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Redding Designates Chestnut Woods As Scenic Road

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REDDING, Conn. -- Chestnut Woods, a 0.7-mile stretch of road between Marchant and Topstone roads near Redding Town Park recently was named a scenic road, according to a story in the News-Times.

The designation was Redding’s first since Station Road in 2009 and only the third since 2000, the story said.

Toby Welles, the secretary of the Redding Planning Commission, said the town has some of the most restrictive requirements in place for designation of local roads, according to the story. To be named scenic, a road must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Unpaved
  • Bordered by trees or stone walls
  • Under 20 feet wide
  • Having scenic views
  • Crossing bodies of water
  • Blending into the natural terrain.

The planning commission also monitors alterations done by residents who live on scenic streets and requires they have a lot of vegetation along the road, the story said.

Scenic designations have been used to highlight the natural beauty of an area, as well as to maintain the semi-rural character of neighborhoods and preserve historic features, according to the story.

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