CHAPTER 297
CONNECTICUT'S DEVELOPMENT AND FUTURE

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Sec. 16a-27. Revision of existing plan.

PART I
STATE PLAN OF CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT

      Sec. 16a-27. Revision of existing plan. (a) The secretary, after consultation with all appropriate state, regional and local agencies and other appropriate persons, shall, prior to March 1, 2012, complete a revision of the existing plan and enlarge it to include, but not be limited to, policies relating to transportation, energy and air. Any revision made after May 15, 1991, shall identify the major transportation proposals, including proposals for mass transit, contained in the master transportation plan prepared pursuant to section 13b-15. Any revision made after July 1, 1995, shall take into consideration the conservation and development of greenways that have been designated by municipalities and shall recommend that state agencies coordinate their efforts to support the development of a state-wide greenways system. The Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection shall identify state-owned land for inclusion in the plan as potential components of a state greenways system.

      (b) Any revision made after August 20, 2003, shall take into account (1) economic and community development needs and patterns of commerce, and (2) linkages of affordable housing objectives and land use objectives with transportation systems.

      (c) Any revision made after March 1, 2006, shall (1) take into consideration risks associated with natural hazards, including, but not limited to, flooding, high winds and wildfires; (2) identify the potential impacts of natural hazards on infrastructure and property; and (3) make recommendations for the siting of future infrastructure and property development to minimize the use of areas prone to natural hazards, including, but not limited to, flooding, high winds and wildfires.

      (d) Any revision made after July 1, 2005, shall describe the progress towards achievement of the goals and objectives established in the previously adopted state plan of conservation and development and shall identify (1) areas where it is prudent and feasible (A) to have compact, transit accessible, pedestrian-oriented mixed-use development patterns and land reuse, and (B) to promote such development patterns and land reuse, (2) priority funding areas designated under section 16a-35c, and (3) corridor management areas on either side of a limited access highway or a rail line. In designating corridor management areas, the secretary shall make recommendations that (A) promote land use and transportation options to reduce the growth of traffic congestion; (B) connect infrastructure and other development decisions; (C) promote development that minimizes the cost of new infrastructure facilities and maximizes the use of existing infrastructure facilities; and (D) increase intermunicipal and regional cooperation.

      (e) Any revision made after October 1, 2008, shall (1) for each policy recommended (A) assign a priority; (B) estimate funding for implementation and identify potential funding sources; (C) identify each entity responsible for implementation; and (D) establish a schedule for implementation; and (2) for each growth management principle, determine three benchmarks to measure progress in implementation of the principles, one of which shall be a financial benchmark.

      (f) Any revision made after October 1, 2009, shall take into consideration the protection and preservation of Connecticut Heritage Areas.

      (g) Any revision made after December 1, 2011, shall take into consideration (1) the state water supply and resource policies established in sections 22a-380 and 25-33c, and (2) the list prepared by the Commissioner of Public Health pursuant to section 25-33q.

      (h) Thereafter on or before March first in each revision year the secretary shall complete a revision of the plan of conservation and development.

      (P.A. 76-130, S. 4, 11; P.A. 77-614, S. 45, 610; P.A. 83-203, S. 2; P.A. 91-101, S. 1, 2; P.A. 95-307, S. 11, 14; 95-335, S. 8, 26; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 3, 131; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4, S. 10; P.A. 04-144, S. 2; P.A. 05-205, S. 3, 13; P.A. 08-182, S. 10; P.A. 09-221, S. 3; 09-230, S. 3; P.A. 10-138, S. 2; P.A. 11-80, S. 1; 11-242, S. 58.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 replaced commissioner of planning and energy policy with secretary of the office of policy and management; P.A. 83-203 provided for the revision of the plan every five years instead of every three, updating obsolete reference to March 1, 1978, as completion date for revision; P.A. 91-101 required revisions to identify major transportation proposals contained in the master transportation plan; P.A. 95-307 amended Subsec. (a) to extend the deadline for revision to 1997, effective July 6, 1995; P.A. 95-335 amended Subsec. (a) to add provisions re greenways, effective July 1, 1995; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 amended Subsec. (a) to extend the deadline for revision from March 1, 1997, to March 1, 2003, effective July 1, 2001; June 30 Sp. Sess. P.A. 03-4 amended Subsec. (a) to require that revisions to existing plan made after August 20, 2003, take into account matters specified in new Subdivs. (1) and (2), effective August 20, 2003; P.A. 04-144 designated provision in Subsec. (a) re revision made after August 20, 2003, as new Subsec. (b), added new Subsec. (c) requiring revisions made after March 1, 2006, to have provisions re natural hazards and redesignated existing Subsec. (b) as new Subsec. (d); P.A. 05-205 amended Subsec.(a) to make a technical change and extend the deadline for revision from March 1, 2003, to March 1, 2009, effective July 6, 2005, and added new Subsec. (d) re revisions after July 1, 2005, and redesignated existing Subsec. (d) as Subsec. (e), effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 08-182 made a technical change in Subsec. (d), added new Subsec. (e) re revisions made after October 1, 2008, and redesignated existing Subsec. (e) as Subsec. (f); P.A. 09-221 added new Subsec. (f) re Connecticut Heritage Areas and redesignated existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g), effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 09-230 amended Subsec. (a) by making a technical change and extending deadline for revision from March 1, 2009, to March 1, 2011, effective July 8, 2009; P.A. 10-138 amended Subsec. (a) by extending deadline for revision from March 1, 2011, to March 1, 2012, effective June 8, 2010; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, "Commissioner of Environmental Protection" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Commissioner of Energy and Environmental Protection" in Subsec. (a), effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-242 added new Subsec. (g) re revisions made after December 1, 2011, and redesignated existing Subsec. (g) as Subsec. (h), effective July 13, 2011.

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