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Westport Parking Standards Up for Review

WESTPORT, Conn. – A proposed change to Westport’s parking standards will be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, beginning at 7, in the Town Hall auditorium.

The proposed change, known as text amendment 645, was submitted by Westport attorney Lawrence Weisman. The proposal seeks to create a single parking standard for places of worship, theaters, and auditoriums and stadiums, all of which currently have different requirements.

Currently, theaters have a standard of one parking space for every three seats, auditoriums and stadiums one parking space for every five seats, and places of worship uses a standard established by the Fire Marshal based upon occupancy load.

The new standard for all of these categories would be one parking space for every three seats or one parking space for every 45 square feet of floor space used for public assembly, whichever is greater.

“Establishing a single standard is more rational and the Planning & Zoning Commission should not delegate its authority to the Fire Marshal for places of worship,” Weisman wrote in his proposal.

Anyone interested in the proposed change is encouraged to attend the commission’s public hearing.  Copies of the text amendment are available for viewing at the Planning and Zoning office and the Town Clerk’s office.

The commission can receive written comments from the public in advance of the hearing.  Once the hearing is closed, no more information or comments will be accepted.

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