Although the River COG region includes one of Connecticut's small cities (inset photo below), it is often described as one of the "places between the spaces" (Chester, Lyme and the CT River, photo below). We are the "green" separating the urban areas of the state which include New Haven to our west, Hartford to our north, and New London to our east. Our center is not one of Connecticut's great urban centers, it is the much celebrated Connecticut River. That is our identity. The agency's planning efforts will likely focus on retaining the character of our "space", which also includes one of the historic cores of Connecticut and numerous historic villages and Main Streets. Planning for the future of the lower Connecticut River Valley, therefore, includes supporting the vibrancy of our small city and of the various smaller scale developments, as well as for the river, the green space, agriculture and numerous other more "passive" assets located within our 17 towns.
Under the statutes governing the operation of a council of governments, a COG can assign planning duties to a Regional Planning Committee. The duties most commonly assigned include the preparation of a Regional Plan of Conservation and Development and the review of intermunicipal referrals. Other planning duties can be assigned as well.
The statutes also provide the membership structure of the Regional Planning Committee. A regular member is to be appointed from among the members of the local Planning & Zoning Commission (or the Planning Commission where two separate commissions exist) with an alternate being appointed by the Planning & Zoning Commission from the at-large population. Although the alternate participates in all discussions, it is the regulation member who has voting authority.
The members of the River COG Regional Planning Committee are: