HVCEO maintains a research program dedicated to improving
municipal management and planning. The resulting publications
are listed below. Contact Jon Chew with questions or comments
REPORT 163. PLANNED: TRANSIT ORIENTED
DEVELOPMENT FOR THE BRANCHVILLE STATION AREA
To be prepared for the Town of Ridgefield.
REPORT 162. PLANNED: FUNCTIONAL NEEDS EMERGENCY
To be prepared in coordination with health directors, emergency
management directors and the Western CT Health Network,
to provide specialized sheltering for individuals requiring
REPORT 161. PLANNED: FEMA PRE-DISASTER HAZARD
Ten individual municipal plans will be prepared. They will
improve emergency management and qualify municipalities
for FEMA grants.
REPORT 160. PLANNED: BICYCLE TRANSIT PLAN
An update of an earlier HVCEO effort, this work will focus
on analysis and recommendations by municipality.
REPORT 159. IN PROGRESS: COMPREHENSIVE
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY (CEDS)
In conjunction with the Region's private sector, to be prepared
to meet CT DECD regional planning requirements for state
economic development grants. Also to serve as a refreshed
regional data base for municipal marketing and economic
REPORT 158. IN PROGRESS: TRANSPORTATION PLAN
FOR LAKE AVENUE AND WEST STREET IN DANBURY
(draft) roadway corridor plan will serve as
the base for transportation improvements, sidewalk extensions,
and some site plan approvals.
REPORT 157. 1/2013: BOUNDARY REVIEW FOR GREATER
of evidence as input to the upcoming state
study of regional planning boundaries.
REPORT 156. 10/2012: COMMUTER RAIL PARKING
An update and consolidation of rail
station parking plans.
REPORT 155. 2/2012: BETHEL ROUTES 6, 53,
58 AND 302 CURB CUT MANAGEMENT PLAN
access management plan (60 mb) as requested
by Bethel and adopted into the Bethel Zoning Regulations
REPORT 154. 7/2011: ROUTE 7 DRIVEWAY
PLANS FOR DANBURY, REDDING AND RIDGEFIELD
Updates the 1996 Route 7 Access Management Plans for
these communities. These 2011 updates were again prepared
for use as site plan standards to be referenced in municipal
zoning regulations: Danbury
Route 7 Driveway Plan, Redding
Route 7 Driveway Plan, Ridgefield
Route 7 Driveway Plan.
REPORT 153. 7/2011: DANBURY, REDDING AND RIDGEFIELD
ROUTE 7 TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE STUDY
A guide to future transportation investments on the
existing roadway, accompanied by land use recommendations
for adjacent development. This
transportation study was conducted in cooperation
with SWRPA, the regional planning organization to our south.
Important appendices available include those on Existing
Conditions and Trends, Traffic
Volume Diagrams, and Travel
REPORT 152. 7/2011: TRANSPORTATION PLAN
NEWTOWN ROAD (ROUTE 806) IN DANBURY
corridor plan will serve as the base for transportation
improvements, sidewalk extensions, and some site plan approvals.
REPORT 151. 7/2011: RAIL FREIGHT
IN THE HOUSATONIC REGION
study by HART is intended to assist municipalities
in marketing buildings and land with proximity to rail,
and to assist businesses seeking to use rail freight access
points. See the accompanying Access
to Rail Freight Map.
REPORT 150. 5/2011: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
This update places the Regional
Transportation Plan (format is multiple html
pages) in conformance with the latest federal statutes.
The document qualifies the Region for its federal transportation
funding. Also available as a single 6.5
mb black and white pdf document.
REPORT 149. 5/2011: SHERMAN NATURAL
HAZARD PRE-DISASTER MITIGATION PLAN
natural hazard pre-disaster mitigation plan
was prepared to enable Sherman to receive FEMA hazard mitigation
REPORT 148A. 3/2011:
NEED FOR TRAFFIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON ROUTE 6 IN
review was prepared in support of intersection improvements
with Commerce Road and Edmond Road.
REPORT 148. 1/2011:
I-84 AND ROUTE 7 EXPRESSWAY EMERGENCY DIVERSION PLAN
This study has been completed
in cooperation with CT DEMHS, CT DOT, COGCNV and local emergency
management officials. It will serve as a guide during expressway
traffic emergencies. The Emergency Diversion Plan Report
The Emergency Diversion Plan Maps as reduced
size pdfs are
at this link, also as full scale original pdfs
at the Waterbury based COGCNV
REPORT 147. 1/2011: HART FIXED
ROUTE EFFICIENCY STUDY
An update of HART's
blueprint for systemwide operational efficiency,
including on time performance, ridership survey and recommendations.
