Reports From our Gvrnmt

2010 – 11 Reports From Our Government Affairs Director

(in reverse chronological order)

The GAD REPORT
Government Affairs Directors News

 
December 2011

On behalf of the consultants and staff at Evans & Associates, LLC, we wish to extend our sincere wishes for Happy Holidays and a prosperous New Year!

It has been a pleasure to work with John and all the members of ECAR and we stand ready to assist should our services be needed in the future!

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

> Town of Bozrah – On November 9th, The Bozrah Planning and Zoning Commission, distributed the following drafts for the members to read, and prepare to act on at the Commission’s December meeting:

* A Draft (11/4/11) of Town of Bozrah Ordinance Establishing Fees For
Land Use Applications
* A Draft of Subdivision Regulations re: Conditional Approval 11/11/11
* A Draft (10/11/11) of Section 11-Special Exceptions
* A Draft (10/20/11) of Road Ordinance

> Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission scheduled a Special Meeting on November 15 to discuss POC & D Recommendations with Implementation Matrix . Due to insufficient quorum the meeting was continued to December.

> Town of Eastford – In 2008 the Eastford Board of Selectmen appointed a voluntary zoning study committee. Their charge was to research and prepare a detailed draft zoning ordinance for the citizens of Eastford to review and decide, via referendum, whether or not to adopt. After more than two years of work the committee has completed this task. In August, the Easford Zoning Study Committee held a public informational meeting on the proposed draft zoning regulations to review and discuss these regulations (available for review on the Town of Eastford Website) The Eastford Zoning Commission is expected to schedule the regulation for a hearing in the near future.

> Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission has scheduled a regular meeting for December 6th. The Commission is expecting a report from Subcommittee on Sustainable Development and Climate Adaptation as well as the Subcommittee Village Center Master Plan.

> Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Planning Commission has scheduled for further discussion its Land Use Regulation Update Project at its December 5th meeting.

> Town of Killingly – At the November 21st regular meeting, The Killingly Planning and Zoning Commission voted to table until the December 19, 2011 regular meeting, a Zone (Text) Change Application #11-1008 Section 900; to add q – Historic Second Dwelling to Section 410.1.2 as a Special Permit use in the Rural Development Zone.

> Town of Ledyard -The Ledyard Planning Commission is continuing its discussion of Zoning & Subdivision Application text amendments to add Open Space Subdivisions. The Commission will next determine if the draft is (a) complete; (b) compliant with the Town’s POC&D and (c) ready for submittal as a formal application.

> Town of Montville – The Montville Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing on November 29th regarding various proposed revisions to various sections of the Montville Subdivision Regulations and the Zoning Regulations.

> Town of North Stonington – The North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled to public hearings in early 2012 on proposed change to it’s regulations:

* RC #11-109 (Regulation Change) Application of the Town of North Stonington, Planning & Zoning Commission, 40 Main Street, North Stonington, CT 06359 to add new sections 1305.6 (Projections) and 1305.7 (Fences, Walls & Terraces) of the North Stonington Zoning Regulations.

* RC #11-119 (Regulation Change) Application of the Town of North Stonington, Planning & Zoning Commission, 40 Main Street, North Stonington, CT 06359 to add to Section 206 (Changes of Business/Commercial or Industrial Uses of Buildings & Properties) of the North Stonington Zoning Regulations

> Town of Preston – On November 22nd, the Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continued work regarding the Thames River Design District. The Commission holding hearings regarding amendments to Section 4.2.10 of it’s zoning regarding farm wineries permitting six (6) additional closed events provided the events meet noise standards and other criteria, including limiting the number of people at the events; and changing the hours of operation for such wineries from 6:00 p.m. in evenings during the week and Sunday to 8:00 p.m. and to 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and allowing full service food menu during closed or private events. In addition, it is continuing a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

> Town of Stonington – At its regular meeting November 18th the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission opened a discussion on the 2014 Plan of Conservation and Development. The governing state statutes were distributed and reviewed. The Commission Chair has invited past POC &D Committee member to the December meeting and has contacted Plainmetrics for a cost estimate to revise/update the town’s POC&D.

> Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission concluded its Proposed 2012 Plan of Preservation, Conservation and Development (POC&D). The plan was approved and is effective January 1, 2012. The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.

> Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission continues to invite the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice has been sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission’s Subcommittee continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings
In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

November 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Bozrah – The Bozrah Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to convene its regular monthly meeting on November 9th. The Commission is expected to continue discussion of possible changes/modifications/addition of town fee ordinance to zoning regulations.

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission met on October 5th . Commission members discussed the Green Energy Draft which pertains to On-site Solar Energy Facilities and Small Wind Energy Systems. The following was discussed at length: Intent; Permitted Zones; General Conditions; Definitions. The Commission is continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POC&D.

– Town of Eastford – In 2008 the Eastford Board of Selectmen appointed a voluntary zoning study committee. Their charge was to research and prepare a detailed draft zoning ordinance for the citizens of Eastford to review and decide, via referendum, whether or not to adopt. After more than two years of work the committee has completed this task. In August, the Easford Zoning Study Committee held a public informational meeting on the proposed draft zoning regulations to review and discuss these regulations (available for review on the Town of Eastford Website) The Eastford Zoning Commission is expected to schedule the regulation for a hearing in the near future.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission met on October 18th and considered an application which would add a new Sec. 6.3.1.to East Lyme Zoning Regulation would reduce the amount of square feet for a multi-family residence from 18,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet in the R-12 Zone.

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Planning Commission is continuing with its Land Use Regulation Project. The Town of Groton Zoning Commission continues to have under consideration a hearing on a zoning regulation amendment which would allow small-scale personal type retail businesses as a conditional use in the OMF Zoning Districts.

– Town of Killingly – The Killingly Planning and Zoning Commission initiated Zone (Text) Change Application #11-1007 Section 900 was continued until November. The
application will amend Section 570 – Planned Residential Development and its definition in Section 300; and to delete Section 575 – Elderly Housing, to delete the Planned Elderly Housing definition in Section 300 and to delete Planned Elderly Housing as a use in Low Density Section 410.2.2m, Medium Density Section 410.3.2l, General Commercial Section 420.2 and Residential High -Borough Section 420. Full text available in the Planning and Development and Town Clerk’s offices.

– Town of Ledyard -The Ledyard Planning Commission had scheduled a discussion of Zoning & Subdivision Application text amendments to add Open Space Subdivision at its regular October monthly meeting. The Commission will next determine if the draft is (a) complete; (b) compliant with the Town’s POC&D and (c) ready for submittal as a formal application.

– Town of Montville – The Montville Planning and Zoning Commission has distributed at its September meeting proposed revisions to the Montville Subdivision Regulations and the Zoning Regulations. The proposed revisions will be scheduled for a Public Hearing is scheduled for November 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers at Montville Town Hall, 310 Route 32, Uncasville, CT.

– Town of North Stonington – The North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled additional workshops on conservation subdivisions and will be considering an application to reduce seasonal use of overlay areas from 80s square feet to 67 square feet.

– Town of Preston – At the regularly scheduled October meeting, the Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continued work regarding the Thames River Design District. The Commission is also continuing a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

– Town of Stonington – On October 18th the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission discussed and unanimously approved various text amendments regarding renewable energy / small wind energy systems – added a new Section 7.22 Renewable Energy Systems and Section7.22.1 Small Wind Energy Systems.

– Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission concluded its October hearing on Proposed 2012 Plan of Preservation, Conservation and Development (POC&D). The Plan was approved and is effective January 1, 2012. The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998. The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice has been sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission’s Subcommittee continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings. The November 3rd Subcommittee Meeting was cancelled due to the power outage from recent storm.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

October, 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Bozrah – The Bozrah Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to convene its regular monthly meeting on October 13th. At this upcoming meeting, the Commission is expected to discuss Senate Bill No. 860 – Public Act No. 11-79 and the memorandum from Branse, Wills and Knapp, LLC advising municipal clients of the affects the bill upon there regulations and Bonding Practices. During the August Commission meeting, the general consensus of the entire Commission was disbelief that the legislature was implementing such changes. The Commission has directed staff to draft language to begin the process on adopting a Road Ordinance Policy.

– The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission met on September 7th it was decided to submit the Village Center District regulation to the Regulations Subcommittee and will no longer need to be placed onto the P and Z Agenda.
Subcommittee Regulation Chairman commented that minor changes were made to the Green Energy draft regulation. The subcommittee will continue looking at proposed sign regulations. It was suggested that under the sign regulation the Subcommittee consider advertisement flags, balloons or any kind of attention grabbing devices. The Commission is continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POC&D.

– Town of Eastford – In 2008 the Eastford Board of Selectmen appointed a voluntary zoning study committee. Their charge was to research and prepare a detailed draft zoning ordinance for the citizens of Eastford to review and decide, via referendum, whether or not to adopt. After more than two years of work the committee has completed this task. In August, the Easford Zoning Study Committee held a public informational meeting on the proposed draft zoning regulations to review and discuss these regulations (available for review on the Town of Eastford Website) The Eastford Zoning Commission is expected to schedule the regulation for a hearing in the near future.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission continued its public hearing to October 4th regarding an application of the Town of East Lyme to amend the East Lyme Zoning Regulations Section 20.29 Architectural Design Review Review Regulations.

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Planning Commission is continuing with its Land Use Regulation Project. The Town of Groton Zoning Commission has under consideration, a hearing on a zoning regulation amendment which would allow small-scale personal type retail businesses as a conditional use in the OMF Zoning Districts.

– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission has scheduled a discussion of Zoning & Subdivision Application text amendments to add Open Space Subdivision at its regular monthly meeting on Thursday October 5th, after which the Commission will determine if the draft is (a) complete; (b) compliant with the Town’s POC&D and (c) ready for submittal as a formal application.

– Town of Montville – The Town of Montville Planning and Zoning Commission has distributed at its September meeting proposed revisions to the Montville Subdivision Regulations and the Zoning Regulations. The proposed revisions will be scheduled for a public hearing on November 8th.

– Town of North Stonington – The Town of North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a workshop for Thursday, October 13, 2011 on Conservation Subdivisions.

– Preston – The Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission, on September 27th, continued work regarding the Thames River Design District. The Commission is also continuing a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

– Town of Stonington – At it’s September meeting, the Stonington Planning Zoning Commission accepted the withdrawal of a proposed text amendment to Section 3.1.4 Residential GBA-130, RC 120 Zones Buffer Requirements & Section 5.1.1 Residential Zone Bulk changes to 100-foot non-infringement area & side yard setback (GBR-130 only) which was scheduled for public hearing on September 20th.

– Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues updating its 2020 Plan of Preservation, Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998. The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice has been sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission’s Subcommittee continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

September, 2011


Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission met on August 3rd. it was decided to submit the Village Center District regulation to the full Commission and have the Commission submit it to the Regulations Subcommittee.

