The Westport Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss two new amendments involving parking regulations and maintaining river views at a public hearing Thursday.
first amendment was submitted by the Planning & Zoning Commission’s
traffic subcommittee and includes provisions to improve sight distances at
driveways of development sites. New provisions with respect to traffic impact
studies were submitted as part of redevelopment projects. In addition, certain
parking relief regulations will require special permit approval.
Planning & Zoning Director Laurence Bradley said
the amendment gives the commission greater discretion to modify projects which
may have adverse traffic or parking impacts.
“The amendment is intended to create a greater margin of safety for drivers exiting larger development projects,” said Bradley. “Also, the Commission will be better able to judge, and in some cases mitigate, potential adverse traffic and parking impacts.”
The second amendment will require waterfront access and protect river views on all commercial and special permit use properties.
“The changes are entirely in keeping with the Town Plan which strongly encourages waterfront access and maintaining river views,” said Bradley.
Residents interested in these amendments are encouraged to attend the Planning & Zoning Commission’s public hearing on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Westport Town Hall Auditorium.