REPORT 146. 6/2010: REGIONAL MUTUAL
AGREEMENT FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE
landmark regional agreement endorsed by area
leaders on 6/17/2010 was prepared at the request of municipalities
to facilitate emergency responses.
REPORT 145. 4/2010: THE GEOGRAPHIC
OF CONNECTICUT'S REGIONAL PLANNING
This research report on
Connecticut's regional boundary issues was
prepared by HVCEO in cooperation with the CT
Association of Regional Planning Organizations.
See also HVCEO
comments of 6/2010.
REPORT 144. 3/2010: BETHEL RAILROAD
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT STUDY
topical report is to assist Bethel is developing
a transit oriented development center at its railroad station.
See also Concept
Map 1, Concept
Map 2 and Concept
Map 3. See also the 2010 CT
DOT Transit Oriented Development Overview.
REPORT 143. 3/2010: NEWTOWN ROUTES 6, 25,
AND 816 ACCESS MANAGEMENT PLAN
and expanded driveway management plan for use
by the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission.
REPORT 142. 3/2010: HART BUS SERVICE
of and plan for the regional HART bus system
updates earlier editions cited below. A comparison of cost-effectiveness
with comparable systems is included.
REPORT 141. 10/2009:
I-84 GREATER DANBURY
TOLL PLAZA IMPACT STUDY
review of impacts of potential I-84 tolls on
traffic and quality of life in Greater Danbury. Prepared
as input to the debate on reestablishing tolls on expressways
REPORT 140. 6/2009: REGIONAL PLAN
CONSERVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
update of the Regional Plan will place the
region in compliance with new state statutes and serve as
a guide for the updating of municipal plans of conservation
REPORT 139. 5/2009: CENTRAL NEW MILFORD
PEDESTRIAN LOOP CONCEPT PLAN
recommended pedestrian walkway from Bridge
Street south to Lanesville Road, east across the Housatonic
River and then back north to New Milford Center.
REPORT 138. 4/2009: BROOKFIELD ROUTE 202 "COMPLETE
STREETS" BUS STOP AND PEDESTRIAN PLAN
To assist Brookfield with its input to Conn DOT's planned
improvement of the Route 202 commercial corridor, maps
and texts have been prepared identifying needed bus stop
and pedestrian amenities.
REPORT 137. 1/2009: REGIONAL HOUSING
research and narrative report provides each
community with fresh perspective on its affordable housing
needs. A housing database for use in grant applications
has been prepared, innovations within the Region and beyond
are summarized, and recommendations are made for municipal
plans of development.
REPORT 136. 9/2008: OPERATIONAL
ELDERLY AND DISABLED TRANSIT SERVICES
SweetHART system efficiency study was
prepared for HVCEO by the staff of HART.
REPORT 135. 8/2008: NEW FAIRFIELD
TRAFFIC ISSUES REPORT
Traffic safety plans for a) the New
Fairfield High School driveway at Gillotti Road
and b) the intersection of Beaver Bog Road with Route 37.
REPORT 134. 8/2008:
CLASSIC WATER RESOURCE RESEARCH
These documents are reproduced by HVCEO due to their enduring
value to municipal planning and development. First is the
U.S. Geological Survey's 1920
Drainage and Glaciation in the Danbury Region.
And second, the 1971
Drainage and Glacial History of the Still River Valley,
also by the U.S. Geological Survey.
REPORT 133. 6/2008: HISTORY OF PUBLIC BUS
SERVICE IN GREATER DANBURY
report provides an understanding of HART's historical roots
and systematic development over decades. Perspective
on past funding decisions helps to facilitate wise investment
in future growth of regional transit.
REPORT 132. 6/2008: NEW MILFORD ROUTES 7 AND
202 ACCESS MANAGEMENT PLAN
important traffic safety planning tool is an
update of the HVCEO driveway management plan adopted in
1997 by the New Milford Zoning Commission. This update was
approved as a standard within the New Milford Zoning Regulations.
REPORT 131. 4/2008: BRIDGEWATER CENTER PEDESTRIAN
A guide for pedestrian
improvements in rural Bridgewater Center (18.0
REPORT 130. 4/2008: DANBURY HOSPITAL "H"
EMERGENCY SIGN PLAN
update of the 1991 regional sign plan to identify best ambulance
routes, sign attrition, locations for new signs, costs and
responsibilities. In 2007 Danbury installed
the H signs recommended by this plan.