Subcommittee Regulation Chairman commented that minor
changes were made to the Green Energy draft regulation. The subcommittee is also looking at the sign regulation. It was suggested that under the sign regulation the subcommittee consider advertisement flags, balloons or any kind of attention grabbing devices. The Commission is continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POC&D.

– Town of Eastford – In 2008 the Eastford Board of Selectmen appointed a voluntary zoning study committee. Their charge was to research and prepare a detailed draft zoning ordinance for the citizens of Eastford to review and decide, via referendum, whether or not to adopt. After more than two years of work the committee has completed this task. On August 8th the Easford Zoning Study Committee held a public informational meeting on the proposed draft zoning regulations to review and discuss these regulations (available for review on the Town of Eastford Website) The Eastford Zoning Commission is expected to schedule the regulation for a hearing in the near future.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on September 8th regarding an application of the Town of East Lyme to amend the East Lyme Zoning Regulations Section 20.29 Architectural Design Review Review Regulations

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission has scheduled a discuss on proposed text amendments for its upcoming September 7th meeting.

– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission is continuing a preliminary review of the content & status of replacement zoning regulations. The Commission will determine if the draft is (a) complete; (b) compliant with the Town’s POC&D and (c) ready for submittal as a formal application.

– Town of Preston – The Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013. At the August meeting, the Commission continued discussion regarding the Thames River Design District to discuss possible residential land uses at Preston River walk.

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning Zoning Commission has continued to September 20th a proposed text amendment regarding changes to Section 3.1.4 Residential GBR-130, RC-120 Zones Buffer Requirement Section 5.1.1 Residential Zone Bulk Requirements,100-foot non-infringement area & side yard setback (GBR-130 only)

– Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues updating its 2020 Plan of Preservation, Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998. The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice has been sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. No input from public has been received. A public input session has been scheduled on September 15th. Also, the Commission Subcommittee continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings. NON-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN GUIDELINES This item is on the agenda for the review of any comments from other boards and commissions. No input has been received.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

 

August 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– The Town of Bozrah – Recently, a day prior to a Bozrah Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to consider regulations prohibiting quarry operations, a developer presented a quarry operation application which would have a significant impact the town center. Because the Commission would have little recourse but to approve the application, town officials approached state representatives with a request for legislation. Legislation was introduced and the General Assembly passed legislation requiring that the DEEP Commissioner with oversight over environmental protection establish a permitting program for any commercial quarrying project on a parcel of 100 acres or less in a municipality with [1] a town meeting form of government [2] a population of at least 2,000 and no more than 3,000. [e.g. Bozrah] If the commissioner determines the quality or quantity of ground or surface water is impacted in a negative way granting of a permit is prohibited. This proposal has been signed into law by the Governor. PA 11-190 (HB 5526). The Bozrah Planning & Zoning Commission also recently amended the Town’s Zoning Regulations to clarify that blasting is not permitted as part of an excavation permit and is in full accord with the Town’s Zoning Regulations as intended and interpreted by the P&Z Commission and therefore the Town’s its POC&D.

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission met on July 6h. Regulation Subcommittee airman Kelleher stated the subcommittee has met. Discussion has been held on Green Energy Regulations-solar panels and wind turbines. Discussion was also held on the lot size in the RA zone; a build out for the PC Zone; and VIS 360 software presentation. Chairman Kelleher asked Mr. Larkin to make a presentation at next month’s meeting with regards to the VIS 360… The Commission is continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POC&D

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee continues meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include zoning map & ordinance drafting work as follows:
– Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
– Discussion of minimum lot size in floating business zones;
– A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
– Water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
– A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission in conjunction with the Planning Department continues developing several different 2011 Planning Projects and initiatives spanning the land use spectrum. The Commission has finalized a draft of Chapter 4 Economic Development and has moved on to Chapter 5 Transportation. Once all sections are completed they will go to public hearing. The Commission continues discussions regarding uncompleted subdivisions. The Connecticut General Assembly recently passed PA 11-5 AN ACT EXTENDING THE TIME OF EXPIRATION OF CERTAIN LAND USE PERMITS, which was signed by the Governor, allowing for a fourteen year period extension in which to complete all subdivision improvements.

– Town of Groton – In July. Groton Town Planning and Zoning Staff noted that they are drafting regulation amendments that the Commission will receive in August regarding special permit standards and site plan objectives. The changes to special permit objectives/standards will be based upon the 2002 POCD recommendations, which were handed out to the Commission. The changes to site plan objectives will incorporate an appropriate reference to CGS8-26 and will tie the objectives to recent amendments (i.e. storm water regulations, flood regulations, landscaping, etc.). It was also agreed in concept that the language will incorporate the principle that no one standard necessarily takes precedence over any other, in that each special permit application and site plan are unique.

– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission is undergoing a preliminary review of the content & status of replacement zoning regulations. The Commission will determine if the draft is (a) complete; (b) compliant with the Town’s POC&D and (c) ready for submittal as a formal application.

– Town of Preston – The Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013. At the July meeting, the Commission had a lengthy discussion regarding the Thames River Design District to discuss possible residential land uses at Preston Riverwalk as requested by the Preston Redevelopment Agency (PRA). Following discussion, it was determined to request Planner Warzecha conduct some research on Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT and other similar projects in other communities/states which allow mixed-use development, mixed-use regulations, and density/ratio standards.

– Town of North Stonington – The North Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing its hearings regarding an application to amend Sections 5.3.9 (Boundary Survey Map) & 6.5 (Flooding Considerations) of the Town of North Stonington Subdivision Regulations.

– Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues updating its 2020 Plan of Preservation, Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998. The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission Subcommittee continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings.

FYI: Residential Property Condition Disclosure Report Regulation

In 2009, the Governor signed into law, Public Act No. 09-127 AN ACT CONCERNING DISCLOSURE OF HISTORIC DISTRICT DESIGNATIONS AND LEASED ITEMS TO PROSPECTIVE PURCHASERS OF RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY. On November 12, 2010, a public hearing was held by the Department of Consumer Protection, amongst others, the Propane Gas Industry and the Connecticut Association of Realtors (“CAR”) submitted testimony. This month, DCP Commissioner William M. Rubenstein released a letter and a new Regulation. In his letter, it is important to note, that the disclosure form itself will be modified but not by the extent asked for and suggested by “CAR” at the public hearing. The Department wished to maintain the general format of the old Form. Now that DCP has responded to public comment and made changes with all in mind including the purchaser of Real-estate, the revised form has now been submitted into the public hearing record by Richard Maloney, the Director of the Department of Consumer Protection’s Trade Practices Division. The regulation-making process will continue with the modifications noted by the Commissioner and should be a matter of business taken up by the General Assembly’s Regulation Review Committee in the near future.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.  

July 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission met on June 28th and discussed first draft of “Green” Energy Regulations. The Commission is continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POC&D.

– The Town of Bozrah – Recently, a day prior to a Bozrah Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to consider regulations prohibiting quarry operations, a developer presented a quarry operation application which would have a significant impact the town center. Because the Commission would have little recourse but to approve the application, town officials approached state representatives with a request for legislation. Legislation was introduced and the State House recently passed legislation requiring that the DEEP Commissioner with oversight over environmental protection establish a permitting program for any commercial quarrying project on a parcel of 100 acres or less in a municipality with [1] a town meeting form of government [2] a population of at least 2,000 and no more than 3,000. [e.g. Bozrah] If the commissioner determines the quality or quantity of ground or surface water is impacted in a negative way granting of a permit is prohibited. Prior to this proposal becoming law, it must pass the State Senate and be signed by the Governor. PA 11-190 (HB 5526) passed both chambers and is awaiting Governor’s signature

– Town of Canterbury – The Town of Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission continues deliberating possible changes to the Village Commercial District and developing regulations for Incentive Housing and a “Floating Zone”. This zone would be for historic, ecologic or scenic sensitive areas. The residents that live within that “floating zone” could make the application that would protect this area.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee continues meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include zoning map & ordinance drafting work as follows:
* Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
* Discussion of minimum lot size in floating business zones;
* A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
* Water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
* A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission in conjunction with the Planning Department continues developing several different 2011 Planning Projects and initiatives spanning the land use spectrum. The Commission is presently focusing on its POCD – Chapter 4 Economic Development. The Commission entertained a discussion of pending, but uncompleted subdivisions. The Connecticut General Assembly recently passed PA 11-5 AN ACT EXTENDING THE TIME OF EXPIRATION OF CERTAIN LAND USE PERMITS, which, when signed by the Governor, allowing for a fourteen year period extension in which to complete all subdivision improvements.

– Town of Groton – The Groton Planning Commission concluded hearings regarding a referral from Noank regarding a Flood Zoning Text Amendment to Regulations. The Commission is continuing its Land Use Regulation Upadate Project.

– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission’s Workshop Sub Committee is scheduling a public hearing for July 28th regarding input from public to make the Zoning Regulations coherent. Issues surrounding Subdivisions, the POC&D, Zoning Map and Design Guidelines, Sign Regulations and Front Yard SetBacks in R-20 Districts could be the subject of further hearings.

– Town of Preston – The Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013. The Preston Redevelopment Agency approved and issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) on June 15, 2011 which was sent out to approx. 20,000 investors, local, regional and nationwide regarding the development of the Thames River Design District.

– Town of North Stonington – The North Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission held a hearing on July 7th regarding an application to amend Sections 5.3.9 (Boundary Survey Map) & 6.5 (Flooding Considerations) of the Town of North Stonington Subdivision Regulations.

– Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission held hearings on June 27th regarding an application to amend Section 25.3 of the Waterford Zoning Regulations (Development in Flood Hazard Areas), Section 1.20 (Development), In addition, the Commission continues the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998. The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

June 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– The Town of Bozrah – Recently, a day prior to a Bozrah Planning & Zoning Commission meeting to consider regulations prohibiting quarry operations, a developer presented a quarry operation application which would have a significant impact the town center. Because the Commission would have little recourse but to approve the application, town officials approached state representatives with a request for legislation. Legislation was introduced and the State House recently passed legislation requiring that the DEEP Commissioner with oversight over environmental protection establish a permitting program for any commercial quarrying project on a parcel of 100 acres or less in a municipality with [1] a town meeting form of government [2] a population of at least 2,000 and no more than 3,000. [e.g. Bozrah] If the commissioner determines the quality or quantity of ground or surface water is impacted in a negative way granting of a permit is prohibited. Prior to this proposal becoming law, it must pass the State Senate and be signed by the Governor. As of June 7th, HB 5526 was still pending on the Senate Calendar.

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission has rescheduled a hearing on June 8th and its Planned Commercial Zone Draft Regulations. The Commission is also continuing its review of the Final Draft of its POCD.

– Town of Canterbury – The Town of Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission continues deliberating possible changes to the Village Commercial District and developing regulations for Incentive Housing.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee continues meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include zoning map & ordinance drafting work as follows:
     – Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate   combinations of commercial and residential uses;
     – Discussion of minimum lot size in floating business zones;
     – A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
     – Water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
     – A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission in conjunction with the Planning Department continues developing several different 2011 Planning Projects and initiatives spanning the land use spectrum. The Commission is presently focusing on POCD – Chapter 4 Economic Development. The East Lyme Zoning Sign SubCommittee continues to review regulations.

