Plan of Conservation & Development Update

Stratford, CT

Applied Expertise

  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Economic Development
  • Environmental Planning
  • Heritage & Tourism
  • Public Involvement
  • Urban Design
  • Waterfronts
  • Zoning


Stratford is a town of 51,000, with a spectacular location on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River. It’s one of Connecticut’s first communities with its earliest European settlers arriving in 1642. The town’s more recent heritage is tied to a manufacturing and employment base in the defense industry. Still in 1998, the Stratford Army Engine Plant, a sprawling 124-acre industrial complex that at one time employed 10,000, was closed as part of the US Department of Defense’s Base Realignment and Closure program.

peter j. smith & company, inc., was retained to update the town’s Plan of Conservation & Development. The new POCD envisions Stratford as a greenway community with destinations along its long waterfront linking back to the central downtown core. Preservation of the town’s unique landscapes, architectural, historic and cultural resources is complemented by growth and employment centers and a reuse of the Army Engine Plant as a mixed use residential and commercial destination. Strong graphics helped to focus the public input program and help stakeholders visualize the potential for the town. The public input process included interactive public forums, focus group sessions, interviews and an on-line community survey.