- 2016 Regional Sustainability Winner
The City of Hartford received CRCOG’s 2016 Regional Sustainability Award in early June for Zone Hartford—a transformative, citywide form-based code that prioritizes environmental sustainability. The new zoning regulations take the City’s vision for sustainable development to the all-important implementation stage—offering a comprehensive blueprint for other communities to consider as well. The Code: prioritizes the reduction of the City’s carbon footprint and resilience; creates a typology of building and street types to compliment Hartford’s historic fabric; establishes overlay districts, including TOD and a Connecticut River District, which require high density development; and incorporates New Urbanist design principles. It incentivizes renewable energy use; explicitly authorizes urban agriculture; embraces Completes Streets; encourages maker spaces; and so much more.
Click here to access the adopted zoning regulations.
- Local Government Climate Adaptation Training Module
EPA has released a new online training module to help local government officials take actions to increase their communities’ resilience to a changing climate. The training explains how a changing climate may affect a variety of environmental and public health services, such as providing safe drinking water and managing the effects of drought, fires and floods. It describes how different communities are already adapting to climate-related challenges and provides examples of effective strategies that have been implemented in cities and towns across the country. The module also provides links to a number of resources that can help local government officials get started with adaptation planning in their own communities.
Click here to access the training on-line.
- Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations
CRCOG’s innovative booklet of Sustainable Land Use Model Regulations equips towns with model regulatory language covering ten specific topic areas, including Energy Conservation and Alternative Energy (with a focus on solar, geothermal and small wind energy, solar access protection, energy-efficient lighting and green roofs). The project, funded by a HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant, also included the creation of renderings to help communities visualize the physical impact of implementing the regulations. The visualizations were created for urban, suburban and rural communities at both a bird’s eye and street-level view. Click here to access: specific regulations by topic, the complete compendium of regulations, the accompanying visualizations and a video about the project.
- CRCOG/EPA Smart Growth Guidelines
In 2008, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish guidelines for sustainable design and development specific to the Capitol Region’s unique blend of urban, suburban and rural municipalities. Included are guidelines for incorporating high performance buildings and green energy production and supply into community design.
- The Municipal Primer: Your Guide to Creating a “Green and Growing” Community
Produced by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (now the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection) as part of a municipal outreach effort, the Municipal Primer provides basic information and guidance on a wide variety of topics related to environmental protection. Its purpose is to inform municipal decision-makers about environmental issues, the potential impacts of their decisions, environmentally preferred alternatives, and potential permit or license requirements. The intent is to give municipal officials a tool that allows them to quickly determine which CT DEP (now DEEP) programs relate to any given situation, and provide additional information sources including Web page links and staff contacts.
The document includes two main themes: 1) landscape stewardship, or how we cooperatively manage and regulate land and its uses in an environmentally responsible way; and 2) environmental permitting and compliance requirements.
Click here to download the Primer.