– Town of Groton – On June 21st, the Groton Planning Commission will hold a hearing regarding a referral from Noank regarding a Flood Zoning Text Amendment to Regulations. The Commission is also continuing its Land Use Regulation Upadate Project.

– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission is continuing discussions as to whether or not to combine Ledyard’s Planning Commission and Zoning Commissions.

– Town of Montville – The Montville Planning & Zoning Commission continued hearings on May 10th regarding a proposed update their zoning regulations regarding Flood Plains. The regulatory change will further restrict activities “along watercourses” in AA-E zones. Copies of the proposed text revisions along with a copy of the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Maps effective 7/18/11 are available. The next Commission meeting is scheduled for June 14th.

– Town of Preston – The Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013. Also, the Commission is conducting a series of workshops (both for the P&Z C alone and together with the PRA) to develop a more robust ‘Design Standard’ for the Thames River Design District in the Zoning Regulations.

– Town of North Stonington – The North Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission has begun discussing an update of the North Stonington POCD and Senior Housing Regulations.

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission is holding a public hearing on June 21st re a zoning text amendment to section 3.1.4 affection GBR-130 & RC-120 zones. The proposed changes would impact residential zone bulk requirements and the 100 ft. non-infringement area and side yard setback.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings.

– Town of Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues in the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and department heads. Also on June 6th, the Commission held a hearing on the application to amend the Waterford Zoning Regulations by adding Sections 4.2.8 and 5.2.11 to accommodate Supportive Housing for the Elderly as Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

May, 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

The Town of Groton – In early April, ECAR sent a notification to members regarding the hearing on April 28 at 7:00 PM before Groton’s RTM regarding Groton’s 2012 Proposed Budget The proposed FYE 2012 budget is $121,897,291 which is a $4,029,143 or 3.4% increase over the FYE 2011 Adopted/Adjusted Budget. The proposed budget is divided into six major areas of service, and changes in the proposed budgets for these areas of service from last year’s. Under normal circumstances a 3.4% increase in expenditures would require a 3.4% increase in revenues in order to balance the budget. However, an additional funding contribution ($453,233) is needed to maintain a projected Fund Balance of 7.5% of General Fund Expenditures. As a result, in order to fund the proposed budget and maintain a 7.5% fund balance, a 3.8% increase in revenues over the FYE 2011 revenue budget is required. ECAR members were encouraged to attend the hearing and voice their concerns on how the increase would impact the industry.

Town of Brooklyn – At its upcoming May 4th regularly scheduled meeting, the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission will continue reviewing the Final Draft of its POCD and its Planned Commercial Zone Draft Regulations.

Town of Canterbury – The Town of Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission is deliberating possible changes to the Village Commercial District and developing regulations for Incentive Housing

Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee continues meeting the 2nd and 4th Monday each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include zoning map & ordinance drafting work as follows:

Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
Discussion of minimum lot size in floating business zones;
A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
Water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

Town of East Lyme – On May 5th’s agenda, the East Lyme Planning Commission has listed an item for a report by the Commission’s Sign Subcommittee. Also, the Commission in conjunction with the Planning Department continues developing several different 2011 Planning Projects and initiatives spanning the land use spectrum.

Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning Commission is continuing discussions as to whether or not to combine Ledyard’s Planning Commission and Zoning Commissions.

Town of Montville – The Montville Planning Commission held a hearing on April 26th regarding a proposed update their zoning regulations regarding Flood Plains. The regulatory change will further restrict activities “along watercourses” in AA-E zones. Copies of the proposed text revisions along with a copy of the Flood Insurance Study and Flood Maps effective 7/18/11 are available.

Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

Town of North Stonington – The North Stoinington Planning and Zoning Commission held an Affordable Housing Workshop on Saturday, April 30th.
Also, the Commission has begun planning an update of the North Stonington POCD.
Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions. The Commission continues its review of various drafts of proposed changes to zoning regulations at their monthly meetings.

Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues in the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and Department Heads.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

April, 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Brooklyn – At its upcoming April 6th regularly scheduled meeting, the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission will be reviewing the Final Draft of its POCD and its Planned Commercial Zone Draft Regulations.

– Town of Canterbury – At the Special March Meeting, the Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission continued its review of proposed changes to its POC&D. Among the isuues discussed with its consultant, Plainemetrics were affordable housing and a Village District. The next step will be an informational meeting wfor the general public before scheduling a public hearing.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee continues meeting the each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include : Zoning map & ordinance drafting work
* Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
* Discussion of minimum lot size in floating business zone
* A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
* Water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
* A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Department in conjunction with and with the support of the East Lyme Planning Commission has begun developing several different 2011 Planning Projects and initiatives spanning the land use spectrum.

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission is continuing hearings to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project, which includes Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Amendments to Flood Regulations

– Town of Ledyard – On April 7th the Town of Ledyard Planning Commission will begin a discussion of whether or not to combine Ledyard’s Planning Commission and Zoing Commissions.

– Town of Montville – The Montville Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on April 26th regarding a proposed update their zoning regulations regarding Flood Plains. The regulatory change will further restrict activities “along watercourses” in AA-E zones.

– Town Preston Planning & Zoning Commission continues conducting a series of public workshops on the 4th Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations in its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

– Town of Stonington- On April 5th, The Stonington Planing & Zoning Commission has scheduled a discussion of various proposed zoing text regulation changes including: (Sinage) Text Amendment Article 1; 1.2 Definitions, 7.21 Sign Regulations and 8.4 Site Plan Requirements.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions.

– Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission continues in the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and Department Heads.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

March, 2011

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Brooklyn – At a Special February Meeting of the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission some controversy was expressed over the proposed changes to existing regulations for the Planned Commercial District. Discussion of this issue continued at the March 2nd meeting.

– Town of Canterbury – At its upcoming April Meeting the Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss Incentive Housing Zone with its consultant, Planimetrics. The Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing its review of the POC&D.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee is now meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include :
– Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
– A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
– water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
– A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission has left open its hearing on proposed changes to the town’s Subdivision Regulations. The Commission’s Subcommittees on Sustainable Development and Climate Application are continuing their review.

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission is continuing hearings to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project, which includes Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Amendments to Section 2 (Definitions); Section 6.11 (Erosion and Sediment Control Plan); Section 7.2-13 (Surfacing and Drainage); Section 7.4 (Landscaping, Screening and Buffer Areas); and Proposed New Zoning Regulation 6.14 (Storm water Management Plan).

– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is conducting a Workshop on Comprehensive Review of the Town of Preston’s Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Requirements Zoning Regulations (Section 13.23) is its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission has invited the public to participate in the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development Community Survey. The survey is available online or a paper survey at the Town Hall. Notice is being sent by post cards for survey out to local businesses, boards and commissions.

– Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission is in the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and Department Heads.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

February 2011

 Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Brooklyn – At the regularly scheduled February meeting, the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission will be discussing Planned Commercial Zone Draft Regulations.

– Town of Canterbury – On Thursday, February 10th, the Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission will be conducting a further review of their POC&D with Planimetrics and will scheduling a public hearing.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Zoning Commission’s Zoning Study Committee is now meeting the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.to continue finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include :
Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – At the regular February monthly meeting the East Lyme Planning Commission will be discussing further proposed amendments & changes to the town’s Subdivision Regulation. The Commission’s Subcommittees on Sustainable Development and Climate Application are continuing their review.

– Town of Groton – On February 24th, the Town of Groton Zoning Commission will continues its hearings at a Special Meeting to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project, which includes Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Amendments to Section 2 (Definitions); Section 6.11 (Erosion and Sediment Control Plan); Section 7.2-13 (Surfacing and Drainage); Section 7.4 (Landscaping, Screening and Buffer Areas); and Proposed New Zoning Regulation 6.14 (Storm water Management Plan).

– Town of Killingly – The Killingly Planning & Zoning Commission held a hearing on January 18th regarding amendments to Zoning Regulations Section 583 – Flexible and Cluster Developments. ECAR’s GAD Team reviewed the proposed amendments that were the subject matter of the hearing.

– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing work on an update of its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update and revision in 2013.

– Town of North Stonington – On February received an application of the Town of North Stonington, Planning & Zoning Commission, to amend Section 2000 (Signage) of the Town of North Stonington Zoning Regulations for a public hearing on or about 4/08/11. ECAR’s GAD Team will be reviewing the proposed signage changes to be sure they do not affect Realtors®.In addition to signage, the Commission wants to begin the process of updating the POCD and to review the uses which are allowed in the zoning districts.

– Town of Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission is in the initial stages of updating its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and Department.Heads.

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

January 2011

 Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Ashford – At the regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 10th, the Ashford Planning & Zoning Commission will be presented a draft of proposed regulatory changes regarding agricultural uses, by the Ashford Agricultural Commission.

Town of Brooklyn – On Wednesday, January 5th, the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission will be discussing a possible hearing on purposed changes to Brooklyn’s Conservation Subdivision Regulations. .There also will be a report from the subcommittee on regulations and discussion regarding Brooklyn’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

– Town of Canterbury – On Thursday, January 14th, the Canterbury Planning and Zoning Commission will be reviewing their POC&D with Planimetrics and will be setting a public hearing date. The Commission will consider a request from EDC for a six month sign moratorium.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Planning & Zoning Commission’s Study Committee continues to finalize proposed regulation changes which will include :
– Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
– A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
– water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
– A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

– Town of East Lyme – At the regular monthly meeting on January 4th the East Lyme Planning Commission will be discussing proposed changes to the town’s Subdivision Regulations

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission continues to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project.

– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing work on an update of its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update in 2013.

– Town of North Stonington – The Town of North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission met on January 3, 2011 and continued discussion of potential zoning text changes including proposed draft signage regulation changes.

– Town of Stonington – At a Special Meeting on January 4th, the Stonington Planning Commission met to discuss future a public hearing on February 1, 2011 regarding proposed regulatory changes to various Zoning Signage Regulations.

– Town of Waterford – the Town of Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission is in the initial stages of updating its Plan Of Conservation and Development (POC&D).The (POC&D).was last updated in 1998.The P&Z Commission has conducted a survey of local officials and Dept. Heads

In early 2010, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

December 2010

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Ashford – The Ashford Planning & Zoning Commission will be presented proposed draft regulatory language regarding agricultural, uses by the Ashford Agricultural Commission, at its January meeting

– Town of Brooklyn – Town of Brooklyn – Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission is updating its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D). The Commission’s Regulations Sub Committee accepted an Advisory Guidelines report which affects the Rt. 6 Commercial Zone Changes includes: establishing minimum lot size at 30,000. Sq. feet, establishes minimum frontage to 100 feet, establishes a rear yard minimum from 20 to 50 feet when the property abuts residentially zoned land. The POC&D is expected to come before a town wide meeting in early 2011. Other changes are included in the document.

– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing work on an update of its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update in 2013.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission will continue its hearings on December 7th regarding amendment to The Town of East Lyme 2009 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) Chapter 5, Section 5.1 Open Space and Chapter 3, Section3.3 Mixed Use/Affordable Housing.

– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission continues to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project.

– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing work on an update of its Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D), which is scheduled for update in 2013.

-Town of North Stonington – The Town of North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission met on December 2, 2010 and discussed potential zoning text changes including signage.

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning Commission proposed has scheduled a hearing on December 7, 2010 regarding proposed text amendments to zoning signage regulations.

– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Planning & Zoning Commission’s Study Committee is finalizing proposed regulation changes which will include :
– Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
– A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town;
– water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
– A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

November 2010

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning Commission has scheduled a hearing on September 3rd regarding Proposed Zoning Regulations Governing Signage -Draft 08/03/2010. ECAR’s GAD Team has reviewed the proposed changes and discussed the proposed amendments with Town Planning staff member Keith Brymes who provided assurances that there is no intention to changes the current practice with respect directional signs for real estate open houses. The current regulations are silent and the Town has allowed temporary real estate directional signs provided they do not obstruct the right of way. ECAR has submitted a letter of support for presentation to the Stonington Planning Commission on November 3rd.

Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission continues to discuss its Land Use Regulation Update Project.

Town of North Stonington- The Town of North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding a joint meeting at the request of the Economic Development Commission with the Town Planning & Zoning Commission to discuss Commercial Uses and the west end of Route 2 on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

Town of Canterbury – The Canterbury Planning & Zoning Commission is discussing the incentive housing program with Plainmetrics.

Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Planning Commission recently held a hearing regarding amendment to The Town of East Lyme 2009 Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) Chapter 5, Section 5.1 Open Space and Chapter 3, Section3.3 Mixed Use/Affordable Housing. On October 21st, the East Lyme Zoning Commission received a report from the East Lyme Sign Subcommittee for review.

Town of Sprague – The Sprague Planning & Zoning Commission continues pre-application discussion on proposed text change for street business signs.

Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission Regulation Subcommittee is reviewing proposed “green” energy regulations & sign regulations.

Town of Waterford – The Waterford Planning and Zoning Commission recently conducted a survey on the Plan of Conservation & Development (POC&D). As the POC&D moves forward Realtors® may wish to provide input.

Town of Ashford – The Ashford Planning & Zoning Commission in conjunction with the Ashford Agricultural Commission is drafting language regarding agricultural uses for amended regulations.

Town of Eastford – The Eastford Planning & Zoning Commission’s Study Committee began to meet twice a month starting in July. The committee now has a full draft set of proposed regulations, but still much work to do. Their goal is to make the proposed regulations as simple and straightforward as possible. As currently framed, the draft proposed regulations include :
Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;

A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town.

A water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;

A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

October 2010

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of North Stonington- The Town of North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission will be holding a joint meeting at the request of the Economic Development Commission to discuss Commercial Uses and the west end of Route 2 on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.
– Town of Sprague – The Sprague Planning & Zoning Commission has begun pre-application discussion on proposed text change for street business signs.
– Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission at a recent meeting voted to accept two Zoning Text Amendments, ZTA#4-10 concerned site plan review exceptions and ZTA#5-10 which establishes a 50 foot setback from the front property line in the Resort Commercial District. This change affects non-conforming lots and changes the setback from 150 feet to fifty- feet. The Commission will hold a hearing to consider whether the setback provision should be extended to all lots in the Resort Commercial District, not just conforming lots.
– Town of Ledyard – The Town of Ledyard Planning & Zoning Commission is considering a rewrite agenda item, along with conservation subdivision items on its upcoming regularly scheduled monthly meeting.
– Town of Groton – The Town of Groton Zoning Commission continued discussion on October 6 of its Land Use Regulation Update Project.
– Town of Stonington – At a Special Meeting of the Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission held on September 7th the Commission reviewed, discussed and reached a consensus on a number proposed regulations item by item so that Staff could draft amendments. The Stonington P &Z is attempting to finalize new signage regulations for a public hearing before the end of the year. Among proposed text changes could be the prohibition of reference on the directional sign of the realty firm sponsoring the open house. This changes if adopted impact real estate directional signage and conflict with the statutory requirement that the sponsoring Realtor to be listed on the sign. The GAD Team will continue monitoring developments.
– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission continues to the concept & regulatory requirements for the MMUDD {Mill Mixed Use Development District and discussing the Plan of Conservation and Development
– Town of Eastford – The Eastford Planning & Zoning Commission has undertaken a zoning update study. Citing a desire to move the process along as quickly as possible, the Eastford Zoning Study Committee began to meet twice a month starting in July. At least through September the committee will be meeting the second and fourth Mondays of each month rather than the third Monday. The committee now has a full draft set of proposed regulations

As currently framed, the draft proposed regulations include :
– A business development overlay district that would allow for business or industry development anywhere in town, provided certain minimum area, buffering and other conditions are met to protect neighboring property owners. The committee is still discussing whether to rely on this approach solely or to also include a designated commercial/industrial zone somewhere in town.
– Three mixed use “Village Districts” in our village centers (Eastford Center, Phoenixville, North Ashford) that allow for appropriate combinations of commercial and residential uses;
– A water body protection overlay district, designed to take into account the small lot sizes, water quality issues and other special situations on Crystal Pond and Hall’s Pond;
– A rural residential district that would occupy much of the town.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

August 2010

An Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors® (ECAR) GAD Team member from Evans & Associates, LLC recently returned from attendance at the annual National Association of Realtors® (NAR), GAD Conference held in Seattle, Washington on July 28-31. The 2010 GAD Institute Conference is a collaborative effort by NAR staff and members of the GAD Institute Advisory Committee.

A wide range of workshops were presented, including topics of interest to Realtors® on issues that affect home ownership at both the local and national level. Topics included the Voter Registration Imitative Effort and Candidate Training for Realtors® seeking public office (your GAD Team will provide political consulting assistance to members seeking local public office or involvement on local Boards & Commissions). The regional networking workshop provided a forum for GADS from the Northeast to discuss issues peculiar to our region.

The topic regarding real estate signage and attempts by local towns to strictly limit or eliminate sign usage including directional sign generated considerable discussion. In Maryland one local zoning policy board attempted to eliminate or restrict signs by requiring an “umbrella policy” in the event someone tripped over a sign and brought suit.

The workshop on “Your Crisis and the News Media” conducted by Candace Belair provided information on the importance of meeting with the media so that:

* you can be proactive
* there is an opportunity to correct misinformation
* you have a chance to control the message

It was emphasized that refusing to speak with a reporter gives the impression that an attempt is being made to conceal information or that the situation is out of control.

Jamie Gregory, Deputy Chief lobbyist foe the NAR provided an overview of legislation being considered in Washington, DC. The following topics were discussed: *
FHA Reform Bill includes a provision reauthorizing flood insurance program scheduled to expire Sept. 30. Bill passed in the House, waiting for Senate action as of July 30.

* Small Business Loan Bill was taken off Senate agenda and is unlikely to be acted on until 2011.

* The issue of seller financing and the number of unit transactions per year is pending. HUD originally
interpreted the law that only owner owned homes qualified. This strict limitation would require that
additional sales would require mortgage originator status. Current discussions would allow 3 or possibly 5 seller financing transfers.

* Rural housing bill to make the program self sustaining is pending.

* 17 states have banned private transfer fees

* Short sales-NAR leadership is meeting with the four major lenders which have 80% of the short sales in an attempt to resolve the long timetable associated with such short sales.

* In 2011, one of NAR’s priorities will be the advocacy message of home ownership and it many social
benefits.

Additional workshops included:

* Sustainability and green initiatives.

* GADs and AEs working together for association goals.

* Building codes.

* Update by NAR General Counsel Laurie Janick on recent legal cases affecting Realtor®
Associations

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission conducted a Hearing/ Workshop on Tuesday August 3 regarding a proposed comprehensive text amendment. The draft version contained input from the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the business community and members of Stonington’s Economic Development Commission. The Stonington P &Z is attempting to finalize new signage regulations for a public hearing before the end of the year. Among proposed text changes would be the prohibition of reference on the directional sign of the realty firm sponsoring the open house. This change if adopted would significantly impact real estate directional signage and conflict with the statutory requirement that the sponsoring Realtor to be listed on the sign as follows:

“Sec. 20-328-1a. Definitions.
(h) “Advertising” means all forms of identification, representation, promotion and solicitation disseminated in any manner and by any means of communication to any purpose related to engaging in the real estate business.

Sec. 20-328-5a. Misrepresentation, disclosure and advertising. (a) A licensee shall not misrepresent or conceal any material facts in any transaction.
(c) A real estate broker shall exercise diligence at all times in obtaining and presenting accurate information in the broker’s advertising and representations to the public. No broker shall advertise to sell, buy, exchange, rent or lease the property of another in a manner indicating the offer to sell, buy, exchange, rent or lease such property is being made by a private party not engaged in the real estate business. The real estate broker shall neither advertise without disclosing the broker’s name nor permit any person associated with the broker to use individual names, telephone numbers or mailing addresses, to the exclusion of the name of the broker.”

ECAR’s GAD Team provide input to the Planning Department which was made available to Commission members. Once a final draft is available ECAR will be given an additional opportunity to provide comments at a public hearing.

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission is discussing the concept & regulatory requirements for the MMUDD {Mill Mixed Use Development District and discussing the Plan of Conservation and Development

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

July 2010

A member of ECAR’S GAD Team from Evans & Associates, LLC will be leaving at the end of the month to attend NAR‘s 2010 GAD “Legislative” Institute in Seattle, Washington from July 28-31. The Institute provides a forum for GADs to hear from nationally recognized speakers and other state and local GADs on a variety of topics of interest to government affairs professionals. This four days conference offers intense sessions on current regional, state and local issues and legislation affecting REALTORS®. Included in the presentations will be an update on the latest legal cases facing REALTOR® associations, and other legal issues that could have an impact on members and associations as well as a discussion concerning ways to make local government affairs program more successful. There is a break-out component allowing Government Affairs Directors (GADS) from throughout the country to exchange priority issues affecting their regions.

Connecticut is one of a very few states operating solely on a municipal level without regional or county government. Achieving broad goals working within these various government arrangements raises challenges for the various Associations, including the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®.
Substitute Senate Bill 199: An Act Concerning the State Plan of Conservation and Development was signed by Governor Rell. The law requires the state, regions, and municipalities to prepare periodic plans for balancing the need to conserve and develop land. This law postpones, from March 1, 2011 to March 1, 2012, the deadline for revising the five-year State Plan of Conservation and Development (State Plan of C&D), which the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) prepares. In doing so, it resets the schedule for revising the plan. This law also requires OPM to develop a new process for adopting, revising, and implementing the plan by incorporating “cross-acceptance,” comparing and reconciling local, regional, and state plans.

