Welcome to the Planning Collaborative!

We provide land use planning assistance to small towns in northwest Connecticut with an emphasis on village center vitality and housing that is affordable to working families and seniors. Our current contributing member towns are Canaan, Cornwall, Goshen, Kent, North Canaan, Norfolk, Salisbury and Sharon.

Through this Collaborative, we provide efficient and cost effective professional planning services to our partner towns. We also plan to share our work with all towns in the Northwest Connecticut and Litchfield Hills planning regions.

Many planning issues in this region are similar across all towns. Rather than each individual town using their own scarce resources to pay for planning assistance, the Collaborative will prepare and share technical planning advice by professional planners hired to serve the regional area.

How to use this site:

The purpose of this website is to provide easy access to much needed information, analyses, and explanations from professional planners. Visit the resources page to see how you can address issues important to the region such as:

  • affordable and workforce housing;
  • subdivision and zoning standards;
  • natural, scenic and cultural conservation;
  • open space, habitat, and farmland protection; and
  • economic development.

We also provide links to related initiatives, organizations and publications that you may find of interest.

Click on town documents to view all of the available town plans of conservation and development and land use regulations in the regional area.

Our Supporters:

Our work would not be possible without the critical financial support from the following:

Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

CL&P- Yankee Gas Services

Community Foundation of Northwest Connecticut

Connecticut Main Street Center

CT Office of Policy & Management

Litchfield Bancorp

National Iron Bank

Salisbury Bank & Trust

Torrington Savings Bank

Union Savings Bank

Webster Bank

Our member towns

Thank you!


Contact Us:

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us. You can use this link to make comments on the web site, or ask questions of our planners.


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July 31st, NHCOG "5th Thursdays Forum" for Land Use Boards

West Cornwall, CT (Meet at covered bridge). TOPIC: The Art of Planning our Main Streets and Supporting Local Businesses Contact Jocelyn Ayer (jocelyn@nwctplanning.org) for more information.


August 14th, 6pm Train Campaign Meeting.

Cornwall, CT (Wandering Moose Cafe). Hear about plans to bring passenger rail service back to NWCT. Contact Jocelyn Ayer(jocelyn@nwctplanning.org) for more information.

Falls Village Town Plan Update -events, news, & survey links



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