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P+Z proposal would create sq. ft. limit in Downtown

Westport, CT | Added on March 19, 2014 At 07:37 PM

The Planning and Zoning Commission will soon announce its decision on Text Amendment 672, a controversial proposal that could limit the size of commercial buildings to 10,000 square feet.

“This could hurt the town forever,” said Westport resident Bart Shuldman.

 It’s all in an effort to “preserve the smaller retail spaces” and “maintain the scale and character of the Downtown”, according to the proposal. But critics believe the opposite, arguing that if passed, the town will only become unfriendly towards business.

 “It’s mind-boggling to me that the P +Z thinks they are going to attract small businesses to Westport.  Who are they?” asks Shuldman., who mentioned that many small busineses, like Lucy’s, have already closed their doors

 He is one of the many surprised by the proposed move. “I don’t remember one of them running for a platform that would change the building code,” he said.

 But the Commission writes in its proposal that the measure is consistent with the goal outlined in the 2007 Plan of Conservation and Development, which they say recommends the town to restrict the size of retail space in Westport Center.

 The announcement will be made on Thursday, March 20th


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