Regional Planning

WestCOG is developing regional services to provide enhanced municipal services or to bring in regional savings.

Regional services either active or in development include:

Plan of Conservation and Development

The 2020-2030 Western Connecticut Regional Plan of Conservation and Development was prepared in compliance with Section 8-35a of the Connecticut General Statutes.  More information can be found on the plan page.

Regional GIS Parcel Viewer

WestCOG is working with member communities, and AppGeo to develop a regional viewer of parcel data. The viewer will allow users to review property data across town boundaries as well as additional functionality for assessors. The project aims to develop a sustainable methodology for updating and maintaining parcel and CAMA data at regular intervals, while also standardizing the data across town boundaries. The project aims to be operation by December 2019.

Land Use Referrals

State law requires municipal planning and zoning commissions to forward many proposed land use decisions to one or more regional Councils of Governments (COGs) for review through a process called “referral.” More information and instruction is provided in the referrals guidance page.

Public Safety Study

WestCOG has a study underway which will be completed in March looking at the regional opportunities for shared services for police departments between New Canaan, Wilton, Weston, Ridgefield, and Redding. This includes shared training facilities, PSAP, dispatch, evidence storage, etc. WestCOG will host the report on this page once completed. Stay tuned.

5th Generation Broadband

WestCOG is working with its member municipalities on creating a coordinated strategy for 5G deployment. View the Fifth Generation Broadband: Municipal Strategies for a summary of strategies to consider as 5G communication systems become more of a reality in the region.

Winter Maintenance Study 

WestCOG, in cooperation with each member municipality, completed a winter maintenance study in September 2018. The focus of this study was to determine potential efficiencies in snowstorm response methods, to provide municipalities with guidance in the best management practices of salt and chlorine products and to develop snowstorm response planning and operations guides. The reports produced from this study can be found on our publications page here and here

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