Planning & Development
The Planning and Development Department contains the offices that deal with any issue related to new building and development questions or applications. The Department offices include: the Town Planner, the Building Official, the Zoning Enforcement Officer, and the Wetlands Agent. The Department works closely with and coordinates with the Chatham Health District, the Town Engineering Consultant, the Water Pollution Control Administrator and the Hebron Fire Marshal.
It is in intent of the Department to focus on a long term commitment to economic vitality, environmental integrity, and quality development design through the highest quality master plans, plan implementation, development regulations and development review.
The combination of planning and development offices under one Department provides for a coordination of review and approval of building and development projects in Town. Any question relating to planning, zoning, conservation, building, septic, well and sewers can be effectively answered within the Department. The Department coordinates development review with weekly staff meetings with potential developers and builders to provide for a coordinated and efficient review of their proposals.
Planning Activities Update:
The purpose of this section of the website is to keep Hebron Residents up to date on Planning activities that are happening and on-going in Town. We will endeavor to keep this section current with the most recent and significant planning project that affect the Town. Please contact us if there are questions, or suggestions on any of these projects.
Hebron Center Trail:
For over ten years, the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Town of Hebron, private developers, and the local water company worked together to establish public open space and the Hebron Center Trail. This is a two-mile trail network that passes through Veterans Park on Wall Street, continues through recently acquired open space around Hebron Center, passes by mature forests and wetlands, and travels over a new pedestrian bridge constructed in the summer of 2015 and emerges back onto Main Street just east of Ted’s Supermarket. From there the trail connects to sidewalks along Main Street and Wall Street which lead back to Veterans Park. A shorter trail loop is also provided by the trail connection that passes by the Hebron Car Wash over to the Liberty Drive sidewalks and back to Main Street. Click here for a trail map of the Hebron Center Trail.
Hebron Center Study – Housing For Economic Growth:
The Planning and Zoning Commission, through a $20,000 grant secured under the Housing for Economic Growth program, has worked with two consultants, Dennis Goderre – a Landscape Architect from Goderre and Associates and Mark Branse, Esq. from Branse, Willis & Knapp, LLC, in looking at a wide range of planning and zoning and economic development issues surrounding Hebron Center and future growth in the Center. The consultants, along with Town staff, drafted new zoning regulations to encourage future mixed-use growth and development in Hebron Center. The new Mixed-Use Overlay District was approved in 2015. The goal is to create more economic development opportunities in a way that supports a more vibrant, walkable and mixed-use Main Street. This was one of the strong opinions that came from Hebron residents through the UCONN Charrette process that was conducted in 2011. Another outcome of the Study was to create new design guidelines for the commercial areas and multi-family residential areas in Hebron. These design guidelines were adopted by the Commission. The goal is to provide for new development but in a way that is consistent with Hebron’s New England small town character.
Plan of Conservation and Development:
The Planning and Zoning Commission on June 10, 2014 approved the 2014 Town of Hebron’s Plan of Conservation and Development. The previous Plan was last adopted in 2004, and State law requires that this document be updated at least every ten years. Click on the button above to review Hebron’s new 2014 Plan of Conservation and Development that provides a overall vision of how the Community should develop over the next 10-year planning period.
Hebron Center Market Study:
The Town of Hebron and its Economic Development Commission hired Peter Fairweather, of Fairweather Consulting, to conduct a Market Study of Hebron’s Business District. Over a number of years, the Town of Hebron has made a commitment to reinvest in Hebron Center to create a successful, dynamic, and walkable Town center. This study is another step in that process. The work identified potential commercial uses that could be attracted to, or expanded in, Hebron. The study included an analysis of the existing market potential in Hebron and the surrounding area, and a “benchmark” of Hebron against other downtown centers to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of Hebron Center. The study has identified the types of uses for which Hebron Center has a competitive advantage and includes an action plan to attract those uses to the Center. A final presentation was made to the Board of Selectmen at their meeting of September 12, 2013.
Click the link for the Hebron Center Market Study to read this important report.
