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  • How A Simple Response Becomes Political Currency

    To the Editor:

    Why are some routine functions of some town departments performed only at the will of the first selectman?

    When a complaint was made to Land Use recently about violations in my neighborhood, a town employee told the caller he would check into it and call her back. He never did.

  • Year In Review: Land Use Proposals Increased During 2014

    In early 2014, the updated Town Plan of Conservation and Development, as well as the updated Fairfield Hills Master Plan, took effect, providing the town with a set of planning guidelines for the coming years on local growth and resource conservation, both in the town at large and at the town-owned 185-acre Fairfield Hills core campus.

    The town plan is updated decennially. The Fairfield Hills plan is updated as needed.

  • Lake Authority: ‘Rake Away From The Lake’

    Making a request of the lakeside community, Candlewood Lake Authority (CLA) members have asked residents to “rake away from the lake this fall.”

  • A Shift In Newtown’s Bureaucracy

    There is a strip of open space that runs from the south to the north and east, skirting behind the ball fields at Reed Intermediate School, along Old Farm Road by open fields toward the point near Commerce Road where the Pootatuck River joins Deep Brook. Conservation Commission Chair Ann Astarita told The Bee last week that she is particularly concerned about this tract, known as the Deep Brook Open Space. It is supposed to protect Deep Brook, one of just nine Class I trout streams in the state.

  • Silencing The Public On Subdivisions

    A particularly bad idea has taken root in the state legislature with the encouragement and nurturing attention of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Connecticut, Inc (HBRA). It is sprouting under the nondescript name of Senate Bill 405, “An Act Concerning Public Hearings on Subdivision Applications.” The proposal would effectively cut the public out of local land use agency reviews of subdivisions by prohibiting public hearings on the development proposals.

  • Make A Home: Heading Toward Homelessness?

    The permanent banner sign at 40 High Bridge Road is in violation of town regulations, according to Land Use Director George Benson, one more “thorn in the side,” according to Ms Pettengill, in dealings with the town that may lead to the demise of the nonprofit organization Make A Home Foundation.