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Westport's Planning & Zoning Panel Weighs Rule Amendments

The Westport Planning & Zoning Commission will consider two amendments to its regulations Thursday at Westport Town Hall.
The Westport Planning & Zoning Commission will consider two amendments to its regulations Thursday at Westport Town Hall. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Planning & Zoning Commission is scheduled to review two text amendments to the town's zoning regulations on Thursday.

One amendment was submitted by Wendy Van Wie to modify the historic residential structures regulations to include flexibility for lot area and lot shape into the list of incentives that the commission can use to help preserve historic structures. The lot area and lot shape of the next-lower zone may be used when both lots to be created contain at least one historic structure.

The other amendment was submitted by the commission to modify the dedicated open space and recreation district. Specifically, the commission is proposing a new definition for “arboretum,” and it is proposing a number of significant changes to the purpose statement, list of permitted uses, list of special permit uses and to allow existing structures to be expanded to a height of the existing structure or 35 feet, whichever is greater.

The amendment would also allow such existing structures to expand their footprint or floor area by 50 percent, if approved by special permit.

All those interested in these amendments are encouraged to attend the Planning & Zoning Commission’s public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Westport Town Hall auditorium.

Copies of the amendments are available for viewing in Town Hall, both in the P&Z office and in the office of the town clerk.

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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