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Westport Panel Looks To Reverse Rule on House Size

The fight against a Planning & Zoning amendment that essentially limits house sizes in Westport continues to rage as a town committee voted 6-2 to recommend that it be overturned.

The Representative Town Meeting's Planning & Zoning Committee voted early Thursday after about five hours of discussion, the Westport News reported. The recommendation goes to the full RTM for a vote.

Under the amendment, which was passed Dec. 9, building coverage for homes in the town's 1- and 2-acre zones would be limited to 15 percent of the net lot area. Also, swimming pools will be counted in total coverage instead of building coverage, and tennis courts will be counted in total coverage at 100 percent instead of 50 percent.

Just days after the P&Z passed the amendment, resident Valerie Seiling Jacobs submitted a petition with 64 signatures to the town clerk. And on Jan. 5, she explained why she is opposed to the regulations.

Now that the RTM's P&Z Committee has voted, the matter will go before the full RTM on Jan. 18. Although the committee is recommending the regulation be overturned, the decision is left to RTM.

For the amendment to be overturned, two-thirds or 24 of the RTM's 36-member body must vote that way.

How do you think the full RTM should vote? Should the amendment be overturned or upheld? Tell us what you think!

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