REGIONAL COUNCILS OF GOVERNMENTS: The municipalities within each of those regions have voluntarily created, through local ordinance, one of the three types of Regional Planning Organization allowed under Connecticut statute (a Regional Council of Elected Officials, a Regional Council of Governments, or a Regional Planning Agency) to carry out a variety of regional planning and other activities on their behalf:

Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency: Email – crerpa@snet.net

Connecticut Rural Development Council – developing strategies to help improve employment opportunities, incomes and the well-being of rural communities in Connecticut.

Congress for the New Urbanism – The principles of the New Urbanism include coherent regional planning, walkable neighborhoods, and attractive, accommodating civic spaces.

Form-Based Codes Institute – An emerging approach that recognizes that a community’s physical form is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic.