Plan of Conservation & Development - East Haddam

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    Adoption Procedures for Municipal Plans of Conservation and Development
    (Sec. 8-23 CGS)

    The plan adoption procedure and sequential steps are as follows:

    • A draft plan of conservation and development or any part thereof prepared by a planning commission or a planning and zoning commission (commission) or a special committee shall be reviewed, and may be amended, by the commission prior to scheduling a public hearing on adoption.
       
    • P&Z MEETING – MAY 14TH – APPROVE DRAFT
       
    • 90 days prior to the public hearing of a plan of conservation of development, part of a plan, or amendment to a plan, the commission must:
      • ​​​Refer the plan to DEEP (for communities in coastal boundary) for comments in writing of any suggested revisions or modifications
         
    • SEND DEEP COPY FOR COMMENTS MAY 15TH, 16TH, OR 17TH.
       
    • 65 days prior to the public hearing on adoption of a plan of conservation and development, part of a plan, or amendment to a plan, the commission must:
      • Refer the plan to the legislative body of the municipality or, if the legislative body is a town meeting, to the board of selectmen. 
      • Refer the plan to the regional planning agency for a report which includes a finding of consistency with the regional and State plans and neighboring municipal plans.
    • ​​​SEND BOARD OF SELECTMEN COPY (AND OTHER COMMISSIONS) AND REFER REPORT TO THE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY MAY 15TH, 16TH, OR 17TH.
       
    • 35 days prior to the public hearing on adoption, the plan must:
      • Be posted on the municipal website, if any
      • Be filed in the office of the Town Clerk.
    • POST ON MUNICIPAL WEB PAGE NEXT WEEK – MAY 20TH – 25TH.
    • The commission shall publish in a newspaper of general circulation in the municipality, notice of the time and place of the public hearing and reference the filing of the draft plan in the office of the town clerk.  Notice shall be published twice, the first not more than fifteen days or less than ten days, and the last not less than two days prior to the date of the hearing.
       
    • P&Z PUBLIC HEARING JULY 23RD
        
    • PUBLIC NOTICE JULY 11TH & JULY 18TH
       
    • The legislative body or Board of Selectmen:
      • May hold a public hearing.
      • May submit comments at or before the close of the commission’s public hearing.
      • Shall endorse or reject the plan, part of the plan, or amendment to the plan.
         
    • ​After the close of the commission’s hearing, the commission may revise and adopt the Plan:
      • Even if no reports are filed by the legislative body or board of selectmen or the regional planning agency.
      • By a 2/3 majority if a report of the legislative body or board of selectmen does not endorse the plan, part of a plan, or amendment to a plan.
         
    • BOARD OF SELECTMEN REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 7TH – CALL FOR TOWN MEETING ON AUGUST 27TH – NOTICE IN THE PAPER – AUGUST 22ND
       
    • No later than 30 days after adoption, the plan must be posted on the municipal website, if any.
    • 60 days after adoption, the commission must submit a copy of the POCD and notify the secretary of OPM of any inconsistency with the State plan.
    1. P&Z MEETING – MAY 14TH – APPROVE DRAFT
    2. SEND DEEP COPY FOR COMMENTS MAY 15TH, 16TH, OR 17TH.
    3. SEND BOARD OF SELECTMEN COPY (AND OTHER COMMISSIONS) AND REFER REPORT TO THE REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCY MAY 15TH, 16TH, OR 17TH.
    4. POST ON MUNICIPAL WEB PAGE NEXT WEEK – MAY 20TH – 25TH.
    5. PUBLIC NOTICE FOR P&Z PH - JULY 11TH & JULY 18TH
    6. P&Z PUBLIC HEARING JULY 23RD   
    7. BOARD OF SELECTMEN REGULAR MEETING – AUGUST 7TH – CALL FOR TOWN MEETING
    8. BOARD OF SELECTMEN NOTICE IN THE PAPER – AUGUST 22ND
    9. TOWN MEETING ON AUGUST 27TH
    10.   POST APPROVE P of C&D BY SEPT 20TH
    11.  SEND OPM WITH ANY INCONSISTENCY W/ STATE PLAN BY OCT. 25TH.

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    What is a POCD? 
    Town of East Haddam Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC), with assistance from the planning consulting firm of Milone & MacBroom, Inc. (MMI), is preparing an update to the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, or POCD. The POCD is a guidance document that will provide a long-term vision for the Town and guide decision making relating to growth, development, and conservation over the next ten years. The State of Connecticut requires municipalities to update their POCD every ten years.

    As a comprehensive plan, the POCD will look at a range of topics that will influence East Haddam over the coming decade, including demographics, housing, land use, community facilities, infrastructure, economic development, open space, recreation, transportation, and sustainability. While it is important to understand data and trends, it is equally important to understand the priorities of the community. There are several ways for the public to get involved throughout the process, including public workshops, pop-up events and community surveys.

    The POCD Process
    The PZC will review updated information on demographic, housing, land use, economic and other trends to understand existing conditions. Coupled with this data analysis, input from the community through a community survey and workshops will enable the PZC to identify East Haddam’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in order to craft a community vision for the next ten years.  Formulating objectives and strategies that advance this vision will be done through a participatory and iterative process that includes ample opportunities for the public to weigh in through further workshops, surveys and planning exercises. The PZC will oversee the development of the draft Plan of Conservation and Development, which will be forwarded to the Board of Selectmen and the regional council of governments for their review and comment prior to adoption.

    May 29, 2018 Planning & Zoning Commission Presentation

    The entire planning process is anticipated to last through the end of 2018.

    We want the community to get involved in the planning process in order to set a clear vision and supported objectives for the plan. Several opportunities for engagement will occur throughout the planning process.   If you want to provide input on a specific topic, but cannot attend a meeting or event, please e-mail your concerns to EastHaddamPOCD@mminc.com.

    Community Survey
    The East Haddam Planning & Zoning Commission wants to hear from residents and property owners to help guide the update of the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD), and has prepared a survey to obtain input from members of the community. The survey questions are about values, quality of life, housing, recreation, use of public land, access to services and amenities, and other topics of importance in East Haddam.

    To take the survey, please click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastHaddamPOCD

    Thank you in advance for your participation!

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    PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT 
    Approved at Town Meeting - August 27, 2008

    INTRODUCTION
    This Plan of Conservation and Development (hereinafter referred to as the Plan) was prepared by the East Haddam Planning and Zoning Commission with information and assistance from the Town's boards and commissions, community groups, and the public.
     
    An index to the minutes of these public hearings is included in Appendix XVIII, and the minutes themselves are available at the Town Clerk’s Office. The Planning and Zoning Commission also used numerous sources and previous reports and surveys to create this plan. These sources are listed by chapter under “Resources by Chapter” at the end of the document. Each chapter is broken down into "Background", "Goals", "Policies” and “Recommendations". The Plan, by Statute, requires that the "Growth Management Principles” of the State Plan of Conservation and Development be incorporated in the Plan. Chapter 13 (Statutory Requirements) explains how this plan incorporates these principles.
     
    Copies of the plan are available for review at the Town Office and Town Libraries.  Click here for pdf version Plan of Conservation and Development 2010