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Regional Planning Committee

Our region’s identity is defined by the Connecticut River, surrounding valley, adjacent shoreline and the cultural, historic, scenic, and environmental assets contained in our seventeen communities. Planning for the future of the Lower Connecticut River Valley includes supporting the vibrancy of our Main Streets and developments appropriately scaled to the carrying capacity of the land and supporting infrastructures.

The RiverCOG created the Regional Planning Committee to oversee and advise the agency’s planning activities including the preparation of a Regional Plan of Conservation and Development, the review of intermunicipal referrals, and as a steering committee for other planning projects such as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan .

Membership is comprised of a locally appointed member from each municipality’s Planning & Zoning Commission, or the Planning Commission where two separate commissions exist, with an alternate appointed by the chief executive of the municipality.

Current members of the River COG Regional Planning Committee

As of June 29, 2022:

Chester
Elaine Fitzgibbons, Member
Cindy Lignar, Alternate

Clinton
Alan Kravitz, Member
Martin Jaffe, Alternate

Cromwell
Nick Demetriades, Member
Anthony LaCava, Alternate

Deep River
Tony Bolduc, Member
Vacancy, Alternate

Durham
Frank DeFelice (Chairman), Member
Joe Pasquale, Alternate

East Haddam
Crary Brownell, Member
Lou Salicrup, Alternate

East Hampton
Michael Kowalczyk, Member
Vacancy, Alternate

Essex
Vacancy, Member
Sandra Childress, Alternate

Haddam
Raul deBrigard, Member
Vacancy, Alternate

Killingworth
Alec Martin, Member
Stephanie Warren, Alternate

Lyme
Mary Stone, Member
David Lahm, Alternate

Middlefield
Paul Pizzo, Member
Vacancy, Alternate

Middletown
Catherine Johnson, Member
Kellin Atherton, Alternate

Old Lyme
Harold Thompson, Member
Vacancy, Alternate

Old Saybrook
Douglas McCracken, Member
Michael Bender, Alternate

Portland
Chantal Foster, Member
Bob Ellsworth, Alternate

Westbrook
Bill Neale, Member
Marie Farrell, Alternate

Approved Meeting dates for 2022

Meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at the offices of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments, 145 Dennison Road, Essex, CT.

AS OF MARCH 2020 ALL MEETINGS ARE HELD VIRUTALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

  • January 24

  • February 28

  • March 28

  • April 25

  • May 23

  • June 27

  • July 25

  • August 22

  • September 19*

  • October 24

  • November 28

  • December 19*

*Due to a holiday or other scheduling conflict this meeting has been rescheduled.

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