The mission of the Gateway Commission is to preserve the aesthetic and ecological natural beauty of the lower Connecticut River valley for present and future generations. Specifically, Section 25-102a of the Connecticut General Statutes reports the significant finding of the Connecticut General Assembly:
“It is found that the lower Connecticut River and the towns abutting the river possess unique scenic, ecological, scientific and historic value contributing to public enjoyment, inspiration and scientific study, that it is in the public interest …….to preserve such values and to prevent deterioration of the natural and traditional riverway scene for the enjoyment of present and future generations of Connecticut citizens….” .
Further, Section 25-102g CGS states the Commission’s purpose as follows:
“...The action of the Connecticut River Gateway Commission shall have the object of regulating the uses of [properties within the Gateway Conservation Zone] consistent with the purposes of this chapter and promoting the protection and development [of the Conservation Zone]………..by means of classification of zoning districts according to types of land usage permitted therein, land coverage, frontage, setback, design and building height and by regulating the cutting of timber, burning of undergrowth, removing soil or other earth materials and dumping or storing refuse in a manner that would detract from the natural or traditional riverway scene, provided such action shall not discourage constructive development and uses of such property...”.