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State Rep. Rutigliano: ALERT: Public Hearing Local Control of Zoning

Posted on March 11, 2021


I’m writing to let you know about an important public hearing Monday in the legislature’s Planning and Development Committee, where there are 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

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:

  • Eliminate Trumbull’s control over certain types of housing (location-based, accessory, 2+ units) and allow certain development to occur without a local public hearing;
  • Create new mandates (and costs) including training staff;
  • Affect the environment and drinking water statewide by ignoring the responsibilities of municipalities who host waterways, open space;
  • Impact Trumbull’s traffic flow, parking demands;
  • Drive up residency at a rate which outpaces the capacities of Trumbull resources/services such as police, fire, and schools;
  • Overburden the public water and sewer infrastructure (if available);
  • Require access to public transportation (if available.)

Watch a recent legislative forum on the topic here.

When it comes to development, it’s Trumbull residents—not the state or special interest groups—who know what works best for our communities. I hope you’ll 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.


Planning & Development Committee Public Hearing

Monday, March 15, 10 a.m.

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Testify virtually (via Zoom)

Registration deadline: Sunday, March 14, @ 3 p.m.he “home rule” structure that makes each of our municipalities so unique

Testify via email:

Send testimony to

Include S.B. 1024 in the subject line

Preferably Word or PDF format; please include your name

Copy me on your testimony at

Testify by phone:

To register, call 203-350-3769 to leave your contact information.

You can watch Monday’s hearing here