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MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD ZONING CODE WINS 5 MAJOR AWARDS FOR PRIORITIZING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

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MAYOR BRONIN: HARTFORD ZONING CODE WINS 5 MAJOR AWARDS FOR PRIORITIZING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

HARTFORD, CONN. (DECEMBER 8, 2016) – Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced that Hartford’s recently re-drafted zoning code has received five major awards in recognition of its innovative provisions that prioritize both economic development and environmental sustainability. 

“Our new zoning code makes Hartford a true leader in smart, sustainable growth, where developers can count on a clear, predictable and forward-looking code that makes it easy to invest here in Hartford," said Mayor Bronin. "We're proud that Hartford's new commitment to being a development-friendly, smart, sustainable city has been recognized through these five major awards."

In January 2016, for the first time in fifty years, the zoning regulations of Hartford were comprehensively revised by the City’s Planning & Zoning Commission. The Commission passed the code unanimously, after receiving input from hundreds of residents and stakeholders over a period of three years. The new code targets economic growth, prioritizes environmental sustainability, improves transportation access and mobility, and enhances food security.

“It is so exciting for our community to be recognized for our hard work,” said Sara C. Bronin, Chair of the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission. “We know that economic development and environmental stewardship can go hand in hand, and I hope that Hartford residents and businesses will benefit from this code for years to come.”

The Capital Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) awarded the City of Hartford its 2016 Sustainability Award. Lyle Wray, executive director of CRCOG, praised the new code as “a model for other cities prioritizing sustainability, carbon footprint reduction, and resilience to improve energy use, and air and water quality.”

The zoning code also earned three statewide awards: 

  •  Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association Transformative Planning Award, recognizing the process and innovative content (including its form-based provisions)
  •  Connecticut Economic Resource Center Economic Development Project of the Year Award (North-Central Region) Award, acknowledging the code for reducing construction   costs and promoting appealing, mixed-used smart-growth developments
  •  Connecticut Conference of Municipalities Inaugural Sustainability Award, recognizing the code’s incentives for renewable energy, green roofs, and electric vehicles

Finally, the Boston-based New England Chapter of the Congress of New Urbanism – representing six states – honored the City of Hartford as one of five recipients of its 2016 Urbanism Award, stating: “The sheer amount of work that went into this project is mind-boggling—and the result is a plan that allows for mixed-use developments that would have been impossible under conventional zoning.”
 
“These awards recognize that Hartford is open for business,” said Sean Fitzpatrick, Director of the City Department of Development Services. “The real reward will be sustained, long-term growth for Hartford, which is now possible with this code.” 
 
This announcement comes on the heels of Hartford’s recognition as a Bike-Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists – a designation secured in part by the zoning code’s innovative provisions on bicycle-related amenities.

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