Brian Platz’s grandfather was in his mid-20s, with three children, when he was drafted into the U.S. Marines toward the end of World War II.
Platz on Monday morning recalled that his grandfather “would tell us that we were actually running out of men.”
“The draft began, if I remember him correctly, with single men aged 18 to 26,” Platz—himself a U.S. Marines veteran, known to many New Canaanites as the town’s chief building official—told about 300 people gathered at Lakeview Cemetery for a Memorial Day ceremony. “Then went to married men 18 to 26. Married with one child. Married with two. Married with three.
The town is on pace to issue even more permits for new pool construction than it did in 2020—itself a very active year, municipal officials say. Through the first four months of 2021, the town issued 19 pool permits, compared to 30 all of last year, according to data from the New Canaan Building Department.
“I expect to pass last year’s numbers, from what I am hearing from pool builders,” Chief Building Official Brian Platz said. “The pool guys are telling me they’re as busy as they’ve ever been,” he said. In 2020, with so many more families staying home amid the early months of the pandemic, New Canaan saw a sharp increase in applications to build pools and for small home improvement projects. The total number of pool permits issued in 2020 increased 20% year-over-year.
Municipal officials two weeks ago issued a partial Certificate of Occupancy for the widely anticipated Merritt Village development on the edge of downtown New Canaan in violation of Connecticut General Statutes, documents show. Issued Nov. 25 by the New Canaan’s chief building official and effective Nov. 27, the partial CO for rental units in the development at Park and Maple Streets did not have legally required sign-off from Planning & Zoning, according to multiple emails sent by Town Planner Lynn Brooks Avni that NewCanaanite.com obtained through a public records request. “Pursuant to State Statues and New Canaan Zoning Regulations (Sect.
Applications to build pools on residential properties in New Canaan increased 33% through the first half 2020 from the prior year, from nine to 12, town officials say. The figure is also six times the number of pool permit applications that the town received in the first half of 2018, according to the New Canaan Building Department.
Chief Building Official Brian Platz said the increase likely is resulting from a desire to enjoy residential properties more as people spend more time at home amid the COVID-19 public health emergency, as well as a strong local real estate market. “I guess people figure that if I”m going to be stuck at home, I might as well be stuck in a pool,” Platz told NewCanaanite.com.
According to the most recent town-wide update from First Selectman Kevin Moynihan, made last Wednesday, New Canaan has seen 223 positive cases of COVID-19 virus since March 11. Moynihan did not provide an update on New Canaan coronavirus disease fatalities. The figure stood at 43 on June 28, according to a chart on the town website.
[Note: This article has been corrected to reflect a 4-1 vote, not a 5-0 vote as originally reported.]
Saying those seeking to raze a derelict greenhouse followed the process outlined in a local ordinance, New Canaan’s town building official last week told members of an appointed municipal body that he wouldn’t enforce their request to re-notice the structure. According to some members of the Historical Review Committee, the sign affixed to a ca.-1900 greenhouse at the New Canaan Nature Center failed to meet a requirement that it be posted “in a conspicuous location of the property on which the structure is situated” and that it’s “visible from the nearest public street or other accessway adjoining the property.”
Committee member Ed Vollmer said during the appointed body’s April 16 meeting that “there are people who are unhappy with what is going on and the destruction of the greenhouse because it is considered a historic building.”
Under local ordinance, if a letter objecting to a planned demolition is received within 15 days of publication of the notice in a newspaper, then the Committee may decide to impose a delay period of up to 90 days. In this case, however, the Nature Center’s notice was published Feb. 6, meaning the objection period expired Feb. 21—four days before a New Canaan woman filed her letter, which was therefore rejected by Town Building Official Brian Platz.