Zoning Regulation Update Materials

 In 2019, the City completed the Citywide Plan (POCD), which is the guidance document for future growth and development within the City. One of the major recommendations within the plan is the need to update the zoning regulations. The regulations provide the rules regarding how land can be used within the City. The regulations have not seen a complete overhaul in over thirty (30) years. This has resulted in piecemeal changes and has led to structural deficiencies and inconsistencies throughout the document. A complete overhaul is a very time consuming process based on the amount of existing text, the cleanup needed, the complexity of a City like Norwalk, the structural changes required and the incorporation of changes as a result of the Citywide Plan.  

The goal was for there to be an end product that is more user-friendly, web-based, and contains a mapping component for ease of use by all.  

Zoning Regulations Effective February 19, 2024

On December 13, 2023, the Planning & Zoning Commission adopted a new set of zoning regulations and a new zoning map, which became effective February 19, 2024.  This was the first comprehensive update to the regulations in over 30 years and took more than two (2) years to complete!

Our world seems to change considerably year to year, so consider how much has changed over 30 years!  The adopted regulations are a hybrid code combing traditional Euclidian Zoning and Form Based Zoning.  The adopted code combines both approaches, as Norwalk’s traditional single-family areas follow the Euclidian zoning model, while the commercial and multi-family areas are governed by a form-based approach.   

In addition to the changes to the code, the zoning designations have changed and the boundaries revised to be more reflective of the City’s vision as outlined in the Citywide Plan and to also allow for continued infill development and incremental development in other areas, all while maintaining the integrity of the City’s neighborhoods.  

The Commission and Staff are dedicated to continually reviewing and improving the code, so that it is as clear and user-friendly as possible and also to ensure that it helps guide Norwalk’s growth and development in a manner that is beneficial to all.  The Commission anticipates conducting annual meetings over the next couple of years, in order to give the public an opportunity to weigh in on the changes and provide suggestions and requests for the Commission to consider.   

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, you can email me directly skleppin@norwalkct.gov or Bryan Baker bbaker@norwalkct.gov

Steve Kleppin, AICP

Planning & Zoning Director