Current Legislative Session
Active Bills (Have passed out of committee)
HB 6749-- AN ACT TO REORGANIZE THE ZONING ENABLING ACT AND PROMOTE MUNICIPAL COMPLIANCE. To enable zoning commissions and lay people to more easily understand the requirements of section 8-2 of the general statutes and provide an administrative mechanism to promote municipal compliance with said section. Testimony
- JF Substitute Language
SB 1107-- AN ACT CONCERNING THE TERMS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE CONNECTICUT TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION AND CONSTRUCTION INVOLVING HISTORIC STRUCTURES. To remove the term limit restriction for members of the board of trustees of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and to exempt certain plans for new construction that involve a historic structure from provisions concerning the assessment of court costs against the plaintiff.
- JF Substitute Language
CCAPA opposes this Raised Bill as currently drafted, and urges the Committee to amend the Bill. As currently drafted, municipalities with populations of more than 70,000 may opt in to the proposed Redevelopment Authority. Smaller municipalities are apparently automatically subject to the Authority upon applying for Tier III or Tier IV status, which are finance designations that are not directly connected
to the function or purpose of this Authority. We believe that municipalities of all sizes should have the option of joining the Authority and should not be required to join or be automatically made members by statute.
SB 522 – AN ACT CONCERNING ALTERNATE MEMBERS OF PLANNING COMMISSIONS. To permit members of municipal zoning commissions and municipal zoning boards of appeals to serve as alternate members of municipal planning commissions. Testimony
CCAPA supports this Proposed Bill, as narrowly defined. CGS §8-19a refers to municipal planning commissions, and currently prohibits alternate members to be drawn from the membership of the municipal zoning commissions or zoning board of appeals. Opening up alternate membership, as this Bill proposes, to members of the local zoning board of appeals should not create much opportunity for conflict or predisposition on applications, as the jurisdiction of a zoning board of appeals and a planning commission are quite distinct. In communities where the potential volunteer commissioner/board member pool is small, this may help facilitate having a full roster of commissions.
HB 5229 – AN ACT DEFINING ADVERTISING SIGN FOR THE PURPOSES OF MUNICIPAL ZONING REGULATIONS. To authorize municipal zoning commissions to regulate the height, size, location, brightness and illumination of all signs. Testimony
- Revised bill passed out of committee 3/25 which makes the corrections that CCAPA (and others) requested.
HB 5123 - AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF EMINENT DOMAIN FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES. To prohibit state and municipal governments from exercising the use of eminent domain for certain commercial purposes. Testimony
- JF passed out of committee 3/29.
CCAPA opposes this proposed legislation because it is unnecessary and would needlessly restrict the use of eminent domain even when such use would meet the valid “public use” test. Case law supports broad interpretation of “public use” to include development that serves the public benefit (including economic development).
HB 5127 - AN ACT CONCERNING THE ERECTION OF FENCES AND THE PLANTING OF HEDGES AND TREES THAT OBSTRUCT WATER VIEWS. To permit municipalities to regulate the erection of fences and planting of hedges and trees that obstruct a neighbor's water views.
SB 548 - AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT AND
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSISTANCE. To (1) require certain municipalities to establish community investment boards and to use a certain percentage of grant funding received through the municipal revenue sharing account and the select payment in lieu of taxes account for the priorities of such boards, (2) require the Office of Policy and Management to establish an Internet web site for the submission of proposals for solutions to urban-area problems and authorize the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management to establish pilot programs to implement certain proposals, and (3) establish a task force to study issues concerning nonprofit providers.
- JF Substitute Language
SB 1070-- AN ACT CONCERNING ABANDONED AND BLIGHTED PROPERTY
CONSERVATORSHIP. To provide for court-appointed conservators to bring residential, commercial and industrial buildings into municipal code compliance when owners fail to comply.
- JF Substitute Language
SB 808 AN ACT CONCERNING WORKFORCE HOUSING.
To require the Department of Housing to conduct a study of methods to increase housing options for municipal employees.
HB 7067 AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING AUTHORITY JURISDICTION.
To allow a housing authority to expand its jurisdiction to include certain high and very high opportunity areas, as determined by the Department of Housing.
HB 6892 AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.
To specify certain fair housing goals in the state's consolidated plan for housing and community development and to report progress made toward such goals.
HB 6291 AN ACT CONCERNING PROTECTIONS FOR CERTAIN GROUP CHILD CARE AND FAMILY CHILD CARE HOMES.
To clarify and enforce protections for licensed group child care homes and licensed family child care homes and prevent landlords and certain homeowners associations from placing restrictions on the operation of such homes.
SB 1062 AN ACT AUTHORIZING MUNICIPAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND COASTAL RESILIENCY RESERVE FUNDS.
To authorize municipalities to establish climate change and coastal resiliency reserve funds that can be used to fund payments for property losses and land acquisitions due to climate change.
S.B. 1061 AN ACT CONCERNING THE RESTORATION OF FUNDS TO THE COMMUNITY INVESTMENT ACCOUNT.
To restore recent funds cut from the community investment account.
S.B. 1060 AN ACT CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF STORMWATER.
To require the submission of recommendations concerning the requirements of stormwater regulation pursuant to the MS4 permit and the availability of funding sources for the implementation of best practices concerning the management of stormwater by municipalities.
H.B. 7348 AN ACT CONCERNING BONDING AUTHORIZATIONS FOR CLEAN WATER FUND PROJECTS.
To increase bonding authorizations for Clean Water Fund projects.
H.B. 5318 AN ACT ESTABLISHING LOCAL REPRESENTATION ON THE CONNECTICUT SITING COUNCIL FOR CERTAIN PROJECTS.
To establish local representation via nonvoting members of the Siting Council for certain projects.
Still in Committee:
SB 1121-- AN ACT CONCERNING PRIORITIZE PROGRESS.
SB 872-- AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE GOVERNOR'S BUDGET
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR GENERAL GOVERNMENT.
Died in Committee:
CCAPA opposes this proposed bill, which would force municipalities to hold all zoning, subdivision, and environmental permits active on a property until all such permits have expired.
CCAPA supports this Proposed Bill. It is our understanding, based on Senator Needleman’s testimony, that the intent of this Bill is to move the State into a leadership position in unifying the scattered and disconnected Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data into a common format and database. This intent reflects core goal of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (CCAPA) “Start With Planning” initiative for moving Connecticut forward over the next decade.
CCAPA supports the intention behind HB 5273 to expand the availability of housing near transit but asks for a more effective process to meet those goals.
CCAPA opposes this Proposed Bill. Title 8 of the Connecticut General Statutes provides broad latitude to municipalities in defining, determining, and prioritizing land set aside for “recreational, conservation, and agricultural purposes,” as well as for “open space, parks, and playgrounds” when land is subdivided within those communities. Just as the function of conservation or park lands may vary widely from town to city, the local need or priority for this land – as expressed in the municipal Plan of Conservation & Development – may also be quite wide-ranging. The Proposed Bill seeks to eliminate a municipality’s flexibility when it comes to how it calculates and incentivizes proposed open space in cluster developments (as defined in CGS §8-18).