Westport Allows Public To Speak Out On Inclusionary Housing Rules

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WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Planning & Zoning Commission will review a text amendment to the Westport Zoning Regulations at its public hearing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. 

The text amendment, submitted by Richard Redniss, a consultant for Coastal Construction Group, would modify the zoning regulations to make changes to the Inclusionary Housing Zone.

The announcement was made by Laurence Bradley, director of Westport Planning & Zoning.

The IHZ Zone was adopted by the Planning & Zoning Commission in 2010 to permit multifamily housing on properties that are spilt between commercial and residential zones. The IHZ also requires that at least 20 percent of the dwelling units be designated as affordable housing.

The proposed amendment specifically makes the following requests:

  • To allow properties with more than two existing curb cuts have the curb cuts relocated.
  • To allow an additional story of building height for a garage level on properties with not more than 65 percent coverage.
  • To allow parking structures that are partially below grade below residential structures to exempt from coverage.
  • To add provisions that facilitate the preservation of historic structures on IHZ properties with allowances for reduced setbacks, parking for nonresidential uses in residential zones, parking in front of the front leading edge of a building, rehabilitation of historic structures using the secretary of the interior standards and a perpetual preservation easement for historic structures.

A companion application has also been submitted to rezone the property at 1135 Post Road E. into the Inclusionary Housing Zone.

All those interested in these amendments are encouraged to attend the Planning & Zoning Commission’s public hearing. Copies of the amendment are available in Town Hall in both 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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