The Partnership for Strong Communities today released a fact sheet on Connecticut House Bill 5303, An Act Concerning Training for Certain Planning and Zoning Officials. Click here to view the fact sheet.
This bill would allow municipalities to require planning and zoning commissioners to meet a minimum standard of four hours of training per year. Currently, Connecticut does not offer a training curriculum, or require training, for commissioners. The Partnership supports HB 5303, with the recommendation that the bill be amended to require all members of planning and zoning commissions in Connecticut to meet the minimum standard of four hours per year.
Connecticut is unique among Northeastern states in its lack of formal training for planning and zoning commissioners. States like New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey all provide some voluntary or mandatory training for commissioners.
Click here to view the fact sheet. The Partnership will continue to send updates on HB 5303 and other important legislation throughout the legislative session. You can sign up for the Partnership's action alerts here.