Central Connecticut Regional Planning AgencyCT

Regional Plan

Under section 8-35a of the Connecticut General Statutes , every regional planning organization in the state must prepare and release a Regional Plan of Conservation and Development at least once every ten years. By statute, the plan "shall identify areas where it is feasible and prudent

  1. to have compact, transit accessible, pedestrian-oriented mixed use development patterns and land reuse, and
  2. to promote such development patterns and land reuse and shall note any inconsistencies with the following growth management principles:
    1. Redevelopment and revitalization of regional centers and areas of mixed land uses with existing or planned physical infrastructure;
    2. expansion of housing opportunities and design choices to accommodate a variety of household types and needs;
    3.  concentration of development around transportation nodes and along major transportation corridors to support the viability of transportation options and land reuse;
    4. conservation and restoration of the natural environment, cultural and historical resources and traditional rural lands;
    5.  protection of environmental assets critical to public health and safety; and
    6. integration of planning across all levels of government to address issues on a local, regional and state-wide basis."

The plan currently in effect was adopted on October 3, 2013.

Plan updates

CCRPA is a member of the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, a project funded by Sustainable Communities Initiative (a joint program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency). Together with the Capitol Region Council of Governments, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, CCRPA is undertaking a variety of activities under this grant, including a revision of its regional plan to focus on sustainability, support the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, and provide a framework for future coordinated planning and investment within and across the three planning regions that make up the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor.

During the summer of 2013, a draft of this plan update was available for public comments. On October 3rd, 2013, a public hearing was held and the plan was officially adopted at our agency board meeting that night. This plan will be in effect until 2023.

For more information, please contact Francis R. Pickering.