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?
Polluted stormwater runoff containing automotive oil and grease, agricultural chemicals and waste, and residential lawn chemicals; salination from rising sea levels; industrial discharges; pouring unused medications or household chemicals down the drain; failed septic systems and sewage overflows; illegal dumping; and oil and gas production are just a few of the things that can polute surface water and groundwater, making it toxic to plants and animals as well as humans. The scarcity of drinking water around the world is making potable (drinking) water the oil or gold of the future, which nations will go to war to sieze or protect. The Southwest is experincing record droughts that could make life in parts of Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas impossible. The Ogallala Acquifer that irrigates the the nation's agricultural heartland took millions of years to form and is being drained in a matter of decades. Even cities like Atlanta are fighting legal battles with neighboring cities such as Chatanooga over water rights. New England's abundance of clean water is a precious natural resource that can't be taken for granted, and if we protect it, the nation and the world will turn to us with envy when they have squandered theirs or built beyond the ability of their water supplies to sustain them. Think twice before you carelessly pollute this precious resource.