Charge of the Committee at the July 10, 2018 Town Council Meeting.*
The Farmington Center Village Committee will consist of the following voting members:
- Two Town Council members
- One member from the Farmington Historical Society
- One member from the Farmington Historic District Commission
- One member from the Farmington Village Green & Library Association
- One member from the Farmington Economic Development Commission
- Three members that are either a Farmington Village Business owner or a Farmington Village resident.
The Farmington Village Business Owner(s) or Resident(s) will each serve a 4 year term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2022,
To appoint the following members:
Bruce Charette, Town Council member, Chair
Nancy Nickerson, Town Council member
Portia Corbett, Farmington Historical Society
John Renehan, Farmington Historic District Commission
Michael Gurski, Farmington Village Green & Library Association Representative
Brian Connolly, Economic Development Commission Representative
Sarah Jean Willett, Farmington Village Center Business Owner or Resident
Elizabeth Sanford, Farmington Village Center Business Owner or Resident
Kevin Ray, Farmington Village Center Business Owner or Resident
Ruth Grobe, Human Relations Committee / Universal Design Advocate
Betty Coykendall, Town Historian
And, the Following non- voting members:
Kathleen Blonski, Town Manager
Rose Ponte, Economic Development Director
The Committee will focus on the Farmington Village Study Area which includes
the Farmington Center commercial area along Route 4 from Mountain Spring Road to the Farmington River, the Farmington Historic District, and adjacent properties not currently in the district and the three (3) gateways into the Village beginning at the Farmington River, the intersection of Route 4 / Mountain Spring Road and the intersection of Route 10 / Scott Swamp Road.
- The Committee will develop recommendations to the Town Council regarding the future use of the Parson’s property including ownership, control and use.
- If Town Council determines ownership is in the best interest of the Town of Farmington, the Committee will identify the steps necessary to transfer the property from the State of CT to the Town of Farmington in the most expeditious and cost-effective manner and report back to the Town Council on their recommendations.
- If the property is transferred to the Town of Farmington, the Committee will follow up on the successful planning workshops conducted in 2015, review the findings and listen to the community to understand the types of uses for the Parsons property which would enhance the Village and report back to the Town Council on its findings.
- Based on those findings and direction from the Town Council, the Committee will conduct a process to identify a preferred developer to partner with the Town to secure and develop the Parsons property in a manner which complements the historic buildings and the historic district and defines the most prominent entry into Farmington as a place of high quality, beauty, and character.
- The Committee will recommend the preferred Developer to the Town Council for approval. Based on that approval the preferred Developer will work with the Committee on the Proposal which would then proceed through the Town Plan and Zoning process and subsequently be approved by the Town Plan and Zoning Commission.
The Committee will recommend quality of life enhancements (sidewalks, street trees, landscaping, street furniture, historic markers, way finding signage and universal design improvements) for the Farmington Village Center Study area.
To complete the various aspects of this charge the Committee will frequently conduct public participation/community outreach to ensure that the community is engaged in the process.
Based on the community outreach the Committee is encouraged to propose other recommendations to the Town Council or Town Plan and Zoning Commission for the Farmington Study area based on information gathered.
*(Edited on September 11, 2018 to include the Human Relations Committee / Universal Design Advocate and the Town Historian as voting members)