BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS RELATED TO
PLANNING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
Planning & Zoning Commission
The Planning and Zoning Commission consists of five members. Four members of this commission are elected to four-year terms and one member is elected to a two-year term. The Planning and Zoning Commission is authorized by State Statutes (CGS 8-1,8-2,8-19,8-23 and 8-25) and the Town Charter to establish land use policies consistent with the Town Plan of Development. The Director of Planning and Community Development provides administrative and technical support to this Commission. The Commission also advises the Town Council on zoning and short and long term planning matters. The Planning and Zoning Commission weighs and addresses the environmental impact of all proposals over which it has jurisdiction. Click here for the web page of the Planning & Zoning Commission.
The Director of Planning and Community Development is the technical agent of the Planning & Zoning Commission. The Director of Planning and Community Development, formerly the Town Planner, is responsible for the review of all development proposals and makes recommendations regarding the impact of proposed land uses. The Director of this division is responsible for disseminating information regarding land use statistics, maintaining the Planning & Zoning files and handling most of the correspondence of the agency.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Officer, under the Director, is the technical advisor of the Zoning Board of Appeals. This body consists of five members. Four of these members are elected to four-year terms and one member is elected to a two-year term. The powers and duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals are defined in the Connecticut State Statutes under Section 8-5. he duties of the Zoning Board of Appeals include hearing petitions from residents seeking relief from any order issued by the Zoning Office. The Zoning Board of Appeals is also mandated by the State Statutes to hear petitions from applicants involving the issuance of licenses for locations to be used for gas stations and/or repairing motor vehicles to ensure that the proposed location meets the prescribed safety criteria. Click here for the website of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission
The Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission consists of a five-member board (with two alternates) appointed by the Town Council on a bi-annual basis. The Inland Wetlands Agent provides the Inland Wetlands Commission with technical advice. This Commission, with the advice of the agent, is responsible for regulating wetland activities through site plan reviews, enforcement of regulations, and public education programs that will have a cumulative effect of reducing impacts on wetlands and watercourses. Click here for the website of the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission.
Design Advisory Board
A non-regulatory appointed agency. [Please check back - more information to be posted soon.] Click here for the web page of the Design Advisory board.