Vision for Warrenville – West Ashford Special Planning Area
“The vision for this SPA is to enhance its physical image; expand its commercial activities; and provide a focal point for civic activities, culture and municipal services.”
This Special Planning Area is the “public face” of Ashford as a result of the three State highways that intersect the area. Warrenville and West Ashford are combined as one SPA in this POCD but were treated separately in the 2005 POCD. Although they are contiguous, visually linking the two areas presents difficulties because of the abutting terrain; the presence of a major state highway with no shoulder or sidewalks; and heavy traffic traveling at high speeds. The focus, moving forward is to encourage the retention and expansion of present businesses; seek new commercial development; make this SPA more pedestrian and bike friendly; and try to evoke the look and feel of a traditional New England small town.
The majority of the Town’s commercial development will be in West Ashford. However, commercial development will continue outside this SPA along State Routes 44 and 74 consistent with existing uses and zoning and where it does not unduly infringe on historic villages and structures, non-profit facilities, and the concept of a New England small town.