The Secretive Habits Of One City's Zoning Board

Voting sessions for the New Haven Board of Zoning Appeals are held at irregular times with little public notice, breeding accusations of an intentionally closed process.

"Even though it attracts far more public interest than most city boards, the BZA is apparently the only one that regularly waits to vote until most of the public has little chance of knowing when or where that's going to happen."

"Just two weeks beforehand, fuming neighbors had filled the aisles of the Hall of Records auditorium railing against plans for a new Dunkin' Donuts and pleading their case for liquor licenses at the monthly BZA meeting. After taking the mic and answering questions from the board, interested parties headed home. They knew the vote wouldn't be that night. It would be 'sometime in the next two weeks or so.' "

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