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What is an NRZ?

 (from the CT.gov/opm website)

 

A law enacted in 1995  (P.A. 95-340) established a process for the development of Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs). The objective of the NRZ process is to revitalize neighborhoods through the collaborative involvement of residents, businesses, non-profits and government to determine the vision and priorities of the individual neighborhoods. The NRZ process provides a mechanism for local stakeholders, along with local municipal officials, to develop a strategic plan to revitalize their neighborhood. Municipalities wishing to participate in the process may establish zones in one or more of their neighborhoods by a resolution of their legislative body. Connecticut General Statutes Sec. 7-600 through Sec. 7-608 are the laws covering all aspects of the NRZ program and can be found at http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap118.htm.

The neighborhood committee that is formed in response to this resolution shall:

  • develop by-laws governing its operations;
  • develop a strategic plan;
  • develop an outline of public/private financing sources to support  plan objectives;
  • submit the plan to the Office of Policy and Management (OPM) for review and comment; and submit the plan to the municipality for approval;
  • hold a public hearing for input into and adoption of the plan; and
  • submit any amendment to the plan to OPM for review and comment. (An amendment is a concept or proposal not included in the original plan adopted by ordinance).

OPM’s role in the NRZ process is to:

  • review and provide comments on the plans submitted;
  • coordinate state agencies activities to support the plans of the NRZs; and
  • expedite the review of specific requests for modifications from codes and regulations that are identified in the plan as impediments to achieving NRZ plan objectives.

The Guidelines for developing a strategic plan under this program are available. Here.