Planning Commission

Functions

Plan of Conservation & Development

One of the main functions of the Planning Commission is the compilation of the Plan of Conservation and Development. The recently updated 2011 plan (PDF) provides the framework for guiding growth to maintain and improve Westbrook in ways its citizens find most desirable. 

All proposed municipal improvements, special permit applications and proposed amendments to the Zoning Regulations are reviewed for consistency with the plan. While the recommendations in the Plan of Conservation and Development are advisory, basing decisions for the town’s future on a comprehensive plan increases the likelihood of retaining qualities that make the town special and attaining desired goals. 

By state statute, the plan must be updated every 10 years in order to be eligible for state discretionary funding.

Subdivision of Land

The Commission has regulatory jurisdiction over the subdivision of land. Subdivision is defined as the division of a tract or parcel of land into 3 or more lots. The subdivision regulations are intended to ensure that land, when subdivided can be used for building purposes without danger to health and safety or degradation of the environment. 

An important component of subdivision plans is the laying out of new town roads and designation of Open Space within new residential developments.

Expressing Your Opinions

To express your opinion on any matters that come before the commission, email the commission. You must include your full name, local address and phone number.

Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • 2nd Monday of every month
  • Mulvey Municipal Center
    Multi-Media Room
    866 Boston Post Road
    Westbrook, CT 06498

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes | View Agendas and Minutes From 2014 and Older

Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration 

Importance of the Limit of Moderate Wave Action (LiMWA) 

The coastal population in the United States has increased significantly over the last few decades. With this growth in population, increased coastal development has occurred, putting more buildings at risk from flooding and other coastal action. Low-lying coastal areas are especially vulnerable to damage from erosion, waves, and storm surge. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) depicts two coastal flood hazard zones on its Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs): 

  • Zone VE, where the flood elevation includes wave heights equal to or greater than 3 feet; and
  • Zone AE, where the flood elevation includes wave heights less than 3 feet.

For More information, the FEMA Fact Sheet on LiMWA can be found here:  FEMA_seal

Please take a look at the LiMWA Mapping for The Town of Westbrook Here: PDF_Anim_ICON

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As shown on the FEMA flood overlap, the area south of the green dashed line ( - - - ) is in the Limits of Moderate Wave Activity (LiMWA) or “Coastal High Hazard Areas”, as set forth in Section 4.C.5.3.2 of the Zoning Regulations.  

All new construction or construction that counts as a “substantial improvement” within these areas is subject to stringent requirements under the Building Code, which has been codified into our Zoning Regulations. 

There can be no basements, by way of example, and the bottom of all structure members must be elevated to one foot above flood level for these locations.  

If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please consult with the Flood Plain Administrator, Eric Knapp, at (860) 399-3041 or email Eric at eknapp@westbrookct.us.

Documents

Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

All Board meetings except for Executive Sessions are open to the public.

Public comment is permitted at the start and conclusion of each meeting. 


Members
Party
Term Expires
Marilyn Ozols
(D) CH
11/05/2025
William Neal
(D) Vice Chair
11/03/2023
Phil Bassett
(R) Secretary
11/04/2021
Tammy Niedwiecki
(R)
11/05/2025
Eric Reeve
(R)
11/21/2023
Marie Farrell
(D) Alt
01/01/2022
Sheryl Becker
(U) Alt
01/01/2022
Richard Newberg
(R) Alt
01/01/2022

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