• Smart Growth Guidelines


    In 2008, the Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) collaborated with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Smart Growth Program to identify tools and strategies for implementing a state affordable housing program, HOMEConnecticut, to grow smarter, ensure healthy and affordable housing, and support long-term economic competitiveness at the local and regional levels. The guidelines in this document are a result of that collaboration and will help guide development in the 30 urban, suburban, and rural municipalities that make up the Connecticut Capitol Region.

    Download the full printable version (.pdf) to read more.

  • 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 Housing Diversity and Affordability (with a focus on accessory dwelling and live/work units). A separate section focuses on inclusionary workforce housing as an element of compact, mixed-use development patterns. 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.

  • Town of Simsbury-Workforce Housing Overlay Zone

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    Adopted by the Simbury Zoning Commission in April of 2013 as one tool to create “workforce” (affordable) housing, this regulation uses many of the components of the Incentive Housing Zone legislation that was passed by the Connecticut Legislature, but does not fully meet the criteria for the process requirements and density limitations contained in the legislation. The regulation does include specific density requirements which the Town feels provides significant incentives to create attractive, yet affordable housing units. It also contains graphic illustrations to show specific types of acceptable development for each of the six (6) subzones allowed under the regulation.

    Download the regulation here.