REPORT 129. 12/2007: EXPANDING
TO BRIDGEPORT AND WATERBURY
Prepared for HVCEO by the staff of HART, this
interregional bus plan will be the template
for bus service growth to Bridgeport and Waterbury.
REPORT 128. 6/2007: STILL
RIVER GREENWAY PLAN FOR
NORTHERN BROOKFIELD AND SOUTHERN NEW MILFORD
planning report provides a planned alignment
for the Still River Greenway. The Greenway can now be constructed
in accordance with this plan.
REPORT 127. 4/2007: DANBURY HOSPITAL AND WCSU
A study to enhance
traffic flow near regional institutions in
the City of Danbury.
REPORT 126. 4/2007: REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
This update places the Regional
Transportation Plan in conformance with revised
REPORT 125. 2/2007 SHERMAN CENTER PEDESTRIAN
and enhancement plan for Sherman Center.
REPORT 124. 11/2006 HARLEM
LINE SHUTTLE BUS STUDY
of current HART commuter shuttles from Danbury and Ridgefield
to rail services in New York State, and a proposal
for adding service from New Fairfield to the Southeast,
N.Y.rail station. The New Fairfield service was then initiated
in May of 2009.
REPORT 123. 10/2006 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
MUTUAL AID PLAN
This plan includes a
regional public health mutual aid agreement
signed by all ten chief elected officials in the Region.
REPORT 122.10/2006 WATER SUPPLY WATERSHED
PROTECTION ZONE FOR BETHEL
for zoning revisions to protect Bethel's water
supply watersheds, adopted by the Bethel Planning and Zoning
Commission in 2009.
REPORT 121. 9/2006
RIVER TRAIL MANAGEMENT PLAN
A regional guide
for coordinating the planning, design and funding
of paddling facilities and riverside trails along the Still
River and Housatonic River.
REPORT 120. 8/2006: QUEEN STREET AREA TRAFFIC
traffic and pedestrian plan for the center of Newtown
serves as input to local traffic decisions.
REPORT 119. 1/2006 WATER SUPPLY CONNECTIONS
A review of
potential supply connections to facilitate
intermunicipal water supply planning.
REPORT 118. 1/2006 HAZARD ANNEXES FOR LOCAL
For adoption into local emergency plans, extending current
annexes to address unique response procedures for flood,
hurricane, dam failure, lethal chemical, tornado, etc.
2001 TO 2005
REPORT 117. 10/2005 BETHEL, CT TRAFFIC ISSUES
of the Town of Bethel's traffic issues helps
shape the direction of future investment in local traffic
REPORT 116a. 10/2005 HART FIXED ROUTE EFFICIENCY
of routes in the HART system includes performance
comparisons with earlier years. Similar analyses were undertaken
in 1997, 1994, and 1992.
REPORT 116. 10/2005 NEW FAIRFIELD CENTER BEAUTIFICATION
HVCEO has completed an update of Bulletin # 98 below. This
and its detailed drawings (2.7MB) set the framework
for pedestrian and beautification investments in New Fairfield
REPORT 115. 6/2005 RIDGEFIELD ROUTE 35 TRAFFIC
A 20 year update of HVCEO's 1985 Route 35 Traffic Improvement
Plan. The 2005
Route 35 Plan is now a guide for town officials
as they manage adjacent development and traffic issues.
In particular, the curb
cut plan therein (3.1MB) will serve the Planning
and Zoning Commission as it guides driveway development
along Route 35.
REPORT 114. 3/2005 ANALYSIS OF OPEN SPACE CONSERVATION
This 2003 report was authored by a consultant
to the Newtown Planning and Zoning Commission who is now
an HVCEO employee. The full
text of this timely research is posted here
(1.44 MB) by permission of the Town of Newtown. Appendix
A includes valuable perspective on sewerage treatment options.
REPORT 113. 2/2005 STATUS OF
DIGITAL PARCEL MAPS AND
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN THE REGION
Here is provided a
detailed town by town update on the continuing
development of this important municipal management resource.
The goal is for each town to make faster progress by seeing
clearly where it stands in relation to its neighbors, also
the borrowing of successful ideas.
REPORT 112. 12/2004 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS FIELD
This is a laminated pocket size and easy to use summary
of the local Emergency Operations Plan, with ten versions
tailored to the ten municipalities.
