Are the Greenwich Reform Synagogue delays self-made?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

At the selectmen’s meeting on Oct. 2, a co-president of Greenwich Reform Synagogue (GRS) commented it’s “more of an imposition for us to once again be delayed and delayed and delayed” and “we respectfully ask that nothing else delay for us.”

Below is the process GRS has gone through:

•GRS submitted an application to Planning and Zoning (P&Z) for a lot line revision on 10-3-12. After three hearings the application was approved 2-12-13.

•GRS waited until 4-12-13 to purchase a portion of 96 Orchard Street that was approved by the lot line revision.

•GRS submitted an application to the Inland Wetland & Watercourses Agency (IWWA) on 8-28-13. After four public hearings the application was approved 3-3-14.

•GRS submitted an application to P&Z on 8-29-13. On 12-23-13 GRS withdrew the expiring application.

•GRS submitted a new P&Z application on 12-13-13, the first hearing was on 3-4-14 because the IWWA had to approve their application before the P&Z can open their application. Before P&Z can approve their application the GRS applications with the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Architectural Review Committee have to be approved.

•GRS submitted an application with the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) on 8-29-13. The application was on the ZBA agenda for their 3-5-14 meeting and GRS requested it be continued. GRS requested the ZBA open the application on 7-11-14 at the meeting the application for special exception was denied. GRS subsequently received ZBA approval for special exception at a special meeting on 10-2-14 to settle a GRS federal RLUIPA  lawsuit against the town and the ZBA.

•GRS submitted an application with the Architectural Review Committee (ARC) on 8-29-13 requesting the application be opened on 5-7-14. The application was continued to 6-4-14 because GRS did not supply the required documents. GRS was removed from the 6-4-14 agenda and requested a special meeting be held for them on 7-10-14. GRS has to return to a future ARC meeting to answer questions and submit documents.

Was this lengthy delayed process GRS went through of their own making by not being prepared for meetings?


John Timm
Cos Cob

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