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CRS stands for Community Rating System which is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program where flood insurance premiums are adjusted in recognition of community activities above and beyond those required by the National Flood Insurance Program. Planning and Zoning continue to play a major role in Hamden's flood damage prevention activities. This results in a 5% reduction in flood insurance premiums for Hamden residents.
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Planning and Zoning staff will look up the address and provide you with the zone designation. The staff will advise you if a given particular use is allowed and if so, explain if it is permitted by right or by special permit or site plan approval. The staff can also explain the process for obtaining approval and answer other pertinent questions. All Planning and Zoning staff are trained to assist the public. You can reach us by calling the main number 203-287-7070.
Planning and Zoning staff will look up the address and provide you with your flood zone designation from the Hamden Flood Insurance Rate Map based on community and panel number. The phone number is 203-287-7070.
The department has improved its time-line from date of application submission to date of placement on an agenda. In most cases, an applicant will be heard by the Commission within 30 days, depending on the complexity of the project and the agenda.
The condition should be reported to the Office of Planning and Zoning. The Planning and Zoning department functions as the enforcement agency for Town Property Maintenance Ordinance and Anti-Blight Ordinance. Document the complaint on a form provided by the Office of Planning and Zoning. This triggers an inspection and direct contact with the property owner in violation. If violation of either ordinance is found, staff will work with the property owner to correct the problem.
The Zoning Enforcement Officials are the specialists on Zoning Regulations. Should your needs be complex, you may wish to retain an attorney. Zoning Board of Appeals applications can be obtained in the Planning and Zoning office and should be submitted to the Clerk of Boards/Commissions.