The Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Act expanded the protections available for waterways under the Clean Water Act. This law made it more difficult to develop land. In 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the WOTUS rule.
A special use permit for a new casino was recently approved in Connecticut. These permits allow for developers and land owners to use the property in a way that deviates from its zoned usage. However they are not permanent and specify a time frame for how long the specified land use may continue, which is usually based off of the intended length of the project, building or business.
Zoning laws are essential to maintaining the order and appearance of cities, towns and neighborhoods. Whether denoting residential or industrial areas, these zones ensure that land owners utilize their property in accordance with the law. But what happens when an owner's land use needs differ from the property's zoning ordinance? Connecticut residents have a few options at their disposal.
Growth is a crucial issue facing municipalities and business owners. For cities and counties, growth means and increase in tax revenue that may mean additional programs or closing deficits. For business owners, it may create opportunities to pass their success to shareholders and employees. While these goals may be different, they depend on the same thing: quality housing.