Connecticut General Statues, Chapter 124 Zoning Sec. 8-3b requires Regional Council of Governments to review all proposed zone or zone use changes, affecting a zone of which is located within 500 feet of the boundary of an adjacent municipality or zone change to municipal zoning regulations. Each Council of Governments is charged with reviewing and determining whether the proposed change imposes a regionally significant impact. An excerpt and link to the state statue has been included below:
“When the zoning commission of any municipality proposes to establish or change a zone or any regulation affecting the use of a zone any portion of which is within five hundred feet of the boundary of another municipality, the zoning commission shall give written notice of its proposal to each regional council of governments for the region or regions in which it and the other municipality are located. …The regional council of governments shall study such proposal and shall report its findings and recommendations thereon to the zoning commission…”
In order to continue thorough and streamlined review of received referrals and amendments, MetroCOG abides by the thirty (30) day submission of referrals to the COG prior to the municipality’s public hearing. This time frame allows for retrieval of referrals/amendments, COG review period, and the ten (10) day draft review and comment period by municipal planning/land use departments.