Regional Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD)

Executive Summary


Chapter 2 Regional Strengths and Demographics

Chapter 3 Natural Resource Conservation

Chapter 4 Watersheds and Water Quality

Chapter 5 Open Space and Farmland Preservation

Chapter 6 Climate Change

Chapter 7 Food Systems and Food Security

Chapter 8 Land Use

Chapter 9 Public Sewer and Water Service

Chapter 10 Transportation

Chapter 11 Housing

Chapter 12 Economic Development

Chapter 13 Vibrant. Green. Connected. Competitive.Land Use Policy Map

Land Use Policy Matrix

Conservation Focus Areas Map

Economic Areas of Regional Significance Map

Municipal Focus Areas Narrative

Municipal Focus Area Map

Conservation and Development Goals Sustainability Matrix

Smart Growth GuidelinesCapitol_Crowd_HeatherBrandon

Vibrant. Green. Connected. Competitive.

The Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development: Vibrant. Green. Connected. Competitive., encourages the creation of a more sustainable region made up of urban, suburban and rural communities that have more housing and transportation choices, are closer to jobs, healthy food, green space, shops or schools, are more energy independent and help protect clean air and water.

How is the Plan Used?

The regional plan is not a detailed land use plan, but rather a general guide for conservation and development in the Capitol Region. Using the goals and polices of the regional plan, Councils of Government comment on the consistency of municipal plans of conservation and development 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.

Local plans of conservation and development must also refer to the regional plan to  “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”.

The plan was adopted in May of 2014.

Statutory Background

The Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development was prepared under the authority of Section 8-35a of the Connecticut General Statutes and is required at least once every ten years.

How to Access the Plan

To the left, links to the Plan’s Executive Summary and individual chapters as well as the Appendix to the plan are available.

A copy of the plan update is also available at CRCOG’s offices located at 241 Main Street, 4th Floor, Hartford, CT 06106. Please call in advance.