The Town of Farmington is being recognized by the Connecticut Main Street Center for a public outreach effort in which close to 500 residents helped develop strategies and goals for a new gateway into Farmington, reports the Hartford Courant. Farmington was one of five award recipients of CMSC’s 2016 Awards of Excellence.

Farmington’s award is for the public participation component of the Farmington Center Planning Study, completed last year.” From the beginning the town has stressed that the plan for this area will not be the developer’s plan or the town hall staff’s plan, but the community’s plan,” Town Manager Kathleen Eagen told the Courant in an email Monday. “We have encouraged and embraced public participation from the beginning and will continue to make the public’s involvement a priority throughout the redevelopment of this area.”

The study was conducted by Dodson & Flinker Inc. and Mullin Associates Inc. and evaluated a 40-acre area bisected by Route 4 adjacent to the Farmington Center historic district and bounded on the west by the Farmington River.

Farmington Recognized For Public Participation In Center Planning Study