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:
|Community focal points and pedestrian-friendly village-type areas
|Business / Industrial Areas
|Areas used or intended for development of business and/or industrial uses
|Areas used or intended for low, moderate, or higher density residential uses
|Community / Institutional
|Existing or desired uses which will help meet community needs
|Open Space / Trails
|Areas with existing or desirable open space and pathways and trails
|Areas where natural resource protection is a priority of the Plan
Consistency With State & Regional Plans
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.
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.
|1. Redevelop and revitalize regional centers and areas of mixed-land uses with existing or planned physical infrastructure.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|The POCD contains specific strategies to:
|5. Protect environmental assets critical to public health and safety.
|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.
|The POCD has been used, and will be used, to coordinate efforts with: