PA 09-80—sHB 6463

Planning and Development Committee

Appropriations Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MEMBERSHIP ON REGIONAL PLANNING AGENCIES

SUMMARY: This act increases the membership of regional planning agencies' (RPAs) boards, which consist entirely of municipal representatives. RPAs operate in five of the state's 15 planning regions. Under prior law, each municipality belonging to an RPA was entitled to at least two board representatives. The act increases that number to three by making each municipality's chief elected official (CEO) or his or her designee a board member. As under prior law, municipalities with over 25,000 people are entitled to one additional representative for each additional 50,000 people or fraction thereof. They may elect or appoint their respective representatives.

The act similarly increases the number of board representatives for cities and boroughs located within a town. The law entitles a city or borough to a representative if at least half of the town's total population resides there and its boundaries are not coterminous with those of the town. Prior law entitled the town and the city or borough to one representative each. The act entitles the city or borough to an additional representative and allows one of these representatives to be its CEO or his or her designee. The act also increases the town's representatives to two, but it allows, rather than requires, one of these to be the town's CEO or his or her designee.

The act does not change the rule entitling the town or the city or borough to an additional representative. The rule applies if their combined population exceeds 25,000. In this case, either of these jurisdictions is entitled to an additional representative for each additional 50,000 people, depending whether they reside inside or outside the city or borough.

RPAs operate in five of the state's 15 planning regions. They are Central Connecticut RPA, Connecticut River Estuary RPA, Greater Bridgeport RPA, Midstate RPA, and Southwestern Connecticut RPA.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

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