Planning & Zoning

Planning & Zoning

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About Us

The mission of the Department of Planning and Zoning is to protect and improve Danbury’s neighborhoods, business centers, community resources and our natural environment while planning for sustainable development that will enhance the quality of life for all our residents.  To that end, the Department has been instrumental in the preparation of plans, projects and land use regulations for the City.  City-wide plans have included the Plan of Conservation & Development, Transportation Plan, and the Parks & Recreation Plan.  Major projects have included downtown redevelopment, various streetscape improvements, the creation of the Ives Trail concept, restoration of Elmwood Park, and construction of the 9/11 Memorial.

Professional and clerical staff provides support services to the Planning and Zoning Commissions and the Redevelopment Agency, while clerical support is provided to the Environmental Impact Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

A primary task of the Department is the enactment and enforcement of zoning and subdivision regulations designed to ensure that proposed developments are constructed in accordance with the Plan of Conservation and Development.  The Department reviews site plans and assists the Planning Commission in the review of special exception and subdivision applications. The Department advises the Zoning Commission on all proposals for zoning amendments and the rezoning of land.  Our Department also assists with referrals from City Council for requests for extensions of sewer and water service, dedication of roads, and offers to buy, sell or lease City land.

The Department prepares the annual Capital Improvement Program to schedule major capital expenditures over time, reviews all applications under the Deferral of Assessment Increases program, and updates and corrects street addresses in the City.

The Planning Director serves as Executive Director of the Danbury Redevelopment Agency.  Departmental responsibilities for downtown redevelopment have included the recruitment of new businesses, the coordination of streetscape improvements on Main and White Streets, construction of the Patriot Garage, creation of the Danbury Green, design of Palace Walk, and preparation of the downtown revitalization plan, Downtown Danbury: Issues & Recommendations.

The Planning Director advises the Main Street Partnership and also serves as a member of the Office of Project Excellence Steering Committee, Danbury Housing Partnership, and as an ex-officio member of the CityCenter Danbury Board of Directors.

Accomplishments

Major accomplishments of the past year include:

  • Completion of the design of the Heritage Walk and City Hall Landscaping Improvement Project. Construction is underway and will be complete later this year.
  • Completion of the design of Memorial Park at 357 Main Street. Construction is underway and will be complete later this year.
  • Administered the Octagon House grant to study the condition of this historic structure and prepare concepts for reuse as public offices with community space. Continuing to seek funding for phase 2 plans.
  • Obtained a grant from the CT Office of Policy and Management for the preparation of the Downtown Danbury Transit-Oriented Development Study. Study is underway.
  • Initiated new design for a walled garden at the historic Hearthstone Castle.
  • Continued review and preparation of amendments to the City’s Zoning Regulations and other land use regulations to address changing conditions which threaten the City with undesirable development that may intrude upon residential neighborhoods, harm the environment, or create unacceptable traffic congestion.
  • Continued improvements in the preparation of the five-year capital improvement plan for Planning Commission consideration.
  • Worked with City departments on improvements to the pocket park at the intersection of Main and West Streets.
  • Continued processing of land use applications.

City of Danbury Zoning Regulations

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Subdivision Regulations

On-Line Subdivision Regulations Disclaimer:

The Web version of the City of Danbury, Connecticut Subdivision Regulations is provided for reference and the convenience of having the Regulations in a computer-readable format. The print version of the Subdivision Regulations, together with any amendments adopted by the Planning Commission, remains the official version of the Regulations. If any discrepancies exist between the print and Web versions of the Subdivision Regulations, the print version, together with any Planning Commission amendments, shall be considered correct.

Aquifer Protection Area Regulations

-On-Line Aquifer Protection Area Regulations Disclaimer

The Web version of the City of Danbury, Connecticut Aquifer Protection Area Regulations is provided for reference and the convenience of having the Regulations in a computer-readable format. The print version of the Aquifer Protection Area Regulations, together with any amendments adopted by the Planning Commission, remains the official version of the Regulations. If any discrepancies exist between the print and Web versions of the Aquifer Protection Area Regulations, the print version, together with any Planning Commission amendments, shall be considered correct.

Continue to City of Danbury Aquifer Protection Area Regulations

View – City of Danbury Registration Form for Regulated Activities in the Lake Kenosia Aquifer Protection Area

View – Determining Regulatory Status Form in the City of Danbury Lake Kenosia Aquifer Protection Area

View – Instructions for Completing the City of Danbury Registration Form for Regulated Activities in the Lake Kenosia Aquifer Protection Area

View – Instructions for Developing a Stormwater Management Plan for Regulated Activities in the City of Danbury

View – Model Form for Developing a Materials Management Plan for Regulated Activities in Aquifer Protection Areas