Planning and Zoning approves three

The Planning and Zoning commission approved several applications at its meeting on Sept. 28.
Gregory and Adams attorney Casey Healy’s application to amend section 29-7.E.6 of the town zoning regulations, which dictated a maximum building coverage of 20% for industrial zones, was approved.
The commissioners voted nine to zero, all in favor of approval. The town of Wilton now allows buildings in industrial zones to cover 25% of their respective lots.
Approved also was Mike Lindquist’s application to renovate the old Connecticut Light & Power (now Eversource) building at 658 Danbury Road and move to it the sales and service component of his business, Wilton Auto & Tire Center.
Commissioner Bas Nabulsi dissented, saying, “I’m reluctantly going to be voting against this resolution.”
He did not agree with Healy’s interpretation of the zoning regulations. Healy had been speaking on behalf of the applicant for the duration of the hearing, and had argued that the double parking bay Nabulsi was concerned with would be compliant because it would have only 15 spaces per row, while the regulations allow for up to 18 spaces to be contiguous without requiring an interior dividing island.
Nevertheless, the application was approved eight to one, Nabulsi opposed.
Although Commissioner Franklin Wong still expressed concern with the impact it might have on traffic in the area, the Westport Day School’s application to relocate its school for special needs children from Westport to a room on the first floor of the office building at 372 Danbury Road in Wilton was approved.
Wong was worried that the dismissal time of the school, at 2:15, would coincide with the commuter rush on Danbury Road, and that 25 more cars would be added to the traffic at what he sees to be an already troublesome intersection. The Westport Day School’s new location would have no school bus service; one car would need to pick up each of the school’s 25 students.
“If it’s unsafe now, putting more (cars) in doesn’t make it any more safe,” Wong said.
“The increment of vehicles,” argued Commissioner Joe Fiteni, “even if we’re at a level ‘F’ now, the extra 25 vehicles over the course of that hour doesn’t put you at an ‘F-.’”
The commissioners approved the application, voting eight to one, Wong opposed.