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 in which the municipalities are located for advisory review.
The NVCOG Regional Planning Commission (RPC) addresses the referral process by utilizing NVCOG staff who review proposals for potential intermunicipal impacts and regional significance.
The Connecticut General Assembly has designated all regional referral reports purely advisory. A local-level land use decision cannot be made based on a referral report.
How to Submit Referrals
Referrals should be addressed to Savannah-Nicole Villalba, AICP, AZT, Community Planning Director, and submitted to NVCOG at firstname.lastname@example.org or via certified mail to 49 Leavenworth Street, Waterbury, CT 06702.
Under CGS Sec. 8-3b, municipal Zoning Commissions are required to notify each regional council of governments for which the municipalities are located of a proposed zone change or regulation amendment will affect the use of a zone within five hundred (500) feet of another municipality. The council of government that serves the abutting municipality shall be notified of the proposed zoning amendment.
This notice must be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested, or by electronic mail message to the regional council of government(s) in which the proposal is located in, no later than thirty (30) days prior to the public hearing.
Savannah-Nicole Villalba, AICP, AZT
Community Planning Director