What Can I Do?


Representing Clients in the Zone

When people consider buying a new home or property, they often turn to realtors. As knowledgeable professionals, brokers and agents can offer information on towns’ schools, taxes, recreation opportunities, all the factors that lead to a decision to move into a community.

If the “right” home isn’t available, realtors can offer great advice on changes people might make to achieve their dream home, and even suggest local professionals for the work.

Another helpful notification is to inform buyers that their property is within the Zone. The eight lower river valley towns have standards for Zone properties with certain restrictions and obligations in place to protect the natural riverway view.

For sale sign outside home

In exchange, homeowners can know that the natural beauty of the area – just that which attracted them to the town – will be preserved in their neighborhood and also across the river on its opposite shore and hillsides.

A great tip realtors can offer clients is to suggest that they first contact town land use officials or reach out to Connecticut River Gateway Commission staff to learn about the specific residential building standards that protect the Zone. The Gateway Commission is happy to offer practical advice to those seeking their dream home.

Ferry ride

How to Easily Recognize the Zone

The “Conservation Zone” — the area in 8 towns precisely defined in state law as where the Gateway Commission preserves the “natural and traditional river scene” — can be identified in simpler terms. It is that visible area you can see if you’re on the river in a boat or looking across the river from the opposite shore.