Regional Housing Profile

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments completed the organization’s first Regional Housing Profile (RHP) in 2022. The Regional Housing Profile compiles data from all 19 communities in the Naugatuck Valley Planning Region to create a regional overview of housing trends and provide strategies for improving the region’s housing stock and housing affordability. 

Statutory Land Use Referrals

The State of Connecticut mandates that municipalities refer specific proposals to amend and/or establish zoning maps and regulations, subdivision plans, and Plans of Conservation and Development to the regional council of governments for advisory review.

272 River Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has subgranted Waterbury Development Corporation $100,000 for cleanup planning at 272 River Street, Waterbury. Funding would be used to close out the remaining data gaps, remedial design planning, and post-remedial monitoring. The 0.77-acre site is located within an urban area within the south end of Waterbury and is surrounded by a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. The Mad River bisects the entire parcel, and upon completion of remedial activities, the city has proposed to conserve the property as recreational space.

835 South Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has subgranted Waterbury Development Corporation $350,000 for cleanup activities at 835 South Main Street, Waterbury, also known as the former A Benedict Company and the Waterbury Button Factory. Funding would be used for cleanup planning, developing remedial design plans, LEP oversight, and post-remediation monitoring. Existing environmental reports indicate the elevated presence of hazardous materials. All existing structures were demolished after a fire that occurred in early 2023. As part of the Mad River Redevelopment Corridor, the city of Waterbury has identified this parcel as a priority for redevelopment and is the recipient of $9,000,000 in state and federal funding. Once redeveloped as mixed-use, this project is expected to include housing and commercial space for jobs generated upon the successful revitalization of the former Anamet complex.

Regional Open Space Inventory

The U.S. Forest Service awarded NVCOG a grant to research and catalog priority Open Space parcels across the region. The major deliverable of this project will be a GIS map layer of OS with detailed attributes including ownership, acreage, level of legal protection, public access status, and more.

Regional Flood Resilience

CT DEEP’s Climate Resilience Fund awarded NVCOG a grant to develop and advance culvert replacement and drainage system improvement projects in nine municipalities. This regional effort aims to reduce stormwater flooding, repair infrastructure, and incorporate elements of LID. Deliverables will include a preliminary designs and draft grant applications for federal implementation funding.

Tree Canopy Assessment

The U.S. Forest Service awarded NVCOG a grant to assess, map, and characterize tree cover across the region. A robust tree cover mitigates high temperatures, filters air pollution, and can improve property values and quality of life in urban areas.

VMT Reduction Strategy

A common measure of transportation system performance is vehicle miles traveled (VMT), which looks at the total number of miles driven by personal cars across a given area. A reduction in VMT typically yields benefits for congestion, air quality, and can help reduce costs for drivers.

170 Freight Street & 00 West Main Street, Waterbury

 

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund has sub-granted The Waterbury Development Corporation $350,000.00 for cleanup planning, remediation, and abatement activities at a single parcel, 170 Freight Street & 000 West Main Street, also known as the former Anaconda-American Brass Company site. Funding would be used to develop the Property and to create an interim and final Remediation Action Plan to guide abatement activities in preparation for the demolition of existing structures. Any remaining funds will be used for remedial activities and site monitoring on the Property. 
 
The parcel is part of the larger Freight Street Redevelopment Strategy, a road map developed by the City of Waterbury (City) to facilitate the transformation of the Freight Street District into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. The Freight Street District totals approximately 70 acres and is located adjacent to the region’s most critical transportation infrastructure, including I-84, Route 8, and the Waterbury Branch rail line. Over the last four years, the City has made tremendous strides in improving infrastructure in the area, including the reconstruction of Freight Street, the extension of Jackson Street, and streetscape improvements on Meadow Street that will link the Freight Street District with Downtown Waterbury. Similarly, proposed improvements on the Waterbury Branch rail line present an opportunity for future transit-oriented development. The redevelopment of the Freight Street District complements ongoing revitalization efforts in Downtown Waterbury, including its adjacency to the Naugatuck Greenway trail.
 

Site specific end-use includes a mixed-use development with both market-rate and affordable housing.

Project Type: Demolition, overseen by Tighe & Bond, began in October 2023.