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Exceptions to Danbury zoning laws won't be granted to Dorothy Day Hospitality House

A request for exceptions to Danbury zoning regulations by Dorothy Day Hospitality House has been rejected.  The Zoning Board of Appeals denied the proposed variances that would have allowed the Spring Street facility to continue not conforming to modern zoning rules.  The site doesn't have wide enough driveways, the 120-year old buildings are not set far enough back from the road and there aren't enough parking spaces, among other issues. 

 

The variances were needed so the applicant could file a site plan with the Planning Commission. 

 

Dorothy Day has been operating without a permit for about 30 years, but that was only discovered in 2016.  A cease and desist order was then issued.  The zoning dispute is also making its way through the court system.  A judge encouraged Danbury and Dorothy Day to come to an agreement so he doesn't have to issue a ruling in the case. 

 

The board is expected to formally vote next month on the denials.



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