Under State statutes, zone changes affecting land within 500 feet of another town must be referred to the regional planning organization (NVCOG) for an advisory review. NVCOG evaluates the proposed regulation or map change for potential intermunicipal land use conflicts. Typically, staff will evaluate whether the proposal is in compliance with the regional Plan of Conservation and Development and will offer planning advice on the proposal. Plans for subdivisions abutting another town are also required to be reviewed by NVCOG.
Plan of Conservation and Development
Regional planning organizations are required by State statutes to prepare a comprehensive planning document every ten years as a guideline for state and local government partners. This document provides linkages between towns including those topics with common issues – such as economic development, transportation, and water supply – which can best be addressed regionally or in groups of towns. COGCNV Regional Plan of Conservation and Development 2008 and VCOG Regional Plan of Conservation and Development 2008. Work will be starting soon on a Regional Plan of Conservation and Development for the new Naugatuck Valley planning region.
The Plan also serves as a standard by which to review local plans as they are developed as also required under the statutes. Here are links to the municipal POCD's in the Naugatuck Valley region.
Land Use Education
NVCOG partners with the Center for Land Use and Education (CLEAR) at the University of Connecticut and the Connecticut Bar Association to provide training for municipal land use commissioners and local non-profit organizations. Topics include map reading, site review, roles and responsibilities, and how to run a meeting.