Citizens Guide to the Town Planning and Zoning Commission




This guide was created to help citizens better understand the planning and zoning process so that they may participate more effectively and have a more active and positive role in shaping the future of their neighborhoods and town.  The Planning Department has provided the information contained in this guide for educational purposes and it is not intended as legal advice.  As statutes, regulations, and ordinances are subject to change, please consult with the Planning Department for the most up to date information.


Using this Guide


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Table of Contents

Main Page

TPZC Meetings Explained

Planning Department

Town Planning and Zoning Commission

Zoning Board of Appeals

General Procedures



Did You Know?

If you install a residential solar array (or small wind turbine), Eversource (formerly CL&P) must absorb any electricity that you do not use directly from your solar array and credit it back to you when you use electricity and your solar array is not generating electricity (i.e. at night or on cludy days): eesentially spinning your meter backwards when you generate more than you use.  While you benefit from Eversource's electrical grid acting as your virtual battery, they do not have to pay you for surplus energy that you put onto their grid and do not take back off at night.