The law requires municipalities to prepare 10-year plans of conservation and development and disqualifies those that fail to update their plans from receiving discretionary state funds until they do so or the OPM secretary waives this provision. This law relieves municipal planning commissions from the obligation to prepare or amend a municipal plan between July 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013, and suspends the disqualification provision until July 1, 2014, after the next time the state adopts its revised Plan of C&D.
This law requires state agencies to review grant applications for proposed development, rehabilitation, or other construction projects for their compliance with some or all of the smart growth principles set out in PA 09-230.

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage, except the section on the delay for municipal plans is effective July 1, 2010 and the provision on compliance with smart growth principles is effective October 1, 2010.

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Ledyard – During its June 23rd meeting, the Ledyard Planning & Zoning Commission reviewed and discussed a Draft Code of their Zoning Regulations as well as an Incentive Housing Overlay Zone.

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing hearing on the temporary moratorium regarding US Route 1. Hearings began on 5/18, continued to 6/1 and 6/15.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission has scheduled a discussion of the towns Plan of Conservation and Development for its July meeting, with particular emphasis on Affordable Housing and Open Space.

– Town of Groton – The Groton Zoning Commission and Groton Planning Commission are continuing to work on their Land Use Regulation Update Project.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

June 2010

For the sixth consecutive year, a member of ECAR’S GAD Team from Evans & Associates, LLC will be attending NAR‘s 2010 GAD Institute taking place in Seattle, Washington from July 28-31. The Institute provides a forum for GADs to hear from nationally recognized speakers and other GADs on a variety of topics of interest to government affairs professionals. This four days conference offers intense sessions on current regional, state and local issues and legislation affecting Realtors®. There is a break-out component allowing Government Affairs Directors (GADS) from throughout the country to exchange priority issues affecting their regions. Connecticut is one of a very few states operating solely on a municipal level without regional or county government. Achieving broad goals working within these various government arrangements raises challenges for the various Associations, including the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors®.

Most Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

Town of Woodstock -The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission is reviewing its Plan of Conservation & Development which is required by state law. This plan is a tool the town uses to determine how growth and development should occur. Information regarding the Plan and future meetings is on the town web/site.

Town of North Stonington – The Planning & Zoning Commission of North Stonington will hold a public hearing on June 7th regarding an application on proposed regulation changes concerning Floating Zones. The Commission did receive correspondence from the public suggesting the Commission include a 20% affordable housing provision. The Commission is also reviewing a Village District Design proposal.

Town of Killingly – The Town of Killingly Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing its review and revision of the town’s Subdivision Regulations.

Town of East Lyme -In early June, the East Lyme Zoning Commission continued its hearings on the application to amend the East Lyme Zoning Regulations to add Section 12B, SU-A Special Use District. This proposal will provide for single family and two family homes with provisions for mandated affordable housing (continued from May 6th).

Town of Groton – Both the Town Planning and Zoning Commissions are continuing with their ongoing Review and Update of Planning and Zoning Regulations
Substitute Senate Bill 199: An Act Concerning the State Plan of Conservation and Development passed both Chambers and is still awaiting the Governor’s signature..

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

May 2010

Due to the fact that most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC& D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission is holding a Public Hearing at the Mystic Middle School at 7:30 May 18th regarding Zoning Regulation Text Amendments on 20 separate sections. The proposed changes include : Accessory Apartments, Buffer Requirements, Towers, Conceptual Review for Projects over 30 units.

– Town of Ledyard – The Ledyard Planning and Zoning Commissions are holding joint meetings for the purpose of working on the revisions to land use regulations.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission will continue its land use pubic forums and updates on May 25th: “Making the Connection – Agriculture and Land Use Regulations is the topic.

– Town of Brooklyn – At the May meeting of the Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission, a draft revision of the PC Zone regulations prepared about 2 years ago by NECCOG for review by the Route 6 Committee (which was established by the First Selectman at that time to establish some design guidelines for development in the commercial areas along Route 6) will be presented to the full Commission.

– Town of Killingly – On May 10 the Killingly Planning & Zoning Commission held a Special Meeting to discuss agricultural worker/accessory housing and review and revision of Subdivision Regulations.

– Town of East Lyme – On May 4th the East Lyme Planning Commission rejected the Zoning Referral from New England National to amend the regulations for a Special Use District to allow single and two family homes with provisions for affordable housing, The Planning Commission does agree with the concept of the proposal, however the commission stated the inclusion of the R-U-40 zone in the application is inconsistent with the 2009 Plan of Conservation and Developments goals and objectives.

– Town of Groton – On May 11th the Groton Planning Commission had an update on land use regulations. The Commission has been undertaking a comprehensive review of land use and zoning regulations. In the near future, the Commission will be generating text amendments to create new regulations.

Substitute Senate Bill 199: An Act Concerning the State Plan of Conservation and Development passed both Chambers and is on its way to the Governor for signature.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

April 2010

Because most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC&D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Town Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a hearing on April 20th regarding various proposed text amendments including – Article X (10.1) – US Route 1 Temporary Moratorium

– Town of Preston – The Town of Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing with monthly workshops on the 2nd Tuesday of each month to review zoning regulations.

– Town of Putnam – The Putnam Planning Commission voted on April 8 to adopt a Five Year Capitol Improvement Plan based upon a recommendation from the Planning Commission per State Statutes.

– Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission subcommittee is looking at and discussing draft of new regulations

– Town of Killingly – The Killingly Planning and Zoning is conducting a subdivision regulation review and a possible zoning text change to allow agricultural worker housing Review

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Land Use, Sub Committee of the Planning & Zoning Commission is currently working on regulations concerning Incentive Housing and Conservation Development by Design also the Plan of Conservation and Development Steering Committee.

The 2010 Planning and Development Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly has favorably reported Substitute Senate Bill 199: An Act Concerning the Sate Plan of Conservation and Development which , if passed by both Chambers and signed by the Governor before the May 5th deadline, will make changes in state and local plans of conservation and development, including changes in timetables for state, regions and municipalities to prepare plans for balancing the need to conserve and develop land.

Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection and UConn’s College of Agricultural and Natural Resources announced the launch of Connecticut Environmental Conditions Online. The website features downloadable static maps, as well as interactive maps which include the mapping of wetlands, drainage basins, road/water ways, soil composition, elevation, open space etc. The site also has compatibility with various geographic information systems that can interface with the online maps over the internet. They will also be including an interactive presentation to train users on the various features for use on the website.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

March 2010

ECAR’s Temporary Event Sign Amendment to Groton’s Zoning Regulations became effective on March 1, 2010. A congratulation is in order to ECAR’S leadership and members who appeared before the Groton Zoning Commission and supported this two year long effort.

Because most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC&D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of North Stonington – The North Stoning Zoning Commission and the public continue to discuss proposed draft agricultural regulations

– Town of Stonington – The Stonington Town Planning and Zoning Commission will be considering a proposed text amendment to Article X (10.1) – US Route 1 Temporary Moratorium

– Town of Preston – The Town of Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing with monthly workshops reviewing zoning regulations.

– Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Town Planning and Zoning Commission is considering an Amendment to Article 3-District Regulations Section 3.1 and 3.2, Add Section 3.3.7 and Section 3.4.11; to create a zone which fosters small light industrial and business development in an environmentally sound manner employing low impact development and renewable energy principles.

– Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Land Use, Sub Committee of the Planning & Zoning Commission is currently working on regulations concerning Incentive Housing and Conservation Development by Design also the Plan of Conservation and Development Steering Committee will meet on March 15 to discuss the Open Space and Affordable Housing sections of the plan

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

February 2010

The Town of Groton Zoning Commission convened a Special Meeting/Hearing on January 21st to entertain testimony regarding its redrafted Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Amendment for Temporary Non-Accessory Signs in Residential Zoning Districts. The proposal would add new text to the existing regulations adding provisions for Temporary Sign Events.

In addition to ECAR’s GAD, a number of ECAR members appeared and offered testimony in opposition to the draft language. The registration requirement drew the most opposition from attending Realtors®.

As a result of the prior meeting with Groton Planning Department Staff, ECARs GAD and Groton’s Planning Staff recommended to the Commission that the hearing be continued to afford an opportunity to rework the Commission’s proposed amendment. After some discussion the Commission voted decided to allow Planning Staff an opportunity to provide a redraft at the continued hearing on February 5th. ECAR reserved its right to provide comments on Planning Staff’s redraft. On January 27th the Planning Staff forwarded a redraft to ECAR for review and comment. ECAR’s Legislative Committee reviewed and provided comments to Groton’s Planning Department Staff.

On February 3rd at 7:00 P.M. the Groton Zoning Commission continued its hearing. ECAR’s membership and leadership and ECAR’s GAD were in attendance. After a presentation by Groton’s Planning Staff and public testimony the Commission approved a new Temporary Event Sign Amendment effective 03/01/10 as follows:
Temporary Event Signs

Up to six temporary event signs, each sign limited to six square feet are permitted at locations other than a property having a permissible temporary event within this zoning jurisdiction. Signs must be placed on private property with the written permission of the owner. Such signs are permitted one hour before the period of the event, and must be removed immediately after the event is terminated. Regardless of the duration of the temporary event, the signs cannot be erected for a period of time to exceed six hours. Such signs shall only be permitted in the R, RS and RU residential zoning districts and only if associated with permissible temporary events located in those zoning districts, with the exception that one sign of the six may be located in non-residential zoning districts.

For purposes of this sign regulation, a permissible temporary event shall be defined as an event on the residentially zoned property lasting less than twelve hours in duration and shall be limited to the following:

An event that is customarily associated with and incidental to the use of a single family or two family home on its own separate lot, such as real estate “open house” sales events;

An event that is customarily associated with or incidental to the operation of a commercial farm meeting all of the requirements of section 7.1-9 of these regulations;

Carnivals or fairs meeting all of the requirements of section 7.1-3 of these regulations.

Notwithstanding the above, such signs shall not be permitted as customary or incidental to the use of multifamily residences, home occupations, and residential daycare.

The signs are limited to “directional” signs only (i.e. no commercial advertising permitted), except as otherwise required by State or Federal law.

No more than four such signs shall be located on any lot at any given time.

At least three business days prior to installing such signs, the person installing such signs shall provide the Town of Groton Office of Planning and Development Services (“OPDS”) with a written registration via hard copy or electronic mail, directed to the Manager of Inspection Services, and indicating the following:

The name, business address and contact phone number and/or email address of the person installing such signs;

The date, time (commencement and completion), location and type of permissible event;

The street address of the location(s) where directory signs are to be located and the hours such signs will be located on the property;

A statement that the registrant understands and agrees to comply with applicable provisions of the Town of Groton Zoning Regulations concerning such signs.

Such signs shall not block visibility at street and/or driveway intersections, shall not affect the orderly flow of traffic, shall be freestanding, shall be no more than six feet high, and shall in al respects comply with the general standards of section 7.3-3 of these regulations.

Any one property shall be limited to a total of no more than twenty-four such signs within a twelve month period (January 1 through December 31).

Such signs may be erected for an event for any property no more than six times per calendar year, and may only be erected on the weekends or legal holidays (both State of Connecticut and Federal).

