CT Plan of Conservation and Development in last days of public review and comment

Sep 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured Story

A note from Rivers Alliance:

Dear Colleagues: We sent out the message below two days ago. I want now to emphasize the importance of checking the Locational Guide Map (LGM). This map shows areas designated for growth, conservation, or a mix of uses. At a meeting this morning, we learned from Elaine LaBella, of Housatonic Valley Association, and Karl Wagener (CEQ), that the rules for creating the map have yielded strange results. For example, the designations have been tied to census blocks; therefore, if an area has public water or  sewer, the entire census block may be designated as a prime growth area, even if by other planning documents and considerations, much of the block is prime farmland, or swamp, or forest, or designated for conservation or farming in other planning documents, including state, local, and regional plans.

OPM has reportedly indicated a willingness to fix problems, but all of us should be sure to look at the map. If you see needed changes, tell OPM by Oct. 5. (Contact info below.)

You can find the map (three versions of it) through the links below or Rivers Alliance can send you the pdf files.

The draft state Plan of Conservation and Development is in the last days for public review and comment. This is a five-year plan for 2013-2018.

It is worthwhile to check the plan for accuracy and policy, because it may be the basis or reference document for numerous state and local decisions on everything from funding to zoning.

Here is a link to the cover page for the legal announcement on the OPM website: http://www.ct.gov/opm/cwp/view.asp?a=2990, this gives the schedule of public hearings. There are a just a few hearings that lie ahead. The last meeting is Sept. 27 in North Haven (Public Library). I am going to the Sept. 18 presentation in Goshen (Town Hall).

Here is the link to the legal notice itself, which states that the deadline for comment is October 5, and gives the contact person (Dan Morley) at OPM and ways to submit testimony.

His email is Daniel.Morley@ct.gov

Here is the link to the plan itself.

Also from Margaret at Rivers Alliance:

The plan is premised on smart growth (or “growth principles”). I did a “Find” on water, wildlife, and habitat. The water search yielded a half dozen brief references to natural water resources (such as streams, lakes, etc.) as opposed to wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater, all of which received more detailed attention. The wildlife search yielded one mention (in a title of a DEP report). The habitat search yielded five mentions. So Rivers Alliance’s comments will focus on preserving the natural world.


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