The Police Commission voted unanimously Friday in favor of a reconfigured parking and sidewalk plan for downtown New Canaan that could remain in place through mid-October.
Designed by town officials and citizen volunteers, the plan is designed to create additional outdoor dining areas for local restaurants. To take effect some time after May 20, it calls for “bump-outs” onto parts of the sidewalks along Elm, Forest and Main Streets and creation of new pedestrian walkways around them, in what had been on-street parallel parking spaces, to be marked and protected by objects such as water-filled barriers and planters. Specifically, the plan calls for bump-outs in two areas along the north side of Elm Street, one in front of Rosie and another from Elm restaurant through Solé; a bump-out in front of Spiga restaurant on Main Street; and one more on the west side of Forest Street from Cava through the New Canaan Diner, with one-way motor vehicle traffic to flow along the eastern side of the street, currently used for parallel parking. The angled parking along the south side of Elm Street will not change, Public Works Director Tiger Mann told the Commission during a special meeting, held Friday via videoconference. Nor will the parallel parking on both sides of Forest Street beyond the diner change, Mann said.
“Therefore, the residents that live in the new condo complex can just access their homes and residences as they have normally done,” he said.