What We Do
The Planning Department is responsible for numerous planning, zoning, inland wetlands, and historic district functions as well as census activities, environmental protection, mapping and other functions as outlined below.
Support Boards & Commissions
- Prepare agendas, perform research and analysis, receive applications, and perform other administrative functions for: the Town Planning & Zoning Commission, the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission, the Historic District Commission, and the Energy Task Team.
- Prepare ordinances, materials, and analysis for the Town Council and other Town agencies.
- Develop plans and regulations.
- Monitor federal, state and local plans and programs to maximize their benefits and minimize their liabilities to the community.
- Assist in the design of Town projects (e.g. landscaping, parking lots, beautifications and recreational facilities.)
- Review applications to the Town Planning & Zoning Commission to ensure compliance with the Plan of Conservation and Development as well as the Zoning, and Subdivision Regulations, and encourage good development.
- Review applications to the Inland Wetlands & Watercourses Commission to ensure development is reasonably in harmony with the environment.
- Review applications to the Historic District Commission to ensure architectural and other improvements visible from the street are in keeping with the historic character of the Windsor Historic District.
- Update the standards of Zoning, Subdivision, and Inland Wetlands and Watersourses Regulations.
- Conduct environmental education and other programs.
- Prioritize future open space acquisitions.
- Monitor upcoming 2020 Census activities and provide local review and input as required.
Geographic Information System
- Develop and gather necessary geographic data to support town functions.
- Create maps/databases and perform analysis to support town programs.
Did You Know?
If you are building a new home or need to replace your furnace, air conditioner and/or water heater, a ground-source heat pump can be a cost-effective alternative to new or replacement heating and cooling systems.
Taking advantage of the relatively constant temperatures of the ground below the frost line, a ground-source heat pump costs 30 to 70 percent less to operate for heating and 20 to 50 percent less for cooling over conventional furnaces, air-source heat pumps, and air conditioners. You can also take advantage of free hot water in the summer when operating in cooling mode by using heat collected from the air in your home to heat your hot water rather than send the heat back into the ground to be dissipated.
Ground-source heat pumps cost more to install than conventional heating and cooling systems, mainly because of the well drilling or direct burial of outdoor water lines, but depending on how inefficient your current system(s) are, the units can pay for themselves in four to twelve years, and even quicker if energy prices skyrocket in the future.