The City of Danbury Connecticut led the development of the Ives Trail Greenway, a regional trail of some twenty miles that links open spaces in Redding, Bethel, Danbury, and Ridgefield, Connecticut.
The trail begins in Redding open space, passes through Terre Haute in Bethel, through Wiedel Meadows, Tarrywile Park, and Wooster Mountain State Park in Danbury, and on to Pine Mountain and Bennett’s Pond in Ridgefield.
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.
Recent events in the US have driven a push within Connecticut to reexamine our state’s patterns of residential land use. The state of Connecticut, and the Fairfield County area specifically, have been cited in this discourse as among the most racially segregated areas in the country. This diagnosis should be received with significant concern, as the lived impacts of residential segregation have been well-documented in academic literature. WestCOG performed an analysis to understand the data behind these issues.
WestCOG hosted a featured presentation “Affordable Housing: By the Numbers” by Donald J. Poland, PhD, AICP. Dr. Poland shared his research and findings on the economics and polices affecting affordable housing in the state of Connecticut on July 16th, 2020. The presentation slides and video are available for your review.
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.
WestCOG is working with its member municipalities to create a coordinated land use development strategy that addresses the elements of wireless telecommunications that fall within a municipality’s jurisdiction. Resources and task force developments can be found on the task force web page.
The Regional Viewer showcases WestCOG regional datasets which includes parcel, assessor, transportation, landuse, environmental, and topographical data. Learn more on WestCOG Regional Viewer Information Page.
Public Safety Study
A five town study (Weston, Wilton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield) was completed for WestCOG reviewing opportunities to find efficiency, savings, and service improvements through rationalization. The study reviewed a variety of potential topics such as PSAP/Dispatch, Data Management, Property and Evidence, Intake/Detention/Lockup, and Training Facilities.
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.