This commission is appointed by the Town Council and is comprised of:
7 Regular members, 4 year term no more than 4 of these members shall be of the same political party
3 Alternate members, 4 year term no more than 2 of these members shall be of the same political party
The Planning and Zoning Commission was established in accordance with Chapter V, Section 2 of the Town Charter. The commission shall have all the powers and duties not inconsistent with the Charter, which are prescribed in Title 8, Chapter 124 of the CT General Statutes. Broadly, the Planning and Zoning Commission is authorized to regulate, within the limits of the municipality, the height, number of stories and size of buildings and other structures; the percentage of the area of the lot that may be occupied; the size of yards, courts and other open spaces; the density of population and the location and use of buildings, structures and land for trade, industry, residence or other purposes, including water-dependent uses as defined in Section 22a-93, and the height, size and location of advertising signs and billboards.
The Planning and Zoning Commission is also responsible for adopting the Town's Plan of Conservation and Development which is designed to provide guidance in the town's zoning and capital improvement decisions. By law, the Plan must be updated at least every 10 years.