Proposed Updates to PA 490 Open Space Designation
Public Act (PA) 490 is a state law that allows towns to reduce the tax burden on undeveloped land. There are three types of land this provision may apply to: Farm, Forest and Open Space. While the eligibility requirements for farm and forest lands are determined by the state (and all towns must provide the reduced assessment), individual towns decide whether to provide the reduced assessment for undeveloped, privately-owned land (i.e., “open space”). For many years Tolland administered its PA 490 Open Space program through the zoning regulations.
Tolland intends to continue to offer the PA 490 Open Space program, but make two changes:
• Move the provision from a zoning regulation to a town ordinance, to be consistent with standard protocols for this program.
• Eliminate eligibility for commercial and industrial properties, as recommended in the 2009 Tolland Plan of Conservation and Development.
The first step is for the Tolland Planning and Zoning Commission to remove the PA 490 section from the Zoning Regulations. To do this, the Commission is holding a public hearing on July 13. In turn, the Town Council has scheduled a public hearing for the adoption of an “Open Space Assessment Ordinance” on July 14.
Adopted “Drive-through Service Regulations – Effective: March 15, 2015
Drive-through Service Regulations Eff. 3-15-15
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TOLLAND TECHNOLOGY CAMPUS ZONE
Adopted Zoning Regulations – Effective July 1, 2013
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Tolland Village Area
The Planning and Zoning Commission for several years has been examining what has come to be known as the “Tolland Village Area”, located adjacent to the Exit 68 interchange. The Commission recognized that, due to the prime location, development will likely occur here and that current zoning might not result in development that reflects Tolland’s character. The Commission began undertaking studies and holding public meetings to form a vision for a town center. During a 2009 telephone survey, two-thirds (64%) of Tolland residents expressed support for the concept of creating a “community focal point, similar to a village-type ‘town center,’ in a walking friendly setting with community gathering spots and shops” in Tolland. The PZC with consultants, Planimetrics of Avon and input from the public has developed regulations and guidelines to guide the community to achieve the vision.
Video Tour of the Proposed Tolland Village Area
Tolland Village Area Overview Presentation
TOLLAND VILLAGE AREA
The following amendments/revisions were approved by the Planning & Zoning Commission.
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Plan of Conservation & Development
The Tolland Planning & Zoning Commission adopted the Plan of Conservation and Development effective November 15, 2009. This important plan pro-actively establishes a common vision for the future of the community and determines policies that will help attain that vision.
Plan of Conservation & Development –
Effective November 15, 2009 – Amended July 1, 2011
- POCD Cover
- Letter from PZC Chair
- Table of Contents
- Ch 1 Introduction
- Ch 2 Conditions and Trends
- Ch 3 Community Issues
- Ch 4 Protect Natural Resources & Character
- Ch 5 Grow in Ways that Preserve Quality of Life – Amended July 2011
- Ch 6 Meet needs of Community
- Ch 7 Future Land Use Plan
- Ch 8 Implementation Strategy
- Ch 9 Conclusion
- Ch 10 Glossary
If you have any questions or if you need further information please feel free to call the Development Group office at 860-871-3669.