Comprehensive Planning

COGCNV continued to provide planning, coordination, and technical assistance on behalf of member municipalities throughout the last few years. COGCNV used the Regional Plan of Conservation and Development 1998 as the guiding framework for comprehensive planning in the region. Listed below is a summary new and ongoing and completed comprehensive planning projects:

State Data Center Affiliate

As an affiliate to the State Data Center, COGCNV provided census and other statistical information to municipal, non-profit, and private organizations. Census 2000 data and tables on population, gender, age, race, and housing were distributed to municipal officials in the Central Naugatuck Valley Region. In addition, a memorandum on retail sales provided municipalities with information from the economic census.

Intergovernmental and Statutory Reviews and Referrals

Staff responded to referrals on planning and zoning issues as required by state law. Specific comments were prepared for ten referrals deemed to have regional or intermunicipal significance — on density calculations of subdivisions, earth excavation, country inns, adult entertainment, and permitted trees to plant. In addition, general memos on billboards and sexually oriented businesses were written.

Police Mobile Data Communication

The regional police mobile data communication system for local police departments, under the oversight of COGCNV, became fully operational this year. The seven participating municipalities — Middlebury, Naugatuck, Thomaston, Torrington, Waterbury, Watertown, and Winsted — have a total of 168 units equipped with laptop computers and wireless modems.

The system enables police departments to download motor vehicle, criminal, and other law enforcement information, including mug shots, to laptops in their cruisers. Officers are also able to send alerts and messages to other officers and police departments and can help in coordinating emergencies.

The system, originally developed in the Capitol planning Region, was funded through a State Office of Policy and Management grant to COGCNV and by the participating municipalities.

Impervious Surfaces

COGCNV performs an advisory role in transit activities throughout the region. In addition, COGCNV conducts transit planning studies for the region.

Long-Range Regional Transportation Plan

As the percentage of imperviousness increases within a basin (watershed), increased degradation of the streams within that basin occurs. COGCNV staff have been working for the past year to build on work done by the Universit of Connecticut (Uconn) Cooperative Extension Service, Non-Point Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) to analyze the effects on water quality at full build out, based on current zoning regulations.

COGCNV staff are doing this on a town-by-town basis, with the first presentation held in Thomaston. Analysis is designed to increase awareness of the issue of impervious surfaces so that preventive or corrective measures can be taken as development occurs.