Norwich wants to get “the horse in front of the carriage” with zoning

NORWICH — Residents had a chance Monday to comment on a proposed zoning regulation that would allow a Business Master Plan District to be created on 100 or more acres in the city.

Farmland in the Occum area is being considered for a possible site for a second business park.

The Business Master Plan District was proposed by the Norwich Community Development Corp. as a floating zone that could be applied to large contiguous tracts of land suitable for development as a business park. The land must be at least 100 acre and able to have appropriate road access and either underground utilities or on-site utilities. 

Various kinds of professional buildings would be allowed in the zoning area, including offices, computer software, hardware and other tech uses, manufacturing, laboratories, and truck stops. The new language added to the Business Master District Plan specifies that this is a non-inclusive list, and other uses can be deemed appropriate by the Zoning Commission at the time of application submission.