Town of Colchester, CT
New London County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of Colchester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 4-12-2001]
The compilation of the ordinances and administrative regulations of the Town of Colchester, codified and consolidated into parts, chapters and sections in the form attached hereto and made a part hereof, is hereby approved, adopted, ordained and enacted as the "Code of the Town of Colchester, Connecticut," hereinafter called the "Code." All provisions contained in the compilation provided for herein and known as the "Code of the Town of Colchester" shall be in force and effect on and after the effective date of this ordinance.
The provisions of the Code, insofar as they are substantively the same as those ordinances and administrative regulations in force immediately prior to the enactment of the Code by this ordinance, are intended as a continuation of such ordinances and administrative regulations and not as new enactments, and the effectiveness of such provisions shall date from the date of adoption of the prior ordinance or regulation. All such provisions are hereby continued in full force and effect and are hereby reaffirmed as to their adoption by the Town Meeting.
All ordinances and administrative regulations or parts thereof of the Town of Colchester of a general and permanent nature in force on the date of the adoption of this ordinance which either are inconsistent with any provisions of the Code or have not otherwise been addressed by specific language in the Code are hereby repealed from and after the effective date of this ordinance.
If any clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part of this ordinance or of any ordinance or regulation appearing in the Code or included in this Code through supplementation shall be adjudged by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgment shall not affect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof but shall be confined in its operation to the clause, sentence, paragraph, section, article or part thereof directly involved in the controversy in which judgment shall have been rendered.
Any and all additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to any of the ordinances or administrative regulations known collectively as the "Code of the Town of Colchester," or any new ordinances or administrative regulations, when enacted or adopted in such form as to indicate the intention of the Board of Selectmen and/or the Town Meeting to be a part thereof, shall be deemed to be incorporated into such Code so that reference to the Code shall be understood and intended to include such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements. Whenever such additions, deletions, amendments or supplements to the Code shall be enacted or adopted, they shall thereafter be printed and, as provided hereunder, inserted in the loose-leaf book containing said Code, as amendments and supplements thereto. Nothing contained in this ordinance shall affect the status of any ordinance or regulation contained herein, and such ordinances and administrative regulations may be amended, deleted or changed from time to time as the Board of Selectmen and/or Town Meeting deems desirable pursuant to Charter Section 403.
Whenever in the Code, in describing or referring to any person, party, matter or thing, any word importing the singular number or masculine gender is used, the same shall be understood to include and to apply to several persons or parties as well as to one person or party and to females as well as males, and to bodies corporate as well as individuals, and to several matters and things as well as one matter or thing.
Copies of the Code may be purchased from the Town Clerk of the Town of Colchester upon the payment of a fee to be set by resolution of the Board of Selectmen, which Board may also arrange by resolution for procedures for the periodic supplementation thereof.
A. 
In compiling and preparing the ordinances and administrative regulations for publication as the Code of the Town of Colchester, no changes in the meaning or intent of such ordinances or administrative regulations have been made, except as have been made by formal amendment thereto. Certain grammatical changes and other minor nonsubstantive changes were made in one or more of said ordinances and administrative regulations. It is the intention of the Town Meeting that all such changes be adopted as part of the Code as if the ordinances and administrative regulations had been previously formally amended to read as such.
B. 
Changes made throughout the Code.
(1) 
Statutory references. Statutory references throughout the Code have been updated to refer consistently to "C.G.S.§ _____."
(2) 
Nomenclature changes. Throughout the Code, the following nomenclature changes have been made:
(a) 
"Police Commission" has been changed to "Board of Police Commissioners."
(b) 
"Building Inspector" has been changed to "Building Official."
C. 
In addition, the following changes, amendments or revisions are made herewith, to become effective upon the effective date of this ordinance. (Chapter and section number references are to the legislation as it has been renumbered and appears in the Code.)
Chapter 4, Adult-Oriented Businesses (9-12-1996)
Section 4-8A(2) is amended to delete "or any rule or regulation adopted by the Board of Selectmen pursuant to this ordinance."
Chapter 7, Alcoholic Beverages
Article II, Town Recreation Facility (7-8-1982)
7-2, the definition of "TOWN RECREATIONAL FACILITY" is amended to add the words "and such other land which may be acquired from time to time which has been set aside for recreational purposes."
Chapter 18, Boards, Committees and Commissions
Article III, Parks and Recreation Commission (4-17-1962, as amended)
An unnumbered paragraph in original Section 213.2 providing for the amendment of the ordinance to change "Board" to "Commission" and "Board of Recreation" to "Parks and Recreation Commission" is deleted.
Article VIII, Police Commission (7-25-1990)
A.
Section 18-32 is amended to delete "of such department" after "removal of police officers."
B.
Section 18-33 is amended to delete "of such police department" from the end of the section.
Chapter 27, Building Demolition
Article I, General Regulations (7-16-1992)
Section 27-3 is amended to add the following wording to the first sentence: "other than for a building situated in a designated historic district or on the National Register of Historic Places or nominated for such status or a building at the address listed on Appendix I of the Lusignan Historical and Architectural Survey."
Chapter 67, Food Establishments (4-16-1991)
A.
Section 67-5 is amended to change the second sentence to add the boldfaced wording: "The fees stated in § 67-3 shall cover (4) quarterly inspections."
B.
Section 67-6 is amended to change the reference to "Sec. 3 above" to "Section 901.4" (now § 67-5).
Chapter 81, Library (8-4-1904)
Section 81-2 is amended to change "further the following public library by-laws that the Town Treasurer" to "Following the public library bylaws, the Town Treasurer."
Chapter 109, Roads (3-10-1987)
A.
Section 109-10B(1)(f) is amended to insert a period after "street" and capitalize "Paving" so that two sentences are created.
B.
Section 109-10B(2) is amended by deleting "and the requirements of this document."
Chapter 129, Taxation
Article III, Solar Energy Exemption (4-5-1978)
A.
Section 129-5 is amended to change "October 1, 1991" to "October 1, 2006."
B.
Section 129-6 is amended to add "active" before "solar heating or cooling."
C.
Section 129-8, the definition of "ACTIVE SOLAR ENERGY HEATING OR COOLING SYSTEM" is amended to add "active" before "solar energy heating or cooling."