What We Do
The Planning Department is responsible for numerous planning, zoning, inland wetlands, and historic district functions as well as census activities, environmental protection, mapping and other functions as outlined below.
Support Boards & Commissions
- Prepare agendas, perform research and analysis, receive applications, and perform other administrative functions for: the Town Planning & Zoning Commission, the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission, the Historic District Commission, and the Energy Task Team.
- Prepare ordinances, materials, and analysis for the Town Council and other Town agencies.
- Develop plans and regulations.
- Monitor federal, state and local plans and programs to maximize their benefits and minimize their liabilities to the community.
- Assist in the design of Town projects (e.g. landscaping, parking lots, beautifications and recreational facilities.)
- Review applications to the Town Planning & Zoning Commission to ensure compliance with the Plan of Conservation and Development as well as the Zoning, and Subdivision Regulations, and encourage good development.
- Review applications to the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission to ensure development is reasonably in harmony with the environment.
- Review applications to the Historic District Commission to ensure architectural and other improvements visible from the street are in keeping with the historic character of the Windsor Historic District.
- Update the standards of Zoning, Subdivision, and Inland Wetlands and Watersourses Regulations.
- Conduct environmental education and other programs.
- Prioritize future open space acquisitions.
- Monitor upcoming 2020 Census activities and provide local review and input as required.
Geographic Information System
- Develop and gather necessary geographic data to support town functions.
- Create maps/databases and perform analysis to support town programs.
Did You Know?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is changing its rules for the Federal Flood Insurance Program to reduce subsidies and to reflect true risk to certain properties. Previously, structures had to be elevated one-foot above the 100-year flood elevation to qualify for reduced flood insurance rates. Under the new rules, buildings rebuilt less than three feet above the 100-year flood elevation will pay significantly higher flood insurance rates.