Our association is one of the oldest independent special taxing districts in the state of Connecticut, dating back to the 1895 establishment of the Short Beach Improvement Association.
In fact, of the hundreds of special districts in the state, our CASB and Clinton's Grove Beach Association are the two oldest improvement societies, both dating back to 1895.
As an improvement association, our Charter calls in general for us "to provide protection for the property, health and morals of the inhabitants ... the improvement of property ... and the comfort and convenience of persons living therein."
In our current incarnation as the "Civic Association of Short Beach" we held our first meeting in July 1921 at the chapel on Pentecost Street now known as Union Church. We continue to meet there on the second Monday of each month at 7:30pm.
In addition to these regularly scheduled meetings, we on occasion, hold special meetings to solicit public input on specific local issues requiring action by the Executive Board. Members will be notified of these meetings through posting of public notices in newspapers, a mailing, on the notice board in front of the Union Church as well as email to all members registered on this website.
ZONING REGULATIONS AND APPLICATIONS ARE FOUND BY CLICKING THE FAQ CATEGORY ABOVE
A zoning application is required for any construction that is not simply a repair. The Zoning Regulations and the process for completing and submitting a zoning application is described in the "FAQ" section of this site.
The Zoning Commission currently has responsibility for enforcing Zoning Regulations as written with respect to the Application Process as well as for approving As-Built projects for Certificates of Occupancy. The Executive Board has no authority to approve plans that do not comply with the regulations, so non-compliant applications are not approved. The applicant may appeal the Executive board decision by submitting the application to the Zoning Board of Appeals. This board has the authority to grant a variance. The appeals process is described in the "FAQ" section of this site.
In order to expedite the zoning application process, we request that applications are submitted at least 3 business days prior to the meeting where the application is to be considered. As a reminder, we will need 3 copies of the application and, please review your application to ensure ALL information is filled in. Should you have questions about how the application is to be completed, please refer to the "FAQ" section on this website or contact the Zoning Enforcement Officer.