A private K-12 school has applied for a special permit to build in a residentially-zoned area in a CT town. Neighbors in opposition have questioned whether residential districts are the appropriate zones for schools. Has anyone researched this? I would like to know about journal articles or book chapters that explain the basic land use planning philosophy that schools are integral parts of communities and so should be placed near to (within walking distance of) the homes sending schoolchildren. I am not asking about impacts of schools in residential areas (the special permit requirements will handle that)- but a more fundamental question about the siting of schools and residences together. Thanks.