REPORT 111. 9/2004 TRAFFIC PLANNING FOR CENTRAL
A report providing an overview of the complex
traffic needs of Central New Milford, including
an update on pending and future traffic improvement projects.
REPORT 110. 9/2004 WATER SUPPLY RESOURCE INVENTORY
provides technical background on the area's vital water
supply aquifers and watersheds, and is designed to support
municipal plans of conservation and development.
REPORT 109. 5/2004 COMMUTING PATTERNS FROM
provides an update on commuter patterns, 1970-2000. These
statistics are valuable for transportation planning as well
as for understanding the structure of the regional economy.
REPORT 108. 3/2004 TRAFFIC SIGNAL COORDINATION
FOR GREATER DANBURY
A determination of signal coordination potential along nineteen
roadways in eight municipalities. The document includes
Signal Coordination Handbook as well as detailed
coordination plans for Backus
Avenue in Danbury and Bridge
Street in New Milford.
REPORT 107. 2/2004 2004-2030 REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION
PLAN FOR THE GREATER DANBURY AREA
Regional Transportation Plan is the heart of
the Region's federally mandated transportation planning
and project funding process.
REPORT 106. 3/2003 PEDESTRIAN SAFETY PLAN
FOR QUEEN STREET IN NEWTOWN, CT
Requested by the Newtown Police Commission, the detailed
maps and text in this plan define pedestrian
safety improvements warranted for this busy roadway in central
REPORT 105. 10/2002 CASINO TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY
This research documents the devastating traffic impact if
a casino were ever forced upon Danbury. A summary of conclusions
REPORT 104. 11/2001 GEORGETOWN (REDDING) BEAUTIFICATION
AND TRAFFIC PLAN
This plan for streetscape beautification was adopted as
an amendment to the Redding Plan of Conservation and Development.
It is used as a guide for development of the Georgetown
neighborhood and has attracted state beautification grant
REPORT 103. 4/2001 BETHEL ROUTE 53 TRAFFIC
A guide for safety and capacity improvements, the data in
this report helps to set conditions for local development
submissions and any proposed Conn DOT revisions to Route
53. This information has been incorporated into a Route
53 traffic report.
REPORT 102. 9/2000 INTERSTATE 84 CORRIDOR TRAFFIC
By Conn DOT, in cooperation with HVCEO, this research defines
how I-84 will need to be upgraded to meet state and regional
needs in the future.
See the maps of improvements
for each exit.
See the text for each chapter: Cover
Page; Contents ; Chapter
Chapter 2 ; Chapter
3 ; Chapter 4 ; Chapter
5 ; Chapter
6 ; Chapter
7 ; Appendix
REPORT 101. 9/2000 RT 7 CORRIDOR TRAVEL OPTIONS
The rail passenger plan for the Region, the basic elements
of which are now posted on the Rail
Resources section of this web site. The plan
was prepared in cooperation with and jointly adopted by
the South Western Regional Planning Agency. A summary of
the original plan is available. This plan recommended a
Danbury to Norwalk bus route now in operation.
REPORT 100A. 3/2000 INTERMODAL
Options for improving connections between
transit modes and transportation flows.
REPORT 100. 1/2000 SPECIAL PROJECT REVIEW FEES
A guide for the Bethel, CT Planning and Zoning Commission
on how to charge applicants for the municipal review costs
stemming from unusually large development proposals. Successfully
implemented in Bethel,
this text is a relevant model for other communities.
REPORT 99. 2/1999 1999 DATA BOOK
HVCEO maintains the demographic statistical data base for
each community. No longer published in hard copy, this frequently
requested information has been transferred to the Area
Info section of this web site.
REPORT 98. 10/1998 NEW FAIRFIELD CENTER BEAUTIFICATION
This streetscape beautification plan was adopted as an amendment
to the New Fairfield Plan of Conservation and Development.
It has attracted federal beautification grant funds and
set conditions for shopping center redevelopment.
See 2005 update.
REPORT 97. 10/1998 BUS TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT
This federally required document is the guide for the Housatonic
Area Regional Transit District's bus fleet
replacements and service development. It is updated periodically
as part of HVCEO's regional transportation planning program.
REPORT 96. 3/1998 TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS FOR
BRIDGE STREET IN NEW MILFORD
This is a traffic evaluation focused on a congested artery. The
cost-benefit of providing a new Housatonic River bridge
to the north, to divert traffic from Bridge Street, was
measured and found
to be low.
