The GBA meets monthly at different Groton businesses for networking, updates and news in the Town and City of Groton, and presentations on topics of general interest to our local business community. These breakfast meetings are open to all and FREE unless otherwise noted. If you are a Groton business, work at a Groton business, or want to do business in Groton, you are invited!
Topic: "Zoning - Why Should I care? A Business Perspective". Read more about the main topic of the meeting, and why you should care.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017, 8:00am
Location: Cardinal Honda
Speaker: Jon Reiner, Town of Groton Planning Director
- This is a free meeting
- An invitation to all Groton businesses, and those who want to do business in Groton.
- Join us for a morning of networking and making valuable business connections.
- Stay informed about what’s happening on Groton’s economic development front
- Sam Eisenbeiser, Town of Groton OPDS will announce the launch of a collaborative Economic Development Project - A Community Contest!
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE WATER RESOURCE PROTECTION OVERLAY DISTRICT
THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS
One of the region’s most valuable resources is Groton’s reservoir system. This high quality reservoir supplies drinking water to a number of towns in Southeastern Connecticut. Since 1987, the Town of Groton has protected the watershed with an overlay zone designed to limit uses that could pollute the water. The Groton Zoning Commission is now finishing work on a complete overhaul of this zoning regulation.
The Zoning Commission started this project with the goal of making the regulations easier to follow and to allow uses currently prohibited if they use current technology to protect water quality. The Commission has received input mainly from Groton Utilities, the owner of the reservoir system and the environmental community.
A number of the proposed changes could impact new and existing businesses. These changes are outlined on the attached fact sheet. One of the more significant changes is a 100 foot non-disturbance area adjacent to watercourses and associated wetlands in which no development or vegetation removal will be allowed. Tighter controls on stormwater discharge and handling of hazardous materials are also proposed.
It is important that businesses participate in this process. The Zoning Commission has heard very little from the business community about the impact of their regulations. The new regulations will be available for review in February and Groton anticipates a spring public hearing.
Jonathan Reiner, the Director of Planning and Development Services will discuss the Water Resource Protection District regulation amendments at the GBA meeting on Thursday, January 19, 7:30am at Cardinal Honda.
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