Planning collaboratively across regional levels is erasing borders across Connecticut by circumventing the normal decision making process that is traditionally more inclusive of public view and interaction. Many feel that the voices of individuals in municipalities have been largely ignored for what officials have perceived as the collective good of a larger area with largely different priorities.
As once said by Milton Friedman, “Consolidated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.” Regionalism is largely incompatible with our form of representative government and those who are watching their town’s urban renewal develop with dismay agree. Those who forfeit local control will find their centrally planned communities planned from as far as they allow. Investigative readers will find some striking similarities across the following documents as the top-down becomes the new standard.