Planning & Zoning Commission Public Hearing on Regulation Amendments

December 2, 2017

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Borough of Fenwick Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. at 4 Nibang Avenue, Borough of Fenwick, Town of Old Saybrook, Connecticut to hear the following:

1.   Proposed Amendments to Zoning Regulations to change application process for new ac units and generators from site plan review to administrative permit, and to address situation whereby adding additional land to developed property renders existing building nonconforming as to side setback or rear setback.

At this hearing all interested parties may appear and be heard, and written testimony received.  The proposed regulations are on file in the office of the Borough of Fenwick, 580 Maple Avenue, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Dated at Borough of Fenwick, Connecticut this 9th day of November, 2017.

Charles M. Chadwick, Chairman
Planning and Zoning Commission


The proposed amendments will require the same increased setbacks plus location and noise attenuation constraints as are currently required for new ac units and generators, but will no longer require review by the Planning and Zoning Commission at a special meeting scheduled for that purpose.  The regulations will instead allow the Zoning Official to issue a permit if the proposal complies with all aspects of the regulations.  

The second proposed amendment to be heard addresses an unintended consequence of the language in the current regulations that can make it difficult for a property owner to increase the size of his or her property.  Because rear and side setbacks are set by lot area and width respectively, increasing the size of a lot by acquiring an adjacent piece of property (for example an abandoned road) can increase the required setbacks such that the existing house becomes nonconforming as to location.  The new language will allow the enlargement of an existing, developed lot without any zoning consequences.

Read the full text of the proposed amendments here.