Key Laws/Administrative Actions/
John G. Rowland
for the amount of protected land in Connecticut, and click here
to review Connecticut's federal transportation spending.
Center on the States &
Changing Direction: Federal Transportation
Spending in the 1990s. Surface
Transportation Policy Project
For an overview of Connecticut's planning and
zoning statutes, see the excellent summary provided by the American
to read any of these bills in their entirety.
H.B. 5107 (2000)
SELECT COMMITTEE ON HOUSING. 'An Act Implementing
The Recommendations Of The Blue Ribbon Commission To Study Affordable Housing
Regarding The Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure', to implement the recommendations
of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study Affordable Housing. AKA Public Act
H.B. No. 5175 (2000)
PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT. 'An Act Concerning
Fair Market Value Of Brownfields', Public Act 00-89 - This bill will allow
local redevelopment agencies to deduct the cost of environmental remediation
from the fair market value of a property when taking it by eminent domain.
This will result in an indeterminate savings to these agencies as it essentially
passes the cost of the environmental remediation back to the original property
owner. Local redevelopment agencies include housing authorities, local
and regional school districts, and other community development agencies.
House "A" requires the consideration of the property's environmental condition
as well as the cost of environmental remediation.
H.B. No. 5883 'An Act Concerning The Open Space
Trust Fund' Public Act No. 00-203 -(2000)
ENVIRONMENT. This the major Open Space Bill coming
out of this session and includes elements of H.B. No. 5173 'An Act Concerning
Connecticut's Working Lands', to provide funds for the purchase of development
rights of Connecticut's agricultural working lands. .
For a brief history of Farmland Preservation
bills in the Connecticut Legislature since 1997, see http://www.cga.state.ct.us/ps99/rpt/olr/99-r-0821.doc
Environmental Plan - Environment/2000
A long range plan which identifies priority issues,
sets the agenda for the stateís environmental programs and is revised every
five years with citizenís input. Increasingly, it has dealth with
issues of land-use and sprawl.
Inland Wetlands, and Watercourses (22a-28 et seq)
To protect the state's wetlands, the commissioner
of environmental protection may adopt regulations consistent with the Federal
Coastal Zone Management Act and federal regulations pertaining to tidal
wetlands. No regulated activity shall be conducted upon any wetland
without a permit from the department of environmental protection.