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Zoning Changes Protect Westport's Watersheds

WESTPORT, Conn. – An approved modification to Westport's excavation-and-fill regulations will help protect the town's watershed and further protect the town's rivers and streams, Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Ron Corwin says.

Under the amendment, the amount of fill or excavation that can occur on a property will be reduced by half. The height of fill relative to its distance from the property line will now be controlled and site disturbance won't be able occur more than 25 feet from a structure.

"This is an important step in the protection of our environmental assets," Corwin said in a statement. "The amount of site disturbance that was allowed under the existing regulations was extensive. This new regulation starts to draw a box around what can be done and helps control how the landscape can be changed."

The commission unanimously approved by the amendment Thursday. The new regulations go into effect Sept. 6. Copies of the adopted text will be available on the town's website and at the planning and zoning office in Town Hall.

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