The Policy Development and Planning Department is responsible for developing and maintaining a Regional Plan of Conservation and Development. The Plan seeks to encourage a regional development pattern that provides a necessary balance between the man-made and natural environment, while minimizing adverse effects on environmentally sensitive areas. While the Regional Plan is strictly advisory to our municipalities, it is used as the basis for review of zoning and subdivision proposals affecting land along town boundaries, and other applications for state funds that are referred to CRCOG for review and comment.
Although the Regional Plan is most often used to guide the activities of the Council and is an advisory document, we encourage local governments to support it and work toward its implementation. In addition, 2005 state legislation (PA 05-205) amended statutes pertaining to local, regional and state plans of conservation and development in several ways. One of the changes is to require that regional planning agencies comment on the consistency municipal plans of conservation and development have with (1) the regional plan of development, (2) the state plan of conservation and development, and (3) the plans of conservation and development of other municipalities in the area of operation of the regional planning agency. Another change is that local plans of conservation and development must "note any inconsistencies" with the "growth management principle" of "integration of planning across all levels of government to address issues on a local, regional and state-wide basis".
CRCOG's Policy Board approved the current Connecticut Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development at their October 21, 2009 meeting.
We have updated the Regional Plan and the public comment period is now in process until Friday, April 4, 2014.
CRCOG will conduct two Open House & Public Hearing Events on the proposed update to the Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development on:
Tuesday, March 18, 4:00 to 6:00 PM at the Hartford Public Library, Youth Program Room, Third Floor, 500 Main Street, Hartford, CT (Open House 4-5 PM, Brief presentation and formal Public Hearing 5-6 PM)
Thursday, March 20, 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the West Hartford Town Hall, Room 400, 50 South Main Street, West Hartford, CT (Open House 6-7 PM, Brief presentation and formal Public Hearing 7-8 PM)
The public is invited to attend one or both of these meetings to learn about the plan, and share their comments regarding this project. Comments may be communicated during the Open House portion of each event and/or formally presented at the Public Hearing portion of each event. Comments on the plan also may be submitted to Mary Ellen Kowalewski, Director of Policy and Planning at CRCOG, 241 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06106 or firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments must be received by COB April 4, 2014. A hard copy of the plan may be obtained by calling 860 522 2217 ext 237 or ext 219.
The Regional Plan has been updated as a part of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Project.
Draft 2014 - 2024 Regional Plan of Conservation and Development: Vibrant. Green. Connected. Competitive.
Appendix to the DRAFT 2014-2024 Regional Plan
Draft 2014-2024 Regional Plan Policy Maps and Matrices
A copy of the draft plan update is also available at CRCOG’s offices
(241 Main Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106)
between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
2009 Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development
The Following Chapters comprise the 2009 Regional Plan of Conservation and Development. For an Executive Summary of Plan contents, please see chapters 1, 2 and 12.