The Planning Commission, also responsible for developing the Town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, is required to update this plan every ten years pursuant to Section 8-26 of the Connecticut General Statutes.

The Plan of Conservation and Development provides a framework for guiding growth to maintain and improve East Lyme in ways its citizens find desirable. Once adopted, recommendations from the Plan are forwarded to various boards and commissions for implementation. In addition, all proposed changes to the Zoning Regulation and districts, as well as municipal improvements, are reviewed for consistency with the Plan of Conservation and Development. While the recommendation of the Planning Commission on these matters is advisory, basing decision for the Town’s future in a comprehensive plan increases the likelihood of retaining qualities that make the Town special or attaining desired goals.

Copies of the East Lyme Plan of Conservation and Development and the Appendices are available in the Office of the East Lyme Town Clerk, the East Lyme Public Library, and the East Lyme Department of Planning. The Appendices are provided under separate cover and are available for an additional fee upon request.

Plan of Conservation and Development



  1. Niantic River Watershed Protection Plan March 2009
  2. Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments 2017 Regional Plan of Conservation and Development
  3. Southeastern Connecticut Regional Framework for Coastal Resilience Final Report June 2019
  4. Southeastern Connecticut Regional Resilience Guidebook 2017
  5. East Lyme Shellfish Management Plan December 2005
  6. East Lyme Harbor Management Plan 2019 Plan Amendments
  7. Niantic River Resilience Vision, Natural Solutions for Community Resilience Building in the Lower Niantic Watershed
  8. Southeastern Connecticut Housing Needs Assessment 2018
  9. 2018 Connecticut Local Economic Development Organization Survey Report February 2019
  10. Sustainability & Energy Efficiency in East Lyme by Lily Fryburg, August 13, 2012
  11. Hazard Mitigation Plan Annex for East Lyme, Connecticut, An Annex of the Southeastern Connecticut Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan prepared for Southeastern Connecticut Council of Governments, February 2018
  12. 2017 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Southeastern Connecticut Economic Development Region
  13. Affordable Housing Plan