Capitol Region Council of Governments, Connecticut

Sustainability Land Use Code

Clarion Associates is leading a team working with the Capitol Region Council of Governments (Hartford) on a groundbreaking regional sustainable code project. Working with CRCOG staff and 12 local municipalities, Clarion identified four key regional sustainability topics including alternative energy/energy conservation, housing affordability/diversity, mixed use/compact development, and food security. The firm then undertook a detailed assessment of the 12 communities’ development codes to identify regulatory barriers to achieving

regional sustainability goals as well as potential incentives and regulatory gaps that needed to be filled. Clarion has drafted a series of model code provisions addressing issues such as alternative energy facilities, solar access, community gardens, accessory dwelling units, mandatory affordable housing mitigation, and mixed-use and transit-oriented development that can be used by regional municipalities to implement their sustainability goals. The model code provisions will be presented to the Council and local municipalities in Fall 2013.