REPORT 95. 10/1997 NEW MILFORD ROUTE 7 ACCESS
The maps in this detailed driveway and curb cut management
plan were incorporated into the New Milford Zoning Regulations
as a technical standard for conditions upon development
REPORT 94. 9/1997 I-84 EXIT 9 HAWLEYVILLE (NEWTOWN)
innovative plan provides coordination of local
zoning and transportation for the Exit 9 interchange area.
The results were incorporated into the Town of Newtown Zoning
Regulations and Bulletin 102 above.
This planning process received an award for excellence from
the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association.
REPORT 93. 6/1997 BETHEL ROUTE 6 ACCESS MANAGEMENT
The maps in this detailed driveway and curb cut management
plan were incorporated into the Bethel Zoning Regulations
as a technical standard for conditions upon development
REPORT 92. 4/1997 REGIONAL GROWTH GUIDE MAP
As required by State Statute Chapter 127, Section 8-35a,
this advisory regional
growth plan for the Housatonic Valley provides
regional perspective for the ten municipal development plans.
It is also an easy to understand statement of growth intent
for viewing by investors.
REPORT 91. 12/1996 1997 DATA BOOK
This information is now found at the Area
Info section of this web site.
REPORT 90. 10/1996 ROUTE 7 DRIVEWAY MANAGEMENT
PLAN FOR RIDGEFIELD, REDDING AND DANBURY
The maps in this driveway and curb cut management plan were
incorporated into both the Ridgefield and Redding Zoning
Regulations as technical standards for conditions upon development
REPORT 89. 10/1996 REGIONAL BICYCLE PLAN
The plan provides
policy and standards for bicycle route development in the
Region. See bike
REPORT 88A. 8/1996 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE
Early study of a potential
permanent facility for regional household hazardous waste
storage prior to removal from the area.
REPORT 88. 8/1996 SURVEY OF MUNICIPAL PERMIT
Compendium of the fees charged by local land use commissions
as of 1996.
REPORT 87. 6/1996 PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE TO
The results of this study were incorporated into the Rail
Resources section of this web site.
REPORT 86. 2/1996 DANBURY AND NEW FAIRFIELD
ROUTE 37 TRAFFIC PLAN
Both the traffic recommendations
for Route 37 in Danbury and
for Route 37 in New Fairfield are available
on this web site.
REPORT 85. 12/1995 ROUTE 25 ACCESS MANAGEMENT
The maps in this driveway and curb cut management plan were
incorporated into the Newtown Zoning Regulations as a technical
standard for conditions upon development approvals.
REPORT 84. 10/1995 PICKETT DISTRICT ROAD (NEW
MILFORD) TRAFFIC PLAN
A review of traffic issues off of Route 7 south of New Milford
REPORT 83. 10/1995 BOARDMAN ROAD TRAFFIC PLAN
A review of traffic issues relevant to Boardman
Road north of New Milford Center.
REPORT 82. 10/1995 HART MARKET RESEARCH STUDY
A study of existing and potential bus rider characteristics,
used to refine bus routing and scheduling.
REPORT 81. 1/1995 1995 DATA BOOK
Superseded by later editions, now incorporated within Area
Info on this web site.
REPORT 80. 12/1994 DANBURY-BROOKFIELD FEDERAL
ROAD TRAFFIC PLAN
The traffic recommendations for Federal
Road in Danbury are available on this web site.
REPORT 79. 10/1994 SWEETHART OPERATIONAL ANALYSIS
report for systems management, a survey of
elderly and disabled SweetHart bus rider preferences is
presented, also a statistical analysis of usage patterns,
developed in order to refine bus routing and scheduling.
See also the 2008
update of this study.
REPORT 78. 10/1994 I-84 EXITS 5 & 6 TRAFFIC
Current recommendations for Exit
5 on Danbury's Route 39 and Exit
6 on Danbury's Route 37 are available on this
REPORT 78A. 4/1994 AN ECONOMIC STRATEGY FOR
A report on
the regional economy and its issues, in detail,
for the Housatonic Valley Economic Development Partnership.
REPORT 77. 12/1993 1994 DATA BOOK
REPORT 76. 12/1993 BUS TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT
REPORT 75. 11/1993 NEW FAIRFIELD AND
NEWTOWN BUS SERVICE EXTENSION
Designs for fixed route HART bus services to Newtown and
REPORT 74. 11/1993 REGIONAL WATER RESOURCES
This research summarizes water
supply resources by municipality.
