Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

John J. Kupa


The problem that this research project will address is the adequacy of the response of the Essex, Connecticut Zoning Regulations to the environmental suitability of the land in the town. In order to analyze this problem, the natural features of the town are first mapped. The regulations of each zoning district in town are then analyzed based on the data provided from the maps and the integration of map features. Zoning techniques are reviewed that hold the potential of improving the zoning regulation response to these natural features. The findings of this study are that many of the requirements of the Essex Zoning Regulations adequately respond to the environmental constraints of the town but that some changes are needed. It is recommended that erosion and stormwater runoff controls be developed that apply to all districts in the town, and secondly that a groundwater protection district and cluster zoning provisions be incorporated in the Essex Zoning Regulations. The map data also show the need for specific zoning district boundary changes.