What is Zoning in Connecticut?
Connecticut state law authorizes municipalities to enact planning and zoning regulations for the land within the town's boundaries, to accomplish this they are authorized to form a local Planning and Zoning Commission. Zoning Commissions are made up of resident voters (electors) of the town and must have between five and nine members. In most municipalities at Town Hall there is a department called Planning & Zoning (P&Z) to enforce the regulations and to answer questions. There you would find local zoning maps and zoning regulations staffed by the local zoning officer.
Planning is has to do with the determination of development for the town. Zoning divides the area into various zones and dictates the type of land use that can occur in each zone.
Chapter 124 of the Connecticut General Statutes establishes the zoning standards throughout the Town and requires preparation of a zoning map and regulations reflecting these standards that can be used by a local zoning commission
Some of the issues that P&Z deal with are:-
- Height, size of buildings
- Density of population
- Coastal site plans
- Sign applications
- Location of specific areas for homes, business and industry (Zoning)
- Assigning of street numbers
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