Pavilion a Sticking Point in New ‘Smoke on the Water’ Application in Old Saybrook

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OLD SAYBROOK – Chef Colt Taylor returned to the Zoning Commission Monday with a scaled-back proposal for Smoke on the Water, a seasonal outdoor restaurant along the Connecticut River slated for the site of the former Dock and Dine.  The new application for Smoke on the Water – which comes almost 10 months after the Zoning Commission unanimously rejected the previous application as incomplete – has been reduced from 300 seats to 268, pulled back farther from the Connecticut River, and given an earlier closing time of 9 p.m, Taylor told the commission during a preliminary discussion to gauge members’

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Drive Thrus Mean Business: Dunkin Approved in Guilford

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The latest in a wave of drive-thru restaurants gaining approval along the shoreline is a Dunkin Donuts on an undeveloped stretch of Boston Post Road in Guilford, approved by the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday.  Frank D’Andrea, who is vice-chair of the commission and recused himself from this application, is planning to build a new Dunkin Donuts location at 1486 Boston Post Road with a drive thru window to replace his two other locations in town. The commission voted 6-0 to approve a special permit with conditions for D’Andrea’s proposed new store. D’Andrea, who chaired the rest of

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Zoning Advocacy Stalls Bronin Nomination to Federal Preservation Council

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The vote on Sara Bronin’s nomination for chair of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation was delayed this week by a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources who said he was concerned about Bronin’s work as the founder of Desegregate Connecticut, a nonprofit zoning reform group.  “While Ms. Bronin has experience in the historic preservation field, I’m concerned about the types of reforms to historic preservation programs that she may pursue,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming), Ranking Member of the committee, at its Nov. 2 meeting. “If her record as a leading advocate for progressive

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Packed Agenda, Late Night for Old Lyme Zoning Commission

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OLD LYME — The packed agenda of the Zoning Commission, which stretched beyond four hours Tuesday night, included an application for a convenience store for a gas station on Halls Road, the prohibition of marijuana establishments, an amendment to create the Halls Road Village District, and the installation of a bus shelter in Sound View on Shore Road. Continued from the Sept. 14 public hearing, the convenience store proposed for the gas station at 85 Halls Road drew a number of comments concerning hours of usage, traffic levels, and appropriateness for the town.  The project, proposed by CPD Energy Corp. of

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New Zoning Regs Will Redesign Moodus to Look Like Former Town Center

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EAST HADDAM — While there are no current plans to redevelop Moodus Plaza, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission recently created a new zoning district around Moodus center that aims to guide future development toward a walkable, mixed-use village that more closely resembles the Moodus that many residents remember. Since the federal urban renewal project of the 1960s razed the original Moodus Village and replaced it with strip malls, Moodus Plaza has been a symbol of regret for the people in town who agreed to trade their village for a vision of a modern, prosperous future, bankrolled by the federal

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