Bridgeport adopts 10-year master plan
The next decade of development in Bridgeport has gotten its final go-ahead from city officials.
Earlier this week, the city’s 10-year master plan was adopted by the Planning and Zoning commission. Now future growth has a game plan to follow.
“We’re very happy that Plan Bridgeport, with the submitted amendments, was adopted,” said Lynn Haig, director of Bridgeport’s planning and zoning commission.
The approval of the Master Plan of Conservation and Development includes changes to several original proposals after residents and city officials added their input.
One change focused on Remington Woods, which has long been targeted for redevelopment by site owners DuPont Corp, which wanted to turn it into a corporate park.
The original draft of the plan had leaned more toward aiding development on the 422-acre green space straddling Bridgeport and Stratford. That didn’t sit well with city council members back in March when the draft was first presented at an Economic and Community Development and Environment committee meeting.
Several changes were drafted by council members and the writers of the plan to put more focus on conservation and preservation instead of redevelopment. The changes were submitted as amendments during Monday’s meeting and adopted.
The plan now states the city will “work in partnership with the owner of the Remington Woods/Lake Success Property, together with interested conservation groups such as the Trust for Public Land, to advance the environmental clean-up and reuse of this site in ways that may advance the preservation of, and public access to, the urban forest in this area.”
State Rep. Joe Gresko of Stratford, Bridgeport’s Director of Sustainability, spoke favorably of the changes.
“When do we have a chance to save something like this?” he said of Remington Woods. “I’m not anti-development, but the idea of a corporate park’s time has passed. Having something that is more likely to be used by residents but still able to generate revenue for the city is something that I feel we should be looking at.”
He said the proposed corporate park was not modern thinking, referring to past woes of General Electric’s redevelopment for its former headquarters in Fairfield, which was vacant for years before it was purchased by Sacred Heart University.
“This approval allows us to begin implementing the plan,” Haig said.
The city will launch an updated website for Plan Bridgeport in May that will keep viewers informed as the implementation processes are completed.
“We heard loud and clear last year during our outreach that folks had no idea that the City actually implements the Master Plan, so we’re building that feature into the website as a way to keep the community aware,” Haig said.