Outdated Zoning Stymies Development

Stamford, Connecticut's Downtown Special Services District knew that their zoning was causing needless delays and roadblocks to development. They hired the Regional Plan Association to do something about it.

"Developers have complained of difficulty in navigating the process, which often involves special exceptions and amendments to current regulations, DSSD President Sandra Goldstein said Tuesday night in a presentation before planning and zoning board members.

"We realized, as did the Urban Redevelopment Commission, that there were more planning and zoning exceptions to our zoning regulations than straight applications," said Goldstein, whose agency is a special taxing district that promotes downtown businesses and services. "Developers were at a loss about what zoning was for the downtown.""

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