&Z would be required to undergo an ARB review, although the proposed regulation specifies it does not apply to construction or site improvements to single-family residences in any district.
The P&Z Commission is encouraging any member of the public to attend tonight’s hearing to comment on the proposed regulation, or to submit written testimony (which can be done via the town website or by mail to the Planning and Zoning Department at 238 Danbury Rd., Wilton, CT 06897. Written comments will ideally be received by 4 p.m. on the day of the public hearing (July 22), and all public comment must be received before the close of the public hearing.