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Stamford Zoning Board Erred When it Postponed Vote

Attorneys for BLT reportedly informed the city's land use bureau chief that it is illegal for the board to postpone a decision on one development due to an applicant's outstanding violations on another, unrelated property.

The erred when it postponed a vote on 's proposed plan to build a at Pacific and Towne streets last month, the City's legal department has reportedly ruled.

According to a report in the Stamford Advocate, the Zoning Board postponed its vote on the apartment building last month as a means to put pressure on Building & Land Technology to submit plans for the construction of a new boatyard where one had been previously on the 14-acre peninsula near Dyke Lane and Bateman Way.

However attorneys for BLT — developer of the City's ambitious Harbor Point urban redevelopment project — reportedly informed the city's land use bureau chief that it is illegal for the board to postpone a decision on one development due to an applicant's outstanding violations on another, un-related property.

Although the Zoning Board must take a final vote on the apartment complex within the legal timeframe, it can stipulate that it will take no further actions on BLT's applications until the developer submits a plan for the boatyard, according to the Stamford Advocate report.

Stamford boaters suffered a major blow when BLT acquired the and removed it in order to complete environmental remediation in connection with the ambitious redevelopment project. The developer has promised to build a new boatyard at the site once environmental work is completed.

BLT reportedly plans to unveil plans for the new boatyard on June 30.

Carol Ann McClean May 22, 2012 at 03:28 PM
BLT is telling the City they have to follow the rules... When they are not? It clearly states in the Harbor Point Infrastructure act 07-6, which are the document they are to comply with: (2) Except as specifically provided in this section, all other statutes, ordinances, resolutions, rules and regulations of the state of Connecticut and the city of Stamford shall be applicable to the property, residents and businesses located in the district. Nothing in this section shall in any way obligate the city of Stamford to pay any costs for the acquisition, construction, equipping or operation and administration of the improvements located within the district or to pledge any money or taxes to pay debt service on bonds issued by the district except as may be agreed to in any interlocal agreements executed by the city of Stamford and the district. Why are they not in compliance every time they do something illegal that violates the Cities orders and regulations. The boat yard should not have been demolished to begin with. But the City continues the dance. All taxpayers need to understand this tax district and the long term consequences to the every day tax payer that pays the full tax fee. We got the short end of the stick for thirty years, with not even a vote from the taxpayers. Every one should read this: http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/ACT/SA/2007SA-00006-R00HB-07384-SA.htm

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