Planning & Zoning Regulations & Applications: Morris, Connecticut (CT)

The purpose of the Planning & Zoning Commission is to guide the growth and development of the Town of Morris so as to promote beneficial and convenient relationships among residential, commercial, industrial and public areas within the town in accordance with Section 8 of the Connecticut General Statutes and the Town of Morris Planning & Zoning Regulations. Planning & Zoning is responsible for the issuance of permits related to commercial projects as well as additions or accessory structures.

The function of the Town of Morris Planning & Zoning Commission includes but is not limited to: adopt, amend and administer the Subdivision Regulations, deciding upon applications for approval of subdivision or resubdivision plans; to adopt and amend the Towns Plan of Conservation and Development, to review and make recommendations on all proposed municipal improvements.

Permits are typically required for: new buildings, structures and accessory structures, home occupations, signs, tennis and other sports courts, swimming pools, fences, patios, decks, remodeling that will change a buildings use, proposed uses of existing and proposed buildings and properties, such as commercial uses.

Below please find various application forms and the actual Town of Morris Zoning Regulations. If you have any questions relative to whether your proposed activity requires a zoning permit, please do not hesitate to contact us at (860) 354-9346 so that we may assist you. We also offer full service land use permitting where we handle the entire permitting process from beginning to end.

Morris Zoning Regulations
Adopted December 13, 1978, last revised March 5, 2003, the Town of Morris Zoning Regulations should be consulted prior to performing any activity that requires a zoning permit. The Zoning Regulations exist to provide for the orderly and responsible growth of the Town from a residential, commercial and industrial perspective.

Morris Zoning Map
Open this map to determine what zone the property you are interested is in. The zone of the property impacts how close you can have a structure to your property line, how big a structure can be on your property and what uses are allowed for the particular zone (i.e. – commercial or residential.)

Morris Residential Zoning Application
This application must be filled out for someone who is proposing a house or addition in the Town of Morris. This application requires a survey and civil engineering services which we will be happy to provide for you.

Morris Site Plan Application
This application must be filled out for someone who is performing an activity such as earthwork or a use which requires a site plan. A site plan application typically requires a survey and civil engineering services which can be performed in house by our staff for you.

Morris Special Exception Application for Permits
This application must be filled out for someone who is performing an activity which requires a Special Exception including accessory apartments, bed and breakfasts, home occupations, certain light industrial uses, etc. A Special Exception will require a Public Hearing at which you must inform your neighbors of the hearing date and the public at large will have the opportunity to comment on your development. A Special Exception application typically requires a survey and civil engineering services which can be performed in house by our staff for you.

Morris Subdivision Regulations
Adopted June 25, 1957, last revised December 29, 2003, the Town of Morris Subdivision Regulations should be consulted prior to considering a subdivision or resubdivision. The Regulations spell out the requirements relative to splitting your land into multiple building lots.

Morris Subdivision Application Form
This is the application form that must be filled out for anyone proposing to subdivide or resubdivide their land. A set of subdivision plans typically consist of a surveysite development planstormwater management plan, and sedimentation and erosion control plan which can all be performed by our office. Please contact us at (860) 354-9346 for more information on how we can help you subdivide your property.

Morris Plan of Conservation and Development
The Town of Morris Plan of Conservation and Development , adopted 2009, provides a framework of needs, policies, actions and priorities that will guide community decision makers on land-use management, community facilities development, parks and recreation, open space and environmental conservation, transportation and traffic improvement, utilities services and economic development. At least once every ten years the Commission must prepare or amend, and must adopt a Plan of Conservation and Development.

Connecticut Public Act 05-124
This Act states that an applicant cannot file a permit application other than for interior work in an existing building or for exterior work that does not expand or alter the footprint of an existing building if the subject property is encumbered by a conservation restriction or preservation restriction. Please read the above Act fully to ensure that your permit will not be unnecessarily overturned if it is to be appealed.

If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of a local land use regulation or application or you are interested in working with us on a project, contact us at (860) 354-9346. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Please note that you should always contact the Town of Morris to determine if the Regulations and/or application forms have recently changed.