Westport Village District Study

Westport, Connecticut

Facing increasing development pressures, the Town of Westport wanted to protect the historic core of its downtown from changes that could negatively affect the image and physical character of the area. The Town hired Harriman to accomplish two project goals: recommend zoning regulations to establish a Village District under Connecticut laws and draft the supporting design standards and nomination documentation for a new National Register Historic District. Harriman crafted the Village District Zoning to protect the existing historic buildings and development patterns while encouraging continued investment in the economic vitality of the downtown. Once implemented, the recommended zoning changes will give the Planning and Zoning Commission control of the design review process, with specific design standards to guide the Site Plan Review Process for new construction, substantial rehabilitation and reconstruction, and changes to any exterior façades.