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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. If you are a Groton business, work at a Groton business, or want to do business in Groton, you're invited!

Join us for our next meeting!

Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017, 7:30-9:00 AM
LocationSubmarine Force Museum at Sub Base New London

Did you know the Sub Museum ...

...  has the 3rd highest visitation rate of any attraction is Southeastern CT?
...  was originally established as "The Submarine Library" by EB in 1955?
...  has more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 documents & 30,000 photographs?
...  just passed 31 years open to the public?
...  has begun planning to redesign the museum for the next 30 years?

What will the Submarine Force Museum become in the coming decades? Join the GBA at our June 29 meeting when LCDR Reginald Preston, OIC USS Nautilus, will discuss the planning process for the museum's next 30 years, what it entails, what are its goals, what will it look like, and how will visitors experience it in the future!

The Navy has retained the services of Gallagher and Associates, an internationally known museum design firm to lead the process. They have already created the same level of planning for four other Navy museums and are currently designing the Coast Guard museum in New London.

All are welcome at the meeting; bring your business cards and your networking enthusiasm! Refreshments will be served.

For confirmation or more information please contact Lian Obrey at:  860-235-5459


 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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