Kelsey Wentling

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The CT River Gateway Commission, from its founding in 1973, has been professionally and technically supported by regional planning agencies.

Susie Beckman, Regional Planner at the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (RiverCOG), began serving as staff to the Gateway Commission in 2023.

Serendipity (and the US Navy) transplanted the Beckmans in Ivoryton in 1997. Susie and husband, Phil, cherish the quality of life experienced in the Lower Connecticut River Valley where they raised their two children. They share a desire to sustain the qualities that make this area such a treasured place for all of us lucky enough to live here or visit.

Working with the Gateway Commission gives Susie the opportunity to help preserve the natural and traditional river scene of the beautiful Lower Connecticut River Valley. She works collaboratively with land use staff in each of the eight Gateway Conservation Zone towns to fulfill the Gateway Commission’s mission. This includes guiding applicants through the Gateway Commission’s zoning review process, reviewing regulation changes that impact the Gateway Conservation Zone and managing the Gateway Commission’s operations.

If you have questions about the Gateway Commission or the Gateway Conservation Zone, contact Susie via email or by telephone.

sunny sky over the bridge

How long did you say?

In the 1970s, a bridge was proposed that would extend from Old Saybrook to Long Island. That would be roughly ten times as long as the Golden Gate Bridge. Residents and officials in eight river-front towns decided that the Connecticut River Gateway Commission and the Zone were needed as protection against unbridled development.