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Connecticut: Zoning Proposal to Double Setback Near Water Raises Questions and Opposition in Old Lyme

OLD LYME — Multiple town commissions and members of the public are expected to raise objections to a proposed text amendment to Tidal Waters Protection regulation at Tuesday’s meeting of the Zoning Commission in Old Lyme. The amendment would double the current 50-foot setback to 100 feet along coastal and riverfront properties.

“Most, if not all, of the wetlands and waterfront that the proposed amendment seeks to regulate is within the jurisdiction of the Harbor Management Commission,” read an email on Wednesday from Steven Ross to Jane Cable, chair of the Zoning Commission, questioning why the proposed amendment hadn’t been referred to the Harbor Management Commission that he chairs.

“Failure to send the referral to the HMC could lead to legal challenges in that not all town commissions with jurisdiction were notified and sent the proposed amendment for comment,” he wrote.

In an email, Cable replied that she has “no problem with a submission to the Harbor Management Commission as a courtesy, not a necessity.”

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