REPORT 73. 7/1993 BETHEL AND NEWTOWN ROUTE
6 TRAFFIC PLAN
The recommendations for Route
6 in Newtown are available on this web site.
REPORT 72. 4/1993 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS
An introduction to this topic for municipal officials. See
the Map Center
page for cartographic resources available from HVCEO.
REPORT 71. 11/1992 1993 DATA BOOK
REPORT 70. 10/1992 RAIL TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT
Base data for rail service policies.
REPORT 69. 9/1992 SEWER SERVICE IN THE REGION
This status report on sewers by municipality was prepared
to facilitate intermunicipal sewer planning. The material
gathered has been referenced in municipal plans of conservation
REPORT 68. 9/1992 NEW MILFORD'S ROUTE 7 BYPASS
Planning study for the Lanesville
Road to Grove Street connector, incorporated
into project design.
REPORT 66. 10/1991 1992 DATA BOOK
REPORT 67. 4/1992 LOCAL TRAFFIC ACTION PLANS
Much of this material is now available at the Transportation
Resource Center section of this web site.
REPORT 65. 10/1991 HART FARE STRUCTURE STUDY
Research to maximize the equity of the HART fare structure.
REPORT 64. 6/1991 BROOKFIELD-NEW MILFORD ROUTE
HVCEO input to the Route
7 policy debate as of 1991.
REPORT 63. 3/1991 LAND USE MAP AS OF 1990
This regional land use map.
REPORT 62. 1/1991 USING ZONING POWER IN THE
Comparison of local techniques and suggestions for innovation.
REPORT 61. 10/1990 BUS TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT
Updated periodically by federal requirement.
REPORT 60. 3/1990 PLANNING WITH THE PAST
Atlas of sensitive archaeological sites in each municipality,
REPORT 59. 12/1989 DANBURY WATERSHED PROTECTION
The results of this study were incorporated as an overlay
zone into the Danbury Zoning Regulations.
REPORT 58. 10/1989 DANBURY MAIN STREET TRAFFIC
The results of this study were incorporated into streetscape
and signalization improvements completed for Danbury's Main
Street. The remaining needs of Main Street are found on
- Route 53 section of this web site.
REPORT 57. 10/1989 HART PULSE POINT PLAN
Based upon this study the HART Pulse Point was relocated
out of the center of Danbury a short distance northerly
to Kennedy Park.
REPORT 56. 2/1989 ACTION PLAN FOR TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
The state highway safety data gathered here is still updated
by HVCEO. Call to request the accident rates for your section
of state roadway.
REPORT 55. 12/1988 EXPANDING HART BUS SERVICE
This research was utilized to improve HART bus routing and
REPORT 54. 2/1988 REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT
The need for affordable housing in each of the ten municipalities
was quantified. The other fourteen regional planning organizations
in Connecticut completed similar studies at the same time,
thus a statewide data base was created. The town by town
affordable housing need estimates were updated in
REPORT 53. 10/1987 BETHEL CENTER TRAFFIC PLAN
Research as to traffic issues and solutions for Bethel Center.
REPORT 51. 10/1987 1987 DATA BOOK
REPORT 50. 6/1987 USING THE SPECIAL PERMIT
Expert advice on use of this zoning technique.
REPORT 49. 6/1987 THE FUTURE OF I-84
Policies from this research were
incorporated into the Regional Transportation
REPORT 48. 4/1987 PREPARING FOR HAZARDOUS MATERIAL
An aid for the preparation of local hazardous material spill
REPORT 47. 12/1986 WATER QUALITY BASICS FOR
THE LAND USE COMMISSION
Increasingly, water quality issues have found their way
into the land use planning and permitting processes. This
educational booklet on understanding local water quality
is available on this
web site and remains relevant today.
REPORT 46. 12/1986 BETHEL RAIL STATION RELOCATION
Based upon this study the Bethel
Railroad Station was moved northerly to a more
REPORT 45. 10/1986 REGIONAL BUS TRANSIT PLAN
REPORT 44. 6/1986 BUS SERVICE TO THE DANBURY
This study designed the bus service now linking Downtown
Danbury with the Danbury Fair Mall.
REPORT 43. 6/1986 PUBLIC TRANSIT IMPROVEMENTS
This plan refined the proposal for relocating the Danbury
Railroad Station, since completed.
