P&Z Zoning Change Being Suggested
Rules Governing The Sale of Alcohol
To Be Discussed at September 23rd Meeting


Package Stores (authorized to sell wine and spirits) in the town of Greenwich are governed by two key regulations. The first is a state law, limiting the total number of Package Stores in any one municipality based on population. The second is a local ordinance which states, "Every part of the location of such use in a building in which alcoholic beverages are sold under a package store permit as defined by the Liquor Control Act shall be at least one thousand (1,000) feet distant from any other location of such use."
 
Kings grocery store has applied to Planning & Zoning to eliminate that local regulation, allowing for package stores to be located closer together. If approved, this would allow Kings to apply for a package store permit and become the third such store in Old Greenwich (along with Sam's Wine & Liquor and Old Greenwich Fine Wines).
 
Similar issues have been discussed often among residents over the years so we thought it was best to bring this one to your attention.
 
 Public comment is going to be allowed during the September 23 P&Z meeting at Town Hall, likely to be scheduled for 7pm (confirm before attending) and we would encourage anyone who has a strong opinion in this matter to attend the meeting and make their voice heard.


Old Greenwich, Connecticut: Front-Porch Kind of Place

The New York Times, August 20, 2014 
By Lisa Prevost
Photos by Douglas Healey

One night last month, Lesley King received a Facebook message that reflected what she considers one of the finest qualities of Old Greenwich: a connected community.

Her new business, Back 40 Mercantile, an upscale general store for the eco-conscious, had opened that day in the small commercial center called “the village.” (Ms. King is an owner with family members.) She had closed up shop only a few hours before. The Facebook message arrived around 9: A man she barely knew wanted her to know that he had spotted a candle still burning in the shop.

A resident of Old Greenwich since 2001, Ms. King says that sort of neighborly outreach is the custom in a community where people’s yards don’t extend much beyond their houses.

At the home she shares with her husband, Bill, and their four children, the swing set sits in the front yard, an open invitation to youngsters walking by. That might not pass muster in the parts of Greenwich that take pride in pristine, gated isolation, but the culture of Old Greenwich is better expressed by the prevalence of front porches.

“The best thing about Old Greenwich,” Ms. King said, “is that everybody lives in houses close to each other.”

Continue reading the rest of the article in the New York Times


Sunny Weather Greets Old Greenwich Sidewalk Sale
by Richard Lee, Greenwich Time

Lauren Gradante, right, and Sarah Bunnell, left, shop at Fred during the Old Greenwich Merchants Sidewalk Sale on Sound Beach Ave. in Greenwich, Conn., on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Photo: Lindsay Perry

Lauren Gradante, right, and Sarah Bunnell, left, shop at Fred during the Old Greenwich Merchants Sidewalk Sale on Sound Beach Ave. in Greenwich, Conn., on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Photo: Lindsay Perry

OLD GREENWICH -- Shopping at the Old Greenwich Sidewalk Sales has become a tradition for Cathy Dishner, who now divides her time between the shoreline neighborhood and her other home in London.

Dishner was one of hundreds who took advantage of a warm, sunny Thursday -- the first day of the three-day event -- to look for deals as merchants displayed their wares along Sound Beach Avenue.

"I like supporting our local businesses," she said while searching through the racks in front of Fred, a women's clothing store. "I like the fact that these are local stores -- not like the big chains like on Greenwich Avenue, and I like frequenting my favorite spots."

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2013 Base Flood Elevation Changes

P&Z PROPOSED ZONING REGULATIONS
TO BE HEARD AT THE 4/16/13 MEETING

Proposed Flood Zone Regulations

 

 

Planning and Zoning Public Information Session regarding
FEMA FLOOD PANELS

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Howard Stern sidekick acclimates to civic service

Board of Parks and Recreation member Gary Dell'Abate at Binney Park in Old Greenwich, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. Dell'Abate's day job as the producer of controversial "Howard Stern Show" made for a turbulent confirmation process last year by the RTM for the volunteer position.  Photo: Bob Luckey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo

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To the Editor:

Last Sunday's Greenwich Time carried a front page photo of Gary Dell’Abate sitting on a bridge spanning Binney Pond. The text of the article focused on Mr. Dell'Abate' nomination, appointment and his work for the Board of Parks and Recreation this past year. The feature failed to address, although the photo clearly showed, the great need to get on with the re-dredging of the badly silted Binney Pond. Sunday's  photo did  one thing well. It clearly showed one of the growing mud islands now so evident in Binney Pond. Frankly, the pond is a mess, debris cluttered and silted badly especially in the north end.  One can only hope that this photo of  Mr. Dell'Abate will serve as a reminder that the Board's  obligations are to pay attention, not only to active recreation activities in our public open spaces, but also to the passive recreation places belonging the community. Unfortunately, the photo suggests that the  Board of Parks and Recreation might be turning its back on the Binney Pond dredging question. We hope that is an incorrect assumption.

The Board of the Old Greenwich Association

The railway bridge on Sound Beach Avenue in Old Greenwich on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012. Metro-North Railroad has slated this bridge and the one on Tomac Avenue to be replaced. Photo: Helen Neafsey / Greenwich Time | Buy This Photo

Century-old bridges in Old Greenwich to be replaced

The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.

And it shows. With patches of crumbling concrete, rusting metal and peeling paint, age has crept up on the sturdy structures.

But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.

The Sound Beach and Tomac avenue bridges in Old Greenwich have borne the weight of untold thousands of trains and many more commuters over the last 100-plus years.And it shows. With patches of crumbling concrete, rusting metal and peeling paint, age has crept up on the sturdy structures.But starting next year, the state will undertake a massive, four-year construction project to replace both railroad bridges, at an estimated cost of $30 million to $40 million.

Continue Reading the Article on the Greenwich Time  

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Replacement of Trees in Old Greenwich

The Old Greenwich Association lent its support to the Old Greenwich  Merchants Association in lobbying the Town to replace selected trees on  Sound Beach Avenue with ones that would provide increased shade, better  sight lines and a more "New Englandy" feel. Over 300 local residents  signed a petition supporting this measure. However, there were many  others who disagreed, and a public hearing was held on the matter. All  sides were well represented and eloquent in making their points, and  after several days of consideration, Town of Greenwich Tree Warden Bruce  Spaman has decided to begin a plan of pruning and maintenance, and not  to remove any trees at this time.

In addition to this hearing drawing attention to the needs of the  downtown village trees, one of the best things to come up was the call  for more study to look into what else could be done to beautify the  area. Now the ball is rolling, and at this moment there are individuals  and groups planning to organize and look into trees, plantings, benches,  signage and more in order to make Old Greenwich an even more attractive  place to live, work and shop. If you want to read more about this, the  official decision from Mr. Spaman is posted below.  As always, if  anyone has any questions or wants to volunteer to help, please contact  us here at the OGA.

 

Old photo showing shade  trees before they were diseased and replaced

 

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