Legislative Archive

2017 Session

Public Acts

SB 922/ Public Act No. 17-155 – An Act Concerning Temporary Health Care Structures

  • Law allows a temporary health care structures by default as an accessory use on a lot zoned for single-family detached dwellings. Municipalities may opt out of this default position with affirmative votes of the zoning commission and municipal legislative body.
  • See CCAPA Fact Sheet NEW! and Supplemental Q&A for details. CCAPA testimony
  • Effective October 1, 2017

HB 7222/ Public Act No. 17-146 – An Act Concerning the Department of Public Health’s Various Revisions to the Public Health Statutes

  • The act includes provisions to increases the size of subsurface disposal systems (generally, septic systems) over which DPH, rather than DEEP, has jurisdiction, from a capacity of up to 5,000 gallons per day to up to 7,500 gallons per day.
  • This change was originally proposed in H.B. 5416: AN ACT CONCERNING THE THRESHOLD FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION’S REVIEW OF COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS. 5416 CCAPA Statement
  • Effective July 1, 2017

HB 7055/ Public Act No. 17-230 An Act Concerning Recommendations by the Department of Transportation Regarding the Notification of State Construction Contract Opportunities by the University of Connecticut and the Commissioner of Transportation, Parking Spaces, Wayside Horns, the Disposition of Excess State Property, Heavy Duty Trailers, Flashing Lights on Motor Vehicles, Child Restraint Systems, Pesticide Application by Railroad Companies, the “Move Over” Law, Road Design Standards, and Road and Bridge Designations

  • Requires CT DOT to update road design standards by July 1, 2018 to include, as appropriate, the standards contained within the NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the NACTO Urban Street Design Guide
  • CCAPA supported related bill H.B. 6966: AN ACT MODIFYING GUIDELINES FOR URBAN STREET DESIGN statement

SB944/ Public Act No. 17-39 An Act Clarifying the Continuation of Nonconforming Uses, Buildings or Structures. 

  • Specifies that municipal zoning regulations cannot terminate or deem abandoned a nonconforming use, building, or structure unless the property owner voluntarily discontinues the nonconforming use, building, or structure with the intent not to reestablish it.
  • Specifies that demolishing or deconstructing a nonconforming use, building, or structure is not, by itself, evidence of an owner’s intent to abandon the use, building, or structure.

HB 6880 / Public Act No. 17-170 An Act Concerning the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure (Assembly passed override of Governor’s veto)

  • Among other provisions, reduces the threshold of affordable housing production necessary for municipalities to attain moratoria from Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals.
  • Modifies the point structure for units qualifying municipalities for moratoria.
  • Requires municipalities to adopt an affordable housing plan at least every five years. Such plan shall specify how the municipality intends to increase the number of affordable housing developments in the municipality. An “affordable housing development” is defined as a “proposed housing development which is (A) assisted housing, or (B) a set-aside development.”
  • Effective from passage. Some provisions sunset in 2022.
  • CCAPA testimony opposing this and other bills related to Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Law (8-30g): statement 1  statement
  • Read Governor Malloy’s veto message. The General Assembly voted to override the veto on July 24, 2017.
  • Shipman & Goodwin Briefing Paper on changes.

HB 7250Public Act No. 17-49 An Act Concerning Desecration of an Abandoned Cemetery

  • Extends legal protections to abandoned cemeteries.
  • Interference with a cemetery or burial ground is a class C felony.
  • See write-up in Connecticut Preservation News September/October 2017 issue.

Failed Bills:

S.B. 752:  AN ACT CONCERNING HOUSING SEGREGATION statement

H.B. 6920: AN ACT CONCERNING THE FURTHERANCE OF REGIONALISM statement

H.B. 5592: AN ACT CONCERNING INCENTIVES FOR MUNICIPAL REVITALIZATION PROJECTS statement

S.B. No. 819 (RAISED): AN ACT RAISING THE ANNUAL CAP ON TAX CREDITS FOR THE REHABILITATION OF CERTIFIED HISTORIC STRUCTURES statement

2016 Session

S.B. No. 19 Position Statement–  An Act Establishing the Transit Corridor Development Assistance Authority

H.B. 5603 Position Statement– AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL TECHNOLOGY

2014 Regular Session (Feb. 5, 2014 – May 7, 2014)

Summary of 2014 legislative session presented at the 2014 Hot Topics Workshop.

For a full overview, please see page 25 of the Summer 2014 issue of Connecticut Planning.

SB_117_Position_Statement – Authorizing Flexible Zoning Regulations – Raised by CCAPA as a legislative fix to MacKenzie v. Monroe. Did not pass.

SB_405_Position_Statement – Public Hearings on Subdivisions – Did not pass.

HB_5507_Position_Statement – Concerning the appointment of ZEO’s, Building Officials and Fire Marshals – Did not pass.

After the close of the 2014 session, CCAPA joined other organizations in expressing disappointment with the moratorium on affordable housing appeals in Milford. 8-30g letter CCAPA

2013 Regular Session (Jan. 9, 2013 – June 5, 2013)

RB6481_Position_Statement – Nonconforming Structures – PA 13-9 Effective Oct. 1, 2013.

RB6629_Position_Statement – Regionalism in CT – Enacted as Sections 249–264 of PA 13-247 Effective date varies.

RSB426_Position_Statement – Affordable Housing Appeals – Session ends with no changes to 8-30g.

2013-2018 State Conservation and Development Policies Plan

CCAPA-Comments on the draft plan and Testimony-before-Legislative-Committee.

State Plan was adopted by the CT General Assembly on June 5, 2013.

 

2010 Policy Position Papers

The following policy statements were adopted by the CCAPA Executive Committee.

CCAPA Housing Policy Statement

CCAPA Regionalism Policy Statement

 

 

 

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