Planning Regulations & Applications: Washington, Connecticut (CT)

The function of the Town of Washington Planning 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, to review and make recommendations to the Zoning Commission on proposed changes to the Zoning Regulations and Zoning Map and the collection/release of road and soil erosion bonds.

Below please find various application forms and the actual Town of Washington Planning Regulations. If you have any questions relative to whether your proposed activity requires a Planning 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.

Washington Subdivision Regulations
Adopted August 1956, last revised 11/12/2000, the Town of Washington 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.

Washington Subdivision, Resubdivision and Lot Line Revision 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.

Washington Plan of Conservation and Development
The Town of Washington Plan of Conservation and Development , adopted December 2003, 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.

Washington Depot Study
The Town’s Planning Commission successfully sought funding in 2005 to undertake a planning process for Washington Depot to develop the strategies recommended in the Washington Plan. After a lengthy process, the Planning
Commission (the Commission) selected a team of Wilbur Smith Associates and Robert Orr & Associates to help them develop the plan. The resultant project is meant to provide the strategies to allow Washington Depot to accommodate growth pressure, which can, if handled correctly, be very beneficial to a community. (Taken from Town of Washington Web Site)

Washington What is A Scenic Road?
In an effort to preserve the town’s rural character, the Town of Washington has authorized the Planning Commission (Connecticut General Statutes “CGS”, 7-149a) to use a Scenic Road Ordinance as a way to keep local rural roads as near to their present scenic condition as possible as long as they are kept safe for travel. Washington’s rural highways are an important part of its history and an essential component of its character. This document details what the Scenic Road Ordinance is. The following roads are already designated as scenic roads in the Town of Washington: Turner Road (12/2/03), Buffum Road (3/2/04), Gunn Hill Road (4/6/04)(.9 mile), Shinar Mountain Road (8/3/04), Senff Road (10/5/04), Walker Brook Road (11/3/04), West Morris Road (2/1/05),Sunny Ridge Road (Rt. 109 south) (4/5/05), Hinkle Road (8/2/05), Wheaton Road (10/4/05), Nettleton Hollow Road (5/3/06), Rabbit Hill Road (9/6/06), Couch Road (12/2/06) and Whittlesey Road (3/4/08).

Washington How to Get A Road Designated as a Scenic Road
This document details the steps that must be followed in order to get a road designated as a scenic road.

Washington Scenic Roads Ordinance
This document is the actual Town of Washington Scenic Road Ordinance.

Washington Sample Scenic Road Letter to Neighbors
This document is a sample scenic road letter you can use to send to neighbor’s on the road that you would like to be considered as a scenic road.

Washington Land Use Brochure
This brochure gives general oversight as to the land use permit requirements in the Town of Washington.

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 Washington to determine if the Regulations and/or application forms have recently changed.