Coastal Land Use Planning
Developed as a tool for coastal land
use agents, boards and commissions,
as well as developers, consultants and
individuals, to use in understanding how
to apply the standards and policies of
Connecticut's Coastal Management Act.
Connecticut's Coastal and Estuarine Land
Conservation Plan (CELCP) describes and
prioritizes the State's coastal land acquisition
opportunities and provides guidance for
selecting land acquisition projects to compete
for federal CELCP grant financing.
Public Act 12-101, An Act Concerning the
Coastal Management Act and Shoreline Flood
and Erosion Control Structures, included
initiatives to address sea level rise, revise
the regulatory limit for activities in coastal, tidal
and, navigable waters, and revise regulatory
policies concerning shoreline protection.
The University of Connecticut Coastal
Landscaping Guide for Long Island
Sound provides a resource for coastal
property owners to learn about the
benefits of incorporating riparian buffers.
The Connecticut Beaches and Dunes:
A Hazard Guide for Coastal Property Owners
website helps coastal property owners to
evaluate threats and identify actions to protect
coastal property and the natural environment.
Protecting the Character of the Lower Connecticut
River – The Gateway Commission's Mission
presents a discussion of the Commission’s
adopted zoning standards,which govern
development in the Gateway Conservation
District of the Lower Connecticut River.
The Gateway Commission, enabled by state
statute in 1973, grew out of an effort to “protect
the scenic, historic and environmental resources
of the lower river”. The Gateway Commission
accomplishes this goal through land protection
and the creation of zoning standards to be
adopted and enforced by the eight participating
towns in the Gateway Zone.
Content Last Updated January 30, 2020