Connecticut’s over-burdensome regulatory environment
is impeding needed growth and contributing to job
and business losses and out-of-state migration of
our young residents.
We need a regulatory environment that encourages individuals
and companies to invest, locate and expand in
Connecticut, thus creating jobs.
Specifically, Connecticut’s land-use regulatory process has
become incredibly expensive and time consuming,
discouraging investment and growth, and costing the
needed jobs, housing, and revenue.
How to Improve Connecticut’s
Land-Use Regulatory System:
Establish a specialized land-use court that could handle all appeals
and require immediate “show cause” hearings to
establish actual aggrievement for interventions
and appeals. This would make the appeal process
timely so that investors would not have to wait
years for an outcome.
Remove discretion in “as-of-right” approvals. Currently applicants can
spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars
in the process, and meet every single rule,
regulation, and objective test, yet still be
Provide land-use education to local land-use commission members.
land value taxation for specific
areas chosen by local governments to encourage
development as a municipality chooses.
brownfield liability relief
for innocent purchasers of land to encourage
cleanup and reuse of contaminated areas.
tax credits for developments
meeting smart design criteria.
greater planning capacity and voluntary regional cooperation.
Promote and support
local planning and local land-use approvals.