Affordable Housing, Community Development

Zoning: How Local Decisions Shape Our Communities' Futures

Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)

Zoning regulations shape a municipality. A town’s zoning can determine the community’s economic development and quality of life: how much space will be devoted to shopping, single-family homes, multifamily homes, recreation, industry, offices, and schools?

The land-use decisionmakers – zoning commissioners – are civic-minded volunteers. They devote many hours of their time and are saddled with enormous responsibilities. But they are often provided too little training to effectively advance development in their town’s interest and, more importantly, too little information to satisfy its changing needs. They must also endure the repercussions of their decisions, not just at town meetings but also from dissatisfied residents while walking through town or shopping in the grocery store.

Hear what it takes to help decision-makers advance informed policies that will help meet the needs of Connecticut towns and their residents.

Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman
Commissioner Evonne Klein - Connecticut Department of Housing
Rick Porth - CEO, United Way of Connecticut
Carl Fortuna - First Selectman, Town of Old Saybrook

Panel Discussions: 
The Importance of Zoning:
Hiram Peck - Director of Planning and Community Development, Town of Avon
Attorney Mark Branse - Branse and Willis, LLC
Anika Singh Lemar - Yale School of Law Community & Economic Development Clinic

Underscoring the Role of Local Decisionmakers:
John Guszkowski - CME Associates
Christine Goupil - Member, Planning & Zoning Commission, Town of Clinton
Kevin Grindle - Chair, Planning & Zoning Commission, Town of Hampton

Event Details:
Monday, January 30, 2017
8:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast & Conversation
9:00am – 11:30am: Program
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT (directions:

2 CM credits available.

Register early to ensure a seat as we expect strong attendance.

Events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome! A donation of any amount at registration or at the door will help to defray the costs of offering these public events.

Due to the popularity of these events, parking will be limited.  Please consider carpooling or utilizing the public transportation system. CT Transit Buses 61, 63 and 69 all have stops close to the Lyceum. Also, CTfastrak's Sigourney Street Station is about a 15-minute walk to the Lyceum.

Click here for a downloadable flyer.

Click here for more information on the IForum Series. 





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