A panel has been gathering input from families of the 26 victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School, first responders and others as it begins evaluating what a permanent memorial should look like.
Victims' families have been getting involved one by one over the last year, with 18 now engaged, although officials said some have indicated the grief is still too sharp to participate.
Artists and architects have been pitching ideas to Newtown since soon after the shooting and the commission has been hearing out proposals for concepts including murals, groves and memorial parks.
The commission also has been looking for lessons from paths chosen by other tragedy-stricken communities.
The Sandy Hook gunman killed 20 children and six educators at the school on Dec. 14, 2012.