REPORT 42. 6/1986 NEW DIRECTIONS FOR WATER
This research was completed as a prelude to state mandated
planning by the Housatonic Water Utility Coordinating Committee.
1981 TO 1985
REPORT 41. 10/1985 SPECIAL TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENT
A recommended zoning method by which adjacent
properties would fund roadway capacity.
REPORT 40. 10/1985 MILL PLAIN ROAD TRAFFIC
This research created a curb cut management plan. Current
recommendations for Mill Plain Road are available on the
6 section of this web site.
REPORT 39. 10/1985 IMPLEMENTING RESOURCE RECOVERY
This study led directly to the creation of the Housatonic
Resources Recovery Authority.
REPORT 38. 6/1985 RESOURCE RECOVERY FEASIBILITY
A review of options for managing solid waste in the Region.
REPORT 37. 6/1985 WATER RESOURCE ATLAS
Maps at 11 x 17 identifying key water resource variables,
some now web formatted.
REPORT 36. 2/1985 HART DATA BASE AND ROUTING
REPORT 35. 2/1985 ROUTE 7 NORTH TRAFFIC STUDY
This technical report directed the use of $2 million for
road improvements made available by the General Assembly.
The old New Milford Traffic Circle was redesigned and an
environmental impact assessment was initiated for the Brookfield
- New Milford corridor.
REPORT 34. 8/1984 TRAFFIC FLOW NEEDS FOR ROUTE
202 IN BROOKFIELD
Traffic recommendations were used in roadway upgrading,
and the Region's first ever driveway and curb cut plan was
adopted by the Brookfield Zoning Commission.
REPORT 33. 8/1984 COMMUTER TRAVEL PATTERNS
This key travel pattern data is updated each decade and
is available on
this web site.
REPORT 32. 6/1984 POLICIES FOR BUS MAINTENANCE
REPORT 31. 6/1984 ADVICE FROM AN EXPERT ON
A record of a public presentation sponsored
by the Council.
REPORT 30. 6/1984 TRAFFIC IMPROVEMENTS FOR
NEW MILFORD'S BOARDMAN ROAD
Traffic review for this economic development
REPORT 29. 2/1984 HOW TO LIMIT TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN
This report was honored by the Federal Highway Administration
by being reproduced in large quantities as a model for nationwide
FHWA continues to offer this still relevant report
in pdf. format on its national web site.
REPORT 28. 10/1983 GROWTH FORECASTS FOR MUNICIPALITIES
REPORT 27. 9/1983 REGIONAL SEPTAGE STUDY
As a result of this 1983 study, in 1988 septage disposal
was regionalized in Danbury for the towns of Bethel, Bridgewater,
Brookfield, New Fairfield, Newtown and Redding. This system
remains in operation today. See the resulting
1984 intermunicipal agreement.
REPORT 26. 8/1983 TRAFFIC FLOW IMPROVEMENT
For the first time the cross-border traffic issues of the
Danbury and Ridgefield sections of Ridgebury were analyzed
as a single unit.
REPORT 25. 8/1983 THE UNTAPPED MARKET FOR RAIL
An early review of rail passenger potential.
REPORT 24. 6/1983 AN EVALUATION OF HART BUS
REPORT 23. 12/1982 RESOURCES FOR DECISION
MAKING AT HVCEO
A catalog of HVCEO library holdings as of 1982.
REPORT 22. 11/1982 1980 CENSUS DATA SUMMARY
REPORT 21. 7/1982 TRAFFIC FLOW STUDY FOR ROUTE
This work, together with an adjacent SWRPA study to the
south, served as the guide for the expenditure of $10 million
in Route 7 upgrade funds made available from the General
Assembly. Also, it led to the widening from 2 to 4 lanes
of a segment of Route 7 in Ridgefield north of Route 35.
REPORT 20. 4/1982 TRAFFIC STUDY FOR THE BETHEL-
BROOKFIELD-DANBURY BORDER AREA
To assist with coordination of infrastructure development,
this analysis projected traffic and circulation options
in this key tri-town area.
REPORT 19. 4/1982 PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION IN
Options for extending HART bus service from Danbury to Ridgefield.
REPORT 18. 6/1982 HVCEO AGENDA FOR ACTION:
Improvement Program remains an important planning
tool today. A summary
of active projects is available.
REPORT 17. 6/1982 TRAFFIC FLOW IMPROVEMENTS
FOR ROUTE 25 IN NEWTOWN
Current traffic recommendations for Route
25 in Newtown are available on this web site.
