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Project Overview
In 2016, Calfee Zoning was hired to write modern zoning regulations for Winchester/Winstead, Connecticut.

The aim of rewriting the standards was to simplify the regulations, and provide for future development and population growth, according to a vision for each district. Developers and property owners were experiencing practical difficulties moving their projects through the administrative process. The new code created eight zoning districts in town — down from 24 in the previous regulations, and provided additional flexibility that was congruent with the community’s vision for the built environment.

This is a character-based code, and the community was engaged in visioning exercises, as well as focus group exercises that allowed residents to give specific feedback related to their vision for the built environment.

New York City Metropolitan Area

Skills and Techniques

  • Full Code Diagnostic
  • Calibration of all Regulations and Standards
  • Flood Plain and Lakeside Land Use Analysis
  • Low Impact Development Regulations
  • Development Pattern Districting
  • Character-Based Zoning


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