Windsor Land Use and Development Procedures

General Overview:

The Town of Windsor aims to provide for a speedy and professional development review. This is accomplished through an organized interaction between our town staff team and the applicant early in the process. If a site is appropriately zoned, the process for approval will require four to six weeks from the day a complete site plan application is submitted. This includes review by staff, the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Inland and Wetlands Commission, if required. If a zone change, special use or subdivision is needed then the approval process may take an additional two to three weeks depending on the timing of the application and public notice.

In Connecticut, any project with 200 or more parking spaces or of 100,000 SF or more is considered a major traffic generator. Major traffic generators are required to obtain a certificate from the Office of State Traffic Administration (OSTA) before a building permit is issued. The OSTA review is typically a 60-90 day process, which may be tracked concurrently with the town’s review, but final action of the OSTA must follow local zoning approval.

Development Assistance:

Windsor’s Economic Development Office is available to assist businesses through the town’s development approval process.

Contact person: James Burke, Economic Development Director, 860-285-1877

Staff Review:

The Town Planner organizes a meeting each Tuesday morning with applicants and their consultants to go over project plans and requirements and receive professional feedback. These meetings include staff from Planning, Engineering, Fire Marshal, Building Inspection, Public Health, and Economic Development.

Applicants should contact the Town Planner early in project development so that proper guidance can be given. There are no fees or forms associated with this staff review.

Contact person: Eric Barz, Town Planner, 860-285-1981

Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission:

The Wetlands Commission reviews all development proposals to ensure that environmental impacts are minimized.  Wetlands Commission approval is required prior to action by the Planning and Zoning Commission. The Wetlands Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month and requires specific plans and specifications as part of their application.

Contact person: Tom Hazel, Environmental Planner, 860-285-1877

Planning and Zoning Commission:

The Town Planning and Zoning Commission (TPZ) reviews all site plans for commercial and industrial development, residential subdivisions, and other specialized uses. The Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month.

Contact person: Eric Barz, Town Planner, 860-285-1981

Building Permitting:

In order to apply for a Building Permit, one must fill out an application and, in addition, submit sketches, building drawings, and plans or other applicable documents for review. If all paperwork is in order, the majority of applications are processed without any delay. The Building Department Staff is available to answer any questions you may have in order to speed up the permit process.

Contact person: Bob Ruzzo, Building Official, 860-285-1962

Zoning Board of Appeals:

On rare occasions, an application may also need to be made to the Zoning Board of Appeals when a zoning variance is required. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of each month.

Contact person: Bob Ruzzo, Acting Building Official, 860-285-1962