Don’t blame the neighbors for synagogue being denied

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

There have been comments made that in some way the neighbors who have expressed their concerns about the construction of the Greenwich Reform Synagogue (GRS) in their neighborhood were instrumental in the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) denying the GRS application for special exception.

But the failure to gain the required four votes by the ZBA for the special exception approval lies in the Greenwich Reform Synagogue’s application and their representatives’ presentation for failing to convince the ZBA that they met the town’s building zone regulations section 6-19, 6-20 and 6-94, which the ZBA is bound to apply to any request for special exception.

Because GRS and their representatives failed to convince the ZBA that their application met the regulations, they filed a lawsuit against the town of Greenwich and its citizens.

Furthermore, in the Greenwichfreepress.com letter to the editor, Sandy Soule (a GRS spokesperson) states “Laws and regulations should govern this land-use issue, not rhetoric.” This was a letter rebutting Sarah Darer Littman’s letter, “An inappropriate plan.” “Didn’t the ZBA apply laws and regulations for land use when it denied the GRS application?”

The minutes of the June 11 ZBA meeting can be found at www.Greenwichct.org/upload/medialibrary/090/pzba_Minutes_06-11-2014.pdf

The Greenwich Building Zone Regulations can be found at www.Greenwichct.org/government/departments/planning_and_zoning/building_zone_regulations/

 

John Timm
Greenwich

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