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Windsor, CT. 06095
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Eric Barz, AICP
Town Planner
Tom Hazel
Environmental Planner & Wetlands Agent
Abby Kenyon, AICP
Assistant Town Planner
Marian Madison
Planning Secretary

About Us

The Planning Department is responsible for guiding the conservation and development of the town. By reviewing proposed developments, designing town projects, providing information on public and private developments, and administering the town's Geographic Information System (GIS) for mapping, information retrieval, and analysis, we provide guidance and support to the Historic District Commission, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, and the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.


Whether you are expanding or relocating your business, developing a new residential neighborhood, or feel that you will be impacted by a proposed development, we are here to help you navigate the planning and zoning process. Even if you are just thinking of developing a project in town, come see us first and we can set up a confidential meeting with our Staff Development Team to help you better understand what will be required of you under the various planning, zoning, building, fire, engineering, and health codes so that you can make more informed decisions about your project.


We have designed this web page to be a clearinghouse for planning and zoning information, where you can get contact information; maps; regulations; application forms; procedures; agendas, legal notices, and minutes; demographic data; answers to many of your questions; and much more with a few clicks of your mouse. If you cannot find what you need, let us know and we will see if we can add it to this site in the future.

Planning Department Wins 2017 Transparency and Public Outreach Award

The Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association has awarded the Windsor Planning Department the Chapter's 2017 Transparency and Public Outreach Award, specifically recognizing its efforts to improve transparency and foster a deeper understanding of planning and zoning through the use of technology and by annotating its zoning regulations.  We are grateful for the honor and recognition of all of our efforts to keep our citizens, businesses, and developers educated and informed on our policies, practices, and pending applications.

Annotated Zoning Regulations Are Now Available

We are proud to announce that we have completed the long awaited Annotated Zoning Regulations, which we have modified to make navigating them online easier, more intuitive, and more informative.  Apart from the more obvious tabs, notes, and illustrations on the sidebars of each page, there are numerous internal links that allow you to look up definitions, view iilustrations in the appendix, follow cross-references, or jump to a different chapter.  There are also external links to other regulations, ordinances, statutes and plans; application forms, citizens’ guides, and other helpful documents; and websites of town, regional and state agencies containing relevant information.  Let us know if there is any way that we can make these annotated regulations more informative, easier to understand, or easier to navigate.


Annotated Zoning Regulations



New Citizens Guide to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission

The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission has a new citizens guide to help you better understand inland wetlands, the process of protecting them, and how applicants and citizens can participate in the process.  Take a look at the link below and let us know if there is anything that we can do to make it more useful.


Citizens Guide to the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission

Adoption of New Historic District Handbook

The Historic District Commission voted to adopt a revised Historic District Handbook at its meeting on September 21st. Please see the adopted Handbook here. If you have any questions about the Handbook, please contact Abby Kenyon at (860) 285-1982.

Zoning Registry Legal Notice

Legal Notice

Town of Windsor

Town Planning & Zoning Commission


The Windsor Town Planning & Zoning Commission does hereby give notice that it has established a Public Notice Registry pursuant to Public Act 06-80. Landowners and electors of the Town of Windsor, as well as non-profit organizations may request to be placed on this Registry. Those placed on the registry will be entitled to receive advance notice by mail or by electronic mail of public hearings associated with any change in Zoning Regulations or boundaries, Subdivision Regulations, or any amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development.  For inclusion in the registry, please email the Planning Department; or retreive a form here to fill out and submit by mail or in person; or call (860) 285-1980 to obtain a form to request inclusion in the Registry.  To receive registry notices by USPS mail, you or your organization will be responsible for supplying and replenishing self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Planning Department.

Did You Know?

Polluted stormwater runoff containing automotive oil and grease, agricultural chemicals and waste, and residential lawn chemicals; salination from rising sea levels; industrial discharges; pouring unused medications or household chemicals down the drain; failed septic systems and sewage overflows; illegal dumping; and oil and gas production are just a few of the things that can polute surface water and groundwater, making it toxic to plants and animals as well as humans.  The scarcity of drinking water around the world is making potable (drinking) water the oil or gold of the future, which nations will go to war to sieze or protect.  The Southwest is experincing record droughts that could make life in parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas impossible.  The Ogallala Acquifer that irrigates the the nation's agricultural heartland took millions of years to form and is being drained in a matter of decades.  Even cities like Atlanta are fighting legal battles with neighboring cities such as Chatanooga over water rights.  New England's abundance of clean water is a precious natural resource that can't be taken for granted, and if we protect it, the nation and the world will turn to us with envy when they have squandered theirs or built beyond the ability of their water supplies to sustain them.  Think twice before you carelessly pollute this precious resource.

Last Updated: Friday, January 12th, 2018