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Open Space/Conservation

Conservation Easement Statutes
Conservation easements in the state are authorized by Connecticut General Statutes §42-42a et seq.

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Conservation and Preservation Restrictions
Connecticut General Statutes §47-42d requires anyone who is seeking a permit for work on an existing building that does not expand or alter the footprint of the building, to notify holders of conservation or preservation restrictions on the affected property before filing an application.

Connecticut General Statutes §47-42d
Connecticut Public Act No. 10-85

Open Space Tax Credit
Connecticut General Statutes §12-217dd authorizes a tax credit against the state corporate business tax in an amount equal to 50% of any donation of open space land or as a public water supply source.

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Farmland Preservation Program
The Connecticut Farmland Preservation program (Connecticut General Statutes §22-26aa et seq.) preserves farmland by acquiring development rights to agricultural properties. The farms remain in private ownership and continue to pay local property taxes. A permanent restriction on nonagricultural uses is placed on these properties.

Mr. J. Joseph Dippel, Director
Farmland Preservation Program
Connecticut Department of Agriculture
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 713-2511
(860) 713-2514 fax 

Connecticut General Statutes §22-26aa

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Land Use Permit Extension 
Connecticut Public Act No. 09-181 gives developers more time to complete an ongoing project without seeking re-approval of a site plan. When a planning and zoning commission or an inland wetlands agency approves a project, it must set an expiration date. Consequently, a developer must complete the project before that date or resubmit it to the commission for approval. The timeframes vary depending on the commission and the nature of the project. The act extends the timeframes for projects commissions approved between July 1, 2006 and July 1, 2009. The act's timeframes apply to all projects except large-scale residential and commercial projects approved based on a site plan, which is a tool used to determine if a proposed project conforms to the zoning regulations.

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Connecticut Public Act No. 11-5 gives developers more time to complete certain ongoing projects without seeking re-approval from a land use commission or an inland wetlands agency. It does so by extending the initial and extended deadlines that apply to subdivisions, wetlands permits, and small-scale site plans approved before July 1, 2011, on which approval has not expired by the act's effective date prior to May 9, 2011, and that the approvals shall expire nine years after the approval date and that no approve is valid for more than 14 years.

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Siting of Wind Projects
Connecticut Public Act No. 11-245 requires the Connecticut Siting Council by July 1, 2012, in consultation with the Departments of Public Utility Control and Environmental Protection, to adopt regulations concerning the siting of wind turbines. The regulations must at least consider (1) setbacks, including tower height and distance from neighboring properties; (2) flicker; (3) a requirement for the developer to decommission the facility at the end of its useful life; (4) different requirements for different size projects; (5) ice throw; (6) blade shear; (7) noise; and (8) impact on natural resources. The regulations must also require a public hearing for wind turbine projects.

The Council reviewed wind energy siting applications, which were required to include public safety plans. The Council also reviews public concerns and environmental impacts. Recently the Council amended their rules to include new definitions for wind blades sheer, as well as, rules for siting and voting rules for the Council. The amendments have not yet been codified.

Approved amendments for the Council
A copy of the Council rules (Sec. 16-50j)
Connecticut Public Act No. 11-245
Council website

Light Pollution/Dark Night Skies

The Connecticut General Statutes limit the use of floodlights intended for private property illumination within the state right-of-way on any state highway.
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Office of Military Affairs
The General Assembly created the Office of Military Affairs and its Executive Director position during the 2007 legislative session. The decision to establish OMA came less than two years after “Team Connecticut” presented a fact-based case that convinced the Base Realignment and Closure Commission to remove Sub Base from the Pentagon’s closure list, which it did by a vote of 7-1 on August 24, 2005. With that decision, “Team Connecticut” and the citizens of the state preserved a strategic asset of the Navy and an integral piece of Connecticut’s economy and culture.

The Office of Military Affairs' mission is to:
•  Coordinate efforts to prevent the closure or downsizing of the Naval Submarine Base in Groton;
•  Support Connecticut’s military families and enhance their quality of life;
•  Advocate for Connecticut’s defense industry, a major component of the state’s economy and an engine of innovation and quality production for our Armed Forces; 
•  Encourage the retention of established defense missions and the relocation of new ones to the state; and
•  Serve as liaison to the Connecticut congressional delegation on defense and military issues.

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State Military Property/Adjutant General Responsibilities
Connecticut General Statute §27-20 requires the Adjutant General to account for any deficiency in public property and for each unit of the armed forces to be inspected at least once each calendar year. The Act also requires the Adjutant General to make a report to the governor of the strength, condition and equipment of the armed forces and of the expenditures of the office since the last annual report.

Connecticut General Statute §27-20
Connecticut Public Act No. 10-130

Commission on Connecticut’s Future
The Commission is charged with preparing a report addressing economic renewal in Connecticut including strategies for the restoration and growth of the manufacturing industry and diversification or conversion of defense-related industries in an environmentally sustainable manner. The commission’s report must be submitted to the Governor by December 1, 2014.

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State Contact Information

Office of Military Affairs
Mr. Bob Ross, Executive Director
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 270-8074
(860) 270-8242 fax

Military Liaison POC
Major Timothy Tomcho, Legislative Liaison
Connecticut Military Department
National Guard Armory
360 Broad Street
Hartford, Connecticut  06105-3795
(860) 548-3203

Adjutant General
Major General Thaddeus Martin, Adjutant General
Connecticut Military Department
National Guard Armory 
360 Broad Street
Hartford, Connecticut  06105-3795
(860) 524-4953
(860) 524-4898 fax

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
Major Timothy Tomcho serves as Legislative Liaison in the office of the Adjutant General.  In this role he serves as the primary point of contact for state legislators to the military.  The Adjutant General in Connecticut places a high priority on communication with the state government and is thus very active in dealing with the Legislature. The Select Committee on Veteran’s Affairs maintains primary jurisdiction over military issues, and the Joint Public Safety and Security Committee deals with some military affairs issues. Both committees utilize Major Tomcho as its chief representation on military affairs and National Guard issues.  

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Select Committee on Veteran’s Affairs
Senator Carlo Leone (D), Co-Chair 
Representative John "Jack" F. Hennessy (D), Co-Chair
Capital, Room 509A
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 240-8467

Joint Public Safety and Security Committee
Senator Joan V. Hartley, Co-Chair
Representative Stephen D. Dargan, Co-Chair
Legislative Office Building, Room 3600
Hartford, Connecticut 06106  
(860) 240-0570