A Yale architect took community input into account when he drafted his portion of an updated Plan of Conservation and Development.In his recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Board, Yale Architect Alan Plattus suggested that Fowler Field remain largely a recreational area, not one filled with shops and commercial venues.Plattus' suggestions are included in a draft proposal for the updated Plan of Conservation and Development, which can be found on the P&Z website, http:\/\/www.ci.milford.ct.us\/Public_Documents\/FOV1-0002D74E\/planning. A final public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. for residents to comment on the proposal. Plattus, who leads the Yale Urban Design Workshop, noted in the proposal that during earlier public comment sessions, \u201ccommercial development of Fowler Field was almost unanimously opposed.\u201dHe did recommend some changes at Fowler Field, and said the current configuration is \u201chaphazard, confusing and potentially unsafe.\u201d He noted there is a lot of parking space at Fowler Field, and he said the current configuration and mixture of uses \u2014 ballfields, tennis courts and parking \u2014 \u201cdo little to maximize the park's unique location adjacent to Milford Harbor.\u201dThe draft plan recommends that the city move the driveway that leads to the boat launch to the other side of the pavilion to allow for better pedestrian access to the harbor. There are two schematics for Fowler Field in the draft plan: One showing a parking garage in place of one of the ballfields, and the other with no parking garage.In his section of the draft report, Plattus also pointed out the need for more recreational facilities in the city, such as a lacrosse field, dog parks, \u201cpotentially at Edgewood Park in Devon and the Melba Street Park,\u201d more community gardens and improvements at Eisenhower Park.The lengthy plan addresses many aspects of Milford development, including the effect rising sea levels have on the coastal community. According to the draft plan, portions of the Atlantic Coast, including Long Island Sound, have been designated as \u201csea level rise hotspots\u201d that are rising three to four times faster than in other parts of the world.\u201cIncreased sea levels are expected to result in more flooding and increased height of storm surge for coastal cities such as Milford,\u201d the plan states. \u201cIn addition, because some of the shoreline construction is at extremely low elevation adjacent to tidal marshlands, these lands may be lost when sea level rises increase.\u201dThe plan says Milford should start examining its entire shoreline with sea level rise impacts in mind and start acquiring shoreline property that is most likely to be lost to rising sea levels.The report also addresses future development in Walnut Beach, which has undergone many changes over the years. The Yale Urban Design Workshop suggests that the pedestrian link between the beach and the nearby stores be improved, and that the main link, East Broadway, be reconfigured so it\u2019s more attractive.\u201cThe adjacent residential uses are set far back from the street, and the pedestrian environment along East Broadway is unpleasant and uninteresting,\u201d the report states. \u201cIt could be possible to reconfigure the street as a more pedestrian-friendly corridor through lane narrowing, expansion of the pedestrian realm with a linear park, and development of new street-facing, mixed-use buildings along the east side of the street.\u201dThe draft plan also suggests that the public beach at the end of Naugatuck Avenue be redeveloped as an entertainment pier and become an anchor for the commercial district, \u201cmuch as it was in the 1920s.\u201dThe Plan of Conservation and Development must be updated every 10 years to qualify for grants. Milford's was last updated in 2002: It is a statement of policies, goals and standards for the physical and economic development of the city.