Posted on April 9, 2021
I’m writing to let you know about important legislation recently discussed in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, which includes several bills aimed at upending local control of land use decisions.
Among the bills is S.B. 1024, An Act Concerning Zoning Authority, Certain Design Guidelines, Qualifications of Certain Land Use Officials and Certain Sewage Disposal Systems. This proposal is built on recommendations from Desegregate CT, a special interest group that recently emailed its supporters to notify them that S.B. 1024 contains “ALL of the reforms” the group has advocated for since it was created last summer.
The need for more diverse housing in Connecticut needs to be addressed, however the individual needs of each community (including cities, suburbs, and rural areas) must be considered. The effect of this legislative push will:
When it comes to development, it’s local residents—not the state or special interest groups—who know what works best for our communities. I oppose this legislation and will continue to speak out to help block more state interference in local affairs and preserve the “home rule” structure that makes each of our municipalities so unique.
Scheduled Two-Month Closure of Route 8 Exit 38 Southbound Off-Ramp in Thomaston
The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the scheduled two-month closure of the Route 8 Exit 38 southbound off-ramp in Thomaston beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. The closure is necessary to facilitate stage 2 construction activities associate with the project to rehabilitate bridges 03350 and 03351 carrying Route 8 over the Naugatuck River.
DOT Project No. 0140-0172 was awarded to Northern Construction Services, LLC at a cost of $9,199,817.30 on June 18, 2018, and is scheduled to be completed by June 13, 2021.
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As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns pertaining to state government at John.Piscopo@housegop.ct.gov or (800) 842-1423. You can also follow my legislative activity by visiting my website, www.reppiscopo.com, or on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/reppiscopo.
State Representative John Piscopo