Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Community Planning (MCP)


Community Planning and Area Development

First Advisor

Mitchell Cushman


This paper presents a model for residential land subdivision regulations in Connecticut, and is divided into three parts. First of ·these is the model itself, a contemporary prescription for the governmental regulation of land subdivision. It is rather comprehensive and lengthy by design, for a model of this grain should be available not only for reproduction, but for abridgement as well.

Second is a discussion of ·the unmet needs and problematic symptoms of residential land subdivision, and a defense for correcting the very problem of inadequate regulations and administration through the formulation of the model.

Third and finally is a section by section narrative keyed to the model in which the reader is offered an elaboration on the regulations. This is particularly directed towards the rationale behind them, the alternative available to them, and necessary administrative measures to ensure a manageable review process.

One parting note of limitation; these regulations were formulated relative to standard municipal staffing requirements, including a Town Planner, a clerk to the Planning Commission, a Town Engineer, a Zoning Enforcement Officer, and a Building Official. To the author's knowledge, each of Connecticut's 169 towns has the services of a Building Official and a clerk to the Planning Commission, even if available only on a part-time basis. For those seven towns in which zoning has not been instituted and thus no zoning enforcement officer is available, as is the case in four of rural northeastern Connecticut's communities, all references to the zoning official or zoning itself should be omitted. The author maintains that at the minimum part-time planner and engineer services should be retained, for the absence of these professionals could jeopardize the entire process of residential land subdivision regulation. These latter services may be obtained through contract with most of the fifteen regional planning agencies or through private consultants.



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