Hillside Historic District, Waterbury, Connecticut    Neighborhood Revitalization Zone Strategic Plan
as filed with the City of Waterbury - the State of Connecticut 1997

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INTRODUCTION

ECONOMIC DEV

EDUCATION

HEALTH

HOUSING

PUBLIC SAFETY

RECREATION

SOCIAL SERVICES

TRANSPORTATION

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Section Five
HOUSING
David Walford, Chairman

 

OBJECTIVE #1
Recognize and preserve the unique quality of architecture within the Hillside district and its relationship to the history of the area

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Create an urban conservation district or overlay zone for the historic neighborhood.
    • No further subdivision
    • Encourage development that is consistent with the historic nature of the neighborhood
    • Prevent and increase in the number of dwelling units per building
  2. Inform new and current homeowners in historic preservation (see Education objective #3)
    • Establish a section at Silas Bronson library that provides information relative to historic preservation, rehabilitation of properties and regulations
    • Establish liaison with the Board of Realtors for notification of sale of property within the neighborhood
  3. Selectively use waivers of building codes to encourage the preservation of historic architectural features during rehabilitation of properties

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OBJECTIVE #2
Encourage owner occupied housing

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Promote neighborhood in various media vehicles
  2. Encourage banks to reinvest dollars in the neighborhood
  3. Educate Realtors of the value and unique characteristics of properties in the neighborhood
  4. Ensure prospective buyers have access to funding through NHS or other sources
  5. Encourage City to establish tax abatement programs for restoration of contributing structures in the Hillside Historic District.

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OBJECTIVE #3
Ensure all housing in the neighborhood is in a good state of repair

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Encourage residents and property owners to maintain property, including eliminating weeds and litter from sidewalks
  2. Encourage property owners to utilize effective property management techniques
  3. Enforce city codes to ensure a minimum standard of repair and appearance is maintained.

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OBJECTIVE #4
Reduce the density of housing

ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN:

  1. Create overlay RL zone with minimum lot size of 7500 square feet for any new single or two family construction.   Setbacks should be compatible with neighboring properties.
  2. Selective demolition to create open space and provide off-street parking.
  3. Evaluate division of new space created by demolition between adjoining properties.

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