Bridging the Gap Between Land Use Policy and Economic Development

Presented at the Southern New England APA Conference in 2015

The Town of Groton, CT, home to a U.S. Naval Base, Pfizer and Electric Boat, is undertaking a robust inter-disciplinary approach to exploring and aligning economic development initiatives and land use policies in an effort to strengthen the community’s economy and boost tax revenues.  The dynamic approach includes a review of current zoning regulations that will simplify and streamline the development process and an assessment of targeted development areas in the community, all grounded in thorough research and analysis of the local economy.
Session presenters included the Town’s Director of Planning - Jon Reiner - and two members of the Town’s consultant team - Jim Damicis of Camoin Associates and Ken Schwartz of VHB. They set the stage with a dialog about the core elements that lead to success and challenges in land use planning and economic development. Based on what our diverse team is learning from working together in Groton, they engaged session participants in a discussion around the critical areas where the two fields converge and how decisions around one affects the other.  

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