In 2016, Calfee Zoning was hired as part of a team to write modern zoning regulations for Winchester/Winstead, Connecticut.
The aim of rewriting the standards was to simplify the regulations, and provide for future development and population growth, according to a vision for each district. Developers and property owners were experiencing practical difficulties moving their projects through the administrative process. The new code created eight zoning districts — down from 24 in the previous regulations, and provided additional flexibility that was congruent with the community’s vision for the built environment.
This is a character-based code, and the community was engaged in visioning exercises, as well as focus group exercises that allowed residents to give specific feedback related to their vision for the built environment.