When it comes to fishing, boating and other sporting activities, getting access to Long Island Sound is anything but a day at the beach. While sunbathers can flock to large state parks, those who seek less crowded spots for recreational use say a limited number of access points and restricted or expensive parking make getting […]
Matthew L. Brown
Saving the farm: Can Connecticut meet preservation goal?
With the increased interest in locally-grown and -raised food has come a recent uptick in preservation of Connecticut farmland-but advocates warn that may not be enough to reach the state’s long-term goals. Despite preserving 1,370 acres of farmland in 2009, a 100 percent increase over the previous year, and an expectation to set aside even […]
Lack of training a problem for some town wetland boards
Having an application pending before a municipal inland wetlands commission can be an exercise in pure frustration. At times, simple requests to build a deck, a shed or a garage on one’s own property can turn into protracted, off topic discussions or arguments over the development of what a property owner may consider a wet […]
‘Brownfield’ developers face maze of obstacles
Ask Jeff Vose, the former executive director of the Windham Mills Development Corp., and he’ll tell you he was lucky to take on the redevelopment of the American Thread mill complex when he did. “A lot of the funding was already in place, and I came in at the tail end of the demolition and […]