“Affordable” versus “affordable”

Affordable means different things to different people at different times. This holds true when one is talking about housing.  There is the general concept of affordable housing that applies when talking about communities or demographic groups.  There is the specific reality of affordable housing that is pertinent to individual homeowners and homebuyers. Planning and zoning commissions need to …

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer affects many people.  Every day someone is either given the diagnosis of or is undergoing treatment for it.  You may know someone.  It is the third most common cancer in the U.S. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be approximately 135,430 people in the U.S. (approximately 1,600 people in Connecticut) given a new diagnosis of …

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Basics of Your Town’s Planning and Zoning

Jeffrey A. Gordon, M.D. As a member of Woodstock’s Planning and Zoning Commission, I am often asked “why are there zoning regulations” and “what are they all about”.  Let’s take a visit to some basics about your town’s planning and zoning.                 When you drive in your car or walk around, you see your town …

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Does “Form Ever Follow Function”?

There is an American architectural concept called “form ever follows function”, first used by Louis Sullivan in 1896 to describe a design style for skyscrapers. A building’s functional use would dictate its shape and appearance. Support beams, columns, and infrastructure, usually hidden, were seen to various degrees in an outward manner. For planning and zoning …

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A Rose by Any Other Name …

Have you thought much about the words and phrases people use? What are their definitions? Planning and zoning commissions think about these things because words and phrases can have legal meanings, impacts and consequences.  Your town’s Plan of Conservation and Development (POCD) envisions the goals of guiding your town’s growth, its zoning/subdivision regulations achieve those …

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