Category Archives: Easton Government

BILL KUPINSE – ORAL HISTORY WITH DOLLY CURTIS

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FORUM ON ZONING MOVING TO HARTFORD- TONIGHT @ 6PM

On the shirt tails of our referendum yesterday regarding the sidewalk, please join this informative forum this evening. Many issues that are on the table for discussion may be a jumping off point for why the sidewalks are becoming first and foremost at the forefront now.
Join us for a virtual forum on zoning changes that will affect your home and your town:
Date: Wed. March 31, 2021
Time: 6PM – 7:30 PM
Zoning, Land Use Issues & What is at Stake
Place: Please be sure to register here:

www.eventbrite.com/e/zoning-land-use-issues-whats-at-stake-for connecticut-tickets-148291549015
Here’s why:
A dozen bills are proposed in Hartford that if passed will restrict your local zoning board’s authority to regulate land use without considering the uniqueness of each of our 169 towns in Connecticut.


Zoning boards must be able to rule based on local criteria like location, topography, flooding, traffic, parking, environmental issues, wildlife, open space, historic preservation, infrastructure capacity and what is already built nearby.
The panel includes State Rep. Kimberly Fiorello, Sherman First Selectman Don Lowe, Woodstock TPZ Chairman Dr. Jeffery Gordon, Kathryn Braun, Esq. TPZ Commissioner Fairfield, and Steven Mullins TPZ Commissioner West Haven.


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PROPOSED ZONING CHANGE-YOUR TESTIMONY NEEDED BY MONDAY!

Our understanding is:

This proposed change in the CT General Statutes puts zoning control at a state level- it does not consider individual towns, and it is aimed at increasing density.

At the 32 minute mark- the Westcog speaker- explains the bill and voices the same concerns we have raised for the last approx 50 years- he says this bill will eliminate public hearings, and the state will not  consider water quality issues

Affordable housing Act
Allows litigant to seek attorney’s fees against the towns- Town would have to pay own attorney expenses and litigant’s attorney fees

This from Sen. Hwang:

The need for more diverse housing in Connecticut needs to be addressed, HOWEVER the unique needs and geography of each community (including cities, suburbs, and rural areas) must be considered. The above noted bills will:Force municipalities to erect specific types of housing developments within a ½ mile of transit stations OR ¼ mile of commercial corridors, Eliminate local control over certain types of housing (location-based, accessory, 2+ units) and allow certain developments to occur without a local public hearing, Create new mandates – including training staff, assimilating local regulations and shouldering new costs, Affect the environment and drinking water statewide by ignoring the responsibilities of municipalities who host waterways, open space, Impact traffic flow, parking demands, Drive up residency at a rate which outpaces the capacities of local resources/services – Police, Fire, Schools, Overburden the public water and sewer infrastructure (if available )Require access to public transportation (if available)
Have your “Voice” be heard on the issues! Planning & Development Committee Public Hearing Monday, March 15, 10 a.m.
Sign Up to Testify (via Zoom)
Registration deadline: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m.
Testify via email:Send testimony to pdtestimony@cga.ct.gov Include “NO to State-Mandated Zoning and Yes to maintaining Local Control & Municipal Home Rule” in the subject line Preferably Word or PDF format Include your Name, Town and Bill Numbers (HB 6107, HB 6611, HB 6612, HB 6613, SB 1024, SB 1026, SB 1027) Copy me on your testimony at tony.hwang@cga.ct.gov Testify by phone:To register, call (203) 350-3769 to leave your contact information.   You can watch the hearing here.
 HELP SPREAD THE WORD !

PROPOSED CHANGE IN CT STATE STATUTES IMPACTS OUR LOCAL ZONING!

Please join Senator Hwang tonight at 7PM for further information.

MOREHOUSE FIELDS PUBLIC INFORMATION MEETING MARCH 18, 2020-7:30 pm

There will be a public information meeting March 18, 2020 in the Easton Library Community Room  at 7:30 pm to discuss the Letter of Intent from Sacred Heart University to build a Sports Complex on Easton’s Morehouse Road fields adjacent to Samuel Staples Elementary School.

Letter of Intent Attached

Upcoming Brown Bag Lunch and Q & A with the First Selectman…

First Selectman Bindelglass invites the public to a brown bag lunch chat on February 18th, 2020 at noon at Easton Town Hall, Conference Room A. Come spend some time with the First Selectman. All are welcome!

There is also an opportunity for Q & A with the First Selectman on February 19, 2020 at 5:30 pm at Easton Town Hall, Conference Room A.

P & Z – PROPOSED ZONING REGULATIONS

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Click photo to view Proposed Zoning Regulations

Public hearing closed!

P&Z is holding a special meeting June 10, 2019 at 6 PM to review comments from the May 20th hearing.

Click here {cancelled_planning_and_zoning_commission_regular_meeting_06-03-2019} for public notice.

 

View P&Z Public Hearing May 20, 2019

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P&Z PUBLIC HEARING, MONDAY MAY 20, 2019 6PM @ HELEN KELLER

On Monday May 20th 6 PM, at the Helen Keller Cafetorium, P&Z will hold a hearing on the proposed zoning regulations.

We are very concerned with these regulations as they restrict how homeowners may use their properties including but not limited to restrictions on home businesses, storage of boats , trailers and other recreational vehicles. Also included are descriptions of permissible businesses in the newly created Easton Village District.

See the prior post below (CitizensforEaston.org) for a link to the Draft Regulations.Please consider attending this very important public hearing.