Town Seeks To Enforce Rules About Keeping Downtown Sidewalks Clear

Seeking to ensure that downtown sidewalks are clear for pedestrians, officials said last week that a Planning & Zoning officer could be assigned to enforce local rules. Under the Town Code, items such as benches, tables, chairs, signs or commercial displays cannot obstruct sight lines or pedestrian passage on sidewalks. Though the town allows for “certain things that are considered good,” merchants sometimes take advantage by going too far, according to Public Works Director Tiger Mann. “It’s nice to have bench and put a table out there, but four chairs around it as a display case in front of the building, it’s a little too much,” Mann said during a Jan. 29 meeting of a Planning & Zoning Commission subcommittee.

‘Fresh Green Light Driving School’ Seeks To Open New Canaan Location

A driving school with 10 Fairfield County locations is seeking to open up on Cherry Street in New Canaan. Fresh Green Light Driving School has applied to the Planning & Zoning Commission for site plan approval at 111 Cherry St., a site that includes Swirl frozen yogurt shop, Club Sandwich, a salon and podiatrist Dr. Jennifer Tauber. Owned by Cherry Street LLC, the property is in the Business A Zone. According to its website, Fresh Green Light was founded by Laura Shuler and Steve Mochel, parents to four children, seeking to improve safety and confidence among teenage drivers. Under the New Canaan Zoning Regulations for the Business A Zone, any non-office use is permitted with site plan approval and general office use is permitted so long as no more than 10,000 square feet is used as such in any one building, unless permitted by Special Permit (see page 77).