Leveraging Transit for Sustainable Development in Fairfield

Fairfield residents, business owners, and elected officials gathered on Saturday, May 2 for a design charrette led by RPA to develop a vision for the town's Commerce Drive neighborhood. A new train station is currently under construction that will provide the area with Metro-North commuter rail service as early as next summer. The charrette is part of a year-long study to develop recommendations for new zoning and design guidelines that will enable future transit-oriented development. Five groups each worked with urban designers to develop master plans and recommendations, and over the next few months RPA will synthesize these plans into a consensus vision. The charrette participants considered the goals of affordability, fiscal impacts of development, and environmental concerns as they mapped out their plans for the future of the neighborhood.