Enabling Statute

CGS, Section 7-147b and Section 7-147q constitute the enabling legislation for LHDs and LHPs in Connecticut.  This legislation details the specific procedures and legal requirements for properly designating an LHD or an LHP and establishing the appropriate local commission.

HDCs and HPCs must be familiar with the enabling statute as the legal and practical basis for their authority. Understanding the process for establishing and administering LHDs and LHPs will help reduce potential conflicts between the commission and property owners. Well-informed commissions are able to demonstrate that LHD and LHP designations serve the interests of the community in the same way as other regulations such as zoning and building codes.