Connecticut’s coastline is one of the most densely populated in the nation, with about 3,235 people per square mile of shore. Yet 80% of the shoreline is privately owned. This pocket-sized, 18-page booklet is intended to serve as a guide for town planners and municipal officials. Topics include the public trust doctrine, the importance of status of public access to coastal areas in Connecticut, and steps that should be taken in planning such access. It includes definitions of relevant terminology, contacts for coastal zone management information, a discussion of the legal “takings” issue, and the difference between lateral access and perpendicular access. There is also a reference list for further reading.
Publication Number CTSG-03-01