7.3 Future Land Use Plan

As the Plan is implemented, the map on a following page illustrates the location and intensity of future land uses that are desired. Since this map illustrates the stated goals, policies, objectives, and recommendations of each of the Plan sections when combined together, it is called the Future Land Use Plan for the City of Groton.

Future Land Use Plan

The Future Land Use Plan presented on the facing page contains the following categories:

NameValue
Village CentersCommunity focal points and pedestrian-friendly village-type areas
Business / Industrial AreasAreas used or intended for development of business and/or industrial uses
Residential AreasAreas used or intended for low, moderate, or higher density residential uses
Community / InstitutionalExisting or desired uses which will help meet community needs
Open Space / TrailsAreas with existing or desirable open space and pathways and trails
Natural ResourcesAreas where natural resource protection is a priority of the Plan

Consistency With State & Regional Plans

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In accordance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Future Land Use Plan has been evaluated for consistency with the State Conservation and Development Policies Plan (2019-2023) and the SECCOG Regional Plan of Conservation and Development (2017).

As part of this review, the Future Land Use Plan was found to be generally consistent with the Locational Guide Map in the State Plan and the Future Land Use Map in the Regional Plan of Conservation and Development.

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Consistency With Growth Principles

In accordance with Section 8-23 of the Connecticut General Statutes, the Plan of Conservation and Development has been evaluated for consistency with statewide growth management principles.


Principle
Findings
1.      Redevelop and revitalize regional centers and areas of mixed-land uses with existing or planned physical infrastructure.

Consistent

The City of Groton has historically been designated as a “regional center” in prior State Plans.  This POCD recommends a number of strategies to redevelop and revitalize parts of the City and create mixed-use areas where physical infrastructure (water and sewer service) exists.
2.      Expand housing opportunities and design choices to accommodate a variety of household types and needs.

Consistent

The City of Groton has a diverse housing stock and offers a variety of housing choices.  In addition, the Plan promotes strategies to help address the housing needs of an aging population and for housing options that are more affordable.
3.      Concentrate development around transportation nodes and along major transportation corridors to support the viability of transportation options and land reuse.

Consistent

The POCD recommends pedestrian-friendly mixed-use development in “centers” (nodes) and along transportation corridors where bus service is available.

 

4.      Conserve and restore the natural environment, cultural and historical resources, and traditional rural lands.

Consistent

The POCD contains specific strategies to:
  • protect natural resources,
  • preserve open space,
  • protect historic and scenic resources, and
  • address climate change and sea level rise.
5.      Protect environmental assets critical to public health and safety.

Consistent

The POCD also contains recommendations to protect water quality (both surface and ground), preserve floodplain areas, minimize runoff, and other similar strategies.
6.      Integrate planning across all levels of government to address issues on a local, regional, and statewide basis.

Consistent

The POCD has been used, and will be used, to coordinate efforts with:
  • adjacent communities,
  • regional organizations, and
  • state agencies.