Planning Department

The Planning Department provides technical and administrative support to the Planning and Zoning Commission, Inland Wetland Agency, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Economic Development Commission, and Design Review Board.  Planning staff assists citizens, businesses, government officials, design professionals, developers and the general public with an array of land use inquiries, permit requirements, and compliance activities associated with zoning, subdivision, and wetlands regulations. The Planning Department assists with directing long-range planning, open space and farmland preservation, and helps to develop and maintain town GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapping. 

Staff is available by phone, in-person or email to assistance with permit application requirements, requisite approvals, submission deadlines and decision time frames.  For proposals involving cross-departmental review like health, engineering, zoning, building, and public works, staff encourages applicants to ask about scheduling a meeting with the Coordination Committee.  Meetings are generally held Thursdays during Town Hall hours.


Following several monthly meetings, three public information sessions, a formal community survey and comments from various commissions and departments, the Planning and Zoning Commission (Commission) endorsed draft updates to the Ellington Plan of Conservation and Development (Plan).

The proposed Plan updates have been referred to the Ellington Board of Selectmen and Capitol Region Council of Governments for review and comment.  The Commission initially set a public hearing to present the proposed Plan updates on September 30, 2019, however that date will be changed to avoid a conflict with an upcoming holiday.  The exact date of the hearing will be published after the Commission meets on August 26, 2019, and it’s anticipated that the new hearing date will be sometime in October 2019.

A link to an electronic copy of the proposed Plan updates is provided below.  Hardcopies of the proposed Plan are available to view at the Town Planner’s Office (57 Main Street) and the Town Clerk's Office (55 Main Street).

If interested in submitting written comments about the proposed Plan updates for consideration by the Commission, please submit them to the Planning Department by September 23, 2019. 

For more information, please direct questions to:

Ellington Planning Department

57 Main Street, PO Box 187

Ellington, CT  06029

(860) 870-3120
Backyard Poultry Compliance Form At their May 23, 2016 meeting, the Ellington Planning and Zoning Commission approved amendments to the Ellington Zoning Regulations to allow the keeping of backyard poultry on certain properties. The regulation requires that any prospective owners of backyard poultry fill out this form and provide it to the Ellington Planning Department to ensure compliance to the regulation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Ellington Planning Department at 860-870-3120.