Friday, August 29, 2014

Planning and Zoning Commission

MISSION

The development and use of the land is a major determinant of the future physical form of the Town, and therefore it is the primary objective of the Planning and Zoning Commission to manage the development in a responsible manner in order to protect the public health and safety of the town’s citizens, as well as the environment, natural resources and character of the Town, and to further the goals of the Woodstock Plan of Conservation and Development.

MEETING SCHEDULE

The full Planning and Zoning Commission meets monthly, usually on the third Thursday of the Month (includes Public Hearings where applications for Subdivisions and Special Permits etc., are heard. (Note: Regulatory Subcommittee meetings (to discuss regulations and other non-business matters) are held on the first Thursday of the month.) at the time indicated on the PZC Calendar. See the blue Calendar tab (above) for upcoming meetings. Special Subcommittee meetings are scheduled as needed. Agendas and minutes are available at the Town Hall and on this website. Meetings are open to the public.

TO ACCESS MINUTES AND AGENDAS, CLICK HERE.

MEMBERSHIP

The Commission consists of 9 members and 3 alternates elected for a four year term. Member vacancies are filled by a majority vote of remaining members until the next Town election. Alternate vacancies are filled by the Selectmen for the unexpired portion of the term.

Current Members

  • Jeffrey Gordon, Chairman
  • David Fortin, Vice Chairman
  • Dorothy Durst, Secretary
  • Frederick C. Rich
  • E. John Anastasi
  • Syd H. Blodgett
  • Gail L. Dickinson
  • H. Dexter Young
  • Joseph Adiletta
  • Lynne White, Alternate
  • Doug Porter, Alternate
  • Travis Sirrine, Alternate
  • PZC Regulatory Review Subcommittee: David Fortin, Chairman

CONTACT INFORMATION

  • Send regular mail to: Planning and Zoning Commission, Woodstock Town Hall, 415 Route 169, Woodstock, CT 06281-3039
  • Email: Delia Fey, Town Planner / ZEO
  • Phone: For further information, please contact Delia P. Fey, AICP, Town Planner / Zoning Enforcement Officer at (860) 963-2128 x332.

ZONING INFORMATION

The Town has three zones/districts in the Zoning Regulations: Community District, Industrial Park District and the Village Green District. You can see the new Zoning Map that was adopted on 7/18/13 here. This new Zoning Map does not change the existing zoning in any way; it simply illustrates the zoning in place.

The Woodstock Industrial Park District shall comprise those lands specifically described as follows: all those parcels or tracts of land known as the Woodstock Industrial Park, located in South Woodstock, as more particularly bounded and described in the Declaration and Agreement dated March 1, 1973, and recorded at Volume 66, Page 671 of the Woodstock Land Records, and as shown on the map entitled "Plan of Land of the Woodstock Industrial Park Butts Road & Peake Brook Road Woodstock, Connecticut Scale 1" = 100' February, 1973," filed and recorded as Map No. 512 in the Woodstock Land Records. (The properties are off of Crab Tree Lane).

The Community District shall comprise all lands within the Town not located in the Woodstock Industrial Park District or in the Village Green District.

The Village Green District is a floating zone, and as such shall be established only after (1) a zone change and (2) a general plan of development application has been approved for a village green development at a specific location or locations. Please see the Zoning Regulations, Articles III, Section D and IV, Section E (page 57) for more information on the Village Green District regulations.

Please note: The Town of Woodstock does not have any Village Green Districts at this time.

You can also call the Board of Selectmen's Office at (860) 928-0208 x310 or email (click HERE) for information on how to contact the Planning and Zoning Commission directly.

The following explains key details about land use regulations.

There are two kinds of zoning amendments.

  1. Zoning Regulations Text Amendment - this modifies, changes, replaces or creates new language within the regulation.
  2. Zoning Map amendment - this change modifies the zones or land use districts in town by altering the boundaries, creating new zones or districts or can abolish current zones or districts.

Facts about the land use Regulations

A zone and a district are essentially the same thing.

Zoning identifies minimum standards for development in town such as the density (lot size and dimensions), etc. as well as the kinds of land uses in various zones or districts in town. The Regulations define, describe and provide details on what the rules are for how development must occur as well as well as defining what types of uses are allowed or prohibited by zone or district.

The Zoning Map geographically illustrates the zones or districts coinciding with the Regulations.

Special Note: Please don't confuse zoning or Zoning Regulations with subdivisions or Subdivision Regulations.

Subdivisions Regulations detail how properties are divided up into smaller properties for development. The kind of development needs to comply with what is allowed in the zone or district the land is located in.

UPDATED ZONING REGULATIONS

Click here to view the newly amended Zoning Regulations, effective 8/24/2013

Click here to see the latest amendment to the Zoning Regulations, Article IV.A.5 re: limit of 25% of non- residential building expansion, extension or enlargement, effective 10/7/2013

SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

Click here to view Subdivision Regulation Amendment effective 8/17/2013

PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT (POCD)

Click here to view the POCD webpage.

PROPOSED DRAFT NON-RESIDENTIAL DESIGN GUIDELINES

Do you live on a Scenic Road?

The following roads are locally designated Scenic Roads:

  • Bradford Corner Road, Bull Hill Road
  • Camp Road, Center Cemetery Road, Corbin Road
  • Dividend Road, Marcy Road, Phelps Road
  • Pulpit Rock Road, Quarry Road, Roxbury Road
  • Sherman Road (dirt portion), Smith Road

You need PZC approval for the following activities if proposed within the town Right-of-Way on a Scenic Road:

  • improvements to the road (widening, paving or changing the grade)
  • removal of stone bridges
  • removal/straightening of stone walls
  • removal of mature trees
  • new driveways or encroachments

For more information refer to the "Ordinance Concerning the Designation of Scenic Roads" or regarding submitting an application contact Delia P. Fey, AICP Town Planner / ZEO.

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