REPORT 16. 12/1981 PLANNING FOR PARKING
Standards for parking space and parking lot development
for use in zoning regulations.
REPORT 15A. 8/1981 A GROWTH MANAGEMENT
OPTION FOR THE HOUSATONIC VALLEY REGION
The HVCEO Regional Plan as it was in 1981. See 2009
REPORT 15. 9/1981 MANAGEMENT STUDY FOR LAKE
MAMANASCO IN RIDGEFIELD
An early water quality projection methodology for Ridgefield's
scenic Lake Mamanasco.
REPORT 14. 6/1981 TRAFFIC VOLUME TRENDS
Documentation of changes in traffic volume trends.
REPORT 13. 5/1981 A STATUS REPORT ON RETAIL
This regional economic forecast was completed on an emergency
basis to determine regional impact of, and regional policy
towards, the proposed Danbury Fair Mall.
REPORT 12. 2/1981 RESOURCES FOR LOWER COST
A review of affordable housing programs, now updated
on this web site.
REPORT 11. 1/1981 ZONING FOR LOWER COST HOUSING
Model zoning techniques for developing lower cost housing.
1976 TO 1980
REPORT 10. 10/1980 GROWTH CAPACITY WITHIN LOCAL
A measure of the maximum population potential within each
REPORT 9. 8/1979 PROJECTION OF POPULATION
REPORT 8. 4/1979 INDUSTRIAL GROWTH AND WATER
REPORT 7. 5/1979 EROSION & SEDIMENT SOURCE
REPORT 6. 7/1979 WATER
REPORT 6A. 3/1979 A TRANSIT ADVERTISING AND
MARKETING PROGRAM FOR HART
This research recommended a name change to "Housatonic
Area Regional Transit District (HART)" from the then
current "Danbury-Bethel Transit District." A complete
marketing program for the revamped bus system was included.
REPORT 5. 7/1979 A POLICY FOR GROUNDWATER PROTECTION
This is the source of stratified drift aquifer maps for
the Region, prepared under the guidance of the U.S. Geological
Survey and the Connecticut DEP. The aquifer maps are now
referenced in the zoning regulations of Brookfield, Newtown
and Ridgefield. The maps and strategy remain valid today
and are available on
this web site.
REPORT 5A. 7/1978 NEWTOWN'S
A detailed water supply study using the U. S. Geological
Survey as the consultant, used by Newtown for groundwater
REPORT 4. 3/1978 FREQUENTLY USED STATISTICS
REPORT 3. 12/1977 CENSUS DATA BY ENUMERATION
REPORT 2. 8/1977 TRANSPORTATION GUIDE
REPORT 1. 7/1977 REGIONAL ECONOMIC TRENDS
(1976 AND EARLIER PLANNING REPORTS BELOW
WERE NOT IN A NUMBERED SERIES)
11/1976 20 YEAR SOLID
WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN
First effort at resource recovery.
7/1976 SHEPAUG RIVER FOR WATER SUPPLY
evaluation for water supply.
8/1975 OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION PLAN
A detailed inventory of open space by municipality,
coupled with as assessment of future open space needs.
1971 TO 1975
7/1974 UNION WAGE COMPARISON REPORT
Updated annually since 1974,
but as part of municipal collective bargaining strategy this
research remains exempt from Freedom of Information Commission
public access rules.
5/1974 WATER MANAGEMENT STUDY: PHASE TWO
Additional details on water supply issues, utilized
for water systems planning during the seventies by governments
and water companies.
1973-1974 NAVIGATION OF THE HOUSATONIC RIVER IN THE 18TH AND 19TH
research by Professor Christopher Collier was
neither funded nor endorsed by HVCEO at the time of original
publication. However in 2008 it was agreed that such landmark
research was important to our area and so is now available
on this web site.
10/1973 POPULATION, HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION
A demographic and transportation overview as of 1973.
IN THE REGION
Detailed housing statistics, many of which remain
part of the housing
statistics data base.
4/1972 WATER MANAGEMENT
STUDY: PHASE ONE
Overview of water supply issues, utilized for water
systems planning during the seventies by governments and water
2/1971 THE REGIONAL PLAN
Plan of 1971, a true classic, reveals much
about land use and infrastructure in that era. Updated in
1981 and then again in 1997. For the latest versions see
the the Regional
Plan Update of 2009, including a revised Growth