open space

Any open piece of land set aside for preserving natural communities, protecting water quality, providing outdoor recreation, and offering green spaces for all residents.  Parcels can be undeveloped or have no buildings or other built structures, and/or is accessible to the public.  Local governments can define open space differently depending on their zoning laws.


The way governments control the physical development of land and the kinds of uses to which each individual property/parcel may be put.

land use

The function of land; how is the land being used.


A linear orientation of transport routes and flows connecting important locations that act as origins, destinations or points of transshipment. They can be composed of streets, highways, transit routes, or rail lines.


Naugatuck River Greenway, a multiuse trail planned to follow the Naugatuck River from Derby to Torrington once completed.


A property/parcel, of which expansion, redevelopment, or reuse may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.


Chief Elected Official – the mayor, first selectman or chairman of the member municipalities.


Regional Planning Organization is a government body that guides the development of public and private resources in a manner that ensures public safety, well-being and livability.


United States Economic Development Administration

You can find more information on the EDA website.