Chamber to hold meeting Monday on proposed zoning changes

The Greenwich Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community information forum for all Greenwich businesses and residents at Greenwich Library on Monday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m.

The purpose will be to discuss what impact proposed changes in zoning for fitness or sports-related establishments may have. There will be talk about parking for these businesses and what impact it will have both on the businesses themselves and the surrounding neighborhoods.

This discussion will be led by Diane Fox of the town’s Planning & Zoning Commission. First Selectman Peter Tesei, at a recent Board of Selectmen meeting, called the chamber’s outreach and work with the town “critically important.”

“One of the things we want to do is quantify this and see where are the challenges are and where the hangups are taking place so perhaps there can be some amelioration of that so we don’t lose businesses to other communities,” Mr. Tesei said, noting examples that had been sent to him of small businesses that “just didn’t want to wait through a six-month approval process” and instead opened up in nearby communities like Stamford or Port Chester, N.Y.

“We cannot take Greenwich for granted,” Mr. Tesei said. “We can’t assume that we’re always going to be number one. We have to work hard and fight to be number one. We have to be careful not to presume and understand the regulations. They may have merit and virtue but if they’re not understood and are creating challenges for the professional staff to explain then I think we do have a problem. This is a good start. It’s only the beginning but I think more will come from it.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Call the Greenwich Chamber at 203-869-3500 for more information.

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