Fragments of Regionalism: State and Regional Planning in Connecticut at Century's End

Terry Tondro, St. John’s Law Review, 1999, available here

"I am going to examine how towns in my state, Connecticut, have reacted to the increasing pressures to consider the impact of local decisions on other municipalities in its metropolitan region. While Connecticut's institutions and laws reflect some of these pressures for regional planning and cooperation, the overall picture is one of ad hoc responses to particular situations, rather than the result of a planned evolution. Regional planning may be inevitable, and some consider it necessary, but Connecticut's experience is that it will be haphazard and not at all coordinated. Unfortunately, it appears that the whole of regional planning and cooperation-its theory-may well be less than the sum of its parts-its implementation-unless stronger and more broadly based leadership asserts itself."

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