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P&Z Watch: 8-30g Pre-Application for 15 Unit Development Next to Cos Cob School in Site of Flower Shop

Greenwich is subject to CT statute 8-30g because it does not comply with the state requirement to have 10% of its housing stock be “affordable.” It means 8-30g multi family developments do NOT have to comply with local zoning requirements including parking. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Chestnut Island Discussion Focuses on Responsibility for Maintenance

“The intent is to design something that looks like Crocus Hill. Just mow the lawn and the crocuses will take care of themselves. It’s literally lawn and crocuses and trees.” – Richard Hein, chair of the Greenscapes Committee Continue Reading →

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GCDS Proposes ‘Soft Opening’ for Turf Field and Temporary Bleachers

On Tuesday Greenwich Country Day School returned before the Planning & Zoning commission with a revised proposal to upgrade their lower school athletic fields at 47 Fairfield Rd, which is at the end the dead end at Cardinal Rd. Now that GCDS extended their grades through 12th and acquired the former Stanwich School for their high school campus, they seek to establish a top tier varsity athletic program. Currently, at the high school campus at 257 Stanwich Rd there isn’t enough room for a full size multi-use field. Back in January, GCDS went before P&Z with a much larger proposal. They had sought to upgrade two grass playing fields to synthetic turf, and construct a field house with boys and girls locker rooms, visiting team locker rooms, training room and toilets underneath spectator seating for 478, plus portable bleachers that seat 200 and public toilet rooms on one side of building. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Okays Residential Baseball Field with Conditions Despite Chairman’s No Vote

Practice times prohibited on Sundays, with a maximum of 3 practices (not greater than two hours each) every 2 weeks including one practice every other Saturday, for three month period running from mid April to mid July, coincident town the town of Greenwich League Play. Practices shall end by 6:30pm on weekdays and 5:00pm on Saturdays. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Split Vote is Defacto Denial of Historic Overlay Proposed for 21 Calhoun Drive

Three of five P&Z members described being torn over their decision but voted in favor of the Historic Overlay that would allow the developer to build a house in the front yard of a historic one in exchange for preserving it in perpetuity. Continue Reading →

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P&Z Watch: Proposed Luxury Assisted Living Facility May Be Too Big, Too High

P&Z questioned a developer’s request to double the FAR for a full market-rate luxury assisted living community. They also talked about how a minimum of outdoor space enhances quality of life, and suggested the proposed 4 stories be reduced to three. Continue Reading →

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P&Z to Discuss Proposed Assisted Living Facility Zone and 4-Story Facility with 130 Units on Old Track Rd

The July 14 P&Z agenda includes a pre-application from Renamba Greenwich LLC for a zoning amendment which would allow an assisted living facility. Renamba wants to develop a parcel on Old Track Road with 100 one-bed units and 30 memory care studios. Continue Reading →

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