Land Use - Zoning & Inland Wetlands

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Email

Joe Budrow             

jbudrow@essexct.gov

Darcy Roper            

droper@essexct.gov

Kerry Berardinelli     

kberardinelli@essexct.gov

Phone

Joseph Budrow: 860-767-4340 Ext. 115
Darcy Roper: 860-767-4340 Ext. 144
Kerry Berardinelli: 860-767-4340 Ext. 119

Address

2nd Floor of Essex Town Hall
jbudrow@essexct.gov
United States

Key Contacts

Joseph Budrow
860-767-4340 x115

The Zoning/Landuse Department is responsible for the administration of zoning, wetlands and subdivision regulations as well as reviewing and processing zoning and inland wetland permit applications. The Department acts as the professional staff for the Zoning Commission and Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and the Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission. The Department also provides accurate and timely information on land development to the various Town departments and the general public.

The Zoning Department's responsibilities extend from advising individual residents on zoning-related matters to consulting with regional, state, and federal agencies. Among other ongoing projects, members' work includes:

  • processing applications and zoning permits
  • preparing staff reports to the Zoning and Planning Commissions, Zoning Board of Appeals and Inland Wetlands Watercourses Commission
  • providing timely informational updates to the public
  • enforcing compliance with local zoning regulations
  • maintaining public records of applications and Commission rulings
  • recommending revisions to local regulations
  • cooperating and consulting with local, regional, and state ad hoc land-use committees
  • assisting in the periodic updates to the Towns Comprehensive Plan of Conservation and Development

All new structures and additions to existing buildings need an approved zoning permit prior to receiving a building permit. Generally, for most residential uses, the zoning permit application is reviewed by the Zoning Enforcement Agent (ZEA) who also acts as the Inland Wetlands Enforcement Officer (IWEO). If the structure or addition complies with the zoning regulations the zoning permit is issued. Other activities may be allowed only with the approval of the Zoning Commission as part of the special exception process or if a variance is granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Joseph Budrow Zoning and Inland Wetlands Enforcement Agent 860-767-4340 x115
Darcy Roper Administrative Assistant 860-767-4340 x144
Kerry Berardinelli Land Use Secretary 860-767-4340 x119
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