Whitneyville Civic Association (WCA) and Spring Glen Civic Association (SGCA)Neighborhood Input Regarding Planning and Conservation Strategies
While we generally endorse the strategies listed in Hamden’s
Briefing Booklets, the WCA and SGCA have suggestions and priorities regarding
several areas of the plan, per feedback from civic association meetings and
discussions among civic association leadership.
They are outlined below, with reference to the appropriate Briefing
Briefing Booklet 4:
Preserve Open Space (p. 13)
We believe that access to the Farmington Canal Trail
could be improved, specifically at its intersection with Mather Street. We
suggest modifying Item A1b to read:
“Farmington Canal Trail as a central spine and
with improved access points to maximize
We are concerned that the Powder Farm remains a
natural area without means of public access; members suggested implementing the
Land Trust’s plan for passive recreation and connection of the site to the
Canal Trail. We believe that the Plan
should address the issue of acquiring new open space. We suggest modifying Item
A3c to read: “Continue to seek
opportunities to partner with other organizations (such as the Hamden Land
Trust) to preserve and improve access to open space.”
Address Coastal Issues (p.
We wish to clarify the meaning of access to the Mill
River to read: “If appropriate, seek ways
to enhance boating access… to the Mill River, including Lake Whitney and the Quinnipiac River.”
Promote Community Character
Traffic calming continues to be an issue in
Whitneyville and other areas of Hamden. Members suggested adding a left turn
arrow at the intersection of Putnam Avenue and Newhall Street, and filling in
of gaps in the sidewalk network. We
suggest modifying to read: “Roadways, including traffic calming.”
This item does not exist. We suggest adding it: “Mass Transit, including light
We believe that the Town should develop, in concert
with public utilities a plan to systematically provide existing trees with
appropriate replacement. We suggest this item to be modified to read: “Plan
for the preservation, maintenance of and planting of trees for their visual,
environmental, and scenic benefits.
We are concerned that the Town has no central
information center, such as a community calendar. We suggest modifying it to read: “Continue
to promote community-wide events and activities through multiple media.”
We are concerned that there is not enough parking in
the Whitneyville business district. We
suggest modifying it to read: “Seek to
establish and maintain gateway features at major entry/arrival points to the Town
and its villages, including improved
Items E3 and E5:
We particularly endorse efforts to brand and improve
signage in the Whitneyville, Spring Glen, Mount Carmel and Centerville business
districts (including historical landmarks).
Briefing Booklet 5:
Become More Sustainable (p.
We particularly endorse the LED streetlights effort
underway, including the potential for the Town to purchase streetlights.
We encourage Hamden to expand regionalization
of services, building on the successful example of the regional Health
District. This will support the
long-term sustainability of Town services.
Briefing Booklet 6:
Reinforce Overall Community
Structure (p. 4) and Enhance Spring Glen / Whitneyville Centers (p. 8)
We endorse these action steps, particularly Item A1:
“promote and encourage missed use, pedestrian-friendly, transit-oriented
development” and Item E3. In WCA meeting, members cited the walkability
of Whitneyville as one of the most important aspects of the neighborhood. We endorse efforts to connect new
developments such as Canal Crossing to the business district via sidewalks.