Zoning for Outdoor Living During COVID-19

May 15, 2020

Presented By Sara C. Bronin, Thomas F. Gallivan Chair of Real Property Law, UConn Law School and Chair, Hartford Planning and Zoning Commission

Governments around the country are slowly allowing businesses to re-open as new COVID-19 cases taper off. One strategy to make re-opening safer is to move commercial activities outdoors. How does this happen if local laws prohibit outdoor activities? Governor Lamont just issued an emergency executive order that fast-tracks approvals for certain “Outdoor Activities,” including serving food and beverages and selling goods. Learn about how applicants, municipalities, and agencies must adjust to new application forms, automatic approvals, shared spaces, the use of sidewalks and streets, nonconforming rights, and signage.

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