Any such signs proposed to be located within a Town of Groton Historic District shall comply separately with any applicable regulations of such District, prior to the installation of such signs, and the submission of a registration pursuant to these regulations shall not eliminate the obligation to comply with regulations or requirements of other authorities.

Modify existing table 5.1-3 “Table of Permitted Uses” sheet one as follows:

Under the section entitled “SIGNS” add the capital letter “C” in a new line labeled “non-accessory-residential” under the existing “residential district” columns for the RS, R and RU zoning districts and other districts as appropriate. Add a corresponding reference to section 7.3 in the last column of the new “non-accessory-residential” line under the existing column heading “SECTION.”

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

January 2010

On December 2nd 2009, The Town of Groton Zoning Commission has introduced a redrafted Proposed Zoning Regulation Text Amendment for Temporary Non-Accessory Signs in Residential Zoning Districts. The proposal adds new text to the existing regulations adding provisions for Temporary Sign Events. The essential provisions of the proposal are as follows:

1. Up to four temporary signs, each limited to four square feet at locations other than the property having the event.
2. On private property with owners permission
3. One hour before the period of the event and removed immediately after the event
4. Signs are limited to a six hour period, regardless of the event’s duration.
5. In residential areas only.
6. A “temporary event” is defined as an event lasting less than twelve hours.
7. The signs are limited to “directional” signs.
8. Such signs are limited for any property not more than six times per calendar year and only on weekends.

Because ECAR’s leadership and membership has concerns with the proposal as drafted ECAR’s Executive Director and ECAR’s GAD will be meeting with Planning Department Staff on Friday January 15th at the Town Hall Annex to discuss ECAR’s concerns prior to the upcoming hearing. Hopefully, Town Planning Staff can be persuaded to support revisions to the Zoning Commission proposal.

The Groton Zoning Commission has scheduled the public hearing for January 21, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall Annex. ECAR’s membership and leadership will be given the opportunity to provide testimony on the most recent proposed limitations in the Commission’s proposal. ECAR would not have been given such an opportunity with regard to ECAR’s initial withdrawn proposal. The Mystic Chamber and the Groton Business Association is expected to weigh in with support for ECAR revisions at the upcoming hearing.

Because most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’s GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC&D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:
Town of North Stonington – On January 14th the North Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission will be considering a proposed amendment to the Town of North Stonington Zoning Regulations to add new zoning district for affordable housing development with related zoning standards. Also, the Planning & Zoning Commission will be conducting a public workshop on proposal agriculture regulations at it’s February 4th meeting

Town of Stonington – On January 19th the Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission will be continuing its hearing to consider a proposed Zoning Regulation Amendment to add a Highway Transition Design District (HTDD) to create a mixed use zone for retail, commercial, office, and residential uses.

Town of Preston – The Town of Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is continuing with monthly workshops reviewing zoning regulations.

Town of Brooklyn – The Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission is working on revisions to POC&D and Subdivision Regulations.

Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission is developing proposed amendments to regulations dealing with signs and home occupation.

Town of Willington – The Willington Planning & Zoning Commission is conducting workshops on subdivision regulations, including discussion of “dark skies initiative”.

The National Association of Realtors® Smart Growth Grant Program has been expanded to help Realtor Associations encourage green programs. One association used the money to fund a successful ECOEXPO.

Smart Growth walk able neighborhoods are proving to retain their value. The steepest declines in value and the greatest number of foreclosures are occurring in auto-oriented suburbs.

Areas with convenience to shopping, jobs, and activities are performing better in the market.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of this month. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

2009 Reports From Our Government Affairs Director

December 2009

Because it was apparent that the Groton Zoning Commission was preparing amendments which would have placed unacceptable limitations on the approval of Eastern Connecticut Association Realtors® (ECAR’S) Land Use Application for a zoning text change, regarding temporary event signs, it was decided to withdraw ECAR’S pending application.

On November 23rd, John Bolduc and a number of interested ECAR members and ECAR’s GAD met to discuss the pending proposal and plan a strategy going forward. The group decided that the most prudent course of action was to see if the Commission would reopen the hearing, and barring that, requests a withdrawal of ECAR’S Land Use Application. After discussions with Matt Davis, Manager of Groton’s Planning Services, and his representation that the Commission would introduce a limited zoning text amendment proposal regarding temporary event signs, a formal letter of withdrawal dated November 27th was submitted to the Commission.

The Groton Zoning Commission introduced a redrafted text change proposal at their meeting on December 2nd. ECAR is reviewing the Commission’s Proposed Zoning Text Amendment on Temporary Non-Accessory Signs in Residential Zoning Districts. ECAR and ECAR’s GAD will be meeting with Planning Department Staff prior to the upcoming hearing to discuss the latest draft.

The Groton Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for January 21, 2010 at 7:00 P.M. at the Town Hall Annex. ECAR’s membership and leadership will be given the opportunity to provide testimony on the most recent proposed limitations in the Commission’s proposal. ECAR would not have been given such an opportunity on ECAR’S withdrawn proposal. The Mystic Chamber and the Groton Business Association is expected to weigh in with support for ECAR at the upcoming January hearing.

Because most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various POC&D and Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

Town of Killingly – Killingly Planning and Zoning Commission is in the process of updating subdivision regulations Some items being considered include : open space, neighborhood impact design, rear lots and bonus limits.

Town of Sprague – Sprague Planning and Zoning Commission will be conducting workshops to consider proposed zoning regulations for the following villages zones :Baltic Village and Baltic Economic Development Zone ,the Hanover Village Zone and the Versailles Village Zone .Some of the proposed regulations include : minimum lot size, maximum lot coverage, buffers, minimum side yard requirements and multi family dwellings.

The National Association of Realtors® Smart Growth Grant Program has been expanded to help Realtor Associations encourage green programs. One association used the money to fund a successful ECOEXPO.

Smart Growth walk able neighborhoods are proving to retain their value. The steepest declines in value and the greatest number of foreclosures are occurring in auto-oriented suburbs.

Areas with convenience to shopping, jobs, and activities are performing better in the market.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). Due to budgetary constraints, CAR’s statewide program will terminated at the end of January 2010. However, the Evans & Associates GAD Team, registered in all ECAR towns, will continue to prioritize and disseminate such information to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

ECAR’s GAD Team, Audrey, Fred & David
would like to wish all ECAR’S staff and membership a
“HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON and PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR”!

November 2009

On November 3rd, the Groton Zoning Commission reconvened the continued hearing on Eastern Connecticut Association Realtors® (ECAR’S) Land Use Application for a zoning text change regarding temporary event signs. At the hearing, Matt Davis, Manager of Groton’s Planning Services submitted a memorandum (recognizing the desire of the Commission to approve ECAR’S application) outlining various suggested limitations on ECAR proposed amendments. After concluding testimony, the Commission closed the hearing and undertook a brief discussion of the pending text amendment. Various proposed limitations were discussed by Commission and it was voted to further continue the hearing to December to allow time for the drafting of a limiting amendments.

Due to concerns raised by the numerous ECAR members in attendance at the November 3rd hearing, John Bolduc, ECAR’s Executive Director decided to convene an open meeting among ECAR members, at ECAR’S office on November 23rd at 1:00 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the alternative limitations under consideration by the Commission. Prior to the December 2nd Commission meeting the ECAR’s GAD Team will be working with Groton’s Planning Services Staff to reach a consensus on any proposed amending limitations for presentation to the Commission.

On November 3rd, The Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony in support of ECAR’S proposed temporary event signage amendment.

Nationwide, your GAD Team continues to see more activity by both local land use boards to restrict signage including Realtor’s® directional signs. One other Connecticut town is currently considering restricting local signage, including Realtor® directional signs.

Because most of Connecticut’s Planning and Zoning Commissions, including those throughout Eastern Connecticut rely on Plans of Conservation and Development (POC&D) as a basis for regulatory changes, ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Stonington – On November 4th, Stonington Planning Staff presented various proposed changes to Zoning Regulations for consideration by Planning and Zoning Commission.

– Town of Ledyard -.Ledyard Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on its Plan of Conservation and Development (POC&D) for December 3rd the Agricultural Plan and well as Sections 2 and 4 will be the subject of the hearing.

– Town of Waterford – In the initial stages of updating it’s POC&D.

– Town of Woodstock – Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission Subcommittee meeting to review proposed Draft Zoning Regulations.

– Town of Montville – Montville Planning & Zoning Commission will review and discuss their POC&D on November 10th.

– Town of East Lyme -East Lyme Planning and Zoning is continuing with its review of proposed amendments to the East Lyme’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

– The Towns of Brooklyn and Killingly are continuing the process of updating their Plan of Conservation and Development.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

October 2009

The hearing before the Groton Zoning Commission on ECAR’S Land Use Application on behalf of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTOR’S® for a zoning text change regarding temporary event signs was scheduled for October 7th. ECAR’S application to the Groton Zoning Commission is requesting a change to Groton’s zoning regulations and would permit, in all zoning districts, to all non-public businesses, temporary events signs, including temporary open house directional realty signs. On October 2nd, Matt J. Murphy, of the Groton Planning Division forwarded a “non-endorsement” memorandum by the Groton Historic Commission as well as a memorandum from M. Davis, Manager of Planning Services on behalf of Groton Planning Staff in opposition to ECAR’S proposed text amendment.

The hearing convened at 7:00 p.m. The Chairman and three members of the Groton Zoning Commission were in attendance. ECAR’S Executive Director, John Bolduc, ECAR’S GAD Team, and more than a half dozen local Realtor’s® offered testimony in support of the proposed text change. In an attempt to respond to comments and concerns from the Commission, ECAR offered a limitation (suggested amendment) on the number of “temporary events” per month. In spite of ECAR’s amendment, Groton’s Planning Division Staff continued their opposition to any change in the status quo.

After some discussion, the Zoning Commission voted to continue the hearing to the next regular meeting on Wednesday, November 4th.

Area Realtor’s® are expected to appear before the Groton Planning Commission prior to the November Zoning Commission hearing continuation to request an alteration of their opposition to the proposed changes and return on November 4th.

Representatives of area business organization are expected to be present and offer supporting testimony of the proposed changes at the upcoming continued hearing.

Nationwide, your GAD TEAM is seeing more activity by both local land use boards to restrict signage including Realtor’s® directional signs and by our GAD counterparts in other jurisdictions, attempting to develop more business friendly reasonable open house regulations.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

– Town of Ledyard -.Ledyard Planning and Zoning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on its POCD for December 3rd the Agricultural Plan and well as Sections 2 and 4 will be the subject of the hearing.

– Town of Woodstock – Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission – through its Town Planner, Delia Fey – has scheduled a number of public meetings to receive input on proposed updates to its Plan of Conservation and Development.

– Town of East Lyme -East Lyme Planning and Zoning is continuing with its review of proposed amendments to the East Lyme’s Plan of Conservation Development.

– Town of Montville – At its scheduled October meeting, the Montville Planning & Zoning Commission will be reviewing and discussing its Plan of Conservation and Development.

