Connecticut General Statutes Section 8-23 requires that Connecticut municipalities “prepare or amend and … adopt” a Plan of Conservation and Development. The Town of Rocky Hill last adopted a comprehensive Plan in 2001 (2001 Plan of Conservation & Development - 161 pages / 22MB)and in this Plan we’re asking for more of your input, tonight and moving forward. We will be reviewing and updating relevant information about the Town, identifying and developing an understanding of current Town needs and conditions, and adopt new or revised strategies and action tasks as necessary.
A Plan of Conservation and Development is an advisory document, intended to guide the Town’s responses to statutory mandates, land use controls, municipal investments, and other Town functions. At the same time, a Plan provides a community with an understanding of the assets and resources that establish its character and the quality of life that its residents and businesses embrace.
A recent statutory change increases the importance of having a current Plan. Beginning in 2010, towns without a current Plan may not be eligible for certain discretionary State funding, such as Small Town Economic Assistance Program grants and Open Space Acquisition grants. This creates a powerful incentive for Towns to maintain a current Plan.
And finally, preparation of a Plan of Conservation and Development provides an opportunity for a community to reassess its overall goals, involve its residents and business community in planning for the Town’s future, and to reassess the Town’s defining qualities.
Statutory Issues for Municipal Plans
- Affordable Housing; Surface and Ground Drinking Water Supplies; Development Patterns; Physical, Social, Economic and Governmental Conditions and Trends; Energy-efficiency; Agriculture.
- Physical and Economic Development; Public Access-ways; Compact, Transit Accessible, Pedestrian-oriented Mixed Use Development Patterns; Proposed Land Uses; Desirable Density of Population; Housing Choice
- Ridgelines; Airports, Parks, Playgrounds and Other Public Grounds; Schools and Other Public Buildings; Public Utilities and Terminals; Public Housing Projects
- Implementation of the Plan: Schedule; Capital Budget; Enactment and Enforcement of Controls, Codes, and Safety Regulations; Implementation of Affordable Housing; Open Space and Greenways Protection and Development; Plans for Corridor Management Areas; Proposed Priority Funding Areas; and Any Other Recommendations
Statutory Growth Management Principles
- Redevelopment and Revitalization of Commercial Centers and Areas of Mixed Land Uses with Existing or Planned Physical Infrastructure
- Expansion of Housing Opportunities and Design Choices to Accommodate a Variety of Household Types and Needs
- Concentration of Development Around Transportation Nodes and Along Major Transportation Corridors to Support the Viability of Transportation Options and Land Reuse
- Conservation and Restoration of the Natural Environment, Cultural and Historical Resources and Existing Farmlands
- Protection of Environmental Assets Critical to Public Health and Safety