Our next 5th Thursdays forum for land use commission members and staff is coming up on Thursday, July 29th at 7pm.  Special topics will be “Planning for COVID Economic Recovery and New State Laws Impacting Land Use”. Come celebrate with us at our first in-person forum in over a year at South Farms in Morris, CT.  Come early to enjoy the food trucks, live music, and ice cream at the “South Farms Socials” event (starts at 5pm) and then come into the barn to hear about our special forum topics at 7pm. Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.
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NHCOG “5th Thursday” forum
Special Topics:
Planning for COVID Economic Recovery in NWCT
&
Summary of New State Legislation Impacting Land Use
Thursday, July 29th 7:00pm to 8:30pm

IN PERSON!!! At South Farms in Morris, CT (21 Higbie Rd., Morris, CT 06763)
Come early to enjoy the food trucks, live music, and ice cream at the “South Farms Socials” event and then come into the barn to hear about our special forum topics at 7pm.

This next NHCOG “5th Thursdays” forum will cover the following:

1. Planning for COVID Economic Recovery in NWCT– Hear about what NHCOG is doing to assist local small businesses with economic recovery, how our towns can participate, and how this relates to strategies in your Town Plan. Hear about:

  • New searchable directory of small businesses in your town and jobs hub on DiscoverLitchfieldHills.com
  • New Day Trips itineraries designed to support small businesses
  • Support for farm businesses and addressing food insecurity through the NWCT Food Hub
  • Latest on efforts to update our region’s outdated broadband infrastructure with fiber-to-the-home broadband

2. Summary of New State Legislation Impacting Land Use– a lot happened during the last legislative session, come hear an overview of the new laws that impact your work as land use commission members and staff including:

  • Accessory dwellings unit “by right” with the ability for municipalities to opt-out
  • Updates to the Zoning Enabling Act (8-2)
  • Recreational Cannabis (SB 1201)
  • Training Requirements for Zoning Officials and Land-use Commissioners
  • Hybrid/Remote Meeting Requirements
PLEASE RSVP by emailing Jocelyn that you plan to attend.