– The Towns of Brooklyn and Killingly are also in the process of updating their Plans of Conservation and Development. These plans will establish the local vision for future development and include important land use issues. This process provides Realtors® an opportunity to weigh in on issues that affect both Realtors® and consumers. Often the commissions hold discussion meetings and allow for public input. Additionally there is the public hearing process. .At a recent Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission meeting there was only one member of the public present during the discussion, which included several land use issues including lot size and open space requirements in Open Space Conservation Subdivisions. The Brooklyn Commission wishes to require that applicants for subdivisions submit two plans, one for a conventional subdivision, and the other for an Open Space Conservation Subdivision. Additionally, the Brooklyn Commission is reviewing the Village Commercial Regulations.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

September 2009

On September 1st, ECAR Mystic Realtor, Mary Jo Poore and ECAR’s GAD Team appeared before The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission and offered testimony in opposition to a new proposed zoning text amendment. The proposed zoning regulation amendment would have excluded home occupations from being conducted in detached garages or other unattached buildings on a homeowner’s property. ECAR’s GAD Team testified that the proposed changes which would have significant negative impact on town wide residential property value as well economic development. The Commission closed the hearing and voted to reject the proposed changes thereby maintaining the status quo. VICTORY!

ECAR’S Land Use Application on behalf of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTOR’S for a zoning text change regarding temporary event signs has been scheduled for hearing before the Groton Zoning Commission on October 7th at 7:00 PM. ECAR’S application to the Groton Zoning Commission is requesting a change to Groton’s zoning regulations to allow temporary events signs, including temporary open house realty signs. Matthew J. Davis, Manager of Planning Services recently forwarded a separate report of the Groton Planning Commission with a “non-endorsement” of ECAR’S Land Use Application based upon his Department’s input and recommendations. ECAR is calling upon all area ECAR Realtor’s to attend the upcoming hearing and offer testimony in support of the proposed changes…

Nationwide, your GAD TEAM is seeing more activity by both local land use boards to restrict signage including Realtor’s directional signs and by our GAD counterparts in other jurisdictions, attempting to develop more business friendly reasonable open house regulations.
ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

Town of Ledyard -.Ledyard Planning and Zoning Commission is reviewing Land Use Regulations for possible future changes.

Town of Woodstock – Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission – through it’s Town Planner, Delia Fey – is gathering input from the community, i.e.: Woodstock property owners, residents, business owners, and updating its Plan of Conservation and Development.

Town of East Lyme -East Lyme Planning and Zoning is continuing with workshops and hearings on proposed amendments to the East Lyme’s Plan of Conservation and Development. With particular emphasis on open space affordable housing – Next workshop September 15th.

Town of Canterbury- Ongoing discussions of Canterbury’s Plan of Conservation & Development and infrastructure issues.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s as deemed appropriate.

August 2009

 The Town of Groton has acknowledged ECAR’S GAD Team’s Land Use Application on behalf of the Eastern Connecticut Association of REALTOR’S® for a zoning text change. The official receipt date is August 5th and a hearing must be commenced by October 9th. ECAR’S application to the Groton Zoning Commission is requesting a change to Groton’s zoning regulations to allow temporary events signs, including temporary open house realty signs. Upon notification, ECAR will notify and request attendance at the hearing by local ECAR Realtors®

David Evans, member of ECAR’S GAD Team, recently returned NAR’s 2009 GAD Institute in Charleston, South Carolina. This four days July conference provided a forum for lobbyists, for the exchange of information and resources necessary to better serve and protect the interests of state and local boards and their members. Information learned about NAR’s resources will assist ECAR’S GAD Team in more effectively and efficiently delivering its advocacy message. The institute featured experts on foreclosures, regulatory agencies, zoning and social networking. Of particular value was the opportunity to exchange ideas, information and experiences with other GAD’s from virtually every state in the country.

Nationwide, your GAD TEAM is seeing more activity by both local land use boards to restrict signage including Realtor’s® directional signs and by our GAD counterparts in other jurisdictions, attempting to develop more business friendly reasonable open house regulations.

Across the country state zoning regulations are being updated and re-written in many communities. It is interesting that the phrases “affordable housing”, “incentive housing zones” and “workforce housing zones” are appearing more frequently on Planning & Zoning agendas. Subdivision open space requirements are still frequently being changed, and “mixed use regulations” are being drafted by communities.

We stay in communication with GADs throughout the country, the discussion recently has been on:

Signage issues
Rental Registration
Anti-growth claims
Vacation rental ordinances
Referral fees
Real Estate Appraiser licensing
Registration of foreclosed and vacant properties
Economic Development – some local associations have their own committee working with their local communities and Chambers others have individuals working very closely with these groups.
And many questions on the Cap & Trade bill, on which NAR have recently issued a thorough analysis.

Although there is always less local zoning activity during the summer months, ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

Town of Brooklyn – The surveys regarding Brooklyn’s Plan of Conservation and Development will be sent out by the end of August, Filling out the survey will give local Realtors® an opportunity to weigh in on issues that affect Realtors®. On August 5th the Brooklyn Planning and Zoning Commission heard testimony on a proposed amendment which” states that no retail structure shall exceed 50,000. Sq. feet in gross floor area.” It was unclear as to which zones this would apply to. The commission is also discussing sign regulations and Conservation Subdivision Open Space Regulations.

Town of Voluntown – On August 12th the Voluntown Planning & Zoning Commission will set hearing dates on the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Town of East Lyme -East Lyme Planning and Zoning is continuing with workshops and hearings on proposed amendments to the East Lyme’s Plan of Conservation and Development. with particular emphasis on open space affordable housing .

Town of Canterbury- Ongoing discussions of Canterbury’s Plan of Conservation & Development and infrastructure issues.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

 

July 2009

On July 1st, ECAR’S GAD Team filed a new Land Use Application with the Town of Groton Planning & Development Department on behalf of the Eastern Connecticut Association of Realtors® for a zoning text change. ECAR’S application to the Groton Zoning Commission is requesting a change to Groton’s zoning regulations to allow temporary events signs, including temporary open house realty signs. Based upon the recommendation of the law firm of Robinson & Cole, LLP, this request is more expansive then ECAR’S previous application, and, if adopted, will permit temporary signs for real estate open house sales. The application is expected to be scheduled for a hearing before the Groton Zoning Commission later this summer.

ECAR’S GAD Team recently reviewed various proposed changes to the North Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission’s existing regulations. The various proposed changes were essentially technical in nature.

SUCCESS!
On June 16th the Stonington Planning & Zoning Commission voted to deny a Commission initiated text amendment (PZ 090-7ZC) which would have REDUCED the amount of land available for light industrial development. ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR Realtors® and ECAR’s GAD Team appeared in opposition to this proposal.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

> Town of Voluntown – The Voluntown Planning & Zoning Commission is in the process of reviewing updates to Voluntown’s Plan of Conservation and Development which could be adopted later this year. .One area of concern that the Commission is focusing on is lot size. If the draft of the plan is adopted this month, a public hearing date will probably be set for October or November.

> Town of Griswold – At this month’s regular meeting, the Griswold Planning and Zoning Commission will be discussing changes to their zoning regulations and setting public hearing dates.

> Town of Ledyard – Ledyard Planning and Zoning will be proposing amendments to the Plan of Conservation and Development and Open Space Plan.

> Town of East Lyme -East Lyme Planning and Zoning is continuing with workshops on proposed amendments to the Plan of Conservation and Development.

> Town of Canterbury – Planning and Zoning Commission continues to work on revisions to Plan of Conservation and Development.

>Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is considering possible zoning regulation changes.

For the fifth consecutive year, a member of ECAR’S GAD Team from Evans & Associates, LLC will be attending NAR‘s 2009 GAD Institute taking place in Charleston, South Carolina from July 22-25. This four days conference offers intense sessions on current regional, state and local issues and legislation affecting Realtors®. Often there is a break-out component allowing Government Affairs Directors from through the country to exchange priority issues affecting their regions. Connecticut is one of a very few states operating solely on a municipal level without regional or county government. Achieving broad goals working within these various government arrangements raises challenges for the various Associations.

In addition, NAR has established the NAR/GADTalk Real Town Community an ongoing internet exchange to allow ongoing communication among GAD’S on current issues. This is an email system linking all Government Affairs Directors. It is a fabulous way to exchange ideas and share experiences. Even if not actively participating, reading the exchange is an education on the extreme variety of laws/ordinances in place throughout this country. It offers detailed insight on what is actually happening locally elsewhere and how differently, regions view Realtor® issues.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

June 2009

This week, ECAR’S Chief Executive Officer and ECAR’S GAD Team received recommendations from the law firm of Robinson & Cole with respect to a proposed amendment to Zoning Regulations of Groton’s to allow temporary commercial signs, including temporary open house realty signs. Once the legal recommendation is reviewed, ECAR is expected to re-submit its application for a zoning text amendment to the Town of Groton Planning Services Department for consideration by the Groton Zoning Commission.

The Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission has continued to June 16th their third public hearing on the proposed zoning change which would significantly reduce the amount of land available for LIGHT INDUSTRIAL USE at the Exit 91/ I- 95 interchange. The Taugwonk Road zone change which would reduce the parcel of land currently zoned L1-130 [light industrial] to GBR-130 [Greenbelt Residential]. This proposed change will reduce in a very significant way, the amount of available land for future light industrial business development. Having an adequate inventory of land available for future light industrial business development is crucial so the town can encourage appropriate business development. This proposed zone change, if approved, will severely reduce the amount of land available for business development thereby impacting property tax levels and affordable housing in Stonington.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

> Town of Salem – Hearing on proposed amendment to Salem Zoning Map and Salem Zoning Regulations with regard to creation of a Town Center Zone.

> Town of East Lyme – The East Lyme Zoning Commission proposal to amend sections of the East Lyme Zoning Regulations to regulate Adult Uses.

>Town of Brooklyn – The Economic Development Commission is considering a proposal for a BUSINESS PARK ZONE for small business development which would include commercial and industrial uses. The Brooklyn Planning & Zoning Commission is working on its Conservation subdivision regulations. Additionally the Plan of Conservation and Development is being updated. Local Realtors and residents will have an opportunity to provide their input regarding their vision for the town’s future development.

>Town of Preston – The Preston Planning & Zoning Commission is considering possible zoning regulation changes.

> Town of Woodstock – The Woodstock Planning & Zoning Commission continuing discussions on initiative to revise and update the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s as deemed appropriate.

May 2009

Recently, ECAR’S Executive Director and ECAR’S GAD Team decided to begin preparation of ECAR’S re-submission of a formal application to the Groton Zoning Commission for a zoning text change with respect to temporary commercial signs, including temporary open house realty signs. It was agreed that the specific zoning application language should be reviewed by a land use attorney. Accordingly, ECAR’S proposal was forwarded to the law firm of Robinson & Cole for final review and approval before the re-submission of a formal application to the Commission. ECAR is expected to re-submit its application in June.

