Elton Terence Branford 180x225By Terence Elton

BRANFORD: “Make no little plans” was the advice of American architect and urban designer Daniel Burnham. His point was that in order to make communities more livable and to have the future we desire, good planning is critical.

Branford believes Burnham would approve of its approach to development. As a town, Branford considers such plans as more than an exercise, devoting time, energy, resources and much thought into its planning efforts, and then uses those plans to move the town forward.

This is evident as the town works to dovetail its Transit Oriented Development Plan, completed last fall, with efforts currently underway on its decennial Plan of Conservation and Development. Neither is produced in order to just check the box and then filed away until the next time; rather they are intended to be effective tools for the town to plot its course for the next decade.

joel2By Joel Schiavone

This is a second in a series of articles by entrepreneur and New Haven stalwart Joel Schiavone on the management and future of the city. See the first New Haven, Road to Where at this link. You are invited to join the conversation with Joel, by sending your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for publication. Or you may comment directly on the article. We invite you to share his thoughts as well. 

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In the first of my articles on the New Haven financial situation I tried to point out how the problem was structural and not solvable simply by raising taxes. Sure enough, the City’s only response to an overwhelming deficit for the next couple of years is to raise taxes. I tried to point out that this is a zero sum game, meaning they will never get caught up until the City runs out of money which I expect within the next six months.