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Eric Barz, AICP
Town Planner
Marian Madison
Planning Secretary
Abby Kenyon, AICP
Assistant Town Planner
Tom Hazel
Environmental Planner & Wetlands Agent

Annotated Zoning Regulations Are Now Available

We are proud to announce that we have completed the long awaited Annotated Zoning Regulations, which we have modified to make navigating them online easier, more intuitive, and more informative.  Apart from the more obvious tabs, notes, and illustrations on the sidebars of each page, there are numerous internal links that allow you to look up definitions, view iilustrations in the appendix, follow cross-references, or jump to a different chapter.  There are also external links to other regulations, ordinances, statutes and plans; application forms, citizens’ guides, and other helpful documents; and websites of town, regional and state agencies containing relevant information.


Due to limitations of Word and PDF documents, navigation is not as intuitive as we would like.  Internal links are highlighted in blue and left-clicking on them with your mouse or touchpad will take you directly to them, as you would expect of any hyperlink.  Once you follow an internal link to a definition, illustration, or cross-reference, there is no intuitive way to find your way back to exactly where you were, which can lead to a frustrating search for your original location and a good reason not to follow the links.  However, there is a simple solution.  In the header at the top of every odd page, there is the following notation:


Press [Alt]+[left arrow] to return to previous view


Simply pressing both the [Alt] key and the [left arrow] key simultaneously will take you back to your exact previous location


External links are similarly highlighted in blue, but they do not respond to a simple left click of the mouse or touch pad and you cannot return to your previous view by pressing [Alt]+[¬] since they will open a new window or tab on your browser.  Again there is a relatively simple solution.  In the header of every even page, there is the following notation:


Press [Ctrl]+[left mouse click] to follow an external link


Simply pressing the [Ctrl] key and left clicking your mouse or touch pad will open your desired link in a new tab or window (depending on how your browser is configured).


Clicking on the colored tabs on the outer margins will take you directly to a new chapter.  The first eight chapters are on the right margin of odd pages and the last eight are on the left margin of even pages.


The headers and footers also contain subsection (e.g. Section 1.0) and page numbers (e.g., 1-2) to provide a visual reference for where you are in the Regulations, which surprisingly is not always evident as you drill down into a lengthy regulation.  For example, you may be in Subsection 8.6B(1)b(iii) and not see Section 8 or even Subsection 8.6 anywhere on the page.  Rather than scroll up or down to find out where you are, just look at the header to get your bearings.


Let us know if there is any way that we can make these annotated regulations more informative, easier to understand, or easier to navigate.


These Regulations are best viewed on a computer or tablet using the Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox browsers, or Adobe Reader.  Many navigation features do not work in Google Chrome and have not been tested in Apple Safari.  Click on the link below to view them now. 


Annotated Zoning Regulations



Adoption of New Historic District Handbook

The Historic District Commission voted to adopt a revised Historic District Handbook at its meeting on September 21st. Please see the adopted Handbook here. If you have any questions about the Handbook, please contact Abby Kenyon at (860) 285-1982.

Zoning Registry Legal Notice

Legal Notice

Town of Windsor

Town Planning & Zoning Commission


The Windsor Town Planning & Zoning Commission does hereby give notice that it has established a Public Notice Registry pursuant to Public Act 06-80. Landowners and electors of the Town of Windsor, as well as non-profit organizations may request to be placed on this Registry. Those placed on the registry will be entitled to receive advance notice by mail or by electronic mail of public hearings associated with any change in Zoning Regulations or boundaries, Subdivision Regulations, or any amendment to the Plan of Conservation and Development.  For inclusion in the registry, please email the Planning Department; or retreive a form here to fill out and submit by mail or in person; or call (860) 285-1980 to obtain a form to request inclusion in the Registry.  To receive registry notices by USPS mail, you or your organization will be responsible for supplying and replenishing self-addressed stamped envelopes to the Planning Department.

About Us

The Planning Department is responsible for guiding the conservation and development of the town. By reviewing proposed developments, designing town projects, providing information on public and private developments, and administering the town's Geographic Information System (GIS) for mapping, information retrieval, and analysis, we provide guidance and support to the Historic District Commission, the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission, and the Town Planning and Zoning Commission.


Whether you are expanding or relocating your business, developing a new residential neighborhood, or feel that you will be impacted by a proposed development, we are here to help you navigate the planning and zoning process. Even if you are just thinking of developing a project in town, come see us first and we can set up a confidential meeting with our Staff Development Team to help you better understand what will be required of you under the various planning, zoning, building, fire, engineering, and health codes so that you can make more informed decisions about your project.


We have designed this web page to be a clearinghouse for planning and zoning information, where you can get contact information; maps; regulations; application forms; procedures; agendas, legal notices, and minutes; demographic data; answers to many of your questions; and much more with a few clicks of your mouse. If you cannot find what you need, let us know and we will see if we can add it to this site in the future.

Did You Know?

One gallon of used motor oil poured down a storm drain can create a four acre oil slick; contaminate up to one million gallons of water; and spread as far as 100 miles downstream from where the storm drain discharges into the nearest river or stream.  This oil poisons the water, coats vegetation and wildlife, and causes illness and death.

Last Updated: Friday, October 28th, 2016