On May 5th, the Stonington Planning and Zoning Commission continued their public hearing regarding the Taugwonk Road zone change which would reduce the parcel of land currently zoned L1-130 [light industrial] to GBR-130 [Greenbelt Residential]. This proposed change will reduce in a very significant way, the amount of available land for future light industrial business development. ECAR’S GAD Team, along with ECAR’S Executive Director, returned for the continuation of the April 7th hearing. ECAR’s GAD Team offered testimony in opposition to proposed text amendment which would reduce the only parcel of land currently available for light industrial development by 103 acres. Having an adequate inventory of land available for future light industrial business development is crucial so the town can encourage appropriate business development. The hearing was continued to a future date to provide another time for public testimony. The proposed zone change, if approved, will severely reduce the amount of land available for business development thereby impacting property tax levels and affordable housing in Stonington.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

> Town of East Lyme – – The East Lyme Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing its review it’s Plan of Conservation and Development, specifically proposed draft language prepared by it’s POCD Steering Committee dealing with “Renewable Energy”.

>Town of Sprague – Continuing discussion of proposed village zone regulations, specifically, a second preliminary review of Hanover and Versailles village zone regulations.

>Town of Preston – Planning& Zoning Commission holding workshops on possible zoning regulation changes.

> Town of Woodstock – Planning & Zoning Commission continuing discussions on initiative to revise and update the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

April 2009

In late March, ECAR’S GAD Team received a copy of the Town of Groton Planning Services Department’s written comments opposing ECAR’S informal request for consideration by the Zoning Commission for a change to Town of Groton’s commercial sign ordinance, which would permit the placement of temporary open house signs.

On April 1, ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR’S GAD Team, and a number Eastern Connecticut Realtor’s® from the Groton area appeared at the regularly scheduled Zoning Commission meeting and seized the opportunity to comment on the importance of a zoning text change during the “public comment portion” of the agenda. Later in the meeting, after accepting Planning Department Staff’s opposition memo, the Commission Chairman informally indicated that the Commission’s door is open for the re-submission of a formal zoning text change request from ECAR, with respect to temporary commercial signs, provided it was not restricted to realty signs. ECAR’S GAD Team will be re-submitting a formal proposal for the Groton Zoning Commission’s consideration and approval.

This week, ECAR’S GAD Team, along with ECAR’S Executive Director, were in attendance at the Town of Stonington April 7th public hearing which was held by the Planning & Zoning Commission. ECAR representatives appeared to oppose a proposed text amendment which would reduce the only parcel of land currently available for light industrial development by 103 acres. Many local residents were also in attendance. Due to the lengthy presentations and the large number of people waiting to testify, the hearing was adjourned at 11 PM and continued to May 5th. ECAR is expected to return to upcoming hearing to provide opposing testimony. The proposed zone change, if approved, would severely reduce the amount of land available for business development thereby impacting property tax levels and affordable housing in Stonington.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commission activity throughout Eastern Connecticut including:

> Town of Chaplin – – The Planning and Zoning Commission is continuing its sessions on the updating of the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development. On April 27, concentration will be on natural resources, agricultural issues and the Natchaug River. The economic issues of the Route 6 corridor will be discussed on May 18.

> Town of Ledyard – Planning & Zoning Commission undergoing a Land Use Regulation Update Project – continuing discussion for April meeting of Planning Commission of changes to Section 1 of Subdivision on Regulations.

>Town of Griswold – Planning & Zoning scheduling workshops to discuss the town and subdivision regulations. .

> Town of Sprague – Planning & Zoning Commission continuing with workshops to discuss writing regulations for the proposed Village Zones in Baltic, Versailles and Hanover.

> Town of Woodstock – Planning & Zoning Commission continuing discussions on initiative to revise and update the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

March 2009

On Monday, March 9, ECAR’S GAD Team was notified by Matthew J. Davis, Manager of Planning Services of the Town of Groton Planning Services Department that Planning Staff would be recommending “opposition” to ECAR’S proposed temporary open house sign ordinance amendment at the upcoming meeting of the Groton Zoning Commission scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2009. On April 1st, the Zoning Commission is expected to informally discuss the following proposal with Planning Staff.

1. Add 7.3-5 A5 of the Groton Zoning Regulations as follows:

5. Temporary Sales Event Signs
a. Up to four temporary signs, each sign limited to six square feet, are permitted at locations other than the property having the event. Such signs are permitted one hour before the period of the event and must be removed one hour after the event is terminated.
b. A temporary sales event shall be defined as an event on a property lasting less than 12 hours in duration. Examples include, but are not limited to real estate open houses, garage sales, auctions, and charitable fundraising events.

2. Amend 7.3-3F. as follows:
Except as provided for in Section 7.3-5 A5, movable or portable signs, such as those used in conjunction with gasoline filling station operations and automobile dealers and garage activities, including any sign displayed on a vehicle when such vehicle is used primarily for the purpose of such display, are prohibited.

3. Delete Section 7.3-4 B and reletter 7.3-4 C to 7.3-4 B.

4. Add the following to the table in 7.3-7

Temporary Sales Event Permitted Number 4 4 4 4
Maximum Size (sq. ft.) 6 6 6 6

ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR’S GAD Team are planning on attending and are encouraging ECAR member/Realtors® to appear in a show of support for the change in regulations. ECAR’S GAD Team will be further reviewing the amendment with town staff prior that meeting and expect to comment in the public portion of the meeting.
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ECAR’S GAD Team continues to closely monitor various Planning and Zoning Commissions in Eastern Connecticut Towns including:

Town of Canterbury – will hold a Plan of Conservation and Development update meeting on March 4th which will focus on issues relating to Conservation.

Town of Brooklyn – the Planning & Zoning Commission has hired a consultant to arrange to meet with large farmers to discuss zoning concerns.

Town of Ledyard – Planning Commission will meet on March 18th to discuss Zoning District Boundaries. The Zoning Commission will be meeting on March 19th for a comprehensive regulatory update on affordable housing strategy.

Town of Stonington – the Planning & Zoning Commission will be entertaining a future zoning text amendment which will enable minor lot line adjustments.

Town of Preston -on March 10th the Zoning Commission held a workshop on zoning regulations.

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Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered, receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

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The 25th Annual Realtor® Day at the Capitol is scheduled for April 1, 2009

February 2009

On January 20th ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR’S GAD Team met with staff from Groton’s Planning and Development Department and reviewed the status of ECAR’S proposed temporary open house sign ordinance amendment. After a very productive discussion it was agreed that the following language would be brought to the February meeting the Zoning Commission for “informal discussion”:

1. Add 7.3-5 A5 of the Groton Zoning Regulations as follows:

5. Temporary Sales Event Signs

a. Up to four temporary signs, each sign limited to six square feet, are permitted at locations other than the property having the event. Such signs are permitted one hour before the period of the event and must be removed one hour after the event is terminated.

b. A temporary sales event shall be defined as an event on a property lasting less than 12 hours in duration. Examples include, but are not limited to real estate open houses, garage sales, auctions, and charitable fundraising events

 2. Amend 7.3-3F. as follows:

Except as provided for in Section 7.3-5 A5, movable or portable signs, such as those used in conjunction with gasoline filling station operations and automobile dealers and garage activities, including any sign displayed on a vehicle when such vehicle is used primarily for the purpose of such display, are prohibited.

3. Delete Section 7.3-4 B and reletter 7.3-4 C to 7.3-4 B.

4. Add the following to the table in 7.3-7

Temporary Sales Event

Permitted Number

4

4

4

4

 

Maximum Size (sq. ft.)

6

6

6

6

The purpose of the “informal discussion” was to test whether the Commission would be amenable to the re-submission of ECAR’S zoning amendment request.

On Wednesday, February  4th , ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR’S GAD Team appeared at the regular monthly meeting of the Groton Zoning Commission and learned that staff had not fully reviewed the amendment with appropriate senior planning staff members. The Commission indicated a willingness to entertain an “informal discussion” at their April meeting. ECAR’S GAD Team will be further reviewing the amendment with town staff prior that meeting.

ECAR’S GAD Team continues to monitor various proposed text amendments in Canterbury, Ledyard and Brooklyn. The GAD Team is also actively monitoring various towns’ proposed zoning changes and Plans of Conservation and Development (POCD) throughout Eastern Connecticut. Planning & Zoning Commissions rely on Plans of Conservation and Development to justify regulation changes.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered,  receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

Many towns are seeking a delay in implementing the requirement in statute requiring them to post minutes and agendas on their websites by July ’09. In the current economic crunch, this is an unfunded mandate that towns are asking to delay or eliminate. This is just one of several good ideas to increase open government that may fall victim to bad economic times. Some towns are also asking for authority to post legal notices on their websites to avoid newspaper costs.

January 2009      

ECAR’S proposed temporary open house sign ordinance amendment request was delayed pending a meeting with Groton’s Director of Planning, Michael J. Murphy and staff.  ECAR’S Executive Director, ECAR’S GAD Team is scheduled to meet on January 20th at 11:15 AM with officials from Groton’s Planning Department. Following this meeting, ECAR is expected to meet in February, with the full Planning and Zoning Commission. ECAR will then resubmit a formal proposed zoning text change for final Commission approval. 

A number of Eastern Connecticut towns continue to consider various proposed changes to zoning regulations. ECAR’S GAD Team along with various ECAR Realtors® has been responding to various proposed text amendments.

>Ledyard is undergoing a comprehensive regulatory update and is reviewing zoning district boundaries as well as various land use proposals.

>Canterbury is currently working on its Plan of Conservation and Development update and in the process of proposing a major rewrite of its zoning regulations.

>New London is considering various zoning map amendments.

>Preston is holding monthly workshops to review and receive public comments on potential updates/changes to zoning regulations.

>Brooklyn is considering a proposed text amendment from the public which would require that no commercial structure exceed 60 thousand square feet. 

On January 13, the Town of Plainfield Planning and Zoning Commission approved a zoning text amendment, which, as initially drafted would have restricted the ability of landowners to keep animals in RA-60 Districts. The Town Planner was persuaded by Realtor® Lori Merrill and a number of ECAR’s members to amend the original proposal. The amended zoning ordinance exempts parcels of 7 acres and larger. 

ECAR’s GAD Team continues actively monitoring various town’s proposed zoning changes and Plans of Conservation and Development (POCD) throughout Eastern Connecticut. Planning & Zoning Commissions rely on Plans of Conservation and Development to justify regulation changes.

Since October 2006 all Connecticut towns are required to establish a Public Notice Registry (PA 06-80). This law was initiated and supported by the Connecticut Association of Realtor’s® (CAR). It mandates that local landowners, electors and non profit organizations, once registered,  receive notice concerning any adoption or change to zoning regulations, boundaries, subdivision regulations or any proposal, drafts or amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development initiated by a town Planning and Zoning Commission.

To access and disseminate Registry related information to its membership, CAR established a new statewide monitoring program (MAP). The Evans & Associates GAD Team has registered in all ECAR towns. As the information is received and reviewed, it is prioritized and disseminated to ECAR member Realtor’s® as deemed appropriate.

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