The Committee is a group of concerned stakeholders and volunteers who are working together to revitalize Frog Hollow. The Committee was created by state statute in 1995 and then enabled by municipal ordinance in 1998
Our primary focus is deteriorated properties, which are typically taken to be blighted, as an NRZ cannot be formed or designated in an area that does not have a substantial number of these properties.
Our secondary focus, namely the problems that flow from persistent blight, allows us to address issues surrounding community development, economic development, and public safety.
We serve as advocates for our NRZ, lobbying government and developers alike on behalf of our goals for the NRZ. It is critical to note that we are not community developers, organizers, or activists as those terms are commonly defined in Hartford.
Our actions are entirely circumscribed by state statute and municipal code. To that end, we are a quasi-governmental body that must file its meeting schedule and its meeting minutes with the Clerk of the City of Hartford. All of our meetings and documents are open to the public, and our meeting agendas are available by request. We also have a monthly meeting reminder that we send out, and anyone can request to be on that distribution list as well.
Our Strategic Plan is the centerpiece of our activities. It is the one thing the Committee is required to do by law in order to be an NRZ committee, and it governs all of our actions. The Strategic Plan was adopted by the Hartford Court of Common Council on April 6, 2011, and it is a part of the City’s plan of conservation and development, One City, One Plan.
Each year, we are required to file an annual report on the implementation of the Strategic Plan, but our role in implementing the plan is limited. As part of One City, One Plan, the Strategic Plan serves as an important reference for City planners as they evaluate proposals for our NRZ. The Strategic Plan also guides our advocacy efforts and informs our positions on proposed development projects within the NRZ, and it also outlines several projects that we can undertake as volunteers. It is not, however, a static document: we have mechanisms that allow us to add and to subtract projects from the plan. However, if we want to make a substantial change to the Strategic Plan, we are required by
Our NRZ is a political entity more than it is a geographic area. While our name comes from the Hartford neighborhood and includes that neighborhood as defined by the City of Hartford Planning Division of the Department of Development Services, the NRZ also includes portions of the Barry Square, Behind the Rocks, Downtown, and South Green neighborhoods.