Town Receives an Open Space Acquisition Grant:
The Open Space Land Acquisition Committee submitted a grant application on behalf of the Town under the State’s Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition Grant Program, to assist with the acquisition of a key 20 acre parcel of open space fronting on Millstream Road and adjacent to Church Street Park. The parcel of land contains a significant stretch of the Raymond Brook. This application was endorsed by the Planning and Zoning Commission and the Conservation Commission and the Board of Selectmen. In October 2015 the Town received notice that they were awarded a $110,000 grant to assist with that purchase. The State of CT and the Town of Hebron have been very active in acquiring open space and resource protection parcels in and around the Raymond Brook. The Raymond Brook Greenway is identified in the Town’s Plan of Conservation and development as a key area for protection and acquisition.
Hebron’s Historic Peters House:
The Peters House, at the entrance to Burnt Hill Park, is slowly returning to its early magnificent appearance. All who have passed 150 East Street since late last summer have noticed the restoration of the exterior of this historic house, including new paint, restored trim, new roof, re-pointed chimneys, and new and restored windows. The work to date has been funded through a State of Connecticut STEAP (Small Town Economic Assistance Program) Grant which was applied for by the Planning Department, and another grant provided by the 1772 Foundation.
In February of 2015 the Town received word that we had received another grant which was submitted by the Planning Department. A $30,000 grant was awarded under the Historic Restoration Fund, administered by the State Historic Preservation Office and the State Department of Economic and Community Development. This $30,000 grant will match another $30,000 provided through the Town’s CIP program. Work funded by these monies will commence this Fall.
The Town is working with the Historic Properties Commission to coordinate the volunteer phase on the interior of the house. There will be tasks appropriate for individuals at all levels of expertise. Volunteers will be offered the chance to spackle, paint, restore flooring, complete wainscot, re-point masonry, and probably work on exterior yard and garden beautification. For more experienced craftspeople, there will be the opportunity to replace boards and molding around fireplaces, and to make other alterations. As work continues, it is our hope that individuals from other professional areas will group together to offer their services to the Historic Peters House.
The Historic Properties Commission is currently collecting names of interested volunteers and organizing training sessions.
Main Street Improvements / New Economic Development Grant:
Through two different STEAP grant awards, the Town has funded the construction of sidewalks along the north side of Main Street, has added street tree plantings along Main Street, constructed a new “Welcome to Hebron” sign at the east entrance to the business district, and funded contributions to a number of local businesses to improve the facades of their buildings. These businesses include: Gina Marie’s, Ace Hardware, Countryside Realty, Hebron Eye Care, Something Simple Cafe, and the new free standing signs at Ted’s plaza. The Town was recently notified that we have been awarded another grant in the amount of $500,000 for additional Main Street improvements. The Planning staff wrote this grant application to fund additional parking improvements for Main Street businesses as well as public uses and public events. The grant will also fund important safety and pedestrian improvements in the Main Street business area. Hebron’s successful program was recently highlighted on the State’s Office of Policy and Management website. Click here to read more.
We have seen some major improvements along Main Street over the past few years funded in large part through grants secured through the State’s Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP).
Salmon River Partnership:
The Town of Hebron along with nine other towns in the Salmon River watershed have entered into a Partnership with the Nature Conservancy in a multi-year effort to take actions to preserve and protect the water quality of the Salmon River that all these towns share. One of the first products of the Partnership is a “Salmon River Watershed Municipal Land Use Evaluation Project”. This report reviews and makes recommendations on land use regulations and public works maintenance practices of all towns in the Watershed. The Partnership has sponsored training and workshops, as well as water quality monitoring efforts, throughout the Watershed.
For a full copy of the Salmon River Watershed Municipal Land Use Evaluation Project report, please Click Here.
The Town Planner serves as the department head and supervises the planning and development offices in the Town:
Town Planner : Michael K. O’Leary, A.I.C.P.
15 Gilead Street
Hebron, CT 06248
You can e-mail the Town Planner here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Other staff members in the planning and development offices can be reached at the same address and are as follows:
Building Official & Zoning Enforcement Officer: Joseph Summers, 228-5971, x142
Town Wetland Agent: John Soderberg, 228-5971, x139
Fire Marshal: Randy Blais, 228-3022
Donna Godbout, 228-5971, x138
Louise Caisse, 228-5971, x141
Town Sanitarian / Chatham Health District: Steve Knauf, 228-5971, x140
You can also contact the Chatham Health District and learn more about their organization at their website at: www.chathamhealth.org.
The following pages explain the functions of the various offices within the Department of Planning and Development, contact information, and forms and information that will assist you with your interaction with the Department.